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Award-Winning Poet Barbara Marie Minney to Celebrate Trans Day of Visibility with Reading at Gathering Volumes

Celebration Comes Amidst Crisis Moment for many Transgendered Ohioans

For media inquiries or more information about the event, please contact:

Barbara Marie Minney, Author

Phone: 330-715-4228

Denise Phillips, Owner, Gathering Volumes

Phone: 567-336-6188

Persephone Shock

Pella Felton, Event Organizer

Phone: 304-741-2518

Perrysburg, OH - March 18, 2024 - Gathering Volumes, a beloved independent bookstore in Perrysburg, Ohio, is thrilled to announce a special event to celebrate Trans Day of Visibility. Renowned poet Barbara Marie Minney will be in attendance to share readings from her latest volume, "A Woman In Progress," on Saturday, March 30, at 1:30 PM.

Trans Day of Visibility, a national celebration honoring transgender individuals, is observed annually on March 31. The event will take place at Gathering Volumes Bookstore, 196 South Boundary Street in Perrysburg. In recognition of this important day, Gathering Volumes is hosting Minney's reading, which promises to be a poignant and empowering experience for attendees.

Barbara Marie Minney, a seventh-generation Appalachian and transgender woman, is an accomplished poet, writer, speaker, and activist. Her work has been widely published in various anthologies and publications, earning her recognition and acclaim. Minney's book, "If There's No Heaven," was the recipient of the 2020 Poetry Is Life Book Award and was hailed as a Best Northeast Ohio Book by the Akron Beacon Journal.

In addition to Minney's reading, the event will feature a talkback session moderated by poet Pella Felton. Attendees will also can engage with the ET Taskforce, a new 501C4 nonprofit actist organization who will provide insights into the state of transgender rights in Ohio. Copies of Julie Serrano's groundbreaking book, "Whipping Girl," will be available for purchase, further enriching the event experience.

Denise Phillips, the owner of Gathering Volumes, expressed her enthusiasm for hosting such a meaningful event. "We are honored to welcome Barbara Marie Minney to Gathering Volumes for Trans Day of Visibility," said Phillips. "Her poetry resonates deeply with audiences, and we are proud to provide a platform for her to share her powerful voice."

Trans Day of Visibility: Celebrating Trans Lives and Advocating for Rights

TDOV was established in 2010 by trans advocate Rachel Crandall to counteract the media's focus on transgender violence and empower transgender individuals to live authentically. Each year on March 31, the world observes Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) to raise awareness about transgender people and celebrate their lives and contributions. However, due to the holiday falling on Easter this year, many organizations, including Gathering Volumes, are choosing to celebrate this Saturday instead. This also includes Equality Toledo which will host a meetup Saturday March 30th from 4:00-6:00 PM at Grindhrs Co in Toledo. 

The State of Trans Rights: A Call to Action

This year's Trans Day of Visibility occurs amidst a crisis moment for many Trans Americans facing unprecedented violence, antagonism, and discrimination. Recent statistics from the American Civil Liberties Union reveal alarming trends, with 478 anti-LGBTQ+ bills introduced into state legislatures in the past three months, including several in Ohio. <>)The correlative increase in anti-trans violence and bullying, particularly in schools, underscores the urgent need for advocacy and support.<>. Indicative of this crisis was the  death of New Benedict, a Nonbinary Oklahoma Teenager Who Died last month after being brutally assaulted in a school bathroom. This event, as well as the rise in anti-trans violence over the last year led Lindsay Jo Durham, secretary of The BGO Association, to read a statement condemning the rash of anti-trans violence earlier this month. <>

In Ohio, the discourse over Trans rights has been marked by a complex and unorganized interplay between Governor Mike DeWine, a vocal minority of General Assembly Republicans, and the Ohio Department of Health. Despite setbacks such as the passage of SB 68, which restricts access to gender-affirming healthcare, and proposed bills targeting transgender rights, including bathroom access and education policies, activists continue to mobilize for change.

Despite these setbacks Transgender activists are poised to play a key role in upcoming elections, highlighting the importance of advocacy and community engagement in advancing transgender rights and equality. A recent poll by the Goldfinch Group suggests that LGBTQ identifying individuals are disproportionately motivated to vote against legislators who restrict LGBTQ Rights.<> In Wood County, Trans Activists have seen some recent victors including the 2023 election of the Bowling Green’s first Gender Nonbinary Councilperson and the 2022 passage of a citywide ban of gender discrimination in Bowling Green places of Business. 

According to Persephone Shock, a Trans activist and member of the Equality Toledo Community Action Taskforce, Trans Day of Visibility represents a moment of hope for Trans Ohioans. “It is no longer sufficient that Trans People should be visible; they must be heard. Trans Day of Visibility serves as a reminder of the ongoing challenges faced by transgender individuals, including discrimination, violence, and inequality. Despite these obstacles, events like the one at Gathering Volumes aim to uplift and celebrate the transgender community while advocating for greater understanding and acceptance.”

About Gathering Volumes:

Gathering Volumes is a community-based independent bookstore located in Perrysburg, Ohio. Committed to fostering a love of literature and supporting local authors, Gathering Volumes hosts a variety of book clubs, readings, and events throughout the year.


Barbara Marie Minney is a transgender woman, award-winning poet, writer, speaker, teaching artist, guest reader/editor, and quiet activist. She is a retired attorney and a seventh generation Appalachian. Now based in Tallmadge, Ohio, her first collection of poetry entitled “If There’s No Heaven” was the winner of the 2020 Poetry Is Life Book Award and an Akron Beacon Journal Best Northeast Ohio Book of 2020. Barbara is also the author of the "Poetic Memoir Chapbook Challenge (2021)," "Dance Naked with God (2023)," and "A Woman in Progress (2024)." Follow her at

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