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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

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
Columbus – Thursday, November 18, 2010
King Avenue United Methodist Church
299 King Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
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
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!

September TransOhio Newsletter

3rd Annual TransOhio Transgender & Ally Symposium

The weekend of August 13-15, 2010, over 250 people converged on Columbus, Ohio to attend the 3rd Annual TransOhio Transgender & Ally Symposium. The weekend included the first Provider’s Day and focused on education and professional development for students, providers of Trans health, mental and legal services. The General Symposium’s keynote was given by S. Bear Bergman, Sing If You’re Glad To Be Trans — 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.
WHAT’S NEW: We’ll return to our regular TransOhio monthly newsletter format in October. If you’d like to submit articles for the newsletter, please visit Newsletters for details!

Happy Rosh Hashanah
Sunset Sept. 8, 2010 – Nightfall Sept. 10, 2010
Significance: Jewish New Year
Observances: Sounding of the shofar (ram’s horn trumpet)
Customs: Dipping apples in honey; Casting off “sins” into a river
Greeting: L’shanah tovah! (For a good year!)

Transgender Day of Remembrance (Columbus)
We are currently seeking planning committee members for this year’s Columbus TDOR. TDOR is held in November. If you reside in Central Ohio and would like to be involved in this memorial, please email TransOhio@transohio.org for details. Committee will meet in Columbus. If you reside outside of Central Ohio, we’re working with organizations and groups in Northern and Southern Ohio to assist in their local TDOR. Email TransOhio@transohio.org for details.

Toledo Transgender Support Group
The meeting time for the Fall & Winter Toledo Transgender Support Group has changed from 2pm to 3pm. Remaining 2010 meeting dates are:

  • September 19, 2010
  • October 24, 2010
  • November 28, 2010 (Date might change because of holiday)
  • December 26, 2010 (Date might change because of holiday)

The group meets at:
The Village Church, 3992 Monroe Street, Toledo, OH 43606

The Village Church is at the corner of West Central Avenue & Monroe Street in Toledo, Ohio.

TransOhio Holiday Gatherings

TransOhio will once again be hosting a Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving day (Thursday, November 25, 2010).

This dinner is open to the entire Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay and Ally community. (kids are welcome!). RSVP’s are not required, but it will help us in our planning. There are no excuses to spend the day alone! Come early and stay late!

The Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be at 2pm, at the Center on High (Stonewall Columbus), located at 1160 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43201.

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.

Christmas & New Year’s
We’ll be hosting some type of Christmas & New Year’s gathering as well. It’s a bit early for details, but we’re also looking for people who are interested in planning and organizing!

Interested in helping plan? Email TransOhio@transohio.org for volunteer information!

Job Opportunity: Lucas County Children Services (Toledo, Ohio) Driver

Job Number: LCCS Driver 2
Job Title: Driver (PT)
Category: Transportation Services/Drivers
Status: Open
Salary: $12.38/hr.
Application Available: Apply Online

Lucas County Children Services (Toledo, Ohio) is seeking candidates to provide safe transportation for children and adults receiving services from LCCS.

  • Will safely transport passengers to visitations, appointments, special events, etc.
  • Will exercise safe driving habits and maintain good driving skills
  • Will keep and maintain appropriate records regarding transports (i.e. driver books, mileage reports, statistics)
  • Will attend trainings, unit meetings and other agency meetings

Qualifications: High School diploma or equivalent required.  Requires valid driver’s license, automobile insurance and reliable automobile.  Must have clean (no traffic citations) in the previous 3 years.  Must be drug free.  Physical examination will be required after job offer is made to ensure ability to lift 45 pounds.  Residential or other personal telephone required.  Must be able to work a variable schedule, including evenings and weekends.  Must maintain First Aid, CPR, APNEA monitor, and defensive driving certifications.  Ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural work environment required.  Part-time, 21 hours per week (hours will vary with evening and weekend work required).  Beginning hourly salary is $12.38.

If you are interested in making a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children in our community.  Send resume by 05/28/10 to:  LCCS, Attn:  Human Resources, 705 Adams St., Toledo, Ohio 43604; Fax: 419-327-3291

As an Equal Opportunity Employer we are committed to a diverse workforce.

Publication Date/Time:  5/16/2010 8:00 AM
Closing Date/Time:  5/28/2010 4:30 PM
Qualifications:  See description above


Apply Online:  http://co.lucas.oh.us/jobs.aspx?JobID=72

LGBT, Student Senate push for ‘gender-neutral’ restrooms at University of Toledo

By Randiah Green

Published: Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Office of LGBT Initiatives advisory board is pushing for gender-neutral restrooms in each building on campus in order to address the needs of transgender students at the University of Toledo.

The gender-neutral restrooms will not replace the current “gender bias” restrooms on campus but will serve as a safe place for students who do not fit into the stereotypical roles of their gender, according to President of Spectrum Bradley McDermitt, a junior double majoring in women’s and gender studies and biology.

“The goal is to achieve privacy and prevent the possibility of harassment,” McDermitt said. “If you talk to women who aren’t extremely feminine, a lot of the ones I have talked to have had issues because people seem offended that they’re in there and it shouldn’t be that hard to use a restroom when you are in school.”

The restrooms will consist of a single toilet and sink to give transgender students more privacy.

Director of Residence Life Jo Campbell said creating a friendly community for transgender students with gender-neutral restrooms is an important thing to address.

“This is one way to say we’re acknowledging that people may be in transition and they may not want to choose a particular sex and this is a way to make them feel welcome,” she said.

Campbell said though she has not heard a lot of problems for transgender students at UT, she has dealt with it at other schools she has worked at and it is something people are not always comfortable with discussing.

“I was in Chicago for a number of years and had a number of transgender students,” Campbell said. “I haven’t had a lot of students request gender-neutral bathrooms here in Toledo, but we are certainly looking to accommodate students who would make that request. I’d say people in California and Massachusetts have been dealing with this a little longer so you would find schools there that address this. They probably have floors in their residence halls that are also gender neutral. It’s not something we are so used to seeing here though.”

The Student Government Senate unanimously passed a resolution in support of implementing gender-neutral restrooms on campus at Tuesday’s meeting.

Matt Rubin, a junior majoring in political science who helped sponsor the legislation, said the gender-neutral restrooms are important not only for transgender students, but for any student who may feel uncomfortable using a public restroom.

“Many other types of students can feel uncomfortable in a public bathroom setting, including disabled students,” Rubin said. “I prefer to use those types of restrooms because of the space that they provide for larger than average students. I don’t know how big of a problem current restrooms for transgender students is, but building more bathrooms on campus would be a service to students.”

McDermitt said the LGBT advisory board will be sending the recommendation to UT President Lloyd Jacobs at the end of the

“The recommendation is that any construction will include a gender-neutral bathroom in each building, but for buildings that are massive there may have a need to be more than one to prevent gender stereotypes and harassment,” McDermitt said.

David Holtzapple, a sophomore majoring in pre-pharmacy who presented the legislation to Student Senate, said he has experienced gender bias when using restrooms at UT because of his sexuality.

“I know that I have been going into using a urinal and someone else might be coming into the bathroom and they won’t use one of the other seven urinals that are available just because of discrimination,” he said. “Either they feel uncomfortable going at the same time or they know my sexuality. It’s just a privacy issue with the bathrooms. They don’t really work that well, but they cater to satisfy the general public.”

Campbell said people often fail to realize troubles faced by transgender students.

“If your whole frame of reference is ‘I’m female,’ you don’t really have to think about which restroom to go into,” she said. “If you were a female transitioning to a male or a male transitioning to be female, it’s harder to make that decision each time. We don’t hear about it much, but maybe students are talking about this. I think it’s one of those things where it’s a movement. We are just feeling a small wave of it now. It’s an important topic.”

Holtzapple said implementing gender-neutral restrooms in each building on campus will give transgender students more visibility.

“Most discrimination and hurtful sayings and things like that happen in the bathroom,” he said. “This will give vision to transgender, intersex, gender queer and those identities because you don’t hear about them. They won’t have to hang around the fifth floor of University Hall, acting like they’re studying, waiting for it to be safe to go into the bathroom.”