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You’re Invited: Final Full-Dress Rehearsal of I AM MY OWN WIFE Presented by CATCO & TransOhio

You’re Invited…

Join TransOhio & CATCO for the final full dress rehearsal of the Tony Award winning play:

I Am My Own Wife

Charlotte von Mahlsdorf was a transgender person, who lived through the horrors of pre- and post-World War II Germany. How did she survive the harsh regimes of both Nazi Germany and the post-war East German Communists? How did she create a respected museum that also served as a safe haven for Berlin’s homosexual community? This Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play illuminates the sacrifices and betrayals of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf through the artistry of a single actor playing more than 30 characters.

Date: Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Time: 7:00pm
Doors open at 6:30pm
RSVP’S Required!

Riffe Center Studio Two Theatre
77 S High Street
Columbus, Ohio

RSVP’s ARE REQUIRED and suggested donation of $10 at the door.
(All Donations go DIRECTLY back to TransOhio).

For more information about CATCO and I Am My Own Wife, visit

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


Researchers at The Ohio State University are conducting a study concerning thoughts, attitudes,
and feelings regarding individualsʼ gender identity and transition process.

If you are 18+ and identify on the transgender spectrum you are eligible to participate.

The study is an online survey, and can be completed wherever you have internet access. All participants will have the option to enter a drawing for 1 of 8 $25 gift cards.

If you are interested, please e-mail Kayden Healy at healy.70@osu.edu.

All information associated with this study will remain strictly confidential.

This study has been approved by The Ohio State University’s Institutional Review Board for the Use of Human Subjects in Research (IRB APPROVAL # 2010B0244).

Summary Sheet

Title of Project:
Global Self‐Esteem, Collective Self‐Esteem, and Transition Trajectory in Transgender Individuals

Dr. Lisa Cravens‐Brown, Principal Investigator, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at The Ohio State University

Kayden Healy, Co‐Principal Investigator; Undergraduate Honors Thesis student in Psychology at The Ohio State University

Purpose & Structure:
This study is interested in the thoughts, attitudes, and feelings regarding an individuals’ gender identity and transition process. We hope to use the knowledge gained from this study to help improve the lives of individuals on the transgender spectrum through education of law‐makers and mental health professionals.


  • Identify on the transgender spectrum (i.e. gender variant, transgender, gender queer)
  • Age 18+

What will be required:
If interested please write your e‐mail on the adjacent sheet OR e‐mail healy.70@osu.edu to get information on how to access the survey. Complete the online survey, which will take no more than one hour. Participation is completely voluntary and you may exit at anytime.

As a thank you for your time, you have the option to enter a drawing for 1 of 8
$25 gift cards when you finish participating. The drawing will occur when data collection
is completed in Spring 2011.

Please email Kayden at healy.70@osu.edu or Lisa at cravens‐brown.1@osu.edu should
you have any concerns about your participation.

Special note:
All information associated with this study will remain strictly confidential with access to the data collected from this project limited to the PI, Dr. Cravens‐Brown and co‐PI, Kayden Healy.

TransOhio Launches Statewide Needs Assessment for the Ohio Transgender Community


September 7, 2010

(614) 441-8167

TransOhio Launches Statewide Needs Assessment for the Ohio Transgender Community

Columbus, Ohio – September 7, 2010 – TransOhio has launched a first of its kind needs assessment for the Ohio Transgender community. The needs assessment will serve as a snapshot of the Ohio Transgender community, including those individuals who were born in Ohio, but now reside elsewhere.

“It’s difficult to provide accurate information to agencies about the Transgender community in Ohio. There’s never been a study that has specifically focused on the needs – the climate of Ohio, medical, legal and community needs of Transgender people in the state. Additionally, we have a large group of stealth Transgender individuals who don’t publically identify themselves as being such, or for that matter, seek out services specific to their identity,” says Shane Morgan, Founder and Chair of TransOhio. “There are also no statewide protections for employment, public accommodations, housing and credit for Ohioans who are Transgender, Bisexual, Lesbian or Gay. That means a Transgender individual can be denied employment, fired or denied housing just because of their gender identity or their sexual orientation. The risks often outweigh the pros for many, and for some people, remaining in the shadows is the only way to survive.”

“In order for TransOhio to serve the needs of the transgender community, as well as those who love and support them, we need to ask what is most important to them. There has never been an assessment of this kind for the transgender community in Ohio and it will help us to reach out and work harder to serve them in all areas of their lives from health care and employment to relationships and support. This assessment couldn’t come at a better time than now when the LGB and T along with allied communities are coming together to support one another and I am proud to be in the mix,” says Jacob Nash, member of the TransOhio Board of Directors.

TransOhio colleague and ally, Erin Upchurch, who collaborated with TransOhio on the assessment, says “this needs assessment will serve as a powerful tool to give voice to and increase visibility for a seemingly invisible community; it’s about representation. TransOhio has made a commitment to the Partner and Ally community as well, and their inclusion of assessments for those individuals also shows TransOhio’s dedication to those who love and support Trans identified people.”

There are three assessments available: 1) Transgender Identified Individual, 2) Partner of Transgender Individual and 3) Ally of Transgender Individual.

The TransOhio Statewide Transgender Needs Assessments will be available online and in print through December 31, 2010, with the option of extending the data collection timeline as necessary. TransOhio is currently working with local individuals to translate the assessments into Spanish.

The assessments are available online at http://www.transohio.org. PDF versions for print are also available for download.


Registration now open for Third Annual TransOhio Transgender and Ally Symposium


Shane Morgan
(614) 441-8167

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.