Sometimes, history happens right before your very eyes. Saturday seemed like one of those instances. That's when a group of Las Vegas trans activists took some of their first steps toward formally organizing, as well as joining forces with upstate Nevadans.
Group members met for more than three hours at their local LGBTQ center for an activism training session led by the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada. The session was dubbed Transitioning to a GenderQueer Activist: Becoming Transformative. While some participants were more experienced with such grassroots involvement, others were newbies.
Discussion topics included setting goals regarding political and social change, identifying likely allies and opponents of such efforts and devising tactics to get things done. Participants also brainstormed group organizational structures, and that was the point when it was stated that merging with an existing LGBTQ rights group in upstate Nevada would be wiser than creating one from scratch for downstaters.
More specifically, the group agreed it would be beneficial to integrate with Equality Nevada, a relatively new nonprofit organization based in Reno that provides support and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and genderqueer individuals and their families. Group members said they would work out organizational details at a future meeting.