The next meeting of SOFFA is December 7th is a combined meeting with the UMKC Trans + Allies group, at their Family Roundtable. That’s at 6pm in the UMKC Student Union, room 402. Speaking in the roundtable is entirely optional, and it’s ok to be late, since it is earlier than usual – but you might not get the best choice of the free pizza! There will be no meeting at Leawood Pioneer.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or message through facebook via https://www.facebook.com/SOFFA.KC
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.
Hello everyone! On Trans Talk this month I am going to cover three topics. First I’ll speak with Lanie Gray Macaulay and Hannah Miller, teachers at Olathe North High School who sponsor their Gay-Straight Alliance. Next I will speak with SOFFA leader Fiona Nowling and Marsha, a transgender woman who has been separated from many in her family as a result of her transition, and we will discuss the problems faced by transgender persons during the holidays. Finally, I will interview Oliver Bohanon and Natalie Hicks, who are working on a transgender documentary film project right here in Kansas City.
I will also give a breakdown of some of the LGBT news this week, and I will finish up the show with the community calendar update. I do hope you will be able to join me this Saturday, October 24 at 1:00 pm on 90.1 KKFI, Kansas City Community Radio! You can also stream the program live on kkfi.org.
Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover kick-started a national conversation about what defines gender and what that means. Yet college campuses have had conversations about the issue for years. At public colleges in the Kansas City area, unisex bathrooms and gender-neutral dorms have opened up. Wording in some anti-discrimination policies has been tweaked to protect transgender students.
This is a nice article about the great strides local colleges have made towards accommodating transgender students, especially Kansas City’s own UMKC (disclosure: I am an adjunct professor at said school). The article features Luke Harness, Sandra Meade’s and my co-host on “Trans Talk” on 90.1 KKFI, and Luke as usual has interesting things to say about his efforts to improve the lives of our people.
Source: Transgender student visibility has Missouri and Kansas colleges making accommodations | The Kansas City Star The Kansas City Star