The 2010 International Foundation For Gender Education (IFGE) Capital Conference started yesterday and will be running through the 25th.
IFGE is a long time iconic organization in the trans community. It publishes the quarterly magazine Transgender Tapestry, does education on transgender issues through an annual conference hosted in different regions of the country (and once in Toronto) some lobbying, and maintains a store that sells trans themed books.
IFGE also gives out an annual award that recognizes the heroes and sheroes of the transgender community called the Trinity. The honorees can be trans or cisgender allies, and there are usually three people that comprise the Trinity honoree classes.
The 2010 Trinity Awards luncheon happened today, and I want to take a moment to congratulate the members of the Trinity Class of 2010, Earline Budd, Laura Calvo and Jennifer Barge.
Earline also made a little history today as well.
In the two decades that the IFGE Trinity Awards have been given out, there have only been three African-American transpeople who have won it.
The first to do so was Dawn Wilson in 2000. Dr. Marisa Richmond became the second African American Trinity winner at the 2002 IFGE Conference held in Nashville followed by a certain native Texan picking hers up at the 2006 IFGE Conference held in Philadelphia.
Dawn, Marisa and I jokingly call ourselves Numbers One, Two, and Three for the order in which we picked up our Trinity Awards.
Now we have a Number Four.
Ironically Earline is not only picking her well deserved Trinity exactly ten years after Dawn, the ceremony is taking place in Alexandria, VA, as well.
Earline has been an iconic leader in the Washington DC area TBLG community, and has been fighting for social justice, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse and homelessness issues since 1989.
All of us inside and outside the beltway have much love and respect for what this native Washingtonian has done for the community, and are overjoyed she has finally gotten the Trinity for her work that she deserves.
Congratulations, Number Four!