Transgender Awareness Week

Transgender Awareness Week Events Nov. 13th – 23rd 2014

November 13-23, 2014 will mark Tucson's 9th Annual Transgender Awareness Week. The week is a celebration of trans identities and an acknowledgement of the infinite number of genders that exist in our world. It is an effort to bring together people who identify as transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, masculine of center, feminine of center, two-spirit, agender, butch, femme, gender fluid, and all gender fabulous people with our allies.  It is an opportunity for people in the community who want to know more!  This event is held in conjunction with the Annual International Transgender Day of Remembrance, a vigil and candlelight procession on Thursday Nov. 20th to honor those lost to anti-transgender hate crimes.

The week will feature a variety of events around the city as well as on the University of Arizona campus. All events are open to the public—to individuals having questions about gender diversity, and those who wish to be more enlightened about the lives and issues of people all across the gender spectrum.  Highlights include a multitude of trainings and workshops, a resource fair with educational displays, and screenings of relevant films. The project is a collaboration between the University of Arizona's LBGTQ Affairs Office, Pride Alliance, Southern Arizona Gender Alliance (SAGA), Fluxx Productions, St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church and others.

A detailed event calendar can be found on the SAGA Website  and below:

For more information, contact:

SAGA (Southern Arizona Gender Alliance)                                

info@sagatucson.org

(520) 477-7096

 

University of Arizona

LGBTQ Resource Center

ualgbtq@gmail.com

(520) 621-7585

 

Transgender Awareness Week 2014 Calendar of Events

 

Made For Flight Workshop

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 3-5pm

LGBTQ Resource Center, Student Union Room 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 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.

 

Body Smart Series: Transgender Body Image

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 5-6pm

Campus Health Service Bldg, 3rd floor, De Armond Room, 1224 E. Lowell Street

University of Arizona

The Body Smart Initiative’s Beyond the Body Series is for students who are interested in body image awareness, building more positive body image, and uncovering and exploring sources of negative body image. The goal of this workshop is to build awareness and perspective around body image, gender identity, and the unique interactions between them. Transgender panelists will explore several topics including: dealing with and overcoming negative body image, how their body image may or may not have changed with any sort of transition, and what they want others to know about transitioning and body image.

 

Safe Zone: Transgender 101 Workshop

Friday, November 14, 2014, 11am-1pm

Ventana Room, Student Union, 1303 E. University Drive

University of Arizona

This Advanced Safe Zone training will provide an overview of gender identity and expression, discuss terminology and definitions, identify disparities and risks within the trans community, dispel myths and misunderstandings, and explain specific ways you can be an ally to trans people everywhere. Register athttp://lgbtq.arizona.edu/fall-2014-safe-zone-training-schedule

 

WRC Open House for Trans Women

Friday, November 14, 2014, 2:00-3:00pm

Women’s Resource Center, Student Union Room 404 (inside the Center for Student Involvement & Leadership), 1303 E. University Drive

University of Arizona

The Women’s Resource Center invites students to join us and learn about resources on campus for trans women and transfeminine people, as well as the opportunity to connect with other students. All are welcome. Free snacks and refreshments!

 

Transgender 201: Transgender Marriage and Discrimination Issues

Sunday, November 16, 2014, 11:45am

Saint Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church Center, 4625 E. River Road, Tucson AZ, 85718

Transgender woman and attorney, Abby Jensen, will give the first of two presentations. This presentation will examine the practical and legal issues that can affect transgender people in the workplace, as well as the impact of same sex marriage bans on couples including a transgender partner. This event is free and open to the public. The second presentation, “Transgender Health Care Challenges,” will take place on November 23rd @ 11:45am.

 

“Gen Silent” Film Screening

Sunday, November 16, 2014, 5:30pm

Saint Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church Center, 4625 E. River Road, Tucson AZ, 85718

Gen Silent asks six LGBT seniors living in the Boston area if they will hide their lives to survive. They put a face on what experts in the film call an epidemic: gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender seniors so afraid of discrimination, or worse, in long-term/health care that many go back into the closet. Thousands are dying earlier than their straight counterparts because they are isolated and afraid to ask for help. But a growing number of people are fighting to keep LGBT aging from meaning aging in silence. There is a potluck at5:30pm and the film will start at 6:00pm.

 

Transgender Awareness Week Resource Fair

Monday November 17, 2014, 10am-2pm

UA Mall

University of Arizona

Come out to the UA mall to learn about local resources for transgender resources and see this year’s Made for Flight kites. Bring all your friends! 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 displays. 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.

 

Discussion with Dr. Francisco Galarte about the UA’s Trans Initiative

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 12:30-1:30pm.

LGBTQ Resource Center, Student Union Rm 404-O, 1303 E. University Drive

University of Arizona

Please join Dr. Galarte as he hosts a discussion with Dr. Eva Hayward and Dr. Max Strassfeld, two new faculty members hired through the UA’s groundbreaking Transgender Studies Initiative Cluster Hire.  Professors Hayward and Strassfeld will talk about their visions of Trans Studies, their journey in academia, current research and future classes they plan to offer for UA undergraduates. Food will be provided! 

 

Ask a Trans Person Anything Panel

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 6:30

Rincon Room, Student Union, 1303 E. University Drive

University of Arizona

Have questions relating to the gender spectrum, trans identities or issues, gender expression, or anything else trans related? Now is your chance to ask in this “no holds barred” approach to gender diversity education. There will be a panel of trans people of all different identities and ages who are willing to answer all your questions!

 

Webinar Training: Strategies for Serving and Supporting Transgender Students Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 11:00am- 12:30pm

Career Services Classroom, Student Union Room 411, 1303 E. University Drive

University of Arizona

Strides have been made in understanding concerns relevant to lesbian, gay and bisexual college students. However, it could be argued that higher education is just beginning to grasp the needs of a growing transgender and other gender-nonconforming student population on today’s college campuses.  Join expert presenters Shane Windmeyer, Exec. Dir. & Co-Founder of Campus Pride and author Genny Beemyn as they review specific strategies and best practices for making your campus community an environment that actively supports this unique population.
  

 

“Voices of Witness: Out of the Box” Film Screening

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 5pm

Kiva Room, Student Union, 1303 E. University Drive

University of Arizona

"Voices of Witness: Out of the Box" is a groundbreaking documentary giving voice to the witness of transgender people of faith. Courageously inviting the viewer into their journeys, the film is ultimately a celebration of hope and the power of God's love to transcend even seemingly insurmountable obstacles. After the film there will be a talk led by Episcopal Chaplain Ben Garren.

 

Transgender Patient Perspectives

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 12:00-1:00pm

College of Medicine, Room 2117 (down the hallway between the Health Sciences Library and the COM Lobby), 1501 N. Campbell Avenue

University of Arizona

MedPride will host a discussion about trans identities and trans experiences with medical professionals. Michael Woodward, MPH student and former Executive Director of the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance, will lead a panel of trans people who will share their experiences and answer questions. Lunch will be served. Please RSVP by 11/18 to meganch@email.arizona.edu 

 

International Transgender Day of Remembrance

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 6pm

Old Main Fountain

University of Arizona

The International Transgender Day of Remembrance is a time to honor and mourn transgender people who have died 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. The outdoor vigil at the Old Main fountain on the UA campus will be followed by a procession.

 

TRANSFormations

Friday, November 21, 2014, 8:00pm

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 8:30pm

Fluxx Studios, 414 E. 9th St.

This is a one-actor theatrical exploration of trans lives and issues. Engaging theatre, filled with recognizable and captivating characters whose stories celebrate humanity with heart and humor. Written and performed by Martie van der Voort; directed by Tom Slauson. Sliding scale fee $5-$30, proceeds will benefit SAGA (Southern Arizona Gender Alliance) & Fluxx Productions. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

 

Trans 201: Transgender Health Care Challenges

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 11:45am

Saint Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church Center, 4625 E. River Road, Tucson AZ, 85718

Presented by transgender speakers Abby Jensen and Michael Woodward, this presentation will focus on challenges trans people face when accessing heath care, whether it be general health care or transition related. The impact of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and developments in removing the barriers to care will also be discussed.

 

 

On-Going Groups

 

Gender Spectrum Support Group

Every Monday, 3:00-4:00pm, $5 (Can be billed to Bursar’s Account)

Campus Health, 3rd Floor Admin Conference Room, 1224 E. Lowell Street

University of Arizona

This group is designed for UA students who are dealing with gender identities outside of the traditional binary system, whether transitioning from the gender assigned at birth, identifying as some combination of genders, neither gender, or questioning the role of gender in their lives. Terms such as transsexual, two-spirit, neutrois, agender, gender-queer, gender-fluid, transgender (and more) have been used to describe these identities. The low cost ($5 per group,  billable to Bursar’s), is for those who might need support and/or therapy to process their gender identity, deal with family and friends’ reactions, identify options of a transition process, and gather resources and support for issues related to gender. For more information, please contact Martie van der Voort, Contact mvanderv@email.arizona.edu

 

LGBTQA+ Support Group

Every Tuesday, 4:00-5:30pm

Student Union, Room 412, 1303 E. University Drive

University of Arizona

A safe space for University of Arizona students, faculty, and staff to talk in an open and supportive environment about issues impacting their lives and the LGBTQA+ and allied community. This group is facilitated by LGBTQ staff to provide resources and guidance. It is free and confidential. For more information, please contact Martie van der Voort, Contact mvanderv@email.arizona.edu

 

SAGA (Southern Arizona Gender Alliance) General Meeting

First Monday of Each Month, 7:00-9:00pm

Fluxx Studios, 414 E. 9th St.

Monthly business and social meeting, events and news announcements, guest speakers, and general check-in; open to all. Allies, friends, and family members welcome. A great starting place for first-timers and visitors!

 

Dezert Girlz

Second Monday of Each Month, 7:00-9:00pm

Fluxx Studios, 414 E. 9th St.

Support and social group for all kinds of people who were assigned male gender at birth, but who do not feel that is an accurate description or complete expression of their identity. Membership includes all people on the Male-to-Female (MTF) continuum AND their significant others, friends, family, and allies. You do not have to identify as transsexual or be in the transition process. We are open to anyone who is interested in the concept of gender and who is supportive of the purpose of the group. This group is facilitated by the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance.

 

Dezert Boyz

Fourth Tuesday of Each Month, 7:00-9:00pm

Fluxx Studios, 414 E. 9th St.

Support and social group for all kinds of people who were assigned female gender at birth, but who do not feel that is an accurate description or complete expression of their identity. Membership includes all people on the Female-to-Male (FTM) continuum AND their significant others, friends, family, and allies. You do not have to identify as transsexual or be in the transition process. We are open to anyone who is interested in the concept of gender and who is supportive of the purpose of the group. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. Allies (friends, family, and other respectful folk) are welcome for first hour of the meeting. The second hour is for transmasculine-identified only. This group is facilitated by the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance.

 

Dezert Partnerz

Fourth Thursday of Each Month, 7:00-9:00pm

Fluxx Studios, 414 E. 9th St.

Dezert Partnerz was formed to help gain a better understanding of the ways gender diversity can impact relationships. Cisgender partners of trans identified people have their own unique experience. This group is for cisgender partners to share their experiences. You do not need to be currently partnered with someone to attend this group. Meetings are confidential. This group is facilitated by the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance.

 

Transparents Support Group

The TransParents support group was founded in October, 2009. Its mission is to create and support a network of families embracing their children’s gender expression and diversity in a kind and loving manner.   TransParents currently provides a support group meeting for the parents of gender creative and transgender children from across Southern AZ, offers education to help the broader community better understand the unique experiences of their children and families, and provides opportunities for their children to connect and socialize with one another. For more information about monthly group meetings, please contact Amy D’Arpino at transparent@sagatucson.org

 

Dezert Counselorz

Every 3rd Saturday, $10-$40 dollars, sliding scale
Tucson Center for Counseling and Psychotherapy, 2230 E Speedway, #140

Consultation group for therapists who work with relationship- and gender-variant clients. For more information, please contact Martie van der Voort, Contact mvanderv@email.arizona.edu

SAGA Advisory Council

Second Tuesday of Each Month,

Tucson Ward 3 Office, 1510 E. Grant Rd.

Help guide the future of the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance (SAGA) and our programs and services. Find a volunteer role within SAGA that excites you. Individual volunteers and project leaders are encouraged to participate.

 

 

Full list of Sponsors and Collaborators for Transgender Awareness Week 2014 include:

Tucson Community: Southern Arizona Gender Alliance, Fluxx Productions, St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church, Tucson Center for Counseling and Psychotherapy, Wingspan, Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), and BICAS.

 

University of Arizona: ASUA Pride Alliance, Office of LGBTQ Affairs, Campus Health/CAPS, Women’s Resource Center, Med Pride and the College of Medicine, Episcopal Campus Ministry, Dean of Students Office, Associated Students for the University of Arizona, Faculty Fellows Program, Institute for LGBT Studies, African American Student Affairs, Asian Pacific American Student Affairs, Chicano/Hispano Student Affairs, Native American Student Affairs, Delta Lambda Phi, oSTEM, FORCE, and the Men’s Project.