Local Events Planned for Transgender Awareness Week


Between November 12 – 19, individuals and organizations in Hampton Roads and around the country will participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and address the issues the transgender community faces.

In Hampton Roads, there are a few events planned that culminate with the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) held on November 20.  Several area support groups are meeting this week – check out our event calendar HERE.  In addition to support groups the following events are taking place this week in our area.

Trans Identity and Religious Faith: Nexus Interfaith Dialogue

November 12, 7-8:30 p.m., Virginia Wesleyan University, Batten Student Center

Human sexuality has posed a range of challenges for all religious traditions. Through panel presentation and small group dialogue, this interfaith dialogue explores challenges related to transgender identity that face religious institutions and individuals.  Featuring Juji Li and Taryn McLean who will discuss their own experiences and faith journeys, and as we join in discussion and questions.  Follow link above for full details.

Transgender Cultural Competency in the Workplace

November 13, 12 – 1 p.m. in the Pearl Young Theater (Building 2102), NASA Langley

Join Hampton’s Citizen’s Unity Commission on Tuesday, November 13 from noon – 1 p.m. in the Pearl Young Theater (Building 2102) at NASA Langley in Hampton for the presentation, “Transgender Cultural Competency in the Workplace,” with Vee Lamneck, Deputy Director of Equality Virginia which is the leading statewide, non-partisan advocacy, outreach and education organization seeking equality for LGBT Virginians. Lamneck holds a master’s in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and was an appointed member of Governor McAuliffe’s LGBT Tourism Taskforce in 2015.  Full details in link provided above.

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR)

November 20, 7 p.m., New Life Metropolitan Community Church, Norfolk

Please join us for an annual celebration of transgender lives that have been lost too soon. Through speakers, art, music, and community– we will join together to celebrate and remember our friends and family, as well as learn how to be better advocates and allies for trans people, especially trans people of color who face violence and discrimination at disproportionate rates. Please join us as we stand in solidarity and hope.