Tuesday, April 19, 2016

University of Iowa Kicks Off Its First Trans Alliance Week of Action!

I just learned today that there is a trans-specific group at the University of Iowa called the UI Trans Alliance. The UI Trans Alliance is working to "make the University of Iowa a welcoming place for all trans and nonbinary individuals and raise awareness of trans and nonbinary issues on campus and within the community."

The Daily Iowan reports that the group has kicked off its first Trans Alliance Week of Action starting yesterday. Here are several of the planned activities for the rest of this week*:

1. "Trans Action & Allyship Workshop" on Wednesday, 04/20/16, from 4:00-5:30 PM at the IMU North Room:
Focus on taking actions that can create a more welcoming & positive campus for transgender people.
2. Andrea Gibson slam poetry event on Wednesday, 04/20/16, from 6:00-7:00 PM at Englert Theater in Iowa City:
Her poetry highlights the struggle observed on Thursday’s Transgender Day of Remembrance. The night mourns the lives lost in the fight against transgender violence. 
3. "Non-Discrimination Letter Writing Campaign" on Wednesday, 04/20/16, from 7:00-10:00 PM in Group Areas C & D at the Main Library:
Write a letter to our representative & our Iowa senators, asking them to support the Equality Act that bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation & gender identity.
4. "Trans in Greek Life Panel" on Thursday, 04/21/16, from 7:00-8:00 PM at the Indiana Room in the IMU:
Members from trans-inclusive chapters of the University of Iowa will talk about chapter policies, personal experiences & how their chapters work toward inclusivity.
5. "Trans Day of Remembrance Vigil" on Thursday, 04/21/16, from 7:00-8:00 PM at Danforth Chapel:
The night mourns the lives lost in the fight against transgender violence.“The whole week kind of revolves around the vigil,” said sophomore Merric Bower, Trans Alliance board member. “People don’t realize between the high murder and suicide rates that it is very much an issue that we want to stop.”
There is also a potluck scheduled for Friday, 04/22/16, at the WRAC building, though one source says that it goes from 4:00-6:00 PM and another source says that it goes from 6:30-8:30 PM.

*Apologies for not including events from earlier in the week, but they've already happened by the time that I wrote this piece!

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