The Houston Transgender Unity Committee celebrates the 21st Transgender Unity Banquet on Saturday, April 20. This is the largest transgender community event held in Houston each year.
The Houston Transgender Unity Committee (HTUC) was formed to plan and coordinate common activities for Houston’s transgender community including Tau Chi chapter of Tri-Ess, Helping Transgenders Anonymous (HTGA), Some Transgenders Are Guys (STAG), Houston Transgender Cover Girls (HTCG), Diamond T Girls, and Transgenders of Faith-Community Gospel Church.
The Unity Banquet is held each year to acknowledge and honor the transgender community’s allies and advocates.
This year’s special guest emcee is Trystan Reese, senior field organizer for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. This year’s keynote speaker is Susan O’Neal Stryker. Stryker is a professor, author, filmmaker, and theorist of gender and sexuality. She is currently an associate professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona, and is the director of the university’s Institute for LGBT Studies. Stryker has served as a visiting professor at Harvard University, University of California, Santa Cruz, and Simon Fraser University. She is an openly lesbian trans woman who has written extensively about transgenderism and queer culture. This year’s Unity Banquet is to be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Brookhollow Sheraton, 3000 North Loop West. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. There will be a cash bar. For ticket information, visit htuc.org.