As transgender individuals measured out servings of caramel for Forgotten Harvest, they talked about their experiences and showed the other volunteers at the large food pantry that they are just like most people – helpful, friendly, approachable, and normal.
“There are people who might not ever have reason to think about what it is really like to be a transgender person. They may never meet one or get to talk with one. We want to give those people a good impression,” said Emma Krasicky, Project Coordinator with Transgender Michigan. She and six others participated in Transgender Day of Visibility Day of Service on March 30, 2012.
“To me, I think it’s important that if it’s safe for you to put yourself out there, to do volunteer work. You might meet new people, and you get to do something as part of the transgender community, and as part of the greater community as a whole.” Krasicky came out as transgender in 2009 and began her physical transition in 2010, she credits being active in the community with her comfort in being able to be herself.
In the morning Krasicky represented the transgender community at Gleaners Food Bank in Detroit, and in the afternoon members from Transgender Michigan, Transgender Detroit and Wayne State University’s GSA met up at Forgotten Harvest in Oak Park. Both organizations work to provide food for the needy in the Detroit Area.
Transgender individuals and allies that missed Day of Visibility may still want to consider checking out the Transgender Day of Empowerment taking place at Affirmations (290 W. 9 Mile, Ferndale) on Saturday, April 14.
Below is the schedule for the event. There will also be booths from multiple organizations in the lobby of Affirmations, and a potluck following the event, with a suggested $5 donation to Crossroads and an ask that people bring a dish to share.
Please note that two to three workshops will be run simultaneously during each session:
Session #1: 10 am-11 a.m.
Electrolysis with Tracy Hoover
Safe Sex with Aimee Coldren
Session #2: 11 am-12 p.m.
Self-Defense Workshop at the Center for the Physical Arts, across the street from Affirmations
11:15 am-12:15 pm: Interfaith Panel on Gender Non-Conforming Issues
12:15 pm-1 pm: Lunch on your own
Session #3: 1 pm-2 p.m.
Hormones and medication with a representative from CVS Pharmacy
Michigan Transgender Empowerment Task Force with Steph Turner, Seth Carwyn, and Ryan Oliver
Kids of Trans People with Dr. Caretto
Session #4: 2:15 pm-3:15 p.m.
Gender Therapy with Shari Slebodnik, MSW
Activism and Politics with Equality Michigan
Session #5: 3:30 pm to 4:30 p.m.
Trans Youth and Parents Panel with Dr. Caretto
Addressing Racism with Charles Ford, Jr. and guest
Session #6: 4:45 pm to 5:45 p.m.
SRS Surgery with Dr. Neal Wilson
Transgender Michigan: Then and Now, with Steph Turner and Rachel Crandall
Law Enforcement and the Trans Community with Ferndale P.D.