Transgender Awareness Week

Transgender Awareness Week
November 20-26, 2013

Spend the week celebrating trans* identities in the gender galaxy!

Transsexual, Transgender, Intersex, Gender Queer, Masculine of Center, Feminine of Center, Two Spirit, Butch, Femme, Gender Fluid and all of us who are Gender Fabulous!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Kickoff & Resource Fair
11am-1pm UA Mall
Trans Awareness Week kicks off with a reading of the  Mayor’s proclamation declaring this week of events official.  It also starts off with a resource fair to give students and community members a chance to visit with organizations that support Trans* and LBGT folks in our community. There will be an open Safe Streets workshop and open mic.  Come out and see what our community has to offer.

Transgender Awareness Week will kickoff with a resource fair of local transgender resources. Bring all your friends!  If you have questions about the gender spectrum, where you or a friend/relative may fit in the spectrum, or if you may be considering transition—stop by and chat with people who have been through it and get the inside scoop on resources to help with those issues.

International Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil & Procession
5:30pm UA Women's Plaza of Honor with procession and meal to follow at Wingspan
The International Transgender Day of Remembrance is a time to honor and mourn those who have died in the past year, and raise awareness of hate crimes against transgender people and people who are targeted because of their gender identity and/or gender expression. The outdoor vigil at the Women’s Plaza of Honor on the UA campus will be followed by a procession down University to Fourth Avenue leading back to the Wingspan LBGT Community Center with a meal to follow.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Harvest Meal, Transgender Youth & Parents Panel
5:30-8pm EON, 430 E. 7th St. Meal starts at 5:30. Discussion to start at 6. Open to youth  and youth allies!
For LBGT Youth and Allies. This meal is a chance for parents and youth to spend time together! This year’s harvest meal will include a panel of youth speaking about their experiences as trans and gender non-conforming. The meal is provided by PFlag of Tucson. This meal is for youth, and youth allies who are bringing youth with them.

Queer/Trans* People of Color: Exploring Intersections of Race, Gender and Sexuality
6pm UA Chavez Building, Room 204
Educator and Wellness facilitator, Qui Alexander will guide participants through an exploration of issues impacting Queer People of Color and Transgender People of Color. This exploration will support the Tucson community in cultivating stronger ally spaces and offer Trans and Queer identified people of color specific and unique ways of general self-care and healing practices that help sustain health and long term activism.

Dezert Partnerz
7-9pm Wingspan, 430 E. 7th St.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey
3pm Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, Drachman Hall, Room 118
Join Mara Keisling for a report on the 2011 National Transgender Discrimination Survey, the first large-scale national study of discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming Americans. This research paints a more complete picture than any prior research to date, and the results are sobering. As illustrated by the responses from more than 6,450 people, the transgender population experiences some of the most egregious heath disparities in our nation, including a suicide attempt rate of 47% compared to 1.6% in the general population. Keisling will report on the findings, what it means to the community, and facilitate a discussion on how allies can help to eliminate these disparities. Free and open to all! This workshop is sponsored by the Office of LGBTQ Affairs, the Student Services Fee, the Institute for LGBT Studies and the Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

Mara Keisling: Celebrating Trans* Lives - Transgender Awareness Week Keynote Speaker
7pm UA Student Union, Gallagher Theater
Join Mara Keisling, Founding Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), as she reflects on the theme for this year’s Transgender Awareness Week—Celebrating Trans* Lives. As one of the nation’s leading voices for transgender equality, Keisling has appeared on news outlets and is regularly quoted in hundreds of national and local print and broadcast media. Since NCTE was founded in 2003, the organization has been part of coalition efforts that have won significant advances in transgender equality. Keisling is a graduate of Penn State University and did her graduate work at Harvard University in American Government. Mara has almost twenty-five years of professional experience in social marketing and opinion research. She is a transgender-identified woman and a parent. Sponsored by: LGBTQ Affairs, Pride Alliance, the Institute for LGBT Studies, and the Student Services Fee.

Dancing the Night Away: Salsa Party!
9pm Studio ONE, 197 E. Toole
Come and celebrate Trans* life and dance, dance, dance.  Music provided by DJ Neon! Free for ages 18 and up.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Trans Health: Top Bits and Bottom Bits, and Some Stuff In-Between
2-5pm EON, 430 7th St.
Mobile Testing available during  and after workshop.
Transgender health issues aren't just about transition. Come and talk about health concerns, sexuality, and more. Open to all ages.

Front Porch Music! Come out to Wingspan and hear some amazing artists!
6-9pm Wingspan parking lot, 430 E. 7th St.
Artists  include:  Joe Stevens of Coyote Grace and Bennett Wallace, Mitzi Cowell and friends, Bruce Blackstone, Michael Woodward and TMI, and more! Please bring a chair!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Feed Your Soul: picnic and open discussion on spirituality and Trans* experiences
12:30-2:30pm Fort Lowell Park, Ramada 7
Trans* identified speakers from all sorts of spiritual experiences will be sharing their stories.  Welcoming spiritual communities encouraged to attend and share about their spaces.  Open mic for story sharing. ALL spiritual experiences welcome! Bring your lunch and/or something to share. 

Panel Discussion: Ask a Lawyer Anything
3:30pm UA Student Union, Tucson Room
Lawyers will be speaking to community members about legal issues that Trans* identified folks face.

Trans* Workplace Issues Panel
5pm UA Student Union, Tucson Room
Panelists will share about work place issues that are faced by Trans* identified folks.

University parking is free on the weekends

Monday, November 25, 2013

Trans* Talk: An Intimate Conversation about life as a Transgendered Individual
9:30-11:30am CPSA, 2502 N. Dodge Blvd.
Panelists will be sharing their stories about their transgender experiences. Panel discussion to include time for audience questions.

Trans* Aging Issues Brown Bag Discussion
12pm Our Family Services, 3830 E. Bellevue St., Conference Room
This discussion will be looking at all types of aging issues faced by the trans* community.  This discussion will also include time to talk about resources that are available in the community.

BICAS Trans* and Women Space Bike Workshop
4-8pm Bicas Building 44 W. 6th St.

All Ages Poetry Night/open mic - Fluxx Productions
Doors open at 6:00pm - event starts at 6:30pm, 414 E. 9th St. FREE. Donations to Fluxx welcomed!
Come out an listen to LBGT youth and their allies share their poems  and original writing.  Come share your own poem as well.  Youth and Youth Allies to share first with an open mic to follow.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Affordable Care Act Forum with Congressman Grijalva
6pm First United Methodist Church, 915 E. 4th St.
Come and join Congressman Grijalva and distinguished guests to talk about the Affordable Care Act.  Panel discussion will begin at 6 p.m. and focus on transgender health care needs  as well as updates and information about the ACA.  Health Care Agencies from the Pima County area and more to provide resources. Free parking provided in the garage for the first 109 vehicles. This is an important event that is not to be missed!

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