Transmasculine Speak Out Taking the Stage POSTPONED

Date: 03/31/20
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

WHAT: The DC Anti-Violence Project of the DC Center is proud to host Transmasculine Survivors of Violence & Abuse Speak-Out at this month’s Taking the Stage: LGBTQ Voices Against Violence event.

WHEN: POSTPONED INTO SPRING but we are still seeking performers!

WHO: Transmasculine folx, and anyone who loves and supports transmasculinity.

WHERE: We are excited to host this event at The Outrage, an awesome space at 1722 14th Street NW.  The Outrage is a hub for activism and authenticity, with a street-side retail area full of edgy merch and a gorgeous hangout/event space in the back.  We chose The Outrage as a public, yet intimate space, with the intention that transmasculine folx feel safe enough in such a space to speak up/out about their experiences of violence and abuse including those that may have happened pre-transition — a timeline that many transmasculine folx do not share openly for reasons of stealth, privacy and/or danger. The Outrage reaches out to a large community of folx who seek authentic connection and expression, so we feel good about the chances of getting a lot of good people to come support and take part in this speak-out.

WHY: Because Truth and Freedom. Transgender men and transmasculine people have experienced high rates of violence, abuse and trauma, but are often unable to talk about what they’ve experienced due to masculinity taboos and concerns about being clocked and further endangered. It is our hope that people attending and/or speaking at this event are able to experience healing and release from the stigma and stifling of un-expressed trauma. Note: Physical, sexual, verbal, psychological, emotional are all acknowledged as kinds of abuse and violence experienced.

HOSTS:  This event is supported by the DC Center for the LGBT Community and the DC Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants.  The DC Center trauma-informed therapist, Christina Cappelletti, LGSW, will be on-hand for anyone who wishes to follow-up for further support if needed.

COST: FREE to all, thanks to the DC Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants (OVSJG)*. OVSJG underwrites the DC Anti-Violence Project and all its services at the DC Center, which include individual and group counseling, survivor art nights, open mics and public policy meetings. Please connect with us if we can help support you. 202.682.2245
We also thank The Outrage for offering the space to us at a special rate in support of this event! They offer a cash snacks and drinks bar, so bring some green to help support a great place.

Feel free to contact us at 202.682.2245 or for more information.


* This event was produced by The DC Center for the LGBT Community under 2020-MDCC-01, awarded by the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants, Executive Office of the Mayor, District of Columbia. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this event are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the Executive Office of the Mayor.

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