Transgender Health and Wellness Day 2018
by Dr. Camilla Williams
I was excited to be able to be part of the Transgender Health and Wellness Day at the San Diego LGBT Community Center last Saturday, representing Waves, A Psychological Corporation. This event was organized by UC San Diego AntiViral Research Center & Project Trans at the Center.
There was a great resource fair with sponsors offering legal services, health care resources (Please check out the picture below to see me at Waves’ table.), medical information, and information about civil rights. The volunteers were knowledgeable and friendly, and they offered a delicious lunch and snacks across the day.
For me, the highlight of the day was the keynote presentation by Bamby Salcedo. Ms. Salcedo is a “highly regarded, nationally and internationally recognized activist, advocate, community organizer and social justice advocate and professional” who talked about working toward change through times of adversity.
She pointed out that mainstream narratives have always tried to erase the transgender community and that transgender people can and have always advocated for visibility and rights.
Her story was very personal and powerful.
Afternoon breakout sessions covered topics such as hormones and health, mental health, and general wellness. The event organizers made sure to include Spanish/English interpreter services for those of us who primarily understand one or the other language. In addition, there was a Latinx track that was presented in Spanish.
This event was advertised as the first annual Transgender Health and Wellness Day. I look forward to learning what is in store for next year and beyond.
Below are some details about the event from the organizer’s Facebook page :
The UC San Diego AntiViral Research Center’s (AVRC) Transgender/Gender Non-Conforming Community Advisory Board, in collaboration with the San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center (The Center), are excited to present the first annual San Diego Transgender Health and Wellness Day. The event will be held at The Center, 3909 Centre St., San Diego, CA 92103.
We will bring together the transgender community in the San Diego region to promote and enhance their health and wellness. Topics include, but are not limited to: healthcare navigation, hormones, mental health, HIV medication adherence and more. We expect over 100 attendees, consisting of HIV-impacted transgender community members along with service providers, physicians, nurses and clinical researchers from San Diego County.
Join us as we celebrate life, health and wellness.
*Please visit https://thwd2018.eventbrite.com to RSVP
**Please request any childcare or interpretation services.