This week, Boulder County host its first-ever Transgender Week of Awareness.

With a common goal of providing educational, informational and community building activities, Transgender Awareness Week was planned by a local group of transgender and allied community members from various organizations, schools and groups.

Among the supporting organizations are OutBoulder (outboulder.org), Boulder County's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community center since 1994, and the University of Colorado at Boulder's Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Resource Center.

Transgender can be defined as a person whose sex, gender identity or gender expression differs from the sex assigned to them at birth. While an exact number is not known, it is widely accepted that 1 percent of the general population is transgender.

Events:

"Faces and Facets of Transgender Experience" screening: 6 tonight, CU's Center for Community, Room N320.

Join us for a special, free CU screening of this new film by Boulder County PFLAG that features 18 people for the Boulder/Denver region and their families as they share touching stories about the journey from despair to loss to the joy of being the gender they were meant to be. The film screening will be followed by a diverse panel of trans-identified folks from around the community who will be available to answer any questions the audience may have about the experience of being transgender.


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Transgender Remembrance Display on CU's Norlin Quad: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

Transgender Film Festival and Potluck! 6 to p.m. Friday, First Congregational United Church of Christ of Longmont, 1500 Ninth Ave.

Please bring a dish to share and join us for the Longmont premier of "Faces and Facets of Transgender Experience." Following "Faces and Facets," there will be a panel of local transgender people share their stories and answer audience questions.

At 7:00pm, following "Faces and Facets" will be "Project Visibility," followed by a third film -- TBA.

Transgender Day of Remembrance: 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jefferson Unitarian Church, 14350 West 32nd Ave., Golden.

Transgender Day of Remembrance is a national movement to bring awareness to and stop the violence against transgender people. Join the Gender Identity Center of Colorado in remembering those who our communities have lost and join us in creating a new, emancipated future for all. More details, at gicofcolo.org.

Transgender Awareness Week Potluck and Celebration: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce St., Boulder. Share food as we celebrate and conclude our first Transgender Awareness Week in Boulder County.

All week, the Out Boulder Pride House will serve as "Trans Central Station" -- a hub of information, resources and volunteers (11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today through Thursday).This will include a clothing exchange.

Please stop by to gather and share resources with the local community.

Hillary Montague-Asp is the peer education coordinator for CU's GLBT Resource Center.