All Day Gender Marker Drop-in Legal Workshop
The Connecticut General Assembly has recently amended the process for changing gender markers on birth certificates removing surgical requirements and making the process more accessible. In light of this exciting change, GLAD has trained a number of attorneys in navigating the processes and requirements for updating gender markers on Connecticut birth certificates. Participants in the legal workshop will have the opportunity meet individually with these attorneys to seek assistance in updating their birth certificates. What can you expect at this legal workshop? · Opportunities to review applications and documentation with attorneys · Space to ask questions about the process to change gender makers on your CT birth certificate · To connect with attorneys who are knowledgeable and affirming Unfortunately, we are unable to address legal concerns outside of those related to updating birth certificates during this workshop. However, GLAD will be available to help connect those with additional questions to resources and information beyond what is covered at the legal clinic. Have questions? Call GLAD Answers, GLAD's information and legal referral service, for answers to questions about LGBTQ and HIV+ legal issues. Volunteers are available Monday through Friday from 1:30 to 4:30 pm. For more information, visit www.gladanswers.org.
50 Shades of Coming Out Kinky
Name: Natasha Rose Lombardi, MSW
With the advent of the 50 Shades trilogy, BDSM/ kink is becoming more mainstream, but what exactly is BDSM? In this workshop, we will explore the real world of kink, what is safe and what is not, what is BDSM and what is abuse and how to know the difference. Tasha Rose also discusses the various aspects of coming out as kinky during this interactive presentation. She will set the context for the “coming out” conversation, highlight three reasons (political, health, and social) for coming out, note the various levels of the process of coming out, and cover some of the effects of coming out too. They will also give you some concrete tips on how to come out to important people in your life.
Advanced Endocrine Care of Transgender People
Name: Kathryn Tierney, APRN
This workshop will review advanced endocrine issues in the care of transgender people including post-gender affirming surgery care, long term hormone therapy and fertility issues. Case studies will illustrate specific issues in monitoring, preventive screening recommendations and treatment of various common comorbidities.
Name: M. Dru Levasseur, Ryan Rasdall and LaLa Zannell
Everyone has to use the bathroom but for transgender people, simply walking into a door marked “men” or “women” can incite fear. Recently, various state legislatures have attempted to ensure that transgender people do not have bathroom access according to their gender identity. In multiple school districts, transgender students have been prevented from using the appropriate restrooms. These events have all been done under the guise of safety but in fact, it has been transgender people who are at risk of facing violence in restrooms. The purpose of this workshop is to provide transgender people and their allies with knowledge about the existing laws that protect trans people in sex-segregated spaces, the battles that are being waged in these areas, and what Lambda Legal’s Transgender Rights Project is doing to correct this blatant discrimination. Panel members will be M. Dru Levasseur, Lala Zannell and Ryan Rasdall
Being Trans and Aging: A Workshop For Trans* Elders And Their Allies
Name: Rev. Moonhawk River Stone
This workshop will be an interactive discussion among participants and the facilitator on both the practical and mundane issues related to aging and the emotional, psychosocial, spiritual issues related to aging. Discussion will touch upon the unique challenges faced by those who came out and/or transitioned years ago, and for those who have come out and/or transitioned during their senior years. The goal is to assist those participants in valuing and honoring the aging process and to embrace the aging process proactively and effectively.
CT Law Protects against discrimination on the basis of Gender Identity or Expression and the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities' Discrimination Complaint
Name: Alix Simonetti and Robin Fox
The session will cover the following areas: • General discussion of the Law providing protection against discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression. (Public Act 11-55) • Explanation of the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) as the state agency that processes complaints of discrimination in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodation, credit, and other areas (e.g.: Bullying in the schools, discriminatory treatment by school administrators). • Enforcement, Education and Advocacy. • How the CHRO's Discrimination Complaint process works.
Family Navigation of Connecticut Schools with a trans or gender non-conforming child.
Name: Lori Davison
Trans and gender-non-conforming kids are coming out as never before, and school communities vary greatly in their reactions to transgender students. How can you facilitate the best possible outcome for your trans child at school? In this workshop we will talk about issues that arise during a student's transition at school such as: name change, pronoun use, bathrooms, locker rooms, sports teams, field trips, bullies, resistant teachers or administrators, or bullying parents! This workshop is taught by a 20-year veteran classroom teacher who is the parent of a transchild who transitioned as a freshman in high school.
"For Your Own Good": Coercive Care in the Lives of Disabled, Young, Fat and Queer People
Name: Shain Neumeier
Bodily autonomy is a basic human right. However, it is routinely denied to many people with the best of intentions based on the assumption that people like them aren't capable of making their own decisions. In other cases, it happens because other people are or may be uncomfortable with their bodies and minds, and what they represent. Marginalized people frequently experience this kind of paternalism in treatment settings in the form of being subjected to involuntary treatment or being denied treatment they want or need. In this presentation, I will discuss how young, fat, disabled and queer people experience coercive care, the common rationales for and narratives surrounding it, and how it affects them.
From Consult to Surgery: A guide of what do I do now?
Name: Kaylee Zheng
This workshop is to provide a method to those seeking surgery and/or parents of those seeking surgery on how to plan for the big day. The workshop will delve into topics such as when to schedule certain events and milestones, how to coordinate with providers, and how to communicate with different providers effectively.
Name: Emma Blandford
This is a basic level workshop to help folks of all ages explore the differences between gender, sex, sexual orientation, sexual expression, and gender expression, among other aspects of gender. Who knew there was so much to it?! Using interactive media and group discussion we will break down what gender has meant to use as individuals, what it may mean for others, and how we can learn to be more inclusive in the way that we live and interact.
GLAD Answers: Updating Your Birth Certificate to Reflect Your Proper Gender
Name: JuliÃ¡n Cancino
The Connecticut General Assembly has recently amended the process for changing gender markers on birth certificates. Governor Malloy signed the bill into law on June 24, 2015 and the changes went into effect on October 1, 2015. In this workshop, GLAD’s Community Engagement Coordinator Julian Cancino provides information for trans people and allies on the process and requirements for amending gender on birth certificates and advocacy to modernize the criteria to amend birth certificates.
How To Successfully Transition in Your Employment: A Best Practices Model
Name: Rev. Moonhawk River Stone
This workshop will take the participant through the entire process of transitioning on the job in a practical step by step model, newly revised, that he has been using successfully for over 15 years. Some of the areas covered include coming out, legal issues, developing a program to fit one's individual workplace, how to approach non-binary concerns in workplace transition, resolving bathroom issues and the latest updates on Title VII.
Insurance equality for transgender people: how to exercise your rights to get the care that you need
Name: Noah Lewis
Participants will gain an understanding of the different types of health insurance (individual, employer-based, Medicaid, Medicare, etc.) and how one’s rights depend on the specifics of each plan. The session will explain the difference between denials due to medical necessity vs. due to an explicit exclusion or a gender-marker mismatch. We will go over the different appeals processes and how to prepare for them, including how providers can be most helpful in this process. Finally, we will discuss your legal options if the appeals process doesn’t work as well as how to advocate for policy changes with an employer or school.
Kate Bornstein is an author, playwright and performance artist whose latest book is "Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives To Suicide For Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws."
Other published works include the books "Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us"; "My Gender Workbook"; and the cyber-romance-action novel, "Nearly Roadkill," with co-author Caitlin Sullivan. Kate's plays and performance pieces include Strangers in Paradox, Hidden: A Gender, The Opposite Sex Is Neither, Virtually Yours, y2kate: gender virus 2000.
Kate's books are taught in over 120 colleges and universities around the world; and ze has performed hir work live on college campuses and in theaters and performance spaces across the USA, as well as in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Austria. She is currently touring colleges, youth conferences and high schools, speaking and leading workshops on the subjects of sex, gender, and alternatives to teen suicide.
Know thyself: Creating visual & written representations of attraction
Name: Aubri Drake
Attraction can be a confusing mess, especially for trans and/or ace folks. Using physical and written representations of attraction can be a helpful exercise to clarify what is needed to thrive in a way that can be shared with others. The first half of the session will be a presentation on the concepts of attraction, types of orientations, and labels that sometimes go with those. We’ll also provide some examples of things that help make some people feel loved and cared for. Then paper and pens will be passed out and everyone will work on creating three physical representations of attraction: flow chart, logic model (goals, inputs, outputs, outcomes), Venn diagrams, and user manual (2). We’ll provide examples of each. If there is time and interest, we’ll provide time for attendees to share their work with the group.
Linkage of Connecticut Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer/Questions, Intersex (LGBQI) and Transgender/Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) Youth in CT Department of Children and Families or School Based Health Programs care to LGBQ and TGNC Medical and Mental Health Homes
Name: Dr. A.C. Demidont MD
The primary goal of this program will review ways to reach this ITGNC youth by utilizing pre-existing programming which is already in contact with ITGCN youth. ITGCN experienced medical and mental health providers can work, co-operatively, with the Department of Children and Families in Connecticut and CT School Based Health Programs (SBHP) to identify and refer at risk youth. The CT DCF and School Based Health Programs have the unique ability to identify young people who identify as ITGNC and their medical/mental health needs. Additionally DCF case workers and healthcare providers have the ability to identify the need for ITGNC tailored sexual health education, counseling, testing and refer them to healthcare providers with significant understanding of the specific healthcare youth. Linkage to TGNC specific or experience provider will improve overall quality of healthcare. Our workshop will introduce training we have developed and mechanisms developed to link ITGNC youth to care.
No Longer Lost in The Shuffle: Being Disabled and Trans*
Name: Rev. Moonhawk River Stone
This facilitated group discussion is open to all, but is intended to be a space for people with disabilities to discuss a broad cross section of issues from how our identities as trans people intersect with our being disabled. How do we integrate those two into our well being, especially when interacting with various health care providers? We will explore what the concept of access means in broad political social justice terms and explore how the transgender civil rights/human rights movement has/has not made space for those who are disabled. We will explore what it means to be disabled in a world obsessed with denial of those who are disabled and how we, as disabled trans people, struggle to be confident, self-assured human beings in the face of these challenges.
Patient Safety and Advocacy Skills
Name: Ilene Corina
One resource to help prevent medical errors, now the third leading cause of death in the country, is the patient’s friends and family at the bedside, or by a professional patient advocate. According to studies, the way to get the best care is to be an active member of the healthcare team. This is more difficult for patients who are vulnerable such as the transgender community. Friends and family can support patients by learning the best communication skills and the basic understanding of patient safety standards. Learn to be respectful but assertive and have your needs met. Health care professionals and friends or family attending will learn to better understand the needs of the transgender patient through interactive dialogue and sharing real life experience through a very carefully moderated discussion.
Passionate Possibilities I: Exploring Non-Traditional Relationship Structures
Name: Lynden Dolan
Ever thought about having more than one romantic, sensual or sexual partner? Felt constricted by the idea of that paired-off happily ever after? Fell for more than one person at the same time? Does monogamy just not work for you? Come discuss the multitude of relationship structures and identities that allow for romantic, sensual, sexual (or more!) relationships with more than one person! We will give you an introduction to how to practice responsible and fun non-monogamy where everyone consents to multiple relationships. This will include setting boundaries, dealing with jealousy, challenges faced by the community and more.
People 101: The Elusive Sense of Gender
Name: Janis Booth, RN
Similar to the quite common Gender 101 workshops except this one is not exclusively about transgender folks, it is about all people. The construct of the sense of gender is examined in detail and each of the contributing factors are discussed.
PFLAG Parents of Transgender Kids Speak Out
Name: Nancy Lichtenberg, LCSW
For some families, learning of a child's identity and/or transition is harrowing; for others it is easier. Parents vary in their level of acceptance. Statistics tell us that half of trans people are rejected by their families. In many families with a higher level of acceptance, it often only comes from one parent. To avoid telling parents, many trans people will enter marriages that are full of lies and dysfunction. This workshop will present a panel of 3 to 5 parents who have been through the process of accepting and supporting their transgender children. Parents will share their stories of helping their children to transition emotionally and in some cases medically. They will share what they have learned from working with family therapists, school professionals, endocrinologists, pediatricians, and so on. There will be a Q&A afterwards for audience members to ask questions.
This panel will include one father of a F to M transboy in high school, one mother of a M to F transgirl in high school, one mother of a non binary college student, and one mother of a F to M transboy in middle school.
PFLAG Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Teens Speak Out!
Name: Nancy Lichtenberg, LCSW
Panelist Jai McManus and Maeve Martinez Gender is among the first elements of self-knowledge. This knowledge often encompasses preferences for behaviors, dress, and play. Gender non-conformity seems to be far more prevalent than ever before. Is this because it's happening more frequently or because our kids are feeling safer, with the help of adults, to come out and to be themselves? This panel presentation will include one moderator and three to five teen youth who identify as transgender. The kids will tell their stories of navigating the world: school, parents, peers, department stores, hair salons, doctors, etc. And they will share what they need from the adults in their world to help them. There will be a time after the panel presentation for audience members to ask questions.
Picture Books for 3-8 Year Olds Featuring Transgender or Gender Creative Children or Transgender Parents and How These Books Can Be Used to Make Important Positive Differences
Name: Elizabeth H. Rowell and Tomas Rowell
This session begins with a brief written survey and discussion about books participants knew about as young children that enabled them to understand more about being transgender. A brief Powerpoint presentation will then show how some of the almost 40 currently available transgender friendly books can be used to help others like themselves and thus boost their self- confidence. At the same time these books can help other youngsters learn about and understand transgender children so that they will grow up being friends of and allies for those who are gender different. Picture books will also be shared and transgender parents and how they can be used by families to show that there are other wonderful families like their own. How to select, obtain, use,and advocate for inclusion in libraries of these materials will be discussed and time allotted for book browsing as well as questions. Handouts will be provided.
Primary Care of Transgender Patients
Name: Kathryn Tierney, APRN
This workshop will review the specific primary care recommendations for people on cross gender hormone therapy, including hormone therapy algorithms and preventive care. Particular issues related to long term hormone therapy and gender affirming surgeries will be discussed.
The Healthcare Professional and the Transgender Patient
Name: Janis Booth, RN
We will examine who transgender people are and what barriers they face is accessing healthcare. Focused to healthcare professionals the workshop will examine the healthcare system from the perspective of a transgender person to see what concerns exist for transgender people. We will then examine what types of interventions we, as healthcare professionals, can make to alleviate as many of these barriers as possible. This workshop is tuned for healthcare professionals but the materials may be of interest to many other people.
The Intersection of Transgender Lives and Substance Use: the Importance of Culturally Competent Practice
Name: Jessica Gagnon LCSW, LADC
The purpose of this workshop is for people to gain a better understanding of existing treatment options way to advocate for themselves, their families, friends and community members. There is a slowness in substance use treatment to respond to changes in the needs of the people we serve often related to the lack of resources and education available. We will discuss how substance use has impacted the community overtime and how people can over come some of the barriers to accessing care.
The Vital Role of Religion, Faith, and Spirituality in the Health and Well-Being of Transgender People
Name: Rev. Aaron Miller
Religious fundamentalism and extremism has become an increasingly dominant voice and continues to shape the culture’s view of religion. Common perception holds that religion is directly connected with exclusion and judgment, especially with regard to variations in sexuality and gender identity. This has resulted in many trans people feeling alienated from religion and faith communities that can provide a sense of belonging, be a source of hope, and a place where we can discover greater purpose and meaning in our lives. As religion and spirituality are often seen as interchangeable terms, this alienation can cause us to separate from our spirituality, an essential part of who we are. In this workshop we will explore the positive role that religion, faith, and spiritual practice can have in the lives of trans people as a pathway to better health and well-being. Join us for a time of openness...and perhaps discover a way to a fuller and healthier life.
Thinking of Transition? Who do you include? A conversation about disclosure across generations
Name: Rev. Moonhawk River Stone
Transition does not happen in a vacuum. There is constant tension between the transitioning person's privacy, emotional and physical safety and the necessity of others to be informed. There are the pitfalls and joys of bringing others along in their own transition. The presenter will offer an overview of some of these issues, then open the discussion in a structured way so that participants can share and learn and bring more possibilities to the transition process.
Trans Discrimination and the Fight for Housing Justice
Name: Salmun Kazerounian, and Melvin Kelly
After years of organized effort Connecticut law was changed in 2011 to make it illegal to discriminate in housing based on a person's gender identity or expression, but the trans community's fight for housing justice is far from over. This workshop will begin with an overview of fair housing laws with a focus on state and federal legal protections for trans people in permanent housing and in shelters. The remainder of the session will provide a space for folks to share experiences and ask questions, to identify housing issues commonly faced by the trans community, and to develop legal and non-legal strategies for working toward housing equality.
Transgender Lives on Campus: Assessing the Needs of Transgender and Gender-nonconforming Undergraduate Students
Name: Barbara Gurr PhD, Kelly M. Delaney and Timothy Bussey
This panel presents emerging data from an ongoing study on the Storrs Campus of the University of Connecticut examining educational, social, and other experiences for undergraduate students who identify as transgender, non-binary, and gender- nonconforming. Findings include successful institutional endeavors as well as areas for improvement identified by undergraduate students.
Transitioning on the Job
Name: Amy Zahn
Transitioning on the job can be a stressful time. There are things that can be done to help that period move smoothly. Based on personal experiences will demonstrate various job transition experiences that worked and failed. Education of employees plays a major role in a successful job transition. We will share a demonstration of a sample presentation that could be shown to fellow employees.
Understanding Hormone Options for Trans Youth: Risks and Benefit
Name: Dr. Priya Phulwani MD
This workshop is for parents and guardians who are making medical decisions for a child or teen with Gender Dysphoria. In this talk, we will discuss pubertal changes, the effects of puberty blocking treatments and cross hormone medications, and the potential risks and benefits of using (or not using) these medical treatments. Ample time will be provided for questions.
When Will Black Trans Lives Matter?
Name: Ryan Rasdall and LaLa Zannell
Living at the intersection of two oppressed and marginalized groups, black transgender people are facing a world of hate, violence, and stigma that prevents them from reaping the benefits and services of a just society. Black transgender women in particular are facing high rates of murder, homelessness, and unemployment. Looking through a racial lens, this workshop is intended to provide a space for participants to discuss the barriers facing black transgender people. Looking at both a local and national level, this workshop will discuss racism, increased transgender visibility in the media and the continued violence affecting transgender women of color. Black trans-identified people on this panel will share their personal and professional experiences.
Who's on First? Why We Need Gender-Neutral Plural Pronouns
Name: Dallas Denny
"Come attend a light-hearted discussion of the gender-neutral pronouns they, their, and them and the semantic confusion that can ensue when they are appropriated for description of individuals. Please come with suggestions for new gender-neutral pronouns."