AUGUSTA — The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine will present Transgender Maine, an exhibit focusing on Maine people who identify as transgender, those who support and advocate for them, and the efforts in Maine to get equal rights and recognition for the needs and health of transgender people, according to a news release from the center.

The exhibit will run from Thursday, Sept. 24, through Dec. 18 at the Michael Klahr Center on the campus of the University of Maine at Augusta, 46 University Drive. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by appointment on weekends and evenings.

Transgender Maine will feature stories of transgender individuals, as well as some of the history of the issues relating to gender in Maine. David Greenham, the center’s program director, has led the process of research and partnered with more than 50 groups and individuals, according to the release. Through photos, film, audio recordings, documents, and artifacts, the center has created an educational and informative exhibit.

There will be an opening event from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, with a brief presentation beginning at 5:30 p.m. featuring a short film and speakers. In conjunction with Transgender Maine, the center also will host its third annual Pride Film Festival beginning Oct. 8 for four consecutive Thursday evenings, according to the release. The festival is free to attend and all films will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Klahr Center. For a full list of films, visit hhrcmaine.org.

The center will host an event commemorating the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance on Friday, Nov. 20, at the Klahr Center. The event will begin at noon with a free lunch ‘n learn, followed by a ceremony and reading of the names of those transgender individuals who have been killed in the United States during 2015. To date the list totals more than 20 individuals.

Transgender Maine is made possible with support and contributions from the UMA Diversity Committee, Maine Transnet, Equality Maine, The Maine Transgender Lobby, Safe Space Radio, The Trans Youth Equality Foundation, The Maine State Archives, The Whitefield Historical Society, The Maine State Museum, The Sampson Archives at USM, The Maine Women’s Lobby, USM Center for Sexualities and Gender Diversity, The Maine People’s Alliance, the Schlesinger Library at Harvard, The Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria, B.C., Canada, SAGE Maine, Maine People’s Alliance, GLSEN; and many individuals throughout Maine.

For more information, or to schedule a visit, call the center at 621-3530 or visit hhrcmaine.org.

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