Trans Awareness and Empowerment Week

Every November, the Center for Belonging and Social Change recognizes Transgender Awareness and Empowerment Week. For 2022, this week is November 14-20. Join us for a week of events that honor, empower and support those who are transgender and/or non-binary here at The Ohio State University.

Program of Events

Open Workshop: Trans 101 (DICE)

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Time: 7:30 - 9 p.m.

Location: Zoom - Register at

This workshop explores best practices for engaging with and supporting transgender and gender non-conforming students and communities at The Ohio State University. The workshop is recommended for faculty, staff, and students. During this 1-hour and 30-minute session, participants will gain a greater understanding of transgender identities and the societal systems that affect the community, as well as learn strategies for creating gender inclusive spaces. This workshop is eligible for one DICE credit.

Trans Visibility as Empowerment and Protest: Open-Mic and Storytelling

Date: Friday, November 18, 2022

Time: 6-9 p.m.

Location: Ohio Union - Cartoon Room 2

Visibility can be both the best and worst parts of our journey. We invite you to hear speakers from Trans Talks share their stories around visibility as protest and welcome you to share your own journey during the open mic section of this event.

Resources for Trans and LGBTQIA communities will be available in addition to food and drinks.

What does transgender visibility look like for the community in central Ohio and on the national level? What obstacles have we overcome and what challenges are we still facing? And, most importantly, how can we celebrate ourselves and our community in the wake of such overwhelming hostility and misinformation?

Please RSVP to attend.

Sign up to hold the Mic (5 min a piece)

This is Trans: A Photography Journey of Awareness and Love

Date: Saturday, November 19, 2022

Time: 12-6 p.m.

Location: Stonewall Columbus (1160 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio)

Central Ohio photographer, Vincent-Natasha Gay, is collaborating with Stonewall Columbus to host a photo gallery challenging stigmas and stereotypes in the transgender community. This is Trans was created as a project to help bring awareness to exactly what it means to be transgender. Many people have false narratives or stigmas about the transgender community; this collection is meant to change that. This is more than an art gallery; it is an educational celebration. The premiere will have a wellness fair, guest speakers, a documentary showing of “This is Trans”, a silent art auction of works from transgender artists, a transgender drag show, and more. 

The gallery will remain on display at Stonewall Columbus during normal business hours throughout the end of the year.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Date: Sunday, November 20, 2022

Time: 6:30-9 p.m.

Location: King Avenue United Methodist Church (299 King Avenue, Columbus, Ohio)

King Avenue United Methodist Church is once again hosting the Columbus Trans Day of Remembrance, presented by T Talks, Columbus Trans Pride, and TransOhio. This event is 𝗙π—₯π—˜π—˜ for all trans family, friends, and allies to attend. Please plan to arrive at 6:30 p.m. The program will begin at 7 pm and end by 8:30 p.m., followed by a short reception that will end at 9 p.m.

The event will also be livestreamed on YouTube and posted to Facebook. The YouTube link for the livestream will be available when the event starts on T Talks’ Facebook page. For more info, visit the King Avenue United Methodist Church website.

Questioning your Gender?

Gender identity is a person’s inner sense of self as masculine, feminine, both or neither, and how they label themselves, based on how much they align or don’t align with traditional conceptions of gender. See below for resources that may help you as you explore your gender identity.

Coming Out

While every coming out journey is unique, you can still rely on the knowledge of those who have come out before you. Below are resources to assist you in the coming out process.

Transgender Organizations

  • Gender Spectrum - If you are a parent looking for support, a young person looking to connect, a professional interested in learning best-practices, a faith leader seeking resources or anyone who wants the most up-to-date and accurate information about gender and youth, Gender Spectrum can help. 

  • National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) - Advocates to change policies and society to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people throughout the country.

  • TransOhio - Serves the Ohio transgender and ally communities by providing services, education, support and advocacy, which promotes and improves the health, safety and life experience of transgender individuals and communities.

  • Trans Student Educational Resources (TSER) - A youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender non-conforming students through advocacy and empowerment.

Additional Resources

For additional trans resources, visit the Trans at Ohio State page.

For Allies

The following online resources are available for allies of the trans community: