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Past Event

Trans Month Talks: Trans Wellness, Equity and Health

In honor of Transgender Awareness Month, join a dynamic post-election discussion with trans leaders and advocates on the fight for trans rights. The event also includes an important discussion on trans health equity and wellness in the time of COVID and beyond.  

Trans and gender nonconforming communities—especially trans communities of color—continue to be disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with increased needs for inclusive and community-led services and solutions.

Kicking off with remarks by San Francisco Mayor London Breed, our host and panelists include Akira Jackson, Aria Sa’id, Nicole Santamaria, Clair Farley, Maceo Persson, Michelle Meow, and more.

Get information and learn how to support essential community services, including housing, mutual aid programs, employment, and more. Learn how people can improve trans health care, testing and mental health services in a time of COVID. Learn strategies to address the increased anti-trans violence and systemic racism in our communities. Find out how allies can get involved and support trans rights.

Come learn how you can take action and get involved during Trans Month and beyond.


This is a free, online-only program; pre-register to receive a link to the live-stream program.

Co-hosted by The Commonwealth Club and San Francisco's Office of Transgender Initiatives.

November 18, 2020

United States

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Remarks by London Breed
Mayor, City and County of San Francisco
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Sasha Buchert
Senior Attorney, Lambda Legal
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Nicky Calma (Tita Aida)
Social Activist; Co-Creator "Tita Aida," Filipino Task Force on AIDS
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Clair Farley
Director, Office of Transgender Initiatives; Senior Advisor, San Francisco Mayor
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Akira Jackson
Executive Director, TAJA Coalition; Member, Officer of Transgender Initiatives, Trans Advisory Committee
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Maceo Perrson
Director of Communications and External Affairs, Office of Transgender Initiatives; Board Member, San Francisco LGBT Center; Member, Grant Making Panel, International Trans Fund
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Jenna Rapues
MPH , Program Director of Gender Health SF, San Francisco Department of Public Health
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Anjali Rimi
Co-Founder and President, Parivar Bay Area; Board Member, The LGBT Asylum Project, East Bay Stonewall Democrats, and San Francisco Pride; Member, The Trans Advisory Committee, Office of Transgender Initiatives
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Aria Sa'id
Executive Director, Transgender District; Founder, Kween Culture Initiative
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Nicole Santamaria
Executive Director, El/La Para TransLatinas; Fo-Founder, Collective Alejandria SV
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Trans Activist; Community Builder; Entrepreneur
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Amy Whelan
Senior Staff Attorney, National Center for Lesbian Rights
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Michelle Meow
Producer and Host, "The Michelle Meow Show" on KBCW/KPIX and TuneIn; Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors

5–7 p.m. (Pacific Time) program