Prism Health North Texas (PHNTX) is continuing its commitment to uplifting, supporting, and caring for the North Texas transgender community with a town hall on Saturday, June 12, 2021 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at Union Coffee in the Oak Lawn neighborhood. A panel of community speakers will lead a discussion about community building and resources for trans individuals. Though great strides have been made for transgender equality in recent years, the marginalized community continues to face a barrage of public and legislative attacks that threaten their ability to exist peacefully and equally.
“The transgender community has perservered through years and years of oppression and cracks in unity links,” PHNTX Community Engagement Coordinator Sattie Nyachwaya said. “It is important to come together at such an important time in the world to talk through what has worked and not worked, to create a new plan for ‘standing together’.”
Panelists will discuss what collaboration within the community is, as well as the challenges, successes, and action plans that agencies, community members, and individuals can focus on to build more unity within the trans community. The featured panel speakers include Finnigan Jones, Director of Trans-Cendence International, Krista De La Rosa, of Transpose (Arttitude Inc), Niecee X, Co-Director of the House of Rebirth, and Vinh Du, community advocate.
Hosted by Union Coffee at 3705 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas TX 75219, PHNTX will be offering free HIV/STI testing and information about community resources at the event. Union Coffee’s “Shot of Generosity” will also be in effect, and a portion of the proceeds raised will be donated back into the trans community.
“This town hall is a reflection and a reminder of what we have accomplished and how much work remains to be done in supporting and collaborating with trans-led and other organizations in the community,” Nyachwaya added. “We are hosting this event during Pride month, which exists because of two transgender Black and Latina women who were tired of oppression and wanted to ignite Gay Liberation. It is important to amplify that the trasngender community is the foundation of how our efforts to maintain and focus on unity and equality originate, especially during Pride.”