2015 Workshop Descriptions

1 - Working It Through...Staying Engaged Through Change
Hawk Stone
When someone comes to understand their trans* nature, and begins the process of disclosure to loved ones and family members, everyone transitions. Partners may suddenly find themselves at odds or a relationship that was toddling along in denial of some of its issues may suddenly derail. How do we stay engaged? Remain in loving connection while going through difficult times? This workshop will engage participants to thoughtful reflection, skill building and loving conversation to work through the changes that a gender transition can bring no matter the outcome of the relationship or the transition.

Objectives:
Participants will be able to name strengths/challenges of their relationships.
Participants will be able to identify commutation techniques.
Participants will be able to identify connection strategies to support the a person’s trans process.

2 - No Longer Lost in the Shuffle: Being Disabled and Trans* 
Hawk 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.

Objective:
Participants will be able to identify intersectionality of being a trans person with disability.
Participants will be able to define access to health care as it relates to social justice and disability.
Participants will identify support strategies to empower a trans person with disability. 

3 - Being Trans and Aging: A Workshop for Trans Elders and Their Allies 
Hawk 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.

Objective:
Participants will be able to identify challenges of aging as a trans person.
Participants will be able to compare and contrast trans persons who transition earlier in life vs. those who transition later in life.
Participants will be able to identify needs of an aging trans person.

4 - "I am not an OTHER!": The Coming Out Journey of Partners, Spouses, and Lovers of Trans* People. 
Carol MacKenzie
S.O. (Significant Other) is the so-called politically correct term for
the partner, spouse, or lover of a trans* person. Who, however, wants to be thought of as an OTHER, when they can be crucial to a successful life change? This person will have a unique coming out of their own, often fraught with secrecy, fear, misunderstanding, bad advice, and sheer incredulity.
If they can work through these difficult times, they will understand themselves and their trans* partner on a much deeper level. At the end of the journey, whether or not they stay together, the couple will have triumphed and gained the wisdom known only to those who dare to speak and live their truth.
At the end of the workshop the spouse of a transwoman will take us through her her own process, which she calls The Stages, from denial to acceptance, and ultimately peace.

Objective:
Participants will be able to identify three methods for facilitating the process.
Participants will be able to name stages of the coming out process of the partner of a trans* person.
Participants will be able to identify methods for facilitating the coming out process.

5 - Crossdressing in the Real World 
Stana
This purpose of this workshop is to teach and encourage male-to-female crossdressers to escape from fantasyland and experience the real world as females. The presenters will describe their real life experiences as crossdressers and how they make those experiences successful.
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Objective:
Participants will be able to identify resources and support for successful crossdressing.
Participants will be able to identify crossdressing as a gender identity.

6 - "BEYOND TRANS 101: Implementing Best Practices for Serving Transgender Clients & Addressing Specific Legal Barriers They Face”
Milo Primeaux
Whitman-Walker Health is a medical-legal partnership that serves the LGBT and HIV+ communities in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. This presentation will begin with some best practices we have developed for working respectfully with transgender clients in healthcare and legal settings, and discuss the challenges providers commonly expect to face when implementing them. We will then turn to the significant and intersectional legal barriers transgender individuals face to accessing housing, employment, and healthcare. Ample time will be provided for questions and answers. Anyone who currently works with transgender clients or would like to expand their services to reach transgender clients is encouraged to attend.

Objective:
Participants will be able to identify best practices in trans inclusive healthcare.
Participants will be able to identify best practices in trans inclusive legal practice.
Participants will be able to name tools to implement best practices.

7 - Healthy While Trans: Demanding Excellence from our Healthcare System and Providers
Milo Primeaux
The legal landscape is rapidly changing to recognize our transgender identities, and so too should the level of excellence we expect from our healthcare system. In this session, we'll walk through the typical challenges trans individuals still face when engaging with healthcare providers and insurance companies. I will introduce a number of best practices that your providers can adopt to better serve you, and cover legal protections where they apply. Participants will be encouraged to share their own difficult experiences, suggestions for solutions, and stories of resilience.

Objective:
Participants will be able to name federal and state laws that protect transgender individuals in healthcare insurance.
Participants will be to identify tools and resources for healthcare providers.
Participants will gain insight and support through shared experiences with fellow community members

8 - Coming Out: A Trans Experience
Ryan Rasdall
For many transgender people, coming out is a lifetime process and has to occur over and over with new friends, partners, teachers, neighbors, government workers and healthcare providers. There are many things to take into consideration when coming out such as safety, mental and physical wellness and the law. The experience is different for everyone depending upon many factors. For low-income transgender people of color, the process of coming out can be even more difficult.
Looking through a social, legal and medical lens, this workshop is intended to provide a space for participants to discuss the benefits and challenges to coming out as transgender and to provide participants with solutions when faced with discrimination or harassment. Trans-identified people on this panel will share their personal and professional experiences as out trans people of color. Staff from Lambda Legal will provide participants with the current legal landscape in regards to federal and state laws.

Objective:
Participants will be able to identify experience of transgender people of color coming out process.
Participants will identify barriers and benefits for trans people coming out process.
Participants will discuss advocacy work of Lambda Legal’s Transgender Rights Project.

9 - Sex Must be Defined by Gender Identity: Updating the Law to Reflect the Latest Medical Science is Key to Transgender Rights
Dru Levasseur
Justice for transgender people is linked to the validation of self-identity, “you are who you know yourself to be.” The simplistic understanding of sex as two fixed binary categories into which all humans must fit at the moment of birth has long been understood to be medically, scientifically, and factually inaccurate, but still continues to be broadly enforced by the U.S. legal system. For transgender people to be recognized as full human beings under the law, the legal system must make room for the existence of transgender people, not as boundary-crossers, but as claiming their birthright among the living as part of a natural variation of human sexual development. To do so, the law must embrace the latest understanding of medical science which recognizes that sex is multi-faceted, not cut-and-dried, and of the multiple factors that go into a determination of sex, gender identity must be given the most weight.

Objective:
Participants will discuss history of legal landscape for transgender people.
Participants will be able to identify harmful healthcare strategies that have impacted the trans* community.
Participants will be able to identify the medical community’s definition of sex and gender identity. 

10 - People 101: The Elusive Sense of Gender 
Janis Booth
Similar to the quite common Gender 101 workshops except this one is not exclsively 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.

Objective:
Participants will be able to name the four components of gender identity.
Participants will be able to identify how these components comprise gender identity.
Participants will be able to identify the transition process of gender identity


11- Explaining and Demonstrating Gender Binaries
Emma Blandford
Using multiple activities, this interactive workshop will allow participants to discover the world of gender binaries through their own understanding of what it means to be "a man" versus "a woman." Once we have established our binary, we will work together break it down by learning new terms, identities and analyzing the differences between sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation and sexual expression.

Objective:
Participants will be able to define differences between terminology (ie. sex, gender, gender expression and gender identity).
Participants will be able to identify differences between gender and sexual orientation.
Participants will utilize a tool to discuss differences in gender binaries.

12 - The Treatment & Management of Pediatric Transgender Kids in a Family and Community Practice Setting
Dane Menkin
Mazzoni Center is an LBGT Fammily and Community Medicine has been treating trans* and gender non-conforming adults for over a decade. Whithin the past 2 years, we have developed a model of care called Pediatric and Adolescent Comprehensive Transgender Management (PACTS).
The care of Trans* children in the model we have created has been growing. Our model is unique and meets the needs of children and families during this process.
We are unique in being a community health center and an academic institution or part of a large health care system.

Objective:
Participants will identify medical guidelines available for Trans* kids.
Participants will be able develop protocols in similar care environments to better meet the needs of Trans* kids
Participants will be able to identify the needs of Trans* kids and their families.

13 - 50 Shades of Coming Out Kinky
Tasha Lombardi
With the advent of the 5o Shades trilogy, BDSM/ kink is becoming more main stream, 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.

Objective:
Participants will be able to define BDSM.
Participants will be able to identify safety strategies of the BDSM community.
Participants will be able to differentiate between kink and abusive behavior. 

14 - The Healthcare Professional and the Transgender Patient
Janis Booth
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.

Objective:
Participants will learn a set of tips for helping to make healthcare access easier for transgender people
Participants will be able to identify challenges of transgender people in healthcare systems
Participants will be able to identify strategies to assist transgender people with access to healthcare.


15 - Trans Employment - How to Protect Yourself Legally
Jillian Weiss
This interactive workshop will provide a general background regarding laws upholding the rights of transgender workers to be free from harassment and discrimination, give you important tips for documenting a claim, explain how to negotiate within the organization, and how to bring a successful complaint, if necessary. The workshop will be interactive in nature, with a short initial presentation on the background for each section, a role play exercise, audience discussion regarding the role play, and time for questions and answers.

Objective:
Participants will be able to identify harassment and discrimination laws to protect the rights of transgender people in the workplace.
Participants will be able to name employment harassment and discrimination documents.
Participants will be able to discuss negotiation strategies for discrimination with an employer.

16 - From Fear to Acceptance
Tony Ferraiolo
This workshop is designed to better understand and process the most common fears, you may face, as a parent or caregiver of a transgender child.
Also how to feel empowered with the proper tools and skills needed to turn your fears into acceptance.
You will walk away from this workshop with the resources you need to confidently move forward.

Objective:
Participants will be able to identify challenges of being a parent of transgender child.
Participants will be able to identify tools and skills for acceptance of transgender child.
Participants will be able to identify resources.

17 - Man Up - Gender Stereotypes
Emma Blandford
In a world of could-haves, should-haves, and would-haves, this workshop will teach you the basics of bystander intervention. While this workshop focuses on sex and gender, the skills and resources that you will gain from this workshop are transferable across multiple disciplines.

Objective:
Participants will be able to define and recognize the difference between gender and sex 
Participants will develop three specific actions that they can use to combat negative stereotypes
Participants will identity reasons why the sex dichotomy and heteronormatity can negatively affect people

18 - Gender Reassignment Surgeries in the XXth Century
Dallas Denny
Primitive forms of gender reassignment surgery have been carried out since ancient times, but it was only in the twentieth century that medical science developed techniques which made these procedures relatively safe and aesthetically pleasing. In this workshop I identify medical innovations which led to the development of a new discipline: plastic and reconstructive surgery, describe various early surgeries and surgeons, and trace GRS as it evolved from an experimental procedure to a proven and effective therapeutic treatment for trans* people.

Objective:
Participants will be able to understand the cultural struggle the community has went through to achieve their currents rights 
Participants will be able to identify medical innovations related to gender reassignment surgeries.
Participants will be able to name specific surgeries and surgeons.

19 - Trans Discrimination and the Fight for Housing Justice
Salmun Kazerounian
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.

Objective:
Participants will be able to identify fair housing law on the state and federal level for transgender people.
Participants will be able to identify protections for trans* people.
Participants will be able to identify strategies for working towards housing equality.

20 - Advocating for Your Healthcare Needs
Jennifer Levi
Recent changes in state and federal law have removed some of the barriers to insurance coverage of transition-related surgery and healthcare. This workshop will be a community conversation about healthcare access, and will cover topics such as finding providers that will work with the community and accept insurance; and joining forces with other marginalized groups to fix a broken healthcare system. We hope you will join us in forging community through health care advocacy.

Objective: 
Participants will discuss state and federal changes to access to healthcare.
Participants will be able to identify challenges that the trans* community still need to have addressed.
Participants will be able to identify advocacy strategies that can be applied to healthcare settings.


21 - CT Law Protects against discrimination on the basis of Gender Identity or Expression and the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities'  Discrimination Complaint
Alix Simonetti
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.
Objective: 
Participants will be able to identify the law protecting against discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression.
Participants will be able to identify the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities as a resource.
Participants will be able to identify the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities complaint process.
 
22 - Trans Health: An Evidence-based Update
J. Aleah Nesteby and Ryan Pryor
What is new in the field of transgender health? Has there been new research? What has been published in the past 1-2 years? This workshop will focus on recent changes, updates and new data in the field of trans health. The presenters will offer a review and synopsis of recently published journal articles and studies. The purpose of this presentation is to help attendees remain up to date on new scientific information and to integrate this information into their personal or professional health practices.

Objective:
Participants will be able to identify new research and health information in the field of transgender health.
Participants will be able to name recently identified articles and studies.
Participants will be able to identify new scientific information that can incorporated into healthcare practices. 

23 – Hormones 101
J. Aleah Nesteby and Ryan Pryor
Have questions about gender affirming hormone therapy? This workshop is for both consumers of health care and providers. Presenters will provide a broad overview of gender affirming hormone therapy from a bio‐medical perspective. Accessing care, finding your best dose, body changes to expect, medication options and risks, and follow up care will be presented.

Objective:
Participants will be able to identify benefits and risks to hormone therapy.
Participants will be able to define accessing care to include body changes, dosing information, changes to expect, etc. 


Keynote
Dallas Denny