Trans Week Of Visibility

Trans Week of Visibility 2021

March 28-31
Performance programs, panels and conversations live on facebookYouTube, and Twitch TV.

Join us for our observance of Trans Day of Visibility (TDOV), where we ask (and hopefully answer) the question, “What does it mean to be trans and visible?” Trans visibility has always been a hot topic in the trans community, and there’s seemingly been a dialectic between those who wish to go stealth and keep their trans status closely guarded and those who welcome being visibly trans.

We have thrilling conversations and panels planned, including a spotlight on trans elders, discussions about creating support spaces for trans youth and what trans visibility means, as well as a support space around coming out. Programs in Spanish will include a keynote with Laura Libertad Alvarez, a Bolivian trans advocate and human rights defender, as well as a discussion on the intersection of trans identity, Indigenous identity, and Latinx identity.

The observance will also include two performance programs, including a celebration of trans drag artists and an encore performance of Trans Body. It’s going to be an incredibly rich and assuredly-interesting series of performances, panels, discussions, and conversations, and we hope you’ll join us.

Program Curator

Eliot Olson (he/him)
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Trans Week of Visibility Schedule of Programming

“Ñoqa qani uj Ullu Warmi” Laura Libertad Alvarez

28 Marzo @ 12:00p
En vivo por facebook and YouTube

Laura Libertad Álvarez (ella) es una mujer que se identifica como una mujer con pene … pero ella es muchisimo mas. Para nombrar solamente algunas de sus experiencias, Laura ha servido como funcionaria estatal para Bolivia, una académica de carrera dedicada a la ingeniería agraria, una organizadora para la comunidad TLGBQ +, defensora de los derechos humanos, organizadora de trabajadoras en el comercio sexual y una indígena trans que habla Quechua.

Después de recibir su Maestría en Ingeniería, Laura comenzó a trabajar con la comunidad indigena Quechua en los trópicos de Cochabamba, Bolivia y Santa Cruz por casi 15 años. Ella trabajaba en cerca colaboración con los investigadores y la población local.

A partir de 2009 comenzó a trabajar con OTRAF Bolivia, la organización sin animo de lucro más antigua que vijila violaciones de los derechos fundamentales de las personas transexuales, travestis y transgénero, y eventualmente se desempeñó como su presidenta nacional de 2010 a 2014. Hoy día, Laura sirve como asesora a una Organización de Trabajadores Sexuales Autónomos en Bolivia.


Desafortunadamente, debido a problemas técnicos, hemos tenido que cambiar la fecha de nuestra Transcharla. Le informaremos cuando tengamos una nueva fecha muy pronto.

Panel : Our Trans Elders

March 28 @ 1:30p
Live on facebook and YouTube

Programming around trans visibility and awareness often centers the voices of younger generations who are less able to gleam how far we have come.

In this panel, hear from the often underrepresented voice, our Trans Elders. Listen in as they discuss what they want the next generation to know about trans visibility from our past. Topics will include, ways in which visibility of the trans community has changed over the years, what their oersonal journey hs been like, and how the horizon of trans visibility is continually shifting as new generations lead the movement.

This panel will feature perspectives from Jillian Rae Celentano, Diana LombardiAaron Miller, and Tia Lynn Waters. The panel will be moderated by trans and nonbinary advocate and Center Board Member Lindsey Pembrooke.

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Performance : Celebrating Trans Drag Art

March 28 @ 6:00p
Live on facebook, YouTube, and Twitch TV

Connecticut’s drag community as been a safe haven for the transgender community for decades.

Join us as we celebrate the beauty, grace, and talent of some of Connecticut’s most fabulous transgender and nonbinary drag artists. From creative video performances, to splits and high kicks, to emotionally and innovative selections – Connecticut’s transgender drag artists are innovators, artists, and visible leaders in our community.

This program will feature performances by Ambrosia Black, Bubblicious, Casey Fitzpatrick, Kalysta Kaykes, Ray Decorazón, Rory Roux-Lay, Semi Sweet, and Tiana Maxim Rose, and will be hosted by artist, drag performer, community activist, and Center Board Member Dolores Dégagé Hopkins.

In addition to the presenting sponsors of TDOV. This program is made possible with support from the City of New Haven Department of Arts, Culture, and Tourism and the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

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Panel : ¡Protege Vidas Trans!

29 Marzo @ 12:00p
En vivo por facebook and YouTube

Todes estan invitados para PROTEGER VIDAS TRANS!!! Durante el año 2020, 44 personas trans, o personas que no encajan con el género en que nacieron, fueron asesinadas por balazos o por otros medios violentos. Este ha sido el máximo de cualquier año reportado anteriormente. En 2021, se han reportado 10 muertes. La mayoría de les asesinadas eran mujeres transexuales latinas o negras.

La epidemia de violencia hacia las personas trans de color sigue tormentando nuestras comunidades. Para esta conversación vamos a explorar diferentes interpretaciones y definiciones de violencia contra la comunidad trans.

En reconocimiento de Semana de Visibilidad Trans, The New Haven Pride Center, el Centro Comunitario para la Comunidad LGBTQ+ les invitamos para aprender sobre estas violencias, para que podamos desafiar estos abusos y comenzar a sanar nuestra comunidad. En esta conversación nos vamos a centrar en tres áreas:

Cultural / Social (Ruedas de familiares y amigos)
Institucional / En sistemas (leyes y acceso a la salud pública)
Internalizado / Auto-alienación (tanto psicología como dentro de la comunidad trans misma)

Escucharemos las experiencias de personas que han sentido afectados por diferente tipos de violencia, por primera mano. Compartiremos información sobre las formas de proteger las vidas de personas trans, tanto a través de medios institucionales como comunitarios también. Esta conversación será en Español.

Community Conversation : What is Trans Visibility

March 29 @ 6:00p
Discussion will be on Zoom, broadcast on facebook and YouTube

The New Haven Pride Center will be hosting a virtual community conversation where the community is invited to join in on a discussion about Transgender visibility.

Our moderators will lead a discussion between community members around the topic of visibility and what it means in the trans community. Whether you are non-binary, a trans woman, agender, or intersex – trans visibility means something different to each of us. So does visibility. Being visible can bring danger and intolerance but can also bring joy and support. Is trans visibility something we owe ourselves? Is everyone able to be visible or only a privileged few who feel safe enough? How does passing, or being stealth, interact with the visibility we crave?

This discussion will be moderated by Eliot Olson and Anthony Stowers.

Panel : Creating Spaces for Trans Youth

March 30 @ 12:00p
Live on facebook and YouTube

One of the most often asked question of the community is “how do I make my program / school / home safe for queer / transgender youth?”

Join us for a special conversation with Transgender and Nonbinbary youth advocates and transgender and nonbinary youth as we tackle that question and others. What action can you take as a facilitator to ensure your space is trans-inclusive? What role do you play in preventing bullying and making sure you do not contribute to the issue that may be at hand? What can you do to make sure that every child you work with, especially transgender youth, feel supported and are given every opportunity to thrive? These are just some of the questions that we will look to explore as part of this conversation.

This panel will feature perspectives from Tony Ferraiolo, Jahnice Cajigas, Mel Cordner, and Christian Acevedo. The panel will be moderated by the Center’s LGBTQ+ Youth Program Manager Ala Ochumare.

In addition to the presenting sponsors of TDOV. This program is made possible with support from the Avangrid Foundation, the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services and the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

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Author Talk : Andrea Jenkins

March 29 @ 6:30p
Live on facebook and YouTube

Andrea Jenkins is the first Black transgender woman to be elected to public office in the United States.  She was elected to the Minneapolis City Council with 73% of the vote.

A poet and artist as well as a public official, Andrea is the author of the poetry collection, The T is Not Silent: New and Selected Poems (Purple Lioness Press, 2015). Jenkins is currently the Oral Historian for the Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota Libraries, documenting the lived experiences of transgender and gender nonconforming people in the Upper Midwest and the United States. Previously she worked for twelve years as a policy aide to two members of the Minneapolis City Council.

As part of our ongoing Lavender Lit Book Club, exploring LGBTQ+ women and femme authors, the Center sits down, virtually, with Andrea Jenkins to discuss her writing and talk about being trans in politics. This conversation will be moderated by Jahnice Cajigas, Director of Organizing for the Citywide Youth Coalition.

In addition to the presenting sponsors of TDOV. This program is made possible with support from the People Get Ready.

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Support Space : Coming Out

March 31 @ 12:00p
On Zoom

The beginning of our own visibility often starts with the process of coming out. Contrary to popular belief, this process seems endless and is never a single moment. Whether it is coming out to family and friends or at work or school, repeatedly explaining who we are continues for most of our life.

Join us in this support space where we can talk about the coming out process, explore self-care and how to sustain the constant need to “come out,” and offer support to each other as we think about our own coming out. In this moderated support space we will talk about the process of coming out and how we think and manage our own story and narratives as they change over our own lives.

This discussion will be moderated by Eliot Olson and Anthony Stowers.

Panel : Ser Trans Indígena

Marzo 31 @ 3:00p
Vivir facebook and YouTube

¿Cómo se expresa la identidad indígena a través de la experiencia Trans? ¿Cual es el proceso de aferrarse a la herencia indígena mientras también intentamos romper con los roles binarios de género? Particularmente cuando esos mismos roles de género están tan inextricablemente amarrados a las socializaciones derivadas de la ideología religiosa, el estatus de clase y la historia de la colonización.

Una gran parte de las transformaciones ideológicas que están ocurriendo hoy en las comunidades indígenas tienen que ver con descubrir … o RE-descubrir conceptos como la sexualidad indigena. Por toda Américalatina, particularmente en las regiones andinas, todo lo relacionado con las sexualidades ha sido ocultado, negado y demonizado por la iglesia judeocristiana y el estado.

En la actualidad la cosmovisión andina sostiene sus sexualidades desde lo macho y lo hembra, con referentes cosmogónicos y naturales como sol y luna (Inti-Killa), hombre y mujer (Khari- Warmi), marido y mujer (Chacha-Warmi), frio y cálido (Chiri-Q’oñi), arriba y abajo (Patan-ura).

Las prácticas sexuales no se dicen ni se mencionan así nomás. Sin embargo, se las canta y se las pone en el plano de la picardía y jocosidad, típicas del indígena. En el mundo indígena el homosexual y la lesbiana no tienen cabida social, económica, ni política y es sistemáticamente negado y al final es obligado a abandonar su comunidad.

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Performance : Trans Body III

March 31 @ 5:00p
Live on facebook, YouTube, and Twitch TV

After a collaborative month-long creative process the community comes together to explore and celebrate the trans experience.

Transgender dancers and non-dancers come together with the artistic directors of Elm City Dance Collective and the Center to present a special project that was created by and for program participants while exploring the context of transgender identity, history and corporeality. The project asked the questions : How do we embody and perform our own history? How do we tell stories about ourselves through movement? How can we express trans identity through dance?

This program is presented in partnership with Elm City Dance Collective.

In addition to the presenting sponsors of TDOV. This program is made possible with support from the City of New Haven Department of Arts, Culture, and Tourism and the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

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Meet the Speakers / Conocer a les Oradoras

Laura Libertad Alvarez – “Ñoqa qani uj Ullu Warmi” Laura Libertad Alvarez y Ser Trans Indigena

(En español abajo)

Laura (she) is a self identifying woman with a penis…and so much more. To name a few of her experiences, she has been a state official, a career academic professional, a trangender woman, a TLGBQ+ organizer, a Human Rights Defense Advocate, a sex work organizer, and an Indigenous woman who speaks Quechua.

Laura can explain all these identities and their intersecting dynamics. Three spaces she often explains and navagaies the most are that of an Indigenous Quechua, a Trans Women, and a Human Rights Defender. Her journey through professions and passions run parallel to her affirmations of gender identity, dedication to community building, and celebration of her indigenous heritage.

After receiving her Masters Degree in Agronomic Engineering, Laura decided to work as an agrarian engineer in the tropics of Cochabamba, Bolivia and the Eastern plains of Santa Cruz for nearly 15 years. Working closely with researchers and the local population, which is mostly of Quechua Nation.

Starting in 2009 she began to work with OTRAF Bolivia, the oldest non-profit organization that reviews potential violations of fundamental rights of Transsexuals, Transvestites and Transgender people, eventually serving as its national president from 2010 – 2014. She is currently working as an advisor to an Organization of Self-Employed Sex Workers in Bolivia.

Laura further expanded her TLGBQ advocacy when she started to work in the Ombudsman’s Office as a consultant for the defense of Human RIghts for the Bolivian Public. She continued that work as head of the Special Protection Unit Service from 2016 to 2019.


Laura (ella) es una mujer que se identifica como una mujer con pene … y mucho más. Las experiencias de Laura ha sido de, funcionaria estatal, profesional de carrera, mujer transgénero, organizadora para la comunidad TLGBQ+, defensora de los derechos humanos, organizadora del trabajo sexual y mujer indígena que habla quechua.

Laura es capaz de explicar todas estas identidades y sus interseccionalidades. Los tres espacios que ella navega más  son el de una indígena quechua, una mujer trans y una defensora de derechos humanos. Su viaje a través de profesiones y pasiones corre paralelo a sus entendimientos de identidad de género, su dedicación a la construcción de comunidades y la celebración de su herencia indígena.

Luego de obtener su Maestría en Ingeniería Agronómica, Laura decidió trabajar como ingeniera agraria en los trópicos de Cochabamba y Santa Cruz durante casi 15 años. Trabajando con investigadores académicos y la población local, muchos de los cuales son de Nación Quechua.

A partir de 2009 comenzó a trabajar con OTRAF Bolivia, la organización sin fines de lucro más antigua que vigila de los derechos fundamentales de las personas transexuales, travestis y transgénero, y eventualmente se desempeñó como su presidenta nacional de 2010 a 2014. Actualmente se desempeña como asesora de una Organización de Trabajadores Sexuales Autónomos en Bolivia.



Richard Masson – “Ñoqa qani uj Ullu Warmi” Laura Libertad Alvarez

(En español abajo)

Richard (he) is a Transgender Man who resides in Norwich, CT. Born in Peru, 39 years old, he currently lives in the US for about 12 years. Richard studied political science and economics at a Catholic University, eventually migrating to the United States during his last year of studies.

After arriving in 2008, he experienced several emotional battles and deconstruction. Out of that internal struggle he opted to live his identity as a trans man away from his culture, his family, a tradition of which he’s very proud if also disillusioned by.

Thanks to his activism work, Richard was able to connect with allies and friends who were seeking solutions for his new identity of being an undocumented person in the United States as well as belonging to the LGBTQ community. Through those connections Richard found groups that fight for human rights, specifically for the rights of trans people of color who are detained in imagration detention centers such as I.C.E.

One such organization, Familia Trans Queer Liberation Movement (TQLM), was able to further educate Richard about concepts such as the connection of transphobia to capitalism, colonization, heteronormativity, and gender binaries that pose challenges to ways of understanding the real reasons and why trans existence is constantly silenced and made to be invisible.


Richard (él) es un hombre transgenero que radica en Norwich CT . Tiene 39 años, nacido en Perú y se encuentra radicando por 12 años en el estado . Estudio en la universidad católica economía y ciencias políticas aunque decidió migrar en el último año de su carrera.

Llegó en el 2008 y luego de varias batallas emocionales y deconstrucción de lo aprendido optó por  vivir su identidad trans alejado de su cultura , su familia y la tradición la cual lo enorgullece pero a la vez lo decepciona.

Gracias al activismo pudo contactarse y conectarse  con grandes aliados y amigos buscando una solución a su nueva identidad de ser una persona indocumentada en Estados Unidos y además  pertenecer a la comunidad LGTBQ , pudo encontrar grupos que luchan por los derechos humanos específicamente por la comunidad trans de color en los centros de detención organizaciones nacionales tales como TQLM .

Desde su contacto con Familia (FTQLB) en el 2015 ha podido entender que está transfobia está conectada con varios concepciones capitalistas , colonizadoras , heteronormativas y binarias que plantean desafíos y modos de entender las reales razones y el porqué de nuestra existencia siempre trata de ser silenciada e invisibilidad .

Lindsey Pembrooke – Panel : Our Trans Elders

Lindsey (they/them) joined the New Haven Pride Center Board of Directors in 2018.  In addition to co-coordinating the Transgender Adult Support Group at the Pride Center, they are a facilitator for the Non-Binary group at Hartford PFLAG and active in support groups around the State.  Lindsey is a key administrator of the 17,000+ person Non-Binary Gender Pride support group on Facebook.  They are a regular panelist for the Yale residency program on the topic of transgender identities.  Lindsey was the featured interviewee for a four-part series called “Coming Out”, aimed at parents of LGBTQ+ youth, published in the Aug-Nov 2018 issues of “Raise Vegan” magazine. They presented a workshop “We Are All Genderfluid: These and Other Myths About Non-Binary People” at the 2018 Transgender Lives Conference. Lindsey took part in Facebook@Stonewall at the Stonewall Inn as a panelist as part of the 50th Anniversary, to speak about about building meaningful communities on Facebook and reflect on its impact on LGBTQIA+ activism.  They have a BS in Marketing and an MBA in Finance, and currently work as a consultant in the Insurance Software Industry.

Jilian Celentano – Panel : Our Trans Elders

Jillian is a woman of trans experience who is an advocate for the transgender community. She speaks at various venues across New England, is a mentor for trans youth, and runs a support group for transgender young adults. Jillian is pursuing her master’s degree in social work to become a counselor for the transgender population and is currently a social work intern at the Yale Gender Program. Look for her book, “Transitioning Later in Life: A Personal Guide,” on Amazon July 21st.

Diana Lombardi – Panel : Our Trans Elders

Diana is a graduate from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work with a concentration in Community Organizing and she is the Executive Director of the Connecticut Trans-Advocacy Coalition, in addition she volunteers two days a week at the Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective as their transgender advocate.

She worked with ctEQUALITY to pass the gender inclusive Anti-Discrimination law in Connecticut in 2011 and as Executive Director of CTAC in 2015 she worked with other non-profits to help pass the legislation that allows Connecticut birth certificates gender markers to be changed without surgery. In 2017 Diana again worked with agencies to pass a law banning Conversion therapy for minors and in 2019 An Act Concerning Gay/Transgender Panic Defense. In addition Diana is a member the LGBT Aging Advocacy a committee that is working with senior centers and non-profit agencies to create an open and affirming aging services environment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender elders in Connecticut and she worked with the State Unit On Aging: Long Term Care Ombudsman Program’s Inclusive Community Workgroup. In 2019 the Connecticut General Assembly passed legislation to create the first legislative LGBTQ committee to create a LGBTQ Health and Human Services Network and Ms. Lombardi was appointed to the committee.

Diana has given numerous presentations; including workshops on cultural competency for homeless shelters with co-presenters from the CT Coalition to End Homelessness, CT Fair Housing Center, AIDS CT, and HUD. In addition she has given presentations at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work for field instructors and given workshops for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Connecticut and Massachusetts chapters conferences.

Diana has been a guest lecturer at UConn, Albertus Magnus, and Quinnipiac University. She has also giving speeches for the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the City of Norwalk for their Human Rights Day, Western New England University School of Law and the University of Connecticut School of Law. Diana is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).

Rev. Aaron Miller – Panel : Our Trans Elders

Aaron earned a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and is ordained by the Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), a global denomination. Aaron is the Pastor of MCC Hartford, a spiritual leader with MCC Communities (a global spiritual community), and served as a chaplain at Yale New Haven Hospital for 10 years. Aaron is a speaker and facilitator who promotes further inclusion (in particular for those who are LGBTQ+) within various settings; faith communities, medical facilities, universities, and more. As transgender clergy, Aaron is a passionate spiritual leader and social justice activist who is deeply committed to human and civil rights as a matter of faith and believes that spirituality is a pathway to wholeness and flourishing.

Tia Lynn Waters – Panel : Our Trans Elders

Tia (she/her) has been performing for over 30 years – taking on stages in Connecticut, New York, and Europe. Bubblicious, or Bubbles as her friends call her, was one of the founding queens of the New Haven drag scene and has performed in every LGBTQ+ venue throughout New Haven. As an visual artist Tia’s art tells stories.

As an out and proud black transgender woman, Bubbles dedicates time and energy to bring awareness, support, and visibility to black and brown trans folk through performance and activism.

Perla Marie Laskin – Panel : ¡Protege Vidas Trans!

(En español abajo)

Also known as Candy Crush, Bella and Paloma. Perla (she) has a Bachelor Degree in Medical Science from the Inter-American University of P.R. Perla is trained as a residential electrician and a home care provider. Perla works and lives in Bridgeport, CT.

También conocida como Candy Crush, Bella y Paloma. Perla (ella) tiene una licenciatura en Ciencias Médicas de la Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico. Perla está capacitada como electricista residencial y proveedora de atención domiciliaria. Perla trabaja y vive en Bridgeport, CT.

Rhiana Ferrera Sanchez – Panel : ¡Protege Vidas Trans!

Rhiana (she) is a Tegucigalpa, Honduras native and a fierce advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. Rihana serves as the Director for the Trans-Cozumel Human Rights Association. She’s also the acting President of the National Collective Council, which is a body of the National Advisory Mechanism for the Prevention of HIV/AIDS infection in Honduras.

Rhiana (ella) es de Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Ella sirve como la Directora de la Asociación de Derechos Humanos Cozumel Trans también ella es la Presidenta del Consejo Consultivo, un órgano asesor del mecanismo nacional para la prevención de VIH. Durante la elección más corrupta y violenta en la historia de Honduras en 2017, Rihana se postuló para representar a su ciudad en la capital de la nación. Ella todavía recibe 16,500 votos a pesar de que su NOMBRE REAL no fue elegible para la boleta.

Ti Peña – Panel : ¡Protege Vidas Trans!

Ti (they/them) is a child of immigrants and a native of Miami, FL. They are most passionate about building sacred sex positive spaces that center QTBIPOC and their unique experiences with race, gender and sexual orientation. Ti graduated from Wellesley College in 2005 with a BA in Africana Studies and International Relations. As the Bilingual Hotline Services Coordinator, they hope to bridge the language gap for Spanish speaking trans folks to better gain access to TransLifeline and local services.


Ti (ellos) es hijes de inmigrantes y originalmente de Miami, FL. Ti tiene una passion para creater espacios sagrados para endender el sexo positivo centrando con las comunidades de color que son parte de la comunidad LGBTQ+ y sus experiencias únicas con la raza, el género y la orientación sexual. Ti se graduó de Wellesley College en 2005 con una licenciatura en Estudios Africanos y Relaciones Internacionales. Como Coordinador de Servicios de Línea Directa Bilingüe, la esperansa de Ti es expander el acesco al idioma para las personas trans de habla hispana para obtener un mejor apoyo y dignidad a TransLifeline y los servicios locales.

Ishalaa Ortega – Panel : ¡Protege Vidas Trans!

Ishalaa (she) is a Human Rights Activist, Entertainer, Singer, Songwriter and Theater Writer, and Advisory board member for Familia: Trans-Queer Liberation Movement. Also works as a Care Coordinator in a Community Health Center. Ishalaa is currently finishing her bachelor degree in Spanish Literature and Political Sciences at Hunter College. As an activist she has been able to be part of an international movement to help and promote immigrant people’s rights. She partnered with Immigration Equality in different projects to uplift Immigrant communities’ voices and stories.


Ishalaa (ella) es activista de derechos humanos, artista, cantante, compositora y escritora de teatro, y miembro de la junta asesora de Familia: Trans-Queer Liberation Movement. También trabaja como coordinadora de atención en un centro de salud comunitario. Ishalaa actualmente está terminando su licenciatura en Literatura Española y Ciencias Políticas en Hunter College. Como activista, ha podido formar parte de un movimiento internacional para ayudar y promover los derechos de las personas inmigrantes. Se asoció con Immigration Equality en diferentes proyectos para elevar las voces e historias de las comunidades inmigrantes.

Anthony Stowers – Trans Visibility Community Conversation & Coming Out Support Space

Anthony (they/he) is a doctoral candidate in Florida State’s Political Science Department in Tallahassee, Florida (Apalachee and Seminole land). Their primary research focus is authoritarianism, and their research interests include identity, quantitative analysis, and political institutions. Additionally, they work to improve accessibility for LGBTQ+ and disabled students and increase awareness of challenges facing LGBTQ+ people. When they aren’t
studying or teaching, Anthony knits and gardens.

Tony Ferraiolo – Panel : Creating Spaces for Trans Youth

Tony (he/him) is the Director of Health Care Advocates International’s Youth and Family Program. He is also known as a compassionate and empowering Life Coach and a motivating and thought-provoking trainer. Since 2005 Tony has provided trainings to over 40,000 people around the country. He encompasses a unique ability to make light of a sometimes-challenging situation which puts his audience at ease to fully participate in his trainings.

In 2017 Tony was a Contributing Author for Article in Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Ten Things Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Youth Want Their Doctors to Know.

In 2020 he was a Contributing Author for the Springer Publication “Pediatric Gender Identity” Overview and Terminology Chapter. In 2019 he received his teaching certification in Mindfulness and incorporates mindfulness in all his trainings.

Tony is the subject of the award-winning documentary A Self-Made Man and the Author of the book series Artistic Expressions of Transgender Youth. He also hosted the A&E miniseries Transitioning, were he coached three transgender young adults through social transition.

Tony is also the Co-Founder of the Jim Collins Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to transgender people for gender-confirming surgeries. Tony also held the position of the President of the board for 10 years.

Mel Cordner – Panel : Creating Spaces for Trans Youth

Mel (they/them) is the founding leader of Q+, a Connecticut queer youth organization dedicated to uplifting and empowering queer youth through programs like open mics, resource fairs, weekly game nights and support groups, and GSA support. Mel has years of experience running programs and events for youth, and facilitating trainings for adults and youth alike on topics like gender, sexuality, neurodiversity, consent, college activism, and youth culture and leadership development. They work to support young folks within and ‘around’ the ‘system.’ They are an educator, advocate, writer, and all-around loudmouth genderqueer whose mission is to shake things up and leave a place more colorful than they found it.Most of they experience surrounding housing has been working with “unstably housed” youth that were not homeless enough or young enough for DCF to care about.

Christian Acevedo – Panel : Creating Spaces for Trans Youth

Christian (they/them) is currently a senior attending Crosby High School in Waterbury and a youth organizer for RACCE. They chose to work at RACCE because they were tired of not being provided with the resources needed to succeed in a white capitalist society. Furthermore, they also joined RACCE because they were tired of feeling like they couldn’t do anything. They joined RACCE because they want to make sure that no POC has to endure racism from the police especially minority students. They believe RACCE is the organization that will help them bring change to Waterbury and that is why they joined the team.

Andrea Jenkins – Author Talk : Andrea Jenkins

Andrea (she/her) is the first Black transgender woman to be elected to public office in the United States. She was elected to the Minneapolis City Council with 73% of the vote. A poet and artist as well as a public official, Andrea is the author of the poetry collection, The T is Not Silent: New and Selected Poems (Purple Lioness Press, 2015), and contributor to the acclaimed anthologies Queer Voices: Poetry, Prose and Pride (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2019), A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2016), and Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2015). Jenkins is currently the Oral Historian for the Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota Libraries, documenting the lived experiences of transgender and gender nonconforming people in the Upper Midwest and the United States. Previously she worked for twelve years as a policy aide to two members of the Minneapolis City Council.

Discussing what made her campaign successful, Jenkins notes, “We didn’t shy away from my identity as a black woman, as a trans woman,” Jenkins told Minnesota Public Radio. “I have lived firsthand the oppressions that others only talk about, only think about. But that is not what we led with. That’s not what won us this race,” Jenkins added. Her platform framed all of her key issues in terms of equity: in public safety, transportation, and affordable housing, among other issues. “There is a very deep gap between whites and people of color. The disparities are present in healthcare, homeownership, employment … all of these issues.”. Minneapolis is one of America’s most racially segregated cities.

Jenkins holds a bachelor’s degree in human services, a master’s degree in community economic development, and an MFA in creative writing. She is the recipient of many awards, including a Bush Foundation Fellowship.

Jahnice Cajigas – Author Talk : Andrea Jenkins and Panel : Creating Spaces for Trans Youth

Jahnice (she/her), is the Director of Organizing for the Citywide Youth Coalition Inc. Jahnice is a Strategy Council Member for the Perrin Family Foundation. She has also previously interned for PPSNE, with them they successfully launched the state’s first queer camp specifically for youth of color. For Jahnice the camp is more than just a program, it’s providing a space she always wished to have offered to her . Jahnice has been a community organizer for the past seven years she has worked on issues like LGBTQ+ rights, juvenile justice reform and the miseducation of our education system, among many other issues. In total, Jahnice is a true organizer and leader in the state of Connecticut who exudes the spirit of a new generation of youth that are politically conscious and personally committed to improving the community for the better.”

Tamara Nuñez del Prado – Panel : Ser Trans Indígena

(En español abajo)

Tamara (she) is a Trans Activist from Bolivia. Tamara was part of the Bolivian Ombudsman’s Office. She was the first Trans person to be a human rights defender and public servant for the Bolivian people. Tamara was the first Trans person to be named a Circuit of Human Rights Ombudsman Defenders member, whose work has spanned the globe.


Tamara (ella) es una Trans Activista de Bolivia. Tamara fue parte de la Defensoría Del Pueblo de Bolivia. Ella fue la primera persona Trans para ser servidora pública defensora de derechos humanos para el pueblo de Bolivia. Tamara fue la primera persona Trans en ser nombrada miembro Circuit of Human Rights Ombudsman Defenders, cuyo trabajo se extiende a nivel mundial.

Mz Mr – Panel : Ser Trans Indígena

(En español abajo)

Mz Mr (she/her) from Santa Fe New Mexico, Puebloan and Mexican heritage, designer and textile engineer, Chicago radical, ordinary girl. You won’t find her on social media, gotta know her in real life.

Mz Mr (ella) de Santa Fe Nuevo México, herencia de Pueblo y México. Mz Mr es diseñadora e ingeniera textil, chica radical de Chicago. No encontrarás Mz Mr en las redes sociales, debes conocerla en la vida real.

Rebeca Sanchez Gaspar – Panel : Ser Trans Indígena

(En español abajo)

Rebeca is a social justice organizer and a Trans indigenous activist from Honduras. A fierce Human Rights Defender, Rebeca worked together with killed environmentalist Berta Caseres in COPINH (Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras). She is also a member of the Movement for Diversity in Resistance and worked as a reporter for a community radio station in Honduras.

Rebeca soy una activista social indígena Trans de honduras. defensora de derechos humanos trabaje junto a Berta Caseres en la Organización el COPINH también soy miembro del Movimiento de Diversidad en Resistencia..trabajé como reportera para las radios comunitarias en honduras

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