Clatsop Community College, national nonprofit PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and the Lower Columbia Diversity Project will sponsor a series of activities designed to share information and answer questions about transgender issues.

All programs are free, open to the public and will take place in Columbia Hall Room 219 on the main campus, located at 1651 Lexington Ave. in Astoria.

A campus viewing of the documentary film “Southern Comfort” will be shown twice – from noon to 1:30 p.m. April 16 and 17. The film runs approximately 90 minutes. An open discussion will follow each screening.

The website IMDb.com offers the following plot synopsis:

“Southern Comfort documents the final year in the life of Robert Eads, a female-to-male transsexual,” reads the synopsis. “Eads, diagnosed with ovarian cancer, was turned down for treatment by two dozen doctors out of fear that treating such a patient would hurt their reputations. By the time Eads received treatment, the cancer was too advanced to save his life.”

A panel discussion will take place from noon to 2 p.m. April 18. Students and the public will have an opportunity to ask questions and learn about various areas of concern that impact transgender people, their friends and families. Panelists will share personal and professional perspectives about gender identity.

A Community Forum from 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 18 will provide an opportunity for education and information-sharing around the topic of gender identity. Panelists will share their personal and professional experiences about the many areas of concern that impact transgender individuals, their friends and families.

For additional information, contact Rinda Johansen, a program assistant at CCC, at 503-338-2377 or rjohansen@clatsopcc.edu. You can also reach Drew Herzig, of both PFLAG and the Lower Columbia Diversity Project, at 503-325-1895 or drewherzig@yahoo .com

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