Weekend Conference Offers Special Events and Workshops on Health, Sports, and Fitness for the LGBTQ Community.
Boston, MA—BodyImage4Justice (BI4J) is proud to announce the second annualLGBTQ Health and Wellness Weekend, which will take place August 15-17, 2014 at Fenway Health and the Holmes Sports Center on the Simmons College Residential Campus. This year’s event builds on the success of the first LGBTQ Health and Wellness Weekend with a full roster of workshops, panel discussions, fitness classes and other activities. Presenters at this year’s conference include special guest Carter Brown, Founder/CEO of Black Trans Men, Inc. in Dallas, TX. The theme of this year’s conference is “LGBTQ Athletes and Sports.”
In keeping with the conference theme, BI4J has announced that the Keynote speaker for this year’s event is Fallon Fox, the first openly transgender professional fighter in Mixed Martial Arts history. Ms. Fox will tell her story and share how Mixed Martial Arts and other contact sports can be a source of empowerment at the opening plenary session on the morning of Saturday, August 16th.
Awards Dinner and Other Highlights
The weekend’s activities begin on Friday evening, August 15th, with the annual BI4JKick-Off Dinner and Awards Ceremony. This year, BI4J will honor two Champions of LGBTQ Health and Wellness: Mike’s Fitness in Jamaica Plain and transgender elder, activist, and pioneer Rev. Louis Mitchell. The Dinner will be catered by Norma Rosario of Norma’s Catering in Roxbury, MA, offering a menu of delicious vegetarian and meat dishes with a Puerto Rican flair.
On Saturday night, August 16th from 9:00 pm to 2:00 am, BI4J will host the Purple After Party at Club Cafe, 209 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA, with DJ Spindrift. Admission is $10 at the door for the dance party. There will also be a raffle with prizes donated by event sponsors and vendors.
Tickets and Event Admission
Tickets for the LGBTQ Health and Wellness Weekend are available for purchase online at http://bit.ly/WellnessWkend, and tickets just for the Kick-Off Dinner and Awards Ceremony are available at http://bit.ly/KickOffDinner. A limited number of tickets will also be available for purchase at the door, based on venue capacity. BI4J is offering a half-price Youth (under 21 years of age) discount to help make the LGBTQ Health and Wellness Weekend more affordable for and accessible to students. General information about LGBTQ Health and Wellness Weekend activities, presenters, schedule, and more is available at https://sites.google.com/site/lgbtqhww/
Formed in the summer of 2013, BodyImage4Justice (BI4J) aims to bring the LGBTQ community together through the common cause and interest of body image, health and wellness. The organization, founded and led by transgender people of color, focuses on empowerment and social justice for the trans community through events, workshops, political action, advocacy, and other activities that further our mission and support the health and well-being of community members. BI4J works to make the connection between body image and health explicit and visible in our communities.
[From a News Release]