On Friday, November 20, Iowa will commemorate the first Transgender Day of Remembrance in the history of the state. I am honored to have been invited to speak at a number of events that have been organized as part of that commemoration.
On Wednesday, November 18, there will be a welcoming reception at The Center, followed by a private meeting with TransformationsIOWA, the transgender support group at the LGBT community center. On Thursday, Nov. 19, from 8:30–9:30 p.m., there will be a screening of “Envisioning Justice: The Journey of a Transgendered Woman” at The Center.
Friday (Nov. 20) will include the key events commemorating the Transgender Day of Remembrance:
12–1 p.m.: Iowa State University (ISU) TDOR event in Ames
2–3:30 p.m. Grandview University TDOR event in Des Moines
5:15–6 p.m.: Iowa State Capitol (west side)
6:30–8 p.m.: potluck at The Center
The events have been organized by Equality Iowa‘s executive director, Sandy Vopalka and Jayden McCurnin, the Transgender Outreach Coordinator at The Center, where the potluck dinner and the screening of the documentary about my life and work will be held. There will be a second screening of the film on Saturday:
10 a.m.-12 p.m.: screening of “Envisioning Justice: The Journey of a Transgendered Woman” at The Center; coffee & donuts
And on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 21), I will be participating in Iowa’s First Annual Summit of LGBT Families & Allies, organized by Lambda Legal:
1-2:10 p.m.: Transracial Adoption in LGBTQ Families: The Challenges of Traversing Boundaries: workshop with Sandra Patton-Imani, Associate Professor of American Studies at Drake University and author of “BirthMarks: Transracial Adoption in Contemporary America”
On Sunday (Nov. 22), I will be speaking at a forum and lunch:
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: forum and lunch at the First Unitarian Church of Des Moines
As a member of All Souls Unitarian in Manhattan, I am delighted to have the opportunity to speak with fellow UUs, including members of the Interweave (LGBT affinity group) chapter at First Unitarian.
This will be only my third trip to the Hawkeye State, and I’m excited to be participating in all of these events. I am especially gratified to have the honor to speak at events commemorating the first Transgender Day of Remembrance in the history of the state.