Join TransOhio @ We All Belong – A Rally for Inclusion
Sunday, October 31st, 2:30 pm
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Join TransOhio @ We All Belong – A Rally for Inclusion
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.’
TransOhio is calling on all transgender people to look for employment–this time, at your member of Congress’ office.
Apply for a job with your members of congress to show them that transgender people need jobs now!
With the rate of unemployment in the transgender community twice the national average, we need Congress to act now to pass the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). We’ve included a sample cover letter (this opens as a Word document, courtesy the National Center for Transgender Equality) to send to your Congressional office that calls on your member of Congress to support your job search by supporting ENDA.
Personalize the cover letter as you see fit, print out a copy of your cover letter and resume, and visit the office for your representative that is closest to your home and hand them in.
You can find out who your representative is and where their offices are located at http://www.house.gov.
Take your letter to your Representative’s office to demonstrate the need for jobs for transgender and other LGBT people.
Hey, you never know and it never hurts to try, right!
If you are able to visit in-person, wear the best business clothes that you have. If you are not able to visit the office, fax or email your letter and resume.
Good Luck, and remember, keep your head up, walk tall and don’t let anybody ever tell you you can’t do something!
TransOhio Board of Directors
Lobby Day for Equality 2010 – Registration Closes Friday, April 30th!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
In September of 2009, with a vote of 56 to 39, the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 176, the Equal Housing and Employment Act. 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 win would not have been possible without years of hard work and dedication to change from activists across Ohio.
The Equal Housing and Employment Act has been sent to the Senate. We have waited long enough for equal rights in Ohio. Please let your voice be heard. Join us for Lobby Day 2010 and help us pass EHEA – the first pro-LGBT legislation EVER for the state of Ohio!
Bring your story to the statehouse on May 19th to make a difference!
As always, we’ll help you prepare and get you important information and facts to make sure you’re comfortable and ready. You’ll get tips and training, and be assigned to a team on Lobby Day to support one another and share the lobbying experience.
Don’t wait! Click here to register now for Lobby Day 2010 – your story is a very important asset to make the day a success!