Trans Awareness Week 2020

Trans Awareness Week 2020

November 15 – 20, 2020
More than 10 FREE events!

Most programs will be streamed live on Facebook, YouTube and/or Twitch TV!
Some programs will also take place on Zoom. 

Join us as we honor, celebrate, and remember our Trans community during Trans Awareness Week through a series of events, activities, workshops, and more. Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was founded in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgender woman, to memorialize the murder of Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts. It has slowly evolved from the web-based project into an international day of action. New Haven has a long history of hosting programs during TDOR which include both memorial and action-oriented foci.

All of the programs and events that you see below have been created in partnership with a committee of community members that represent the city and regions richly diverse transgender community. Additional events may be announced.

Wall of Remembrance

Systematic violence against trans people is one of the many deadly pandemics the nation is facing. Visit our Wall of Remembrance as we remember those lost to the violence of transgender communities around the United States.

Program Curator

Eliot Olson (he/him)

Transgender, Nonbinary and Intersex
Program Officer

(read his bio)

Email : trans@newhavenpridecenter.org

Trans Awareness Week 2020 Schedule of Events

Trans Social Hike at East Rock

3:00 – 4:30p | Meet in East Rock Park – Register to get the link! (It’s FREE)

Our Trans Social Hike is a socially distanced fun hike, around East Rock in New Haven letting us reconnect with each other and nature as we come together to kick off our events for Transgender Awareness Week! Masks will be required of attendees to ensure everyone’s safety. 

 

Performance : Celebrating Trans Performance Artists

7:00 – 9:00p | Live on Twitch TV

Join us for a virtual celebration of trans performance artists from across Connecticut. Evening will include performances by drag artists, musicians, spoken word artists, and more! Hosted by the Center Board Member and long-time community activist Dolores Dégagé Hopkins with performances by Rory Roux Lay, Casey Fitzpatrick, Tiana Maxim Rose, Tia Lynn “Bublicious” Waters, Harmony Valentino, juno hawke, Karliegh Webb, and more!

Resource Info Session

2:00 – 2:15p | Live on Facebook

Join us and learn more about some of the amazing resources available to our community. These sessions will take place daily throughout Transgender Awareness Week.

 

Virtual Opening : Reflections

4:00 – 5:00p | Live on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter

In ReflectionsTia Lynn Waters takes an artistic look at the world around her – what she sees in the news and on the streets – and how our community, especially those who look and identify like her, are experiencing the world right now. Read more.

 

Artist Talk : Tia Lynn Waters

5:30 – 6:30p | Live on Facebook & YouTube

Join us as we sit down with visual and performance artist Tia Lynn “Bubblicious” Waters, the artist behind our TDOR exhibition Reflections. Read more.

Panel : Trans & Working

12:00 – 1:00p | Live on Facebook & YouTube

Trans and Working is a panel dedicated to talking about our community’s experience at the intersection of work and our identities. Often, workplaces can be spaces of struggle and possible harm. In this panel speakers will come together to talk about their experiences being out at work, the anxiety of having to remain stealth, and transitioning while in a working space.

 

Resource Info Session

2:00 – 2:15p | Live on Facebook

Join us and learn more about some of the amazing resources available to our community. These sessions will take place daily throughout Transgender Awareness Week.

 

Panel : Black & Trans Intersectionality

3:00 – 4:00p | Live on Facebook & YouTube
This panel will center and celebrate the voices of people at the intersection of Blackness and transness. Panelists will discuss existing between both communities and the unique challenges of this intersection.

 

Género y Sexualidad : Gender and Sexuality

4:30 – 5:30p | Live on Facebook & YouTube

En esta conversación, Tamara Nunez Del Prado y Max Cisneros educan sobre asuntos alrededor de género y sexualidad en la comunidad latines. Esta conversación será en Español. 

 

Black & Trans Discussion Space

7:00 – 8:30p | Session will be held on Zoom – click here to register (it’s FREE!)

Community members can use this time to hold space, grieve, celebrate one another, brainstorm advocacy, heal and connect – however feels best. This space will be moderated by Karleigh Webb. This virtual space is for black trans folks only.

Panel : BIPOC Trans Women – Hear Their Voices

12:00 – 1:00p | Live on Facebook & YouTube
Among trans women who have gained prominence both within our community and on the broader national stage, narratives are dominated by white voices. BIPOC trans women must work seemingly twice as hard to get half the recognition as white trans women – this disparity has existed as long as trans people have been in the wider public consciousness. This panel will feature a group of BIPOC trans women who excel in their fields and have been asserting that they deserve a seat at the table.

 

Resource Info Session

2:00 – 2:15p | Live on Facebook

Join us and learn more about some of the amazing resources available to our community. These sessions will take place daily throughout Transgender Awareness Week.

 

Panel : Trans Health Equity

3:00 – 4:00p | Live on Facebook & YouTube

Our Trans Health Equity panel features current medical professionals and invites them to discuss current trans health care and the struggles the trans community still faces in receiving adequate and non-biased medical attention. We will talk about a range of issues from how to talk to your general practitioner about health concerns unrelated to transitioning as well as trans-specific health procedures. 

 

A Conversation with Leah Juliett

6:30 – 7:30p | Live on Facebook & YouTube

Join Women’s Program Officer Miranda Rector (they/them) for a special conversation with Leah Juliett (they/them), Founder of the March Against Revenge Porn, where they’ll discuss queer and trans experiences of sexual violence, organizing as an out queer person, non-binary gender identity, and more.

 

Black & Trans Discussion Space

7:00 – 8:30p | Session will be held on Zoom – click here to register (it’s FREE!)

Community members can use this time to hold space, grieve, celebrate one another, brainstorm advocacy, heal and connect – however feels best. This space will be moderated by Karleigh Webb. This virtual space is for black trans folks only.

Panel : Beyond The Binary

12:00 – 1:00p | Live on Facebook & YouTube

Beyond the Binary is a panel where we will talk about identities across the spectrum. We will discuss what it means to be nonbinary, agender as well as many other identities. We will discuss what gender identities outside the binary look like as well as current issues relating to nonbinary folks as “Mx” is starting to be adopted by state legislatures in an attempt to be more inclusive. We will also talk about the how the Trans community supports and disregards people outside the binary in many ways, and how these problems are faced within and outside of the community. Read more.

 

Resource Info Session

2:00 – 2:15p | Live on Facebook

Join us and learn more about some of the amazing resources available to our community. These sessions will take place daily throughout Transgender Awareness Week.

 

Black & Trans Discussion Space

7:00 – 8:30p | Session will be held on Zoom – click here to register (it’s FREE!)

Community members can use this time to hold space, grieve, celebrate one another, brainstorm advocacy, heal and connect – however feels best. This space will be moderated by Karleigh Webb. This virtual space is for Black trans folks only.

Panel : Trans Identity & Mental Health

12:00 – 1:00p | Live on Facebook & YouTube

Our Mental Health Panel will feature speakers coming from a myriad of backgrounds to talk about mental health issues facing the Trans community today. We will explore common mental health concerns such as suicidality, depression, anxiety and others. We will also explore different ways our trans identities impact our mental health and the way in which we can reach out and support each other in times of stress. Read more.

 

Resource Info Session

2:00 – 2:15p | Live on Facebook

Join us and learn more about some of the amazing resources available to our community. These sessions will take place daily throughout Trans Awareness Week.

 

Panel : Right to Play : Trans Folks & Sports

3:00 – 4:00p | Live on Facebook & YouTube

Join us for a conversation exploring the experiences of transgender athletes in recreational and professional sports. In light of the Justice Department’s decision over the summer to exclude transgender athletes from sports in high schools, which is in direct opposition to Connecticut state law requiring that high school sports clubs be inclusive of individual students’ gender identities, the Center is excited to explore how sports can be inclusive of transgender athletes and debunk misinformation about inclusion creating unfair advantages.

 

Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil & Action

5:30 – 7:00p | On the New Haven Green

Join us for our our Transgender Day of Remembrance vigil, action and speak out. This program will be hosted by Transgender advocates and members of the community. If you would like to opportunity to speak please contact the Center’s Transgender, Nonbinary, and Intersex Program Officer Eliot Olson. Candles, images of those who have been lost, and handheld signs encouraged. Masks will be required of attendees to ensure everyone’s safety. 

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