Category Archives: Activism

Trans-advocacy and activism.

SOFFA Meeting, November 2nd

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The next meeting of SOFFA is November 2nd 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 or want more information, email soffakc@yahoo.com or message through facebook via https://www.facebook.com/SOFFA.KC

October 2016 Trans Talk on 90.1 KKFI

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Hello everyone! We are devoting the entire show this month to a special guest and those who are supporting her. JoAnna Ramsey is a transgender woman who experienced a harrowing time incarcerated in Kansas within the male prison population, and she will be speaking with us about herself, what she went through in prison, and her transgender activism behind the wall. Also with us will be Caroline Gibbs, founder of the Transgender Institute of Kansas City, who will discuss how the Institute worked to help JoAnna, as well as plans for a future outreach project for transgender prisoners. JoAnna is also joined by her friend Tyga McHenry, who will talk with us about JoAnna’s experience.

As usual, we will share with you the transgender news and the community calendar update. We do hope you will be able to join us this Saturday, October 22 at 1:00 pm on 90.1 FM KKFI, Kansas City Community Radio! You can also stream the program live on kkfi.org.

SOFFA Meeting, October 19th

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The next meeting of SOFFA is October 19th 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 or want more information, email soffakc@yahoo.com or message through facebook via https://www.facebook.com/SOFFA.KC

SOFFA Meeting, October 5th

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The next meeting of SOFFA is October 5th 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 or want more information, email soffakc@yahoo.com or message through facebook via https://www.facebook.com/SOFFA.KC

September 2016 Trans Talk on 90.1 KKFI

carmen3Hello everyone! We begin this month’s Trans Talk edition of the Tenth Voice speaking with Haley Bridges, the Director of TrueGender, which is a new local organization working to tackle the problem of high medical costs for transgender families. Next we will continue our Transgender Kaleidoscope series, speaking with Carmen Xavier, a transgender woman with a wonderful outlook on life and local political aspirations to help the community.

As usual, we will share with you the transgender news and the community calendar update. We do hope you will be able to join us this Saturday, September 24 at 1:00 pm on 90.1 FM KKFI, Kansas City Community Radio! You can also stream the program live on kkfi.org.

SOFFA Meeting, September 21st

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The next meeting of SOFFA is September 21st 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 or want more information, email soffakc@yahoo.com or message through facebook via https://www.facebook.com/SOFFA.KC

SOFFA Meeting, September 7th

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The next meeting of SOFFA is September 7th 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

August 2016 Trans Talk on 90.1 KKFI

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Hello everyone! We begin this month’s Trans Talk edition of the Tenth Voice speaking with Dr. Courtney Marsh, a Reproductive Specialist at The University Of Kansas Hospital who provides hormone therapy to many of the Kansas City transgender community. Dr Marsh will be answering questions about hormone therapy and other transgender medical issues. For the second half of our program we continue our Transgender Kaleidoscope series, and this time we’re highlighting not just one individual, but an entire family of hope: Libby, a transgender woman who has just finished high school, and her father Michael, mother Louise, and fiancé Eliza – who also happens to be a transgender woman.

As usual, we will share with you the transgender news and the community calendar update. We do hope you will be able to join us this Saturday, August 27 at 1:00 pm on 90.1 FM KKFI, Kansas City Community Radio! You can also stream the program live on kkfi.org.

Shameless: Conservatives Panic Over “Transgender Hillbillies”

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…and lesbian farmers, of course.

Really, the jokes just write themselves, as we learn from Media Matters of conservative angst over the The Iowa LGBT Rural Summit, which was held on August 18. The purpose of the summit is to elevate voices in rural LGBT communities and share information for politics, programs, and services to protect and strengthen them. This innovative program was quickly viewed as a plot to infiltrate the heartlands with “radical LGBT propaganda,” for evil purposes of course. For example, according to the Washington Free Beacon,

“The all-day summit will teach lesbian and transgender hillbillies how to get subsidies from the government like rural housing loans and “community facility grants.” Bullying will also be discussed.”

Noted transphobe, homophobe…shoot, is there anyone this guy likes?…Rush Limbaugh weighed in on this issue, braying on his August 17th show:

Have you heard the latest Democrat scam? Have you heard about the Agriculture Department’s financial grants to lesbian farmers? You think I’m making this up?


I’m like you; I never before in my life knew that lesbians wanted to be farmers. I never knew that lesbians wanted to get behind the horse and the plow and start burrowing[sic]. I never knew it. But apparently enough money can make make it happen, and the objective here is to attack — they’re already attacking suburbs, and that has been made perfectly clear by what happened in Milwaukee. And they’re going after every geographic region that is known to be largely conservative. They never stop, folks. They are constantly on the march.

While most of the criticism in the right-wing media focuses on lesbians, there is plenty of fear and loathing over the slow realization that transgender people not only exist, but yes, sometimes we do actually farm.

SOFFA Meeting, August 17th

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The next meeting of SOFFA is August 17th 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, 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

July 2016 Trans Talk on 90.1 KKFI

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Hello everyone! We have two special guests this month on Trans Talk. Earlier this year, we started a series called Transgender Kaleidoscope, where we highlight interesting transgender individuals from the local Kansas City Metropolitan community. We skipped that session last month due to having two time-sensitive topics to air, so today, we’re going to have two Kaleidoscope guests. Our first guest will be Grace Cox-Johnson, a transgender woman who has a passion for music, and who acts as music director at Transfinity KC, Kansas City’s own transgender chorus. Our second guest will be Gus, a transgender man who has been an educator, mentor, and voice in the community, and who is here to share his own story with us. While Gus has been through many challenges in his life, but in the end one of his greatest feelings of accomplishment is in finally being just a “normal guy” and living an authentic life.

As usual, we will share with you the transgender news and the community calendar update. We do hope you will be able to join us this Saturday, July 23 at 1:00 pm on 90.1 FM KKFI, Kansas City Community Radio! You can also stream the program live on kkfi.org.

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

BREAKING: Williams Institute Doubles Previous Estimate on Transgender Population

TransCrowdIn very important news for the transgender community, the Williams Institute has published a new report which has increased the estimate of the number of transgender persons in the United States – from the prior 700-800,000 to 1.4 million. That’s an increase from 0.3 to 0.6 percent, or a doubling of our estimated numbers.

The report is based on new data from the Centers for Disease Control’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), and it provides estimates on both a national and a state-by-state basis. The entire report can be found here, and it is chock-full of statistics, including breakdowns by age grouping and 95 percent confidence intervals. There are a couple of interesting demographic maps as well, showing that transgender persons appear to be concentrated, of all places, in the southern half of the United States, as well as the west coast.

Let me share some of the high-level results here:

  • Kansas is estimated to have 9,300 transgender persons, or 0.43 percent of the state.
  • Missouri is estimated to have 25,050 transgender persons, or 0.54 percent of the state.
  • Hawaii has the most transgender persons by percentage, at 0.78 percent (however, the District of Colombia has an incredible 2.77 percent of its residents identifying as transgender).
  • North Dakota has the lowest percentage of transgender persons, at 0.30 percent. Note that even though the “Rough Rider State” comes in 50th place, its percentage of transgender persons is actually equal to the previous nationwide estimate.

In terms of absolute population, California has the most transgender residents, at an incredible 218,400. For reference, that is 30,000 more than the entire active duty United States Marine Corps. Send in the transpeople!

Source: Flores, Andrew R. et al. “How Many Adults Identify as Transgender in the United States?” The Williams Institute, June, 2016.