Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2020-01-08
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Trans 100 to honor national trans organizers
by Kate Sosin, Windy City Times
2013-03-23

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


When transgender people see their stories reflected in the news, the image is almost always the same: scary or tragic.

Little transgender coverage falls outside the bounds of murders, discrimination or people trapped in the "wrong" bodies.

That, says Jen Richards, is exactly the point of the "Trans 100." The event is March 31 in Chicago and Phoenix.

The "Trans 100" will honor 100 of the most engaged transgender organizers nationally in an effort to build unity in transgender communities, empower activists and showcase positive transgender stories.

"We're going to help shift the tone of the way the media interacts with trans people," said Richards, who is producing the event through her blog, WeHappyTrans.com . "So in a sense, the list itself is activism."

The Trans 100 launch event, scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Mayne Stage in Rogers Park, will feature talks by transgender icons Janet Mock and Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler. Performances will include trans musicians Namoli Brennet and Joe Stevens. Chicago activist and performer KOKUMO will host the evening.

The event will run concurrently with a launch event in Phoenix, produced by transgender activist Antonia D'orsay, who conceived of the idea for the Trans 100.

And everything from the promotion of the event down to the videography will employ the skills of trans-owned businesses.

Changing the narrative

The Trans 100 launch is scheduled on the International Transgender Day of Visibility, a relatively new observance intended to celebrate trans lives.

The International Transgender Day of Visibility sprung up a few years ago out of frustration that the only day set aside to honor trans people, The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) in November, mourned the dead. While most felt that TDOR was a crucial event to draw attention to gender-based violence, many trans activists also longed for a day that celebrated the living.

It was Rachel Crandall, executive director of Transgender Michigan, who first acted on that desire, according to a post by Monica Roberts on her blog TransGriot. Crandall's idea spread over Facebook, and the March 31 observance was born.

That sentiment is echoed in the Trans 100 list.

"We want to be able to show the wonders and celebrate the lives of trans people," said D'orsay.

D'orsay notes that most LGBT lists of notable people include few transgender names, and when they do, they are seldom the names of working activists or current leaders.

"They include ones that are dead or inactive or just famous for being trans," said D'orsay. "The people [in the Trans 100] are doing good work for trans people right now."

The start of the Trans 100

The Trans 100 was born accidentally.

D'orsay reconnected with her son last fall after five years apart.

During those five years, her son had studied up on her life. D'orsay is well-known for her work as the executive director of This is HOW, an Arizona organization that serves trans people.

Her son commented that it seemed like she was as pretty big deal in the transgender community.

"Not really," she said. "If there was a list of 100 transgender people, I'd be like 98 or 99."

D'orsay recounted that interaction on her Facebook page, and Richards happened to see it.

"I thought that was a really great idea, and I saw the potential in it. So I wrote to Toni," said Richards.

It was past midnight when the two started talking and within a few hours, they had come up with a formal version of the Trans 100.

Creating the list

In the first 24 hours of the Trans 100 launch, D'orsay and Richards had more than 100 nominations. By the time the nomination deadline arrived, Richards and D'orsay were looking at more than 500 entries, 345 of them discreet.

"I think what was most exciting to me was going through the list and seeing names than had multiple nominations and had people just gushing about how much great work they were doing that I had never heard of," said Richards. "It was like being at a party with all of your friends and you realize that there is a whole other room full of their friends. You're like, 'I get to meet all these people now.'"

An undisclosed group of 15-20 curators is wading through the nominations currently, Richards said.

They will be looking for activists in the U.S. whose organizing work is current and conscious of race, class and other identities intersecting in transgender communities. Those selected will be given a chance to accept or decline the honor. Their names will be presented at the Phoenix and Chicago events.

Beyond the event

Richards chose Chicago to host the event for multiple reasons, she said. Aside from the fact that she lives in the city, Richards points out that transgender advocacy in Chicago is some of the most exciting in the country right now.

Longtime HIV service provider Chicago House is in the midst of launching several transgender programs including transgender housing, Lurie Children's Hospital recently opened a gender identity clinic for trans kids and last year, Chicago saw its first ever transgender pride event, among other things.

Richards would like to keep the event in Chicago in future years, but that will depend on funding, she said.

Right now, she is focused on selecting 100 names on a tight deadline. After that?

"We begin planning the next one," she said.

Ticket information at trans100.eventbrite.com/ .


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Lightfoot criticizes aldermen over LGBT study 2020-01-16 - On Jan. 15, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot criticized aldermen for objecting to a plan to determine if the LGBT community faces obstacles in ...


Gay News

COMEDY 'The Haggard Unicorn:' Queer trans comic talks representation, hurdles 2020-01-14 - KJ Whitehead wants to see unrepresented voices take over the comedy world and her latest project, The Haggard Unicorn, is a reflection of ...


Gay News

Quigley part of call for end of trans migrant detention 2020-01-14 - U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley ( D-Illinois )—vice chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus and a founding member of the Transgender Equality Task Force—led ...


Gay News

WORLD Trans activist killed, Israeli center, Brazilian priest, Netflix film 2020-01-14 - In South Africa, Limpopo police are investigating the death of transgender activist Nare Mphela, 28, whose decomposing body was found in a rented ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Scammer jailed, fertility study, queer billboard, panic-defense bill 2020-01-14 - After scamming gay men for over half a decade, Tyler Buchanan, 28, now faces up to 10 years in prison, Queerty noted. Buchanan ...


Gay News

LGBTQ critics name film, TV honorees 2020-01-11 - GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics—composed of 260 mainly U.S. journalists covering film and television—named its final-round choices for 2019's finest movies, ...


Gay News

Trans, undocumented students can now access college aid 2020-01-08 - Undocumented and some transgender students can now access state college aid, now that a loophole preventing them from doing so has closed, The ...


Gay News

National roundup 2019, highlights and lowlights 2020-01-08 - In the last Windy City Times print issue, the publication covered 10 of the most important LGBTQ events that happened nationally in 2019. ...


Gay News

Boston IVF announces Landmark Transgender Male Fertility Research Study 2020-01-07 - WALTHAM, Mass., Jan. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Boston IVF, a worldwide leader in fertility care and a pioneer in LGBTQ+ family building, today ...


Gay News

Advocates laud final Medicaid rule for gender-affirming surgery 2020-01-04 - Advocates across Illinois celebrated the final rule that regulates Medicaid coverage for gender-affirming surgery. The final rule prioritizes the patient-provider relationship, allowing ...


 



Copyright © 2020 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.