Trans Visibility & Empowerment Project BANNER

Every November, we celebrate Trans Visibility & Empowerment. This program series seeks to highlight trans, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming people and address issues our community faces.



“Lexie Bean: Writer & Sexual Violence Prevention Advocate”
Wednesday, November 9th, 2022

Lexie Bean (he/they) is an author and transgender survivor of domestic violence and sexual abuse who writes and advocates for violence prevention. Lexie is a member of the RAINN national leadership council and has worked with organizations like The Trevor Project. Lexie is the author of The Ship We Built (2020) and the editor of Written on the Body: Letters from Trans and Non-Binary Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence (2018).

Session One: Professional Development for Care Providers
Time: 2 – 3:30PM

Description: Session suitable for counselors, clinicians, and other care providers. Learn key concepts for working with trans and nonbinary survivors of sexual violence.

Session Two: Survivor Support Space
Time: 4:30 – 5:30PM in Scott Hall 104

Description: This is a session designed for LGBTQIA+ survivors of interpersonal violence (including childhood sexual abuse), centering the trans and nonbinary community. Participants will engage around the themes of Lexie’s novel, The Ship We Built. The Ship We Built features a transgender survivor of childhood sexual violence. This is a private space intended for survivors; allies and supporters are encouraged to attend session 1 or session 3.

Session Three: Writing Workshop
Time: 6 – 7PM in Scott Hall 104

Description: This is a public writing workshop open to the community. This writing workshop centers LGBTQIA+ survivors of interpersonal violence. This is a creative expression and healing opportunity for people to process personal experiences through writing. Attendees may include LGBTQIA+ folks who are not survivors; survivors who are not LGBTQIA; and/or other allies.


POSE at the PRCC
Thursday, November 10th, 2022 at 8 – 10PM
Location: Paul Robeson Cultural Center- (600 Bartholomew Road, Piscataway NJ 08854)

Join us for a night of dance and queer joy! Learn about Ballroom history and culture from Rutgers alum Jose from the Haus of Telfar (@josesitolapaz). Jose will lead participants in a vogue workshop followed by an open dancefloor. DJ Tivali Telfar will curate the vibes!
Presented with the Paul Robeson Cultural Center.


Trans-Affirming Career Advising Day
Monday, November 14th, 2022 from 3:30 – 5PM
Location: 17 Bartlett Street, College Avenue Campus (SJE)

Join us for drop-in career advising with a trans and nonbinary affirming career counselor! Airelle Smith is the Assistant Director for Career Advocacy and Professional Inclusion at the Office of Career Exploration and Success. Airelle will work with you on a first-come, first serve basis for all of your career questions. Open to all.


Rutgers Transmission Presents: Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil
Thursday, November 17th, 2022 from 7:30 – 9:00PM

Join Transmissions in remembering our trans, nonbinary, and gender diverse community who have lost their lives as victims of violence. This program will also bring awareness to the harms that our gender diverse community members continue to face.


Beyond Gender Identity: A Narrative of a Transpinay in a World of Intersectionality
Monday, November 28th, 2022 from 6-7PM
Virtual on Zoom

Jackie Baras MSN, MBA, RN is the Director of Surgical Quality, Clinical & LGBT Programs at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH). A trailblazer and leader of the LGBTQIA+ community, Jackie Baras has transformed the tapestry of the LGBTQIA+ healthcare disparities through education, community collaboration, and volunteerism. As a Transpinay, she brings her rich personal experience and a unique intersectional lens to health care. She worked closely with hospital leadership to establish the PROUD Family Health Center at RWJUH Somerset- the first hospital based LGBT clinic in the New Jersey and was part of the team that created PROUD Transitions – a Transgender Family Support Group, also one of its kind in the state.

Check out current and past Trans Visibility and Empowerment calendars!