What is Transgender?

Clatsop Community College, PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), and the Lower Columbia Diversity Project are honored to sponsor a series of activities designed to share information and answer questions about transgender issues.

A campus viewing of the documentary film, Southern Comfort will be shown on Tuesday, April 16 and Wednesday, April 17 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM. The film runs approximately ninety minutes.

The website, offers the following plot synopsis, “Southern Comfort documents the final year in the life of Robert Eads, a female-to-male transsexual. Eads, diagnosed with ovarian cancer, was turned down for treatment by two dozen doctors out of fear that treating such a patient would hurt their reputations. By the time Eads received treatment, the cancer was too advanced to save his life.”  An open discussion will follow each screening.

On Thursday, April 18, a panel discussion will take place from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM.  Students and the public will have an opportunity to ask questions and learn about various areas of concern that impact transgender people, their friends, and families.  Panelists will share personal and professional perspectives about gender identity.

A Community Forum will provide an opportunity for education and information-sharing around the topic of gender identity.  The Community Forum will take place on Thursday, April 18 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM.  Panelists will share their personal and professional experiences about the many areas of concern that impact transgender individuals, their friends, and families.

All programs will take place at Clatsop Community College, Columbia Hall, Room 219, located at 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria.  All programs are free and the public is encouraged to attend.

For additional information, contact:
Rinda Johansen, Clatsop Community College, 503-338-2377
Drew Herzig, PFLAG & Lower Columbia Diversity Project, 503-325-1895


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