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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

Friday, November 19, 2010: TransOhio Events in Cleveland

Please join TranOhio and Board Member, Jacob Nash, on Friday, November 19, 2010 at 3pm at the LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland for an open community conversation about about hate crimes and the Transgender community. Guests include Sharon M. McGowan, Attorney with the Appellate Section of the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, as well as other local attorney’s and individuals from the Cleveland-area FBI office.

All are welcome to attend, including family and friends.

After the community conversation, please join us at the Justice Center as we march to City Hall for Cleveland’s Transgender Day of Remembrance vigil and rally. TransOhio’s Transgender pride flag will be proudly flying over Cleveland City Hall in honor of those who’ve been lost to remember and honor those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. Not every person represented during the Day of Remembrance self-identified as transgender, but each was a victim of violence based on bias or prejudice against transgender people.

The LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland is located at 6600 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44102.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil begins at the Justice Center, 1200 Ontario Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44113-1664 at 5:45pm, followed by a short march to City Hall. Program begins at 6pm.

For additional event information, please email Jacob Nash, TransOhio Board of Directors member: jacob@transohio.org.

TransOhio: October & November Events in Ohio

Join TransOhio @ We All Belong – A Rally for Inclusion
Sunday, October 31st, 2:30 pm
All are welcome!

First Congregational Church, 444 E Broad St. Columbus, OH 43215
4:30 pm – March to the Ohio Statehouse (0.5 mile)
We are people of all colors, ages, colors, religions, abilities, economic classes and orientations, religions, abilities, We are native-born and immigrant, and native-immigrant, We are all created equal.
Ohio Transgender Day of Remembrance Events
Cincinnati – Thursday, November 18, 2010
Hebrew Union College
3101 Clifton Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45223
7pm-9pm
Columbus – Thursday, November 18, 2010
King Avenue United Methodist Church
299 King Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
7pm-9pm
Cleveland – Friday, November 19, 2010
Justice Center
1200 Ontario Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44113-1664
5:45pm @ The Justice Center, then a short march to City Hall.
Program begins at 6pm
5th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Thursday, November 25, 1:00pm
The Center on High (Stonewall Columbus), 1st floor
1160 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43201
614-441-8167
Fall is here and the cold weather is starting to arrive and that must mean that Thanksgiving is approaching! That’s right, here come the holidays… What better way to spend them then with your friends and family of TransOhio!
TransOhio will once again be hosting a Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving day.
This dinner is open to the entire Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay and Ally community. There are no excuses to spend the day alone! Come early and stay late!  This is open to the entire GLBTQI and Ally community (kids are welcome!).  RSVP’s are not required, but it will help us in our planning. TransOhio will provide the turkey & and necessary paper plate-ware.
Please bring a dish to share with others (and a serving spoon, fork or knife) and something to drink.
Volunteers are needed to setup, decorate and clean up at the end of the evening.
If you can volunteer, please let us know – send an email to transohio@transohio.org or call us (614) 441-8167 (this is a voicemail only number, please leave a message).
Please join your TransOhio family on Thanksgiving!

Join TransOhio at Columbus’ Spirit Day and Candlelight Vigil

Be a Part of Spirit Day in Columbus and Attend the Candlelight Vigil

Stonewall Columbus will hold a candlelight vigil on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Gazebo at Goodale Park, 120 W. Goodale Street, in Columbus, Ohio. This event coincides with the newly created “Spirit Day”
which recognizes the loss of lives to suicide directly related to anti-gay bullying.

Purple in the LGBT rainbow flag represents “Spirit.” Come and join us as we show the spirit of the Columbus LGBT community. We will stand together to encourage people who are being bullied and harassed because they are gay, lesbian, bisexual or
transgender to speak out and get help.

A short program will be held with speakers from our community and performances by Vox from the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus and Unecc. Resource materials will be on hand for distribution and a limited number of candles and “Spirit Day” purple ribbons will
be available at the park.

“It is very difficult for those who are suffering to reach out,” said Karla Rothan, Executive Director of Stonewall Columbus. “By holding this public event, it is our hope that we will encourage people who are being bullied and harassed because they are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender to speak out and get help.”

Stonewall Columbus serves the Central Ohio LGBT community by providing a community center and offering programming and services that enhance the well-being and visibility of our diverse community through discovery, affirmation and celebration.

For more information, please contact Karla Rothan, Executive Director of Stonewall Columbus, at 614-930-2261 or email her krothan@stonewallcolumbus.org.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Stalled

Working Title: Stalled
Editors: K. Bridgeman and A. Lee Crayton
Contact: stalled.the.book [at] gmail [dot] com
Submission Deadline: December 31, 2010
Website: http://stalledthebook.wordpress.com

The range of gender non-conforming folks is broad.  We are men, women, genderqueers, two-spirits, trans women/transwomen, trans men/transmen, intersex, bois, grrrls, butchs, faeries, FtMs, MtFs, tomboys, drag queens, transvestites, transexuals, queers, none or maybe all of the above.* In a society that preaches gender as rigid, fighting for gender self-determination can be challenging.  For some the process is finite, traveling from point A to point B, while others wade continuously through the mire or transcend altogether. But despite the trajectory of our own personal journey, we all experience the polarizing demands of the binary.

One way these demands are evident is in sex-segregated spaces: changing stalls, detention centers, restrooms, group homes, homeless shelters, locker rooms, and security checkpoints.* These places can be hard to avoid, and interaction with them demands we make a choice about how we will present ourselves. With this anthology, we want to explore the sometimes difficult, layered, isolating, heart breaking, frightening, awkward, frustrating, challenging, funny, and/or queer experiences people are faced with in these settings. Stalled is a space for us to share our stories.

Gender-nonconforming individuals of all ages, published and unpublished, are encouraged to contribute to Stalled.

We welcome submissions of all types:

  • stories
  • poems
  • photos
  • art pieces
  • however you feel most comfortable expressing your personal experiences around sex-segregated spaces

Submissions should be non-fiction and based on actual experience.  However, we respect the author’s prerogative to maintain characters’ anonymity.
* We recognize these descriptions are not exhaustive and to acknowledge that they are not intended to be restrictive.  We encourage and hope to engage a broad range of experiences and identities.

Submission Instructions:

  • Submissions should be sent via e-mail to stalled.the.book@gmail.com.
  • Written submissions should be 1500 words or less, and submitted as a .doc or .docx file with pages numbered. Illustrations should be submitted in jpeg format.
  • You may submit up to 2 different pieces of work.
  • We welcome both published and unpublished authors; however, if the piece you’re submitting has been published, please note where and when.
  • In your cover email, please include Author’s Name, Pen Name (if applicable), Title of Submission, email address, and a brief Bio (150 words or less).

Submissions will be accepted throughout the year.

The final deadline is December 31, 2010 (11:59:59 pm EST).

All submissions will be responded to by the end of April 2011.  Early submissions are encouraged.