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Need an idea for the perfect holiday gift?

This holiday season, consider making a donation to TransOhio in someone else’s honor as your holiday gift. Is there someone in your life who would prefer a donation in his or her name to an organization that works day and night to educate, advocate, support and build the Ohio trans/gender non-conforming/intersex community, rather than an item that will soon go out of style or disappear to sock purgatory?

During 2010, we logged over 5,000 miles on the road, 450 phone calls, provided over 20,000 copies of TransOhio’s Transgender 101 educational pamphlet to schools, businesses (large & small, private and public), hosted the 4th Annual Unity Picnic in June and the 3rd Annual TransOhio Transgender & Ally Symposium in August 2010, and our 1st Provider’s Day also in August. We started a monthly Trans support group in Toledo and a Partners’ Discussion Group that meets monthly in Columbus. We also launched the first ever Trans Needs Assessment in Ohio, as well as an assessment for Partners and Allies of Trans individuals.

TransOhio is 110% volunteer run. We have NO paid staff and operate on donations and grants. Your end of the year donation is vital and assists us in operating expenses, printing costs, and hosting educational and social events throughout the year. Additionally, your donation allows us to continue to work on pressing issues such as changing the gender marker on the Ohio birth certificate, advocacy for those who aren’t in positions to advocate for themself, provide emergency medical expense grants, and more.

If you donate to TransOhio in someone else’s honor between now and the end of 2010, we will send a card to your designee that you made a holiday gift in the person’s name.

It involves two easy steps:

First, donate online, using Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card at: Donate Online –  There you can make a tax-deductible donation to TransOhio through our fiscal sponsor, Stonewall Columbus.

Secondly, after you make the donation, email your name(s), as well as the gift honoree’s name(s), email, address and phone number to: transohio@transohio.org.

If you don’t have someone in mind you’d like to honor with a donation to TransOhio, here’s a gentle reminder:

December is your last opportunity to make charitable donations
which you can deduct on your 2010 taxes due April 15, 2011.

Please consider donating now. Donating to TransOhio between now and December 31 is the perfect way not only to take a deduction, but also to donate to the cause so deeply personal to your life right in your own home state or where somebody you care about resides.

Again, you may donate online, using Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card at: Donate Online

Within a week of your tax-deductible donation, whether or not you make it in someone else’s honor, TransOhio will provide you a receipt in accordance with IRS and state regulations.

Thank you for your continued support of TransOhio.  As always, all of us at TransOhio appreciate you more than we could ever express.

On behalf of the Board of Directors at TransOhio, we wish all of you a happy and healthy holiday season, and a wonderful end to 2010, and a fantastic start to 2011.

In community,
Shane Morgan
Melissa Alexander
Sarah Wagner
Jacob Nash

TransOhio Welcomes New Members to its Board of Directors TransOhio Continues to Expand Its Leadership

For Immediate Release
Contact: Shane Morgan
TransOhio Welcomes New Members to its Board of Directors TransOhio Continues to Expand Its Leadership

Columbus, Ohio (January 11, 2010) –
TransOhio, which formed in 2005, is pleased to announce that Ohio residents Jacob Nash, Sarah Wagner and Melissa M. Alexander have been appointed to the TransOhio Board of Directors. “We’re thrilled that Jacob, Sarah and Melissa have joined TransOhio’s Board of Directors. They each bring experience, expertise and perspective that are invaluable to the continued growth and success of TransOhio,” says Shane Morgan, Founder of TransOhio. “As we continue to grow and build our programs and services, it’s vital that we build our presence in other Ohio cities. Jacob is based in Cleveland, Sarah is in Chillicothe and Melissa is in Columbus. Transgender people live all throughout our state, and it’s difficult for some to travel to Columbus. Part of our responsibility to our community is to make our programs and services accessible to all of the Ohio transgender community.”

Jacob Nash, is the former Executive Director of Transfamily of Cleveland. He is currently in the Masters in Psychology, Diversity Management Specialization program at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to TransFamily, he worked for the Law Office of SmithBernabei & Co., L.P.A. as legal assistant. He has traveled extensively throughout Ohio and neighboring States to speak with legislators about the importance of inclusive language in Civil Rights bills. He has worked directly with Cleveland City Council to include gender identity into the city’s non-discrimination policy as well as incorporating the domestic partner registry in Cleveland in 2009. Jacob is a board member for the GLSEN-NEO Chapter as well as actively involved with the LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland, People of All Colors Together, Equality Ohio, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, The National Center for Transgender Equality, PFLAG T-Net and HRC.

Sarah Wagner is co-facilitator of the TransOhio Partners’ Discussion Group. She is the wife of an Male-to-Female transgender person. Sarah served on TransOhio’s planning committee for the 2nd Annual TransOhio Transgender and Ally Symposium which was held in August 2009 at Capital Law School. Sarah is a lifelong resident of Ohio and currently resides in Chillicothe with her spouse, Jennifer, and their 4 children. She is currently pursuing a specialized degree of her own creation, Gender Research, with the help of the incredible faculty at Ohio University. Sarah has spoken to various groups about transgender issues, including her own experiences and observations as a partner.

Melissa M. Alexander works as a meeting and event planner (CMP), as well as an Adjunct faculty instructor for several Ohio community and technical colleges. Prior to her work in this field and her teaching, Melissa practiced Employment and Labor law for twenty years in West Virginia. She has been admitted to practice in West Virginia and Kentucky as well as several federal courts. In addition to her work with TransOhio, Melissa is active with the National Center for Transgender Equality and Equality Ohio.

TransOhio serves the Ohio transgender and ally communities by providing services, education, support and advocacy which promotes and improves the health, safety and life experience of the Ohio transgender individual and community.

More information on our work is available at www.transohio.org