Posted October 14, 2011
The Anderson Gender Resource Center at Idaho State University, in close collaboration with the QSA (Queer Straight Alliance, formerly LGBTSA) club and the Genesis Project, will host Janis Walworth and Michelle Kammerer at the ISU campus for the annual recognition of National Transgender Day of Remembrance.
Transgender Day of Remembrance is a day to honor and remember those who have been killed as a result of transphobia, the hatred and fear of transgender and gender non-conforming people. It acts to bring attention to the violence continuously affecting the transgender community. Transgender Day of Remembrance was founded in 1998 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgender columnist and activist, and has since been held annually and has evolved into an international day of action. Last year this day of remembrance was observed in over 185 cities throughout more than 20 countries.
Michelle Kammerer was employed by the Los Angeles City Fire Department as a firefighter and captain for from 1969 to 2003. She transitioned from male to female on the job in 1991. Today she is part of the Center for Gender Sanity in Bellingham, Wash., and gives lectures and workshops on transgender issues together with Janis Walworth, who holds an Master of Science degree in counseling and has written and published books about transgender issues. The purpose of their work is both to help transgender individuals have a successful transition and also to educate and assist surrounding people in the workplace and family, in order to facilitate all aspects of the transition.
For questions or more information about the event, please contact the Anderson Center at 282-2805 or visit www.gendersanity.com.