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Language Matters: Transphobia and Transgender Discrimination
Start Date: 11/4/2015Start Time: 5:40 PM
End Date: 11/4/2015

Event Description:

Language Matters Lecture Series: Transphobia and Transgender Discrimination

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015
New Building, Rm. L2.81

As part of the Lecture Series "Language Matters," organized by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Activist, Brooke Cerda-Guzman presents, “Transphobia and Transgender Discrimination”

Everyone interested in LGBT+ and Human Rights is invited.
The talk will be conducted in English.

Brooke Cerda-Guzmán is a Trans women's Civil Rights activist. She came to America escaping heavy bullying and her extremely catholic family in 1989. But it wasn’t until 2009 that Lorena Borjas invited her to her support group, that she was able to find the information and support to get the courage to start her feminization process and present to the world as herself. At the same time she realized her community is the most vulnerable and that Transgender women of color are even more so. It was around the same time that she decided to dedicate her life to educate and bring awareness to the world as well as advocate for her own community. Since then she has gained great visibility and was awarded "The Legacy of Pride Award" by Harlem Pride and has co-founded with other community leaders The TWOC (Transgender Women of Color) Collective In 2013 and she finished her two year (volunteer) internship at The Gender Identity Project.

On April 30th 2014 The Anti Violence Project honored her with The Community Hero Award. Brooke became the first trans woman on the cover of any Spanish language publication El Diario La Prensa : on Saturday May 17th, 2014. In April 2015 she was added to “The Trans 100 List”.
Currently Brooke makes herself available to all community based organizations and is 100% dedicated to open the first community center for Trans women in NYC that she hopes will be open by late 2017.

Location Information:
New Building  (View Map)
59th Street and Eleventh Avenue
New York, NY

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