Drag out the Vote

Drag out the Vote is coming to Minneapolis!

  • The Muse Event Center

Drag Out The Vote is partnering with @phiphiohara’s #QueensUnited & @flipphoneevents to raise money and to register voters in 2020 and get them to the polls!

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Featuring @TheGingerMinj, @monetxchange, @lee_fontaine, @jaidynnfierce, @misssherryvine, @thewendyho, @mercedesimandiamond, @martigcummings and more!

Tickets available at FlipPhoneEvents.com

What is Drag Out  The Vote?

 

Drag Out The Vote™ is a non-partisan organization that works with drag performers to promote participation in democracy. We register voters at drag events across the country. We organize drag queen-led get-out-the-vote (GOTV) activities during election cycles. Our first campaign is #DragOutTheVote2020 to register voters and get them out the polls for the November 2020 election.

Drag queens have been fighting on the front lines since the beginning of the LGBTQ rights movement. Even now, many continue to use their prominent community status to champion equality. We are looking for queens from all over the U.S. to join our movement and bring more voters — no matter their gender, race, sexuality or age — to the polls. Queens, join us here.

LGBTQ rights and women’s reproductive rights are under attack and Congress is doing little to battle climate change. It has never been more important to get registered, vote, and make your voice heard. If you want to be the first to know about our drag events and activities, join us here. Learn more about about how to get registered here.

Love, Hannah

Specialized Clinics for Transgender Youth

From Public News Service:

A recent study found more U.S. teens are identifying as transgender or gender nonconforming. Health-care providers are taking notice by opening clinics that provide specialized care for these youths.

That includes a facility that recently opened in Minneapolis. It’s run by the Children’s Minnesota health system. Dr. Angela Goepferd is the medical director for the program. She said kids who fall into this group face health disparities, and their parents often lack resources when seeking guidance.

“Families often don’t know where to go or who to turn to with those questions,” Goepferd said. “And even when they do find themselves in their pediatrician or family-practice doctor’s office, there’s often still questions.”

Goepferd said kids might need to see a consultant about how they want to identify, or they might seek gender-affirming hormone treatment. She said finding the right medical expert could take several months.

Children’s Minnesota said its new clinic is one of only about a dozen of its kind in the nation

More here!

Love, Hannah

It’s the Most Wonderful and Stressful Time of the Year

I hope you all have an amazing holiday season!   I wanted to share some of the pictures from my last photo shoot for En Femme because they are about as festive as you can get.

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I know the holidays can be stressful for girls like us, but I hope you treated yourself to something beautiful this year.  If you don’t have sexy lingerie under your tree, I hope at least you’re wearing cute panties under your boy clothes.

Love, Hannah

Drag Performers Enchant Readers at Minneapolis Library

From MPR.org:

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A room full of wide-eyed children sit criss-cross on the floor, eyes trained upward, hanging on every word of a storybook read aloud at the Hosmer Library.

The reader flicks her perfectly curled hair out of her eyes and she leans in to continue the tale. It’s as if they are meeting a real-life Disney princess.

Just then, her voice dips and one boy takes to his knees to get a closer look at the person reading to the group. She doesn’t notice and continues to read as the tale turns funny and the group of 90 children and adults giggle.

It’s storytime at the library. But today’s storyteller is more performer than reader.

Welcome to Stories Together with Drag Performers, a program put on by Hennepin County Libraries during LGBTQ History month in October. It partners with drag performers from the Twin Cities community to lead storytimes that focus on self-love, acceptance and individuality. The program began in 2018. Since then, hundreds of children have attended the events. This year’s 15 performances extended into November.

Read more here!

Love, Hannah

Support Group for Parents of Transgender Children

Earlier this month the Twin Cities chapter of PFLAG had their final meetingPFLAG is one the longest serving support groups for the LGBTQ+ community and they will be missed.  Thankfully they have many other chapters around the state and the country.

I was happy to hear that a support group for parents of transgender children will continue to meet as a separate group.

They will meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, from 6:30-7:45 pm at The Family Partnership, 4123 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406.  For more information, please contact them via email: info@tsupportgroup.com
Love, Hannah

 

Let it Glow, Let it Glow, Let it Glow

Does anyone glow brighter than a t-girl at a holiday party?

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Last night was the annual MN T-Girls holiday party and we shone like stars in the night.  The evening was filled with sequins, glitter, and cheer as we celebrated the holidays and looked back on the year.

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It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone.  I’m so lucky to know so many fabulous girls and fortunate to have so many good friends.  The holiday party is one of the most popular events of the year and I can’t think of a better way to close out 2019 than by celebrating in a sparkly little black dress with my friends.

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Here’s to a fabulous 2020!

Love, Hannah

 

 

 

 

PFLAG Twin Cities Chapter Closing

I’ve been hearing rumors for a while that the Twin Cities chapter of PFLAG is closing.  Unfortunately this news has been confirmed and the below email was sent out:
PFLAG Twin Cities wishes to inform you of our closing, effective December 31, 2019. We have mixed feelings about this announcement. While we are sad to inform you of our closing, we also feel joy in the accomplishments and the impact we have had on our community.
Please join us in one last PFLAG Twin Cities gathering, to see old friends, relive our rich history of struggles, defeats, and victories, and to say goodbye.
Tuesday, December 17, 2019. 6:00 – 9:00 pm.
Park Tavern, 3401 Louisiana Ave S, St Louis Park, MN 55426
light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar provided
PFLAG Twin Cities has been a part of the LGBTQ+ community for nearly 40 years and while our membership and directors may have changed many times over, our core mission has not. We have never wavered in our fight to make Minnesota, and the world, a better place for LGBTQ+ youth and adults. The number of families who were healed and the individual lives that were saved through our support groups cannot be known, but the social changes through our education and activism can. PFLAG Twin Cities has helped make equal rights for LGBTQ+ people a reality; we helped bring legislation for safer schools for LGBTQ+ youth into law; and we helped bring Minnesota the honor of being the first state to vote down a “traditional marriage only” amendment and to make marriage equality a reality.
The rights of the LGBTQ+ community have come a long way and while we acknowledge that there is still much work to be done, especially in the area of Transgender rights, we seem to have achieved many of our goals. Mirroring a shift in public interest and support, our donations from the general public have been in steady decline over the past 10 years. With this decline in support, along with the loss of our last corporate sponsor, we find that we can no longer be a viable organization and believe it is the right time to close.
Our founders looked forward to achieving their dreams of LGBTQ+ equality through working to make social change happen and to bring about the public acceptance we now enjoy. They had looked forward to our closing, to a time when PFLAG Twin Cities would no longer be needed, with this announcement we are making that dream a reality.
Sincerely,
Beth Johnson
Claire Todd
Shawn Jarvis
PFLAG Board of Directors
PFLAG will continue to exist and there are still chapters all over the country.  I’m sad to see the Twin Cities chapter close, but there are support groups and resources  all around Minnesota.
Love, Hannah