Celebrate Trans* Awareness Week

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Join the Transgender Awareness Week for a series of educational, artistic and thought provoking events exploring transgender identities.

California State University Northridge: November 17 – November 20 2014

Transgender Awareness Week helps raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and address the issues these communities face.

This year’s main focus is on intersectionality of identities including gender, race, class, sexuality, and personal experience. As humans we have vastly diverse experiences and the transgender community is no different. Those that identify as transgender are not simply that but also identify as Chicano, or differently abled, or pansexual. We are multifaceted diamonds that shine light from every dimension of our beings.


The wonders  of a Diamond

Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.  Scott Adams


Let there be light


Transgender Awareness Week Program and Schedule


Thursday November 13th

  • Ian Harvie (comedian) – 7:30-8:30 – Northridge Center
  • You may know Ian Harvie as Margaret Cho’s opening act, a cross-country headliner or a groundbreaking trans comedian unafraid to joke about subjects no other comedian has ever touched. In the spring 2014, Harvie (with the help of executive producer Cho) unveiled his first-ever live standup comedy special, poking fun at topics from top surgery to his fear of public restrooms to his active sex life.

Harvie’s unique act queers the traditionally macho, sex-obsessed world of stand up in ways you won’t believe, proving that laughter cuts across all gender identities and ultimately unites us all.

Harvie’s latest gig, he now co-stars on the new smash hit TV series TRANSPARENT created by Jill Soloway, released on Amazon Prime September 26, 2014. Playing the role of Dale, a burly, transgender man and TA of a college level women’s studies class and love interest of Ali Pfefferman, played by Gaby Hoffmann.

Monday Nov 17

  • Trans* 101 – 8:30-10am – Thousand oaks room
  • Gain a basic understanding of social effects in the Trans* community and appropriate terminology to assist you in other TAW sessions and in life – Hosted by Cadence Valentine
  • She’s a Boy I Knew ( Film screening)- 10am-12pm – Thousand Oaks
  • A comic, heartbreaking, uplifting autobiography that focuses on the interpersonal relationships of a family who unexpectedly find their bonds strengthening as they overcome their preconceptions of gender and sexuality– Hosted by Young Democrats
  • Alpha Omega Nu 12-2pm – Thousand Oaks
  • Alpha Omega Nu serves as a brotherhood/fraternity for individuals born biologically female who are in process of becoming and/or identify as male (including trans men, ftm, gender variant, etc.). The mission of this organization is to create a safe space for its members to support each other in building character, self-esteem, leadership abilities, financial independence, physical wellbeing and spiritual evolution. We take pride in living our lives with integrity and commit to being a supportive and loving presence in our community. Presented by Munch Aubry.
  • Trans* and Eating Disorders –2:30-4pm- Thousand Oaks
  • -FFED: Trans Folx Fighting Eating Disorders is the FIRST transgender and gender non-conforming -focused, accessible, community-driven and gender-literate recovery initiative in existence.
  • Our mission is to make visible, interrupt, and undermine the disproportionately high incidence of eating disorders in individuals on the trans and gender non-conforming spectrum through radical community healing and recovery institution reform. Presented by Dagan VanDemark
  • Children’s Hospital and Transgender Care 4:30-6 – Thousand Oaks
  • Learn about medical accessibility for youth and young adults through Children’s Hospital. Presented by Aydin C. Kennedy
  • Transformed-Surviving the Darkside of Hollywood 7:30-9pm –Grand Salon
  • Film screening and panel hosted by Kerri Cecil

Tuesday Nov 18

  • Trans* 101 8:30-10 – Grand salon
  • Gain a basic understanding of social effects in the Trans* community and appropriate terminology to assist you in in other TAW sessions and in life – Hosted by Cadence Valentine
  • Taking Back Trans* Identity from Science – 10:30 to 12 – Grand salon
  • Dr. Rachel Levin is an associate professor of biology and neuroscience at Pomona College. She studies reproductive behavior and its underlying neuroendocrinological mechanisms in both wild animals and humans. She is the principal investigator on a research project that takes a new approach to examining biological influences on human gender diversity and sexuality.
  • Immigrant Rights are Trans Rights! Trans Rights are Immigrant Rights! 12:30–2pm – Grand Salon
  • Through the stories of our trans immigrant leaders, we will learn how trans immigrant lives are intersectional and why they need to be centered in both the immigrant rights movement and LGBT movement. Join us to learn how our broken immigration system affects transgender immigrants and what you can do to get involved – Presented by representatives from CHIRLA, Zizi Bandera & Ashley Rivera
  • Employment Rights and Transgender Employment 2:30-3:30 Grand salon
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Presented by Christine Park-Gonzales
  • Breaking Bi 4-5 – grand salon
  • Delve into the exciting world of the unsung in-between. Discussion of gender, sex designation at birth and historical figures are just a few of the binaries and those who transcend the societal norms of either/or.
  • Dapper and Darling fashion show 5-10 – NRC
  • Talent and fashion show featuring members from the CSUN community – Hosted by LGBTQA

Wednesday Nov 19 – ( all in thousand oaks)

  • Theater of the oppressed 9-11am
  • Theatre of the Oppressed is a series of techniques and games developed by the late Augusto Boal, aimed at taking ownership of your personal narrative, critically understanding your social context, and moving towards action inspired by your art. When we say “oppressed,” we are not talking about the victimized or the downtrodden. Instead, we are referring to the resilient, to those powerful enough to acknowledge the oppression within their situation, and fighting back.
  • Trans* 101 Uncensored 11am-2pm
  • Gain a basic understanding of social effects in the Trans* community and appropriate terminology to assist you in in other TAW sessions and in life, followed by a ‘ no holds barred’ panel discussion – Hosted by Cadence Valentine
  • Trans* Resource Fair 2-4pm
  • Come learn about trans* identities and self-care hosted by Gamma Rho Lambda
  • Fifty Shades of Trans* Panel 4-5:45pm
  • Various voices will be represented as this panel focuses on the wide range of gender identities within the Trans* umbrella, Hosted by Gamma Rho Lambda.
  • A Deaf Man’s Journey from Female to Male – 6:00 – 9:00pm
  • In this widely acclaimed, thought-provoking and informative presentation, Drago Renteria and his longtime partner, Jennifer Mantle, will help inform, educate and enlighten students on issues that affect transgender and transsexual individuals. Utilizing powerful images and healthy doses of humor, Drago will share his personal journey making the physical and cultural transition from female to male. Jennifer will share her perspective as the partner of a transman, lead us through issues of transphobia, and educate us on how to be trans allies.

Thursday Nov 20

  • Red Circle Project Two spirit presentation -11 to 12am – Thousand Oaks Room
  • The Red Circle Project (RCP) at AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) is the only HIV Prevention Program in Los Angeles County that specifically provides services to the Native American /Alaska Native Community. RCP provides culturally competent HIV/AIDS resources, referrals; group level interventions for Native Gay/Two Spirit men and Native transgender individuals; and mobile HIV testing to urban Native community at outreach events such as powwows, cultural events, etc. Presented by Michelle Enfield

Michelle is of the Red Running Into the Water people Clan (Tachii’nii), born for the Black Streak Wood People clan (Tsi’naajinii), her maternal grandfather’s clan is of the Near The Water clan (Tó’áhaní), her paternal grandfather’s clan is of the Bitter Water clan (Todich’ii’nii), this is how she is Navajo, Dine.

  • Trans* 101 12:30-2 – Thousand Oaks
  • Gain a basic understanding of social effects in the Trans* community and appropriate terminology to assist you in in other TAW sessions and in life – Hosted by Cadence Valentine
  • Transgender Remembrance Ceremony 2-3pm Thousand Oaks
  • Honor and remember our deceased and living Trans* community members.




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