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TDOR Zine Making and Potluck

November 20th is the International Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR). This is a day that is set aside to bring awareness to the violence faced by transgender people worldwide and to honor those who have lost their lives to this violence.

In past years, TransCollaborations has held a vigil to commemorate this day. We’ve found that the trans people who come to the vigils don’t feel that they get anything out of it. We often leave such events feeling disconnected and triggered.  In the interest of honoring both TDOR and our community, this year’s event will be a little different. Our goals are to foster a sense of solidarity and accountability in our community, and to come together to collaboratively create something tangible.

Therefore, this year TransCollaborations is hosting a zine making party and potluck on Wednesday, November 20th from 6pm to 9pm at the LGBT Resource Center (125 Grand Ave Ct). We will be creating zines that focus on community accountability, allyship, and story sharing. After working on our pieces for the zines, we will end the evening by coming together as a community for a potluck. Everyone is encouraged to bring a dish to share. See you there!

This event is free and open to the public. If you have any questions/concerns about this event, please email us at


Transcollaboration’s First 2 Events of the Semester

Rebecca Kling - head shot

Transcollaborations is proud to announce that we will be holding our first two events of the semester next week, September 17 and 18.

Rebecca Kling, a transgender artist and educator from Chicago, will be joining us to lead a workshop on transgender allyship on September 17th and put on a solo performance the following night. She explores gender and identity through solo pieces and educational workshops. Kling takes the position that sharing accessible queer narratives with a wide audience is a form of activism, and that understanding combats bigotry.

Trans 101: Diversity and Respect

When: Tuesday September 17th 6-7 PM

Where: Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A

This workshop is intended to give attendees a basic primer on transgender issues and experiences.

No Gender Left Behind

When: Wednesday September 18th 7-8 PM

Where: LGBT Resource Center 125 Grand Avenue Court

This solo performance is the story of how, in the Fall of 2010, Rebecca Kling was fired from a teaching position for being a transgender woman. The experience left her wondering what America was teaching its children – and its adults – about gender, conformity, and being just a little different.

These events were made possible by the generous support from our sponsors: Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, LGBT Resource Center, University of Iowa Student Government, Executive Council of Graduate and Professional Students, Mama’s Deli, and Fairgrounds Coffeehouse.

Everyone is encouraged to attend all University of Iowa Sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership in advance at 319-335-3059.

These events are free and open to the public. For more information, please email us at

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Events

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Hosted by RVAP

The entire month of April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP), as well as some other community groups, will be hosting events throughout the month to create spaces to talk about sexual assault, consent, and healing. Some events include a film screening of Boys and Men Healing; a social justice talk about portrayals of Asian American/Pacific Islander women in the media; and the annual Take Back the Night march. Check out the full calendar of SAAM events. SAAM 2013 Calendar

Zine Making Party

Saturday, April 6th from 4-7 pm

Hosted by RVAP and TransCollaborations

In honor of SAAM TransCollaborations and RVAP are coming together to host a Zine Making Party this Saturday, April 6th from 4pm to 7pm. It will be at the Iowa City Public Library in meeting room D. The zine will focus on queer communities dealing with issues such as consent, street violence, and healing from sexual assault. You can check out the facebook event here.

Upcoming Eastern Iowa Transgender Medical Symposium

TransCollaborations is proud and excited to present the 2012 Eastern Iowa Transgender Medical Symposium on May 19th and 20th. Anyone who works in a healthcare/wellness setting  is invited to join us for this free two day event at the University Capitol Center (upstairs of the Old Capitol Mall). Our goal is to provide networking opportunities and resources to help health care professionals better serve their transgender clients.

We are thrilled to have A. Canelli MA, LMHC from ICATH as well as Andre Wilson, M.S.  We will also have several presenters from several local organizations.

A. Canelli MA, LMHC of ICATH (Informed Consent for Access to Trans Health)

A. Canelli has worked in human services for over fifteen years, and as a therapist in community mental health for seven years.  Canelli is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender specialist in the King County mental health system. He has received extensive training on helping individuals recover from past trauma, depression, anxiety and many other personal struggles.  He has been working with the LGBTQ Community for several years.  Canelli’s focus is on Transgender, Gender Queer and Gender Non-conforming individuals as an advocate and a therapist.

André Wilson, M.S.

André Wilson presents nationally on transgender health, insurance coverage, and workplace issues. An LGBT activist for over 28 years, in 2005 André’s advocacy resulted in trans-inclusive health insurance coverage to graduate employees at the University of Michigan. He has consulted with advocacy groups and administrators, including at the Ann Arbor Human Rights Commission, AFL -CIO, Ohio State University , Michigan State University, Harvard University , University of California , and the University of Washington , and led workshops at GLMA , Creating Change, FTM Odyssey, and LGBTI Health Summit 2004.

I am including the schedule for the event below. For folks who would like to attend but cannot make it for the whole time, please consider checking for specific workshops that you would like to attend. If you would like further descriptions of any workshops, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

Medical Symposium Schedule:
Saturday May 19th:
8:30-9:00     Sign-in
9:00-12:00     Trans 101 Session
12:00-1:00     Lunch
1:00-2:15     Privilege Workshop
2:30-3:45     Non-binary Workshop
4:00-5:00     “Diagnosing Difference” (2009) Film Screening
                            Watch the trailer here.
5:00-5:30     Film discussion & wrap-up
Sunday May 20th:
9:00-10:00     Models of Care
10:15-11:15     Practicing Interactions
10:15-11:15     Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence and Trans Folk
11:15-12:30     Lunch
12:30-1:30     Insurance Advocacy for Transition-Related Care
12:30-1:30     Staff Training
1:45-2:45     Insurance Coding
1:45-2:45     Practicing Interactions
3:00-4:00     Patient Experiences Panel
3:00-4:00     Counseling and Therapy

4:15-4:45     Closing

If you are planning to attend this event, please visit our Registration Page to sign up so that we can have an accurate estimate of how many people will be attending. Thanks!

Everyone is encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership in advance at 319-335-3059.