Transgender Education Collaboration speakers to meet with Holland is Ready

By |2018-01-15T22:12:53-05:00March 29th, 2012|News|

Two speakers from the Transgender Education Collaboration in Grand Rapids will speak and facilitate a discussion at the April 2 Holland is Ready meeting at Grace Episcopal Church in Holland.
At the meeting, M Kelley, founder of the Transgender Education Collaboration, and Jenna Lewis, a diversity educator, will speak about their personal experiences and discuss national statistics on transgender discrimination followed by a question and answer period.
The session is part of the collaborationÕs Transgender Visibility Campaign to educate the LGB community on transgender facts and misinformation.
ÒOur main goal is to bring much needed education to our community that allows us to make room for all transgendered people, no matter where they are on their journey,Ó said Kelley. ÒFor too long, we have accepted poor treatment of the trans community because of misinformation and a lack of understanding.Ó
Kelley is vice president of the Gays in Faith Together board and has preached at the Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary Chapel. Lewis has been diversity training for the last 10 years in the greater Grand Rapids area and is the 2010 West Michigan Pride Ace Award winner for community education.
Holland is Ready is a group of community leaders that is working toward assuring the rights, safety and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people on the lakeshore. The organization meets the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 555 Michigan Ave., Holland. For more information on it, go to For more information on the Transgender Education Collaboration, go to

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