The student organization Asterisk of UCR and the University of California, Riverside LGBT Resource Center are joining forces to organize the inaugural Asterisk Trans* Conference. The conference, open to people of all gender identities and expressions, will be hosted on the UCR campus on Friday evening and all day Saturday, February 27-28, 2015.
"Asterisk is a college conference to build community for trans people and allies, to address trans health and well-being, and to provide education and resources for trans youth advocates," says Asterisk student leader Ash Preston. "We want to create a space that an unlimited number of gender awesome people can attend, while also educating allies about gender identity."
Registration will open in October, including Group Registration ($200 for unlimited students, staff, and faculty from a campus) and individual registration of $20 or $10 per person. Registration fee waivers are also available. Community members, K-12 educators, and other trans youth advocates are welcome.
"In some ways, we are filling a void by bringing together trans-focused speakers, performers, and workshop presenters to the Inland Empire region," says Nancy Jean Tubbs, LGBT Resource Center director. "In other ways, we are creating a new kind of community-building opportunity since Asterisk is organized by students to make sure the campus trans* experience is a central theme of the conference."
Asterisk Trans* Conference is receiving major support from a California Endowment grant, as well as from the UCR Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs.
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