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A photo from the exhibition Pioneering Voices: Portraits of Transgender People at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Antonio.

Church to host events dealing with transgender issues
QSanAntonio, January 15, 2014

The First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Antonio will be hosting two days of events dealing with transgender issues. The schedule includes a photo exhibit, a film screening and panel discussion.

The events are part of the observance of the church's "Thirty Days of Love," from January 18 to February 16. According to information provided by the UUSA, the month is a "period of intentional action, service, education, and reflection to focus on speaking out against oppression, united in the common belief that love is the ultimate guiding force of our world."

The photo exhibit, Pioneering Voices: Portraits of Transgender People, opens with a reception at 3:00 PM on Saturday, January 25, in the Fellowship Hall.

Pioneering Voices is a museum-quality traveling exhibit including photographs and interviews with people of all ages who are transgender and some of their partners and children.

Through first-person accounts and positive images, the exhibit seeks to challenge damaging myths and stereotypes about transgender people and to educate people about this marginalized, and often invisible group of people.

The exhibit is produced by Family Diversity Projects a non-profit organization "devoted to educating people of all ages about the full range of diversity." The exhibit continues through February 16 by appointment.

Dr. Oliver Blumer, Lauryn Farris and Jennifer Ingram will participate in a panel discussion on trans issues.

At 4:00 p.m. on January 25, UUSA will host a panel discussion on transgender issues lead by Dr. Oliver Blumer, a physician serving transgender clients in Dallas. Dr. Blumer will be joined on by Lauryn Farris, president of San Antonio Gender Association and a member of the Transgender Education Network of Texas, the San Antonio chapter of the Human Rights Campaign and the Community Alliance for A United San Antonio; and Jennifer Ingram of HRC.

On Sunday, January 26 at 1:00 p.m., UUSA will screen the documentary motion picture "Trans."

The film, written and directed by Chris Arnold and produced by Mark Schoen features national transgender figures and allies such as Jamison Green, Masen Davis, Kim Pearson and Dr. Christine McGinn - along with a cast of trans folk from across the nation.

A review of the documentary on TheVitalVoice.com describes some of those who are profiled in the film: "There are young children, teens, older middle-class whites, people of color and sex workers. Their stories are good, bad and tragic. Their lives are shown realistically, honestly and no-holds barred. There is no narrator - any questions necessary are shown in script on the screen. The individuals are just allowed to tell their stories and the transitions are followed chronologically."

First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Antonio is located at 7150 IH-10 West, on the outbound access road, just northwest of Crossroads Bv. For more information call 210-344-4695. Visit the church’s website (www.uusat.org/) for a map and more information about the church.