Trans Lifeline

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From their website:

Trans Lifeline is a national trans-led 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the quality of trans lives by responding to the critical needs of our community with direct service, material support, advocacy, and education. Our vision is to fight the epidemic of trans suicide and improve overall life-outcomes of trans people by facilitating justice-oriented, collective community aid. 

Need to talk? Call! Our peer support hotline is run by and for trans people. We’re available 7am-1am PST / 9am-3am CST / 10am-4am EST. Volunteers may be available during off hours.

If you or someone you know needs to talk, please call.

Love, Hannah

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PFLAG Events for July

PFLAG’s mission is uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies.  PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy.  PFLAG has 400 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

PFLAG was the first support organization I heard of when I was growing up.  I attended their meetings a few years ago and found it was a supportive and inclusive community.  PFLAG is a wonderful group, especially for our spouses and family members and I am happy to promote the events the Twin Cities chapter has scheduled.

This month their meeting program will be held from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
and be followed by support groups from 7:30 pm until 8:45 pm.
What’s the tea?  Program presented by Shawn Jarvis.
A brief overview and discussion about common terms used by, for and in the LGBTQ Community.
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 Please join PFLAG for their May program and support groups.
Tuesday, June 18th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Union Congregational Church
3700 Alabama Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55416
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Love, Hannah

Through Therapy, Transgender Women Find Their Voice

From MPR.org

This is a wonderful article about the work that the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in St. Paul is doing.  Of course, there is no standard as to what a woman should look or sound like, but I understand how we sound can easily be associated with dysphoria.

When Alice was growing up in the Midwest, she rarely saw her grandmother, who lived on the East Coast. Usually, they’d just keep in touch over the phone.

“Every time I called her in high school, she would say, ‘Oh, your voice is getting deeper, you sound like you’re growing into such a nice man, you’re going to be like your dad,'” Alice said.

Those were painful words to hear. Alice remembers artificially raising the pitch of her voice to thwart her grandmother’s comments.

It wasn’t until years later that Alice realized she was transgender. She started to publicly transition during her senior year in college. She’s 23 now and recently graduated from a speech therapy program that helps transgender people safely adjust how they speak, so they can sound more like themselves.

“I’m at a point where for like 90 plus percent of the time, I’m happy with how I sound and how I’m perceived by other people,” Alice said. “This is something I never expected to be in a position of. And it’s really exciting.”

Vocal training for transgender people is becoming more widely available as the community becomes more visible. But it can be fraught because each individual needs to decide the mannerisms they want to adopt, some of which may be considered stereotypical or even sexist.

Continue reading here.

Love, Hannah

 

 

 

Pride 2019!

It’s Pride weekend in the Twin Cities and the biggest event is the Pride Festival featuring everything from live music to food trucks to performers to vendors.

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The MN T-Girls were at the Pride Festival on Saturday and we had a wonderful day meeting new friends and catching up with old ones.

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It was a day filled with talking about everything from social issues to gender identity to shoe shopping.  We listened to others talk about their journey.  We listened to parents and partners talk about their loved ones  We talked about support and resources.  We talked about our group and our mission.

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Coming to Pride is a wonderful experience.  We are lucky to be in a city filled with so many amazing people.  We are honored that so many people shared so much of their story with us.

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I was also interviewed for today’s edition of the Star Tribune, but only one quote made it into the paper.  The quote was in response to the question about what it was like to be openly transgender today compared to a few years ago:

“There’s more representation, but I also think it’s a scarier place than it was a few years ago,” said Hannah McKnight, 43, of St. Paul, founder of MN T-Girls, a group for transgender women. “All the laws in the world” can’t necessarily protect people from transphobia and violence, she said.

Thank you to the MN T-Girls who helped run our booth.  I want to thank everyone who came to see us.  Unfortunately we had to leave Pride a little earlier than we had planned so if we missed you, I am truly sorry.  Due to a work commitment we will not be there on Sunday.  I hope you had an amazing time at Pride and hope to see you next year.

Love, Hannah

Oak Grove Presbyterian Church

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It is not uncommon during Pride Month to see organizations proclaim their solidarity and support for the LGBTQIA community.  Perhaps I am a little cynical but I wonder how sincere this support really is.  Any company can tweet a Pride flag, but are they truly there for us?  Do they actively support us during the other eleven months of the year?  What is their company culture like for our community?  If they make political contributions are they supporting politicians who support laws that hurt our community?

With this kind of cynicism, it is wonderful to see stories like this, where it is very clear we have the support of an organization, especially a church.  I mean, we should have the support of a church, right?  I seem to remember Jesus teaching his followers to love others as he loves them.

Please read about this incident at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Bloomington.  I think it’ll brighten your day.

Love, Hannah

 

See You at Pride!

June is Pride Month and the Twin Cities puts on an amazing celebration!  There are events all around town throughout the month.  The biggest weekend is June 22nd and 23rd when the Pride Festival and Parade happen.  The MN T-Girls will once again be there to celebrate!  Please note we will only be there on Saturday, the 22nd.

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Please come visit us at the Pride Festival at Loring Park.  We will be located in the green section (sadly, there’s no pink section), booth G37.

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Come meet the MN T-Girls and help celebrate our community.  Keep your fingers crossed for fabulous weather.

Love, Hannah

 

PFLAG Events for June

PFLAG’s mission is uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies.  PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy.  PFLAG has 400 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

PFLAG was the first support organization I heard of when I was growing up.  I attended their meetings a few years ago and found it was a supportive and inclusive community.  PFLAG is a wonderful group, especially for our spouses and family members and I am happy to promote the events the Twin Cities chapter has scheduled.

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This month PFLAG’s meeting program will be held from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm and will be followed by support groups from 7:30 pm until 8:30 pm.
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 Please join PFLAG for their May program and support groups.
Tuesday, June 18th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Union Congregational Church
3700 Alabama Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55416
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PFLAG will have their informational booth at Pride in the Park during Minneapolis Gay Pride.  Please visit their booth, #30 in the Yellow section of Loring Park on Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23.
Every other month PFLAG will be holding special programs they feel may be of interest to you, along with our regular Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender support groups.  In the alternate months, PFLAG will meet and hold support groups only.
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Love, Hannah