Translatina Network will honor local advocates at CRIS Awards tonight in NYC

Translatina Network is hosting the first ever Community Recognition in Spirit Awards this week in New York City, and you’re invited.

The CRIS Awards, taking place at the LGBT Center tonight, November 15, will celebrate the identities of transgender Latina women and advocacy efforts within the community. Running from 7 – 9 PM, the event is free and open to the public. The Gender Identity Project and APICHA are co-sponsoring the event.

Honorees receiving awards for their trans advocacy include Clement Lee (staff attorney at Immigration Equality), Kim Watson (Co-founder of Community Kinship Life), Glennda Testone (Executive Director of the NYC LGBT Community Center), Jessica Contreras (advocate for community health), Sienna Baskin (Managing Director of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center), Bianey Garcia (Make the Road NY), Stephanie Rivera (Interpreter for Slyvia Rivera Law Project), Guillermo Chacón (President of the Latino Commission on AIDS), Chase Strangio (Staff Attorney at the ACLU), and Jorge Lozano (Manager at Club Evolution).

Once the awards end, the celebration continues with an awesome after party, hosted by Darylin La Fontaine and featuring Godfrey Arbulu and Miss Evolution 2013, at Club Evolution in Queen’s Jackson Heights neighborhood.

Translatina Network was founded in 2007 to improve the trans community’s access to and knowledge about available resources, in order to promote leadership and healthy development.

The CRIS Awards are perfectly timed, as the event overlaps with Transgender Awareness Week. Taking place from November 11 – 17 this year, people and groups around the country will bring attention to the trans and gender non-conforming communities and the issues they face. You can join the conversation and recognize the trans community by using the hashtag #TransWk, and by attending events near you.