ANACONDA — Transgender Week of Recognition kicks off Tuesday, Nov. 19, with a workshop on "The Link between Tolerance and Self Compassion" at Hearst Free Library, 401 Main St., Anaconda. The workshop is from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and is sponsored by the Anaconda Coalition for Tolerance Education.
Led by Audrey Mattson, Jeananne Murphy, and Margaret Osika, this free interactive workshop explores concepts of mindful self-compassion, including how to overcome negative "self-talk" and how practicing compassion for oneself can open one up to compassion and tolerance for others.
"Croissants and Conversation" is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at the Copper Village Arts Center meeting room, 401 E. Commercial Ave., Anaconda. The event offers an opportunity for conversation with the transgender participants and members of the sponsoring organization, ACTE. Finger foods will be provided.
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The week concludes with a memorial service at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, in the gallery section at Copper Village (gallery section). Featured speakers will keep with the theme, "Climb Ev'ry Mountain, Till You Find Your Dream." The national event was started to commemorate all those transgender people worldwide who lost their lives to violence against them in the past year. This year close to 400 deaths have been reported. Many more deaths result from suicide.
According to Anne Dobney, ACTE president, "ACTE's events are meant to foster acceptance and understanding for transgender people, who all too often suffer from physical, mental, and emotional abuse just for being their true selves."
A reception with light refreshments will follow the memorial service. All events are free and open to the public.