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Transgender Awareness Week 2014

Proudly presented by Stanford Students for Queer Liberation. Organized in collaboration with ASSU Speakers BureauFirst Generation, Low-Income PartnershipOUTLAWLa Familia de StanfordSpoken Word CollectiveSafe and Open Spaces at StanfordCommunity Academic Support & AdvisingSigma Theta Psi, Delta ChapterMEChA de Stanford • Latinos Unidos • Trans Support GroupTransgender, Gendervariant, Intersex Justice Project • Black and Queer at Stanford

Visit the Facebook event for the week to stay updated! For accessibility requests and information, please contact Violet Trachtenberg at If you’d like to submit feedback about events during the week, or about the week as a whole, please send your thoughts to this form and/or drop by our community feedback event on May 12th (see below for details)!

Transgender Awareness Week is an annual series of lunch and evening events at Stanford about issues affecting trans people:

Monday, May 5

Trans 101: A Q&A with Trans Students (with SOSAS)

12–1 PM @ Women’s Community Center
This lunch event will feature a panel of trans and genderqueer students sharing their experiences as trans people at Stanford. This is a great event for people with little prior knowledge of transgender issues, and will be a safe place to ask questions.

Intersections of Trans and Class Identity (with FLIP and TGIJP)

6–7:30 PM @ Native American Cultural Center Lounge
Find out how social class identity has influenced our Bay Area panelists’ experiences of being trans! Dinner will be provided.

Tuesday, May 6

Advocating for Trans Youth in High Schools; Perspectives of Plaintiffs and Their Lawyers (with OUTLAW)

12:45–2 PM @ Law School 280A
Learn about legal issues that arise for trans youth in high schools. Plaintiffs from the US and Canada will share their experiences, as will local lawyers who represent youth facing these issues.

Trans Latin@ Narratives: A Panel Discussion with El/La Para Translatinas & The Brown Boi Project (with La Familia, MEChA, and Latinos Unidos)

6–7:30 PM @ El Centro Lounge
A dinner panel discussion with members from two organizations dedicated to trans members of our Bay Area community. The Brown Boi Project works to build leadership, economic self-sufficiency, and health among young masculine of center womyn, trans men, and queer/straight men of color. El/La is an organization for transgender Latinas that works to build collective vision and action in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Wednesday, May 7

Beyond Trans 101: A Workshop on Better Trans Allyship (with CASA)

12–1 PM @ LGBT-CRC
This lunch workshop will start with a panel of trans students and allies will share their thoughts on allyship. If you’re wondering about how to better support trans people in your everyday life, this event is for you!

Trans Inclusivity in Greek Life (with Sigma Theta Psi Multicultural Sorority)

5:30–7 PM @ Women’s Community Center
Sigma Theta Psi will be leading a dinner workshop on how to talk about trans inclusivity in Greek life. They will also offer tips and suggestions for how sororities and fraternities at Stanford could begin the process to become trans inclusive chapters of their larger organizations.

Thursday, May 8

Creating Space for Trans People in the Media

12–1:15 PM @ LGBT-CRC
A workshop on media representation of trans people, starting with some known hazards and breaking into two groups for participants to discuss more. The goal is to share skills for making media more supportive of trans people, as writers and editors or as readers and responders.

Laverne Cox: “Ain’t I a Woman? My Journey to Womanhood” (with ASSU Speaker’s Bureau)

7:30–9 PM @ CEMEX Auditorium
Free and Open to the Public
Please RSVP. (Note: seats given on a first come, first serve basis the night of the event.)
Doors open at 7:10 PM
Laverne Cox is an actress, writer, producer, and transgender advocate. She can currently be seen portraying Sophia Burset, an incarcerated trans woman, in the critically acclaimed Netflix original series “Orange Is the New Black”.
For more information, please visit the Facebook event page.

Trans Awareness Week 2014 Laverne Cox Poster Final

Friday, May 9

Spoken Word Writing Workshop & Open Mic (with Spoken Word Collective)

7–9 PM @ Kimball Lounge
Featuring performances by Spoken Word alumni Cam Awkward-Rich and Kyle Lee-Crossett.
A workshop focused on writing & sharing queer narratives in spoken word form. All are welcome. Sign ups for open mic will begin at 8pm, and preference goes to those who attend the workshop. Virgin cocktails will be provided.

Monday, May 12

Community Feedback about Transgender Awareness Week

Are you interested in sharing your thoughts about this year’s Trans Awareness Week events? We’d love to hear about what you liked, what you learned, what you felt was left out, and how we can do better in upcoming years. Snacks will be provided. If you can’t attend, please share your thoughts (anonymously or not) with us here.

Transgender Awareness Week 2014 is co-sponsored by the Program in African & African-American StudiesProgram in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality StudiesProgram in American StudiesProgram in Comparative Studies in Race and EthnicityClayman Institute for Gender ResearchInstitute for Diversity in the ArtsEducation and Society Theme HouseResidential EducationQueer Events and Services TeamWomen’s Community CenterStanford NAACPQueer Straight AllianceStanford Students for Reproductive JusticeStanford American Indian OrganizationStanford Sexual Health Peer Resource CenterCardinal NightsStanford Athletes and Allies TogetherWomen’s CoalitionStanford Asian American Activism Committee

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Crossing Lines, Serving Time

A two-part event series organized by the NAACP Criminal Justice Committee and Stanford Students for Queer Liberation. Funded by the ASSU Senate Winter Grant.

On Wednesday, February 5th, at 6 PM in Roble Theater: join us as low-income transgender women of color from the TGI Justice Project discuss their stories and their experiences with criminalization and incarceration.

On Wednesday, February 12th, at 6 PM in Roble Theater: come to participate in a crossing-the-line workshop focused on the intersections of identities and the prison system.

Dinner will be served at both events.

Poster for Trans Awareness Week 2013

Trans* Awareness Week 2013

There are so many trans people who have contributed so much to our society over the years, but they have always been less likely to be given credit for their own accomplishments.  Even the Stonewall riots so important to LGBT history in the US, have been misrepresented to give the credit to cis gay men when that credit belongs to trans women, drag queens, homeless queer youth and more.  (By the way, if you come on Tuesday evening you may get to meet Miss Major who was part of those riots, and you will get to find out some of the work she has been doing since then.)  So, come on Wednesday to hear the renowned Janet Mock speak about transgender inclusivity in social justice movements.

from, by SSQL member Quirk Goodman.

Flier for Julia Serano Talk

What We Think of Blue and Pink: A Discussion with Julia Serano

Julia Serano is a writer, biologist, spoken-word poet, activist. She has a lot to say about social conceptions of gender, and how “blue is for boys and pink is for girls” works out to affect everyone in different ways. Her book “Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Feminity” is a combination of history, personal experiences, biology and psychology. This talk is meant to be accessible to everyone, whatever your background in feminism or social justice.


Poster for Beyond the Binaries

Why Should I Care About Trans* Awareness Week?

One of the most important ideas that inspires Beyond Binaries is the notion that trans* experience/perspectives are not ancillary to our education but actually central. By dedicating a week to trans* experiences we are taking what is normally thought of as a ‘minority’ subject position and universalizing it. We are attempting to show you that we all – regardless of our gender identity – have so much to learn from trans* experience.

from, by SSQL member Alok Vaid-Menon ’13.