Hey, I’m looking forward to the California Transgender Leadership Summit. California Transgender Leadership Summit 2009It begins in about a week, on March 27th, and goes through March 29th. From the media release:

Presented by Equality California, the Transgender Law Center (TLC), and more than twenty community-based organizations, the Leadership Summit has become a major event for identifying and building transgender community leaders statewide. The Summit provides grassroots activists and their allies with an unprecedented opportunity to create a unified voice to advance the movement for transgender equality and to address the barriers transgender people face in their personal and professional lives. Attendees will participate in workshops to learn skills they need to be effective activists, including how to facilitate public policy change, encourage economic development, educate the media, conduct budget advocacy, and build local capacity. As part of its leadership development emphasis, the Summit is planned by a volunteer committee of community members and activists, with assistance from TLC. California Activists Explore Transgender Civil Rights At San Diego ConferenceThe Astraea Lesbian Fund for Justice generously provided fellowships to ensure that low-income transgender women activists have the resources to attend the Summit.

Hey, going to have good speakers too…

This year’s Summit will feature keynote and plenary speeches by a diverse group of leading activists including Cecilia Chung (San Francisco Human Rights Commission), Masen Davis (TLC Executive Director), Sylvia Guerrero (mother of murdered teen Gwen Araujo), Mara Keisling (Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality), Miss Major (Organizing Director of the TGI Justice Project), Shannon Minter (Legal Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights), and Susan Stryker (renowned historian, and author of Transgender Histories ).

…The Summit takes off at 7pm Friday night, March 27th in the PC West Theater at UC San Diego. Workshops and plenary sessions will take place all day Saturday and Sunday morning. There will be a special Saturday night reception at the San Diego Gay and Lesbian Center featuring performances by Peterson Toscano and Coyote Grace.

So kewl I finally get to meet Historian Susan Stryker and performer Peterson Toscano, and so kewl I may get short interviews with Shannon Minter and Mara Keisling for The Blend.

Registration for the Summit is still open at:


If you’re going to be anywhere near Southern California next weekend, you’ll want to be at this summit. More than transgender people are welcome to this summit — anyone who’s interest has and interest in the T of LGBT is more than welcome.

Autumn Sandeen

Autumn Sandeen

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