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Workshops, training sessions and panel discussions will highlight the eighth-annual TransAction Week at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh March 26-30.

“The goals of TransAction week go beyond the general purpose of educating people about the transgender and nonbinary community through the voices of trans and nonbinary individuals,” said LGBTQ Resource Center Director Liz Cannon.

“Our goals also include celebrating the actions of those in the transgender community and calling on trans allies to include trans voices on a daily basis and to change the climate on a local, state and national level so that human rights, such as the right to housing and the right to work without the threat of being fired, are truly human rights.”

The TransAction Week schedule includes:

Monday, March 26

  • 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Halsey 268: T-SAFE Training
    This training builds on the information about the trans and nonbinary community that you learned in SAFE training. Learn more about the identities that are included under the trans and nonbinary umbrellas. Practice pronoun usage. Learn more about transition and being a more effective ally to this community. Registration required by contacting the LGBTQ Resource Center.
  • 8 p.m., Reeve Ballroom BC: Kit Yan
    Kit Yan, a playwright/poet/performer/lyricist based in New York, takes to the stage in Reeve.

Tuesday, March 27

  • 2 p.m.-5 p.m., Halsey 268: T-SAFE training
  • 7 p.m., Reeve 307: Transforming Our Transgender Thinking
    Join a lively panel, discussion and question period.

Wednesday, March 28

  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Reeve 212 AB:  Workshop Wednesday: Allyship is Leadership Part 1
    Workshop led by Liz Cannon and Women’s Center Director Alicia Johnson will provide participants with an overview of nonbinary pronouns and the opportunity to practice using them in conversation. Register in advance.
  • 6:30-8 p.m., Reeve 221: Queer Identity Round Table: Transgender
    In a safe and welcoming space, learn about how people who are transgender speak of their identities and the transgender community. Participants are encouraged to ask respectful questions.

Thursday, March 29

  • 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Sage 1210: Panel on Popular Culture: Trans Women on TV
    In what ways are trans women represented in popular television shows? Join our panelists for a critical discussion on trans women in shows, such as Transparent, Orange is the New Black, Doubt, Sense8 and CSI and how can momentum be propelled toward positive representations of trans womenFacilitated by Alicia Johnson.

Friday, March 30 

  • Noon, LGBTQ Resource Center in the Center for Equity and Diversity: Art of Infertility
    Join faculty member Maria Novotny to reflect on issues of reproductive healthcare and its impact on the trans community. While fertility is often discussed in the context of heteronormativity, the trans community is confronted with decisions related to fertility preservation and access to family-building options. Hear the story of one trans teen and his decision to undergo fertility treatment prior to his transition. Discussion and strategies to advocate for more equitable access to reproductive care will follow.

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