Join Rhode Island’s transgender community members, families and allies to celebrate a “Trans Day of Joy.”

Trans Day of Joy is an opportunity to celebrate that everyone is welcome in Rhode Island, and to build upon the state’s legacy of equality to support transgender kids and their families.

The outdoor event, organized by LGBTQ Action RI, will feature speakers, information about local organizations, available resources for individuals and families, and actions to take in support of transgender equality in the state.

The event starts off the annual Transgender Awareness Week, a week each year designated to uplifting resilience, love and acceptance among and in support of transgender community members.

As a celebration of community, the event will feature community advocates, educators, faith leaders, and more. Scheduled speakers include:

  • Jayeson Watts, LICSW, Director of Transgender Health at Thundermist Health Center
  • Aarav Sundaresh, Director of Equity & Belonging, Providence Public School Department
  • Zoe Armstrong, Gender-Sexuality Alliance Coordinator, Youth Pride, Inc.
  • Evan Jones, Soar Works Disability Coordinator, Sojourner House
  • Rowan Alvarez, Case Manager, Haus of Codec
  • Rev. DL Helfer
  • Rev. Dr. Donnie Anderson
  • Janson Wu, Executive Director, GLAD

Rain date: Sunday, November 13, 11:00am – 12:00pm. Please follow LGBTQ Action RI and The Womxn Project for updates.

For more information about Trans Day of Joy, contact Damián Lima, LGBTQ Action RI:

In addition to LGBTQ Action RI, Trans Day of Joy is supported by Youth Pride, Inc., The Womxn Project, SAGE RI, RI Democratic Women’s Caucus, Beyond the Stacks, Towards An Antiracist North Kingstown (TANK), TGI Network of RI, RI Queer PAC, PFLAG of Greater Providence, Contemporary Theater Company, UU Congregation of South County, Sojourner House, South County Pride, URI Gender and Sexuality Center, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), Haus of Codec, Planned Parenthood Votes! Rhode Island, Old Lesbians Organizing for Change, and Thundermist Health Center.