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TDOV: Stories of Stealth, Activism, and Positivity at the SpeakEZ Lounge

  • SpeakEZ Lounge 600 Monroe Avenue Northwest Grand Rapids, MI, 49503 United States (map)

TDOV: Stories of Stealth, Activism, and Positivity

Amidst the fear and hatred in the world, the transgender community is thriving and that is something worth celebrating. On the eve of TDOV, join us for a night of celebration and entertainment. Hear inspiring stories from our brothers, sisters, and non-binary siblings, and learn about the positive work happening in the community.

Stories of Stealth
We live and thrive all around you. We are a part of your office, your bar, your organization, your community. Most of the time, you don’t even notice. We walk amongst you. Hear from our siblings who are living in stealth. Find out how they got there, and what has inspired them to come out and share their story.

Stories of Activism
In spite of adversity, members and allies of the community are doing amazing work to promote progress. Find out what’s happening in our neck of the woods and how you can get involved. 

Stories of Positivity
The world is full of hatred, and the trans community is no stranger to this fact. However, living as your true authentic self is one of the most empowering feats, and is worth celebrating. Hear personal experiences on how coming out as trans has been a positive experience worthy of celebration.


This is an open and safe space for LGBTQ and allies. 
Enjoy complimentary food, and drink specials. 


Interested in sharing your story? Contact Ash at ash@grpride.org.

Speaker Bios

Jessica Plowman
Jessica is a 36 year old game designer, author, college professor, and teaching artist, living stealth in Grand Rapids MI. She identifies as female and uses she/her pronouns. After coming out to her wife in 2010, and family and friends in 2015, she began the process of transitioning on October 30th 2015. Since beginning her transition, her life has truly blossomed. Jessica became a college professor in the Spring of 2016. She became a published author in June of that same year. She is still married to her wonderful wife Jennifer and they have two cats, Mara and Yoda.

Davison Nicholas
Davison is a transgender woman from Kalamazoo. She works as a mental health therapist at Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and at Hillcrest Counseling, where her main passion is helping and empowering other trans people. Davison has played music for over 20 years, is a mom to two dogs and a cat, and spends her spare time trying to understand the origin of everything.