PRIDE VERMONT PRESENTS:
BE GENDER PROUD
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 25, 2014
Transgender Advocate & Model Geena Rocero To Speak in Burlington September 10th
BURLINGTON, Vt – PRIDE Vermont is presenting internationally renowned transgender advocate and model, Geena Rocero, during PRIDE week on September 10th at 7:00 pm, at Contois Auditorium (Burlington City Hall). Geena will speak about her global work on gender rights issues. The event will include a question & answer session for the public to engage in the conversation. Admission is free. Donations are welcome. More information is available atPrideVermont.com or email email@example.com.
In her speaking presentations Geena raises awareness of transgender identity, and of the struggles the transgender people face. She bridges the transgender community to the audience through a message of how, like transgender people, everyone has barriers they need to overcome to confirm their true selves and live without shame. She delivers her own unique story, educates with dignity on transgender identity, and builds solidarity between communities.
Geena is founder of the nonprofit organization Gender Proud, which has 2 goals: domestically, to raise transgender visibility and start a new conversation about what it means to be trans.; globally, the organization’s goal is to push forward more progressive gender marker policy.
In March 2014, Geena came out as transgender at the TED Conference. Geena’s talk marked the first time that TED has tackled transgender rights issues on the main stage. Since TED, Geena has been featured in over 30 news articles, blog posts and TV interviews. A Glamour magazine feature will come out in mid-September, at the same time that Gender Proud will launch its global advocacy work in full.
Born to humble beginnings in Manila, Philippines, Geena always had big dreams. Growing up, she knew that she was different from her childhood friends. At a young age, she told her mom that her gender assignment at birth was different. At fifteen, a pageant manager approached her to join a beauty contest. This opportunity led her to the world of the TransWomen Beauty Pageant in the Philippines. As a young teenager, she then became one of the most prominent figures in the trans beauty pageant world.
Geena immigrated to San Francisco in 2001, and moved to New York City in 2005 in order to pursue a modeling career. She was quickly represented by Next Models, one of the most prominent agencies in the world. Through her own experience into womanhood and working as a professional model, she realized her bigger purpose in life was to share her journey and work towards justice and beauty in the transgender community.
Geena is now working full-time on Gender Proud; the organization is dedicated to pushing for more progressive gender marker policy. Current global focus areas include Hong Kong, the Philippines and Brazil. To learn more, visitwww.genderproud.com.
PRIDE Vermont is Northern New England’s premier PRIDE festival. The annual celebration of the LGBT community in Vermont takes place September 7-14, 2014in Burlington, Vt. This year’s theme is “Generations of PRIDE,” which explores the history of PRIDE through the decades and also the diversity in ages of Vermont’s LGBT community.
The week culminates with a parade and festival on Sunday, September 14th. The parade begins at 12:45 pm beginning at the bottom of Church Street and winding its way to the Festival site at Battery Park. The festival itself will take place 1:00-5:00 pm. and will include music and entertainment in the Battery Park band shell. There will be activity tents for family and youth, community resources, gender-focused activities, and vendors. The festival will also include the annual Northern Decadence Food & Travel Expo, produced by the Vermont Gay Tourism Association.”
Geena Rocero’s appearance during PRIDE week is made possible by sponsors, including the Vermont Gay Tourism Association and Moose Meadow Lodge.