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TGI Network Seeks Community Input

posted Apr 17, 2018, 9:08 PM by TGI Network of RI

TGI Network of Rhode Island has introduced a feedback form for community members to provide input on our work. Soliciting feedback from the community is the first step in the process of creating our 2018 strategic plan and better meeting the needs of our community as you see them. 

This process reflects a new stage in TGI Network's growth as an organization, as we develop a strategic approach to our expanding work. But we need feedback on the programming we have offered thus far and input into the needs of the local community, to determine the best focus for the near future. That's where your help comes in. 

Please complete this google form to share your ideas. Provide your contact information to be entered into a raffle to win a $25 VISA Gift Card (optional). 

See I Am Isak at the RI Trans Health Conference on April 28th!

posted Apr 17, 2018, 6:15 AM by TGI Network of RI   [ updated Apr 17, 2018, 6:41 AM ]

The Planning Committee of the RI Trans Health Conference Community Track is pleased to announce a presentation of the short film I am Isak, the first installment of I am the T: a trans documentary. Filmed in 2014, I am Isak is a captivating documentary short about Isak, a young trans man living in Norway. Isak’s story reveals the transformative power of becoming your truest self through the lens of gender identity. From past to present, the film explores the physical, emotional, and social implications of transitioning.

The 4th Annual RI Trans Health Conference Community Track has SOLD OUT! But the Wait List is OPEN!

posted Apr 2, 2018, 11:33 AM by TGI Network of RI

This year's community track is 50% bigger than last year's with a whole new set of workshops! We are excited to welcome you to connect with one another and share resources. If you haven't gotten your tickets yet, you can still sign up for the wait list. Last year, we were able to invite most of the people who were on the waiting list, so hope is not lost! 

We are also excited to announce that the generous support of our community members and sponsors will allow us to compensate our community track presenters for the first time! We are glad that we can offer trans community members payment for their time and expertise. And we know that you are going to enjoy the line-up! 

In the next few weeks, we'll be announcing some of the sessions you can look forward to on April 28th! 

UPRISE RI: Activist Samson Hampton awarded at first Empowerment Breakfast for Transgender Day of Visibility

posted Apr 2, 2018, 11:18 AM by TGI Network of RI

Samson Hampton was awarded the 2018 Empowerment Award from the TGI Network, for his direct action efforts to save healthcare, at the first annual Empowerment Breakfast for Transgender Day of Visibility on Saturday.

“I am a medically complex person that about a year ago was facing losing my insurance that would pay for my life saving medication,” said Hampton, accepting the award. “So I decided to go to Washington DC and participate in direct actions to fight to save health insurance for over ten million Americans. And I got arrested for the first time in my life… That would not be the last time I got arrested. Over the next year I continued to go down [to DC] and participate in direct actions.

“Not only did I protest, yell, get dragged away, (actually rolled away. When I travel I use a wheel chair) but I also sat down and lobbied with politicians and explained to them that if you vote for this bill, you will literally be killing me and other Americans like myself. And some of those politicians still voted for those bills…

“But- we manged to save the ACA [Affordable Care Act] and I continued to go down to DC and fight for protecting the ADA [Americans with Disabilities Act] which has come under scrutiny,” continued Hampton. “I have recently gotten word that both Senator Whitehouse and Senator Reed have signed onto Senator Duckworth’s bill telling Senator McConnell that they will not support any legislation that will hurt the ADA. Which I think is progress.”

Hampton was also presented with a certificate of special recognition from United States Representative David Cicilline (Democrat, Rhode Island).

Also receiving an award was Rhode Island State Representative Edith Ajello (Democrat, District 1, Providence), who received the 2018 Ally Empowerment award for the amazing work she has done in her career. Ajello was, “the driving force behind the groundbreaking legislation in 2001 that added gender identity to our state’s civil rights law.” Ajello was unable to attend, but TGI Board Member Gwendoline Howard said a few words on Ajello’s behalf.

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The 1st Annual Empowerment Breakfast has SOLD OUT!

posted Mar 27, 2018, 7:18 PM by TGI Network of RI

We are so grateful to everyone who is supporting our 1st Annual Empowerment Breakfast! Thank you for making it a resounding success! We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday morning to celebrate Transgender Day of Visibility by honoring the work being done to empower our community. We are thrilled to honor Samson Hampton and State Representative Edith Ajello, whose incredible work has included standing up and speaking out on behalf of this community, offering continual support to community members in need and ensuring transgender Rhode Islanders' civil rights. It is our great pleasure to share this celebration with you! 

FREE/Donated Seats Available to the Empowerment Breakfast!

posted Mar 22, 2018, 5:37 AM by TGI Network of RI

If you were interested in the Empowerment Breakfast on March 31st but couldn't afford to attend, you are in luck. In addition to the reduced-priced tickets we introduced last week, we have now added two free tickets, courtesy of GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders (GLAD). 

We are incredibly grateful for our sponsors whose support is helping us to provide this event and will facilitate the work we do this year. Stay tuned as we announce new programming in the coming weeks! 

You can find tickets to the breakfast here: Empowerment Breakfast for Transgender Day of Visibility

Spotlight Sponsor: Blue Cross & Blue Shield of RI

posted Mar 5, 2018, 7:06 PM by TGI Network of RI

We are thrilled to thank Blue Cross & Blue Shield of RI for their commitment to TGI Network and to our local transgender community. As a sponsor of our Empowerment Breakfast for Transgender Day of Visibility, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of RI is empowering TGI Network to better serve you. We are so grateful for their contribution. 

TGI Network's 1st Annual Empowerment Breakfast

posted Feb 16, 2018, 10:19 PM by TGI Network of RI

On Saturday, March 31, 2018, we will commemorate the Transgender Day of Visibility, an international day of recognition for the strength and resilience of our community, with our First Annual Empowerment Breakfast. We are excited to invite you to  join us from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. at the Southside Cultural Center at 393 Broad Street in Providence, where we will honor the work that is being done in our community, enjoy a meal provided by Amos House’s More than a Meal Catering, and present awards to a community member and an ally who have, through their advocacy and ongoing commitment, improved the lives of transgender Rhode Islanders.


This year, our award recipients are Representative Edith Ajello, who has served as a Rhode Island state representative since 1992 and has, during that time, been an outspoken advocate for the transgender community of Rhode Island as well as the driving force behind the groundbreaking legislation in 2001 that added gender identity to our state’s civil rights law; and Samson Hampton, a dedicated community activist who has consistently been a source of support to his community and has stood up for their right to adequate and affirming healthcare access, life-saving, inclusive social services, and affordable resources. 

Tickets to this event can be purchased here

The RI Trans Health Conference will return on April 28th!

posted Jan 22, 2018, 9:07 PM by TGI Network of RI

On April 28th, 2018, Rhode Island College will host the fourth annual RI Trans Health Conference. This year's theme is Resistance and Resilience, as we strive to empower our local community with the information and tools you need to be strong self-advocates and to build a community movement towards social justice. While our conference focuses on expanding the local network of knowledgable and affirming healthcare providers, we recognize that the health of this community is built on our strength and commitment to one another. 

In this fourth year of the conference, the community track has expanded to include 50% more community members! We on the planning committee are proud to present a comprehensive program that we designed around your requests. We are also excited to have also included a workshop proposal process in preparation for the conference for the first time. We received some fantastic proposals that included topics we haven't covered in previous years and will bring some fresh faces and new ideas

We are also excited introduce our keynote speaker, Justice Gaines! "Justice is a local activist and poet. Xe is an organizer at RI Jobs With Justice fighting for workers' rights as part of a larger social justice movement. Xe also coordinates a Racial Justice Coalition of community organizations throughout the state. Xyr poetryis an extension of xyr activism, exploring the experiences of being a Black trans woman in a post-racial and soon to be post-apocalyptic America."

This year we have also introduced some different ticketing levels for community members are able and interested in helping to financially support the conference. We are committed to providing this conference to our community free of charge, but putting something this comprehensive together is an expensive endeavor! This year, for example, you can choose to buy a ticket that will cover the cost of two meals, which would help us pay for your food as well as that of someone who cannot afford to contribute. Please be aware that we can accommodate 150 community members and registration may close abruptly as that number is reached. 

Rhode Island Trans Health Conference March 4th!

posted Jan 11, 2017, 5:29 PM by TGI Network of RI

TGI Network, along with the Rhode Island College School of Social Work and the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University have announced the 2017 RI Trans Health Conference will take place on March 4th at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine Building (222 Richmond St.) in Providence, RI. Please see the announcement on our homepage for links to the agenda and conference registration. Registration is free for community members. Lunch is included. Space is limited, please register to hold your spot. 

In our first year (2015), we had one room. The day included some basic information sharing, particularly about the state of the healthcare landscape at the time. We offer some time for folks to share their thoughts and feelings and to meet other local trans folks. Last year was the second year of the conference. We moved to RIC and offered a choice of sessions throughout the day. Again, we focused most of our energy on navigating the healthcare system, afterall it *is* a health conference.

This year, however, things are going to be a little bit different. We are returning to Brown Medical School. Though there are still healthcare hurdles to surpass and questions to answer (there will be space for that at the conference), with the changing political landscape, many obstacles we will face as a community are TBD. With that in mind, we are focusing this year's community track on STRENGTHENING THE HEALTH OF OUR COMMUNITY, which means not just looking out for our access to healthcare, but to building a collaborative movement for social change.

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