Last Saturday, people from across the state gathered to build community and skills to realize transgender justice in Oregon. Basic Rights Oregon’s Trans Justice Program held the 3rd Annual Trans Justice Summit, a one of a kind event in the Pacific Northwest.
Opening remarks given by Basic Rights Oregon’s Executive Director Jeana Frazzini and Summit Coordinator Adrian Martinez began a day full of relationship and skill building.
With workshops ranging from Dismantling Racism to Re-Envisioning Self Care to Fighting Trans Misogyny, one conference participant said that they, “loved the intimate format of workshops” as well as the “broad range of topics”.
During lunch, keynote speaker Tobi Hill-Meyer discussed her relationship to organizing, reminding us that organizing on only a single issue creates a lack of stability in our movement. When reflecting upon the often asked question of whether to reform our systems or revolt against them, she said, “I think the answer, for me, has always been both”. A variety of tactics, she said, must be employed if we are to achieve comprehensive justice for all LGBT people. She closed by emphasizing the importance of developing new leadership in our movement and maintaining transparency to build power. “Our message is powerful”, she said.
An event of this magnitude only happens with the dedication and support of our supporters and community partners. Special thanks goes out to the Summit Host Committee and all of the hands and hearts that went into making this year’s summit a true success. Thank you to the Equity Foundation and the Portland State Queer Resource Center for co-sponsoring this event, and to La Bonita for providing us with a delicious lunch. To see photos from the event, click here!