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All Things D
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September 16, 2013
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When Natalie Patrice heard about TransH4ck in June, she knew she wanted to be a part of the effort — a first-of-its-kind weekend gathering to create websites and apps for those who don’t fit into traditional gender norms.

The point was hammered home two weeks later when a transgender friend, Chris Griffey, committed suicide.

“I wanted to do something concrete,” Patrice said. “It felt like there was nothing I could do. Then there was this opportunity.”

Patrice, who is queer-identified and came from Austin, Texas, was one of about four dozen people — both transgender and traditionally gendered — who spent last weekend in Oakland, Calif., creating a variety of projects for the transgender community. Participants came from Seattle, New York and Illinois, among other places, as well as from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.