Monday, April 26th, 2021
4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. via ZOOM.
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After registering you will receive the Zoom information by email prior to the event date.
About the Transgender 101 session:
Did you know that transgender folks are twice as likely to experience homelessness as the general population? We are also twice as likely to experience unemployment. For transgender people of color that goes up to a staggering four times! Transgender people experience discrimination and even physical violence on a consistent basis. Transgender 101 will be an introduction to transgender people, our lives and issues. Transgender people are not known and understood by others, and our training is meant to address this lack of information and experience. Adrien Lawyer, Executive Director of the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico, provides basic training including a chance to engage in dialogue and have your questions answered directly. Our objective is to personalize transgender folks and to increase visibility and awareness while decreasing the discrimination, fear, hostility and violence that is routinely directed toward members of our population. We also encourage our audiences to examine their own gender identity and the cultural norms and expectations we hold surrounding gender and sexuality.
Adrien co-founded TGRCNM in 2008 with Zane Stephens to be a clearinghouse of service provision, education, and advocacy for the transgender community in New Mexico. He has facilitated over 1,700 Transgender 101 training sessions throughout New Mexico, including training every corrections department in the state, numerous district attorney offices, police departments, public and private schools, healthcare and social service facilities, and countless businesses, nonprofits, and other entities. Adrien has led successful advocacy efforts for model transgender student policies, gender-neutral restrooms, trans inclusion in social service facilities, statewide bullying prevention, and most recently, birth certificate gender marker change. On a national level, Adrien presents and consults on many issues impacting the trans community, including TGRCNM as a successful model for local service provision. He has been recognized with the Jose Sarria Into the Light Award for community service and the Vincent R. Johnson Model of Hope Award for LGBTQ role models. In 2019, Adrien won the Advocacy In Action (AIA) Professional Innovation in Victim Services Award presented by the New Mexico Crime Victims Reparation Commission (CVRC). Adrien is a trans man and father. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar with A Band Named Sue.
About the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico:
The Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico is the only agency in the state that exists solely to serve transgender people and our families and loved ones. We are one of very few organizations in the United States that provides as wide an array of services, education and advocacy as we do. Founded in 2008, TGRCNM has provided more than 1700 Transgender 101 trainings all over the state of New Mexico including multiple UNM campuses, Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless, Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico, Planned Parenthood, Barrett House, Crossroads for Women, New Mexico Physicians Assistant Association, the Albuquerque Police Department and many more varied audiences. We have assisted in crafting policy in several different arenas in New Mexico and have provided individual advocacy for many transgender people in our state. We provide direct services to some of the most impacted folks in our communities. These services include food, bus passes, HIV testing, clothing, support groups, legal assistance, employment search assistance, a safe restroom, a computer lab, and much more. We accompany transgender people to name change hearings and doctor appointments and provide some emergency relief as well.
For additional information, please contact Jade Valenzuela, Director of Diversity & Inclusion.