After Dark: Trans Day of Visibility

Thursday, March 30, 2023 • 6:00–10:00 p.m.

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Adults Only (18+)

Note: Free for members and donors—only a membership card and ID required for entry. The Tactile Dome is currently closed.

Celebrated on March 31, Transgender Day of Visibility is an international day of awareness that highlights transgender achievements and greatness in response to intentional exclusion of transgender people, voices, and actions in the current societal culture and discourse. Transgender people exist in all corners of the world so it is important to emphasize their value. In this program, we feature transgender individuals in STEAM fields, offer cultural and scientific context for transgender experiences, and celebrate the diversity of human expression.

Transgender Day of Visibility at the Exploratorium is presented by our STARS program (Striving for Trans Inclusion and Anti-Racism in Science Learning).

Custom Pronoun Button Making
With the Explainers 
6:00–8:30 p.m.

Create your own button showcasing your amazing pronouns! Use a template or blank slate to design, color, and embellish a free button. Then wear it proudly to let everyone know about you and to help normalize introducing your full self to everyone you meet. Our fabulous Explainers will be there to help you get your beautiful buttons made.

Gender Euphoria Wall
With the Explainers
6:00–9:00 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3

Show us what makes you feel comfortable in your skin! Take a picture of your fresh haircut, new shoes, fancy earrings, stunning arms, or whatever else makes you, you. Show the world what you love about yourself! Let’s take this moment to embrace what we love about ourselves, instead of picking at what we don’t. The Explainers will help showcase your best you!

Live Music
With Tory and the Teasers
7:00 and 8:30 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3

Come and listen to Tory Teasley and her band, Tory and the Teasers! From classic hits to unreleased songs, this musical performance will have you dancing, swaying, and swooning to jazz, soul, funk, and pop.

Tory Teasley describes her sound as “eclectic with jazz roots.” In addition to a list of accolades, Tory often performs at UC Berkeley with Oakadelic, carries an artist residency with the Queer Arts Center, and has opened for both Mayor London Breed at SF City Hall and Grammy-winning artist Fantastic Negrito.

Still Lives, a Trans Portrait Project
By Eamon McGivern
6:00–10:00 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1

Still Lives, a Trans Portrait Project is a series of portraits of transgender people in the Bay Area by San Francisco–based figurative painter Eamon McGivern. Tonight, engage with four paintings from this series, which centers the quiet beauty, dignity, and simple humanity of trans people living their lives in the face of anti-trans hate and legislation in the United States. Two of the four works are taken from a series of paintings supported by a grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission.

Still Lives: Panel Discussion
With Sathya Baskaran, Ky Lea Albert, Harlowe Donte, and Ray Lockhart
8:00 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum

Join us for a panel discussion with the subjects of Eamon McGivern’s Still Lives, a Trans Portrait Project. They’ll reflect on their experiences being represented in the artwork, and share what visibility means for them and their communities. Moderated by Sal Alper, Exploratorium Program Manager and Director of STARS (Striving for Trans Inclusion and Anti-Racism in Science Learning).

Sex and Gender: What’s the Difference?
With Gwen Payne
6:30–8:30 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1

Stop by for a primer on how biology and culture differentiate sex and gender. Enjoy a five-minute video created by our STARS program (Striving for Trans Inclusion and Anti-Racism in Science Learning). Explainer Facilitator Gwen Payne, who codirected the video, will be on hand to share more context and engage in deeper conversation around this important distinction.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase at our Seaglass Restaurant and additional bar locations.

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