Cassandra Martineau Pride Center University Assistant
Transsexual, transgender, non-binary, cross-dresser, agender…what does it all mean, and what difference does it make?
November is Trans Awareness Month! The Pride Center has a series of tabling events throughout the month to explore and learn about trans* identities. Every Friday in November, we will be holding events to educate the public about trans* identities and to make the community of Eastern Connecticut State University aware of the threats to trans* community, and what we can do to make things better.
Most of the deaths memorialized on Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) are trans* women of color. The intersection of racism and transphobia can be a deadly one.
On Friday, Nov. 2, we will have a table in the Student Center where people are invited to explore the various identities we all carry with us, whether we realize it or not. Some identities may help us, some may hinder us. How do your various identities affect you?
“Transgender” is an umbrella term covering many different expressions of gender. Come learn about some of the variety of trans* expressions and identities in the Science Building lobby. Take a spin on the “Wheel of Trans*” to learn something about terminology and different ways trans* people identify.
Every year, the trans* community gathers to memorialize those lost to violence. We will be tabling in the Student Center, as well as honoring Transgender Day of Remembrance down at the Pride Center, Room 108G in the Student Center. Come light a candle for those lost as we strengthen the community ties that make us stronger.
On Nov. 29, Nilda Fernandez will visit Eastern to talk about HIV/AIDS. Learn ways to prevent and treat this disease, and how people are living full lives despite a diagnosis.
Allies matter, too! Our final tabling event will be on Friday, Nov. 30, in the lobby of Webb Hall. Come learn what a good ally to the trans* community looks like, and how you can help make the world safer for our friends in the trans* community. Take a moment to add your name to our growing “Ally web”!
Remember, the Pride Center is open every day. Come on down for community, conversation, or with any questions you may have. All are welcome!