TransWeek 2011

TransWeek 2011! “Building Communities of Care”

Candlelight Vigil & Coffeehouse style Open Mic
Sunday, November 6th 6-9 pm
The UI LGBT Resource Center (125 Grand Avenue Ct)
In observation of Transgender Day of Remembrance, the evening will begin with a few readings and a candlelight vigil to honor trans-identified people who have experienced hate crimes. After the vigil, everyone is invited to end the evening on a note of hope through sharing poems, prose, music, dance, etc. in a coffeehouse style open mic. This event is a part of TransWeek, a week of events celebrating trans-identified people and gender variance and hosted by the student and community group, TransCollaborations.

Collaborative Art Project & Dance Party
Monday, November 7th 4-9 pm
Women’s Resource & Action Center (130 N. Madison St.)
The student and community group TransCollaborations hopes that folks will stop in to the LGBT Resource Center sometime between 4 and 9pm and use art as a medium for exploring the question of what your gender identity means for you. This event is a part of TransWeek, which seeks to build community across groups and to engage in dialogue around how gender affects all of us. We celebrate any medium that you want to work within and will have some supplies available for your use. This is a community building type of project and hope that ALL folks will feel welcome and supported in pitching in. This project will become a permanent installation.

Connections’ Transgender Panel/Q&A Session
Tuesday, November 8th 8-9:30pm
Hotel Vetro (201 S. Linn St)
The LGBT community organization Connections is proud to sponsor this panel and Q&A session as a part of the annual TransWeek events. Do you work with a trans-identified person and have questions but don’t know how to ask them respectfully? Maybe you are a teacher and have a trans* student in your class but don’t know how to navigate being mindful of their experiences. Or perhaps you are simply interested in learning more about the great variety of people who are in the trans* community. Bring your questions and join Connections and TransCollaborations for this panel/Q&A session.

“Transcending the Wall 2” Art Exhibition Opening Reception
Friday, November 11th 6-9pm
Women’s Resource & Action Center (130 N. Madison St.)
The campus and community group, TransCollaborations, is proud to host Transcending the Wall 2: An Art Exhibition Exploring Gender Identities in conjunction with the annual TransWeek events. This is the second time we have hosted an art exhibition like this. This year we welcomed all folks to submit works of art that explore the broad topic of gender and identities.  Please join us for our opening reception. Works will be on display at WRAC until December 12th, 2011.

Intersections of Boxes & Bodies: A Dialogue Between Health Care Providers & Trans-Identified Individuals
Saturday, November 12th 2-5pm
University Capitol Center, Room 2520D (201 S. Clinton St.)
The student and community group TransCollaborations is facilitating a dialogue between health care providers and trans-identified individuals addressing how to better meet the healthcare needs of trans* clients. This dialogue is open for everyone. Providers encouraged to attend and bring your ideas, questions, and experiences. Trans-identified folk are also encouraged to attend to share experiences within healthcare settings. This dialogue is a part of the annual TransWeek events.

TransWeek Film Screening & Discussion: She’s a Boy I Knew
Sunday, November 13th 3-5pm
Iowa City Public Library, Room A (123 S. Linn St)
TransWeek will end on Sunday, November 13th with a film screening and discussion. Using archival family footage, interviews, phone messages, and animation, Gwen Haworth’s documentary She’s a Boy I Knew begins in 2000 with Haworth’s decision to come out to his family about his gender identity. The resulting auto-ethnography is not only an exploration into the filmmaker’s process of transition from biological male to female, from Steven to Gwen, but also an emotionally charged account of the individual experiences, struggles, and stakes that her two sisters, mother, father, best friend and wife brought to Gwen’s transition. A discussion will follow the film screening.

Community Art Project

TransWeek 2011 was made possible by the generous support from: Chief Diversity Office; Connections; Emma Goldman Clinic; Executive Council of Graduate & Professional Students; GLBTAU; Student Health Services; The Carver College of Medicine Office of Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives; The Department of Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies; The UI LGBT Resource Center; UI Center for Human Rights; University of Iowa Student Government; Women’s Resource & Action Center

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