WHAT: The DC Anti-Violence Project (DCAVP) is proud to host Transmasculine Survivors of Violence & Abuse Virtual Open Mic!
WHEN: Friday | May 29, 2020 | 6:45-9PM
WHO: Transmasculine folx, and anyone who loves and supports transmasculinity. *ASL interpreters will be there.
ORGANIZERS: The DC Anti-Violence Project is a grassroots, volunteer-led project of the DC Center for the LGBT community. The DCAVP is dedicated to eradicating violence against and within the LGBTQ+ community. The DCAVP hosts Taking the Stage LGBTQ+ Voices Against Violence open mic events and Survivor Art Nights, as gatherings where LGBTQ+ survivors of trauma and violence can express themselves and find support. The DCAVP also offers free counseling for LGBTQ+ survivors of violence and trauma. The lead volunteer coordinating performances and will be sharing the details for an ongoing Transmasc peer group to follow this event.
GUESTS/PERFORMERS: The mic will be open after the first 5 performers for anyone interested! If you would like to sign up, or if you are an experienced performer, contact us.
WHERE: This is a registration-only* Zoom event. We are using registrations to help us host a safe and intimate virtual space, with the intention that transmasculine folx can speak up/out about 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. Fill out the registration and email it to: ChristinaC@TheDCCenter.org.
* SURVEY: The registration includes an optional one-page survey asking for demographic data to share with the DCAVP grant funder. If you choose to complete it, you will genuinely help us affirm service provision and need.
RAFFLE PRIZES! All registrants will be entered into the raffle. All completed data surveys will be entered AGAIN in the raffle for 2 chances. Prizes include gift certificates to local retail and grocery stores, a DC Center mask, and binder-related services.
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 and emotional assaults, at any time in our lives, are all acknowledged as kinds of abuse and violence experienced.
SPONSORS: 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 thedccenter.org.
CONTACT INFO: Feel free to contact us at 202.682.2245 or email@example.com 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.