We the People, a local transgender activist group, is bringing back May Is? All About Trans, a series of transgender-centric events in May, for a second consecutive year.
SaVanna Wanzer, founder of D.C. Trans Pride and We the People, explains that the title May Is? All About Trans is meant to be a call-and-response cheer.
“I’m asking someone else a question ‘May is?’ and then the other person says ‘All about trans.’ It’s to motivate you like ‘Christmas is?’ Tomorrow,’” Wanzer says.
There will be plenty to cheer about with the events list this year which includes a community mixer at the Library of Congress hosted by KeeKee Ke’niya Funches and NBC4’s Leon Harris, a Trans Summit featuring trans-focused workshops, an open mic and an art show featuring transgender artists.
The transgender community is also celebrated during Trans Pride but Wanzer says Capital Pride only allots 45-60 minutes to discuss transgender issues. We the People has organized events that allow up to three hours of conversation focused on the transgender community’s “mind, body and spirit,” according to Wanzer.
See the complete list of events below. For more information on May Is? All About Trans, visit mayistransdc.com.
Wednesday, May 1
Trans Summit is at the Metropolitan Community Church of Washington (474 Ridge St., N.W.) from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. From 9-10 a.m. there will be registration and breakfast followed by a greeting at 10 a.m. The morning session will include discussions entitled Navigating Medical and Legal Spaces from 10:45 a.m.-noon and then lunch from 12:15-1:15 p.m. The afternoon session will include Connecting Voices from the Community (1:15-2:15 p.m.), Growing an Activist/Growing the Entrepreneur (2:15-3:15 p.m.), Showing Up Spiritual/Showing Up Professional (3:15-4:15 p.m.) and closing remarks from 4:15-4:45 p.m. There will be dinner after the summit at Busboys and Poets (625 Monroe St., N.E.) from 6-9 p.m. The first 40 people to register for the summit will be invited to the dinner.
Thursday, May 2
Name & Gender Change Clinic, a free legal clinic for D.C. and Virginia residents, is at 11:30 a.m. in Tysons Corner, Va. Meet with an attorney to complete name and gender change documents. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register and to receive the exact address.
Saturday, May 4
A Conversation About Addictions is at the Reeves Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) from 1-3 p.m.
Monday, May 6
The Awards Dinner featuring keynote speaker Diana Feliz Oliva is at Studio Theatre (1501 14th St., N.W.) from 6-9 p.m. Two people from the transgender community, one youth activist and one organization that represents the transgender community will be honored. Admission is free.
Tuesday, May 7
Trans Conversations is at Us Helping Us (3636 Georgia Ave., N.W.) from 6-8 p.m. There will be a conversation on transmasculine health in room one and a conversation on transfemme health in room two. The conversations will followed by dinner and a cocktail reception at 9 p.m. Admission is free.
Friday, May 10
Silver Pride, a celebration of the older LGBTQ community, is at Human Rights Campaign (1640 Rhode Island Ave., N.W.) from 3-7 p.m. There will be tabling and a dance. Free.
Saturday, May 11
Trans Art Showing is at Westminster Presbyterian Church (400 I St., S.W.) from 3-5 p.m. Art from local artists in the transgender community will be on display. Free admission.
Open Mic is at Westminster Presbyterian Church from 5-7 p.m. All are welcome to showcase their talent. Free.
“Transmilitary,” a documentary about life as a transgender person in the military, will be screened at Westminster Presbyterian Church from 7-9 p.m. A Q&A will follow the screening. Admission is free.
Sunday, May 12
Happy hour is at Denizens Brewing Co. (1115 East West Highway, Silver Spring, Md.) from 2-4 p.m.
Tuesday, May 14
Do Tell, a conversation about the pros and cons of sex-reassignment surgeries, is at Us Helping Us (3636 Georgia Ave., N.W.) from 6-8 p.m.
Wednesday, May 15
A conversation on HIV vs. PrEP is at Whitman-Walker Health (1525 14th St., N.W.) from 6-8 p.m.
Friday, May 17
Community Mixer is at Library of Congress (10 First St., S.E.) from 6-9 p.m. Keynote speaker will be Queen Victoria Ortega and NBC4’s Leon Harris hosts the event. This event is invite-only.
Saturday, May 18
Whitman Walker’s Trans Mixer is at Studio Theatre (1501 14th St., N.W.) from 6-8 p.m.
Sunday, May 19
TWEET Church Service, a church service for the transgender community, is at Westminster Presbyterian Church (400 I St., S.W.) from 11 a.m.-noon.
Wednesday, May 22
Bridging the Gap: Conversation Between Gay Men and the Transgender Community is at Whitman-Walker Health (1525 14th St., N.W.) from 6-8 p.m. Light dinner will be served.
Saturday, May 25
Black Pride Our Truths in Harmony, a transgender town hall, will be a part of Black Pride at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel (999 9th St., N.W.) from 1-2:30 p.m.
Youth: Building New Activist, a conversation with LGBTQ youth on how they can become activists, is at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel (999 9th St., N.W.) from 3-4:30 p.m. This event is closed to anyone over the age of 25.
Monday, May 27
Beauty Make Over is at 1 p.m. at a to-be-announced location. Celebrity hair stylist Kiyah Wright will teach a workshop on hair, makeup and style.
Thursday, May 30
The Finale: Giving Back is at a to-be-announced location from 5-8 p.m. The We the People board will prepare a dinner for LGBTQ youth at Wanda Alston House.