UAB to bring awareness to transgender rights


The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) will host an event to bring awareness to the rights of transgender people in September.

The Human Rights of Transgender Persons event will be held at the UAB Hill Student Center on Thursday September 13 at 6:00 p.m. Several guest speakers will be there to discuss issues facing the community, including Brianna Patterson, a transgender rights activist.

According to the event’s Facebook description, Patterson is a “military veteran, former firefighter, and current graduate student who is working hard to change the narrative about Transgender people in the South.”

Patterson is a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, an educational organization devoted to transgender health.

She first posted her story of overcoming discrimination in the work place on the Invisible History Project’s (IHP) website. According to the same site, the IHP is “designed to be a repository for the preservation of the history of LGBTQ life first in the state of Alabama and then the entire Southeast.”

The UAB Special Collections Library is a partner of the project.

Married couple, and screenwriters, Tony Phelan and Joan Rater, will also be speaking on how having a transgender son has transformed their lives. Phelan and Rater were both executive producers and writers for the popular hospital drama television show Grey’s Anatomy.

For more information on the event click here.