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Presenter(s): Henriemeliamelia (Emelia) De Souza, Neo Sandja

Date: August 22, 2019

Time: 11:56 am - 12:00 am

Room: 613 POC

Conference: Gender Odyssey Seattle

Program: Community

POC Immigrant History

What is it like to come from an immigrant experience and simultaneously identify as trans and/or queer? Has your family been accepting? Does that acceptance, or lack of it, vary inter-generationally? Oftentimes, 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-generation immigrant families live close to each other—in barrios, for example, and other culturally-constructed communities. Sometimes there is little to no cultural language to describe a trans experience. Or, if there is, that language is borrowed from Western European culture and perhaps considered suspect as a result. A trans person is often placed in the position of having to choose between their family/community and their personal trans identity. Bring your heart and thoughts to this important discussion and we’ll make space for this unique experience.

Note: This conversation will be centered on the experiences of people-of-color but is open to all who wish to listen, learn, and grow.