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Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil Announced for Columbus

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:
Gloria McCauley, BRAVO
(614) 294-7867
1-866-86-BRAVO

Shane Morgan, TransOhio
(614) 441-8167
TransOhio@transohio.org

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 http://www.rememberingourdead.org 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 karenp@transohio.org.

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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: http://www.transohio.org/news/October2010TransOhio.pdf .

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 karenp@transohio.org 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!

Questions?

Email TransOhio@transohio.org 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 TransOhio@transohio.org for details!

We’ll see you soon!

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

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

FREE live webinar on effective networking strategies hosted by LGBTCareerlink.com

Professional networking is the secret of the game both when you are seeking new employment and when you want to achieve high-quality visibility with your current employer. Out & Equal’s unique job search and employment networking website—LGBTCareerlink.com—will host a free live webinar, sponsored by Progressive Insurance on the “12 Rules of Effective Networking.”

The webinar will be held on Tuesday, August 31 12-1pm PDT. Pre-registration is required and available online.

Sandy Jones-Kaminski, former HR recruiting professional,networking expert and author of “I’m at a Networking Event-Now What?” will offer wisdom on the myths and realities of networking-just in time to polish up your networking skills for the 2010 Out & Equal Workplace Summit. Sandy offers a sneak peak of her presentation: “Start asking people you meet,”What are you working on?” instead of the trite ‘What do you do?”

This chock-full webinar will kick off with a ten-minute virtual job fair conducted by Christopher Humlicek, Candidate Development Manager for Progressive Insurance’s 250 claims offices in 35 states. Progressive is a leading diversity employer in the stable insurance industry. “I am looking forward to reaching out to the LGBT and allied workforce for positions I need to fill right now,” says Humlicek.

This is your opportunity to both learn and practice your networking skills without leaving your desk. Register today- It’s free!

Making It Affordable: 3rd Annual TransOhio Transgender & Ally Symposium

Dear Future Symposium Attendee:

The TransOhio Board of Directors understand the difficulties many people are facing due to our tough economic times.  In response to this, we have arranged resources to make attending TransOhio’s 3rd Annual Transgender & Ally Symposium (August 13-15, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio) more affordable for everyone.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to those who need assistance with registration costs.  If you are unemployed, underemployed or having difficulty affording the full price of registration for any reason, please apply for a scholarship! It never hurts to apply.

Send the following information to us at TransOhio@gmail.com:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • City
  • State
  • A brief explanation as to why you are applying

Ride Sharing

We have attendees coming in from all over Ohio and the Midwest. We want to encourage everyone to share transportation costs.  To connect with others in your area please visit the TransOhio Google Group.  When posting an interest, please include “Ride Share” and the name of your city or town in the subject line.

Room Sharing

Hotel costs can be a big deterrent so we are encouraging everyone to share in these costs when possible by using the TransOhio Google Group.  If you live in the Columbus area and are interested in hosting an out-of-town guest please include “Host Opportunity” in the subject line.  If you are planning to stay in a hotel and would like to offset the costs by sharing a room please include “Room Share” in the subject line of your post. Check out the symposium website for an updated list of other local (and potentially less expensive) hotels.

We have done everything possible to make this symposium affordable for providers and general conference attendees alike. In fact, the average cost of registration for a 2-3 day Transgender conference in the United States this past year is approximately $300!

By securing many generous sponsors, we are able to keep our fees reasonable, and provide you with three days filled with local and national presenters, speakers, activities and entertainment.

Together we can make it possible for everyone to attend who wishes to!

In community,
TransOhio Board of Directors

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.