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Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil Announced for Columbus


Gloria McCauley, BRAVO
(614) 294-7867

Shane Morgan, TransOhio
(614) 441-8167

Columbus, Ohio – October 4, 2010 – Local and statewide organizations announce the 12th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance is held in November each year to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. Although 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 list of deaths available at only contains those deaths known to the transgender community or that have been reported to the media. The Day of Remembrance is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved.

This year’s vigil will take place on Thursday, November 18, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at King Avenue United Methodist Church, located at 299 King Avenue, Columbus, 43201. King Avenue United Methodist Church is handicap accessible. The vigil will be ASL interpreted.

Remember. Honor. Empower.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance is intended to raise public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, an action that current media does not perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of transgender people who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and 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.

Community Partners include: TransOhio, Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO), King Avenue United Methodist Church, North Congregational United Church of Christs’ Gender Fold Action Alliance, New Leaf Columbus, Stonewall Columbus, The Ohio State University GLBT Alumni Society, Equality Ohio, HRC-Columbus, Columbus AIDS Task Force, The Ohio State University Multicultual Center.

If your organization or community group would like to become a community partner, please contact TDOR Co-Chair Karen at


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

Transgender & Ally Symposium: A Sampling of Our Workshops!

This year we expect over 250 participants to enjoy more than 70 workshops covering a variety of topics including:

Here’s what you get for your General Symposium Registration:
~ Meet & Greet with Presenters & Symposium Attendees
~ Registration to General Conference
~ Saturday workshops and lunch
~ Saturday performance of PAINT! A Transformative Project by Sile P. Singleton
~ Sunday workshops
~ And more!

Fee: $50 Register Online Now!

Provider’s Day Workshops and Registration, visit Provider’s Day! CLE’s and CEU’s are APPROVED!

Sing If You’re Glad To Be Trans
S. Bear Bergman, Keynote Speaker

While the difficult narratives of trans life are valid and deserve our attention, is it not perhaps enough with the all-misery-all-the-time tranny channel? Being trans is not a reason for pity, scorn, shame, or apology. This lecture celebrates trans bodies, communities, awareness, sex, love, particular talents, successes and self-creation with a faultless logic and good humor that may just make you appreciate transfolks (or being trans) in a whole new way.

Minimizing the Top Ten Fears of Raising a Gender Variant Child
Kim Pearson, TransYouth Family Allies

Are you a parent who wants reassurance that your child will grow up happy and healthy? We will explore the top ten questions that parents have regarding their child’s future.

Topics include: understanding gender expression in small children; how, what, when and if we should tell our family and friends; how do we make sure our child is safe in school and other situations; social transition; medical transition; bolstering self-esteem and romantic relationships.

Seahorse Papas, Bearing Fathers and Birth Dads; navigating pregnancy, conception and birth
j wallace

Bring your hopes, your fears, your questions. This will be a facilitated discussion about what it means to be a man who wants to give birth and how to go about manifesting that. Expect social, emotional, practical and medical issues to be discussed, experiences shared and suggestions offered.
We’ll talk about language, clothing, navigating medical service providers and what it’s actually like to be a pregnant dude.

Please note: we will /not/ be debating whether you can be a pregnant man, whether it’s good for the community, or debating the validity of pregnancy as a choice for transmen. This workshop is intended for transmasculine people who are considering pregnancy/are pregnant/been pregnant, and our friends and allies.

Race, Gender, and Sexuality
New Leaf Columbus

A round table conversation exploring the intersection of race, gender identity, and sexuality. Participants will share and discuss the multiple ways race and culture inform gender identity/ expression, and seek to understand challenges surrounding sexual orientation/preference. Specific topics will include (but are not limited to): language, coming out, gender roles, and cultural socialization.

Gay and FTM: How to Relax and Meet the People You are Attracted To
Dale Bogucki and Miles Newman, La Fraternitie du Loup-Garou

Hate going out because you are not sure you will even be able to talk to someone? Freaking out even though you pass you are “sure” you won’t in a mostly male space? Think you will never be able to disclose? Think that when you do disclose the entire bar will know? Learn that you are not alone, you are not the first, and the community is more receptive than you think. We have been there and we will tell you all about the best ways to disclose, good ways to disclose, and when not to disclose. Also, learn about cruising, specific body language, and how to know if someone is cruising you.

Intersex 101: Similarities & Differences Between Intersex and Trans People
Vickie Boisseau

This workshop will explore the social, legal, and medical issues faced by many Intersex people, as well as the similarities, and differences between Intersex and Trans people.

Trans Women Now
Cara Sande Greenberg

Trans women come in all shapes and sizes and transition is never a straight line. We will be holding a panel discussion on the lives and needs of trans women. Topics will include transphobia, appearance and presentation, safe spaces, health services, and trans women’s relationship to the broader T and the LGB communities.

Partners’ Experience: Limited Disclosure and Stealth
Ariel Baumwell, Co-Facilitator, TransOhio Partners’ Discussion Group

A discussion session on the experiences of partners and relationships where one or more partner prefers not to disclosure their trans status or does so in a very limited capacity. Topics include: Finding medical care, activism and community with limited disclosure, damage control when forcibly outed, stigmas and stereotypes, children and limited disclosure. Other topics related to limited disclosure are also welcome. This discussion session is open to all.

CSW, Office of Continuing Education is a provider with the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage & Family Therapist Board. Provider Number: RSXX-038706 (Social Worker) and RCX-100503 (Counselor).

CLE’s are being sponsored by the LGBT Committee of the Columbus Bar Association.
Registration is now open and Social Service and Legal providers and professionals are being encouraged to register early as seating is limited and filling up fast.

Our Sponsors: The Ohio State University Multicultural Center; OSU’s Scarlet & Gay; OSU College of Social Work; The LGBT Committee of the Columbus Bar Association; Outlook; Stonewall Columbus; The Ohio Democratic Party LGBT Caucus; Apropos Promo; Irony Personal Training, LLC; United Way of Central Ohio; Stonewall Democrats of Central Ohio; Out for Work; The LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland; The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force; Case Western Reserve University GLBT Office; Equality Ohio; PBJ Connections; Delaware Christian Gay-Straight Alliance; Heart-Centered Healing; Evolved.

Equal Housing and Employment Bill (HB 176) stalls in Ohio Senate, USA

Equal Housing and Employment Bill (HB 176) stalls in Ohio Senate

June 28, 8:35 AM – Cincinnati Liberal Issues Examiner – Timothy Gabelman

On September 15, 2009, with a vote of 56 to 39, Ohio’s House of Representatives passed the Equal Housing and Employment Bill (HB 176). The historic vote marks the first time in Ohio that a vote on the floor of the Ohio General Assembly has occurred on legislation protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

This bill would prohibit discriminatory practices on the basis of actual or perceived “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” and empower the Ohio Civil Rights Commission to enforce anti-discrimination measure against the LGBT community in employment and housing.

At present, only twelve states and the District of Columbia protect individuals in their workplaces from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, while an additional nine states protect individuals on the basis of sexual orientation alone.

At this juncture, only 42% of the states protect their most valuable economic commodity – their workers – from discrimination against a quality that in no way impacts their ability to perform their job.

Yet, as of February 2009, 423 (85%) of the Fortune 500 companies ban discrimination based on orientation and 176 (35%) ban discrimination based on orientation and identity. Some of the leading employers that support fairness in the workplace and have stated support for federal legislation banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity include: Bank of America Corp., Best Buy Co., Cisco Systems, Clear Channel Communications, Coca-Cola Co., Dell Inc., General Mills Inc., J.P. Morgan Chase and Co., Microsoft Corp.,
MillerCoors Brewing Co., Nationwide (headquartered in Columbus, OH), NCR Corp., and Time Warner, Inc.

It is unfathomable that corporate America would extend greater benefits than the law allows unless it recognized that qualified individuals should not be discriminated against based on characteristics unrelated to their job.

In a 2006 poll, 66% of Ohio registered voters believe that laws should be passed banning discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations based on both sexual orientation and gender identity or
expression (2006 Glengariff Poll of Ohio voters commissioned by Equality Ohio Education Fund).

The Ohio House of Representatives stood for equality in Ohio’s employment practices and housing accommodations, and fought for the due process of law to ensure that equal protection would be a hallmark
of Ohio’s Civil Rights Commission; Ohio’s governor, Ted Strickland, has promised to sign this legislation into law.

However, when the bill was brought to Ohio’s Senate, it was not assigned to a committee or to a floor vote.

Senate President Bill Harris (R-OH19) has, through an aide, expressed some doubts about the bill and subsequently has refused to allow it to see the light of day from the Ohio Senate or to even allow dialogue in
committee to reconcile the issues that he may have with it.

If you would like Ohio to join with the 21 other states of this nation in protecting the rights of workers, especially in a time of economic uncertainty, you can contact your state senator (a list of which can the found to the right of this article) and urge them to contact the President of the Senate or write Senate Harris directly at:

Senator Bill Harris
President of the Senate
1 Capitol Square, 2nd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215

You can also call his office at (614) 466-8086 or email him at

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Equality Ohio Announces Appointment of New Executive Director

Equality Ohio Announces Appointment of New Executive Director
Experienced Cleveland Leader to Lead Statewide LGBT Rights Organization

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

CONTACT:   Mike Castle, Equality Ohio Board President
Cell: 937-672-3951

Columbus, Ohio – The Equality Ohio Board of Directors announced today the selection of Sue Doerfer as the organization’s new Executive Director. Ms. Doerfer was chosen following an extensive national search. She comes to Equality Ohio after serving five years as Executive Director of the Cleveland LGBT Center.  Her experience and involvement with the work of Equality Ohio goes back to the organization’s creation on April 22, 2005 where she was a member of the group of 65 individuals who formed Equality Ohio.

“We are thrilled to have Sue joining Equality Ohio as our second Executive Director,” said Equality Ohio Education Fund Board President Jeff Smith. “Sue brings commitment, community awareness, bridge building, and political savvy to her life’s work as an activist. Her years of executive nonprofit leadership experience, success working on local, state and national political and legislative campaigns, commitment to Equality Ohio’s vision and mission, and her knowledge of the political and social landscapes in which LGBT Ohioans live and work make her an ideal leader for us. Her statewide presence and track record of success will allow her to hit the ground running.”

Ms. Doerfer’s work as the Executive Director of the Cleveland LGBT Center included the development of services focused on outreach to homeless youth in Cuyahoga County and the creation of new and innovative methods for raising funds to support the Center’s vital work.  She oversaw an increase of the Center’s budget by 30% during her tenure, as well as the development of an LGBT-focused community health service center.  Over the past five years, Doerfer has collaborated with Cleveland City Council and other community leaders on    developing a Domestic Partnership Registry, adding Gender Identity to legal nondiscrimination protections, and creating Ohio’s first City-sponsored LGBT Heritage Day.

Prior to her work with the Cleveland LGBT Center, Ms. Doerfer served as the Clinical Director of Services for the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland and as Director of Social Services for Broadway House for Continuing Care in Newark, NJ.  Doerfer has a Bachelors Degree in psychology/sociology from St. Ambrose University and a Masters of Social Work from California State University.  Her volunteer work includes longtime involvement with Cleveland Stonewall Democrats and Cleveland Pride.  For the past three years, Sue has served on the Board of Directors for CenterLink: The National Association for LGBT Community Centers.

“I am honored to have been selected to lead Equality Ohio as the new Executive Director,” said Doerfer.  “The work that has been done since the organization’s founding four and a half years ago has provided concrete outcomes that have moved Ohio forward.  It is exciting for me to join such a strong and well-respected organization and I look forward to shaping its future with my ideas, leadership, energy and passion for LGBT equality.”

“With vision, energy and a collaborative spirit, Sue will work tirelessly towards the advancement of equality, respect and acceptance of LGBT people in Ohio,” said Equality Ohio Board President Rev. Mike Castle of Dayton. “She has a strong team in Kim Welter, Erin Upchurch and Michele Hopkins, committed boards of directors, engaged coalition partners across the state, and a broad-based membership to support her in our mission.”

Ms. Doerfer will start with the organization in January and will divide her time between Cleveland and the organization’s home office in Columbus. The boards are now beginning to plan a series of events to be held in Ms. Doerfer’s first few months to provide numerous opportunities for the LGBT and allied community across the state to meet and get to know her. Please check for event information as it is published.

Equality Ohio envisions an Ohio where everyone feels at home, living in families and communities where equality, diversity, and inclusiveness are universally valued and where government protects all people and responds to their needs regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.