This event is hosted by OCTOPUS LLC.
From 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, on Friday August 11th, Transgender Military Recognition Night will take place at Summit on 16th United Methodist Church, 82 E. 16th Ave., Columbus, OH 43201. Come to honor our current transgender members of the military and our transgender veterans by celebrating their right to be a part of the U.S military. Everyone is welcome to join the Central Ohio transgender community and their allies to counter Trump’s blatant discriminatory exclusion. In harmony with the military sacred rule, we declare: “We don’t leave our transgender folks in uniform behind.”
The evening is scheduled to include an address by LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator and enrollment Social Worker, Jessica Holman, as well as shared experiences from five or more trans military speakers, including veteran Alvy Clark, and the four others shown above, left to right, veterans Jody Davis, Jenny Serene Isenstadt, and Tara McKenzie Allison, as well as active officer Jonah Minot
Join us for the Annual TransOhio Unity Picnic filled with fun and food. Transohio will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, vegetarian and vegan options and bottled water. We ask everyone bring- if they are able- a side dish, snacks, desserts and other drink options. Remember no alcohol is permitted at this facility. Plenty of parking and private bathrooms and feel free to bring lawn and table games. Children, families and friends welcome. See you at the Shadblow Shelter of Blendon Woods on Sunday the 13th!!
TransOhio is an organization of all volunteers who provides advocacy, education, support and community for all transgender and gender non binary people in Ohio. Many of those individuals are people of color. We are aware that the Stonewall riots of so many years ago began by the actions of a transgender person of color and that each year we hold Transgender Day of Remembrance in November to honor those in the community who have been killed by horrific acts of violence. Nearly substantially all of these individuals over these many years of rising numbers have been transgender women of color.
On Saturday, during the Pride festival a group of peaceful people, including some from the transgender community, began a protest of standing silently to remind everyone of this history and this violence and the violence against people of color in this country and need for more inclusion of these voices in Pride celebrations. Their actions were peaceful- but they were quickly and violently shut down and they were maced and arrested for their peaceful protest. We deplore such actions and join in the call for the dropping of all charges against these individuals (known as the #blackpride4) as requested as well by the organizers of the Pride parade- Stonewall Columbus and many other equality organizations and that communication lines be opened for future healing and involvement and greater understanding.