May 12, 2018 at 8:59 am EDT | by Joey DiGuglielmo
Trans Pride returns May 19-20
Trans Pride, Gender-Affirming Services, gay news, Washington Blade

(Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Capital Trans Pride
 
May 19-20
 
Saturday
 
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
 
Foundry United Methodist Church
 
1500 16th St., N.W.
 
and simultaneously at Stead Park
 
1625 P St., N.W.
 
Networking Happy Hour at Studio Theatre
 
5 p.m.
 
1501 14th St., N.W.
 
Sunday service at New Hope Baptist United Churth of Christ
 
309 E St., N.W.
 
‘A Fantastic Woman’ screening
 
8 p.m. at Stead Park

Capital Trans Pride is both inside and out this year.

Based on feedback from previous years, organizers this year have designed Saturday’s main event for attendees to be able to float back and forth between Foundry United Methodist Church, where there will be exhibits and workshops, and nearby Stead Park, where entertainment and booths will be set up.

“We’re hoping that creates some visibility in the park,” says Holly Goldmann, a long-time Capital Pride board member and Trans Pride organizer. “It’s in a safe neighborhood and we’re not closing the park off so we’re excited about that. Ten years ago, people were still a little scared to attend something outdoors but we’ve now reached a point where we can be visible.”

A networking happy hour will be held on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Studio Theatre.

On Sunday, May 20, a spiritual service will be held at 2 p.m. at New Hope Baptist United Church in Christ and at 8 p.m. that night, the Oscar-winning film “A Fantastic Woman” will be screened at Stead Park.

About 25 trans-supportive organizations will provide services and opportunities at the main event at Foundry Saturday. The keynote speaker (also at Foundry) will be Tiq Milan, a trans man who is a spokesperson for GLAAD as well as a speaker, activist and journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone and other high-profile outlets. The time is TBD.

“We are incredibly excited to produce our 11th annual Capital Trans Pride in the national capital region, with the goal of increasing trans visibility while striving for equality in the public and legal arenas,” said Bianca Rey, Chair, Capital Trans Pride, in a statement. “As we continue to expand trans rights and struggle openly with opposition, this gathering becomes more empowering and has an increasingly greater impact each year. The entire LGBTQ-plus community working together is critical to securing full and lasting equality.”

Confirmed workshops for Capital Trans Pride include: “Tell Your Story to Change the World,” “Gender Queer 101: a Panel Discussion,” “Name and Gender Change Clinic,” “Improving Wellness in the Trans-Community, Creating a Plan for Washington,” “Transgender Health Services at Kaiser Permanente,” “Resume Writing,” “Introduction to Government Consulting,” ”Uplifting the Download Lover,” “Transgender Military Service in the Trump Era,” “PrEP and Trans Bodies” and “Dance Your Story.”

About 600-650 attended last year throughout the day. Organizers say the event has grown about 25 percent each year the past few years. About 12 folks are on the planning committee which stays in touch year round to plan each year’s event.

Another group, We the People, has named this month “May Is? All About Trans,” but it’s a separate event even though both were started by SaVanna Wanzer, who still helps with Trans Pride.

“There’s zero competition,” Goldmann says. “We’re sponsoring and helping each other as much as we can.”

Kyara Cooper, a local trans woman who attended Trans Pride for the first time last year, says it’s a powerful experience.

“It was marvelous,” she says. “There wasn’t a dull moment. It was very empowering and I think people got something valuable from it.”

She says local trans folks and allies who’ve never attended “should definitely give it a try.”

Full details are here.

Joey DiGuglielmo is the Features Editor for the Washington Blade.

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