Transgender Awareness Week

History

Transgender Awareness Week is held as an extension of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation’s (GLAAD) Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR). TDOR was first coordinated in 1998 as a vigil to commemorate transgender individuals lost to violence during that year; since the first TDOR, several vigils have been hosted on university and college campuses.  

The LGBTRC’s Transgender Awareness Week is weeklong series of 3 programs for the campus community, primarily undergraduate students, which will be offered in sequential order for enhanced learning and development. The events include a transgender allyship training session, a keynote presentation, as well as a remembrance memorial service and celebration. TAW is connected to the LGBTRC’s mission to create inclusive, sustainable spaces of self-discovery for the LGBT community within the University of Georgia as well as the Division of Student Life’s commitments to inclusion, application of knowledge, and supporting self-identity.

 


2016 Keynote Speaker

 

The 2016 keynote presentation will feature Lucia Leandro (LL) Gimeno. LL is an Afro-Latinx, trans masculine femme counselor/bruja/organizer. For over 20 year, LL has worked within LGBTQ people of color and allied communities nationally, in New York City, Atlanta and now Seattle doing advocacy, leadership development, capacity building, and program development work. He was a founding board member of FIERCE, a queer and trans youth of color organizing  project and is former staff of The Audre Lorde Project, a community organizing center for LGBTGNCTST communities of color. Lucia Leandro was part of Ping Chong + Company’s Secret Survivor, a play about adult survivors of child sexual abuse. Lucia Leandro is also a lead organizer doing capacity building with the  Queer & Trans People Of Color Birthwerq Project to help mend the disconnect between trans justice and reproductive justice. Lucia Leandro is also an expert chilaquiles maker, fashion queen and movement builder. In building his political work around reproductive justice and disability justice with queer and trans people of color, he is dedicated to finding new ways to nurture different types of leadership within communities and families.

 


2016 Transgender Awareness Week Events 

 

Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Training 

The Intersection, Tate Student Union  

November 14, 2016

6 PM - 8 PM 

 

Join students, staff, and faculty for this 2 hour conversation about transgender and gender non-conforming communities and allyship at the University of Georgia. 

 

Keynote Presentation

The Intersection, Tate Student Union  

November 16, 2016

6:30 PM - 8 PM 

 

The 2016 keynote presentation will be provided by Lucia Leandro Gimeno, an Afro-Latinx, trans masculine femme counselor/bruja/organizer. A graduate of Columbia University’s School of Social Work, he focused on clinical therapeutic practice within an anti-oppression framework. For over 20 years they have have worked within LGBTQ people of color and allied communities nationally, in New York City, Atlanta and now Seattle doing advocacy, leadership development, capacity building, and program development work. He was a founding board member of FIERCE, a queer and trans youth of color organizing project and is former staff of The Audre Lorde Project, a community organizing center for LGBTGNCTST communities of color.

 

Trans Day of Remembrance Vigil and Celebration

The Intersection, Tate Student Union  

November 18, 2016

11 AM - 1 PM 

 

Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual observance that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence throughout the year. Join staff of the LGBT Resource Center at this vigil to remember those lost lives this year and to celebrate those still with us. Food will be provided at this celebration.