October 22nd, 2004

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transwomen in L.A. - e.trans $220 for participation

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TRANSGENDER WOMEN OF COLOR


Asalaam Alaikum to ALL my lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered brothers and sisters sharing the common truth of Islam!

It brings me great joy to be able to announce to you all an upcoming conference to "women of color" within the trans community!

Of course it is inclusive to everyone but focuses on political and social reform of the transgender "women of color" community (mainly).

In March a 2005, a momentus occassion will take place in Louisville, Kentucky! The Transgender Women of Color population of the United States will gather to begin planning a most spectacular and event-
filled conference unlike any other conference ever planned!

This planning committee seeks to get the perspective of all transgender women of color into conference planning committee in March of 2005 (or at least have suggestions offered so that we can plan the conference with you in mind) so that all facets of transgender life can and will be represented at the 2006 opening
conference!

We Look Forward 2 Hearing From You With Any and All Suggesstions!

From: Tanya Akilah al-Khaliq
t_al_khaliq@yahoo.com

BACK DATED LETTER (THE ONLY ONE I COULD FIND HE HE HE):

I agree it needs to happen. Since the idea is being rapidly embraced by not only people on this list but other transpeeps of color, the thought process needs to be kicked up another level.

If we are sending a message, I believe that we should take our time to organize this and give ourselves the best possible shot at success. That's why I've been pushing for a 2006 date. It's one I feel personally comfortable with, but some of you that I've chatted
with privately want it to happen in 2005. If we can get the committments in sponsorships, supplies, money, and people power that it will take to make the Transistahs Conference a reality next year, then I will go along with the will of the community and enthusiastically support a 2005 date and work like hell to make it happen.

Image is everything, as Dawn likes to say, and so far our images as African American transwomen have taken a beating over the years. This convention will forever change that negative perception once we
pull it off. That's why I'm adamant about having a professional, well run, well oiled convention that runs with military precision.

Once we announce were gonna do this, the naysayers will come out and the haters from the caucasian trans community will be looking for any excuse to trash it. They'll accuse us of being separatists, of 'playing the race card', and whatever lame bullshit they can come
up with.

The point is that we've asked for years for inclusion in the greater trans community. They've talked the talk, but haven't walked the walk. We have every right to set up an event that reflects our cultural heritage and if they wanna come, that's all good too.

Monica da Moderator

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http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TranSexOrientation/