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Trans Film Series Hosted by TransOhio & Gateway Film Center: She’s A Boy I Knew

Monday, February 21 · 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Gateway Film Center
1550 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio
$6—Benefits TransOhio

They say that when someone comes out of the closet, they can’t stop talking about it. Vancouver filmmaker Gwen Haworth not only talked she made a movie. Using archival family footage, interviews, phone messages, and hand-drawn animation, Haworth’s documentary SHE’S A BOY I KNEW begins in 2000 with Steven Haworth’s decision to come out to his family about his life-long female gender identity. The resulting auto-ethnography is not only an exploration into the filmmaker’s process of transition from biological male to female, from Steven to Gwen, but also an emotionally charged account of the individual experiences, struggles, and stakes that her two sisters, mother, father, best friend and wife brought to Gwen’s transition.

Under Haworth’s sensitive eye, each stepping stone in the process of transitioning becomes an opportunity to explore her community’s and our own underlying assumptions about gender and sexuality. When Steven starts to wear his wife Malgosia’s clothing, she struggles with whether Steve “wants to be with me or to be me;” when Steven changes her name to Gwen, her father comments, that’s “when I realized I lost my son;” Haworth’s gender reassignment surgery, or vaginoplasty, forces her sister Kim to grapple with her own experiences in the medical establishment and raises questions about the implications of the medicalization of gender.

In these tender and difficult moments, SHE’S A BOY I KNEW forces us to question our own assumptions about the role that names, clothing, and anatomy play in our constructions of gender identity. As her transition progresses, Gwen is forced to reckon with the end of her marriage and the loss of her status as son and brother. But in doing so, she also discovers that while the nature of personal relationships may change, the love and support present within those relationships can remain just as powerful and sometimes even more so.

At turns painful, funny, and awkward, SHE’S A BOY I KNEW explores the frustrations, fears, questions, and hopes experienced by Gwen and her family as they struggle to understand and embrace her newly revealed identity.

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

Summit Methodist Church to Host Riveting Play: Survival of The Boulevard Singer

A Survival of The Boulevard SingerMark your calendars for Sunday, October 10, 2010 @ 3pm as Summit on 16th Methodist Church in Columbus, Ohio will host Survival of The Boulevard Singer a riveting play about the struggle of a family immersed in their church culture and struggling with their relationship with their brother/son who is HIV+.

Both written and performed by Debra James Tucker, you are sure to be moved by the talent of this Ohio Arts Council Award Recipient for Individual Excellence.

Please come out and celebrate in one of the many events going on in our city during National Coming Out month.

As with all of events the suggested donation should not deter your attendance. It is not a requirement! Your presences is what we value most –so more if you can, and none if that is what you need to do to attend.

Summit on 16th United Methodist Church is located at 82 E. 16th Ave., Columbus, OH 43201. 614-291-3324

TransOhio June 2010 Newsletter Now Available!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Dear TransOhio Family, Friends and Allies!

The June 2010 issue of the TransOhio newsletter is now available! You can download the newsletter at: http://www.transohio.org/news/June2010TransOhio.pdf .

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

Registration is now open for the 3rd Annual TransOhio Transgender and Ally Symposium!

Upcoming Notables:

  • TG Support Group, Wednesday, June 2nd
  • Partners’ Discussion Group, Wednesday, June 9th
  • 4th Annual Unity Picnic, Saturday, June 5, Goodale Park, Columbus – Open to Everybody!
  • 3rd Annual TransOhio Transgender & Ally SymposiumAugust 13-15, 2010 in Columbus — Registration is now open!

Check out the 3rd Annual TransOhio Transgender & Ally Symposium webpage for more info!

Questions?
Email TransOhio@gmail.com for information.

We need Volunteers!
Interested in meeting new people? Can you help us at the Unity Picnic? Columbus Pride? Symposium?
Sign-up online!

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!

TransOhio Board of Directors
Shane, Milo, Tara, Jake, Sarah and Melissa

Registration now open for Third Annual TransOhio Transgender and Ally Symposium

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Shane Morgan
TransOhio
(614) 441-8167
TransOhio@gmail.com
www.transohio.org

Registration now open for Third Annual TransOhio Transgender and Ally Symposium

Columbus, Ohio — May 22, 2010 — The 3rd Annual TransOhio Transgender and Ally Symposium, which will be held on the campus of Ohio State University from August 13-15, 2010, will feature over 70 workshops and seminars by local and nationally recognized presenters. Registration for this year’s Transgender and Ally Symposium is now open.

TransOhio, Ohio’s only statewide Transgender advocacy and community organization, has expanded this conference, which originally consisted of a single day just three years ago, to three full days of workshops, seminars and social events, including a day that is specifically set aside for medical, social service and legal providers. “This is the first year we will be hosting a Provider’s Day at our Symposium. We’re going to be able to offer continuing education units (CEUs) as we’ve partnered with The Ohio State University’s College of Social Work. Additionally, the GLBT Alumni Society – Scarlet & Gay and The Longaberger Alumni House have also been key partners in making this day come together,” said Shane Morgan, Founder and Chair of TransOhio. The General Symposium sessions, held both Saturday and Sunday, will occur onsite at the Ohio State University Multicultural Center at the Ohio Union.

“Recently, we’ve seen several established as well as new medical and legal providers stepping up to learn about the Transgender community and their needs and the issues that are specific to the community. Part of TransOhio’s mission is to provide opportunities to continue to develop qualified professionals that the Transgender community can seek out for services,” according to TransOhio Board Member Jacob Nash.  “People need to know that they have options and need to be able to select a professional who best fits an individual’s needs and works for them.”

Presentations, workshops and seminars will cover topics such as Health & Safety, Partners, Spouses & Family, Sex & Sexuality, Legal Issues & Employment, Religion and Spirituality, Education & Advocacy and Culture, Media and Arts.  Friday night events include a Meet & Greet and the Fabulously Fluid! gender-bending performance showcase. Saturday evening, TransOhio will host a special performance of local performer Sile P. Singleton’s – PAINT! A Transformative Project at the Columbus Performing Arts Center’s Shedd Theatre in Columbus.  PAINT! is set against the backdrop of a socially constructed notion that communities of color are “more homophobic than white communities,” Singleton, chases the metaphor of the rainbow from her earliest childhood memories in the church to today’s rainbow clad “twirly” boys and “dykes on bikes.” Singleton guides the audience through the very personal journey of an American Black Midwest Queer Trans-person and her quest for the symbol of hope and ‘everlasting inclusion.’

For more information about TransOhio or the 3rd Annual TransOhio Transgender and Ally Symposium, visit www.transohio.org or transohio2010.wordpress.com to register.

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