Transgender Awareness Week 2018
Transgender Awareness Week at Columbia celebrates the visibility of the transgender community through advocacy-based education. Check out this year's events below!
CU Out on the Town: Spiritual Walk
Sunday, November 11, 11:00 a.m., Lerner Hall 505 (meet-up location)
In recognition of the intersectionality of our identities and the need for self-care and healing in our communities, LGBTQ @ Columbia invites you to our upcoming CU Out on the Town, a spiritual walk to kick-off Trans Awareness Week. We will take a 1.5 hour spiritual walk through Inwood Hill Park with Catherine Feliz. Catherine is a co-founder of Abuela Taught Me (pop-up botanica) as well as a practicing doula, herbalist and healer. During this walk, Catherine will guide us in exploring plant spirits native to the Lenape land. We will also engage in a meditation session and community conversation on developing a healing relationship through spirituality. The group will have lunch together at Patacon Pisao, a Venezuelan food truck near the park. Register for the spiritual walk.
Q&A Beyond the Binary Discussion
Sunday, November 11, 5:00–7:00 p.m., Stephen Donaldson Lounge in Schapiro Hall
For Trans Awareness Week, Columbia Queer and Asian (Q&A) will be holding a discussion on Asian and Pacific Islander nonbinary genders. Come learn about non-Western gender systems that celebrated nonbinary folks in Hawaii, Samoa, Indonesia, India and more!
GendeRev Clothing Swap
Monday, November 12, 7:00–9:00 p.m., Stephen Donaldson Lounge in Schapiro Hall
Do you have clothes that don't fit your aesthetic or don't work with your gender presentation these days? Come to the Steven Donaldson Lounge for GendeRev's first annual Clothing Swap! Bring anything you'd like to donate or browse to your heart's content!
Working With And Supporting Trans Survivors of Violence
Tuesday, November 13, 6:00–8:00 p.m., Stephen Donaldson Lounge in Schapiro Hall
Join us for dinner and a workshop led by the Anti-Violence Project, an organization dedicated to empowering LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities and their allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education.
CQA: Drag Culture vs. Trans Identity
Wednesday, November 14, 6:00–8:00 p.m., Lerner Hall 476B
In celebration of trans identity, we will be leading a workshop on trans, gender nonconforming and intersex (TGNCI) identities and their relationships to drag culture. We will be discussing how drag culture neglects its implications in transphobia and transmisogyny and fails to critically analyze its role in perpetuating transphobia. The workshop will also include an instructional segment on how to safely bind and tuck, led by a trans public health professional of color. CQA will also be offering binders and breast forms to low-income/first-generation and TGNCI Barnard and Columbia students.
GendeRev Study Break
Wednesday, November 14, 8:00–9:00 p.m., Stephen Donaldson Lounge in Schapiro Hall
Join GendeRev and the Barnard Zine Club for a night of magazine making, crafting and snacks! We will have all the materials (magazines, newspapers, colored paper, clue, scissors — glitter, glitter and more glitter!). Come to hang out, eat some Oreos and make something pretty!
GS Alliance: Gender, Trans Identities and Public Space
Thursday, November 15, 8:00–10:00 p.m., Stephen Donaldson Lounge in Schapiro Hall
GS Alliance celebrates Trans Awareness Week with a screening of the groundbreaking film Trinidad, a look at a town in Colorado that is marketed as the "Sex Change Capital of the World". The film demonstrates individual, and universal, struggles for self-expression, and how these struggles are tied to explorations of gender identity and expression in the world. The screening will be followed by a group discussion, and we will have snacks!
Quench: How/Who Am I Here?: Connecting at the Intersections of Queer/Trans and International Identities
Friday, November 16, noon–1:00 p.m., Stephen Donaldson Lounge in Schapiro Hall
More information to come!
CU Safe Zone
Friday, November 16, 1:00–4:00 p.m., Lerner Hall 505
Register to participate in our LGBTQ solidarity and inclusion training program! This training course provides language, resources and strategies to support queer and trans communities on campus and beyond. CUSafe Zone is being offered as part of the Multicultural Affairs Identity & Inclusion Series. Register for your spot at CU Safe Zone!
GendeRev: Trans Makeup as Resistance
Saturday, November 17, 5:00–7:00 p.m., Stephen Donaldson Lounge in Schapiro Hall
Trans Makeup as Resistance will put in conversation multiple trans femme people of color who approach makeup from various angles to share experiences, skills, wisdom and magic. The workshop will consist of makeup tutorials and skill shares to give attendees a hands-on learning session. The panel will focus on the role of makeup in the lives of trans people, their survival, beauty, joy and community-building. Dinner provided!
CQA: Transgender Day of Remembrance
Tuesday, November 20, 8:00–11:00 p.m., Sundial
Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those whose lives were taken in acts of transphobic violence. The event is held every November 20 to honor Rita Hester, a Black trans woman from Massachusetts who was murdered in 1998. During this gathering, we will read a list of transgender people lost to violence in 2017 and 2018 in the United States, followed by a moment of silence and an acknowledgment of the violence that has occurred against trans people, primarily Black and brown trans women. A healing space and conversation on resilience hosted by one of our board members will follow.
If any transgender, nonbinary, gender nonconforming, or intersex individual would like to speak, read a poem or have their artwork displayed, please contact Columbia Queer Alliance.
Other Events and Series
Quench (Queer + Lunch) Series
A lunch and discussion series exploring intersectional LGBTQ and ally topics.
CU OUT on the Town
A series of LGBTQ-, gender-, and sexuality-focused outings to events and sites around NYC.
LGBTQ Open Houses
An annual open house to learn more about LGBTQ resources and how to get involved in LGBTQ life at Columbia University.
P-Gay Slumber Party
A semesterly late-night LGBTQ+ film screening and slumber party event!
Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC) Mixers
Social and educational program series to build community for queer and trans people of color.
Queer Awareness Month (October)
A collaborative month of events and education between Columbia and Barnard to increase awareness about LGBTQ issues and history.
Trans Awareness Week (November)
A week-long series of events that raise awareness and educate the Columbia community about the lives and experiences of transgender and nonbinary communities.
Lavender Graduation (May)
An end-of-the-year celebration and LGBTQ leadership award ceremony for students, faculty and staff in the LGBTQ and ally community at Columbia and Barnard. Graduating students are recognized with a rainbow tassel.