The seventh annual conference TransCon is giving the South Florida trans community and their allies a free two-day conference. The sessions powered by the Aqua Foundation For Women will host the second annual job fair on Friday, March 3 and seminars and workshops on Saturday, March 4.
Mary Joe Castells of the Aqua Foundation said the job fair taking place on Friday from noon to five would expect attendees to show up ready for interviews and with resumes in hand. The job fair focused on ready-to-hire- inclusive businesses in hopes trans people can find employment opportunities.
They currently have 12 companies ranging from retail to technology ready to hire candidates that fit the position and are still taking applications for businesses looking to participate. Everyone is invited, Castells said, but Trans folx are at higher risk of unemployment, which ignited the idea for the job fair last year. The Miami Heat, Tech Data, and Ikea are some of the bigger companies attending, but the Marriott and Miami International Airport will also be recruiting.
“For companies, I think the biggest thing is not only having positions available, but it’s a way for them to demonstrate to the trans community specifically that they are here to support them as well,” Castells said.
On Saturday the workshops will focus on trans-related topics such as health, legal and equality issues to educate attendees and allies. They will also have kid-friendly family oriented sessions for youth 12 and under to provide a space for families who may not otherwise have that space in everyday life. Castells said she wants this to show younger kids they are not alone and have adults and older youth like them who have shared similar experiences.
TransCon is also tailoring to the current political climate and will host an immigrant rights workshop to educate the trans community on changes or laws that will affect them under the current government.
“Everything is tailored to the Trans community and how to support the community, and how to get together and help each other,” Castells said. “It’s about creating safe spaces that help them be with one another as well."
The free conference will also be providing transportation to attendees from locations in Miami-Dade and Broward County and includes breakfast and lunch.
Castells said thanks to grants from The Miami Foundation and Out Miami Foundation they’ve been able to expand their resources in hopes to help as many people as possible.
“For me, TransCon is put on by the community for the community. All of the speakers are residents, and the majority or the speakers are Trans individuals so it’s a community effort and that’s what I think is special about it,” Castells said. “It’s really a community-based conference.”
If you go:
Where: Barry University 11300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33161
When: March 3 from noon to 5 p.m. and March 4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Free and open to the public
Pickup locations: Miami: Pridelines 6360 NE 4th Ct, Miami, FL 33138 Phone: (305) 571-9601
South Miami: Yes Institute 5275 Sunset Dr, Miami, FL 33143 Phone: (305) 663-7195
Broward: Sunshine Cathedral 1480 SW 9 ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315 Phone: (954) 764-5150
For more information like TransCon on Facebook for workshop schedule visit www.transcon.miami
If you’re a company looking to hire or participate at TransCon, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (305) 576-2782. TransCon is completely free to employers and if you can’t make it to the conference Aqua Foundation can make accommodations. All positions and slots are welcome.