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Vancouver Trans Forum

Friday July 23 2010

Venue: Rhodes Wellness College
Address: 1125 Howe Street (suite #280) (Corner of Helmcken & Howe)
Cost: 15-50$ - each day - sliding scale (no one turned away from a lack of funds)

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A three day gathering of trans people and allies to educate each other and the people they have to deal with. We aim to provide transition information (Canadian resources), a place to explore your gender comfortably, and skill sharing among community members. Dances, movie nights and other social activities, including an All Body Swim. The goal of this forum is to plan where we go next.

The Vancouver Trans Forum is a sliding-scale ($15-$50 per day, no one turned away for lack of funds), community-centred event (July 19th to the 25th) by and for members of the various multiple trans communities of Greater Vancouver and British Columbia. As organizers of this event it is our collective vision that we bring together members of diverse trans communities, both individuals and service providers, to establish a cohesive vision of what the specific needs of our trans communities are at this exact moment in time, through a focus on health and coalition building. We see this is an opportunity for the communities of trans people, their allies and the health professionals that work with them to create community, hear needs and concerns of the communities, and to share the skills and knowledge that we all have.

While this community forum seeks to centre trans people, The Vancouver Trans Forum organizing committee recognizes that for most trans people, "trans" is only one aspect of their day-to-day world. The Vancouver Trans Forum also understands that many trans folk belong to numerous marginalized communities simultaneously. Thus, the Vancouver Trans Forum encourages participation and feedback from persons who experience, combat, and wish to speak about: sexism, racism, ablism, poverty and relative topics that involve intersecting forms of oppression.

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