Dedicated to educating about the transgender community and important issues facing trans people in Massachusetts, this week features events and educational opportunities statewide, hosted by MTPC and other organizations and community groups. It culminates with the Transgender Day Of Remembrance (TDOR), a worldwide gathering of trans and allied communities to memorialize victims of anti-trans hatred or prejudice.
Thursday, November 14
LGBTQ Trans Law Reception: Please join the Committee for Transgender Inclusion of the LGBTQ Bar Association for a dessert reception for trans*, genderqueer, gender-nonconforming and gender questioning law students, lawyers and legal professionals.
7:30p.m., Near Central Square
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for the address.
Friday, November 15
One Night Stand Up
with FTM trans comic Ian Harvie
Who’s On First, 19 Yawkey Way, Boston
Saturday, November 16
Race & Trans* Identity: Oppression and Privilege at the Intersections
Facilitators: Justice Roe, Charel Bjorklund, Reed Miller.
1:00p.m.-3:00p.m., MIT Room 4-163, click for location info. Accessible from Mass. Ave or Kendall/MIT Red Line T Stop.
The Boston area trans* community is very diverse in terms of characteristics like gender identity, sexuality, ability, class background, race and ethnicity. This workshop will provide an opportunity for trans* people and allies to participate in facilitated discussions. Groups will explore what it means to have privilege and experience oppression related to trans* identity and racial identity.
Sunday, November 17
Boston’s Transgender Day of Remembrance
4-7p.m. (doors open 3:30)
Cathedral Church of St. Paul (non-denominational event)
138 Tremont, Boston
Boston’s trans community and allies commemorate the 15th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), where we will gather and remember our global community members who have died this past year. Join us the day before to reflect, especially considering that the vast majority of those who have been killed are transwomen of color.
Monday, November 18
Open Mic at The Meeting Point
7-9PM, 3464 Washington St, Jamaica Plain, www.themeetingpoint.org
Join us at this event where we remember the lives of transgender people lost to violence and hatred, and honor and celebrate the struggles of those who continue to work for the safety, visibility, and recognition of people of all genders. Please bring a song, poem, story… any piece that you would like to share with our community in the spirit of this day. Light refreshments will be served.for more information, or to sign up, contact LeLaina.RomeroTMP@gmail.com.
Tuesday, November 19
QAPA SpeaksOut: Me, My Gender and You
A Frank and Honest Conversation about Gender and Sexuality
7p.m., BAGLY’s 3rd floor conference room, 14 Beacon Street, Boston
Let’s get it started in here… Gender and sexuality are fluid and linked. How you dress to go to work (Command Presence), how you dress to go to a party (Command Attention) and how you dress in the bedroom (Commando) range vastly. Let’s get together to ruminate on all the different ways we use our gender and sexuality to navigate every day life and love. Light refreshments will be served. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated with advance notice.
Event Policy: QAPA values diversity and believes in being inclusive in our events. We welcome all QAPA members, their partners, and allies at our social events. We simply ask that you join our Meetup so we can expand our community outreach. The QAPA Speaks Out series, however, is designed to be a safe discussion space for our members. Topics can be sensitive, and in order to create a confidential and safe space for our attendees, these events are limited to our members from Asian and multicultural backgrounds. Contact: email@example.com.
Thursday, November 21
Healthy Transition and Living, Food for body and soul. 6- 8p.m. Club Cafe
Friday, November 22
Documentary: Too Cold Out There Without You
7:00p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 147 High Street, Medford
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Medford’s 2013-2014 series of LGBT films continues with a showing of the documentary, Too Cold Out There Without You, free and open to the public. Rev. Christopher Fike, the subject of the documentary, will be present at the film and will answer questions afterwards.
The film introduces us to Episcopal minister Fike as he is coming through his gender transition. When he was ordained in the Episcopal Church five years earlier, he was a straight, married mother of two. Now he has completed his transition and identifies as a man. The film situates Rev. Fike’s struggle in the ongoing crisis in the Episcopal Church over issues of sexual orientation, and we see him dealing with the fall-out from his transition while simultaneously trying to balance his life as a priest, social worker and single parent.
The 2012 movie, directed by Amy Gattie, is a gripping, compelling story of one man’s journey to his transgendered identity. Educating and moving, Too Cold Out There Without You shows Rev. Fike dealing with his career and his children (who have their own problems), in the context of a church that is deeply divided over gender and sexuality. The film is a real-life human drama that highlights Rev. Fike’s own experience, while at the same time deepening our understanding of the many issues involved in the contemporary transgender experience.
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