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"ask a tranny anything" [Nov. 8th, 2009|12:06 pm]
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I really wish that, during "Transgender Awareness Week," the local trans community would stop sending the message that the word "tranny" is okay. For fuck's sake.


“Ask a Tranny Anything” Q & A Panel

Tuesday November 17, 2009

5-7pm

Copper Room, University of Arizona, Student Union, 1303 E University Ave.

A “no holds barred” approach to gender diversity education. Ask anything to a panel of open-minded transgender, transsexual, gender-queer, and gender variant folks. This is a safe place to ask the questions that you have about gender identity, gender expression, and your perceptions of gender.




Update:

I sent an email to the organizers and others in the community:

I think it's long past time that the southern Arizona transgender/LGBT community STOPPED giving the impression that "tranny" -- a slur against transgender women -- is an acceptable way to talk about trans people.

I'd really like to see SAGA and SAGA's partners change this. It's hypocritical to celebrate the term "tranny" just a few days before remembering the far-too-many trans women who died while being called that slur.

--Caoimhe / Kynn

I suspect nothing will come of this; at worst, I expect that some trans men will lecture me on "tranny" being okay. (I also sent the email to the SAGAchat mailing list, where I suspect it will be blocked and not approved for posting.)


Full announcement:


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
EVENT: 4th Annual Tucson Transgender Awareness Week
DATES: November 16-20, 2009
November 16-20, 2009 marks Tucson’s fourth annual Transgender Awareness Week. This week will be filled with performances, panels, workshops, discussions, trainings, and many important speakers. The week will culminate on Friday November 20th in Catalina Park with the 11th Annual International Transgender Day of Remembrance, which is intended to be a time to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice during the last year.
The events of this week are proudly sponsored by many organizations at the University of Arizona and at Wingspan, including all of the following: Wingspan’s Southern Arizona Gender Alliance (SAGA) and Eon; the University of Arizona’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs, ASUA’s Pride Alliance, Dean of Students Office, the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership and the Student Services Fee.
We look forward to seeing you at the following events:

Trans Extravaganza

Monday November 16, 2009

7-10pm

Gallagher Theater, University of Arizona, Student Union, 1303 E University Ave.

Kick off Transgender Awareness Week with local transgender artists and performers. Performances include Tucson’s favorite rock star, Namoli Brennet, comedy acts, musical performances, and much more. Not to mention the University of Arizona’s own MFA graduates: Rae Strozzo who will present his current project “Folding (Over),” and gender-queer feminist poet extraordinaire, TC Tolbert. This is a not-to-be-missed live performance! Bring all your friends!

Transgender 101 Workshop

Tuesday November 17, 2009

4-5pm

Copper Room, University of Arizona, Student Union, 1303 E University Ave.

Alison Davison, Coordinator of the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance at Wingspan, will offer an intro to trans identities, "Trans 101" presentation, that will offer an overview of the variety of transgender identities, how they are different from and the same as LGBQQI people, what it means to be trans, what we/they are like, and transition. Learn what is trans and what might not be. This hour will prepare you with a great background for the "Ask a Tranny Anything" panel that follows.

“Ask a Tranny Anything” Q & A Panel

Tuesday November 17, 2009

5-7pm

Copper Room, University of Arizona, Student Union, 1303 E University Ave.

A “no holds barred” approach to gender diversity education. Ask anything to a panel of open-minded transgender, transsexual, gender-queer, and gender variant folks. This is a safe place to ask the questions that you have about gender identity, gender expression, and your perceptions of gender.

“Ask a Doctor Anything” with Dr. Jennifer Vanderleest MD, MSPH

Tuesday November 17, 2009

5pm

Eon Youth Lounge, call for location (520) 620-6245

Dr. Jennifer Vanderleest is faculty in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona. Come ask the friendly doc your questions about transitioning, hormones, surgeries and other topics. Open only to youth ages
13-23.

“Ask a Doctor Anything” with Dr. Jennifer Vanderleest MD, MSPH
Wednesday November 18, 2009
5
:15-6:30pm
Kiva Room, University of Arizona, Student Union, 1303 E University Ave.

This event will feature Dr Jennifer Vanderleest who is faculty in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona. She will discuss national initiatives to improve transgender health care, and answer questions from the audience about transition, hormones, primary care for transgender people, surgical possibilities and how to find/work with a doctor. This session is open to people of all ages.

“Ask a Tranny Anything” Q & A Panel

Wednesday November 18, 2009

6:30pm

ASU School of Social Work, 340 N. Commerce Park Loop, Tortolita Building, Suite 219

A “no holds barred” approach to gender diversity education. Ask anything to a panel of open-minded transgender, transsexual, gender-queer, and gender variant folks. This is a safe place to ask the questions that you have about gender identity, gender expression, and your perceptions of gender.

“Ask a Therapist Anything” Q & A

Thursday November 19, 2009

12-2pm

Copper Room, University of Arizona, Student Union, 1303 E University Ave.

Martie van der Voort is a counselor at the UA's Campus Health Service and in private practice. She has worked with many transgender people in her practice, utilizes the WPATH Standards of Care, and has a compassionate understanding of trans identities and needs. She knows not only the nuts and bolts of transition but also the complex relational and emotional issues that impact transpeople, their families and loved ones. Come ask questions, get resource info from her and SAGA staff, and leave with a more complete understanding of trans processes and dynamics.

Presentation: Legal Landscape for Transgender People

Thursday November 19, 2009

6pm

James E. Rogers College of Law, room 160, University of Arizona, 1201 E. Speedway

Attorney Abigail Jensen will talk about the unique legal challenges that transgender people face as they transform their lives to match mind and body and live as their authentic selves, including employment rights and the challenges of changing name and gender on driver’s licenses, passports, birth certificates and other documents on which our legal identities depend. Bring your questions and your own experiences to share with the group. This presentation is sponsored by the Law Students for Reproductive Justice and PrideLaw.


Abigail Jensen, P.C.
is a trans woman and attorney from Prescott, Arizona. She is also President of QsquaredYouth, an education, support and advocacy organization for LGBTQ youth in Yavapai County; a member of the boards of directors of the Prescott Area Women's Shelter and TransMentors International; and a general rabble rouser on issues of equal rights for transgender, as well as, lesbian, gay and bisexual, people.

Eleventh Annual International Transgender Day of Remembrance

Friday, November 20, 2009

5:30pm

Catalina Park (309 E. 1st Street)

The International Transgender Day of Remembrance is a time to honor and mourn those who have died in the past year, and raise awareness of hate crimes against transgender people and people who are targeted because of their gender identity and/or gender expression. The outdoor vigil will be followed by a procession down Fourth Avenue and a reception at Wingspan.

FOR A COMPLETE AND CURRENT SCHEDULE: Visit the SAGA Web site: www.sagatucson.org or the LGBTQ Affairs Calendar: http://deanofstudents.arizona.edu/LGBTQeventscalendar

For More information, or to request a poster, contact Jennifer Hoefle of the Office of LGBTQ Affairs at the University of Arizona @ (520) 626-1996, or email: jhoefle@email.arizona.edu; or Alison Davison of Wingspan’s Southern Arizona Gender Alliance @ (520) 624-1779, ext. 120, or email: adavison@wingspan.org

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