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Transgender Empowerment, and of course Dancing

It’s that time of the year again for Basic Rights Oregon to host its largest events of the year! The Transgender Justice Summit is a weekend dedicated to gathering and empowering the transgender community. Come as your beautiful self to enjoy an inspiring keynote speaker, take part in workshops, or just come out and party with the transgender community.

Below you will find information about the events happening this weekend:

10/19 – An Evening with Kylar Broadus @ Hotel Fifty, 6:30 – 8PM
Join Basic Rights Oregon for this special reception with Kylar Broadus – national leader and keynote speaker for this year’s Trans Justice Summit. Kylar is a professor, attorney, activist and public speaker from Missouri. Broadus currently serves on the board of the National Black Justice Coalition and was board chair from 2007 to 2010.  In 2010, Kylar founded Trans People of Color Coalition (TPOCC), the only national civil rights organization dedicated to the needs of Trans People of Color. And this year, he became the first openly transgender person to testify before the U.S. Senate. There is a $25 suggested donation to attend this event. There will be hors d’oeuvres provided as well as a cash bar. The venue is ADA accessible and you don’t need to worry about the annoying bathroom drama because they are gender neutral.

For more information on this event and to purchase a ticket visit: http://www.basicrights.org/event/an-evening-with-kylar-broadus/

10/20 – 10/21 Transgender Justice Summit @ Portland State University, Smith Hall 333, 9 AM – 5 PM
After listening to the keynote speaker Kylar Broadus the evening before, enjoy a two-day leadership summit hosted by Basic Rights Oregon and Portland State University Queer Resource Center. The weekend will empower trans Oregonians and allies in the efforts to build a strong movement for Trans Justice statewide. Over these two days, the transgender community will share victories and lessons learned, explore how health care discrimination plays out in the  community, and build the skills needed to win the struggles ahead. In addition to trainings on topics ranging from “how to lobby decision makers” to “dismantling racism within the trans community,” this year’s summit will include workshops on personal needs and how to access trans-friendly services. Pre-registration is currently closed for this event, so get there early because there will be limited registration available at the door. Breakfast and lunch are included with registration costs with gluten-free and vegan meals available.

For more information on this event and to purchase a ticket visit:
http://www.basicrights.org/event/2012-transgender-justice-summit/

Schedule:
http://www.basicrights.org/uncategorized/trans-justice-summit-workshop-descriptions-and-schedule/

10/20 – Transgender Leadership Summit’s Saturday Night Party @ Los Locos, 7 – 10:30 PM, Free for Leadership Summit Attendees, $5-8 for Public
If you are unable to make it to the leadership summit, you can still take part in the weekend! Join the party Saturday night for an all-ages social event featuring local entertainers DJ Tab Dansby, DJ Chicklit (of Transit), and DJ II Trill (of Twerk PDX). This space is not ADA accessible, but gender neutral restrooms are available. There will be a raffle at this event with prizes, including a gift package from She Bop, a wellness exam and hormone consultation, and more!

People from all over the state venture to PDX for this event. If you are one of those travelers making the trek and are still in need for a place to crash, you know where to find us!

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