What's New at The Center - March 2016

We have exciting activities coming up at The Center this month! Starting with the new children’s support group called Kids Connect. The objective of Kids Connect is to help support non-gender conforming children pre-K-5th grade and their parents. Our first meeting will be Mar. 9 at 5:30pm. If you have any questions before the scheduled time, please feel free to contact us at thecenterofwichita@gmail.com.
    WiTCoN has opened a wonderful new clothes closet. The ribbon cutting was Jan. 24. Named the “Fabric of Life,” it is to help transgender and allies with their clothing needs. If you would like to donate items or you are in need of some good quality items, please contact Brenda or Elle at Witcon.org.
    International Transgender Day of Visibility is an annual event occurring on Mar. 31. It was founded by transgender activist, Rachel Crandall in 2009. The day spreads awareness of how many transgender people there are, and the issues they face. Many people post on social media; search for those by looking up #happyTDOV, #TDOV, and #transdayofvisibility.
    To those who might be interested in joining the new group Kids Connect or have questions about gender-variant children, we recommend this excellent book located in the Transgender section of our library. The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals by Stephanie Brill and Rachel Pepper, San Francisco, CA; Cleis Press, 2008
    This guide for parents of transgender and gender-variant children seeks to fill a gap in both parenting and transgender literature. Building on existing research, as well as the authors’ experiences working with families, the book provides an overview of issues ranging from medical care to negotiating what a child will wear to a formal family event. Brill and Pepper offer a mix of practical suggestions and philosophy to guide and reassure parents at all points in the understanding and acceptance of their child.
    To address specific challenges, the authors include sample letters for parents to revise, such as a physician’s recognition of the child’s gender status, which the child can carry to show to authorities. Quotations from parents, children and community members provide real-life perspectives.
    The Center is always looking for financial support from the community to keep our programs going, so please DONATE!
    You can give money any of the following ways: Paypal – paypal.com, our e-mail is thecenterofwichita@gmail.com, GoFundMe www.gofundme.com/The-Center-of-Wichita, Click & Pledge co.ClickandPledge.com/?ID=34552. Dillon’s Community Rewards at http://www.dillons.com/communityrewards, link your card to The Center of Wichita, organization #58952. AmazonSmile at http://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-3339639. l

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Marcia McCoy, Ph.D.