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December 2020

Coloring and Chatting: A Wintery Theme

December 15, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CST

Join FORGE and friends for a low-key support group to chill, connect with others, chat, and color. Folks will have the opportunity to just BE with each other. What to bring? A cup of hot chocolate or another favorite wintery beverage. A coloring page or book (especially those with a winter theme – snowflakes, holiday symbols, winter sports, festive sparkles, whatever winter means to you) Pens, pencils, markers to color with YOURSELF – however you are feeling, whatever state you…

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Staying Active in the Winter

December 22, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CST

Join us for an informational conversation with Caleb Weinhardt. Physical activity comes in all forms, and we can all find different ways to incorporate enjoyable movement into our lives! We will talk about strategies for staying active safely in the winter-time, as well as during our current health crisis.  Conversation will explore finding joy in new routines, moving our bodies, incorporating the outdoors into our physical activity, and caring for our physical and mental health.   Facilitator:  Caleb Weinhardt Caleb…

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January 2021

Connect: Pets, Animals, and Furry Friends!

January 12, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm CST

Did you know that pet adoptions have soared during the COVID-19 pandemic? Many folks are adopting “pandemic pets” or spending more time with the furry friends they already have! Whether you have pets or not, join us on Tuesday, January 12th, to chat about the benefits of spending time with animals, the joy they bring into our lives, our favorite animal stories and photos, favorite wild animals, favorite animal web cams, and more! We invite you to bring your pets…

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COVID Pods, School, Safety, and Shifting Needs

January 26, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm CST

As we continue navigating COVID-19, we are each are finding what is comfortable and safe-feeling for ourselves when considering who to include in our inner circle of people who we spend face-to-face time with. We’ll talk about the critical role of having people in our lives and connecting in meaningful ways. Exploring the concepts of our personal bubble will play a central role in our discussion. Zoom link When: Jan 26, 2021 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Topic:…

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February 2021

Share the Love: Valentine’s Day Card Making

February 9, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm CST

For this Valentine’s Day themed event, we’ll be making valentines, cards, and other crafts to share with others, decorate, or just to enjoy! You’re welcome to use the craft supplies you have access to, or request a packet with materials from FORGE. We invite you to make these crafts for yourself or for others who might love to receive a card during this time of limited social interaction! If you'd like to receive a Valentine's Day Care Package with crafting…

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A look into the world of fashion model Dezjorn Gauthier

February 27, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm CST

Let’s Chat: A look into the world of fashion model Dezjorn Gauthier BlackTransHistory month is almost over – but the work, passion, and brilliance of Black Trans Excellence is ever-present.   Join FORGE and guest speaker Dezjorn Gauthier – model, public speaker, pageant host, entrepreneur, and much more.  He will talk about some of his amazing journey, as well as include share about the often-under-discussed culture of pageants and runways.  Join us!   When: Feb 23, 2021 03:00 PM Central Time…

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April 2021

Coloring & Chatting! Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 13, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm CDT

Join FORGE and friends for a low-key support group to chill, connect with others, chat, and color. Folks will have the opportunity to just BE with each other. This coloring & chatting event will be centered around Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), with awareness-themed coloring pages (keep an eye out for these to be posted soon!) What is SAAM? Sexual Assault Awareness Month is an annual campaign to raise public awareness about sexual assault and educate communities and individuals on…

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Don’t Miss Your Shot: Covid-19 Vaccine Q&A

April 27, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm CDT

Vaccines for COVID-19 are becoming more widely available as eligibility continues to expand. Many trans/non-binary folks have questions about the vaccines: how do I sign up for an appointment? Where can I get vaccinated? Who can get vaccinated? What are the risks? How long will it last? What are the side effects? When will I be protected? What do I do with my vaccination card? In this transition towards mass vaccinations during the pandemic, the choices we make to protect…

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May 2021

Biden’s First Hundred Days: What is means for trans & non-binary communities

May 11, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm CDT

Much has changed dramatically for trans and non-binary rights since President Biden took office, including who’s representing our interests and how they’re discussed. Please join FORGE for conversation about what has changed in the first 100 days (and what’s stayed the same). We’ll review the administration’s commitments, explore roadblocks and what remains to be done, and hold space for discussion about how we as community members can contribute to making change. Presenters: Shelley Gregory & Loree Cook-Daniels Shelley Gregory (they/them…

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Safe Dating in the age of Covid-19

May 25, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm CDT

Safe dating should always be a priority. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are trying to meet our needs for connection with others, while also balancing needs for safety. We may already be dating or hooking up and want to make these interactions safer, or we may be thinking about starting to date or hook up as vaccinations roll out. Join us for an informative panel discussion about safe dating, COVID-19, and how changing situations may impact our dating…

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