Transcending Boundaries, Inc. was founded in 2001 to provide education, activism, and support for persons whose sexuality, gender, sex, or relationship style do not fit within conventional categories. The organization serves our ever-evolving communities, including bisexual, pansexual, asexual, fluid, queer, transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, intersex, polyamorous, and kinky persons, as well as allies and those who prefer not to use labels.
Our annual conference brings together sexuality, relationship and gender minorities for three days of education, activism and community building. The weekend event includes workshops, discussion groups, social events and a community meal with a keynote address. Past keynote speakers include Kate Bornstein, Ignacio Rivera, Tristan Taormino, Robyn Ochs and Lee Harrington. This year's keynote speaker will be Wintersong Tashlin, an educator on queer, poly, kink issues and more.
Our next conference will take place April 4-6, 2014 near Hartford, CT at the Hartford Sheraton at Bradley Airport!.
Sorry about the lack of a "Workshop Wednesday" post last week gang. With the Thanksgiving holiday many of us were pretty busy. This week we are please to be highlighting a workshop by a new to TBC presenter, Takeallah Russell.
"Takeallah is a Sex-Positive, Bisexual Feminist Activist, Sex Educator, and Writer. She works closely with Planned Parenthood and NARAL, and has started an independent Feminist Sex Education Organization entitled 'SPEAK." She also operates "The Erotica Cafe", a feminist pornography and education website. When she isn't engaging in hand-to-hand combat with the patriarchy and kyriarchy, she is curled up with a good LGBTQI-Friendly book or scrolling AutoStraddle's website.
She will be presenting "How Bisexual Erasure in Mainstream Media Leads to Damaging Stereotypes"
by Lorelei Erisis
Vice President, Transcending Boundaries
Tonight I went to the Transgender Day of Remembrance memorial in Boston. The city where this sad tradition was started in honour of Rita Hester, a local transgender woman who was murdered in 1998. And honestly, I'm having kind of a hard time. TDoR is always difficult for me. Surprisingly, I haven't cried yet. But I usually do and I can feel the tears at the back of my eyes.
I go to a lot of trans events. And as a rule, I really try in my own work and activism to focus on the positives. I think it's important for people to hear the good things about being trans. For trans people themselves to be given hope and even perhaps a little bit of joy in our shared experience.
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) 2013 falls on November 20th. In past years, when our annual conference has coincided with TDOR, we have held a ceremony to mark the occasion.
"The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved." (Transgender Day of Remembrance "About").
This year in addition to the Trans Day of Remembrance, the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition is holding a Transgender Awareness Week from November 11th to November 17th.
For a list of TDOR events in MA and CT look below. For a full list of events nationally and internationally look here.