November 20: Portland State University Holds Memorial for Trans Day of Remembrance | Free, Hoffman Hall


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Portland State University Holds Memorial for Trans Day of Remembrance
on November 20th at 6pm in Hoffman Hall, PSU

This year's free event is focusing on visibility of those whom are most effected by the violence; i.e. transwomen of color. This year's November 20th vigil includes presentation and after hours adult film by Tobi Hill-Meyer! Also featuring puppet show and ukulele by Gepetta and a performance by CoG's GenderQueer Acrobatic Troupe!

Other events happening around Trans Empowerment Week include:

  • Trans Resource Provider Fair at the Q-Center on Sunday 11/14.
  • Trans 101 workshop for students Monday 11/15 and faculty on Wednesday 11/17.
  • Tours of the new Trans Friendly Rec Center on Tuesday 11/16.
  • Friday 11/19, there will be a writing workshop at 5pm at the QRC and open mic at the Multicultural center, in the Smith Building at PSU featuring Tash Shatz and Smitty Buckler at 6pm. Followed by a reading of Six Billion Utopias: a collaborative performance about gender and mental health, created by Taiga Christie at 8pm.
  • Sunday, 11/21, will include several workshops on Sexuality, Anti-Oppression, Theatre of the Oppressed (addressing a ways to be an ally to transpeople and how to be an ally for yourself.) The following week there will be A Trans People of Color Panel.

For updated information and a full schedule check out:

A little about the history of Trans Day or Remembrance: after the November 1998 murder of Rita Hester, a transgender woman living in the Boston area, Gwendolyn Ann Smith and other organizers formed the “Remembering Our Dead” project and accompanying vigil in San Francisco in 1999. Since then, the event has grown to encompass memorials in hundreds of cities around the world. The annual November 20 observance has grown into the national Transgender Day of Remembrance. Although the day primarily memorializes those lost to hate crimes, it also serves as a forum for transgender communities and allies to raise awareness around the threat of violence faced by gender variant people and the persistence of prejudice felt by the transgender community.  As expressed on Gwendolyn Ann Smith's site, the guiding principle for the national Transgender Day of Remembrance is summed up in George Santayana's immortal words, “Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.”

Tobi Hill-Meyer is a multiracial trans dyke whose presentations always addresses intersecting oppressions and people who deal with multiple issues of oppression. Tobi's been doing speaking engagements for the past 8 years. This year ze will be speaking about violence against those with intersecting identities. Last year ze produced a film Doing it Ourselves: The Trans Women Porn Project as an attempt to represent trans women engaged in sexuality the way they wanted to be represented as opposed to what typically lines the shelves of "tranny porn" and also to encourage trans women's inclusion in more alternative, feminist, and queer porn.

Adelaide Windsome, who performs under the name Geppetta, is a queer fabulist, street performer, multimedia artist, and educator currently based in Philadelphia. Growing up fairly nomadic with a fear of dolls and an overactive imagination, she naturally gravitated towards the lifestyle of a traveling puppeteer. Hear Them Howling is a collection of surreal fables of a dark humor as told through Puppet Theater. The fables feature an array of unusual yet magical creatures with self-destructive habits that result in the most unexpected outcomes. Hear Them Howling uses fables as a tool to create visibility and dialog around mental issues, such as depression, grief, self-harm, trauma, and suicide. This project advocates that language around mental health needs (at times) to be cryptic, dwell in macabre, and never shy from whimsy.

The CoG Acrobatic Troupe will also be showing off some of their new transtastic moves and company members. CoG's mission is to help artists create history. Since transgender individuals (especially those with intersecting identities) are those most often erasured and the focus of violence, it is this under-represented group CoG's focuses on most. CoG's acrobats are just one way that we create original opportunities and help create visibility.

The Portland State University Queer Resource Center strives to provide an inclusive safe space in advocating for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students, staff, faculty and their allies. Our Mission is to serve the PSU and surrounding communities through both outreach education and social programing that promotes awareness.