On Friday, November 18, “Come Together,” a town hall discussing the
importance of building coalitions within the transgender community will
at Jewel’s Catch One, 4067 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif., 6 – 8
p.m., and will feature various transgender advocates and policymakers.
The event is free and open to the public.
show that transgender people face injustices in housing, health care,
employment, and many other areas. Transgender and gender non-conforming
people of color
are hit the hardest. They are also more susceptible to anti-transgender
violence than other groups.
is the first ever national focus on transgender people of color,”
explains Kylar Broadus, founder of the Trans People of Color Coalition
(TPOCC), a national organization
dedicated to challenging racism and transphobia, and the main sponsor
of the event. “It is critical that we empower people to advocate for
themselves as we build this movement.”
Speakers include Valerie Spencer of Transcend Empowerment
Institute, an organization which addresses empowerment on a social,
cultural and holistic basis; Ezak Perez of Gender Justice LA, a
non-profit working to elevate
the collective power of the Los Angeles transgender community; Jaye
Johnson of NuMan Trans Support Network, a group that serves to empower
transmen and strengthen the transman community; and Li Williams of Alpha
Omega Fraternity, a brotherhood that aims
to actively increase transman visibility in the community and educate
the public about the transman’s journey.
“We want to give transgender people of color a sense of
self and community,” Broadus adds. “There are many of us that don’t feel
that we’re being heard or connected to any movement. There is no one
that can tell
our story better than us; we live it daily and we have a voice.”
“Come Together” is sponsored in part by The Catch, NuMan
Trans Support Network, Gender Justice LA and Alpha Omega Fraternity. The
town hall is currently traveling across the country. The first of its
kind was held
earlier this year in Charlotte, N.C. where then city council
candidate, LaWana Mayfield, now the newly elected and the first openly
gay city council member in Charlotte, spoke about claiming our
authenticity to break down barriers and build relationships.
Upcoming community forums will take place in Detroit and Chicago in the