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The first San Jose Transgender Day of Visibility was a success! By pretty much any measure, save maybe timeliness (much to my own disappointment!). We had 60 or so people in theDeFrank's Grand Ballroom. Nori Herras was the DeFrank staffer on duty that night, not to mention one of my star guests; she does SO much work for the local transgender community. And she was patient and helpful for the event, an extra plus.

We had fun! We started off with the short film "Gender Busters" by
Sam Berliner, a graduate student; it's a fun super-hero style piece. "Spiral Transitions," by  Ewan Duarte, another grad student, was a personal story of transition, focusing on the mom's process (and her art!). From there we moved into a discussion panel, including Nori, the two film producers, and myself. The guys answered lots of questions about their films, and we finished up speculating about where we would like transgender people to be in ten years.

Next we watched *
Trannymals Go to Court," by Dylan Vade, Esq., and Abe Bernard. And everyone found out why there were googly eyes on some of the cupcakes. Speaking of food - we had a lot of treats! Many people donated pretty tasty sweets. All tips received were donated to the DeFrank. It was great to see people chatting and munching between 'stage' activities. Community was one of the goals - we made it happen, at least for a moment.

The drag performances were on next! Tam LaFey performed a dramatic, spot-on Stevie Nicks classic, complete with spike heels and gracefully curving fringe shawls. Members of the
Gender Queer Society Troup did rockin' "Dirty King" piece, taking turns strutting. It was great fun.

Adam Speckler, trans and out assistant to
CA State Assemblymember Bill Monning, gave a brief legistlative overview of local interest, including AB 887 on Gender Equality, and AB 433, the Vital Statistics Modernization Act. Both could have real impact on the daily life of CA trans people. As Adam urged, get involved in local politics and you can make a real difference!

Finally, [livejournal.com profile] inflectionpoint read a closing poem for us,
How To Make Love to a Trans Person, by Gabe Moses (I know some of the people who attended will want that reference!). Go read it for a taste of the energy!

Many people contributed, from attendees who arrived early (due to a mistake on the DeFrank's calendar), and helped sort out balloons and flowers, to [livejournal.com profile] kingwyatt who agreed somewhat last minute to be my A/V man; he got us through some challenges. Some of my South Bay Trans Men contributed muscle power and food and coffee prep, and [livejournal.com profile] kproche and [livejournal.com profile] attrembl loaned me a sound system! Thank you everyone who helped. 

Thanks also to all of the people who attended! Friends came even from  - gasp! - the city! How cool is that? It was much easier having friends' faces in the audience.

A number of folks came up and introduced themselves to me; some on request - people I hadn't met yet but who wanted to help out and be there. I thought I'd have more time to chat, silly me for imaging I would. Folks seemed to understand I was flying from this to that. Or so I hope!

I would do this again.

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The Bay Area Reporter has a good article on the trans-discriminatory policy of the Hellfire Club in Chicago. It's a good article on leather and transgender concerns. Check it out.

I was interviewed extensively for the article. Only one quote was used (and, actually, it's a bit out of context, we were talking about title contests at the time), but it is the closing line for the article, which is kinda cool. :-)
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It's a really well researched piece IMO, raises plenty of good questions for the schools. It was interesting to read the bit about people transitioning younger; maybe this directly addresses the concern some of us have about transition as possibly trendy? Tho it also refers to pressure to take steps. Anyhow, worth a read.

stolen from [livejournal.com profile] lolitasir (nice seeing her at IMsL!)
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Less than a week after Largo City Manager Steve Stanton announced he was transgendered, the small Florida community's city commission fired him. This is workplace discrimination, plain and simple. I just signed the 'Stand with Stanton' petition, and I hope you will too: http://nsrc.sfsu.edu/Petition.cfm

When the Commission fired Stanton, they ignored his excellent record as an energetic and effective leader. Stanton has received consistently positive performance reviews from the City Council and the Mayor while managing over 1,200 employees and the city's $130 million budget.

The promise of America is that if you are a good employee, you should be rewarded for it regardless of your race, creed, disability, gender or sexual orientation. Stanton's firing was an un-American display of workplace discrimination and this injustice should be reversed. Sign our 'Stand with Stanton' petition that we'll deliver to the City Commission in Largo, FL.

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A couple of weeks back, I was interviewed for an article which appears in yesterday's San Francisco Chronicle. Here is the link:

Funny I forgot to post this yesterday when it came out!

Only a tiny bit of my interview was used, but that's fine. The reporter was well informed and presented a lot of good info.
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How can a company get a score of 100 when its health plan excludes all transgender care coverage???

for example, Cisco: http://www.hrc.org/Template.cfm?Section=Search_the_Database&Template=/CustomSource/WorkNet/srch_dtl.cfm&srchtype=QS&searchid=1&orgid=1334
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I went to this event, at the DeFrank LGBT Center last night, as a kinda last minute thing. I've avoided it in the past... who needs the extra sadness added to daily life (not to mention that you've already had to process some of these murders before), but as a person involved in the community, and with the fliers for my group needed at the event (LOL), I went.

And it was entirely worthwhile! Emotional but not a downer. The focus was on accomplishments, as well as the lives lost in the past year (and yeah when those dates got into this past summer, that was powerful; anger and sadness).

IMO, the best speakers were Assemblywoman Sally Lieber, who gave an overview of the passage of the Gwen Arujo Justice for Victims act, Chris Daley, who spoke about the power of those present to act, and Jamison Green (yeah you can tell the man is a writer as well as a practiced speaker!), who did an excellent job of evoking the rage and heart and the need to change, to move forward, and did a fine summary of the need to remember (lest it - the murder of a gender variant person just because they are different - happen again... and you f'ing know it will).

The reading of the names was nicely handled. A small group of Metropolitan Community Church Singers performed a simple gospel-esque song and went to humming as assorted attendees took the mic, read the story, and placed a rose in a vase (which went home with an aunt of Gwen's, and one to Marina, the mom of a trans boy who is an amazing example of what's possible in families).

Several of the guys from my South Bay Transmen group were there, and one introduced me to a couple of guys from FTM-International.

I was really impressed that it was a full house! It was a good presentation, moved right along. Kudos to the planning committee and the deFrank. I'm glad I went.
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curious about trans stuff? this is a good place for basic answers: http://www.apa.org/topics/transgender.html


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