Sean-Michael (allthecolors) wrote in universaljoy,

Serving the Transgender Community of AZ

One of our goals here in the Grand Canyon is to better serve the transgender community in our area. As part of doing that, we have been developing a variety of projects where transgender writers, performers, etc. will be highlighted including Transgender Voices this month, and an event in October highlighting Miss Millie's new book (more on that later) as well as T Talk interviews within the Keepin it Real series. You should see Keepin it Real start showing up on youtube soon ;)

In the mean time... here's this month's efforts:

240Transgender Voices – Beyond Men and Women

An enlightening discussion, lead by Lori Girshick

Join us September 21st at 3 PM

1 Voice Community Center/Alternatives Health and Wellness

4314 N. 7th Avenue (In the Melrose Center near 7th Ave and Indian School)

Phoenix, AZ 85013

Voluntary donations accepted at the door for This Is How.

In her extraordinary book, based on 150 in-depth interviews, Lori B. Girshick, a sociologist and social justice activist, brings together the voices of sex- and gender-diverse people who speak with absolute candor about their lives. Girshick offers readers transpeople speaking in their own voices about identity, coming out, passing, sexual orientation, relationship negotiations and the dynamics of attraction, homophobia, and bullying. She exposes how the gender binary (man OR woman) as an organizing framework does not work for people, how “gender police” attempt to exert control, and how an individual’s sense of their own gender should be their own to decide.

Lori B. Girshick is a sociologist and community activist. Her work focuses on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues, specifically gender identity, domestic violence, and sexual assault. She is the author of four books, including Woman-to-Woman Sexual Violence: Does She Call it Rape?, the first book to focus on this topic. She has published numerous articles on LGBT domestic and sexual violence. She is the former coordinator of the Wingspan Anti-Violence Project in Tucson, AZ. She wrote the books No Safe Haven: Stories of Women in Prison and Soledad Women: Wives of Prisoners Speak Out. Her most recent book is Transgender Voices: Beyond Women and Men, a work based on interviews with 150 transgender people. Currently she teaches sociology at Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Chandler, AZ.

Afterwards stick around to socialize in the Alternatives Coffee Lounge. Who knows, we may have a surprise performer there to entertain you!

Sponsered by:

Alternatives Health and Wellness/1VCC
AZ Trans Alliance
Grand Canyon Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

Blessed be,
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