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FTMI NEWS AND EVENTS: Educate Communities Worldwide

FTMInternational and cognate groups represent FTMs at numerous events worldwide, informing and educating diverse communities about our lives.

Upcoming FTMInternational Events
FTMI Chapters and cognate groups meet worldwide. See FTMI Meetings.
May 2014- FTMI co-sponsors the 13th Annual Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference June 12-14, 2014 http://www.trans-health.org/
June-July 2014- FTM International Chapters and cognate organizations sponsor Pride events throughout the world.
August 2014- The 13th Annual Gender Odyssey http://www.genderodyssey.org/ takes place August 14 – 17, 2014 in Seattle Washington.
November 2014- FTM International Chapters and cognate organizations sponsor Transgender Day of Remembrance November 20, 2014 throughout the world.

Recent FTMInternational News
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FTMI 2013 News

January 2013
January 2013- FTM International Leaders focus on Strong Identities, the Real ID Act, documentation change, strategies to correct birth certificates and gender rights. FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Atlanta Georgia StealthWorld Chapter and FTMI Atlanta Georgia Trans(forming) Chapter meet January 2013. FTMI Transgender Community Health Clinic in Los Angeles, California provides free and low cost primary and transgender healthcare January 8 and 22, 2013. FTMI meets January 27, 2013.

February 2013
February 2013- FTM International Leaders focus on Strong Rights, human rights, multiple oppressions, immigrant rights and anti-oppression work. FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Atlanta Georgia StealthWorld Chapter and FTMI Atlanta Georgia Trans(forming) Chapter and FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter meet February 2013. FTMI Transgender Community Health Clinic in Los Angeles, California provides free and low cost primary and transgender healthcare February 5 and 19, 2013. FTMI meets February 24, 2013.

March 2013
March 2013- FTM International Leaders focus on Strong Schools and the FTMI Strategic Youth Initiative. FTMI Atlanta Georgia StealthWorld Chapter, FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter and FTMI Atlanta Georgia Trans(forming) Chapter meet March 2013. FTMI Transgender Community Health Clinic in Los Angeles, California provides free and low cost primary and transgender healthcare March 5 and 19, 2013. FTMI meets March 31, 2013.

April 2013
April 2013- FTM International Leaders focus on Strong Spirits, spirituality, rituals, empowering people of faith and inclusion. FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Atlanta Georgia StealthWorld Chapter and FTMI Atlanta Georgia Trans(forming) Chapter meet April 2013. FTMI Transgender Community Health Clinic in Los Angeles, California provides free and low cost primary and transgender healthcare April 2, 16 and 30, 2013. FTMI meets April 28, 2013.

MAY 2013
May 2013 - FTM International Leaders focus on Strong Families, FTMs and partners, FTM parents and parents of FTM sons. FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Atlanta Georgia StealthWorld Chapter and FTMI Atlanta Georgia Trans(forming) Chapter meet May 2013. FTMI Transgender Community Health Clinic in Los Angeles, California provides free and low cost primary and transgender healthcare May 14 and 28, 2013. FTMI meets May 26, 2013.

June 2013
June 2013- FTM International Leaders focus on Strong Bodies, the transgender exclusion, health insurance, health care access, provider cultural competency, health care research and HIV/AIDS. FFTMI participates in Trans Unity Pride Los Angeles, CA 2013. FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Atlanta Georgia StealthWorld Chapter and FTMI Atlanta Georgia Trans(forming) Chapter meet June 2013. FTMI Transgender Community Health Clinic in Los Angeles, California provides free and low cost primary and transgender healthcare June 11 and 25, 2013. FTMI meets June 30, 2013. FTMI President Levi Alter presents at the 12th annual Philadelphia Transgender Health Conference sponsored by the Mazzoni Center, FTMI and community partners June 13 through June 15, 2013.

July 2013
July 2013- FTM International Leaders focus on Strong Leaders, leadership development and mentoring. FTMI Atlanta Georgia StealthWorld Chapter, FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter and FTMI Atlanta Georgia Trans(forming) Chapter meet July 2013. FTMI Transgender Community Health Clinic in Los Angeles, California provides free and low cost primary and transgender healthcare July 9 and 23, 2013. FTMI meets July 28, 2013.

August 2013
August 2013- FTM International Leaders focus on Strong Community, FTM/T/LGBT infrastructure and relations. FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Atlanta Georgia StealthWorld Chapter and FTMI Atlanta Georgia Trans(forming) Chapter meet August 2013. FTMI Transgender Community Health Clinic in Los Angeles, California provides free and low cost primary and transgender healthcare August 6 and 20, 2013. FTMI meets August 25, 2013.

September 2013
September 2013- FTM International Leaders focus on the Strong Votes, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (UnitedENDA), legislative advocacy, Lobby Days and public policy activism. FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Atlanta Georgia StealthWorld Chapter, FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, and FTMI Atlanta Georgia Trans(forming) Chapter meet September 2013. FTMI Transgender Community Health Clinic in Los Angeles, California provides free and low cost primary and transgender healthcare September 3 and 17, 2013. FTMI meets September 29, 2013.

October 2013
October 2013- FTM International Leaders focus on Strong Voices and media representation to increase our presence and visibility, to showcase our culture, and to present our history. FTMI Atlanta Georgia StealthWorld Chapter, FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter and FTMI Atlanta Georgia Trans(forming) Chapter meet October 2013. FTMI Transgender Community Health Clinic in Los Angeles, California provides free and low cost primary and transgender healthcare October 1, 15 and 29, 2013. FTMI meets October 27, 2013.

November 2013
November 2013- FTM International Leaders focus on Strong Hearts, Transgender Day of Remembrance, hate crimes legislation, safe bathrooms and anti-violence campaigns. FTMI sponsors an online International Transgender Day of Remembrance livestream by TDOR Unite! sponsored by Female-To-Male International, Black Trans Men Inc, Transfaith, TransLatin@ Coalition, Transgender People of Color Coalition, Alpha Omega Nu Fraternity Inc, FORGE, Genderqueer Revolution, NYAGRA, SAGA, TransOhio, TransSaints, Trans* and GNC Advisory Council of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, United Church of Christ GenderFold Action Alliance, BodyImage4Justice, More Light Presbyterians, Nehirim, Progressive Muslims, Standing on the Side of Love, That All May Freely Serve, Unid@s and others featuring Ignacio Rivera, Carter Brown, Teo Drake, Christian Axavier Lovehall, Louis Mitchell, Alex Kapitan, Mykal Slack and Rabbi Levi Alter, President of Female-To-Male International November 17, 2013. FTMI chapters and cognate groups observe Transgender Day of Remembrance 2013 at Calgary, Clarenville, Edmonton, Gander, Goucester, Grand Falls-Windsor, Halifax, Kingston, Regina, Saint John, St John’s, Salt Spring Island, Springdale and London in Canada, Paris and Strasbourg in France, Berlin in Germany, Nijmegen in the Netherlands, Central Wellington in New Zealand, Oslo in Norway, Cape Town in South Africa, Bradford, Brighton, Croydon, Ipswich, Liverpool, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Swansea and London in the United Kingdom, and Berkeley, Chico, Fresno, Irvine, LaPuente, Oakland, Riverside, Rocklin, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Teaneck, Wichita, Albuquerque, Bethlehem, Fairfax, Fargo, Moorhead, Boston, Joliet, Albany, Drexel Hill, Portland Oregon, Portland Maine, Traverse City, Long Island, Kansas City, Denton, Colorado Springs, Boise, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Richmond, Baltimore, Las Vegas, Hampshire, Toledo, Beaufort, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Tucson, Denver, Nyack, Evansville, Oneonta, St. Louis, Providence, Lexington, Lincroft, Burlington, Nashville, Chestertown, Amarillo, Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol, Raleigh, Durham, San Antonio, Des Moines, Detroit, Cleveland, Seattle, Rockville, Eugene, Westport, Grand Rapids, Columbia, Jacksonville, Springfield, Sarasota, Reading, Bloomington, Norwich, Ann Arbor, Bedford, Fort Wayne, Seaside, Tallahassee, Prescott, Columbia, Greenville, Phoenix, Myrtle Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Olympia, West Point, South Bend, Hattiesburg, Hilo, Binghamton, Chicago, Washington, Rockford, Memphis, Rochester, New York, Princeton, Morristown, Collegeville, Hartford, Columbus Ohio, Columbus Indiana, Austin, Lawrence, Knoxville, Omaha, Jacksonville, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Houston, Lowell, Chelmsford, Fort Worth, Port Charlotte, Louisville, Washington DC, Mount Vernon, Harrisburg, Plymouth, Newport, Grand Forks, Winona, Newark, New Haven, St. Peter, Chattanooga, Maryville, Gainesville, Indianapolis, Coeur d’Alene, Chicago and Asheville in the United States. FTMI Atlanta Georgia Trans(forming) Chapter, FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter and FTMI Atlanta Georgia StealthWorld Chapter meet November 2013. FTMI Transgender Community Health Clinic in Los Angeles, California provides free and low cost primary and transgender healthcare November 12 and 26, 2013. FTMI meets November 24, 2013.

December 2013
December 2013- FTM International Leaders focus on Strong Minds, gatekeeper issues, the WPATH SOC and GID Reform. FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Atlanta Georgia StealthWorld Chapter and FTMI Atlanta Georgia Trans(forming) Chapter meet December 2013. FTMI Transgender Community Health Clinic in Los Angeles, California provides free and low cost primary and transgender healthcare December 10, 2013. FTMI meets December 29, 2013.

FTMI 2012 News

January 2012
January 2012- FTM International wishes all our members, families, friends, allies, donors, volunteers, chapter members and leaders a Happy New Year 2012. FTM International honors Religious Freedom Day January 16, 2012, and the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The 36th First Event takes place in Burlington Massachusetts. FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Atlanta Georgia StealthWorld Chapter and FTMI Atlanta Georgia Trans(forming) Chapter meet January 2012. FTMI Transgender Community Health Clinic in Los Angeles, California provides free and low cost primary and transgender healthcare January 10 and 24, 2012. FTMI meets January 29, 2012.

February 2012
February 2012- FTM International honors National African American History Month, Four Chaplains Day February 3, 2012 and Susan B. Anthony Day February 15, 2012 and wishes all our members, families, friends, allies, donors, volunteers, chapter members and leaders a happy valentine's Day February 14 and Presidents Day. The IFGE Conference takes place. FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Atlanta Georgia StealthWorld Chapter and FTMI Atlanta Georgia Trans(forming) Chapter FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, meet February 2012. FTMI Transgender Community Health Clinic in Los Angeles, California provides free and low cost primary and transgender healthcare February 7 and 21, 2012. FTMI meets February 26, 2012.

March 2012
March 2012- FTM International honors National Ethics Awareness Month, National Women's History Month and Spiritual Wellness Month. FTMI Atlanta Georgia StealthWorld Chapter, FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter and FTMI Atlanta Georgia Trans(forming) Chapter meet March 2012. FTMI Transgender Community Health Clinic in Los Angeles, California provides free and low cost primary and transgender healthcare March 6 and 20, 2012. FTMI meets March 25, 2012.

April 2012
April 2012- FTM International honors Celebrate Diversity Month and Physical Wellness Month, and National Volunteer Week. California Dreamin’ takes place. National Center for Transgender Equality’s 8th Annual Lobby Days take place in Washington, D.C. FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Atlanta Georgia StealthWorld Chapter and FTMI Atlanta Georgia Trans(forming) Chapter meet April 2012. FTMI Transgender Community Health Clinic in Los Angeles, California provides free and low cost primary and transgender healthcare April 3 and 17, 2012. FTMI meets April 29, 2012.

MAY 2012
May 2012 - FTM International honors Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Jewish-American Heritage Month and wishes all our members, families, friends, allies, donors, volunteers, chapter members and leaders a happy Cinco de Mayo May 5, Mother's Day and Memorial Day. FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Atlanta Georgia StealthWorld Chapter and FTMI Atlanta Georgia Trans(forming) Chapter meet May 2012. FTMI Transgender Community Health Clinic in Los Angeles, California provides free and low cost primary and transgender healthcare May 1, 15 and 29, 2012. FTMI meets May 27, 2012. FTMI President Levi Alter presents at the 11th annual Philadelphia Transgender Health Conference sponsored by the Mazzoni Center, FTMI and community partners May 31 through June 2, 2012.

June 2012
June 2012- FTM International honors International Men's Month, National GLBT Month and Men's Health Week and wishes all our members, families, friends, allies, donors, volunteers, chapter members and leaders a happy Father’s Day. The 31st Be All takes place. FTMI President Levi Alter presents at the 11th Philadelphia Transgender Health Conference. FTMI marches in Trans March in San Francisco, CA. FTMI participates in Trans Unity Pride Los Angeles, CA June 15-16, 2012. FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Atlanta Georgia StealthWorld Chapter and FTMI Atlanta Georgia Trans(forming) Chapter meet June 2012. FTMI Transgender Community Health Clinic in Los Angeles, California provides free and low cost primary and transgender healthcare June 12 and 26, 2012. FTMI meets June 24, 2012.

July 2012
July 2012- FTM International honors and wishes all our members, families, friends, allies, donors, volunteers, chapter members and leaders a happy Independence Day July 4, 2012. FTMI Atlanta Georgia StealthWorld Chapter, FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter and FTMI Atlanta Georgia Trans(forming) Chapter meet July 2012. FTMI Transgender Community Health Clinic in Los Angeles, California provides free and low cost primary and transgender healthcare July 10 and 24, 2012. FTMI meets July 29, 2012.

August 2012
August 2012- FTM International honors Women's Equality Day Auust 26, 2012. FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Atlanta Georgia StealthWorld Chapter and FTMI Atlanta Georgia Trans(forming) Chapter meet August 2012. FTMI Transgender Community Health Clinic in Los Angeles, California provides free and low cost primary and transgender healthcare August 7 and 21, 2012. FTMI meets August 26, 2012.

September 2012
September 2012- FTM International honors National Hispanic Heritage Month and wishes all our members, families, friends, allies, donors, volunteers, chapter members and leaders a happy Labor Day. Gender Odyssey and the Family Conference take place in Seattle, Washington. The 22nd Southern Comfort Conference takes place in Atlanta, Georgia. FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Atlanta Georgia StealthWorld Chapter, FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, and FTMI Atlanta Georgia Trans(forming) Chapter meet September 2012. FTMI Transgender Community Health Clinic in Los Angeles, California provides free and low cost primary and transgender healthcare September 4 and 18, 2012. FTMI meets September 30, 2012.

October 2012
October 2012- FTM International honors GLBT History Month, Pastoral Care Week, National Diversity Day October 2, National Coming Out Day October 11, Clergy Appreciation Day October 11 and wishes all our members, families, friends, allies, donors, volunteers, chapter members and leaders a happy Thanksgiving (Canada) and Halloween October 31. 37th Fantasia Fair takes place in Provincetown, MA. FTMI Atlanta Georgia StealthWorld Chapter, FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter and FTMI Atlanta Georgia Trans(forming) Chapter meet October 2012. FTMI Transgender Community Health Clinic in Los Angeles, California provides free and low cost primary and transgender healthcare October 2, 16 and 30, 2012. FTMI meets October 28, 2012.

November 2012
November 2012- FTM International honors Transgender Day of Remembrance November 20, National AIDS Awareness Month, National American Indian Heritage Month and International Day for Tolerance November 16, 2012 and wishes all our members, families, friends, allies, donors, volunteers, chapter members and leaders a happy Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Day. FTMI Atlanta Georgia Trans(forming) Chapter, FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter and FTMI Atlanta Georgia StealthWorld Chapter meet November 2012. FTMI Transgender Community Health Clinic in Los Angeles, California provides free and low cost primary and transgender healthcare November 13 and 27, 2012. FTMI meets November 25, 2012.

December 2012
December 2012- FTM International honors Universal Human Rights Month, World Aids Day December 1, 2012, Human Rights Day December 10, 2012 and wishes all our members, families, friends, allies, donors, volunteers, chapter members and leaders season's greetings and Happy New Year's Eve. FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Atlanta Georgia StealthWorld Chapter and FTMI Atlanta Georgia Trans(forming) Chapter meet December 2012. FTMI Transgender Community Health Clinic in Los Angeles, California provides free and low cost primary and transgender healthcare December 11, 2012. FTMI meets December 30, 2012.

FTMI 2011 News

January 2011
January 2011- FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Atlanta Georgia StealthWorld Chapter and FTMI Atlanta Georgia Trans(forming) Chapter meet January 2011. FTMI meets January 30, 2011.

February 2011
February 2011- FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Atlanta Georgia StealthWorld Chapter and FTMI Atlanta Georgia Trans(forming) Chapter meet February 2011. FTMI meets February 27, 2011.

March 2011
March 2011- FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Atlanta Georgia StealthWorld Chapter and FTMI Atlanta Georgia Trans(forming) Chapter meet March 2011. FTMI meets March 27, 2011.

April 2011
April 2011- FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Atlanta Georgia StealthWorld Chapter and FTMI Atlanta Georgia Trans(forming) Chapter meet April 2011. FTMI meets April 24, 2011.

MAY 2011
May 2011 - TransEvent Empire Conference takes place on May 4–7, 2011 in Albany, New York. Clergy Call for Justice & Equality Sunday, May 22, 2011 in Washington, DC. FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Atlanta Georgia StealthWorld Chapter and FTMI Atlanta Georgia Trans(forming) Chapter meet May 2011. FTMI meets May 29, 2011.

June 2011
June 2011- FTMI President Levi Alter presents at the Tenth Annual Philadelphia Transgender Health Conference June 3-5 2011. FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Atlanta Georgia StealthWorld Chapter and FTMI Atlanta Georgia Trans(forming) Chapter meet June 2011. FTMI marches in Trans March June 25, 2011 in San Francisco, CA. FTMI meets June 26, 2011.

July 2011
July 2011- FTMI San Diego Padraic Hall Chapter participates in San Diego Pride July 17-18. FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Atlanta Georgia StealthWorld Chapter and FTMI Atlanta Georgia Trans(forming) Chapter meet July 2011. FTMI co-sponsors the Sixth Annual California Transgender Leadership Summit July 22-24 in West Hollywood, California. FTMI meets July 31, 2011.

August 2011
August 2011- The FTMI Transgender Community Health Clinic opens in Los Angeles, California providing free and low cost primary and transgender healthcare for FTMs in southern California August 2011. Gender Odyssey FTM 2011 takes place Augst 5-7 in Seattle Washington www.transconference.org FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Atlanta Georgia StealthWorld Chapter and FTMI Atlanta Georgia Trans(forming) Chapter meet August 2011. FTMI meets August 28, 2011.

September 2011
September 2011- Southern Comfort takes place in Atlanta, Georgia www.sccatl.org and WPATH takes place in Atlanta, Georgia. FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Atlanta Georgia StealthWorld Chapter and FTMI Atlanta Georgia Trans(forming) Chapter meet September 2011. FTMI Transgender Community Health Clinic in Los Angeles, California provides free and low cost primary and transgender healthcare September 2011. FTMI meets September 25, 2011.

October 2011
October 2011- FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Atlanta Georgia StealthWorld Chapter and FTMI Atlanta Georgia Trans(forming) Chapter meet October 2011. FTMI Transgender Community Health Clinic in Los Angeles, California provides free and low cost primary and transgender healthcare October 2011. FTMI meets October 30, 2011.

November 2011
November 2011- Transgender Religious Leadership Summit takes place in Berkeley, California November 3-5, 2011. Transgender Day of Remembrance takes place November 20 throughout the world. FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Atlanta Georgia StealthWorld Chapter and FTMI Atlanta Georgia Trans(forming) Chapter meet November 2011. FTMI Transgender Community Health Clinic in Los Angeles, California provides free and low cost primary and transgender healthcare November 2011. FTMI meets November 27, 2011.

December 2011
December 2011- FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Atlanta Georgia StealthWorld Chapter and FTMI Atlanta Georgia Trans(forming) Chapter meet December 2011. FTMI Transgender Community Health Clinic in Los Angeles, California provides free and low cost primary and transgender healthcare December 2011. FTMI meets December 25, 2011.

FTMI 2010 News

January 2010
January 2010- FTM International wishes all our members, families, friends, allies, donors, volunteers, chapter members and leaders a Happy New Year 2010. FTM International honors Religious Freedom Day January 16, 2010, the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. January 19, 2010 and GSA Network's No Name Calling Week in schools throughout the USA January 21-25, 2010. The 33rd First Event takes place in Burlington Massachusetts January 14-18, 2010. FTM International President Levi Alter meets with Trans Equality Alliance January 14, 2010. FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI Sacramento Charley Parkhurst Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Ohio Dr. M. Edwards Walker Chapter and FTMI Texas Mario Martino Chapter meet January 2010. FTMI meets January 25, 2010.

February 2010
February 2010- FTM International honors National African American History Month, Four Chaplains Day February 3, 2010 and Susan B. Anthony Day February 15, 2010 and wishes all our members, families, friends, allies, donors, volunteers, chapter members and leaders a happy valentine's Day February 14 and Presidents Day February 16, 2010. The IFGE Conference takes place in Washington DC February 2-8, 2010. FTM International President Levi Alter meets with Trans Equality Alliance February 11, 2010. FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI Sacramento Charley Parkhurst Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Ohio Dr. M. Edwards Walker Chapter and FTMI Texas Mario Martino Chapter meet February 2010. FTMI meets February 22, 2010.

March 2010
March 2010- FTM International honors National Ethics Awareness Month, National Women's History Month and Spiritual Wellness Month and wishes all our members, families, friends, allies, donors, volunteers, chapter members and leaders a Happy Purim March 10, 2010. Joshua Klipp is co-producing a new LGBT music festival in San Francisco March 13-15. FTM International President Levi Alter meets with Trans Equality Alliance, TEA Workshops Committee and TEA Executive Committee. The Colorado Gold Rush takes place in Denver March 26-29, 2010. The 5th Annual California Transgender Leadership Summit cosponsored by FTMI takes place at Sacramento March 2010. FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI Sacramento Charley Parkhurst Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Ohio Dr. M. Edwards Walker Chapter and FTMI Texas Mario Martino Chapter meet March 2010. FTMI meets March 29, 2010.

April 2010
April 2010- FTM International honors Celebrate Diversity Month and Physical Wellness Month, and National Volunteer Week April 19-25, 2010 and wishes all our members, families, friends, allies, donors, volunteers, chapter members and leaders a Happy Passover April 9-16 and Easter April 12. California Dreamin’ takes place in San Jose, California April 2-5, 2010. Be a part of National Center for Transgender Equality’s 5th Annual Lobby Days in Washington, D.C. April 26-28. FTM International President Levi Alter meets with Trans Equality Alliance April 8, 2010. FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI Sacramento Charley Parkhurst Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Ohio Dr. M. Edwards Walker Chapter and FTMI Texas Mario Martino Chapter meet April 2010. FTMI meets April 26, 2010.

MAY 2010
May 2010 - FTM International honors Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Jewish-American Heritage Month and National Day of Prayer May 7, 2010 and wishes all our members, families, friends, allies, donors, volunteers, chapter members and leaders a happy Cinco de Mayo May 5, Mother's Day May 10, Memorial Day May 25 and Shavuot May 29-30, 2010. FTMI President Levi Alter presents at Transgender Leadership Summit May 17, 2010 at UC Davis. FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI Sacramento Charley Parkhurst Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Ohio Dr. M. Edwards Walker Chapter and FTMI Texas Mario Martino Chapter meet May 2010. FTMI meets May 31, 2010.

June 2010
June 2010- FTM International honors International Men's Month, National GLBT Month and Men's Health Week June 15-21 and wishes all our members, families, friends, allies, donors, volunteers, chapter members and leaders a happy Father’s Day June 21, 2010. The 28th Be All takes place in Chicago June 2-7, 2010. FTMI President Levi Alter presents at Philadelphia Transgender Health Conference June 3-5. FTMI Vice President Alexander Yoo presents at Trans Unity Pride June 5-6 in Los Angeles, CA. Levi meets with Trans Equality Alliance June 10, 2010. FTMI marches in Trans March June 25 in San Francisco, CA. FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI Sacramento Charley Parkhurst Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Ohio Dr. M. Edwards Walker Chapter and FTMI Texas Mario Martino Chapter meet June 2010. FTMI meets June 28, 2010.

July 2010
July 2010- FTM International honors and wishes all our members, families, friends, allies, donors, volunteers, chapter members and leaders a happy Independence Day July 4 and commemoration of the Ninth of Av July 20, 2010. FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI Sacramento Charley Parkhurst Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Ohio Dr. M. Edwards Walker Chapter and FTMI Texas Mario Martino Chapter meet July 2010. FTM International President Levi Alter meets with Trans Equality Alliance July 8, 2010. FTMI San Diego Padraic Hall Chapter participates in San Diego Pride July 17-18. FTMI meets July 26, 2010.

August 2010
August 2010- FTM International honors Women's Equality Day Auust 26, 2010. FTM International President Levi Alter meets with Trans Equality Alliance August 12, 2010. FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI Sacramento Charley Parkhurst Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Ohio Dr. M. Edwards Walker Chapter and FTMI Texas Mario Martino Chapter meet August 2010. FTMI meets August 30, 2010.

September 2010
September 2010- FTM International honors National Hispanic Heritage Month and wishes all our members, families, friends, allies, donors, volunteers, chapter members and leaders a happy Labor Day September 7, Jewish New Year September 19-20 and Day of Atonement September 28, 2010. FTM International President Levi Alter meets with Trans Equality Alliance September 9, 2010. Levi presents at the 20th Southern Comfort Conference in Atlanta, Georgia September 22-27, 2010. FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI Sacramento Charley Parkhurst Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Ohio Dr. M. Edwards Walker Chapter and FTMI Texas Mario Martino Chapter meet September 2010. FTMI meets September 27, 2010.

October 2010
October 2010- FTM International honors GLBT History Month, Freedom From Bullies Week, YWCA Week without Violence, National Character Counts Week, National School Bus Safety Week, Freedom of Speech Week, Pastoral Care Week, National Diversity Day October 2, National Coming Out Day October 11, Clergy Appreciation Day October 11 and wishes all our members, families, friends, allies, donors, volunteers, chapter members and leaders a happy Sukkot and Simchat Torah October 3-11, Columbus Day October 12, Thanksgiving (Canada) October 12 and Halloween October 31. 34th Fantasia Fair takes place in Provincetown October 18 – 25, 2010. FTM International President Levi Alter meets with Trans Equality Alliance October 14, 2010. FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI Sacramento Charley Parkhurst Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Ohio Dr. M. Edwards Walker Chapter and FTMI Texas Mario Martino Chapter meet October 25, 2010. FTMI meets October 25, 2010.

November 2010
November 2010- FTM International honors Transgender Day of Remembrance November 15, National AIDS Awareness Month, National American Indian Heritage Month and International Day for Tolerance November 16, 2010 and wishes all our members, families, friends, allies, donors, volunteers, chapter members and leaders a happy Veterans Day November 11 and Thanksgiving Day November 26, 2010. FTM International President Levi Alter meets with Trans Equality Alliance November 11, 2010. Transgender Day of Remembrance takes place November 20 throughout the world. Levii presents at the Fifth Annual Transgender Religious Leadership Summit in Berkeley, California. FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI Sacramento Charley Parkhurst Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Ohio Dr. M. Edwards Walker Chapter and FTMI Texas Mario Martino Chapter meet November 2010. FTMI meets November 29, 2010.

December 2010
December 2010- FTM International honors Universal Human Rights Month, World Aids Day December 1, 2010, Human Rights Day December 10, 2010 and wishes all our members, families, friends, allies, donors, volunteers, chapter members and leaders a Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukkah, Joyful Kwanzaa, Joyous Yule and Solstice and Happy New Year's Eve. FTM International President Levi Alter meets with Trans Equality Alliance December 9, 2010. FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI Sacramento Charley Parkhurst Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Ohio Dr. M. Edwards Walker Chapter and FTMI Texas Mario Martino Chapter meet December 2010. FTMI meets December 27, 2010.

FTMI 2009 News

January 2009
January 2009- FTM International is proud to announce that on January 6th, 2009 from 6pm to 7:30 Dr. Miroslav Djordjevic, a surgeon with the Belgrade team performing metoidioplasty, transgender genital reconstruction will speak. The Belgrade team completes meta in one stage in a 4-5 hour procedure during a two week stay in Belgrade. FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI Sacramento Charley Parkhurst Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Ohio Dr. M. Edwards Walker Chapter and FTMI Texas Mario Martino Chapter meet January 2009. FTM International President Levi Alter meets with Trans Equality Alliance January 4, 5, 14, 19 and 25, 2009. FTMI meets January 25, 2009. The Equality and Parity Conference takes place January 26-28 in Los Angeles, California.

February 2009
February 2009- FTM International honors National African American History Month, Four Chaplains Day February 3, 2009 and Susan B. Anthony Day February 15, 2009 and wishes all our members, families, friends, allies, donors, volunteers, chapter members and leaders a happy valentine's Day February 14 and Presidents Day February 16, 2009. The IFGE Conference takes place in Washington DC February 2-8, 2009. Join FTM International in supporting February 12 Freedom to Marry Day nationwide and two California events, February 16 Love and Marriage Rally in Sacramento followed by February 17 Marriage Lobby Day in Sacramento. FTM International President Levi Alter meets with Trans Equality Alliance February 11, 19 and 23, 2009. FTMI President Levi Alter participates in the Forum for Trans Health February 26th in Los Angeles, California. FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI Sacramento Charley Parkhurst Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Ohio Dr. M. Edwards Walker Chapter and FTMI Texas Mario Martino Chapter meet. FTMI meets February 22, 2009.

March 2009
March 2009- FTM International honors National Ethics Awareness Month, National Women's History Month and Spiritual Wellness Month and wishes all our members, families, friends, allies, donors, volunteers, chapter members and leaders a Happy Purim March 10, 2009. Joshua Klipp is co-producing a new LGBT music festival in San Francisco March 13-15. FTM International President Levi Alter meets with Trans Equality Alliance March 2, 2009. FTMI cosponsors the 4th Annual California Transgender Leadership Summit: Stonewall to Today: Building Powerful Transgender Communities at UC San Diego March 27-29, 2009. Colorado Gold Rush takes place March 26-29, 2009 in Denver. FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI Sacramento Charley Parkhurst Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Ohio Dr. M. Edwards Walker Chapter and FTMI Texas Mario Martino Chapter meet March 2009. FTMI meets March 29, 2009.

April 2009
April 2009- FTM International honors Celebrate Diversity Month and Physical Wellness Month, and National Volunteer Week April 19-25, 2009 and wishes all our members, families, friends, allies, donors, volunteers, chapter members and leaders a Happy Passover April 9-16 and Easter April 12. California Dreamin’ takes place in San Jose, California April 2-5, 2009. Be a part of National Center for Transgender Equality’s 5th Annual Lobby Days in Washington, D.C. April 26-28. The Third Annual Transgender Religious Leadership Summit "Transgender People of Faith Working for Legislative Change" meets in Washington DC April 26-28 2009. FTM International President Levi Alter meets with Trans Equality Alliance April 8, 2009. FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI Sacramento Charley Parkhurst Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Ohio Dr. M. Edwards Walker Chapter and FTMI Texas Mario Martino Chapter meet. FTMI meets April 26, 2009.

May 2009
May 2009- FTM International honors Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Jewish-American Heritage Month and National Day of Prayer May 7, 2009 and wishes all our members, families, friends, allies, donors, volunteers, chapter members and leaders a happy Cinco de Mayo May 5, Mother's Day May 10, Memorial Day May 25 and Shavuot May 29-30, 2009. Levi and Alexander participate in Clergy Call May 4-5, 2009, a lobby day for clergy to educate Congress on the need for an inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act. FTM International President Levi Alter meets with Trans Equality Alliance May 13, 2009. FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI Sacramento Charley Parkhurst Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Ohio Dr. M. Edwards Walker Chapter and FTMI Texas Mario Martino Chapter meet May 2009. FTMI meets May 31, 2009.

June 2009
June 2009- FTM International honors International Men's Month, National GLBT Month and Men's Health Week June 15-21 and wishes all our members, families, friends, allies, donors, volunteers, chapter members and leaders a happy Father’s Day June 21, 2009. The 28th Be All takes place in Chicago June 2-7, 2009. The 8th Annual Philadelphia Trans Health Conference Different Paths One Journey meets June 11-13, with Levi and Alexander presenting to spiritual leaders, medical and mental health providers and to the community. FTM International President Levi Alter meets with Trans Equality Alliance June 10, 2009. FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI Sacramento Charley Parkhurst Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Ohio Dr. M. Edwards Walker Chapter and FTMI Texas Mario Martino Chapter meet June 2009. FTMI meets June 28, 2009.

July 2009
July 2009- FTM International President Levi Alter meets with Trans Equality Alliance July 8, 2009. FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI Sacramento Charley Parkhurst Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Ohio Dr. M. Edwards Walker Chapter and FTMI Texas Mario Martino Chapter meet July 2009. FTMI meets July 26, 2009.

August 2009
August 2009- FTM International honors Women's Equality Day Auust 26, 2009. FTM International President Levi Alter meets with Trans Equality Alliance August 12, 2009. FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI Sacramento Charley Parkhurst Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Ohio Dr. M. Edwards Walker Chapter and FTMI Texas Mario Martino Chapter meet August 2009. FTMI meets August 30, 2009.

September 2009
September 2009- FTM International honors National Hispanic Heritage Month and wishes all our members, families, friends, allies, donors, volunteers, chapter members and leaders a happy Labor Day September 7, Jewish New Year September 19-20 and Day of Atonement September 28, 2009. Gender Odyssey and the Family Conference take place September 4-7, 2009 in Seattle, Washington. The 19th Southern Comfort Conference takes place in Atlanta, Georgia September 22-27, 2009. FTM International President Levi Alter meets with Trans Equality Alliance September 9, 2009. FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI Sacramento Charley Parkhurst Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Ohio Dr. M. Edwards Walker Chapter and FTMI Texas Mario Martino Chapter meet September 2009. FTMI meets September 27, 2009.

October 2009
October 2009- FTM International honors GLBT History Month, Freedom From Bullies Week, YWCA Week without Violence, National Character Counts Week, National School Bus Safety Week, Freedom of Speech Week, Pastoral Care Week, National Diversity Day October 2, National Coming Out Day October 11, Clergy Appreciation Day October 11, Intersex Awareness Day October 26 and wishes all our members, families, friends, allies, donors, volunteers, chapter members and leaders a happy Sukkot and Simchat Torah October 3-11, Columbus Day October 12, Thanksgiving (Canada) October 12 and Halloween October 31. 34th Fantasia Fair takes place in Provincetown October 18 – 25, 2009. FTM International President Levi Alter meets with Trans Equality Alliance October 14, 2009. FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI Sacramento Charley Parkhurst Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr. Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Ohio Dr. M. Edwards Walker Chapter and FTMI Texas Mario Martino Chapter meet October 2009. FTMI meets October 25, 2009.

November 2009
November 2009- FTM International honors Transgender Day of Remembrance November 15, National AIDS Awareness Month, National American Indian Heritage Month, Intersex Solidarity Day November 8 and International Day for Tolerance November 16, 2009 and wishes all our members, families, friends, allies, donors, volunteers, chapter members and leaders a happy Veterans Day November 11 and Thanksgiving Day November 26, 2009. FTM International President Levi Alter meets with Trans Equality Alliance November 11, 2009. FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI Sacramento Charley Parkhurst Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Ohio Dr M. Edwards Walker Chapter and FTMI Texas Mario Martino Chapter meet November 2009. FTMI meets November 29, 2009.

December 2009
December 2009 - FTM International honors Universal Human Rights Month, World Aids Day December 1, 2009, Human Rights Day December 10, 2009 and wishes all our members, families, friends, allies, donors, volunteers, chapter members and leaders a Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukkah, Joyful Kwanzaa, Joyous Yule and Solstice and Happy New Year's Eve. FTM International President Levi Alter meets with Trans Equality Alliance December 9, 2009. FTMI San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter, FTMI Sacramento Charley Parkhurst Chapter, FTMI San Diego Padraig Hall Chapter, FTMI Albuquerque Dr Alan Hart New Mexico Chapter, FTMI Ohio Dr M. Edwards Walker Chapter and FTMI Texas Mario Martino Chapter meet December 2009. FTMI meets December 27, 2009.

FTMI 2008 News

January 2008
January 2008- FTM religious leaders gather for the Second Annual Transgender Religious Leadership Summit on Martin Luther King Day January 20-21 at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley CA, including FTMI's Rabbi Levi Alter and the Rev. Alexander Yoo and a growing number of ordained FTM clergy and seminarians. A screening of Trembling Before G-d and Trembling on the Road takes place in Jerusalem, Israel January 6. Levi meets with Trans Equality Alliance January 9. A screening of Short Bus takes place at the Jerusalem Open House in Israel January 24. FTMI Member Dr. Nick Gorton MD presents at the Health and Resource Transgender Community Fair in San Francisco on January 25. FTMI meets January 27, 2008..

MSNBC Covers National Transgender Religious Leadership Summit (Photo: MSNBC)

FTMI Member Diego Sanchez First FTM on the Democractic National Committee

Boston--Diego Sanchez says he is "truly humbled" as the first transgendered person on the Democratic National Platform Committee. He will be instrumental in framing the Democratic Convention in Denver this summer. Sanchez has long supported LGBT rights and HIV prevention and treatment.

Diego Sanchez

February 2008
February 2008- FTMI board member Kalil Cohen presents at Creating Change Conference on February 6–10 in Detroit, Michigan. FTMI President Levi Alter meets with Trans Equality Alliance February 13, 2008. FTMI board member Kimrey Lee presents at Claremont College on February 16. The 1st Annual LGBT People of Color Health Summit debuts in Albany, New York February 21-24. Gold Rush takes place February 21-24, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. FTMI meets February 24. A sushi night is being held at the Jerusalem Open House in Israel February 26.

Kalil Cohen

FTMI San Buenaventura Chapter Mourns Local Teen

Ventura CA--FTMI San Buenaventura Chapter turned out in force at the Vigil in Ventura February 15th for slain local 15 year old Lawrence King. FTMI is spearheading the FTMI Strategic Youth Initiative at the invitation of Ventura schools in a comprehensive response to the violent hate crime.

March 2008
March 2008- FTMI President Levi Alter meets with Trans Equality Alliance March 12, 2008. A screening of Rent takes place at the Jerusalem Open House in Israel March 9. The 3rd Annual California Transgender Leadership Summit cosponsored by FTMI takes place at UCBerkeley March 14-16 with Levi, FTMI VP Rev. Alexander Yoo MA, FTMI board members Kimrey Lee, Genie Moore, Kalil Cohen, Mike Dennis MS, Past President James Green and many other FTM leaders and advocates. Equality California hosts Senator Kehoe and Shannon Minter, Esq March 21 with Levi. BBC Radio interviews Levi on March 26. Levi, Alexander and Mike facilitate CoffeeTalk in Culver City, CA March 30. FTMI meets March 30.

April 2008
April 2008- FTMI President Levi Alter, FTMI board member C. Michael Woodward, past FTMI board member Hawk Stone and Past President James Green present at the IFGE Conference April 1-5 in Tucson, Arizona. Transforming Faith: Divining Gender takes place in Portland, Oregon April 3-6. FTMI San Diego Chapter President Connor Maddocks hosts the Annual Transgender Day of Empowerment in San Diego, CA April 4. Trans Equality Alliance with Levi meets April 9. FTMI meets April 13. Levi, FTMI VP Rev. Alexander Yoo MA and FTMI board member Mike Dennis MS present for the Association of School Psychologists Camarillo CA April 18. Levi is awarded the Presidential Volunteer Award at the Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA April 27. A potluck is being held at the Jerusalem Open House in Israel April 28. Alexander meets with the Transgender Working Group West Hollywood, CA April 30.

Levi Receiving the Presidential Award at the Rose Bowl

An FTM activist responds to the media coverage of Thomas Beatie after his article appeared in The Advocate. By Robert Haaland

Transgender man Thomas Beatie set off a firestorm in the LGBT population and the world when he announced that he is having a baby and continues to identify as a man. His article in The Advocate, “Labor of Love,” left many, even some transgender people, wondering how someone can identify as male and yet be pregnant. Some have even gone so far to suggest that by bearing the child he is less, or even not, male, despite Beatie’s declaration that he continues to identify as male.

But nature is full of pregnant males. Male sea horses, pipefish, and weedy and leafy sea dragons are examples of males that can get pregnant. Some intersex people with XY chromosomes develop female bodies and the pregnant person has a Y chromosome, which is usually associated with males. The argument that it is unnatural for him to have a baby flies in the face of real, live examples from nature where males get pregnant. Beatie, who has had various surgeries and hormone therapies over the years but did not have his ovaries and uterus removed, has chosen to carry a child because his wife could not conceive. The baby is due in July. This is about the birth of a child, and this birth is no more or less miraculous than the birth of any child.

Some suggest that by not fitting in as an everyday man, Beatie makes it harder for the rest of the FTM population. Being “out” is a complicated question for transgender people. Many feel there is nothing to be out about. They don’t see themselves as transgender per se, but rather transitioned, as they are finally able to be the man or woman that they felt they were. That said, we, the transgender community, should never discourage people from being out, nor should we dictate what they should do or say once they are out. I remember that in the early '90s many would say we should prohibit outrageously dressed people from marching in pride parades because hate groups would tape them and then use the footage to raise funds to be used against us. The Beatie story has limited relevance to the larger transgender experience, but I am happy for the Beaties, and it is my hope that we will embrace all of our diversity, proud of all our differences because it strengthens us more than we will ever know.

It is astonishing how the Advocate article has sparked media coverage around the world -- from the BBC, The Guardian, People, 20/20, The Oprah Winfrey Show. BBC Radio interviewed Rabbi Levi Alter, president of FTM International, an organization that spans 18 countries, and has been serving the female-to-male community for 22 years. In response to Beatie’s decision, Alter said, "We support stable, loving families as the best environment to raise children and support reproductive rights as human rights. Everyone has the right to be fully included, fully equal, fully visible, and fully empowered." Well said.

For those who are concerned about transgender people having children, The Guardian, a British newspaper, interviewed Lewis Turner, an English FTM and vice president of the U.K. trans group Press for Change, who stated that studies have shown the children of transgender parents do not face any problems because of their parent being transgender. Other major press included an interview by People of Mara Keisling of the National Center for Transgender Equality in Washington, D.C., and an interview by 20/20 of social worker Ray Carannante of the Gender Identity Project in New York City. Oprah interviewed Beatie himself. To the extent possible, most interviewees have tried to steer away from sensationalism and to some degree have been successful.

It is difficult but not impossible to talk about this story in thoughtful, nuanced, and sensitive ways, and I would argue that we must all come together as a community and do our best to do so. The entire LGBT community needs respect and support for our lives and our families. We need to be prepared to grant respect and support to others who are different from our own particular configuration. What else can we do? We can make statements in support of diversity, the right of everyone to self-determination, and the desire for family, and we can correct misinformation when we hear it. We can tell our own stories and can join in advocating for our rights by telling our stories to our elected leaders and the public that elects them. In the 21st century people have many reproductive choices. The Beatie pregnancy is simply the Beaties’ way of using the reproductive choices that were available to them. Most Americans can understand that.

(Transgender male leader Robert Haaland is an FTM advocate for LGBT rights who serves on the national board of Pride at Work and is a union organizer.)

FTMI member Robert Haaland

Men to Take Major Role in IFGE 2008 Conference

In keeping with its theme "Toward a Greater Diversity" the IFGE Conference has successfully engaged many leaders and champions for the FTM community to take part in its 23rd Annual Conference. The conference runs from April 1-5, 2008 in Tucson, Arizona. Wingspan"s Southern Arizona Gender Alliance (SAGA) is the local host committee. The conference program kicks off Thursday morning, April 3, with a plenary session featuring renowned activist Jamison Green. Moonhawk River Stone MS will present "Being A Guy (For the FTM identified only);" "How To Successfully Transition In Your Employment;" and "Moving Beyond Gender Identity Disorder (GID): Creating A New Paradigm For Transgender Gender Identity." Other FTM-led sessions include "Privilege: Who has it?" chaired by Lore M. Dickey. Mr. Dickey will also present "Sexual Identity Development in the FTM: A Qualitative Study." Clark A. Pomerleau, PhD will discuss "Masculine Spectrum Identity, Alliances, and Feminism," and artist Rae Strozzo will discuss "Queering the Lens: The History of Photography in Transgendered Art (especially by transmen)." "Ways that Work to Build Your Group: Harness the Power of Community" will be presented by Rabbi Levi Alter, and Nathan Levitt is slated to discuss "Defend Your Health: Trans Health Empowerment for FTMs." Finally, TC Tolbert of the Pima County Health Department will participate in discussing "The Prism Project: Building a support program for transgender youth." Local FTM leader Kevin Q. Maxey, MD, co-founder of SAGA will take part in the plenary session.

FTMI board member Michael Woodward IFGE coordinator and
Kevin Maxey MD founder SAGA and Dezert Boyz

MAY 2008
May 2008 - The 2nd European Transgender Council convenes May 2-4 in Berlin, Germany. FORGE hosts speaker Steve Brown MD on May 3 in Milwaukee Wisconsin. FTM Sonoma County holds a Potluck Support Meeting May 4 in Santa Rosa, California. PFLAG presents the film Call Me Malcolm and Discussion of Spirituality, Judaism, and Transgender Issues May 4 at Temple Beth Israel in Eugene Oregon. A Pride Awareness Event is being held in Jerusalem Israel May 5. Translations, Seattle's Transgender Film Festival runs May 8-11 in Seattle, Washington. FTMI Board Member Aakash Kishore takes part in a SATRANG reading for the South Asian LGBT community on May 10 in Los Angeles, California. Max Valerio and Storm Florez perform in San Francisco on May 10. Community HealthCare Network is holding a Transmasculine Workshop May 10 in Bronx, New York. A Family Night discussion of adoption and sharing stories by LBGT families takes place in Jerusalem, Israel May 12. Transgender Law Center has a workshop on May 13 at the LGBT Center sponsored by the Transgender Economic Empowerment Initiative. Trans Equality Alliance with Rabbi Levi Alter meets May 14. A Trans Community Picnic at Dolores Park, San Francisco Sunday May 18 is sponsored by Colage, United Genders, and Our Family Coalition. TRANS: THRIVE sponsors a new FTMs of Color Support Group May 18 and an FTMs & Aging Panel May 27 in San Francisco. The Sylvia Rivera Law Project is holding a Health & Education House Party Fundraiser at the home of Mariette Pathy Allen May 20 in New York City. Orange County FTM holds its annual Picnic in the Park in Huntington Beach, California on May 24. FTMI meets May 25. FTMI board member Cooper Lee Bombardier, FTMI Past President James Green, Past FTMI board member Hawk Stone participate in the 7th Annual Mazzoni Center Trans-Health Conference Philadelphia, PA May 29-31, 2008. The Trans Art Show Transcending Boundaries featuring F & G Photography, Max Madrigal and Jen Rosenstein debuts May 29 in West Hollywood, CA. The Trans Pride March and Rally and 9th Annual Siren Awards take place May 31 in West Hollywood, CA.

FTMI board members Kalil Cohen, Kimrey Lee, Mike Dennis

BERLIN, May 4 - Dr. Stephen Whittle Esq, Professor of Law at Manchester Metropolitan University, President of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health and Vice-President of Press for Change, was elected President of Transgender Europe (TGEU) at an international conference in Berlin May 4th. There were over 200 representatives from 83 groups and 38 countries, among them Peru, Namibia, Japan, Armenia, the USA, Turkey, Israel, Kyrgyzstan and Iceland.

Dr. Stephen Whittle Esq.

NEW YORK, May 9 — Khadijah Farmer, denied the right to use a public restroom due to gender non-conformity, was awarded a settlement May 9th as a result of work by the The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund to combat gender discrimination.

SAN FRANCISCO, May 15 - The California Supreme Court released its judgement for marriage equality in California, listing FTMs Shannon Minter Esq, Alex Cleghorn Esq and the Reverend Sky Anderson who advocated successfully for the decision.

Shannon Minter Esq. Alex Cleghorn Esq Rev. Sky Anderson

June 2008
June 2008- FTMI President Levi Alter and board members Connor Maddocks, Genie Moore, Kalil Cohen, Kimrey Lee and Mike Denni participate in the 9th Annual Trans-Unity Pride Los Angeles, CA May 29-June 1, 2008. The 2nd TransOhio Unity Picnic will take place June 1 in Columbus, Ohio. FTMI VP Rev. Alexander Yoo leads a Trans* Gender Workshop for therapists at the 14th Annual LGBT Psychotherapy Conference of LAGPA at Antioch University in Culver City, CA on June 1. The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund is holding a fundraiser June 10 at the Ritz in New York City. A panel including FTMI-Ohio member Shane Morgan on the History of the Transgender Community in Central Ohio will be held in Columbus, Ohio on June 11. FTMI President Levi Alter meets with Trans Equality Alliance June 11, 2008. FTM dads celebrate Fathers Day June 15. FTMI Treasurer Kimrey Lee and Secretary Genie Moore educate Saddleback mega-church with SoulforceQ June 15, 2008. Transgender Sacramento Coalition will be painting Pride T-shirts on June 15 in preparation for marching in Pride. A Support Group meeting for Parents with Trans Children takes place at the LAGLC on June 22 in Los Angeles, CA. The Jerusalem March for Pride and Tolerance will take place in Israel June 26. Curator Rocco Kayiatos presents TransForming Community at the LGBT Community Center in San Francisco June 26. A new support group for Partners of Trans Folk led by therapist Alexander Yoo starts June 27 in Beverly Hills, CA. Trans and GQ groups are joining to present "You Say Gender-We Say Queer" in Queensland Australia on June 28. A Transgender Youth Summit by Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition and BAGLY will be held June 28 in Cambridge, MA. FTMI meets June 29. GenderQueer Revolution hosts its follow-up to the Bay Area Coffeetalk with a Los Angeles Coffeetalk on June 29.

ORANGE COUNTY June 3 - Soulforce, the National Black Justice Coalition, COLAGE and the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches are working together to introduce a dialogue with evangelical leaders and their mega-churches through a program called “The American Family Outing.” [FTMInternational Board of Directors members] Kimrey Lee and Genie Moore are hoping to meet a family of faith from Saddleback Church in Lake Forest. “I am hoping to sit at the table and to show that we are a committed family of faith,” Kimrey says. In getting to know them, he is hoping to share his own story so that both families can see that they have much in common. The American Family Outing has the support of influential clergy helping to forge bridges with mega-church leaders. Peggy Campolo, Jay Bakker, the Rev. Troy Sanders, the Rev. Phil Lawson and the Rev. Gil Caldwell have all helped by making personal phone calls encouraging them to dialogue. (From the Orange County Register "The American Family Outing")

FTMI Strategic Initiative on Faith Communities participates in American Family Outing

LOS ANGELES June 8 - Christopher Street West LA Pride awarded Masen Davis, Executive Director of the Transgender Law Center and Co-Founder of FTM Alliance of Los Angeles, the Berman/Schaffer Award which "recognizes an individual or organization within the LGBT community that has make a noticeable and positive impression on the community, inspires self-esteem and builds strategic partnerships."

CHICAGO JUNE 16 - The American Medical Association (AMA) passed Resolution 122, “Removing Financial Barriers to Care for Transgender Patients,” at its annual conference. Resolution 122 affirms the effectiveness of medical treatment and the right to appropriate treatment. It names as discriminatory the categorical denial of health insurance coverage for psychotherapy, hormonal and surgical treatments for transgender patients, and reiterates the AMA’s opposition to discrimination based on gender identity.

Historic First: FTMs Testify Before Congress
by FTMI Board Members Kalil Cohen and Alexander Yoo

WASHINGTON DC June 26 - Today was a historic day as we saw the first ever hearing on transgender issues by congress. This particular hearing was about job discrimination, entitled "An Examination of Discrimination Against Transgender Americans in the Workplace" and took place in the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) subcommittee of the Committee on Education and Labor. FTM Shannon Minter of NCLR and FTM Diego Sanchez of AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts testified. Diego said, "I'm here to help affirm that transgender people, including me, are equally human and deserve to be treated like other people." This hearing came about because of the amazing organizing work that took place around the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that occurred last fall. ENDA was a bill giving workplace protection to LGBT people. It originally included gender identity, but gender identity protections were stripped from the bill before it was voted on in the house of representatives. “Corporate America and the American people are way ahead of the Congress in acknowledging the basic truth we hold to be self-evident. that all of us are created equal. and the laws of the land should reflect that equality. It is high time that America declare discrimination based on gender identity and expression unlawful,” said Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin at the hearing. Through the idea of the Silent T Party Soulforce Q helped spark conversations about ENDA last fall and about why the T was so easily dropped from the bill. As Soulforce Q continues to expand Silent T parties around the country, please take this opportunity to educate yourselves about discrimination against transgender people and why it is so important for all of us to have protection from discrimination at work. These are exciting times, and it's awe-inspiring to see how the different work that each of us has done is paying off in so many different ways.


FTM Shannon Minter Esq Testifies Before Congress

July 2008
July 2008- Join Keshet at a showing of A Jihad for Love with director Parvez Sharma and Producer Sandi Dubowski in Boston on July 1. Scott Turner Schofield, first transgender artist win a commission from the National Performance Network, best known for his one-man shows “UndergroundTRANSit,” “Debutante Balls” and “Becoming A Man in 127 EASY Steps,” speaks at Atlanta Pride as grand marshal on July 5. FTMI President Levi Alter meets with Trans Equality Alliance July 9, 2008. LaGarou CampOUT takes place July 10-13 at Long Fork Campground. WV. FTM Alliance co-sponsors FTM (FINE TRANS MAN) short films at Outfest, July 12. Join FTMI San Buenaventura at the premiere of A Jihad for Love with director Parvez Sharma and Producer Sandi Dubowski in Los Angeles July 17. Campus Pride Summer Leadership Camp is held July 19-24 in Towson, Maryland. Alexander Yoo presents at "TransTeachIn" for therapists in Los Angeles July 20. The Bi-Annual Mountain Man Retreat in North Carolina connects transmen July 24-27. The Northeast Regional FTM Campout takes place in Massachusetts July 25-27. FTMI member Robert Haaland invites everyone to the Left Out Party OUTside the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco at 5PM on July 26. FTMI meets July 27, 2008.


FTM Diego Sanchez Testifies Before Congress

SIGN THE PETITION: SUPPORT THE HRC SF GALA DINNER BOYCOTT
by FTMI Member Robert Haaland

SAN FRANCISCO July 26 - On Saturday, July 26th, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is hosting its annual San Francisco gala dinner and fund raiser at the Westin St. Francis hotel. They'll raise money, cheer and applaud their apparent successes in Washington DC, announce a sudden, renewed interest in marriage, and claim that they are advancing the nation's LGBT agenda.
But we in San Francisco's LGBT community are preparing our OWN July 26th party in the streets, outside of the Westin St. Francis. We also encourage others in the LGBT community and our allies to boycott HRC's gala event, due to HRC's ongoing refusal to advocate for federal legislation that protects all Americans from discrimination based on gender identity and expression. We need your support! Please sign the petition in support of the HRC gala dinner boycott, joining organizations like the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, And Castro for All, The Trans March, FTM International, FTM San Buenaventura Chapter, and the SF Labor Council. Already, many of our City's leading politicians have committed to staying home. State Senator Carole Migden, Assembly Member Mark Leno and City Attorney Dennis Herrera aren't going. SF Supervisors Bevan Dufty and Tom Ammiano have introduced a resolution at the SF Board of Supervisors urging that their fellow elected officials not to attend the HRC dinner. Thus far, Board President Aaron Peskin, Supervisor Chris Daly, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, and Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval also have committed to support the HRC dinner boycott. The President of the School Board Mark Sanchez and School Board Member Jane Kim have also signed on.
Also, join SF Pride at Work for a fun, inclusive, alternative party outside of the Westin St Francis, with signs, entertainment, stickers, and our own awards and accolades. Ours will be a space where EVERYONE is welcome. The Left Out Party starts outside at 5PM!
We need your help! Please sign the petition, and tell your friends to join you in showing support for true inclusion in our community.

Heroic Priest Defends Young Trans at Shelter

QUEENS NY July 7 - Father Louis Braxton, who runs a church shelter for trans youth that have been kicked out of their homes for their gender diversity, courageously rushed to the defense of one of the youths who was being attacked on the steps of the shelter in a hate crime. The violent criminals, screaming anti-transgender slurs, brutally attacked the brave priest with construction equipment, a saw and a studded belt so severely he was treated at Mt. Sinai Hospital. “We need to educate people on the rights of transgender people,” the heroic Father Braxton said as he was recovering from his wounds.

August 2008
August 2008- Join FTMI San Buenaventura at a showing of A Jihad for Love with director Parvez Sharma and Producer Sandi Dubowski in Los Angeles August 1. Join FTMI San Diego at a showing of A Jihad for Love in San Diego August 8. FTMI President Levi Alter meets with Trans Equality Alliance August 13, 2008. Playwrite Scott Turner Schofield and gender performer Sile Singelton perform at TransOhio Transgender and Ally Symposium. August 22-24, 2008. FTMI meets August 24, 2008. Gender Odyssey and the Family Conference take place August 29-September 1, 2008 in Seattle, Washington.

September 2008
September 2008- For Such a Time As This Transgender Religious Community gathers in New Orleans, LA September 3-7. FTMI President Levi Alter meets with Trans Equality Alliance September 10, 2008. FTMI VP Rev. Alexander Yoo MA participates in the Center of Excellence for Transgender HIV Prevention Town Hall Sacramento, CA September 11, 2008. FTMI meets September 28, 2008. Levi celebrates Transgender Victory with NCTE, ACLU and Diane Schroer, September 28, 2008. FTMI supports the Southern Comfort Conference in Atlanta, Georgia September 30-October 5, including a keynote plenary by FTMI board member C. Michael Woodward. A transmasculine track includes performances at SoCoAGoGo and the Robert Eads Memorial Health Project for FTMs.

October 2008
October 2008- A Career Expo will be held in Atlanta GA October 3 as part of the Southern Comfort Conference. FTMI President Levi Alter leads the benediction for Stonewall Democrats 27th Anniversary aboard the Queen Mary ocean liner, Long Beach CA October 5, 2008. IDKE X happens October 15-19 in Columbus, Ohio www.idkex.com. Fantasia Fair takes place in Provincetown. FTMI President Levi Alter meets with Trans Equality Alliance October 22, 2008. FTMI meets October 26, 2008.

November 2008
November 2008- STAG (Some Trans Are Guys), Vanity, the Houston TG Unity Committee and Transgender Foundation of America hold their first community social at the TG Center. FTMI President Levi Alter meets with Trans Equality Alliance November 19, 2008. FTM International chapters and members sponsor and participate in hundreds of 10th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance events worldwide including Vienna, Austria www.diskursiv.at, Canberra, Australia, Calgary, Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Montreal, Quebec, UQAM Trans/Gender Alliance at McGill University, Sackville, New Brunswick, catalyst@mta.ca, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Dalhousie University, Victoria, British Columbia, University of Victoria, Brighton, UK www.gendertrust.org.uk, London, Manchester tgdor@morf.org.uk, Aix en Provence, France vigilance.lgbti13@yahoo.fr, Berlin tgrd.info@googlemail.com, Padova, Veneto Italy, Amsterdam bastiaan@transgendernetwerk.nl, Hamilton, New Zealand www.hamiltonpride.co.nz, Norrbotten, Sweden http://www.rfsl.se/nord/, Auburn, Alabama GSA, Tucson, Arizona http://sagatucson.org/, Phoenix, Arizona http://azdor.org/ Transforum@gmail.com, Fresno, California, Oakland, California, Sacramento, California speaker Ben Hudson co-founder of Sacramento Transgender Coalition and FTM Sacramento http://www.geocities.com/sacgender, FTMI San Diego Chapter California, san Francisco, California, San Jose, California, Santa Barbara, California, Denver, Colorado Gender Identity Center, Hartford, Connecticut diana@transadvocacy.com, Washington, D.C., Clearwater, Florida, Fort Lauderdale, Florida Transgender Equality Rights Initiatives, Orlando, Florida, Atlanta, Georgia, Chicago, Illinois Gender Advocates, West Lafayette, Indiana at Purdue University, Indianapolis, Indiana IndyBoyz, New Orleans, Louisiana, Baltimore, Maryland TransUnited, GL Center and University of Maryland, Hagerstown, Maryland, Amherst, Massachusetts MTPC at UMass brettgenny@stuaf.umass.edu, Boston, Massachusetts http://www.masstpc.org/ TransCEND, Keshet, Interfaith Coalition for Transgender Equality, Northeastern University, Northampton, Massachusetts Transcending Gender Smith College, Springfield, Massachusetts, Worcester, Massachusetts, East Lansing, Michigan State University TransAction, Ferndale, Michigan, Kalamazoo, Michigan GL Resource Center transcend@kglrc.org, Minneapolis, Minnesota barbsatin@aol.com, Kansas City, Missouri, Billings, Montana with Eric Porter from Billings who was featured in an MSNBC, television documentary with Marci Bowers, Hastings, Nebraska speaker Ryan Sallans at Hastings College, University of Nebraska at Omaha Student Agency of Gender unogso@mail.unomaha.edu, Durham, the University of New Hampshire, Las Vegas, Nevada, Gender Rights Advocacy Association of New Jersey, at Princeton University LGBT Center lgbt@princeton.edu, FTMI New Mexico Chapter Albuquerque, New Mexico http://www.myspace.com/abqtransgender, Buffalo, New York Spectrum Transgender Group of Western NY http://www.spectrumwny.org WNY Transgender Couples Group, Huntington, New York, Long Island, New York, Poughkeepsie, New York Mid Hudson Valley Transgender Assoc http://www.ren.org/rafil/MHVTA/index.htm, New York, New York LGBT Community Center, Rochester, New York gayalliance.org, Charlotte, North Carolina at the GLBT Community Center, Raleigh, North Carolina TransCarolina, Fargo, North Dakota State University, Bowling Green, Ohio at Bowling Green State University by Transcendence www.TransBG.org, Columbus, Ohio TransOhio@gmail.com, Toledo, Ohio at the University of Toledo, Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, Collegeville, Pennsylvania, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina www.myrtlebeacht-time.org, Nashville, Tennessee Vanderbilt University OutCentral, Memphis, Tennessee, Austin, Texas Transgender Education Network of Texas info@tentex.org, Dallas, Texas Resource Center, Southern Methodist University, Fort Worth, Texas, Houston, Texas University of Houston and Houston Transgender Unity Committee, San Antonio, Texas San Antonio Gender Association, Salt Lake City, Utah Pride Center 801.539.8800, Burlington,Vermont VT Trans Action University of Vermont, Blacksburg, Virginia LGBTA of Virginia Tech, Hampton Roads, Virginia, Seattle, Washington, Tacoma, Washington Gender Alliance of the South Sound, www.southsoundgender.com and rallies for marriage equality throughout the United States including FTMI San Buenaventura Chapter marching on November 15 in Ventura, California and FTM Sacramento on November 22 in Sacramento where over 30,000 joined to promote equal protection for our families. FTMI meets November 30, 2008.

December 2008
December 2008- December 2 NCTE celebrates their 5th Anniversary in Washington DC. December 2 TransGroup meets in Santa Rosa with Dr. Tamar-Mattis. On December 7 NZTransguys host their beach BBQ and swim in New Zealand and FTMI San Diego Chapter with over twenty LGBT and faith-based organizations hosts Come Home for the Holidays. FTM International participates in the nationwide Day Without A Gay-Call in Gay event for equality December 10. FTMI President Levi Alter meets with Trans Equality Alliance December 10, 2008. Gender Dynamix commemorates the 10th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance on Decmber 12 in South Africa. December 13 Orange County Transgender Coalition holds their Holiday Party. December 20 FTM Alliance of Los Angeles and FTMI San Diego chapter host their annual Holiday Party. December 21 Keshet holds a Hanukkah Party in Boston. December 22 Houston Transgender Alliance hosts their annual Party. December 24 Keshet holds an Erev Christmas Event in Boston. December 25 TransOhio hosts their Holiday Gathering in Columbus, Ohio. FTMI meets December 28, 2008.

FTMI Member Diego Sanchez named to staff position with Chairman Barney Frank

December 18, 2008- Diego Sanchez has been named for Congressman Barney Frank's (D-MA) legislative assistant for LGBT, Healthcare, Labor, Veterans and Census issues. Congressman Frank also serves as Chairman of the influential House Financial Services Committee. Sanchez assumes the post, based in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2009, becoming the first openly disclosed transgender person to work on Capitol Hill. Sanchez currently serves as Director of Public Relations & External Affairs for AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, New England's first and largest AIDS organization, and AIDS Action Council in Washington, DC. He directed media relations for the National AIDS Strategy Coalition, which successfully urged President-elect Barack Obama to support the design and implementation of a national AIDS strategy for the United States. Earlier this year, Sanchez became the first transgender person appointed to a Democratic National standing committee. As a member of the Platform Committee, he successfully worked to include support for a national AIDS strategy, federal employment protections based on gender identity, sexual orientation, and affirmation of same-sex couples as families. He was also appointed to the positions of Party Leader and At-Large Delegate to the 2008 Convention in Denver. Sanchez served on President-elect Barack Obama’s LGBT Policy Advisory Committee and Transgender Policy Sub-Committee and previously was a national LGBT advisor for Senator Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. In July 2008, he testified before Congress as one of three transgender witnesses on the issue of employment discrimination faced by the transgender community. Sanchez is a founding Board member of the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and SomosLatinos LGBT, first Co-Chair of Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) and on the Board of Boston's Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

FTMI 2007 News

FTMInternational Year in Review

Highlights of 2007 for FTMInternational include
January Levi Alter appears in MSNBCNewsweek
February Levi appears with his son in a video for Trans Youth Family Advocates
March FTMInternational awards $5,000 grant to publicize FORGE, cosponsors the 2nd Annual California Transgender Leadership Summit and publishes FTMInternational Newsletter Spring Issue #62
April Gender inclusive ENDA is sponsored by congressional legislators
May FTMInternational advocates for Pakistani FTM Shumail Raj imprisoned for saying he is male
June Frameline and FTMInternational announce removal of anti-FTM film from Frameline film festival, FTMI San Buenaventura and FTMI San Diego co-sponsor Pride events and FTMInternational publishes FTMInternational Newsletter Summer Issue #63
July FTMInternational co-sponsors Trans March, the largest transgender event in the world
August FTMInternational awards $5,000 grant to publicize Gender Odyssey
Sepember FTMInternational community leaders Marcus Arana, Stephan Thorne and Shannon Minter honored with awards at Gender Odyssey, FTMInternational awards $3,000 grant to publicize Southern Comfort and publishes FTMInternational Newsletter Fall Issue #64
October ENDA Candlelight Vigil in San Francisco by FTMInternational Member Robert Haaland and FTMInternational co-sponsors film showing of Vera at Fusion Film Festival
November FTMI Ohio President Jake Nash Wins Transgender Leader and Activist Of The Year Awards and FTMI San Buenaventura, FTMI San Diego and FTMI Ohio co-sponsor Transgender Day of Rembrance ceremonies
December Levi Alter appears on LOGO Channel MTV for FTMInternational and FTMInternational publishes FTMInternational Newsletter Winter Issue #65

December 2007
December 2007- FTMI-San Diego President Connor Maddocks invites everyone to the FTMI-San Diego Holiday Get Together San Diego, CA December 14, 2007.

November 2007
November 2007- FTMI President Levi Alter interviews on LOGO Channel for MTV, Hollywood, CA November 28. A Jewish LGBT Religious Text Study in English takes place in Jerusalem, Israel on Nov 12. Levi leads FTMI-San Buenaventura Transgender Day of Remembrance Concert Reception and Ventura County Rainbow Association AIDS Pantry Food Drive Camarillo, CA November 17. Robin Tyler speaks on the Struggle for LGBT Rights in Jerusalem, Israel Nov 18. FTMI-Ohio President Jake Nash leads FTMI-Ohio Transgender Day of Remembrance Columbus November 19. Jake leads FTMI-Ohio 4th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance and wins Transgender Leader Of The Year and Transgender Activist of the Year Illumination Awards in Cleveland November 18. FTMI VP Rev. Alexander Yoo MA presents at 9th Transgender Day of Remembrance West Hollywood, CA November 20. FTMI-San Diego President Connor Maddocks speaks at FTMI-San Diego 9th Annual San Diego Transgender Day of Remembrance November 20. FTMI Past President James Green speaks at Day of Remembrance in San Jose, CA November 20.

From the Chronicle:

FTMI-OHIO President Wins Transgender Leader Of The Year Award

Cleveland--“Today is usually reserved simply as a day to mourn the loss of our everyday heroes--those gender-variant people who chose to stand up for what they felt, rather than hide behind society’s norms,” organizer Jake Nash told the crowd assembled for Cleveland’s fourth commemoration of the Transgender Day of Remembrance.
“Remembering Our Dead” took people on a candle-lit march from the Cleveland LGBT Center to Cleveland Public Theater’s Old Parish Hall venue a block away. A solid wall of marchers carried candles and placard memorializing transgender people who died in the last year. Once at the second venue, an old church on the theater’s campus, several speakers addressed the crowd, which had grown to over 80 people. The crowd moved from the church to the parish hall, where the inaugural Illumination Awards were presented.
Nash himself was given Transgender Activist of the Year and Transgender Leader of the Year in the open voting, leading to two bouts of blushing, tears and his voice trembling under the weight of his emotion.
“I have to tell you that I was very humbled by the ovation given to me when Sue announced the awards,” Nash said. “I don't think I deserved an ovation. I am just doing what needs to be done so our community will be safe, able to work with out fear of losing our jobs, and so people get educated, that's all.”
At the end of the awards ceremony, Cleveland city councilors went up to the stage, presenting Nash with a resolution honoring the Transgender Day of Remembrance.
“I was just tickled. It is just incredible,” said Nash. “And it’s about time, because the city of Cleveland still doesn’t have any protections for transgender people. While there is one for sexual orientation, there isn’t one for gender identity. This is the very beginning, and for them to even acknowledge the fact that we’re here and acknowledge the fact that transgender people do get victimized is a big step. When everything was done, Jay Westbrook came up to me and said if we needed anything, to call on city council because they’re here for us. I will take him up on that.”
Nash credited the Cleveland LGBT Center along with TransFamily, Damien Montassi and KSU.
Nash was also in Columbus the following night for that city’s commemoration, an annual candlelight vigil and presentation that brought in about 70.
Shane Morgan, one of the event’s organizers and the head of Trans Ohio, summed it up succinctly.
“We are everybody. Sons, daughters, friends, coworkers, police, firefighters, physicians, lovers. We are everybody,” he said. “We must remind our allies to help us stop the hate, stop the violence.”

FTMI Ohio President Jake Nash

Transgender Leaders Resign from HRC

On November 27 FTMInternational Past President James Green resigned from the Business Advisory Council of the Human Rights Campaign due to the failure of the HRC to take a stand for a transgender inclusive United ENDA along with over 350 other organizations including FTMInternational, FTMI Ohio, FTMI San Buenaventura and FTMI San Diego. MTF board member Donna Rose resigned October 3 from the central HRC board and resigned jointly with James from the Business Advisory Council November 27, 2007.

Donna Rose and FTMI Past President James Green (Photo: Alexander Yoo)

October 2007

Vigils on Both Coasts Urge Inclusive ENDA: Candlelight vigil outside of Human Rights Campaign Store in SF by FTMInternational Member Robert Haaland

Over 70 people showed up October 6th for a vigil in front of the HRC. I am incredibly moved by the outpouring of support and proud to be a member of a community that rejects divide and conquer tactics. While we held a vigil in San Francisco, activists on the East Coast picketed the HRC annual dinner. According to Mara Kiesling and Shannon Minter, they held an active picket with over 100 people participating. The House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was the keynote speaker for the dinner, and according to those inside, spoke to the need to protect transgender people from discrimination. Pride at Work was a sponsor, we started out with “We shall not be moved,” and State Senator Carole Migden and Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi spoke. Reuben Zellman, a nical intern spoke, then Rebecca Prozan, co-chair of the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, Debra Walker, former President of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, John Newsome, founder of And Castro for All, and Ben Lunine, attorney for the Transgender Law Center, all came out in support of including gender identity.

Robert Haaland SF Vigil Organizer | Reuben Zellman speaks (Photos: Andy Blue)

September 2007
September 2007- FTMI President Levi Alter speaks at 1st Family Conference August 31–September 3, 2007. Levi and FTMI Past President James Green present at Seventh Gender Odyssey Seattle, Washington August 31– September 3, 2007. James speaks at Out & Equal Workplace Summit Washington D.C. September 27 - 29, 2007. FTMInternational Newsletter Issue #64 is published September 2007.

San Francisco, CA: Three San Francisco FTMInternational community leaders have been honored with awards at the 8th annual Gender Odyssey national conference August 31-September 3, 2007 in Seattle, Washington.

“FTM men across America, Canada and the world are proud of the accomplishments of our dedicated members Mr. Marcus de Maria Arana, Sergeant Stephan Thorne and Shannon Price Minter, Esq.,” stated Levi Alter, President of FTMInternational, spanning 21 years and 18 countries serving the FTM community.

Marcus de Maria Arana is a Discrimination Investigator for the SF Human Rights Commission. Marcus has been an activist for gender identity rights since 1995. Marcus designed and conducted transgender cultural competency trainings for the SFPD, UCSF, the Red Cross, etc. Marcus is a Board Member of the Native American AIDS Project (NAAP) and the Native American Cultural Center (NACC), and authored the Commission report Discrimination By Omission, which documents discrimination against Native Americans in SF.

Sergeant Stephan Thorne 45, came out thirty years ago in Lincoln, Nebraska and promptly was forced out of high school. Stephan joined the SF Police Department in 1984 and transitioned on the job in 1994. Stephan has provided ongoing transgender cultural competency trainings for the SFPD.

Shannon Price Minter, Esq. and other community members succeeded in a campaign to secure equal health-care benefits for transgender SF city employees. Minter founded NCLR’s Youth Project, the first legal-advocacy group to address the needs of LGBT youth and supervises the Safe Homes Project at NCLR, which helps LGBT youth who face discrimination in foster care, group homes, or the juvenile-justice system. Shannon writes publications such as Transgender Equality: A Handbook for Activists and Policymakers, and speaks in forums, hearings, and gatherings around the country. Shannon is the Legal Director of NCLR and was lead attorney on Sharon Smith's groundbreaking wrongful death suit and has litigated many other impact cases in California and across the country. He received the Ford Foundation's "Leadership for a Changing World" award, the Anderson Prize Foundation Creating Change Award by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the distinguished national service award from GAYLAW.

FTMI members Marcus de Maria Arana Sergeant Stephan Thorne and Shannon Minter Esq.

From the Bay Area Press:

San Francisco, CA—FTMInternational and Southern Comfort announced the 17th Annual Southern Comfort Conference to be held September 10-16, 2007 in Atlanta, Georgia.

“This year the Southern Comfort Conference is proud to support the first ever Transgender Career Expo. The Transgender Career Expo is open to anyone who self identifies as transgender and wants to engage with proactive companies where recruiting people based upon talent, experience, skills and abilities is the primary focus. This event will take place in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday, September 14, 2007 in conjunction with the Southern Comfort Conference.” announced Southern Comfort's organizing committee.

“FTMInternational has provided a $3,000 grant to help get the word out about Southern Comfort 2007 to our community,” stated Levi Alter, President of Female-to-Male International, spanning 21 years and 18 countries serving the FTM community.

Southern Comfort and FTMInternational are pleased to announce that this year's conference will include the 7th Annual Robert Eads Health Project on September 13, 2007, a no cost clinic including exams and lab work for individuals along the transmasculine spectrum. Individuals along the transmasculine spectrum face unique challenges in the area of healthcare needs. Southern Comfort prides itself on being an all-inclusive conference.

August 2007

FTMInternational invites all our members and families to register, get your travel tickets and your hotel reservations for Gender Odyssey this coming Labor Day Weekend--don't delay! Gender Odyssey breaks new ground this year in offering a Family Conference within Gender Odyssey. There is something for everyone at this outstanding conference and all are welcome. FTMInternational has awarded a $5,000 grant to help get the word out about Gender Odyssey. Hats off to Aiden Key and everyone who works hard all year behind the scenes to make the conference a success.

July 2007

July 2007- FTMI President Levi Alter organizes FTMs for the Transgender Community Coalition Protest of the Outfest Transphobic "The Gendercator" Screening July 21. Summer is the time for Pride! FTMInternational was in Pride in the three largest cities in California. FTMInternational was co-sponsor of Trans March, the largest transgender event in the world, in San Francisco. FTMI San Buenaventura Chapter performed at Christopher Street West in the largest city, Los Angeles. FTMI San Diego Chapter in the third largest city not only is in San Diego Pride, but Chapter President Connor Maddocks is on the board of directors of San Diego Pride.

June 2007

June 2007- FTMI President Levi Alter and FTMI VP Rev. Alexander Yoo MA present at the 8th Trans Unity Pride Los Angeles June 1-3. Levi and Alexander present at Christopher Street West in West Hollywood on June 9. Levi and Alexander present at Los Angeles Pride on June 10. Levi and Alexander lead an Outfest Film Festival Transgender Training in Los Angeles on June 21. FTMInternational co-sponsors Trans March in San Francisco on June 22. Levi welcomes FTMs worlwide at the FTMI booth at SF Pride on June 24. Levi welcomes FTMs to A Summer Celebration of the Transgender Community in West Hollywood on June 30.

From the Bay Area Reporter:

After considerable dialogue with members of the transgender community and after careful consideration of the issues raised by Catherine Crouch’s film The Gendercator, Frameline has decided not to screen The Gendercator in Frameline31. Given the nature of the film, the director’s comments, and the strong community reaction to both, it is clear that this film cannot be used to create a positive and meaningful dialogue within our festival. We are grateful to the many Frameline members, filmmakers and Transgender community leaders who brought this issue to our attention and assisted Frameline’s senior staff in making this important decision.

We are deeply committed to promoting the work of transgender filmmakers and films about transgender issues. Frameline Distribution distributes over twenty transgender themed films and over one third of our free monthly Frameline at the Center screenings have been transgender themed. Through the Frameline Completion Fund, we have given funding to the following films: The Brandon Teena Story, Southern Comfort, A Boy Named Sue, By Hook Or By Crook, Screaming Queens: The Riot At Compton's Cafeteria, Red Without Blue, The Believers, Cruel & Unusual, F. Scott Fitzgerald Slept Here, and Maggots And Men.

"Frameline has partnered with Female-to-Male International in jointly sponsoring screenings of transgender films for our community and the public. We have enjoyed our association with Frameline and welcome their timely and community-minded response to the concern we expressed on this issue," stated Levi Alter, President of FTM International. "We look forward to continuing our partnership with Frameline to present films of interest by, for and about the transgender community."

Frameline’s Board of Directors and staff are proud of our work with and on behalf of our Transgender community members. Going forward, we will continue working with the community to further our own education and encourage more discussion and understanding within the filmmaking community as a whole. Again, we thank all of our community members for respectfully expressing their concerns and we look forward to sharing our ideas and expanding our partnerships.

May 2007

May 2007- FTMI President Levi Alter welcomes FTMs to the Transgender Job Fair in Los Angeles May 5. FTMI VP Rev. Alexander Yoo MA appears at the Trans Political Action Network BBQ in Altadena, CA, May 5. Levi presents at West Hollywood Transgender Task Force on May 9. Alexander leads a Trans 201 HIV Services Provider Training in Beverly Hills on May 17. Levi welcomes FTMs to the 3rd Annual Queer Cultures Night in Los Angeles May 18. Alexander welcomes students to the LGBTQ Youth Prom in Los Angeles May 18. Levi and Alexander lead a Christopher Street West Board Presentation in West Hollywood May 25. Alexander teaches Trans 101 at the Graduate Institute in Westwood, CA on May 30. FTMInternational has been actively supporting a trans-inclusive ENDA through NCTE and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act with gender identity protection was introduced to the Congressional committee! But we need you to work with us. Please contact your legislators to increase support for this excellent legislation as it faces threatened opposition from legislators who do not believe that all citizens should be able to support themselves and their families in a workplace that treats workers fairly. FTMInternational former Board Members Rev. Dr. Justin Tanis and Andre Wilson are on the NCTE staff and FTMInternational member Masen Davis MSW is on the NCTE Board of Directors.

April 2007

April 2007- FTMI President Levi Alter lectures at UCLA April 5. FTMI VP Rev. Alexander Yoo MA joins FTMs at the 6th annual Trans Health Conference in Philadelphia on April 5-7. Levi lectures at Cal State LA April 19. Levi presents on a panel at the 1st FORGE Forward Conference in Milwaukee March 29-April 1, sponsored by a $5,000 Grant from FTMI. After having lived over half his life as male, after transitioning with all available surgeries in his homeland, FTM Shumail Raj of Pakistan was sentenced to three years in prison for perjury for saying he is male, he is now on bail in a harrowing ordeal that continues. His case is on appeal and FTMInternational is working on his case and also the appeal of his young wife, and to prevent the surgeon who performed Shumail's SRS from being charged and imprisoned. If you would like to help us in this effort, contact Levi.

March 2007

March 2007- FTMI VP Rev. Alexander Yoo MA joins FTMs at the 3rd National LGBTI Health Summit in Philadephia on March 14-18. FTMI President Levi Alter and Alexander meet with Mara Keisling at the National Center for Transgender Equality Dinner in West Hollywood on March 22. Levi, Alexander and Past President James Green present at the 2nd Calfornia Transgender Leadership Summit at USC March 23-25.

From the Bay Area Press:

San Francisco, CA—FTMInternational and FORGE announced the 1st National FTM/SOFFA Conference to be held in the Heartland March 29 – April 1, 2007 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

“We’ve met on the West Coast. We’ve met on the East Coast. We’ve met in small groups at larger conferences in Atlanta and Philadelphia and elsewhere, but never before have hundreds of those of us on the transmasculine spectrum and SOFFAs (Significant Others, Friends, Family, and Allies) invaded Middle America – until now! ” announced michael munson and Loree Cook-Daniels, co-founders of FORGE, an FTM organization entering its 13th year.

On March 29 – April 1, 2007, the “heartland” city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin played host to the FORGE Forward 2007 Conference and Intensives. One of the most ambitious transmasculine/ SOFFA conferences to date, the event offered nine full-day pre-conference “Intensives” focusing on specific topics in addition to 2-1/ 2 days’ worth of plenary keynote speeches and entertainment, a film festival, authors’ readings, a vendor hall, a dance, and nearly 90 planned and propose-it-on-the-spot workshops and caucuses.

“FTMInternational has provided a $5,000 grant to help get the word out about FORGE Forward 2007 to our community,” stated Levi Alter, President of Female-to-Male International, spanning 21 years and 18 countries serving the FTM community.

The FORGE Forward 2007 Conference and Intensives were designed not only to give individuals the information they seek, but also to build community. To that end, all official programming was open to all identities. The Conference’s co-chairs, michael munson and Loree Cook-Daniels, made efforts to recruit participation by LGB and mainstream Midwesterners in order to raise trans awareness.

February 2007

February 2007- FTMI VP Rev. Alexander Yoo MA joins FTMs at the New England Gender Conference For Therapists and Health Care Providers in Northampton, MA February 1-3. FTMI President Levi Alter leads the Total Wellness Trans Health Workshop in West Hollywood February 17. Dean Spade Esq lectures at USC February 21. Alexander joins FTMs at the Translating Identity Conference at the University of Vermont February 24. Levi presents a panel at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles on February 28.

January 2007

January 2007- FTMI President Levi Alter educates physicians at Grand Rounds at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles January 3. Levi presents at the NatAJC Conference in Redondo Beach, CA January 14-17. FTMI VP Rev. Alexander Yoo MA joins FTMs at First Event in Boston January 17-21. Levi, former FTMI board member Rev. Dr. Justin Tanis, Pastor Joshua Holiday, Father Cameron Partridge, and Reuben Zellman are featured in an MSNBC Newsweek article on the 1st National Transgender Religious Leadership Conference in Berkeley January 19-21. Levi appears with his son in a video by Trans Youth Family Allies.

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