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posted by Tami Starlight in on Nov 15, 2010 - View profile

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Toronto Transgender Day of Remembrance (events)

Anti transgender violence, transgender day of remembrance, Toronto, Transexual, transgender


7:00pm
Saturday November 20 2010

Venue: University of Toronto, York University & The 519
Cost: Free

TRANS DAY OF REMEMBRANCE   

(main international website - that may not include this info: http://www.transgenderdor.org/  )

TDOR
EVENT LISTINGS 2010

 

 

The Centre
for Women and Trans People will commemorate this year’s Trans Day of
Remembrance by offering a full Trans Week of Remembrance for Two Spirit,
Intersex, and Trans people, and all who have been impacted by anti-trans
violence and discrimination. A week is not enough – together let’s continue to
actively resist violence and celebrate trans lives always. The Centre is
honoured to be part of this work and hopes everyone has a chance to create a
space for the remembrance of community members hurt or lost, and to collect and
share in our own personal reflections.  

 

 

MONDAY NOVEMBER 15

 

EVENT:                      TRANS INCLUSION GROUP MEETING   

TIME:                          2-3pm

LOCATION:               The Centre for
Women and Trans People UT

DESCRIPTION:

Are you
trans, or have you ever questioned your gender identity? Do you need an
opportunity to be around other trans individuals in a safe space? Do you need
trans-to-trans support? Are you a trans ally or is there someone you love who
is trans? Would you like to learn how to more strongly support them? Would you
like to be active on trans issues? Interested in being a volunteer?

 

If the answer
to any of these questions is YES, then we would like to invite you to
participate in the Trans Inclusion Group (TIG). The Centre is always open to
gender-variant individuals, but during TIG we focus exclusively on the issues
that are pressing to trans folk, both on the campus, in the community, and
within The Centre itself. The TIG meeting format is open and relaxed, with
informal discussion and meet-and-greet (with the possibility of one-on-one
trans support) followed by our action committee meeting that fights for trans
visibility and inclusion. But there are even larger issues on the horizon so no
matter where you are on the gender spectrum come out and get involved! Start
the week by connecting with some of the people organizing these events.

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EVENT:                      Art activism: Remembering through the arts     

TIME:                          3-6pm

LOCATION:               The Centre for
Women and Trans People UT

DESCRIPTION:

To mark the beginning of a Two
Spirit, Intersex and Trans Week of Remembrance, The Centre hosts a community
art activism initiative to put together a memorial for those we have lost to
trans and transphobic violence and to remember the people who have made
significant contributions to the struggle. Come out and show your support.

 

 

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 16

 

EVENT:                      ABORIGINAL WOMEN AND WOMEN
OF COLOUR GROUP:

                        “What’s AWWOC without the T/2S?”  

                             COMMUNITY discussion & POTLUCK

TIME:                          4-6pm

LOCATION:               The Centre for Women and Trans
People UT

DESCRIPTION:

The Aboriginal Women and Women of Colour group (AWWOC) hosts a facilitatated
discussion by Mandy Longhouse Cayuga looking at how to build a more Two
Spirit/trans inclusive group. We are hoping to begin examining AWWOC as the name
of the group (how can it signify a trans inclusive space?) We feel asking the
question “What is AWWOC without the T/2S?” is an important starting point in
the growth and development of AWWOC furthering anti-oppression. Potluck event.
Bring a dish or just bring yourself.

 

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 17

 

EVENT:                      THE CENTRE’S ANNUAL TDOR EVENT:

                        COMMUNITY ART INSTALLATION 2010

TIME:                          12-3pm

LOCATION:               Sidney Smith Hall,
100 st. George st. *outside

DESCRIPTION:

 

The Trans Inclusion Group hosts its
annual Community Art Installation. Grab a crayon – show your colours – add some
joy –take up space – take a marker – leave your mark – collage – deconstruct –
take scissors to the binary - remember always. In the face of loss we create.
We remember the vibrant lives of those lost to gender violence by sharing in
collective creativity. We fill the space with urgent art – ending trans
violence and hatred is an urgent matter. We share smiles – we share the moment
– we remember – we take action. Come and create (or observe) a community art
installation in response to gender violence. No art experience necessary.

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EVENT:                      MOMENT OF SILENCE

TIME:                          3:00-3:10pm

LOCATION:               Sidney Smith Hall,
100 st. George st. *outside

DESCRIPTION:

 

Gather for
speeches and a moment of silence. Take the time.

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EVENT:                      TDOR AT THE CENTRE          

TIME:                          3:30-5:30pm

LOCATION:               The Centre for
Women and Trans People UT

DESCRIPTION:

 

Come to The Centre for light
refreshments, warm coffee and warm thoughts. Eat, continue to make art, and
share in casual community conversation and dialogue.

 

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 18

 

EVENT:                      THE SPICE – SPECIAL EDITION    

TIME:                          12-3pm

LOCATION:               The Centre for
Women and Trans People UT

DESCRIPTION:

The Spice hosts a community kitchen
with free food and open discussion on the relationships between access to food,
poverty, homelessness and Two Spirit and trans identities. Questions to explore
may include: what are the different ways poverty, homelessness and the limited
access to food effect Two Spirit and trans people? What do the cuts to the special
diet and the social welfare system mean to Two Spirit and trans people? How can
we stop the cuts?

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EVENT:                      PANEL: TRANS ORGANIZING IN UNIVERSITY SETTING 

TIME:                          12-2pm

LOCATION:               York University, tba

DESCRIPTION:

 

The Centre for Women and Trans
People at York University host a panel discussion. Vigil
details: tba. For more info: http://www.yorku.ca/ywc/ywc/

Join Centre UT folk there (meet-up space to be
announced, TTC tokens available). In solidarity.

 

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 19

 

EVENT:                      THE 519’s TDOR EVENT    

TIME:                          7-9pm

LOCATION:               519 Church Street Community Centre

DESCRIPTION:

Attend the
519’s annual TDOR vigil/memorial event with speakers and readings. The Centre
will be organizing a contingent to attend as a group – contact us for meet-up
location.

http://www.the519.org/events/transdayofremembrance

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 20

 

INTERNATIONAL
TRANS DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

 

MONDAY NOVEMBER 22

 

EVENT:                      TRANS FILM NIGHT: “TWO SPIRITS”    

TIME:                          6-8pm

LOCATION:               The William Doo
Auditorium, 45 Willcocks

DESCRIPTION:

 

The Trans
Inclusion Group and The Women and Genders Studies Student Union co-host a free
screening of “Two Spirits”: the story
of 16-year old Fred Martinez who was brutally murdered. Two Spirits is a compelling documentary
about a life that was cut short for a Navajo teenager who was nádleehi - person with both masculine and
feminine essences. The film is more than a story of what it means to be poor,
transgender, and Navajo, but also looks at the lives of the friends, family and
larger community of Fred Martinez, reaching beyond the violent act that ended
with his murder, and exploring issues of gender, spirituality and sexuality.

 

When, in his
early teen years, Fred begins to express his femininity, his mother and family
members understand who Fred is based on their traditional Navajo beliefs. They
feel pride in being related to someone who has been gifted. What is tragic is
how dominant society has much more narrow views on race and gender. What do we
do to end these tragedies? How do communities heal loss?

 

Fred Martinez
will not be forgotten. Two Spirits shows
regard to the horror of Fred's death but also unveils this story in a way that
unearths deeper value and gives greater meaning to this young life. Two Spirits will touch viewers and rally
viewers around honouring those who remain true to themselves, and embracing the
potential for diversity, dignity, beauty, and strength.

 

Come out for
free film, free snacks, free talk. Come debrief on and share your Trans Day of
Remembrance experiences.

 

This event is part of “LINKED OPPRESSIONS: Racism, Homophobia, and
Transphobia” organized by the Equity Students Student Union, Women and
Gender Studies Student Union, LGBTOUT and The Centre for Women and Trans People
UT.

 

 

CONTACT INFO:
Events
may expand and details may change. Feel free to contact The Centre for full
details, updates or accessibility needs.
 
 
THE CENTRE FOR WOMEN AND TRANS PEOPLE UT

563 Spadina Ave.
womenscentre.sa.utoronto.ca
womens.centre@utoronto.ca    

416-978-8201


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