Transgender Awareness Week

Transgender Awareness Week 2015—details for events hosted at the UA
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Transgender Awareness Week Resource Fair
Monday November 16th, 10am-2pm
UA Mall
University of Arizona

Stop by the mall on Monday, November 16th as we kick off the 10th annual Transgender Awareness Week. If you have questions about the gender spectrum, where you or a friend/relative may fit on the spectrum, or how to be a better ally to transgender people, be sure to check out our comprehensive educational displays. There will also be a wide range of community and campus resources for anyone who identities or is considering identifying as transgender. Special guests include Michael Woodward and Jess Pettitt– founders of Tucson Transgender Awareness Week. We look forward to a meaningful week with the transgender and allied community! 

Workshop with Jessica Pettitt: Showing up White
Monday November 16th, 2-4pm
Agave Room (Student Union 4th floor)
University of Arizona

This workshop will focus on social justice, white privilege, and understanding whiteness. Stretch from your comfort zone, sit in your privilege, power, and place of dominance within institutional and systematic forms of oppression in this highly interactive program.

Jessica Pettitt is the "diversity educator" your family warned you about. She is easy to work with, accessible, and brings VERY simple concepts that are really hard to incorporate into our lives. Nominated for three years by Campus Activities Magazine for Best Diversity Artist, Jessica's programs are direct, customized, and highly interactive. For more information visit:

oSTEM Speaker Series: “Scotty” Pignatella
Tuesday, November 17th, 7pm
Location: TBA
University of Arizona

James Scott (“Scotty”) P. Pignatella is a Senior Systems Engineer working in flight test and data analysis at Raytheon Missile Systems. Scott has been a member of Out & Equal’s Transgender Advisory Committee; has volunteered as mentor for youth through Boy Scouts and Big Brothers Big Sisters, and for trans youth at Camp Born This Way. He resides in Tucson, Arizona with a small herd of cats, a plethora of books, and a network of friends.

The majority of workplace discussions regarding transgender individuals tend to focus on the time of transition. This workshop evolves the current transgender workplace conversation to encompass a more holistic view and links the transition discussion to a broader after-transition experience.

Non-Binary Space
Wednesday, November 18th, 12-1:30pm
LGBTQ Resource Center (Student Union Rm 404-O, 1303 E. University Drive)
University of Arizona

Join us at the LGBTQ Resource Center for a non-binary facilitated discussion focusing on macroaggressions and challenges that non-binary people face. From 12-1pm non-binary people are encouraged to come, talk about their experiences, and have a safe space for non-binary discussions. After that, from 1-1:30pm allies and people who do not identify as non-binary are welcome to come and join in the discussion.

Discussion with Dr. Francisco Galarte about Fashion and Gender Expression
Wednesday, November 18th, 4-5pm.
LGBTQ Resource Center (Student Union Rm 404-O, 1303 E. University Drive)
University of Arizona

Please join Dr. Francisco Galarte as he hosts a discussion on gender expression and fashion. We will focus on how that can affect binary and non-binary trans people, and the perception of the general population towards trans people and towards fashion. We will also address university policies amongst different colleges regarding dress codes and how such dress codes can be discriminatory towards transgender people. Bagels and coffee will be provided!

Made For Flight Workshop
Thursday, November 19th, 3-5pm
LGBTQ Resource Center (Student Union Rm 404-O, 1303 E. University Drive)
University of Arizona

Made for Flight is a transgender youth and LGBTQ ally empowerment workshop series which focuses on building kites to commemorate the lives of the transgender individuals who have been murdered in the past year. Created by local genderqueer poet and teacher TC Tolbert, Made for Flight creates a space specifically for youth voices that incorporates transgender history, ally development, creative writing, and kite building. These hand-made kites and poetry zines will be publicly displayed during the Transgender Day of Remembrance on Nov 20th.

Keynote Speaker Bamby Salcedo: Where We Were, Where We Are
Friday, November 20th, 2pm
Center for Creative Photography, Auditorium, 1030 N. Olive
University of Arizona

Join our keynote speaker Bamby Salcedo, CEO and a founding member of the TransLatin@ Coalition, for the 10th anniversary of Transgender Awareness Week to reflect on where we were, where we are, and the work that remains for us to do as a movement.  Born in Guadalajara, Mexico Bamby Salcedo is a proud trans Latina woman and a highly regarded, nationally and internationally recognized activist, advocate, community organizer and social justice advocate and professional. She is a fierce activist and has brought a lot of visibility to the trans community. Please rsvp via Facebook

International Transgender Day of Remembrance
Friday, November 20th, 5:30pm
Old Main Fountain
University of Arizona

The International Transgender Day of Remembrance is a time to honor and mourn transgender people who have been murdered in the past year, and raise awareness about hate crimes against transgender people and people who are targeted because of their gender identity and/or gender expression. Opening remarks by keynote speaker Bamby Salcedo. The outdoor vigil at the Old Main fountain on the UA campus will be followed by a procession.