Transgender Day of Remembrance DC 2016 - TDOR

"The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was founded in 1998 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith - a transgender graphic designer, columnist, and activist - to memorialize the murder of Rita Hester in Allston Massachusetts.  What initially began as a web-based project has since burgeoned into an international day of action; in 2014 TDORs were observed in over 200 cities"  Quoted from the program book of the Washington DC observance 20 November 2016

DC Fashion Incubator Designers Spring/Summer 2017 Collection Fashion Show

The DC Fashion Incubator supports the local emerging fashion market, by identifying and providing business mentoring, seminars and workshops as well as technical design support. DCFI assists fashion entrepreneurs, helps them develop infrastructure support and a well-rounded skill set.  I like the DCFI emphasis on the business of fashion.  I had the opportunity to attend their latest show on August 31th.  Here are a few highlights.

Bowser Family Picnic

On June 12th, the FAMILY gathered in the Town of Eagle Harbor for a good old-fashioned picnic in the yard, under the tree.  Eagle Harbor is in the southern tip of Prince Georges County on the Patuxent River.  My father's uncle is one of the founders of the town so we have roots there.  Our cousin Lewis Jones brought in the ginormous grill, was the head chef and working with mamma organized the picnic.  Many thanks to him.  It was really wonderful to have the family come together - JUST BECAUSE.

RUN HOPE WORK GRADUATION

RUN HOPE WORK is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the lives of young people in crisis.  RUN HOPE WORK uses running, mentorship and hands-on training in trades link flooring, painting and green technologies to give participants the skills they need to grow meaningful careers and to contribute to their communities.  

RUN HOPE WORK was founded by my good friend, Jose Ortiz, who was once homeless and struggling with substance abuse himself.  He is now "paying it forward" with this amazing program.

I ran with the group several times this June and July and survived a couple of Ultimate Frisbee games.  

The graduation program on July 29th at Covenant House was an empowering, uplifting experience graduates and family and friends alike.  All 16 graduates have jobs!  Graduates also receive employer recognized certifications.