JAMESTOWN – The Southern Tier Trans Network, a regional group organized to provide peer support to the local transgender community and education to the community at large, will be presenting a lecture titled, “Trans 101 and Why did they stick the T to the LGB’s?” at the Prendergast Library on March 31, at 6:45 p.m.
The lecture, to be presented in the library’s “Fireplace Room,” has been planned to commemorate the International Day of Transgender Visibility, an annual event designed to educate the communities trans people live in about the lives of transgender people and their contributions to our society.
The lecture will be given by Helen Walther, Southern Tier Trans Network’s Executive director, PFLAG T-net coordinator and co-administrator of a very popular transgender support website, www.susans.org.
“There is too much ignorance and too many stereotypes about who transgender people are, what they do and what they need,” she says. “The need for more education geared toward non-transgender people is obvious. We need to eliminate ignorance about transgender people along with the fear and aversion such ignorance generates.”
The lecture will include opportunities for people to ask questions and to knowingly meet, perhaps for the first time, trans people who live in Jamestown and its surroundings. The public is cordially invited to attend.
The Southern Tier Trans Network is a peer support group for transgender people, their significant others and their allies. It was founded in 2011 and meets in Jamestown.
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