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Trans Ladies Picnic on tap

A safe space for non-binary people



Trans Ladies' Picnic, gay news, Washington Blade

The Trans Ladies’ Picnic is part of a national movement of picnics for trans women.

A picnic specifically for trans women/trans-feminine-identified people is slated for Dec. 18 from 2-5 p.m. at 2816 St. Paul St. in Baltimore. Food and drinks will be provided but attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to share.

“Trans women and trans-feminine non-binary people need a space of our own. We love LGBTQ spaces but we can feel alienated in them.” Tyler Vile, one of the organizers, told the Blade. “Often we are the only trans women or trans-feminine non-binary person in the room. We adapted this idea from trans women in New York and San Francisco. And we love surrounding ourselves with other trans women and trans-feminine non-binary people.”

Adds Evan Lori Mahone, another organizer, “There is a lot of intentional and non-intentional toxicity directed toward trans-feminine folks from the cisgender community and even other trans folks. The Trans Ladies’ Picnic has served as a space where we don’t police other trans-feminine people’s identities — where we don’t pressure trans-feminine folks to be more feminine. It serves as a space where other trans-feminine folks can feel comfortable in their expression of femininity. This is very important in a world where we are forced to think about ‘passing.’

Trans Ladies’ Picnic is part of a national movement of picnics for trans women. The Baltimore Trans Ladies’ Picnic, a member organization of the Baltimore Transgender Alliance, started in early 2015 and is a monthly potluck event.

For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

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  1. Wendy Lisa Gibbons

    December 7, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Does this mean born women are allowed to have events just for them as well?

    • Aliya Webermann

      December 8, 2016 at 12:30 am

      I’m a cis woman and 100% in support of trans women having their own safe spaces, because although we’re all women, our experiences are different and trans women face marginalization I’ll never have to. I don’t understand why you are so offended by trans women wanting to create a safe space for themselves. Trans women are born women also, FYI.

      • Wendy Lisa Gibbons

        December 8, 2016 at 11:14 am

        I am also fully in support of them having their own spaces, as long as they leave me the right to have my own spaces. But they have rather a long history of campaigning and getting them closed.

        • Christa Lewis

          December 10, 2016 at 10:10 pm

          I think it is a bit more honest to say that trans women have a long herstory of being excluded and getting abused when trying to participate in ‘women’s only’ groups. Please just give this a read (or anything else from this site) and get back to me.

          “Agent/Dominant/Oppressor social groups do not need separatist spaces to heal from oppression. They are in the privileged, dominant categories, and thus the society is set up to cater to their identities, needs, experiences and viewpoints. From the standpoint of social justice, diversity and anti-oppression work, the only reason for separate spaces for privileged/dominant/agent groups would be to work on their status as oppressors, interrogate their privilege, and talk about how to be better allies to oppressed peoples.”

          • Ima Man-In-Adress

            January 5, 2017 at 10:30 pm

            Oh, bullshit! MALE autogynephiles have a LONG history of INVADING Lesbian spaces, and anything deemed ‘women-only’ has been forcefully taken by them. Throwing hissy fits when women don’t care to see a man’s penis in the shower rooms, etc. documents it all!

  2. Yisheng Qingwa

    December 7, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Great! I guess this means I can have a huge, woman-only picnic and tell men who “feel like’ women to f right off… and I won’t get any rape or death threats, I am sure. /s


    • Teriyaki Broccoli...

      December 7, 2016 at 9:11 pm

      Lmaoooo…… ???
      Get over your Vagina! Typical narcissistic ,trans-phobic , rhetoric!! If you were a victim of sexual violence or violence in general , you wouldn’t make light of it to push your archaic opinion!!!!

      • Aliya Webermann

        December 8, 2016 at 12:31 am


  3. LesbianTippingHabits

    December 7, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Have a great Picnic!

  4. Teriyaki Broccoli...

    December 7, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Something tells me this will be a Whites Mostly type of affair !

  5. Evan Lori Mahone

    December 7, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Here is a link to the facebook event page!

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Comings & Goings

Umana named associate with Gustafson Guthrie Nichol



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The Comings & Goings column is about sharing the professional successes of our community. We want to recognize those landing new jobs, new clients for their business, joining boards of organizations and other achievements. Please share your successes with us at: [email protected]

Congratulations to Wolfgang Umana on being named an associate with Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN). He has been with them for more than five years and is currently its D.C. studio’s office manager. 

“I am honored to become GGN’s newest Associate,” Umana said.I have the glorious privilege of supporting GGN’s continuing dedication to progress, inclusion, social justice, sustainability, and beautification of the world we live in.”

Umana also works with NBR Computer Consulting as an LLC Computer Technician consultant. He has experience in social media, communications, outreach, and technical services, and provides a dynamic approach to the fast-changing world of technology. NBR Computer Consulting, LLC is a gay-owned business. 

Umana has also served as D.C. Army National Guard Director of Environmental Affairs and with EMS Consultation Services. 

He has his bachelor’s in Environmental Science & Public Policy, Human and Ecosystem Response to Climate Change, from George Mason University. 

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Capital Pride bids for D.C. to host World Pride 2025

International event draws thousands of visitors



Confetti rained down in New York’s Times Square at Stonewall 50 WorldPride New York’s closing ceremony two years ago. D.C. organizers hope to host the event in 2025. (Blade photo by Lou Chibbaro, Jr.)

The Capital Pride Alliance, the group that organizes D.C.’s annual LGBTQ Pride events, announced on Sept. 21 that it has submitted a bid to host 2025 World Pride, the international Pride event that draws thousands of participants from throughout the world to the host city.

The announcement by Capital Pride says its bid to host the event in D.C. notes that the event, among other things, would commemorate the 50th anniversary of D.C.’s first LGBTQ Pride event in 1975, which began as a block party near Dupont Circle.

World Pride is licensed and administered by the international LGBTQ organization InterPride. The World Pride events themselves, which usually take place every other year, are organized by InterPride’s member organizations such as Capital Pride Alliance.

The Capital Pride announcement notes that World Pride “promotes visibility and awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) issues on a global level.” The announcement adds, “World Pride events include parades, marches, festivals and other cultural activities often enjoyed at Pride celebrations, along with other components such as a human rights conference and large-scale opening and closing ceremonies.”

The InterPride website says the deadline for submitting a bid for the 2025 World Pride has passed. It says D.C.’s Capital Pride and Kaohsiung Pride, located in the large Taiwan port city of Kaohsiung, are the only two remaining cities in competition for hosting the 2025 World Pride.

Ryan Bos, Capital Pride’s executive director, said InterPride was expected to make its decision on which of the two cities to select sometime in November of this year.

“A recent study conducted by Booz Allen Hamilton revealed that the annual Capital Pride Celebrations, during normal years, result in approximately $371 million in positive economic impacts to the region, a number that may be doubled if the organization is awarded the prestigious event,” the Capital Pride statement says.

The 2021 World Pride took place earlier this year in Copenhagen, Denmark. The 2019 World Pride was held in New York City to commemorate the 50th anniversary of New York’s Stonewall riots, which many activists consider the start of the modern LGBTQ rights movement.

InterPride says the 2023 World Pride will take place in Sydney, Australia.

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Va. county supervisors back resolution against ‘required’ pronoun questions

Unanimous vote in Stafford County allows school defunding



What's Your Pronoun? review, gay news, Washington Blade
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The Stafford County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution that gives it the authority to deny funds to schools that require students to give their pronouns and teach the 1619 Project and critical race theory.

The resolution denounces “the teaching of the 1619 Project and critical race theory (CRT) and related principles in Stafford County Public Schools,” and states the board does not support Stafford County Public School students “being required to identify their chosen pronouns.”

The approved document had been updated to change “requested” to give pronouns to “required.”

Republican Supervisor Gary Snellings told the board he brought the resolution forward, which passed by a 6-0 vote margin, in response to communication from parents. One supervisor was not present.

Snellings called critical race theory “racism.” He also called the New York Times’ 1619 Project published on the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans to the Virginia colony a “theory.”

Critical race theory is not taught in Virginia public schools, but a state law passed in 2020 requires local school boards to adopt policies that are more inclusive for transgender and non-binary students that follow, or exceed, guidelines from the state’s Department of Education.

Snellings said the problem with preferred pronouns was in requiring students to give them. He said that was not in the governing Virginia law.

“This (resolution) does not eliminate anything. It just follows state law,” Snellings said.

A Virginia court in July dismissed a lawsuit that challenged the Department of Education’s guidelines for trans and non-binary students. Equality Virginia and the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia were parties to the amicus brief in support of the protections.

“We are deeply disappointed that these adults made such a hateful decision for kids in the community,” tweeted the ACLU of Virginia in response to the board’s vote.

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