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TransOhio October 2010 Newsletter Now Available!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Dear TransOhio Family, Friends and Allies!

The October 2010 issue of the TransOhio newsletter is now available! You can download the newsletter at: .

There are tons of events & activities happening during the Fall, so, make sure you take a look at the calendar and the other events noted throughout the newsletter!

Upcoming Notables:

  • Monday, October 4, 2010 is the LAST day to register for the Ohio General Election (November 2)
  • Columbus TG Support Group, Wednesday, October 6 at Stonewall Columbus, 7pm
  • Planning Committee Meeting, Columbus Transgender Day of Remembrance, October 6 (contact Karen at for meeting details)
  • Partners’ Discussion Group, Wednesday, October 13
  • Toledo TG Support Group, Sunday, October 24, 3pm
  • Ally Week at The Ohio State University – Columbus
  • And more!


Email for information.

We need Volunteers! Interested in meeting new people? Can you help us at the Transgender Day of Remembrance? TransOhio Community Thanksgiving? Email us at for details!

We’ll see you soon!

Don’t forget to check out for a full calendar of events, workshops and other fantastic community gatherings!

In Community,
TransOhio Board of Directors
Shane, Melissa, Jacob and Sarah

Planning Committee Members Needed: Transgender Day of Remembrance (Columbus)

Memorial Candles at 2009 Transgender Day of Remembrance

UPDATED: Monday, September 20, 2010. 6:30PM – Location & Date Updated.

TransOhio and Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) Planning Committee members will hold their first meeting on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 6:30PM — Stonewall Columbus, 1160 N. High Street, Columbus, 43201.

If you or your organization or group would like to be a part of this year’s vigil, please plan to attend. Committee members are welcome regardless of gender identity or expression and sexual orientation.  All are welcome.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance is held in November each year to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-Transgender hatred or prejudice.  Even though not every person represented during the Day of Remembrance self-identified as Transgender, each was a victim of violence based on bias or prejudice against Transgender people.

The remembrance vigil was started in 1999 after the brutal murder of Rita Hester.  She was murdered on November 28, 1998.  Twelve years later, Rita’s murder remains unsolved.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance is intended to raise public awareness of hate crimes against Transgender people, an action that current media doesn’t perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of Transgender people who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express our love and our respect in the face of national indifference and hatred. Day of Remembrance gives Transgender people and their allies a chance to step forward and stand in vigil, memorializing those who have died by anti-Transgender violence.

1st Transgender Day of Remembrance Planning Meeting

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Stonewall Columbus (1st Floor)
1160 N. High Street
Columbus 43201

If you have any questions or would like to be a part of the Planning Committee, please email Karen at  If you are outside of Columbus and are interested in hosting a local Transgender Day of Remembrance, please contact us.

Ohio House of Representative, Dan Stewart, Issues Resolution for Transgender Day of Remembrance


Radio Interview w/ WOSU – All Sides with Ann Fisher – Transgender Day of Remembrance

This Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 11am EST, please tune-in to WOSU’s All Sides with Ann Fisher as we discuss Transgender community issues and Transgender Day of Remembrance.

11:00 AM – Trangender Community Issues
Issues affecting the transgender community in Central Ohio and the Transgender Day of Remembrance to mourn and honor victims of hate crimes, with TransOhio Founder & Director Shane Morgan, transgender advocate Gwen Andrix, and Ohio State University Office of Student Life Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Student Initiatives Interim Intercultural Specialist Lexie Beer.

Listen live at Windows Media WOSU 820: or Real Player WOSU 820:

Weekdays, 10am to 12noon, 7pm to 9 pm

All Sides with Ann Fisher is a two-hour, daily public-affairs talk show designed to – over time – touch upon all sides of the issues and events that shape life in central Ohio. Listeners participate via telephone, e-mail and, very soon, Twitter and text messaging, to add to the conversations. As always at WOSU, the coverage is fair and balanced with a civil tone.

Topics are driven by the top news stories of the day – local, regional, national and international — and the trends in what we read and what we like to eat, where we worship and play, and more. Local issues and news-related topics will tend to dominate the first hour with larger issues and authors saved for the second.

Guests will include leaders in their fields, the vanguard of their movements, the hearts and souls of the central Ohio community, the authors that make us think.

Transgender Day of Remembrance to be Observed Around Ohio

Next week, all over the world, communities will be holding vigils to remember those from our community who’ve been taken from us because of transphobia and hatred. Transgender Day of Remembrance events will be held in Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland. Please plan to attend one of these vigils.

Let’s stand in solidarity!

11th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance
Thursday, November 19, 2009
7:00pm – 9:00pm
King Avenue United Methodist Church
299 King Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201


King Avenue United Methodist Church is handicap accessible. This service will be ASL interpretered by Harold Simons.

Community Partners: TransOhio, KYC, Columbus AIDS Task Force, The Center on High, BRAVO, OSU GLBT Alumni Association, OSU Multicultural Center, Equality Ohio, First Unitarian Universalist Church, HRC @ OSU, King Avenue United Methodist Church, HRC-Columbus, Westerville Equality, North Congregational United Church of Christ, Outlook.

The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland
Friday, November 20, 2009
6:00pm – 10:00pm
Cleveland City Hall – Rotunda

Join us for the Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. We will remember those who have lost their lives to the violence of transphobia this year and celebrate the progress that is being made towards trans-inclusion.

6pm Meet at the Free Stamp (Lakeside & E. 9th St.) for a Candle Light Vigil to City Hall.
6:30pm Candlelight Vigil
6:45pm City Hall Rotunda – Program
8pm After Party at Bounce/Union Station

National Transgender Day of Remembrance Program & Candlelight Vigil
Friday, November 20, 2009
7:30pm – 9:00pm
New Spirit Metropolitan Community Church
4033 Hamilton Ave
Cincinnati, OH

Join us in observance of National Transgender Day of Remembrance. Throughout the world, people gather this day every year to pay respect to those needlessly killed by hate crimes against the transgender community, and to call attention to the threat of violence faced by gender-variant people.

The program includes a service of musical selections and reflections from the community, ending with a candlelight vigil to honor those who have been victims of violence. Please contact Joe Poynter at joypoy1950@zoomtown or Paula Ison at or call New Spirit Metropolitan Community Church at 513-661-6464 if you have any questions.

Sponsored by New Spirit Metropolitan Community Church and HRC Greater Cincinnati.