In attendance: 11
- Lost Boy’s Queer & Trans Food Pantry, partnering with SAGE
- Incorporating CNY4S as a non-profit- does not include 501(c) which makes donations tax deductible, but can do so with fiscal sponsorship through another non-profit (SAGE)
- Queer Mart: Westcott CC booked for May 3rd 2014, 4-8 pm. Early registration opens Feb 4. Two floors, approx. 15-20 slots. More info and meetings to come.
- Helping trans* people with free needle exchange at ACR
- Future community center- project of CNY4S as opposed to separate? Law center, bookstore/café, meetings, headquarters, info, clinic?
- Meeting at SAGE possible in future, sticking with Wegmans for now
- Fundraising: panel about trans misconceptions and an auction instead of Queereoke?
A lot was talked about and it was a little scattered. Hopefully online discussions will clarify things over the next few days.
Working to create a hotline for trans* and gender variant people when they need a safe ride. Many of these people lack transportation and face verbal and physical assault when they must walk the streets. (Remind me I have some data and maps about where violence is most common in Syracuse. Hint: it’s everywhere)
Committee leaders: Jourdan and Mica
TRANS/GENDER VARIANT HEALTHCARE
Working to create a database of trans* friendly resources in CNY. It seems like there is currently no clear path or guidance available and everything is word of mouth, dependent on who you know. Long-term goal is to reform CNY healthcare to be trans* friendly, to have informed consent for hormones as opposed to outdated model, and to have a center or work with other centers to provide healthcare to trans* people in a safe space.
Committee leaders: Joey and Kenzi
An arts and crafts fair for LGBTQ people and allies. The next one will likely be in April at the WCC once more. We also are looking into having one in Ithaca.
Committee Leaders: Blake, Elliott, Aila, Jourdan
SELF-DEFENSE AND EMPOWERMENT
Ideas for this include a R.A.D. (rape aggression defense) course that welcomes trans* and queer people of all genders. Other ideas- a more inclusive “Take Back the Night” style event. Long term: Adequate support for trans* survivors, queer survivors, of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, rape, assault, PTSD and eating disorders. Raising of public awareness.
Committee Leaders: Elliott, help from Mica, Will (?)
Thank you to everyone who came out for the Transgender Day of Remembrance, thank you to all those who helped make it happen, and thank you to our wonderful speakers. It was an honor and privilege for CNY for Solidarity to help organize it this year.
18 candles were lit for the 16 transgender people murdered in the US, LaTeisha Green, and 1 for suicides.
Photo by Andrew Renneisen, Daily Orange Staff Photographer.
Ellen Myers, Staff Writer. The Daily Orange.
In front of a crowd at Syracuse City Hall on Wednesday night, Terri Cook said it was difficult to write her speech because it is hard for her to think about violence against the transgender community.
Cook was among a group of speakers at the Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil at city hall. The vigil honored the lives of those who died because of the expression of their gender, and included several representatives from the transgender and Syracuse communities.
During her speech, Cook said she attended the vigil to celebrate the life of LaTeisha Green — a Syracuse resident who was murdered in 2008 for being a transgender woman — in addition to others who lost their lives because of their identities.
As a mother of a transgender child, Cook wanted to be there for Green’s mother to let her know that her daughter’s life mattered to people more than just her family and friends.
“I have dreams, hopes and fears for my children,” she said. “But as a parent of a transgender child, there’s an added layer of worry and fear that I could never imagine or prepare for. There’s a fear that my son could be harmed or beaten or killedsimply for being who he is.”
Elliott DeLine, a recent Syracuse University graduate, led the vigil, which honored and immortalized those who have lost their lives this year for the way they expressed their gender.
DeLine read off the names of the 16 people in the United States who have been murdered this year for being transgender. Three more candles were lit for the murder victims in Brazil, those who committed suicide and Green.
Al Forbes, a graduate intern at the LGBT Resource Center, said the center decided to hold a vigil after Green’s murderer was released on a technicality during the summer.
“It shook up our community in Syracuse, knowing someone that was actively violent in a major way was released,” he said.
Forbes and other members from the Syracuse community spoke at the vigil, including Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler, who spoke on behalf of Mayor Stephanie Miner.…
In attendance: 6
- We discussed the Transgender Day of Remembrance and what we had heard about it from other groups. We are still a little unclear on it and want to have a meeting with the other groups to discuss it (TG Alliance, Embody, Q Center group).
- For those in attendance, Tuesday nights worked well for future meetings. We are going with every other week. This is the tentative plan, though if it doesn’t work for people who want to attend we can potentially change it.
- Some ideas and goals for the future: a “phone tree” for people who need rides places and are harassed on the street. An all gender inclusive version of an event like Take Back the Night. Queer arts and craft fair. Self-defense clinic. More graphics, pamphlets, and using the internet to spread messages (particularly tumblr).
- Blake and Aila volunteered to continue work on a resource list for the website.
- Elliott is still working on a PDF of the LaTeisha Green pamphlet for people to print and to put up on the site. Technical difficulties >.<
- We want to create a mailing list to keep people updated because sometimes facebook doesn’t work well.
We are still in the beginning phases where we are sharing ideas and brainstorming. As we have more regular meetings, we hope to get more focused with our plans. Next meeting is planned tentatively for October 8th.
If you would like to be included in the planning and scheduling of meetings, either contact us on facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All are welcome at our second meeting! We plan to discuss the upcoming Transgender Day of Remembrance and talk about our plans and progress with other projects. It is also a time to socialize and bring new ideas to the table. We want to know what you think is working and not working in CNY. Look for the table with the “CNY 4 S” sign.
Contact if you need transportation and we’ll see what we can do. I (Elliott) will have room in my van and can most likely help you out if you aren’t too far
Recess Coffee has great coffee and has a ramp for accessibility, as well as a gender neutral bathroom. There is vegan food, but unfortunately I don’t think there is gluten free food. Sorry
Parking is available on the street as well as in a free parking lot across from Recess on Harvard Place.
Recess is located at 110 Harvard Place, Syracuse NY
When: Sunday 9/15, 1:00 PM
Where: Recess Coffee and Roastery
All are welcome to join us at this year’s Westcott Street Cultural Fair! At the last CNY 4 Solidarity meeting we decided we would hand out flyers about LaTeisha Green’s story and how to help us end transphobia and other forms of discrimination in CNY. Anyone can help or you can just join us and socialize. It’s a great way to see the different cultures of Syracuse and to meet like-minded people in the area. Westcott Street is generally considered one of the more progressive neighborhoods in the city. The fair is also just a lot of fun. Lots of vendors, non-profits, live music, and food, and you always run into people you know.
More info: http://westcottstreetfair.org/
We are meeting at Recess Coffee House, off of Westcott at 110 Harvard Place. We will try to find a table or be standing outside. Look for our “CNY 4 S” sign either on the table or someone will be holding it.
12-6 are the hours of the fair. As always, let me know if you need a ride and I’ll do my best to arrange it. Message me on the facebook page or email email@example.com
Thank you for everyone who came! Great input.
- Our role in addressing the latest events concerning the LaTeisha Green tragedy: telling her story and changing attitudes and the environment in Syracuse to prevent future atrocities.
- Goal: to make our group welcome to all. End isolation, particularly for those who feel they “don’t fit in” with the larger LGBT community. Recognize that queer people and other types of marginalized people exist outside of metropolitan areas. Reach out to them. Work together. Make positive change through education, art, dialogue.
- Future mural project honoring CNY “warriors” from historically marginalized groups.
- Handing out literature (LaTeisha Green pamphlets, info on discrimination?, info on CNY for S) at Westcott Street Fair- Sunday the 15th. More info coming soon.
- Making literature available at Q Center, SU LGBT RC, SAGE
- Transgender Day of Remembrance in Syracuse? Albany? Will post all updates
- Developing website: local and national resources, other stories, updating blog, event page
- Future social gatherings to talk and support one another
- Future LaTeisha Green scholarship?
Meetings will be at least once a month. Locations TBD.
Again, tomorrow’s meeting with the police chief and dept. of justice is now closed to the public so don’t bother showing up. I’ll keep you updated on future community forums and what happens at this meeting once I’ve heard from those involved at Transgender Alliance.
From Mallory Livingston of Transgender Alliance of CNY: We have a meeting scheduled with Chief Fowler and Matthew Lattimore, a representative of the Department of Justice set for this Wednesday morning, probably starting at 10:30. The issue being discussed will the safety of our community light of the outrageous developments in the LaTeisha Green case. I think the DOJ would like to organize a community forum at a later date so I think that will be the issue most under discussion.