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Understanding the Transgender experience

By: Cassandra May Albaugh
March 6, 2020

The Rohnert Park Cotati Regional Library located at 6250 Lynne Conde Way in Rohnert Park is hosting this panel discussion Wednesday, March 11, from 6:30-8 p.m. The panel discussion will be facilitated by Janna Barkin. Barkin is an author, educator and mom. Her youngest child is transgender, and she has made it her mission to foster more compassion, understanding, and acceptance in our society. I attended a similar event at the Petaluma Library a few months ago and can attest to both her passion and ability to deal with this topic in a sensitive and compelling fashion.

Other panelists will include transgender adults and parents of transgender children. They will share their perspectives with attendees. The program is designed to support, educate and inspire anyone who attends. Panelists include Jasper Lauter (he/him). He is an actor, writer, poet and drag performer. Jordan Decker is described as a “National/International Speaker and Accidental Activist.” His non-profit “Trans HeartLine” builds bridges between Faith, Spirituality and Gender using education and advocacy to provide safe post-op housing in the Bay Area. Suzanne Ford serves on the board of Trans Heartline and the Spahr Center. As a trans woman, Ford is a fierce activist working toward equal rights for the Trans community. Finally, Theo Orbasido, a Filipino intersex and queer transgender man from Petaluma, advocates for the importance of common community and support for transgender youth. He currently is studying veterinary medicine at SRJC. 

Although not a panelist, I will be in attendance and available to answer questions about my own journey as a Trans woman. If you want to move beyond mere tolerance towards acceptance and understanding, this is an event that may help you do that. I hope to see you there. The event announcement can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1629637910526477/?active_tab=about