Tucson Transgender Awareness Week 2011

Transgender Awareness Week Calendar

Monday 11/14:

Remembering the Little “t”: Serving Transgender Children 10am-12pm @ CPSA Training Center
Logan Sage Croft, A PhD candidate in Psychology, coordinator of Tucson’s parent support group for parents of transgender children, and herself a mother of a transgender child, will lead a workshop discussing the issues surrounding the provision of mental health services to transgender children.  This workshop will provide a look at the most recent discussions surrounding current treatment modalities and approaches.
Kickoff & Resource Fair 11am-1pm @ UA Mall
Kick off Transgender Awareness Week with a resource fair of local transgender   resources and Made for Flight kites             and poetry lead by gender-queer feminist poet extraordinaire, TC Tolbert. This is a not-to-be-missed live performance!             Bring all your friends! Considering transition? Stop by and chat with people who have been through it and get the inside   scoop on social and medical transitioning.
Dezert Girlz Meeting 7pm @ Wingspan
Support and social group for all kinds of people who were assigned male gender at birth, but who do not feel that is an accurate description or complete expression of their identity. Visit http://wingspan.org/programs/transgendersaga/ for more information.

Tuesday 11/15:

LGBTQA Support Group 4-5:30pm @ CSIL 412
This group is a safe space for UA students to talk in an open and supportive environment about issues impacting their lives and the LGBTQ and Allied community. Students can discuss topics ranging from coming out to making new friends, from the media to gender identity. Facilitated by LGBT staff to provide resources and guidance if needed, the group is free and confidential. Please drop in – no need to call! For more information, please contact Martie van der Voort, MC, LPC, 621-3334 or email: vandervoort@health.arizona.edu
Trans 101 Workshop 5-6:30pm @ Union Gallery
The Advanced Safe Zone workshop series sessions are most strongly encouraged for individuals who have completed at least the first half of the full Safe Zone workshop. If you have not done so, please return to the calendar of trainings and register for a General Education workshop. This is a MUST for anyone who wants to learn what it means to be an ally for  the Transgender community! Come learn about 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 about the transition process. Please register by November 11 at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewformformkey=dHhsWW5uVm9XQ0IzamQtZno0WGt4X0E6MQ
Ask a Transgender Person Anything Panel 6:30-8pm @ Union Gallery
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.
Dezert Boyz Meeting 7pm @ Wingspan
Support and social group for all kinds of people who were assigned female gender at birth, but who do not feel that is an accurate description or complete expression of their identity. Visit http://wingspan.org/programs/transgendersaga/ for more information.

Wednesday 11/16:

Introduction to Transgender Medicine 12-1pm @ UA College of Medicine Room 3117
Dr Kevin Maxey will present a brown bag lunch discussion around the medical aspects of Gender Identity Disorder and recommended treatment options available for physicians in working with transgender patients.
Beyond Boundaries: Challenging Sex and Gender Norms 5-6:30pm @ CSIL Room 404
This panel discussion is sponsored by The Women’s Resource Center at UA and strives to offer both an academic and an intimate conversation about how sex and gender norms affect all of us, as well as ways in which we all transgress those boundaries. Panelists include Dr. Frank Galarte—Visiting Adjunct in GWS; November Papaleo—Director of WISE; Kat Sinclair—Project Director in Family and Consumer Sciences; and Rebecca, a transwoman of 25 years.
Ask a Lawyer ANYTHING And Youth Pizza Party 4:30-6:30pm @ Wingspan’s EON Youth Lounge
A pizza party sponsored by SAGA with an open question and answer session with an attorney
Dezert Partnerz Meeting 6pm @ Wingspan (this event has moved to Thursday, Nov 17)
One person’s transition is a transition for everyone. As the partner, spouse, or close friend of a transgender or transsexual person, you may feel betrayed, angry, confused – or delighted – by the all-consuming nature of transition and the complexities of life, love, and intimacy that accompany the journey. Join this group to gain a better understanding of the ways gender diversity can impact a relationship. Visit http://wingspan.org/programs/transgendersaga/ for more information.
Screaming Queens with Susan Stryker 7pm @ Gallagher Theatre
This award winning documentary explores the impact of the 1966 riot which launched San Francisco’s transgender movement. Three years before the famous uprising at New York’s Stonewall Inn, a group of transgender women and gay street-hustlers fought back for the first time in history against everyday street harassment. This act of resistance was a dramatic turning point for the transgender community, and the beginning of a new human rights struggle that continues to this very day. Susan Stryker, one of the film’s producers, and the new Director for the UA’s Institute for LGBT Studies, will be speaking after the film! FREE.

Thursday 11/17:

Out on the Job Speaker: Kevin Maxey 2-3pm @ CSIL Classroom
Light snacks will be provided, feel free to bring your lunch!
Kevin Quentin Maxey is a board certified emergency medicine physician currently practicing in an urgent care setting in Tucson.  He graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in 1991, then completed a residency in emergency medicine in Kansas City, Missouri before returning to practice in Tucson.  Kevin is also a member of the Board of Directors for Wingspan, Southern Arizona’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community center.  He was one of the original founders of the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance, a transgender support group created for people of any and all genders.  He remains active with SAGA today.  His hobbies have included gardening, scuba diving, motorcycling, photography, bicycling, juggling, and travel.
Trans Bodies, Trans Selves Community Forum 5-6:30pm @ Fluxx Studios (414 East 9th St)
Trans Bodies, Trans Selves is a resource guide in progress written by and for trans people. Come help the editors make this landmark book represent you!  Snacks provided. 
Trans and Genderqueer Poetry 7pm @ Fluxx Studios (414 East 9th St)
Come and join local Transgender, Two-Spirit, and Gender Queer Youth and Allies perform original spoken word and gender performances. Open mic before the youth and ally headliners begin.

Friday 11/18:

Keynote Production: D’FAQ To Life by D’Lo 7pm @ Modern Languages Auditorium
D’Lo is a queer Tamil Sri Lankan-American, political theatre artist/writer, director, comedian, and music producer. Using excerpts from D’s different solo shows, D’FaQTo Life (pronounced De Facto) is roller-coaster ride of emotions with stories executed through stand-up, spoken word/poetry, and theater. D’Lo explores topics relating to South Asia and transgender social justice from the perspective of being a child of immigrant parents, raised in hip hop culture while trying to negotiate how identifying as “queer” intersected with a passion to create political art. This show is not to be missed!

Saturday 11/19:

Queer Creative Justice Workshop with D’Lo 9am-12pm @ Catalina Room, SUMC
            Join us on a beautiful Saturday morning for this unique opportunity! D’Lo has created this workshop geared specifically for the LGBTQIQTSSGL community with an emphasis on writing and performing around gender presentation and orientation. This workshop is intended for both non-writer and non-actors as well as self-defined writers and actors. For most queer people, being seen as human is oftentimes a daily challenge. The burden of being queer bodied or queer minded causes health issues manifesting in both the mental and physical realms. In this workshop, D’Lo asks participants to be fearlessly introspective around personal health and spiritual growth. The participant will share, write and perform their personal stories, and through a series of creative exercises, will also engage in artistic conversations relating to their unique experience of identifying as queer. Please register in advance at
International Transgender Day of Remembrance 5:30pm @ Old Main, then procession to Wingspan
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 at Old Main on the UA campus will be followed by a procession down University to Fourth Avenue and a reception at Wingspan.

All Week:

Gender Blender Exhibit Oct 31-Nov 30 @ Union Gallery
Gender Blender ” Identities in Flux” is an art exhibit that addresses issues of gender under the following categories  
            -Things are not always as they seem
            -Nobody performs gender in the same way
            -Gender is not always black and white
            -Blurring boundaries
Sponsors: ASUA Pride Alliance, LGBTQ Affairs, Southern Arizona Gender Alliance, Campus Health, Women’s Resource Center, Union Gallery, Student Services Fee, Casa Libre, Dean of Students, Counseling and Psychological Services, Institute for LGBT Studies, Lesbian Looks Film Series, Wingspan, Community Partnership of Southern Arizona, Tucson LGBT Behavioral Health Coalition, Med Pride

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