Trans Awareness Week 2017
Tuesday 11/14 (Facebook Event): Join Out Boulder County for a screening of MAJOR! to kick off Transgender Awareness Week 2017! Get your tickets early, this event will sell out.
A panel of local transgender leaders in the Boulder County community will follow the screening.
MAJOR! explores the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a formerly incarcerated black transgender elder and activist who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years.
Miss Major is a veteran of the Stonewall Rebellion and a survivor of Attica State Prison, a former sex worker, an elder, and a community leader and human rights activist. She is simply “Mama” to many in her community. Her personal story and activism for transgender civil rights intersects LGBT struggles for justice and equality from the 1960s to today. At the center of her activism is her fierce advocacy for her girls, trans women of color who have survived police brutality and incarceration in men’s jails and prisons.
MAJOR! is more than just a biographical documentary: It’s an investigation into critical issues of how the Prison Industrial Complex represents a wide-spread and systematic civil rights violation, as well as a historical portrait of diverse LGBT communities, told with love and humor, and personalized through the lens of a vibrant and charismatic woman. Through first-person narration and innovative visual storytelling, MAJOR! seeks to create a living, breathing history of a community's struggle and resilience, as seen and experienced by those who lived it.
At the heart of MAJOR! is a social justice framework that puts the subjects at the center of their story. MAJOR! was produced in collaboration with Miss Major, the film’s participants, and a transPOC Community Advisory Board to ensure that these stories, which are so often marginalized, eroticized, or played for tragic drama, retain the agency and humanity of those who tell them.
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson was previously announced but due to an early Netflix release the Transgender Steering Committee made the decision to change movies.
Wednesday 11/15 (Facebook Event): Come to OBC on Main on November 15 from 7 to 9 to listen to an amazing panel of transgender community members. They will share stories that many of you have never heard before and at the end of presentations there will be opportunities to ask questions.
Be prepared to be enlightened and to leave the evening with information that will make you a better ally.
Be a part of Transgender Awareness Week!
RSVP to this event so we plan space and refreshments accordingly.
Thursday 11/16: Boulder County Gender Support
Friday 11/17 (Facebook Event): Join Out Boulder County for a night of stand up comedy in honor of Jordan Wieleba, a local comic, trans woman, and powerful soul who was taken from us way too soon just over a year ago.
The lineup for the night is packed with a stellar lineup of comics who are ready to split your sides and fill the room with laughter to honor Jordan and her massive impact in Colorado and across the country.
We will hear sets from Janae Burris, Jaye McBride, Christie Buchele, and Rachel Weeks, in addition to selections from Jordan's live album, Estrogentrification (available here: https://soundcloud.com/user-360657130/jordan-wieleba-estrogentrification).
Janae Burris is a stand-up comic, writer and actor in Denver Colorado. She's been a featured performer at Portland’s Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Limestone Comedy Festival in Bloomington, Indiana, and Denver’s Highplains Comedy Festival. Janae made her Red Rocks debut at Film on the Rocks this summer and starred in the short film "Scary Lucy". She is the current Comedy Works New Faces Champion and a regular at both Comedy Works locations in Denver where she has had the privilege of opening for Leslie Jones, Michael Che and Josh Blue. Catch her online as the co-host of "The Cannabist Show” and live at comedy venues throughout the front range. See more at: https://youtu.be/dVDtkqo6euw
Jaye McBride has performed stand-up all over the country, sharing the stage with stars like Aziz Ansari & Jim Norton. In addition to stand-up, Jaye has written, produced and acted in a variety of short films. When not performing on-stage or on-screen Jaye writes “The Comedy Blog” for the Albany’s Times Union and speaks at colleges all across the country with her lecture about being transgender called ‘Trans 102: the Chamber of Secrets”. Having transitioned in 2007, Jaye is uniquely qualified to talk about awkward first dates, strained family relationships and self- acceptance. Make no mistake though, Jaye McBride is not a gimmick or one-trick pony. She is one genuinely funny lady! In the words of Aziz Ansari, "I can see a career for her for sure. She's gifted."
Christie Buchele is a regular comedian at the Denver Comedy Works and co-host of the podcast Empty Girlfriend. She has been featured on Laughs on Fox, and Flophouse on Viceland. She's a little sweet, a little surly and really funny.
Rachel Weeks is a Denver-based comedian and writer from the western suburbs of Chicago. She is a regular performer at Denver’s famous Comedy Works, and placed third in the 2016 New Faces contest. She has appeared on Hidden America with Jonah Ray and the RISK! podcast. She produces the Denver chapter of Chicago storytelling favorite We Still Like You and has been featured on High Plains, Orlando Indie, Crom, and Beast Village comedy festivals. While Rachel has only been a member of the Denver comedy scene a short time—her comedy roots were planted in Des Moines—she has already built a reputation as a strong, young performer to watch.
Saturday 11/18 (Facebook Event): Changing your name can seem like a daunting process but it is easier than you think. We will have experts on hand to walk you through the process and answer questions- plus you get to hang out with a bunch of other super cool trans folk.
If you are interested in starting the process right away our friends at Denver Fingerprinting will be on hand to scan your fingerprints to get the process started in a matter of days rather than the 12-14 weeks it normally takes for a fee of $99. Regardless of when you want to change your name this workshop will set you up with everything you need to know.
Sunday 11/19 (Facebook Event):Our annual Transgiving Dinner is a celebration of our trans community. Join together with other trans identified folk and enjoy a free traditional holiday meal in a safe and welcoming environment. Meet old and new friends and enjoy some time away from life's struggles and in the company of those who walk in your shoes. This event is 18+. Folks ages 16 or 17 may be allowed with guardian permission. Please RSVP to the event via the link below so we may be able to accommodate all attending.
Monday 11/20 (Facebook Event): Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.
This year we will meet at the Courthouse on Pearl Street in Boulder to begin the ceremony and then walk together to the labyrinth at First United Methodist Church for the reading of the names.