Utah Pride Center to Celebrate Transgender Awareness Month

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This November the Utah Pride Center in cooperation with the Transgender Education Advocates of Utah will once again hold a number of rallies, discussions and other events to celebrate and raise awareness of the T in “GLBT.” 

Transgender Awareness Month will begin Nov. 1 with an 8:00 p.m. concert by Coyote Grace in the Center’s Café Marmalade. The acoustic duo consists of Joe Stevens, a transgender male singer and songwriter and Ingrid Elizabeth, a biological woman who also sings and plays the upright bass.

“We had Coyote Grace in two years ago for the Trans Action Rally and they did a great job,” said Jennifer Nuttall, Adult Program Director at the Utah Pride Center. “They’re a really fun band, cool and unique.”

The Center will hold its Trans Action Rally on Nov. 28 at 6:00 p.m. at its 361 N 300 W location. The rally, said Nuttall, “came out of the idea of wanting to do something positive” near to the Day of Remembrance, which commemorates people who have died because of anti-transgender prejudice or violence. The rally is a way to show people that they can do something about this violence and to encourage them to “take back the streets,” added Nuttall.

On Nov. 25 the Center will screen Trained in the Ways of Men at the Salt Lake City Main Library (210 E 400 S) as part of its film discussion series. The documentary explores the life and death of Gwen Araujo, a female transgender teen murdered in 2002 and the subsequent trial of her killers. A panel discussion on Araujo and gender identity will follow.

“We want to talk about domestic violence … and how at risk transgender people are for different kinds of violence, including sexual violence and assault,” said Nuttall. She added that the panel would also address the issue of “transgender panic” in courtrooms. That is, the idea similar to gay panic defense, states that people can panic and then lash out at a transgender person upon discovering his or her transgender status, typically during intimacy.

In addition to these events TEA will hold a candlelight vigil and tea party on Nov. 20 at South Valley Unitarian Society (6876 So Highland Dr, 2000 E), a social and fundraiser, a social and fundraiser on Nov. 22 and two workshops on transgender activism and politics with political candidate and transgender activist Dr. Dana Beyer. TEA organizers did not respond to a request seeking more information about these events by press time.

For more information on Transgender Awareness Month, visit the Utah Pride Center's Web site at utahpridecenter.org. 

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