November 12th to 19th finds us celebrating Transgender Awareness Week. The goal of which is to educate the public about Trans* issues. The week will culminate with Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 15th. Transgender of Remembrance tragically began after two men followed transgender woman Rita Hester to her apartment on this street and fatally stabbed her inside in 1998 (Boston Spirit).
The Spectrum Center is currently holding many events on campus to celebrate. Below is a list of just a few of the opportunities on campus this week.
Wednesday, November 14th
8-9:30 PM : Breaking Binaries, a panel session which will be held in the Hussey Room of the Michigan Union to learn more about binaries of all types.
Thursday, November 15th
12:10-1:30 PM : Transgender Day of Remembrance Talk with Carrie Davis. Lunch will be provided at this event which will be held in the UM School of Social Work, Room B760.
7-9:00 PM : Transgender Day of Remembrance Ceremony & Reception. This event will be held at the Ann Arbor Neutral Zone to honor the lives of community members who were killed due to prejudice and violence against the trans individuals.
Friday, November 18th
7:00 PM : Open LGBT Issues Commission Meeting. This meeting will have guest speaker Betsy Fisher who will discuss her summer working in Iraq to help displaced LGBT Iraqis find permanent homes as well as broader LGBT issues at the CSG Chambers (3rd floor of Michigan Union).
Saturday, November 19th
6-8:00 PM : Free Rapid HIV Testing. Free rapid HIV testing is sponsored by HARC and will be held at the Spectrum Center.
To learn about more Transgender Awareness Week events at the University of Michigan please visit here. Also, check out the LGBT Health Resource Guide which has tons of information on LGBT health resources in the area and nationally!