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Trans Day of Remembrance (11/20) - Transgender Empowerment Week (11/14 - 11/29)
Sunday, November 14, 2010 - 12:00am to Monday, November 29, 2010 - 12:00am

 

Portland State University Holds Memorial for Trans Day of Remembrance

on November 20th at 6pm in Hoffman Hall, PSU

 

Transgender Empowerment Week

 

November 14th-29th at Q Center, PSU and Linfield Nursing School

 


This year's free event is focusing on visibility of those whom are most effected by the violence; i.e. transwomen of color. This year's November 20th vigil includes presentation and after hours adult film by Tobi Hill-Meyer! Also featuring puppet show and ukelele by Gepetta and a performance by CoG's GenderQueer Acrobatic Troupe! To find out about the rest of the events happening for Transgender Empowerment Week please go to the bottom of this page.


 

A little about the history of Trans Day or Remembrance: after the November 1998 murder of Rita Hester, a transgender woman living in the Boston area, Gwendolyn Ann Smith and other organizers formed the "Remembering Our Dead" project and accompanying vigil in San Francisco in 1999. Since then, the event has grown to encompass memorials in hundreds of cities around the world. The annual November 20 observance has grown into the national Transgender Day of Remembrance. Although the day primarily memorializes those lost to hate crimes, it also serves as a forum for transgender communities and allies to raise awareness around the threat of violence faced by gender variant people and the persistence of prejudice felt by the transgender community. As expressed on Gwendolyn Ann Smith's site, the guiding principle for the national Transgender Day of Remembrance is summed up in George Santayana's immortal words, "Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it." http://www.transgenderdor.org/

Tobi Hill-Meyer is a multiracial trans dyke whose presentations always addresses intersecting oppressions and people who deal with multiple issues of oppression. Tobi's been doing speaking engagements for the past 8 years. This year ze will be speaking about violence against those with intersecting identities. Last year ze produced a film "Doing it Ourselves: The Trans Women Porn Project" as an attempt to represent trans women engaged in sexuality the way they wanted to be represented as opposed to what typically lines the shelves of "tranny porn" and also to encourage trans women's inclusion in more alternative, feminist, and queer porn. http://nodesignation.com/

Adelaide Windsome, who performs under the name Geppetta, is a queer fabulist, street performer, multimedia artist, and educator currently based in Philadelphia. Growing up fairly nomadic with a fear of dolls and an overactive imagination, she naturally gravitated towards the lifestyle of a traveling puppeteer. Hear Them Howling is a collection of surreal fables of a dark humor as told through puppet theater. The fables feature an array of unusual yet magical creatures with self-destructive habits that result in the most unexpected outcomes. Hear Them Howling uses fables as a tool to create visibility and dialog around mental issues, such as depression, grief, self-harm, trauma, and suicide. This project advocates that language around mental health needs (at times) to be cryptic, dwell in macabre, and never shy from whimsy. http://www.stitchingtentacles.com/

The CoG Acrobatic Troupe will also be showing off some of their new transtastic moves and company members. CoG's mission is to help artists create history. Since transgender individuals (especially those with intersecting identities) are those most often erasured and the focus of violence, it is this under-represented group CoG's focuses on most. CoG's acrobats are just one way that we create original opportunities and help create visibility. http://collectiveofgeniuses.org


 

The Portland State University Queer Resource Center strives to provide an inclusive safe space in advocating for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students, staff, faculty and their allies. Our Mission is to serve the PSU and surrounding communities through both outreach education and social programing that promotes awareness. http://qrc.pdx.edu

11/14:  Community-T: Trans Provider Fair

1-5pm Q-Center 4115 NE Mississippi

~Check out the event here:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=126411290744163

11/15:  Trans 101 workshop for students

1-3pm Room 426 (Advising Room)

This workshop is open to all students of any knowledge level around issues affecting transgender communities, any student in any major could benefit from this workshop. This is a safe space to get your questions answered and your thoughts articulated. We will complete a few exercises to expand our vocabularies and understandings of gender, sex and sexual orientation. Then, we will complete case studies to think through how to competently and effectively interact with transgender people and communities.

~. Limited Space Please RSVP by emailing psutrc@gmail.com

11/16:  Tours of the new (attempting to be) Trans Friendly Rec Center.

10:30am & 4pm at the Rec Center 1800 SW 6th Avenue

~Learn to use equipment and find the gender neutral showers and changing rooms.

11/17   Trans 101 workshop for faculty

11:30-1pm Room 433 (Dean?s Office)

This workshop is open to any staff or faculty of any knowledge level around issues affecting transgender communities. This is a safe space for staff and faculty to get their questions answered. We will complete a few exercises to expand our vocabularies and understandings of gender, sex and sexual orientation. Then, we will complete case studies with a special focus on gender-related issues as they appear in Portland State classrooms and work-spaces .

~Limited Space Please RSVP by emailing psutrc@gmail.com

11/19   Writing workshop with Smitty.

5-6pm QRC: Room 401 Smith Memorial Student Union

(1825 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon 97201-3256)

~This will be a writing prompt based, positive feedback workshop dealing with issues around gender and sexuality. Limited Space Please RSVP by emailing psutrc@gmail.com

Open Mic Featuring Tash Shatz, Smitty Buckler and More.

6pm PSU Multicultural Center: Room 228 Smith Memorial Student Union

(1825 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon 97201-3256)

~ Bring a piece or two to read! Please RSVP here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=131052703616793

A reading of Six Billion Utopia

8pm PSU Multicultural Center: Room 228 Smith Memorial Student Union

(1825 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon 97201-3256)

~A reading of Six Billion Utopias: a collaborative performance about gender and mental health, created by Taiga Christie Please RSVP here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=131052703616793

11/20   Remembrance Vigil and Event

6pm Hoffman Hall: 1833 SW Eleventh, Portland, Oregon 97201

~Featuring Tobi Hill-Meyer, Gepetta and the CoG Acrobats and 'Doing It Ourselves' an adult film. Please RSVP here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=156375177737959

11/21   Trans Day of Empowerment

10am -5pm QRC:

:Room 401 Smith Memorial Student Union

(1825 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon 97201-3256)

Workshops on Anti-Oppression, Theatre of the Oppressed,

(addressing a ways to be an ally to transpeople and how to be an ally for yourself.)

Limited Space Please RSVP by emailing psutrc@gmail.com

Tranz Guyz

6-8pm, The Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi Ave.

Tranz Guys is an inclusive trans-masculine & gender queer discussion/social support group for people assigned female gender at birth, but who no longer identify as such.


11/23 7:00pm - 8:30pm The Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi Ave.

Join Basic Rights Oregon and The Q Center for an exciting evening with Mara Keisling, Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, and Lisa Mottet, Transgender Civil Rights Project Director at the National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce.

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=170761892943787&index=1

11/24:   A Trans People of Color Panel

TBA


11/29  Linfield Trans Health Awareness Day

2255 NW Northrup Ave., Peterson Hall Auditorium (Rm 110)

Lunch is at noon, speaker panel at one. Speaker panel includes Dr. Suzanne Scopes, Jose Miguel, and

Soloman Greenblatt, and will be moderated by Zan Gibbs-a long time activist and community educator.

Questions? Email lily.haboush@gmail.com