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Transgender Awareness Week begins tonight

Monday, November 10, 2008 | 2:40 p.m. CST; updated 8:40 p.m. CST, Monday, November 10, 2008

Transgender Awareness Week at MU is a week full of events, programming, education and celebration of trans identity and trans experience within the queer community. This is the first Trans Week at MU and is hosted by a variety of MU LGBTQA organizations. The organizations are hoping to raise visibility of trans people and provide education and awareness of the trans experience, according to the event information from The Center Project.

T Week Events

"The T in GLBT"

6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, 208 Strickland Hall, MU

Come join this kick-off event for Transgender Remembrance Week and discuss what the "t" in GLBT really means. InsideOUT encourages education through sharing experiences and learning from each other in a safe space. Transgender issues can be discussed by sharing personal stories, questions and respectful curiosity in a relaxed and welcoming environment, with snacks, of course. A representative from the Counseling Center will be available for anyone seeking additional personal attention during or after the meeting. This event is sponsored by InsideOut, Fluidity and the Triangle Coalition.

 

 

"Trans Warriors of Color"

6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, 325 Strickland Hall, MU

In the fight for equality, trans people have been on the front lines since the beginning. This presentation will look at some of the notable Trans Warriors of Color who took a stand against injustice and helped clear the way for a more inclusive society. Those leading the presentation will also discuss what it means to be a Trans Warrior and what people can do to be warriors for justice in their communities. This event is sponsored by Queer People of Color Discussion Group, Fluidity and the Triangle Coalition.

 

Panel Discussion: "Trans People and SOFFAs"

7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, Walt Disney Room, Memorial Student Union, N206, MU

Participants will learn about and discuss the joys and disappointments that trans people share with their significant others, friends, families and allies, or SOFFAs. The panel will consist of a variety of people who will share their stories and answer questions. Together, participants can explore what family means and strengthen their ability to be good friends and allies to loved ones. This event is sponsored by the Triangle Coalition and Fluidity.

 

"Transgender Day of Remembrance Candle Light Vigil"

 

7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, Hillel Student Center (off University Ave)

The Transgender Day of Remembrance is a day set aside to remember those who were killed due to transgender hatred or prejudice and to honor them with dignity and respect. Attendees will share stories and discuss how prejudice and hatred are hurting communities and families. A choir will help celebrate the lives of those that have been lost when the evening ends with a candle light vigil. This event is sponsored by the Triangle Coalition, Gamma Rho Lambda, Rape and Sexual Violence Prevention Center, Queer People of Color Discussion Group and Fluidity.

 

"Transgender Organizing, Race and Inclusion, featuring keynote speaker: Ignacio Rivera

7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, Ellis Auditorium, MU

Ignacio Rivera will discuss organizing efforts as it pertains to trans people of color in New York, effects of racism and the importance of multi-issue organizing. This political commentary, storytelling and possible performance will give insight into oppression analysis of transgendered people and how coalition building can prevail. This event is sponsored by the Triangle Coalition, Queer People of Color Discussion Group, Fluidity and the MU Women's and Gender Studies Department.


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