Transgender Awareness Week
Since 2006, the UA has collaborated with Wingspan’s Southern Arizona Gender Alliance and a myriad of other organizations to host Transgender Awareness Week(TAW). The goal is to raise awareness about transgender identities, raise awareness about the issues facing transgender people, and to foster a sense of commitment to serve as an ally to the transgender community.
These weeks are filled with performances, panels, workshops, discussions, trainings, and speakers. Past speakers have included Kate Bornstein, Dean Spade, and Trudie Jackson, to name a few. The week always culminates with the International Transgender Day of Remembrance, which is intended to be a time to memorialize those who have been killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice during the last year.
Transgender Awareness Week 2011 brought 15 programs in 6 days (Nov 14-19) with over 700 participants! Check out this year's events.
Made for Flight is a transgender youth and ally empowerment workshop series designed to celebrate youth voice and resiliency. We build kites to commemorate the transgender individuals who have been murdered in the last year.
Made for Flight creates a space specifically for youth voice during the preparation for, and the implementation of, Tucson’s Fifth Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20), culminating with a public display of hand-made kites that celebrate the lives of murdered Transgender individuals and a youth literary reading at UA.
Workshops are ongoing and open to trans and allied youth. During each workshop we learn a bit of transgender history, share personal stories, learn about our transgender sisters and brothers who have been murdered in the previous year, and build kites to commemorate their lives.