Last week the South Bay TDOV team learned that Santa Clara County is once again recognizing/declaring March 31 as the International Transgender Day of Visibility! (As an aside, in recent years, South Bay TDOV has received a commendation for our local event.) Last year, the transgender pride flag was raised over a county building — the very first time this happened in the US! In the late breaking news department, I’ve just learned it’s happening again this year!
Join us in raising the flag!
I invite all local trans folk (who can get the morning off!), and the greater community, to attend this year’s flag raising. It will happen on Tuesday 3/28 at 9 am, directly before the Board of Supervisor’s meeting. Meet up outside the County building with all of the flags, on Hedding Street in San Jose. There will be a small ceremony beforehand. I’ll say a few words, as will Maribel Martinez, Director of the CountyOffice of LGBTQ Affairs, among others. With any luck, the rain will clear by then and we’ll get to enjoy the flag in proud in the breeze!
The South Bay Trans Day of Visibility is for all birth gender non-conforming people (how’s that for a confusing in itself; babies likely don’t have a gender concept). The idea is, if you’ve been labeled a particular gender, and don’t feel that label quite fits, TDOV is celebrating you!
How can you tell? Check out the workshops. We have workshop topics of Intersex,Gender Non-Conforming, and Non-binary. Take this opportunity to listen to and talk with people who’ve had experiences like yours. As it happens, we have intersex people on the event committee as well. The show is going to be rich in gender fluid action.
All of us, transsexual, non-binary, and everywhere else, are living rich lives, and have a shared history. It’s a happy thing to see each other. Wear your favorite clothes, share your pronoun, have a snack with new friends. Welcome!
Of course, TDOV also welcomes our friends, lovers, family, and community members who are eager to learn more so they can be great allies.
This is going to be a great year for families, parents, youth at the South Bay Trans Day of Visibility: you can create your own full afternoon track of workshops about supporting trans youth. In a community focused discussion, Pparents and kids will share their stories. Professionals will offer guidance from their practice in two different discussions. The San Jose Youthspace, the local queer youth support and hangout space, will represent.
So it you’re young, or in a family with a trans or gender nonconforming youth, take the trip to the DeFrank LGBTQ Center on Saturday, April 1, and take advantage of this rare opportunity to hear from people who know what you’re going through.
Have a cool something you’ve never quite used sitting around the place? Donate it! We are having a silent auction to fund raise for Planned Parenthood Santa Cruz.
This particular Planned Parenthood has been hugely important in the lives of many south bay trans people; they’ve provided basic health care and the first hormone treatments to a number of less financially well off community members.
In these difficult political times, let’s help them out!
Unused – or created by you – gift certificates make a great donation. So do cool gadgets and tasty goodies, makeup, bathing and shaving essentials.
Look for the silent auction during the evening show.
Do you know about Outlook Video? It’s a local LGBT TV station. Here’s a video from last year’s (2016) transgender flag raising, which was associated with the South Bay Trans Day of Visibility. The interview with event coordinator Lance Moore starts about ten minutes in.
Look for another video with clips filmed at TDOV last year on the same page!
For the first time, not one but two south bay mayors will stop by our evening show, to offer their support. Milpitas mayor Rich Tran and San Jose mayor Sam Liccardo will each be addressing the crowd. Visibility works both ways!
For the first time, we have a flyer created by a local trans artist, Benny O’Hara. He’s a tattoo artist in his daily life. Feel free to grab these flyers, print them out, and pass them to your friends!
Welcome to the new South Bay TDOV website! Please share the link with your friends.
Planning is well under way for this year’s event. We are excited to announce the return of the Genderqueer Society, a bay area collective of queer and transmasculine folks who do joyful drag.
We’re proud to say the recipient of the this year’s Silent Auction fundraising will be the Santa Cruz Planned Parenthood. They have been helping low-income folks with their transition for years now, as well as providing general health and wellness to the community. They need our support right now, and we are happy to give it.
If you have any questions, would like to volunteer, put on a workshop, or perform in the show, send an email to info at southbaytdov.org.