Author Archives: Fiona

SOFFA Meeting, August 3rd

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The next meeting of SOFFA is August 3rd at Leawood Pioneer Library, in Study Room 115, from 6:30pm – 8.00pm.

Meetings are open to all friends, family, significant others and allies of trans people. If you can’t make it to a meeting, email soffakc@yahoo.com or message through facebook via https://www.facebook.com/SOFFA.KC

SOFFA Meeting, July 20th

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The next meeting of SOFFA is July 20th, at Leawood Pioneer Library, in Study Room 115, from 6:30pm – 8.00pm.

Meetings are open to all friends, family, significant others and allies of trans people. If you can’t make it to a meeting, email soffakc@yahoo.com or message through facebook via https://www.facebook.com/SOFFA.KC

SOFFA Meeting, July 6

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The next meeting of SOFFA is July 6th, at Leawood Pioneer Library, in Study Room 116, from 6:30pm – 8.00pm.

Meetings are open to all friends, family, significant others and allies of trans people. If you can’t make it to a meeting, email soffakc@yahoo.com or message through facebook via https://www.facebook.com/SOFFA.KC

SOFFA Meeting, June 15th

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The next meeting of SOFFA is June 15th, at Leawood Pioneer Library, in Study Room 115, from 6:30pm – 8.00pm.

Meetings are open to all friends, family, significant others and allies of trans people. If you can’t make it to a meeting, email soffakc@yahoo.com or message through facebook via https://www.facebook.com/SOFFA.KC

SOFFA Meeting, June 1st

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The next meeting of SOFFA is June 1st, at Leawood Pioneer Library, in Study Room 116, from 6:30pm – 8.00pm.

Meetings are open to all friends, family, significant others and allies of trans people. If you can’t make it to a meeting, email soffakc@yahoo.com or message through facebook via https://www.facebook.com/SOFFA.KC

SOFFA Meeting, May 18th.

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The next meeting of SOFFA is May 18th, at Leawood Pioneer Library, in Study Room 107, from 6:30pm – 8.00pm.

Meetings are open to all friends, family, significant others and allies of trans people. If you can’t make it to a meeting, email soffakc@yahoo.com or message through facebook via https://www.facebook.com/SOFFA.KC

SOFFA Meeting, May 4th.

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The next meeting of SOFFA is May 4th, at Leawood Pioneer Library, in Study Room 115, from 6:30pm – 8.00pm.

Meetings are open to all friends, family, significant others and allies of trans people. If you can’t make it to a meeting, email soffakc@yahoo.com or message through facebook via https://www.facebook.com/SOFFA.KC

December 2nd SOFFA Meeting

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The Kansas City SOFFA group is having a joint meeting with the UMKC Trans+Allies group.  This month, UMKC is having a round-table discussion with parents of trans children and young adults, and SOFFA members are joining them to participate in the discussion.  While it is a round-table discussion, no one is obligated to speak.  We encourage parents to attend, but you do not need to be a parent, just interested in learning more about this topic.

The meeting is at UMKC Student Union in room 302, 6:00-8:00 pm.  There will be free pizza provided.  Be careful where you park – make sure you clearly display your UMKC parking tags, if you have them, otherwise, metered parking is available in the parking garage to the north of the Student Union. Some street parking is available by the School of Education at 615 E 52nd Street.

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2015 Trans Survey

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As the follow-up to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey (NTDS), the 2015 U.S. Trans Survey will become the community’s go-to source for information about the lives and experiences of trans people, so please take the survey.

The survey is for people who identify as transgender, trans, genderqueer, or non-binary, are 18 years or older and currently live in the U.S., U.S. territories, or on a U.S. military base abroad.  If you aren’t, I’m afraid you cannot contribute to this survey.  It’s available in English or Spanish.

I’ve seen it shared on quite a few sites, but none of them say when it ends.  The last day to take the survey is September 21, so please hurry if you haven’t taken it already, or you might miss out.

The link you need is here:

http://www.ustranssurvey.org/

Family Ties : Trans Spouses

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The Vital Voice reached out to the KC SOFFA group that Fiona Nowling leads to ask if people would share their stories with the magazine.

SOFFA is a support group for Significant Others, Family, Friends and Allies of Trans People.  They can be reached via www.facebook.com/SOFFA.KC & they have a private group on Facebook too.

Fiona and another member shared their story – and then Fiona and Una were asked to have a photo shoot done for the article.

The Vital Voice is an LGBT issues magazine which started in St. Louis, but has extended to cover Kansas City.  August’s issue focused on families, and the article is about how the transition of a trans person affects the family and the people that love them and how the family supports and affects them in turn.  It is available online and physically in lots of places in St. Louis and Kansas City, including LikeMe Lighthouse.  The August issue is still available, or you can read the article at the link below.

Family Ties: Trans Spouses

 

 

StoryCorps is Coming to KC

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KCUR & GLAMA (The Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America) are bringing StoryCorps to KC – they’ll be at GLAMA at UMKC recording interviews on June 10, 2015 – June 13, 2015.  It’s part of the StoryCorp OutLoud project – telling the stories of LGBT lives across America.

From StoryCorps’ website:

StoryCorps’ mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of our lives. We do this to remind one another of our shared humanity, to strengthen and build the connections between people, to teach the value of listening, and to weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that everyone’s story matters. At the same time, we are creating an invaluable archive for future generations. … Each conversation is recorded on a CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

They are here to collect stories from people in the LGBT community, so if you are interested, make an appointment here – http://storycorps.org/partner-reservations-login/?partner=OmHrrmtPh5NJWVAQQedT  Password is “lgbtstory”.