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Celebrating Trans Voices

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University of Denver, Sturm Hall

2000 E. Asbury Avenue

Denver, CO 80208

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Join us on March 31, Trans Day of Visibility, for a powerful event lifting up the trans community of Colorado.

Youth Celebrate Diversity, One Colorado, the ACLU of Colorado, The GLBT Community Center of Colorado and the University of Denver are coming together to host Celebrating Trans Voices: Narratives, Reflections and Building Alliances.

The afternoon event will feature three distinct and compelling conversations that educate and inspire:

  • Listen to a panel of high school, college and graduate trans students share their experiences in school and college
  • Hear from Laila Ireland, transgender veteran and activist who served for 12 years in the US Army
  • Join Rep. Brianna Titone, the first trans legislator elected in Colorado's history, in identifying actions allies can take to support trans people

This event is designed for people from all walks of life to join us, hear about the challenges faced and successes won by the transgender community in Colorado, and learn how you can become an ally for trans people today.

This event is open to the public and welcomes everyone. Tickets for the event are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to a charity serving Colorado's transgender community.


About Trans Day of Visibility

Trans Day of Visibility (TDOV) is a day to show your support for the trans community. It aims to bring attention to the accomplishments of trans people around the globe while fighting cissexism and transphobia by spreading knowledge of the trans community. Unlike Transgender Day of Remembrance, this is not a day for mourning: this is a day of empowerment and getting the recognition the trans community deserves. TDOV is celebrated on March 31 every year.


Speakers

Laila Ireland with her husband Logan

Veteran Laila Ireland is a retired Healthcare Management Administration Specialist and served for 12 years in the United States Army. She served two combat tours in Iraq and her final duty station was at Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii where she was honorably discharged and medically retired in November 2015. On June 4, 2015 Laila and her then fiancé, SSgt Logan Ireland, courageously came out as transgender service members by sharing their story in the Emmy-nominated New York Times short film "Transgender, at War and in Love.” The American Military Partners Association presented Laila with their “Military Spouse Leadership Award" in 2016 and she was the 2017 Military Spouse of the Year on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. The feature documentary, “TransMilitary,” which shares more of her story and work to end the ban on transgender service members premiered at South by Southwest (SXSW) 2018 and won Best Feature Documentary Audience Award.


Brianna Titone

Rep. Brianna Titone was elected in November 2018 to represent State House District 27 in Arvada, becoming the first transgender legislator ever elected in Colorado's history. Brianna grew up in the Hudson Valley of New York before attending the State University of New York at New Paltz where she earned her BA in Physics and BS in Geology. She went to Stony Brook University to earn her MS in Geochemistry. Her interest in local politics started in 2016 where she began talking to her state leaders on issues that were important to her. She was elected as a Delegate at the County Assembly in the 2016 for Candidate Bernie Sanders, joined the Jefferson County LGBTQ+ Caucus in February 2017 and was elected as Secretary/Treasurer in August. She was more recently appointed as Captain at Large for the Jefferson County Democratic Party in October 2017. Brianna believes that there are many things that we can find in common with each other, and around that intersectionality we will come together and build a better sense of community. Instead of isolating ourselves, we will become better neighbors and friends.


Henry Seaton

Henry Seaton is a sophomore at the University of Denver. A native of Tennessee, he met one-on-one with state legislators, testified in front of a legislative committee, and delivered more than 67,000 petition signatures opposing Tennessee's "bathroom bill" that would have forced transgender citizens to use the bathroom on their birth certificate, not the bathroom that matches their gender identity. Through Henry's activism and hard work with other advocacy groups, the bill was defeated.


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YCD, One Colorado, ACLU of Colorado, The Center and the University of Denver


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This event will be made accessible to everyone. Sign language interpreters will be present throughout the event. Ticket scholarships may be available for those unable to pay the ticket price. If you have an accessibility question or need, please contact Caleb Munro at (720) 507-0746 or cmunro@ycdiversity.org.

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