Transgender Day of Visibility or TDOV is an international day of awareness of the need for the contributions and existence of living transgender people to be made more visible. Each day serves a different purpose, and both days are important.
Transgender Day of Visibility is notably different than the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance in November, during which we mourn for and remember the lives we lose each year to anti-trans violence, in that we are meant to acknowledge and/or celebrate all of the amazing things that living transgender people contribute to our communities and our society.
Transgender Day of Visibility 2017 is March 31st. Triangle Community Center will celebrate with a series of happenings, culminating in a big TDOV reception at TCC on Sunday, April 9th from 4:30PM to 6:30PM. Next week, we will highlight the experiences and achievements of people in the local transgender community. We are currently accepting video submission and reservations to participate in a series of Facebook Live interview from individuals who identify anywhere under the transgender umbrella. To find out how to get involved, volunteer, or contribute your voice, reach out to Layne at Layne@ctpridecenter.org.
2017 will be Triangle Community Center's second annual TDOV celebration. At TCC's first TDOV event last year, more than 50 individuals showed up to TCC for a panel and reception, put together by and for individuals in the transgender community. Allies welcome! We look forward to celebrating #translives with you on TDOV and every day!
Layne Gianakos brings to TCC a passion for local community work and an understanding of the needs of young adults in Connecticut. He is TCC's most recent hire and another staff dedicated to programs and client services- a symbol of the center's exponential growth as a service organization and dedication to serving the community.
Welcome aboard, Layne! What is your role at TCC?
I have the position of Young Adult Services Coordinator and will be facilitating the new Young Adult Space known as YAS!
Contributing author: Layne Gianakos
YAS is a new program for young adults between the ages of 18 and 25. Although Triangle Community Center has a special focus on helping the LGBTQ community, YAS is open to ALL young adults regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Irene Tsikitas uses her expertise in and passions for LGBTQ and older adult-specific programming to bring growth and a breath of fresh air to TCC's operations, particularly its case management program and regularly scheduled groups and available services.
As a social worker with over eight years experience working with the LGBTQ community, Irene brings some fresh eyes to what has grown to become the department of programs and services- this department includes case management, housing, financial assistance, and the regularly scheduled groups that fill 618 West Avenue's community rooms every day.