1rst Annual “Light Up the Night” Dinner/Dance
The inaugural PTGS Light Up the Night dinner/dance and commemoration award event was held at the Contemporary Art Center on the riverfront in Peoria, Nov 19th. It was by all accounts a wonderful success and a great time for all who attended!!! Our M/C, Miss Flo started out the evening with an intro and of course, her usual wit and comedy and later entertained all of us with several of her stage performances as well which garnered her much deserved applause from the audience!
The dinner catered by Cracked Pepper was served buffet style and consisted of your choice of braised ribs or chicken, a vegetable medley and herbed potatoes. During dinner, the din of the room dissolved into many satisfied smiles from everyone there. Absolutely delicioso!!
After dinner, there was cause for a more somber moment in the nights festivities as Kris and Lissa on behalf of the Peoria TransGender Society awarded the first One Life – One Light award. This award recognizes an individual – preferably local – not necessarily transgender, who has demonstrated a life of significant leadership, an example being; advocacy to the transgender community. This year’s One Life – One Light award was given to Leanna Bradley from Galesburg, IL, a transgender woman who has a distinguished military career, made numerous public appearances and interviews from years past which also included being in a movie, several books and magazine articles (one being this article by the Gay Military Signal ) all of which were about her life before and during her military service or on her transition after she retired from the navy. She was also instrumental in the fight with the military in order to receive her retirement benefits which they were trying to deny because of her transgender status or her transition. Because of her and others in the military who fought for their rights and prevailed, it cleared the way for other transgender service personnel who would later follow in their footsteps to get the benefits due them for their military service.
The fun filled evening then progressed to dancing to music provided by DJ which packed the dance floor, enjoying friends company and making new friends along the way!! A wonderful evening for all!!
If you missed this years event, please make sure to include it in your plans next year. Be sure to check back on the PTGS Homepage and bookmark the page for future reference, as the planning committee sets the venue for 2017 the details will be posted there!!
Transgender History Project Presentation
Peoria Transgender Society proudly presented the Transgender History Project “Make History: Be An Ally” in a Public Forum at the Methodist Atrium Bldg. November 16th, 6:30 -8:30 pm. There was an interactive presentation and discussion of the project material by the project development committee consisting of Jamie, Lissa and Aran. Their concise, comprehensive report and pictorial display spanned decades of historical events in the area’s of One Nation, Being an Ally, medical and legal issues leading to the current time. Please take some time and view the presentation as it was given below. We sincerely hope that you will enjoy the presentation
“Transgender in the Media – Where Do We Go From Here?”
A Presentation by Judith Valente
On Friday evening November 18th, 2016 Judith Valente an awarding-winning print and broadcast journalist, poet and essayist gave an insightful presentation on not only transgender issues in the media but her own learning-discovery process of who and what transgender people really are and also what some of life’s experiences and the struggles for transgender people really are like.
Please take some time and view the presentation as it was given by Judith below. We sincerely hope that you will enjoy her presentation.
Transgender Awareness Week November 14 – 20, 2016
Please visit our Calendar of Events below. Our week of activities will culminate with the dinner dance celebration on Saturday November 19th and the solemn Transgender Day of Remembrance Candlelight Vigil Sunday evening November 20th
Light Up the Night Dinner & Dance is an opportunity for Peoria area LGBT+ communities to celebrate life and love, diversity and unity – lighting the night with communal joy.
The Contemporary Art Center of Peoria is the perfect venue for our event – casual, historical significance with an edgy contemporary sophistication, centrally located in the popular Warehouse District along Peoria’s downtown riverfront.
With capacity for 150 people, hardwood dance floor, stage, sound system, private bar and restrooms – and accommodating, supportive staff will help insure our inaugural event is a huge success.
November 14 – 20, 2016
Peoria TransGender Society Calendar of Events
Month of November 2016 / Viewing
Peoria TransGender Society is proud to present in a Public Viewing our Transgender History Project!!
MAKE HISTORY, BE AN ALLY!
Transgender History in the United States
Peoria Public Library
107 N.E. Monroe Street –
Downtown Peoria (Corner of Main and Monroe)
Wheeler Display Case (Located on Lower Level 2, Next to Book Resell Store)
The Transgender History Project will also be available for viewing at the Light Up The Night dinner/dance evening November 19th, 2016 at the Contemporary Art Center (see Light Up the Night banner below for details) and also at the Transgender Day of Remembrance Candlelight Vigil November 20th ,2016 at the Universalist Unitarian Church (see Transgender Day of Remembrance banner below for details)
Wednesday Nov. 16th , 2016
MAKE HISTORY, BE AN ALLY!
Transgender History in the United States
Peoria Transgender Society is proud to present the Transgender History Project “Make History: Be An Ally” in a Public Forum at the Methodist Atrium Bldg.-900 W. Main St.-Peoria,IL Conference Rm. A & B
November 16th, 6:30 -8:30 pm.
There will be an interactive presentation and discussion of the project material by the project development committee consisting of Jamie, Lissa and Aran. Their concise, comprehensive report and pictorial display spans decades of historical events leading to the current time.
Thursday Nov. 17th, 2016
Friday Nov. 18th, 2016
Saturday Nov. 19th, 2016
Please see the top banner in order to buy tickets!!
Sunday Nov. 20th, 2016
PTGS Transgender Day of Remembrance
Please Come Join Us In Our Reflection Of Those Who Have Lost Their Lives Trying to Live Theirs
Sunday November 20th, 2016 6:00 – 8:00 pm CST
Universalist Unitarian Church
3000 W Richwoods Blvd. Peoria IL 61604