TransWeek 2009

TransWeek 2009: Rememberance & Celebration

“Transcending the Wall: An Exhibition of Trans-Identified Artists”
FRIDAY (11.13.09) 6:30-9pm
LGBTRC 125 Grand Avenue Ct
This exhibit marks the first time trans-identified artists have had the opportunity to showcase their work in the same space in Iowa City. Photography, sculpture, and other mixed-media work will be on display at The UI LGBT Resource Center starting with the opening reception. “Transcending the Wall” is a symbolic title that captures the idea that trans-identified artists have multiple walls to transcend.

(De)Constructing Gender: Transgender Workshop
MONDAY (11.16.09) 7-8:30pm
IC Public Library Room A
Our workshop will be framed around the negative impact of gender role conformity, it is our hope that participants, cisgendered as well as trans-identified, will see the intersection of oppressions based on sex, gender identity, and sexuality.  Our further exploration of transgender issues and information about how to be social justice activists and allies will help to make the cultural climate at The University of Iowa and in Iowa City more safe and affirming for transgender folk, and more liberating for everyone.

Still Black: A Portrait of Black Transmen Film Screening
TUESDAY (11.17.09) 7-8:30pm
LGBTRC 125 Grand Avenue Ct
STILL BLACK: a portrait of black transmen, is an alternative feature-length documentary that explores the lives of six black transgender men living in the United States. Through the intimate stories of their lives as artists, students, husbands, fathers, lawyers, and teachers, the film offers viewers a complex and multi-faceted image of race, sexuality and trans identity. Following the film, rhetoric faculty member and well-known author, Vershawn Young, will facilitate a discussion exploring race and gender performativity.

Reveling in an Expansive Space: A Celebration of Trans Identities
FRIDAY (11.20.09) 7-9:30pm Macbride Auditorium
Candlelight Vigil (6pm) will precede the Celebration on the Pentacrest

The Celebration will include the following performances and speakers:
Lecture by Kate Bornstein
Kate Bornstein is a nationally recognized speaker, author, playwright, and performance artist. Ze will kick off our Friday night event with a lecture revolving around the value of transgender experience that celebrates life beyond a gender binary.

Performances: Coyote Grace
Seattle-based folk band comprised of Joe Stevens, a transman singer/songwriter and activist, backed up by Ingrid Elizabeth on vocals and upright bass.

The celebration will also include personal narratives from trans-identified people about their experiences living in Iowa City and poets/spoken word artists

TransWeek 2009 was made possible by the generous support from: Executive Council of Graduate & Professional Students; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Allied Union; The Carver College of Medicine’s Office of Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives; The Department of Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies; University of Iowa Student Government; and the Women’s Resource & Action Center

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