TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY TRANSGENDER SUMMIT COMING SOON!!!
Amid a summer of violence and social upheaval . . . Kansas City LGBT advocates attempt to create greater understanding betwixt diverse communities. Here's what they're working on POSTED FIRST on TKC:
Kansas City will host the KC TGNC Summit, a conference dedicated to building leadership among both transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) youth and people of color (POC).
The summit will be July 29-31, 2016 at Brush Creek Community Center (3801 Brush Creek Boulevard, KCMO, 64108).
SocialScope Productions, a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) documentary media company, is the lead sponsor for this leadership summit for marginalized members of the transgender community. The KC TGNC Summit will provide an intentional safe space for youth and people of color to discuss issues facing TGNC communities. A variety of workshops will be offered, with the majority being led by participants and supported primarily by TGNC facilitators.
The Summit is organized by three TGNC-identified individuals; Nyla Foster (Miss Kansas City Black Pride 2015), Nia Amador (youth chair) and Branden Connell (youth chair). Crispin Torres, a nationally recognized trans advocate and Community Educator for Lambda Legal-Midwest, will keynote the summit with his conversation on “Confronting Toxic Masculinity: Making Space for Trans Feminine Folks and Keeping Ourselves Safe.” The keynote will discuss the resiliency of TGNC people, the aftermath of the Orlando shooting, and violence towards TGNC communities of color in Kansas City.
The summit will feature 3 separate tracks for participants, focusing on experiences of TGNC youth, TGNC people of color and collective liberation. A sample of our workshop content include: a half-day police violence institute, breakout caucuses for self-identified white and people of color participants to further discuss anti-oppression and racial justice, trans media literacy and visibility, Trans Folx in the Hood - the forced “ghettoization” of trans people of color into urban poor neighborhoods, growing up trans in a rural community, Queering Violence - Conversations about IPV, Sexual Violence and Trauma in TGNC Communities, and Real Talk - Direct Conversations among Trans Women of Color and Our Experiences. There will be gender neutral facilities and a designated healing arts space for self-care and reflection during the entirety of the summit. Saturday will include a resource fair and Reese’s Walk-In Closet, a clothing swap in honor of Reese Walker, a Black transgender woman who was murdered on May 1, 2016 in Wichita, KS.
Interested participants are encouraged to APPLY and SUBMIT workshop proposals by Friday, July 15th. Participants can also receive a financial stipend for completing the leadership summit. ReStart Inc. and Synergy Services will provide transportation to and from the summit with drop-off and pick-up points.
In 2015, Kansas City became one of the two epicenters of violence in our country towards TGNC people of color in this country. Dionte Greene, Jasmine Collins, and Tamara Dominguez, three gender non-conforming and transgender people of color, were murdered in the past two years in Kansas City. Currently, Dionte and Tamara’s homicides have not been prosecuted as hate-crimes, while the LGBTQ communities in Kansas City are left wondering if hate-violence can ever be convicted.
There is no current organization in Kansas City solely focused on gender justice that centers TGNC communities of color and TGNC youth. This crisis presents an ongoing danger to TGNC community members because transgender and gender non-conforming people experience violence on a regular basis. While there has been increased media attention nationwide focusing on the death of trans women of color, our own local TGNC communities lack a community response to the violence itself.
Up until this point, there have been few TGNC-focused outreach efforts in Kansas City. It is urgent that we support continued healing and develop leadership in the communities where TGNC communities of color and TGNC youth of Kansas City find the greatest struggles.
We are proud to share the following sponsors have contributed to financial support and logistical support for the KC TGNC Summit: Third Wave Fund, Rocket Grant, KC Parks and Recreation, Brush Creek Community Center, Lambda Legal, Trans.Report, The Justice Project, reStart Inc, Synergy Services, Country Club Congregational United Church of Christ and KC Care Clinic.
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