UMKC Pride Alliance and UMKC LGBTQIA Programs & Services is excited to welcome trans athletes and educators Pat Manuel and Edxie Betts to UMKC, next Tuesday November 15th. Cosponsored by the UMKC Title IX Office and the Student Activity Fee Committee.
On November 15th, Pat and Edxie will lead two workshops for UMKC students, faculty, staff, and community members.
- The first is called QPOC Fitness as Self Care takes place at 4:30pm in Student Union Room 302. This program is specifically for LGBTQIA people of color.
- The second workshop titled Fitness to Heal Trauma: Mind-Body Integration will begin at 6pm in Student Union Room 401BC, open to all UMKC students, staff, faculty, and friends.
Patricio “Pat” Manuel is the first athlete in USA Boxing history to officially compete in both gender divisions after being an accomplished boxer in the women’s division, publicly transitioning, and then competing in the men’s division. Before transitioning publicly, he was a five-time national amateur boxing champion and participated in the first-ever U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing in 2012. On May 5th, 2016, he competed in for the first time–and won–as a man.
Edxie Betts works with many projects in Los Angeles benefiting LGBTQIA and Black people. Such organizations include Los Angeles Queer Resistance, Los Angeles Liberation School, the Unstoppable Project, and the Trans Life and Liberation Art Series. Their work consists of critical self-collective reflection, bringing support and attention to political prisoners for prison abolition, restorative mediation work and emphasizing art as cultural production for the sake of inspiring healing, counter narrative, oppositional alternatives, collective liberation through autonomous self-organizing and direct action.
Together they have collaborated on Buff Butch: a social enterprise using trauma-informed fitness training and education to empower marginalized people to discover safety, wellness and mind-body integration. Their work centers survivors of hate and sexual violence, women, LGBTQIA people, communities of color, people with disabilities, and those living at the intersections of these and other oppressed identities.