As I’ve stated more than a few times on this blog, intersectionality is an important value for trans people of color. We are keenly aware of the fact that our skin color makes our transitions different from our white trans counterparts and we can’t (nor do we wish to) separate our ethnicity from our trans status.
We are also quite aware of the fact that issues that affect our Black and Latino communities also affect us.as trans people who also are members of those communities.
There are two events happening on different coasts that involve elements of our diverse trans community.
Here in H-town members of the Trans Latin@ coalition will be in full effect at the FLAS 20th Anniversary Gala that will take place tonight starting at 6 PM CDT at the Hilton Southwest Hotel.
FLAS stands for Fundacion Latinamericano de Accion Social, a Houston based organization that provides health services and social programs for the Latin American community.
FLAS has provided education, HIV counseling and testing and treatment referrals for Latinos affected by HIV/AIDS, as well as STD referrals. Throughout the community, we host education seminars and health fairs at a variety of locations, including churches, civic organizations, consulates and even on-street corners
For those of you in the Houston area that may wish to join the TransLatin@ coalition and attend this event, the hotel is located at 6780 Southwest Fwy. If you need more information call Elia Chino at 713-772-2366.
In Boston, the transbrothers are there and in full effect for the LGBTQ Health and Wellness Weekend that is running through tomorrow. It started last night with a dinner in honor of birthday boy Rev. Louis Mitchell.
The event is sponsored by Body Image 4 Justice, TPOCC and long list of orgs. It will feature a keynote speech from Fallon Fox, our fave MMA fighter and trans human rights warrior in keeping with this year’s theme of LGBTQ Athletes And Sports.
The Health And Wellness Weekend features seminars, panel discussions, live demos and moreat two venues. Emerson College’s Max Mutchnick Campus Center will host Saturday events, and the Holmes Sports Center
on the Simmons College Residential Campus will be the venue hosting Sunday events..
For those of you in those areas, hope you can attend and support these events orgs that are also supporting our community.