Monthly Archives: March 2011

Pride Toronto Trans Pride Open meeting (April)

The Pride Toronto Trans March co-coordinators would like to invite community members and organizers to join us for the second Trans March Committee/Community Meeting of 2011.

As the first meeting, this meeting is open to EVERYONE. We want to continue hearing your feedback and concerns about the trans march, stage, afterparty and space. We are going to focus on other important aspects as well- budget, mandate of the committee, etc.

As co-coordinators we are dedicated towards creating transparency around the organization and implementation of Trans Pride. A detailed agenda will be available before the meeting at the “Pride Toronto Trans March 2011” facebook page and blog (www.transpridetoronto.wordpress.com). Please “like” this page for up-to-date information. We will also be emailing and posting the agenda and outcome of the meeting. If you would like to be added to our mailing list please email us.

We encourage those unable to attend the meeting to offer feedback/ concerns/suggestions via email to transmarch@pridetoronto.com.

We would love to hear from trans and gender variant people about the specifics they would like to see included in Pride. We have no interest in continuing the history of tokenism and exclusion that has been the experience of the trans and gender variant community thus far. We do need your help by volunteering your ideas and time and/or being on the committee so that we can accomplish everything we as a community need and want out of the festival.

**It is mandatory for individuals attend THREE committee meetings to become a Committee Member** Committee members can vote at Pride Toronto general meetings.

Trans March Committee Meeting

519 Church Street Community Centre

Wednesday April 6, 2011

6pm-8pm

Room 204

Thank you,

Pride Toronto Trans March Co-coordinators

Jacub and Luka

Notes from meeting #1

Trans Pride Committee/Community Meeting

Notes

The 519 community Centre- 519 church street

March 10,2011

6:00pm – 8:00pm

* These notes are not extensive. They represent the general escope of the meeting and suggestions. They do not necessarily represent the opinions of the Trans pride Committee. If you have any concerns about these notes, email us at transmarch@pridetoronto.com*

Co-coordinator Introductions, Sign Up Sheets and Agenda Review

–     The Trans Pride committee has two co-coordinators: Jacub and Luka

– Francisco ( Pride Toronto Board member, Trans Pride Liason) addressed the room.  Pride Toronto will be supporting bill c-389( by writting a letter)

Pride Toronto Structure and CAP Report review

–       Pride Toronto has 22 different committees. Each committee has 1 or 2 volunteer coordinators.  Right now, there are 3 paid staff members, and a few of the board members are overseeing some committees.

–       The Trans Pride committee coordinators simply cannot answer all the questions, or make some decisions and commitments.

–       BUDGET questions: a few of the attendees had questions about the Pride toronto budget, and how much would be re-allocated to the Trans Pride Committee. Those questions were answered by Francisco and Luka Amona (board members).

–       Coordinators will put a budget together based on the proposed/suggested programming, and then approach the board with it. The programming should be ready by the next committee/community meeting (April 6).

–       Attendees suggested/demanded that budget be proportional to the trans population that is served by pride toronto.

–       PRIDE TEME: attendee asked if the theme for Pride 2011 was changed to Trans rights. The Theme is still Youth. Attendee suggested that Pride Toronto acknowledge Bill C-389/Trans rights more openly(not just in trans spaces/programming).

Trans March

Rally

–       6-8 speakers

–       Recommendations:  Past Parade Grand Marshalls( Mandy Goodhandy, Enza Anderson),  Nina Arsenault, S. Beargman, Kai’ennne Tymeric.

–       Jack Layton (associated with Bill C-389) was recommended as a speaker. However, co-coordinators prefer to have Trans People as Speakers

–       ASL  interpretation

–       First Nations ‘ceremony’ , ackonwledging we are on stolen  land. Consult with First nation/2-spirit peoples .

Route

–       Two proposed  circular routes:

A: Yonge and hayden, south on church to wood. West on wood, north on mutual street, east on maitland to church street.

B: Church and Carlton, north on church to charles. East on charles to the three parkettes (close to yonge). South on the parkettes, west on  dundonald.

– Closing Yonge street is not possible on a friday night.

–       Accessibility:  for  wheelchairs/mobility devises,  going ‘down’ is better .

–       Use Parkettes as a gathering point for  Rally + March

–       Trans pride coordinators/committee will review the routes and suggestions.

Order of March

–       Trans Pride coordinators said they were planning to put people with different abilities and  trans women of colour in front of the march.

–       Attendee said they would feel excluded if that was the case.

–       Trans march should focus on the diversity of the trans community , not segregating/separating people.  Coordinator said the proposed order of the march would address the systemic issues faced by marginalized groups from within the trans community.

–       Focus on one point (Trans rights)

Trans Stage

–       Trans/Gender Variant Performers will get paid

–       Clarification around ID issues and beer gardens: People don’t  need to show ID to  get into Beer Gardens. They do need to show ID if/when they are buying alcohol.

–       Trans Pride coordinators said they are planning on having a mandatory trans training for weekend volunteers.

–        It was suggested that (Paid) security guards and servers also  receive trans training. Trans access program (The 519) should be used, to create/foster capacity building from within trans community. Pride Toronto lack of funds was mentioned. Another suggestion was to  contract  the company that provides security for the Sherbourne Health center

 

“Transparency” (Trans March Afterparty)

Possible venues :

–       519 beer garden (due to  noise restrictions after 11pm, this is not an option)

–       Gladstone : The area is not very trans friendly.  It is far away from the village- which may be inaccessible to people who don’t have money for TTC. Also, we don’t  want to ‘ send trans people accross town’

–       Buddies in Bad Times Theater

–       519  Ballroom

Other Points

–       Free/sliding scale. Donations would go to performers.

 

Trans Space

Times

–       Friday(6-11pm), Saturday( 12-9pm), Sunday( 12-9pm)

–       Be open earlier in the day, so we are more accessible/safer for  people who are not out/shy to access resources.

–       People shouldn’t  miss out because they are late.  Have trans space open/staffed during the three days

–       Friday: open and staffed, but no  programming due to  trans stage and afterparty.

Physical space

–       Front of progress place.

–       Bigger!

–       Banners and signage

–       Sound system and lights

–       Private/Indoor space:  peer support in a quiet environment. Maybe by appointment, by professionals.

Programming

– Workshops and performances, plus resources

– Sunday: Youth-oriented workshops, but open to all.

– Be family positive for  trans families ( Poverty in trans families).

– Reading area for Trans Families :  Saturday and Sunday, trans friendly books .

– Game/photo boot:  mix and match  different body parts.

– Webcast programming: so people who can’t  attend wouldn’t miss out. Have a ‘media free’ area where people wouldn’t be filmed.

Resources

–       Trans Space as a resource ‘ hub’ for  gender variant folks

–       Resources/Groups  suggestions:  Parents of trans kids, Trans parents, Fred Victor Centre, Shelters, Gender Journeys, SHC, U of T trans friendly groups, Trip!, Joys of Gender (Hershel), intersex groups/resources

Volunteers

–       Should be out, and not ‘ camera shy’ or afraid to be in public.

–       Trip!  Has some gender variant volunteers

Other Issues

–       “ When Harry becomes Sally” ( Article on last year’s Pride Guide): Trans pride committee will try to review the content of the guide. It was also suggested that attendees  join Media committee and other committees.

–       Pride Toronto has 22 committes, that don’t overlap necessarily. It would be great to  have ‘ trans representation’ in a lot of them!

–       De- gendering washrooms in the village area(or even all over town):  make all washrooms (including restaurants,  bars, other businesses)  all genders.  Contact and send press release to  businesses owners. Maybe provide them with all genders signs.

Meeting #1 Agenda

Trans Pride Committee/Community

Meeting #1 Agenda

March 10/2011, 6PM-9PM

519 Church Street Community Centre

6:00-6:15pm- Co-ordinator Introductions, Sign Up Sheets and Agenda Review

6:15- 6:45pm- Pride Toronto Structure and CAP Report review

6:45-7:30pm- Trans March, Rally, Route and Trans Stage

7:30- 8:15pm- “Transparency” (Trans March Afterparty)

8:15- 9:00pm- Trans Space

-Saturday

-Sunday

To think about:

–       Performer recommendations

–       Workshop/facilitator recommendations for youth oriented workshops

–       Workshop/facilitator recommendations for adult oriented workshops

–       Speaker recommendations for Trans March Rally

Notes:

-“Trans March Committee” name has been changed to “Trans Pride Committee”

-Correction to last post: Pride Toronto Membership is applicable after 8 hours of volunteering or THREE COMMITTEE MEETINGS not two meetings as previously stated.

-We will have comment/recommendation sheets available for those who would prefer to write down suggestions during the meeting.

-We will have sign up sheets available for those who would like to be added to the mailing list, want to be a weekend volunteer, and/or want to be Trans Pride Committee members

– Agenda changes can be emailed to the coordinators via TRANSMARCH@PRIDETORONTO.COM, please send in your agenda suggestions before the meeting as we have a limited amount of time and a lot to address.

– We will be going over the CAP recommendations very briefly. These recommendations are available online at http://www.communityadvisorypanel.ca/news/final-report-community-advisory-panel//. We ask that suggestions and comments be specific to the meeting agenda.

Next Meeting Tuesday April 5th, 6-9pm, 519 Church Street Community Centre

CALL OUT FOR PRIDE TORONTO TRANS MARCH COMMITTEE MEMBERS

The Pride Toronto Trans March co-ordinators would like to invite community members and organizers to join us for the first Trans March Committee Meeting of 2011.

At the initial meeting we will be discussing performers, speakers, and workshops created, facilitated by and directed towards the transgender and gender variant community at the Pride Toronto Festival. This initial meeting’s agenda includes creating an outline for the Trans March, Trans Stage, Trans After Party (“Transparency”) and the Trans Space.

As co-ordinators we are dedicated towards creating transparency around the organization and implementation of Trans Pride. A detailed agenda will be available before the meeting at the “Pride Toronto Trans March 2011” facebook page. Please “like” this page for up-to-date information. We will also be emailing and posting the agenda and outcome of the meeting. If you would like to be added to our mailing list please email us.

We encourage those unable to attend the meeting to offer feedback/ concerns/suggestions via email to transmarch@pridetoronto.com.

We would love to hear from trans and gender variant people about the specifics they would like to see included in Pride. We have no interest in continuing the history of tokenism and exclusion that has been the experience of the trans and gender variant community thus far. We do need your help by volunteering your ideas and time and/or being on the committee so that we can accomplish everything we as a community need and want out of the festival.

**It is mandatory for individuals attend two committee meetings to become a Committee Member** Committee members can vote at Pride Toronto general meetings.

Trans March Committee Meeting

519 Church Street Community Centre

Thursday March 10, 2011

6pm-9pm

Room 204

Thank you,

Pride Toronto Trans March Co-ordinators

Jacub and Luka