Transsexual Pride Day

Transsexual Pride Day
Saturday, May 3, 2008
McGill University

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. (Henry Ford)

Welcome all transsexuals, friends, colleagues, family members and all other supporters of our cause!

On Saturday, May 3, 2008, we will be holding our fifth annual Transsexual Pride Day. The event will be held at 3480 McTavish (Shatner building). McTavish is between Peel and McGill College and the building is north of Sherbrooke Street. It is wheelchair accessible. Once you have entered the building, please follow the signs. Unless otherwise indicated, events are held in the ballroom on the third floor. There will be a free daycare service on the fourth floor. All presentations will be in French except for the one held at 3:15PM. Should the ATQ raise sufficient funds, simultaneous translation will be available for English to French and French to English.

9 :00 AM (Ballroom)
Doors open, information booths available, refreshments available at low cost.

9:30 AM Opening Ceremony (Ballroom)
Marie-Marcelle Godbout, founder of the ATQ, will welcome participants and after,Maxime Le May, facilitator for the days events and president of the ATQ.

9:45 AM Your psychologist and you (Ballroom)
Francoise Susset, M. A., psychologist,

Can the therapeutic relationship have uses and benefits beyond referral letters for medical procedures? This workshop will help clarify the process of psychological counselling and encourage you to see your psychologist as an ally during and after your physical transition.

11:00 AM Two-Spirit identity among Aboriginal peoples (Ballroom)
Jacky Valle (FTM), anthropologist,

Many Native North American peoples had conceptions of gender that went beyond the binary male-female model that is so familiar to Westerners. There was room in these societies for Two-Spirit people, or those who were seen as having access to both male and female spirit and who often adopted an alternate gender identity. Based on oral and written accounts by Two-Spirit people and on anthropological studies, this presentation will offer an overview of Native gender conceptions and of the identities and roles available to Two-Spirit people.

11:45 AM Lunch (Ballroom)
BBQ chicken and pizza. We will order as a group ($7 maximum per person). Information booths and archives available for consultation.

1:15 PM Community Update (Ballroom)
Update on medical, legal and governmental procedures such as name changes, surgeries, government coverage, and so forth by representatives of trans community groups.

2:00 PM Girl Stuff (Ballroom)
By Christiane Perrault of Megamorphose

A professional stylist who frequently works with the MTF transsexual community will offer a workshop-style presentation on various techniques such as: how to feminize one’s silhouette through clothing, how to avoid purchasing useless things, make-up tips and so forth.

2:00 PM FTM Masculinity : A Discussion (Lev Buckman room, 2nd floor)
Alexandre, instructor and doctoral student, UQAM.

Are transboys men like the others? On one hand, this question might seem shocking as it may imply an invalidation of transmen’s autoidentification as men. However, from a vantage point internal to the trans community, it is a question worth exploring. What is the basis of masculinity? Anatomical sex (penis, body hair)? Gender (behaviour and presentation)? Both ? Neither ? Do these men perceive their masculinity as innate or acquired ? What traditional masculine values and attitudes are desired or rejected by transboys? The aim of this workshop is to reflect on the contemporary masculinity of transsexual men.

3:15 PM Activism and Transsexuality in the Bahamas (Ballroom)
Evonne Sawyer (MTF)

As the first transsexual person to transition in the Bahamas, often considered to be one of the most homophobic Western nations, Evonne Sawyer will describe her transition and her involvement in the Rainbow Alliance of the Bahamas, a group that she co-founded. (ENGLISH)

4:15 PM Community involvement !?!? (Ballroom)
Katherine-Gabrielle Delisle-Dupuis (MTF), UQAM student

Getting people involved is crucial to such a small community as the transsexual community. In this presentation, you will learn how, why and where to get involved.

5:30 PM End of daytime events.
Organised by l’association des Transsexuels et Transsexuelles du Quebec (ATQ)

7:00 PM Gala, Drag king show et awarding of « prix honorifiques”
Trans Pride will continue in the evening as of 7:00PM at Cafe Cleopatre, 1230 St-Laurent. A drag king show with the Dukes of Drag (previously known as King Size) will begin at 8:30PM. A commemorative plaque and a trophy in honour of Christine Jorgensen and Lana St-Cyr respectively will be awarded to two trans people to recognise their involvement in the transsexual community. Tickets are only $5 and can be obtained by contacting the ATQ in advance, by visiting the ATQ booth on the day of Trans Pride or at the door. Quantities are limited to about 200. All proceeds will go to the ATQ.

Info and tickets: 514-254-9038

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