2017 Unsung Hero Awardee
SaVanna Wanzer has dedicated the last 25 years of her life to serving the transgender community with Whitman-Walker Health. She was the first transgender African-American woman to be named as a member of its board of directors; serving for nine years. During the early years, she was instrumental in ensuring the transgender community received medical services for HIV care and hormone therapy at the Whitman-Walker Health transgender care clinic”. She regularly volunteered at the food bank and prepared an annual Thanksgiving Dinner for seven years for clients that had no family or loved ones with whom to celebrate. She continues to volunteer her time at the Name and Gender Legal Clinic at Whitman-Walker Health that brings her so much joy in life.
In 2007, SaVanna founded Capital Trans Pride under the umbrella of Capital Pride. For the last 11 years this all-day, much-needed celebration has focused on the betterment of the transgender community, and it has grown to more than 500 participants annually
As a community educator, SaVanna lectures and gives presentations focused on sexual orientations and gender identity. She has advocated for changes in the law to protect and improve the lives of transgender people including health care, employment, housing, human rights, and the fight for HIV care. She is actively involved with the Walk to END HIV, formally known as the AIDS Walk DC. She is also a co-founder for Trans Dimensional., which is a Us Helping Us People into Living support group for transgender men and women.
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