November: Transgender Awareness Month

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Transgender Awareness Month is Here!

The Utah Pride Center is hosting a month-long series of activities for Transgender Awareness Month. The project is being led by TransAction, a youth-oriented group that meets weekly to do transgender advocacy and plan events. The month's activities aim to celebrate and raise awareness of the transgender community in Utah.

Transgender is a term used to describe a broad spectrum of people who experience or express their gender differently from what most people expect. Transgender Awareness Month events are a place for everyone to meet each other and celebrate our diversity. 

An important aspect of these events is to increase understanding of transgender people who are often misrepresented. 

The month's largest activity will be the first annual gender conference, aptly named: Un(Packing) Gender. The conference will feature speakers, workshops and various activities and will be held at the Main Public Library from 9am to 5pm on Saturday, November 28. Transgender and gender variant people and their family and friends are all invited to attend. For a schedule of conference events, please visit www.utahpridecenter.org.

TransAction will host a number of events throughout the month. Social activities are being held each Tuesday during the normally scheduled group time. Please see attached schedule of events.

In addition to the conference, the group wishes to highlight two events:  a guest spoken word artist, the Athens Boys Choir, who will perform on November 21st , and a film, "Transgender Revolution," followed by a discussion panel on Nov. 12. Both events, aimed to inform and entertain, are not to be missed!

Transgender Awareness Month is a celebration of the lives of transgender people. Rose Ellen Epstein, the Utah Pride Center's Transgender Youth Programs Coordinator, explained that "it is important for people who are not transgender to learn about gender diversity because we are all limited by following the rules of being a woman or a man.  Transgender people have always led the way in freeing us to be who we really are."

Jude McNeil, Director of Youth Programs for the Utah Pride Center says " the T in LGBT is often silent. Transgender people are often overlooked and their voices are not heard. The events being planned by the Utah Pride Center's TransAction group gives voice and visibility to the vibrant transgender community in Utah."

For more information about Transgender Awareness Month, please visit www.utahpridecenter.org or contact either Jude McNeil or Rose Ellen Epstein at 801-539-8800.  

Transgender Awareness Month Schedule 

Nov 3 | Transgender Tuesdays - Community Ice Skating
7pm at the County Ice Center - 5201 South Murray Park Lane
Join us for skating and hot chocolate with family!
Sponsored by TransAction, a program of the Utah Pride Center Nov 10 | Transgender Tuesdays - Chili Competition
7pm at the Sacred Light of Christ MCC Church - 823 S. 600 E.
Show off a pot of your best chili recipe and compete for prizes or come to eat and warm up on a chilly night!
Sponsored by TransAction, a program of the Utah Pride Cen

 Nov 12 | Brown Bag Lunch and Learn
12-1pm at the Rape Recovery Center, 2035 South 1300 East
This is a chance to find out about trans-friendly domestic violence resources.
Sponsored by the Rape Recovery Center

Nov 12 | Transgender Revolution Film Screening and Panel
6:30pm at the Main Library - 210 East 400 South
Come see an informative film about the transgender experience and hear the personal experiences of several trans people from our community.
Sponsored by the Utah Pride Center, Adult Programming

Nov 13 | Utah Tri Ess, Phi Delta, Organizing meeting
6:00 - 9:00 pm at the Utah Pride Center - 355 N. 300 W. in SLC Tri-Ess International is a non-profit support and social organization for cross-dressers and their families. The purpose of the meeting is to introduce the Wasatch Front to Tri Ess and to get to know others like ourselves.  Pizza and soft drinks will be provided.  Come and get to know us and have some fun!!  Attire is informal, female or male.  For information, contact Lauri at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 801-391-2997.

Nov 16 | Transgender 102
12.30 - 1.30pm at GLBTA Services, TSC 316A, 0175 Old Main Hill, Logan
Trans 102 will discuss rights and politics related to the trans community and go more in depth about how to be an ally. Familiarity with different conceptions of gender beyond the dichotomous Male/Female categories is required to attend this workshop. Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to attend.
Sponsored by GLBTA Services at Utah State University

Nov 17 | Transgender Tuesdays - Open-Mic Night
7pm at the Mestizo Café - 631 W. North Temple, Suite 700
Don't let anyone keep you from singing your song, speaking your words or shaking your stuff tonight!
Sponsored by TransAction, a program of the Utah Pride Center

Nov 20 | Transgender Day of Remembrance Candle Light Vigil
7pm at the South Valley Unitarian Universalist Church -
6876 Highland Dr
Vigil will be followed by the annual TEA Party at 7:30pm at the same location
Sponsored by TEA of Utah

Nov 21 | Exploring Voice: Workshop for Trans and Gender Queer People
1-4pm at the
Utah Pride Center, Multi-purpose Room - 355 N. 300 W.
Stacey Cole, a speech-language-pathologist will teach techniques to explore gender adaptation of voice and speech.  Open to any trans or gender queer people who want to explore the range of their voice.  $10 suggested donation. Registration required:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   801.808.9249
Sponsored by Stacey Cole

Nov 21 | See guest artist Athens Boys Choir
9pm at the Mestizo Café -
631 W. North Temple, Suite 700
Enjoy the amazing spoken word art-form of Athens Boys
Choir, coming in from Atlanta for one night only!
Sponsored by TransAction, a program of the Utah Pride Center           

Nov 24 | Transgender Tuesdays - Bowl-O-Rama
7pm at The Ritz - 2265 South State St
Let your mad bowling skills shine tonight!
Sponsored by TransAction, a program of the Utah Pride Center

Nov 28 | Mini-Conference: Un(Packing) Gender
9am to 5pm at the Main Library - 210 East 400 South
Be a part of TransAction's first annual gender mini-conference.
Everyone is welcome and registration by email or on the day is required, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to pre-register
Sponsored by TransAction, a program of the Utah Pride Center

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