April 27, 2018 at 7:22 pm EDT | by Joey DiGuglielmo
New We the People group unveils month-long series
Savanna Wanzer, gay news, Washington Blade

SaVanna Wanzer hopes to increase transgender D.C. visibility with her new group We the People. (Photo courtesy Wanzer)

We the People, a new, Washington-based transgender activist group, is launching with a month-long series of events throughout May organizers have dubbed “May Is? All About Trans.”

SaVanna Wanzer, founder of D.C. Trans Pride, is calling We the People a quasi-spin off group of Trans Pride. The new group has been in various stages of execution for about the last five years, Wanzer says.

“It needed to be separate because I wanted it to be a national endeavor for all cities to take the idea and use it,” Wanzer says. “If we put it under the umbrella of Capital Pride, that would have limited it.”

“May Is? All About Trans” runs May 1-31 and features events throughout the D.C. area.

The events are:

May 1: Trans Summit  at the Reeves Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. with continental soul breakfast, lunch at Busboys & Poets with keynote speaker Deb Dunn and cocktail reception from 5-8 p.m. at Busboy & Poets. Free. 

May 2: Conversation “Trans Sexuality What Transitions?” at Whitman-Walker Health (1525 14th St., N.W. from 6-8:30 p.m. Light snacks provided. Free.

May 6: Youth Ball at 8240 Professional Place Suite 207B Landover, Md.
(Walking distance from the New Carrollton Metro Station) with food and cash prizes.

May 8: Conversation “Trans & HIV” at Whitman-Walker Health (1525 14th St., N.W.) 6-8:30 p.m. No phones or recording devices will be allowed. Dinner sponsored by Jensen Free.

May 9: TransDimensional Support Group “Conversation on Trans Safety” at Us Helping Us People Into Living (3636 Georgia Ave., N.W.) from 5:30-8 p.m.

May 10: Conversation with Trans Men at Shaw Library (1630 7th St., N.W.) 7-8:30 p.m. Snacks provided. Free.

May 11: Awards Dinner at 800 Florida Ave., N.E. from 6-9 p.m. honoring trans members from the D.C. area and a community organization for outstanding services. Keynote speaker is Diego Sanchez. Free

May 12: Open Mic event with emcee Juju B. Jadoir of Westminster at 400 I St., S.W., 4-7 p.m. Following the concert movie screening of “Miss Major” from 7-9 p.m. with refreshments. Free. 

May 13: “Meet Up for Allies, Intersex and Queer” at Denizens (1115 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, Md.) Time is TBD.

May 14: “Trans and Aging” presentation at Shaw Library (1630 7th St., N.W.) from 7-8:30 p.m.  Snacks provided. Free.

May 17: “Rayceen! Fix Me Up!” at Shaw Library (1630 7th St., N.W.) from 6-8 p.m. Dating mixer.

May 19: Capital Trans Pride at Foundry United Methodist Church (1500 16th St., N.W.) from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Stead park (1625 P St., N.W.). Free. 

May 20: TWEET Church Service at New Hope Baptist Church (309 E St., N.W.) from 2-4 p.m. Reception following service.

May 21: “Bridging the Gap part two,” a conversation with gay men and the transgender community at Shaw Library (1630 7th St., N.W.) from 6-8 p.m. All welcome. Snacks will be provided. Free.

May 26: Workshop at D.C. Black Pride 1-3 p.m.

Wanzer says her vision for the series is to “bring more of the community together to bridge the gaps of non-inclusiveness.”

She and her team of nine chose May so they could dovetail their events with Trans Pride and D.C. Black Pride, both local events that are always held in May. Wanzer says local agencies such as Whitman-Walker Health, Capital Pride and especially Us Helping Us, have been supportive.

Wanzer, who freelances as a local trans and HIV activist, says community support for the various events will be crucial to making “All About Trans” a success. She emphasizes that any LGBT folks or allies are welcome; one does not have to be trans to attend. Operating expenses are about $30,000, Wanzer says. Donations are being accepted but most events are free to attend.

“Our team has put a lot of hard work into this,” she says. “I know it may look overwhelming because there are so many events, but please come and attend … and we’ll have a great learning experience together.”

Full details are here

Joey DiGuglielmo is the Features Editor for the Washington Blade.

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