Transgender Awareness and Affirmation Service

Organized by River Fae, Bree Fae, members of TANG, local and statewide members of the transgender community, guest speaker Barbie Hurtado, and Rev. Mark Skrabacz. Music by Brian Asher, Carlos Gonzalez, Jaime Ramirez, Alexandria Gayton- Gutierrez, and River Fae.

TANG, the Trans and Non-binary Group at First UU, invites everyone to hear the stories, listen to lived experiences, and learn how to use your voice to uplift the voices of your transgender friends, neighbors, and loved ones. Let’s continue to grow as a Welcoming Congregation by validating, honoring, accepting, and affirming the transgender members of our community.

Barbie Hurtado – Barbie (they/them/elle) is a non-binary fat queer immigrant activist and the organizing and training Manager at a reproductive rights organization. Barbie is the national recruitment co-coordinator for Mijente, a political home for latinx/chicanx folx in the US & Puerto Rico. Since 2018 they serve as a member of Mayor Ron Nirenberg’s LGBTQ+ advisory committee. In 2017 Barbie co-founded Son Queers, a collective of queer, trans & non-binary musicians that share, teach and play traditional son jarocho music in a safe inclusive environment with the mission of healing through art and music and resisting the hetero-patriarchal-normativity that is prevalent in our society. Barbie is also a founding member of Los MENtirosos, San Antonio’s only drag king troupe. Last October Barbie published the first edition of La Gorda Zine, a space to write their experiences navigating & existing in the world in a fat queer body. You can find Barbie around Texas leading chants on a megaphone, playing music with Son Queers or transforming into their drag king persona Pancho Panza and dancing to Juan Gabriel.