CSUN Transgender Awareness Week kicks off today

Katie Grayot

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Workshops, panels and a variety of educational entertainment advocating transgender awareness will be held this week. The movement is lead by students in collaboration with the Gender and Women’s Studies, Queer Studies and Women’s Research and Resource Center is the first of its kind on campus.

“The majority of this event is student lead, that is what I think makes it so unique,” said Frankie Palacios, a Gender and Women’s Studies major who helped bring the Los Angeles Transgender Film Festival to CSUN. “We really need this on our campus, it’s so exciting because we’re at a crucial growth period right now.”

Transawareness Awareness Week activities will include:

Monday, Nov. 14: Trans 101, a purely educational kickoff to the week-long movement, defining the meaning of gender at the USU from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 15: How to be an Ally Workshop held by CSUN professor Dr. Gina Masequesmay, in part with The Ally Project. Students will learn how to help be a resourceful and supportive ally to those in the trans community. Event will be held at the USU Theater from 2 to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 16: Hear the personal experiences and testimonies of various transgendered people and the harsh discrimination they have faced at the Transphobia Panel in the USU Grand Salon from 7 to 9 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 17: Experience a different genre of film at the T/G Film Fest in the Oviatt Library Presentation Room from 3 to 9 p.m. Watch the various films showcasing only trans and queer filmmakers brought to us by the Los Angeles Transgender Film Festival.

Friday, Nov. 18: Transgender Day of Remembrance and Drag Show will close out the week in celebration and silence of those who died for being members of the trans community. The event will end in entertainment with a student drag show, fashion show and auction at the USU Grand Salon from 7 to 9 p.m.