Chicago Therapy Collective TDOR 2018 event

Honor and celebrate trans lives!

Nov 20 5:30pm at the Andersonville Galleria

TDOR Ceremony and Celebration

**Immediately following this event is T/GNC Lived Experiences Chat for aspiring allies and trans-inclusive businesses.**

November 20th is International Transgender Day Of Remembrance, a day to recognize the precious lives that we have lost due to violence against trans people. Please join us for a short ceremony to honor those that we have lost and celebrate the trans people in our lives that are still with us.

We will have speakers, performances, a brief ceremony, and refreshments. This event is free and open to the public and taking place in the second floor loft space of the Galleria. Unfortunately, it is not wheelchair accessible, there are 6 steps from the second floor to the second floor loft space. More information to come, but confirmed speakers and performers below:

Opening Speaker

Alexis Martinez Chicago Therapy CollectiveAlexis Martinez (she/her)is a 35 year resident in Andersonville and can often be seen walking around the neighborhood with her two granddaughters. She is a long time activist in the Trans community, a core organizer for the the Dyke March Collective and the Transformative Justice Law Project. In addition to participating in the T/GNC Lived Experiences Panel, she will also be the opening speaker for the November 20th Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremony with CTC in the hour prior to this event.


Malia Santiago YEPP Chicago Therapy Collective TDOR

Malia Santiago (she/hers), Part-Time Staff of the Youth Empowerment Performance Project (YEPP), is an Afro Latina American Transwomen native of Springfield, Illinois, that spent most of her life in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In 2015, Malia moved to Chicago. Being the oldest of four loved and loving children, Malia has developed a great appreciation and passion for helping others. Although Malia has many passions like singing, acting, making clothes, cosmetology, spending time with friends and family, croacheing, painting and drawing just to name a few, her most harbored and embraced passion is dance. Malia has multiple talents in the performing arts but focuses on ballet, modern and contemporary, liturgical, and Afro fusion. She is also a self-taught dancer showing signs of a dancer at very early ages. Starting on a church dance team, she moved on to choreographing for dance teams around the Colorado Springs area. She joined YEPP in the summer of 2015 and loves that she has found a space where she can use her passion for performing arts to help not only herself but others as well.

Cheyenne Butler YEPP CTC Chicago Therapy Collective TDOR Transgender Day of RemembranceCheyenne Butler (she/her), Part-Time Staff of Youth Empowerment Performance Project (YEPP), was born and raised in the south suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, where she went to school and got her first job working in a nursing home at the age of 15. After graduating high school, Cheyenne went off to college for Fashion Design and graduated with an Associate Degree. Though she loved fashion, Cheyenne’s biggest dream was helping others and standing for what’s most important. In 2013 Cheyenne began working at Provident Hospital where she developed knowledge of HIV healthcare and worked part time as a trained phlebotomist. In 2017 joined YEPP as a staff. Cheyenne is passionate about supporting theLGBTQ community as well as supporting folks suffering from homelessness or housing instability, and HIV.

T/GNC Lived Experience Chat

This event will be followed by Towards a Trans-Inclusive Business! T/GNC Lived Experiences Chat. RSVP is required for this second portion:

Towards a Trans-Inclusive Business! T/GNC Lived Experiences Chat description:
Learn about the importance of being a Trans-Inclusive business directly from transgender and gender non-conforming individuals who may be hesitating to access your goods and/or services. Panelists will discuss a number of issues that pertain to accessing all types of businesses in Chicago. A special section will be dedicated to those businesses focused on health, wellness, and beauty services.

Chicago Therapy Collective Mission
We mobilize to create more safe, just, and inclusive neighborhoods for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals and communities.

Goals for Trans-Inclusive Andersonville! Campaign
In the words of longtime Andersonville resident, Alexis Martinez, “we’re a very inclusive community but where does that inclusivity stop?” Our Trans-Inclusive Andersonville! Campaign works to make Andersonville the most explicitly trans-inclusive neighborhood in Chicago and to define what that means. Key to inclusive neighborhoods are inclusive business districts, which is our 2019 focus. Support our Trans-Inclusive Andersonville campaign and reach out to a local Andersonville business to encourage them to attend one of our upcoming T/GNC Lived Experiences chats for trans-inclusive businesses.