Capital Trans Pride will take place on Saturday, May 19, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, at Foundry United Methodist Church, 1500 16th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036, with lunch and entertainment taking place outdoors at the adjacent Stead Park, 1625 P St. NW, Washington, DC 20036. A Networking Happy Hour at 5:00 pm will take place at Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St., NW. On Sunday, May 20, there will be a spiritual service at 2:00 pm at New Hope Baptist, United Church of Christ, 309 E. St. NW. and at 8:00 pm an outdoor screening of the 2018 Academy Award winning film, A Fantastic Woman, at Stead Park.
This annual event brings together members of the transgender community, allies, colleagues, and friends for a day of workshops and panel discussions on a variety of issues important to the Trans community. The day provides multiple forums to educate and inform participants relating to Trans rights and advances, as well, unfortunately, as steps backward. The Resource Fair will include participation by more than 25 organizations that provide services and opportunities to members of the Trans community. Organizations can register and sponsor tables at this link: http://capitalpride.org/transpride/registration/application/.
In addition, Tiq Milan is confirmed as the keynote speaker for the event, and he will address his transgender experience, intersectional leadership, and racial justice. Milan is currently a national spokesperson for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), as well as a public speaker, activist, and journalist who has been published in Rolling Stone, The New York Times, BET.com, and VIBE.
“We are incredibly excited to produce our 11th annual Capital Trans Pride in the national capital region, with the goal of increasing Trans visibility while striving for equality in the public and legal arenas,” said Bianca Rey, Chair, Capital Trans Pride. “As we continue to expand Trans rights and struggle openly with opposition, this gathering becomes more empowering and has an increasingly greater impact each year. The entire LGBTQ+ community working together is critical to securing full and lasting equality.”
Confirmed workshops for Capital Trans Pride include, “Tell Your Story to Change the World,” “Gender Queer 101 – A Panel Discussion,” “Name and Gender Change Clinic,” “Improving Wellness in the Trans-Community, Creating a Plan for Washington, D.C.,” “Transgender Health Services at Kaiser Permanente,” “Resume Writing,” “Introduction to Government Consulting,” ”Uplifting the Download Lover,” “Transgender Military Service in the Trump Era,” “PrEP and Trans Bodies,” and “Dance Your Story.”
Sunday afternoon’s spiritual Service, titled TWEET (Transgender Worship, Engaged, Empowered Together), will include inspirational music and stories of strength, survival, and success.
The outdoor film screening of A Fantastic Women will be co-presented by Reel Affirmations: DC’s International LGBTQ+ Film Festival, and brings to the Capital Trans Pride audience the 2018 Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Film. Starring transgender Chilean actress Daniela Vega, the film tells the story of Marina, a transgender woman who works as a waitress and moonlights as a nightclub singer, who is bowled over by the death of her older boyfriend. Attendees of the outdoor screening are encouraged to bring blankets and folding chairs for their comfort as well as food and beverages for their enjoyment.
Since its inception in 2008, the Capital Pride Alliance has been involved in the production of Capital Trans Pride. Capital Trans Pride is generously co-sponsored by Whitman-Walker Health and Booz Allen Hamilton.