2022 Transgender Pioneer Award Recipients

2022 Transgender Pioneer Award Recipients

International Transgender Education Association and Transgender Week / Fantasia Fair are proud to announce the recipiences of the 2022 Transgender Pioneer Awards for 2022.

Established in 2022, the Pioneer Award is the transgender community’s longest established award. It is honors lifetime achievements of those who have changed the world so trans people could come together in safety and comfort. We meet in Provincetown, Massachusetts each year to honor their work and thank them for all they have done for us.

The Transgender Pioneer Award recipients for 2022 are Jude Patton (left) and Rupert Raj (right). Both have been staunch activists and clinicians and both have been active since the early 1970s. Both were instrumental in providing support and serving as positive role models for transmasculine individuals at a time when information and acceptance were scarce. Jude is located on the West Coast of the United States. Rupert was active in Ontario and British Columbia and now lives in Portugal

Jude was the first transgender person to be accepted as a member of the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association, the original name of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. He served on the board as consumer representative from 1979-1985. In 1982, He, Joanna Clark, Candice Brown, Joy Shaffer, and Diane Saunders formed the ACLU Transsexual Rights Committee in San Jose, California. Since the early 1970s, he has spoken widely about trans issues. He has edited two books about transgender aging. He will be present to accept his award at Transgender Week / Fantasia Fair. Jude is a physician’s assistant and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

In the mid-1970s, Jude launched an unsuccessful petition to require Ontario to cover trans medical care under the prince’s health insurance plan. In 1979, he founded the Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Transsexuals. He edited its newsletter, Gender Review, until 1982. In 1988, he launched the organization Gender Worker and published its newsletter; the organization’s purpose was to assist helping professionals in their work with transgender people. In 199, he started the Trans-Men/FTM Peer-Support group in Ontario. He has a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology and has been a Canadian Certified Counselor since 1985.

Jude will be present in Provincetown in October to receive his award at Transgender Week / Fantasia Fair. Rupert, who is unable to travel, will accept his award via teleconference.

For more information on the Transgender Pioneer Award and a list of past recipients, visit https://fanfair.info/pioneer-award/.

Rev Hawke Stone Thank You

Dear Fantasia Fair,

Like the comet that swings close to the sun daring itself to cruise close, but not too close, and come out the other side to a journey back to the stars, so, too, have I just come through another very dangerously trying health crisis. I have been very ill since the end of October—right around the time of FanFair. Not COVID or someone else would be writing to you, but a new and challenging complication of my disability. I’ve been able to work (barely) and to do day-to-day things, but little else. I have a wonderful rotating group of people who take care of me when things get this tough, and I feel very blessed.

However, being so ill leaves a wreckage of unfinished and undone tasks in its wake, I am sad to say. I’ve also been shepherding a dear long-standing friend through her end days, she passed on Thursday night. Now I am grieving, though her passing was expected. Never easy.

All that aside, I want to thank each of you for your hard work and contributions toward making my award reception a lovely and meaningful time. Thank you! I am so grateful that you all chose to recognize me and more importantly the work I have done through decades passed to lift up the lives and spirits of transgender people. It is humbling and incredibly rewarding work to witness folks becoming themselves and blossoming in all the ways they do—and to do the hard political work of making a civil rights foundation for those coming behind us. Thank you for honoring that. Though my work now takes me into the office to make change one person at a time, the work Pioneer Award recognized was hard wrought and has been over the years its own reward.

Thank you so much, and please forgive my tardiness, but life, once again, intervened in my well-intentioned plans, and things had to be put aside while I received medical care.

May you all have—maybe some of you already had—beautiful year’s end Holidays! Celebrating all the ways people of all faiths and practices celebrate the returning of the Light is one of my favorite celebration seasons of the year.

May your New Year be filled with Peace, Love, Prosperity, and above all Blessings!

Peace,
Rev. Hawk Stone
Swami Paramananda

Safety Update

Safety Update
August 10, 2021

The pandemic is not yet over. The rise of the highly contagious Delta variant is upon us, and, just like last year, hospitals in some states are at capacity. More is yet to come, and no one, even the CDC, can predict exactly what. It’s likely boosters will become available to offer further boost the immune system, but no one yet knows just when.

Fortunately, those who have been vaccinated are at almost zero risk of being permanently incapacitated or dying from contracting the virus. For the minority who do get sick, it’s like getting the flu. The unvaccinated are at high risk for becoming sick, and it’s a guarantee many who do will be hospitalized, and some will die. Some are dying right now. Almost everyone patient in the intensive care wards in all 50 states is unvaccinated.

Scientists have recently learned those who are vaxxed are capable of carrying the virus while remaining asymptomatic. The efficacy of social distancing and wearing masks at reducing transmission has been proven, and many governments and commercial establishments are reinstituting mandates.

We at Fantasia Fair have said all along we will take guidance from Federal, state, and local authorities, and that’s exactly what we’re doing. We about 70 days out from the event, and conditions are still apt to change, but for now, Provincetown is requiring masks and social distancing when indoors, and many innkeepers and restaurateurs are requiring proof of vaccination or recent proof of negativity as a condition for entering their establishments.

We were not inclined to require proof of vaccination or Covid tests, but as things now stand, those who are unvaccinated will find it difficult or impossible to gain entry to the many venues the Fair uses, and perhaps even to the inns they booked. If you are unvaccinated and plan to come, please know you are likely to find yourself excluded. It is not and never has been our intention to exclude the unvaccinated, but factors outside our control means they will be excluded from most Fair activities.

If you are unvaccinated, you still have time (barely) to get one of the several vaccines available and acquire the documentation that will get you into the Fair. We urge you to do so. If you won’t or can’t, we suggest you cancel your Fair registration and lodging while you can still get a refund. We are past the point of full refund, but you can still get a partial refund, and you have the option of rolling your registration over to 2022.

If you are vaccinated, please know we and Provincetown will do everything we can to keep you and your loved ones safe. Provincetown’s response to the news earlier this summer of vaccinated people acquiring the virus has led to greatly decreased positivity rates. We believe P’Town will be as safe as any other city in the United States.

We urge everyone once again to bring their vaccination cards and additionally, to take photos of the cards and keep them on your phones. If you arrive in Provincetown without proof of vaccination, you will be considered by the town to be unvaccinated. We (and you!) certainly don’t want that.

You will need to show your cards to your innkeeper and, just once, to us, when you register. Fair Director Dee Lavalle has arranged with our various venues for the Fantasia Fair badge to serve as proof of vaccination. This will save you the trouble of digging out your vax cards and showing them every time you enter the Crown & Anchor or our other locations. Brilliant, Dee!

We want you (and us!) to have a fun and safe Fantasia Fair. To make that happen, make that copy of your vax card and keep it on your phone–and bring your original card as well.

We’ll see you in October. And thank you, everyone.

Dallas Denny
Board Chair, Intl. Transgender Educ. Assn. (Fantasia Fair’s nonprofit name)

 

Covid 19 Announcement

We are now less than 90 days from Fantasia Fair 2021. We are looking forward to an exciting, informative, and safe event.

We have been paying careful attention to national, state, and local announcements about Covid-19 precautions. As you know, things can change rapidly in this pandemic, so we look to government for updates and guidance

The rapid spread of the Delta variant is raising new concerns about public safety, and guidelines for public safety may changes between now and October 17. We will continue to monitor developments and keep you informed here.

Yesterday, Provincetown issued a press release with recommendations for testing, social distancing, and vaccinations. It can be found here: https://www.provincetown-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/14141/PUBLIC-HEALTH-ADVISORY_July-19_COVID-19-Cases-in-Provincetown. We urge you to read it and follow the recommendations.

Here are OUR recommendations

  • If you are not vaccinated, we urge you to immediately become so. IfWe are now less than 90 days from Fantasia Fair 2021. We are looking forward to an exciting, informative, and safe event.We have been paying careful attention to national, state, and local announcements about Covid-19 precautions. As you know, things can change rapidly in this pandemic, so we look to government for updates and guidance

    The rapid spread of the Delta variant is raising new concerns about public safety, and guidelines for public safety may changes between now and October 17. We will continue to monitor developments and keep you informed here.

    Yesterday, Provincetown issued a press release with recommendations for testing, social distancing, and vaccinations. It can be found here: https://www.provincetown-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/14141/PUBLIC-HEALTH-ADVISORY_July-19_COVID-19-Cases-in-Provincetown. We urge you to read it and follow the recommendations.

    Here are OUR recommendations

    • If you are not vaccinated, we urge you to immediately become so. If you choose to come to the Fair unvaccinated, please understand you will be putting your health and life at risk. The risk for those who are vaccinated will be very small.
    • If you face additional risks because of health issues, be particularly careful.
    • Remember, Provincetown in October is relatively tranquil and uncrowded, and
    • Be sure to bring your vaccination card or a photocopy. Take a photo with your phone as backup, in case you forget to bring your card.
    • Please bring masks and wear them when indoors.
    • If you will be flying, repeatedly check with your carrier(s) about travel restrictions and flight cancellations. If you are crossing international borders, please check border restrictions and policy.
    • Before the Fair, check with your Provincetown innkeepers for their policies and procedures.
    • Monitor this site for updates.

    We will do our utmost to make Fantasia Fair 2021 as safe as possible.

Monica Roberts Dead at Age 58

Photo from Equality Texas Website

 

We were shocked and saddened last night to learn of the death of Monica Katrice Roberts of Houston, Texas  (May 4, 1962 – October 5, 2020). Details of her passing were initially sketchy, but apparently she died of natural causes. Houston television station ABC13 had this to say:

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) By Miya Shay. 9 October, 2020.

A day after news broke of Texas transgender rights advocate Monica Roberts’ death, Eyewitness News has learned that she died just outside of her apartment earlier this week.

An initial police report indicated she may have been hit by a car, but now, friends and family say she died of natural causes.

“A lot of family members are shocked and devastated to what has happened,” said Monica’s younger brother Kevin Roberts. “We’re just really trying to take it all in, it’s really been a shock.”

Roberts mother told ABC13 on Friday that she had not been feeling well in recent days. Her mother said Roberts had been short of breath, but brushed off serious health concerns. Family members had encouraged her to get a COVID-19 test, but are not certain if that happened.

Monica was a fierce advocate for trans rights and an inspiration to trans people both young and old. Her TransGriot blog, begun in 2006, and her dedication to her work made her a foundational voice for trans people of color. Within minutes of the announcement of her death by her friend Dee Dee Watters, the internet began to fill with lamentations and tributes.

Monica was given many awards for her work, including the International Foundation for Gender Education’s Trinity Award (2006), a Special Recognition Award from GLAAD (2016), Phillip Brooks House Association’s Robert Coles “Call of Service” Award (2017), and The Human Rights Campaign’s  John Walzel Equality Award (also in 2017).  TransGriot was named Outstanding Blog at the GLAAD Media Awards (2018) and The National LGBTQ Task Force’s Susan J. Hyde Award for Longevity in the Movement (2020). She was named one of eight Houston women to watch on social media by Houstonia (2018) and one of the fifty heroes “leading the nation toward equality, acceptance, and dignity for all people” by Queerty  (2020). (Wikipeia: Monica Roberts).

In 2015, Real Life Experiences, the nonprofit that produced Fantasia Fair, awarded Monica the Transgender Pioneer Award. She spent a week at the Fair, where she gave a keynote and impressed everyone in attendance with her dignity and dedication.

Monica was an inspiration to the entire trans community. She is gone, tragically and far too soon. Godspeed, Monica Roberts.

Fantasia Fair 2020 Cancelled Due to Covid-19

 

Last week the Fantasia Fair Planning Committee came to a painful decision.

It was a determination we didn’t want to make. It was a decision none of us thought we would ever have to make.

Our hearts told us the Fair must happen. Our heads, however, told us it couldn’t. The committee made a recommendation to the Board that Fantasia Fair 2020 be cancelled. The Board accepted the Committee’s recommendation.

How did we come by this decision and why did we make it?

There are a number of reasons. First, our demographics skew heavily toward older attendees. Many have health issues that would put them at particular risk if infected. The last thing anyone on the committee wanted to do was to jeopardize the health and well-being of anyone in the Fantasia Fair family–including ourselves.

Second, just about every event in Provincetown has been cancelled through the end of the summer. There will essentially be no summer season in Provincetown–and since businesses make almost all of their money between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the committee anticipated many establishments would go out of business and expected that many establishments that survived would close early, leaving Provincetown a virtual ghost town when we would arrive in late October. We could not be sure there would be venues for our larger events. Venues are difficult in Provincetown even in a good year.

And third, we were in a position to make a full refund of all registration monies. Had we pressed ahead and later been forced to cancel, deposits made for meeting space and meals would have made full refunds impossible–this due to deposits we routinely make when we travel to Provincetown in mid-May to make arrangements.

There has been a Fantasia Fair every year since 1975. It breaks our hearts to break this long tradition, but we knew we had to do it. And yes, we hate it every bit as much as you do.

The committee is already hard at work planning Fantasia Fair 2021. It’s going to be fabulous–as FanFair 2020 would have been had it not been for the pandemic.

We already miss our Fantasia Fair family. It’s going to be tough come October–and for that reason, we’re planning some virtual activities that will provide at least some continuation of the Fantasia Fair tradition and allow us all to see and talk to one another. It will be at a distance, on computer screens, but it will be great.

We’ll keep you informed as we make decisions about how do bring us together virtually. We hope you will participate.

So there it is. We know it sucks. We would give just about anything to make it some other way.

 

If you are preregistered for 2020, contact Fair Director Dee LaValle at dee@fantasiafair.org and request a refund–or, if you prefer, ask her to roll over your monies for Fantasia Fair 2021.

Getting Started at the Fair

Sunday

Fair check in (@Boatslip 1-5 pm)
Review your welcome packet and Fair schedule for the week
Stroll around town and get your bearings
Attend the Welcome Reception

Monday

Check the day's schedule
Kick Off Brunch
Attend the Welcome Dinner/Dance

Tuesday

Check the day's schedule
Attend the Newcomers Lunch

You've settled in. You've got the hang of it.
Enjoy the Fair!

Daily

Afternoon Key Note and Workshops
Mingle in the courtyard at the Crown