Basic Rights Oregon and Portland State University’s Queer Resource Center are hosting the second annual Transgender Justice Leadership Summit:
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday Oct. 21
Portland State University’s Smith Memorial Student Union Hall
1825 S.W. Broadway St., Portland, Ore. 97201
Cost: $25 for one day and $40 for both days
Contact: 503-222-6151 x125
The Keynote speaker will be attorney and activist Kylar Broadus, the founder of the Trans People of Color Coalition who recently became the first openly-transgender person to testify before the U.S. Senate.
The Transgender Justice Healthcare Summit is a two-day conference designed to empower transgender Oregonians and allies to end health care insurance discrimination. The summit will focus on creating a shared strategy to win health care, explore how health care discrimination plays out in the transgender community, and build the skills to make Oregon the first state to end transgender healthcare discrimination. Workshops and panels include: Storytelling; How to Lobby for More Inclusive Healthcare; Racial Justice in Oregon; Trans Youth Inclusion; Self-Defense; How to be a Transgender Ally; and Healthy Sexuality.
Food will be provided during the conference, with a variety of menus available to accommodate dietary needs. The event space is ADA accessible and will be a fragrant-free zone, and gender-neutral restrooms will be available. Those needing financial assistance can get scholarships. Please see the event registration page for further accommodation need requests. On Saturday evening, there will be a social event for summit attendees. Non-attendees can also join us for dancing with a $5 – $8 sliding scale. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Basic Rights Oregon:
Basic Rights Oregon will ensure that all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Oregonians experience equality by building a broad and inclusive politically powerful movement, shifting public opinion, and achieving policy victories. Basic Rights Oregon is a member of the Equality Federation. Founded in 1996, Basic Rights Oregon (BRO) is the state’s chief advocacy, education and political organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Portland State University Queer Resource Center:
The Queer Resource Center opened its doors in 2004 to provide students along the sexuality and gender spectrum with the support they need to persist to graduation. The QRC builds conscious coalitions among sexuality and gender related organizations within Portland State University and the surrounding community to strengthen support structures across communities and identities, and to identify and address gaps in campus services for students, staff and faculty along the sexuality and gender spectra. In order to make mentorship opportunities possible among the Queer PSU staff and faculty and PSU students, the Queer Resource Center provides advocacy to students, faculty and staff in the pursuit of accessing full institutional benefits. The QRC holds itself and the University accountable to reflect the multiple and intersecting identities of LGBTQQIAAP communities in our staff, programs, and volunteers, and makes the needs of students, staff and faculty along sexuality and gender spectra a campus-wide priority as we provide the awareness, knowledge, and skills within campus departments.
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