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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
http://www.catco.org/seasons/2010-2011-season/i-am-my-own-wife

AIDS Clinical Trials Research Site at Case Western Reserve/University Hospitals in Cleveland

Recently, an HIV vaccine trial in Cleveland has opened enrolling gay men and transgender women who have sex with men.  The AIDS Clinical Trials Research Site is located at Case Western Reserve/University Hospitals in Cleveland.

They are particularly interested in reaching out to the transgender community, both for the community’s understanding of the HIV vaccine trial, as well as for recruitment purposes.

Preliminary information on the trial is available at www.hopetakesaction.org.  Please feel free to contact Outreach Coordinator, Bob Bucklew, with any questions or comments you may have.

Bob Bucklew, Outreach Coordinator
CWRU/UH AIDS Clinical Trials Unit
office: 216-844-2247
fax: 216-844-3926

The Man Behind the Legalize Trans* Campaign

Asher Kolieboi

Asher Kolieboi

Asher Kolieboi is currently the LGBTQIA Community Coordinator at Oberlin College and the founder of the Legalize Trans* campaign.  The Legalize Trans* campaign is an artistic and educational campaign intended to create dialogue and draw attention to the lack of inclusivity within the popular American Apparel “Legalize Gay” campaign. Legalize Trans* serves to emphasize the need for Transgender inclusivity within the dominant national Lesbian and Gay rights movement, and provide public education and resources that focus on navigating legal resources for Trans/gender non-conforming people.

Hailing from Saint Louis by way of Monrovia, Liberia, Asher graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a dual BA in Sociology and Women and Gender Studies in 2009.

Throughout college, he worked with multiple student and community groups to stimulate conversation about intersecting oppressions and during his last year, he organized the IncludeME campaign, an ongoing effort aimed to amend the university’s constitution to ensure gender equality for all students, faculty, and staff. After graduation, Asher served as the Co-Director of Young Adult Activism for Soulforce, a national interfaith organization working to end the religious and political oppression of LGBTQIAP people and co-directed the 2010 Equality Ride, a traveling forum of young adults which seeks dialogue about the intersections wherein faith meets gender, race, and sexuality. He also co-founded Queer Sol, a queer people of color arts and activism collective in Austin, TX.

The Legalize Trans* campaign is an artistic and educational campaign intended to create dialogue and draw attention to the lack of inclusivity within the popular American Apparel “Legalize Gay” campaign. Legalize Trans* serves to emphasize the need for Transgender inclusivity within the dominant national Lesbian and Gay rights movement, and provide public education and resources that focus on navigating legal resources for Trans/gender non-conforming people.

For information about the Legalize Trans* campaign, and to get your Legalize Trans* wear and buttons, visit www.legalizetrans.com.

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

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.