Splashy fun under the sun is a part of living in South Florida that is easy to take for granted. But for many in the trans community, a day at the beach is no day at the beach.
But on Sept. 2, that changes. SunServe is once again hosting the Trans Body Positive Beach Bash, a day for trans people and their partners to live life without looking over their shoulder or feeling self-conscious about their body.
“It's about creating a space where every individual feels celebrated, valued, and free to be their authentic selves,” Misty Eyez, SunServe’s Director of Transgender Services, said. “Our journeys, our struggles, and our triumphs deserve recognition, and this event exemplifies that spirit.”
For the third year, a space in Dania Beach will host the day out that includes a cookout-style dinner, aqua challenges, and summer jams from DJ Jesimix. Lifeguards will be on hand.
For even the most confident trans women and men, getting in their beach garb can bring out anxiety over body image. Ryan Papciak, SunServe’s Director of Mental Health Services, says this event is a powerful moment.
"Embracing and celebrating our authentic selves is essential for mental well-being. The SunServe Transgender Body Positive Beach Bash not only serves as a celebration of diversity and self-love, but also as a powerful reminder that every body is worthy of respect, acceptance, and joy."
The party comes at a time when trans people and their rights are under attack at every level.
"During these unprecedented times, standing alongside our transgender community is not just a matter of solidarity, it's a call to action. Their rights, well-being, and voices are essential in our collective journey towards genuine inclusivity and equality. Now, more than ever, their stories remind us that progress isn't just about moving forward; it's about ensuring no one is left behind." John Marler, SunServe’s Director of Communications, said.
For safety reasons, the exact location isn’t released publicly. To attend, RSVP to SunServe.org/Beach.