Editor's Note: Guest blogger Laura McGinnis is a staffer at Renna Communications.
This past weekend, hundreds of transgender, queer, and trans-tastic allies descended upon the Loews Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C. to celebrate Capital Trans Pride. By all accounts, it was a huge success, thanks, in large part to the festival's full integration into Capital Pride 2009.
Before checking in, Trans Pride offered the "Transformation Lounge," where changing stations, makeup artists and dressers awaited guests eager to look their best.
Workshops focused on things from pre- and post-operative care to makeup hints and tips, and panels discussed the range of the trans spectrum, (which honestly could've taken a day just to introduce - queer, gender-queer, pansexual, pre-operative transgender, post-operative transgender, transvestite... and the list goes on). There were also performances by trans youth, drag performers, and international trans blogger Hangar Queen, as well as health screenings, and a vendor expo.
More after the jump...
Rounding out the day, an awards show honored the Engendered Spirits of the Washington, D.C. region. Winners included:
Dr. Arthur Brantz, a gynecologist who treats trans patients with the love and care that Robert Eads, ("Southern Comfort"), was denied when he was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
Martha Harris, LCSW who has specialized in issues relating to the transgender community since opening her private practice in 1995.
Laura Hart is on the Board of Directors of Equality Maryland, where she works with the staff to raise transgender visibility issues with the state legislature in Annapolis.
Libby McKnight, a trans ally community leader whose spouse of 25 years, Sarah, transitioned to female in 2002 and had surgery in 2005.
The next event in Capital Trans Pride is a happy hour tonight. See the Capital Trans Pride website for more information.
The next events for Capital Trans Pride are a happy hour tonight at Fab Lounge and "Just One of the Guys: Trans Men's Inclusion, Advocacy and Empowerment" at the Whitman-Walker Clinic on Wednesday.
Go D.C., and keep being Trans-Fabulous!