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Locations we have recently presented.

We have presented our workshops in twelve states with the philosophy that disseminating critical education can still be fun. We've taken many opportunities to share the information that we've learned over the years as a means of giving back to our communities and creating positive change in the world. Although we got our start as sexual health educators, we have since covered all manner of queer topics and are constantly adding new workshops to our repertoires. The map to the right shows the locations we have recently presented.

2014 Engagements

Overcoming Prejudice and Discrimination - New England College

Discrimination against Transgender Communities
This lecture provides a brief introduction to the interpersonal and institutional forms of discrimination that transgender individuals encounter. From barriers to accessing healthcare and education, to high rates of incarceration, to legal obstacles, trans folk frequently experience discrimination. We'll talk about strategies that trans communities have used to combat oppression, and how you can help!

Closed Session

Translating Identity Conference - Burlington, Vermont

Increasing Education - Saturday, November 1st
Description coming soon...

Queer Safer-Sex - Saturday, November 1st
This is the sex education you probably didn't get in school. As queers, we have sex in a lot of different ways, and it's often impossible to find an informational pamphlet for the types of sexual activities in which we participate. We cover techniques for using dental dams effectively; post-operative safer-sex information for trans* folk; uses for internal and external condoms; tips on safely using, cleaning and lubricating toys; why you should have rubber gloves next to your bed…and much, much more!

Open Sessions

Trans Youth Equality Foundation Summer Camp - Maine

Trans* Safer-Sex - August
This is the sex education you probably didn't get in school. As transfolk, we have sex in a lot of different ways, and it's often impossible to find an informational pamphlet for the types of sexual activities in which we participate. We cover techniques for using dental dams effectively; post-operative safer-sex information for trans* folk; uses for internal and external condoms; tips on safely using, cleaning and lubricating toys; why you should have gloves next to your bed...and much, much more!

Closed Sessions

Philadelphia Trans Health Conference - June 12-14, 2014

Masculine Presenting Survivors of DV and Sexual Assault Support Group
As masculine presenting individuals it is often difficult to find safe spaces to discuss experiences with sexual assault and/or domestic violence. Many violence support groups are geared toward women or are women-only spaces. This workshop is designed for survivors who want to talk about their experiences with sexual and domestic violence, navigating exclusion from sexual and domestic violence support groups, and the possibility of creating inclusive spaces and programs for trans*/intersex/men/masculine-identified individuals who have survived violence.

Trans* Fostering
What is it like to be a trans* foster parent? What is it like to foster a trans* child? Come find out! This panel includes two trans*-identified foster parents, a trans* youth who was adopted from the foster system and an award winning foster-parent who is also the parent of a trans* child. Each panelist will tell their story of navigating the foster system and the challenges and merits of being involved in foster care. From licensing requirements, to working with birth families and social workers, to chosing if/how/when to disclose a trans* or genderqueer identity, to helping trans* youth in the system, this workshop will give you the opportunity to see foster care from multiple viewpoints. Whether you're a trans* individual who would like to become a foster parent, or you're interested in fostering a trans* youth, we can answer all of your questions. It doesn't matter if you've fostered for years or are just beginning to think about it: our panel has something for everyone.

Open Sessions

Transgender Lives: The Intersection of Health and Law Conference - April 26, 2014

Relationships in Transition

This facilitated discussion will give Significant Others, Friends, Family and Allies (SOFFAs) of transfolk a forum to discuss their experiences, questions, and concerns about how best to support the transperson in their lives. SOFFAs will have the opportunity to discuss the role they play in transition; how transition may affect their relationship status and identity labels; and how transition may impact them personally, socially, professionally, and legally. SOFFAs play a crucial role in supporting trans* communities, and it is important that they have the opportunity to express their emotions, ask questions in a safe environment, and share tips and experiences with other SOFFAs.

Open Sessions

Winona State University - April 10-11, 2014

Education Access for Queer Students - April 10, 3:30-5:00pm
From issues of bullying, to a lack of familial support, to a deficiency of role models queer students face many potential challenges in accessing higher education. This workshop is targeted toward faculty and administrators and focuses on how to make their classrooms and campus more accessible.

Queer Safer-Sex - April 10, 7:00pm
This is the sex education you probably didn't get in school. As queers, we have sex in a lot of different ways, and it's often impossible to find an informational pamphlet for the types of sexual activities in which we participate. We cover techniques for using dental dams effectively; post-operative safer-sex information for trans* folk; uses for internal and external condoms; tips on safely using, cleaning and lubricating toys; why you should have rubber gloves next to your bed...and much, much more!

Queer Activism/Alphabet Soup - April 11, 9:30-11:00am
Interested in activism, but not sure where to start? Have an organization or coalition that needs more people power behind it? Ever suffer from activist fatigue? This workshop covers tips for networking with other organizations, suggestions for avoiding burnout, strategies for promoting your cause or advertising for events, and ideas for inclusion of identities, expressions and sexualities that are often left out of the alphabet soup. Learn how to be an ally and advocate for intersex, trans*, genderqueer, polyamorous, and asexual individuals (among others), and learn how to make your group or organization more accessible.

True Colors Conference - Friday, March 21, 2014

Queering your Sex Life
Many of us depend on what we're wearing to convey our gender identities/expressions. So, how can we continue to present our desired gender when we're having sex? This workshop focuses on queering sex through gender presentation, gender play, and identity experimentation. We also discuss communication with your partner(s) and the roles that gender and sexual identity play during intimacy. This workshop is open to every identity, expression, sexuality and affectionality.

Transcending Boundaries Conference - April 6, 2014

Relationships in Transition

This facilitated discussion will give Significant Others, Friends, Family and Allies (SOFFAs) of transfolk a forum to discuss their experiences, questions, and concerns about how best to support the transperson in their lives. SOFFAs will have the opportunity to discuss the role they play in transition; how transition may affect their relationship status and identity labels; and how transition may impact them personally, socially, professionally, and legally. SOFFAs play a crucial role in supporting trans* communities, and it is important that they have the opportunity to express their emotions, ask questions in a safe environment, and share tips and experiences with other SOFFAs.

Cardigan Mountain School - February 20, 2014

Intro to LGBTQ Issues
This workshop will introduce basic terminology and issues faced by LGBTQ communities. We will also discuss how to be an ally to LGBTQ individuals. This will be an open and safe space for questions and discussion.

East Carolina University - February 11-14, 2014

Graduate Diversity Seminar - February 11, 1:00-2:45pm
We'll be covering sexuality and gender issues in this graduate diversity course. What do students in marriage and family therapy or child development need to know about gender and sexuality? What should service professionals know about working with LGBTQ communities? The course will consist of an overview of the role of gender and sexuality in child development, as well as how LGBTQ issues affect family dynamics followed by a panel and discussion.

Support Groups for Survivors of Sexual Assault an/or Domestic Violence: What College Staff Need to Know - February 11, 3:00-4:15pm
Do you want to provide services for LGBTQ survivors of sexual assault or domestic violence? We will discuss our experiences with running support groups for LGBTQ survivors and give you tips for establishing and maintaining support for LGBTQ survivors in your own communities. Whether you hope to meet once, or maintain a weekly support group, we will discuss the strategies, skills and resources you need to start supporting your local LGBTQ population.

Queer Activism - February 11, 5:30-7:00pm
Interested in activism, but not sure where to start? Have a coalition that needs more people power behind it? Ever suffer from activist fatigue? This workshop covers tips for networking with other organizations, suggestions for avoiding burnout, strategies for promoting your cause or advertising for events, and ideas for organizing on little to no budget. We can focus on strategies for pre-existing organizations, tips on starting an organization, or how to find an organization you?d like to join.

Open Session - Hormones 101 - February 12, 9:30-11:00am
Although we can't give medical advice regarding hormone replacement, we can provide participants with a basic understanding of how HRT works, what hormones do to the body, and the pros/cons for various options for HRT administration. We will share personal experiences with HRT, side affects and results that we individually experienced. We cover how to safely access HRT, and discuss non-hormone alternatives for transitioning.

Coffee and Conversation - February 12, 12:00-1:00pm
The format for this is to have students, faculty, staff etc. to come together around current event issues. The topics should focus on transgender 101 topics, and any other relevant current events that will encourage inclusivity on a college campus. The goal of this workshop is to educate or CSLE staff, and students on trans* topics.

Sociology Seminar - February 11, 1:00-2:45pm
We'll be covering sexuality and gender issues in this undergraduate sociology course. What do students in sociology need to know about gender and sexuality? We'll talk about the sociology of gender, and the broader implications this has on society.

College of Education Seminar - February 12, 3:30-5:00pm
For pre-service professional development for current Teacher Education candidates, Dynamic Dialogues about Diversity (DDD) program. This workshop will help teacher education candidates work with diverse populations when they enter the classroom, and give them insight on working with a diverse population of parents, as well as the increasing population of LGBTQ students.

Addressing the Alphabet Soup - February 12, 5:30-7:00pm
If you are in a leadership role in a queer/questioning community (or want to be), this workshop is for you. This workshop will serve as an interactive forum for leaders and future leaders to discuss inclusion of identities, expressions and sexualities that are often left out of the alphabet soup. Learn how to be an ally and advocate for intersex, trans*, genderqueer, polyamorous, and asexual individuals (among others), and learn how to make your group or organization more accessible. Share your experiences and learn from others as we work to make our communities more inclusive and safe for everyone.

Academic Session - Intro to Social Work - February 13, 9:30-10:45pm
This presentation is for undergraduate social work students. This session will give a breif overview of what social work processionals need to know when working with LGBTQ individuals. We'll cover issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity, followed by a Q&A session.

Queer Safer-Sex - February 13, 12:30-1:45pm
This is the sex education you probably didn't get in school. As queers, we have sex in a lot of different ways, and it's often impossible to find an informational pamphlet for the types of sexual activities in which we participate. We cover techniques for using dental dams effectively; post-operative safer-sex information for trans* folk; uses for internal and external condoms; tips on safely using, cleaning and lubricating toys; why you should have non-latex gloves next to your bed . . . and much, much more!

Transgender 101 - Open Session - February 13, 7:00-8:30pm
Gender identity, gender expression, gender perception: these terms all have different meanings and can be confusing to many. This workshop is an introduction to understanding the transgender umbrella, who might fall into that category, and how you can be an ally to people across the gender spectrum. We cover terminology, social, medical and psychological aspects of transgenderism and transitioning.

Gender 101 & Transgender 101 - Campus Recreation and Wellness - February 14, 1:30-2:30pm
Gender identity, gender expression, gender perception: these terms all have different meanings and can be confusing to many. This workshop will introduce gender, gender identity and gender expression for Campus Recreation and Wellness staff, interns and graduate assistants.

Creating a Trans-Friendly Environment: A Workshop for Healthcare Professionals - February 14, 3:30-5:00pm
This workshop is designed for physical and mental health providers as well as office staff who work in a medical setting. We share personal medical experiences, and discuss issues that transfolk face in accessing medical and mental health care. Designed as a Q&A, patient providers will get to ask all of the questions they have about trans* health, and will leave with a better understanding of how they can contribute to creating a trans-friendly practice.

Hanover High School - February 6, 2014

Gender Socialization
What is the difference between gender and sex? Is gender hard-wired, or learned, or both? What happens when people don't feel comfortable in the gender that was assigned to them at birth? This presentation offers and introduction to gender socialization and how it relates to trans* experiences. For high school juniors and seniors.

First Event - Saturday, January 25, 2014

Testosterone 101 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Although we cannot give medical advice regarding hormone replacement, we can speak from our own experiences about how testosterone affected us as individuals. Our panelists have taken testosterone for 7, 5, and 2 years, respectively and have tried multiple forms of administration. We will provide participants with a basic understanding of how HRT works, what testosterone does to the body, and the pros/cons for various options for T administration. We will share personal experiences with T, side effects and results that we individually experienced. We cover how to safely access HRT, and discuss non-hormone alternatives for transitioning.

Relationships in Transition 2:30pm-3:50pm
This facilitated discussion will give Significant Others, Friends, Family and Allies (SOFFAs) of transfolk a forum to discuss their experiences, questions, and concerns about how best to support the transperson in their lives. SOFFAs will have the opportunity to discuss the role they play in transition; how transition may affect their relationship status and identity labels; and how transition may impact them personally, socially, professionally, and legally. SOFFAs play a crucial role in supporting trans* communities, and it is important that they have the opportunity to express their emotions, ask questions in a safe environment, and share tips and experiences with other SOFFAs.

Geisel School of Medicine - January 8, 2014

On Doctoring for 2nd Year Medical Students*
This panel will provide medical students with a basic understanding of trans* issues in accessing healthcare.

2013 Engagements

Dartmouth College* - Hanover, NH

"Let's Talk: Graduate Student Diversity Wellness"
One of our members will be discussing LGBT Wellness for graduate students at Dartmouth College. This event is open to all members of the Dartmouth community.

New England College - Henniker, NH

"Let Your Gender Flag Fly Freely" - TEDx Talk
What are the differences between gender and sex? How does sexuality fit in? Who does gender liberation benefit? Some of the answers might surprise you, as we discuss how the ways in which we view gender impact what it means to be a man, what it means to be a woman, and what it means to be neither.

Trans Youth Equality Foundation - Fall Retreat

Communication and Healthy Relationships
We will be at TYEF's Fall Retreat to discuss the importance of communication in establishing healthy and safe relationships. How and when do you disclose your trans* status in a relationship? How do you go about disclosing? How do you communicate about safer-sex practices with your partner(s)? We'll cover emotionally and physically safer-sex, and the role of communication in relationships.

New England College - Henniker, NH

Human Sexualities
We will be holding a discussion for a human sexualities class at New England College. The focus will be on Gender Identities and Gender Roles and the ways in which they relate to sexuality.

Butch Voices - Oakland, CA

A Discussion for Masculine-of-Center Survivors of DV and Sexual Assault
Have you ever been asked to leave a women's support group because your masculinity was viewed as "triggering"? As MoC individuals it can be difficult to find safe spaces to discuss experiences with sexual assault or DV. This workshop is designed for survivors who want to discuss their experiences with sexual and domestic violence, navigating exclusion from sexual and domestic violence support groups, and the possibility of creating inclusive spaces for transmasculine and MoC people.

Gender Odyssey - Seattle, WA

Presenting Gender with Your Pants Off: Trans*masculine Sexual Health and Pleasure
Many of us depend on what we're wearing to convey our gender identities/expressions. So, how can we continue to present our desired gender when we're having sex? This participant-driven workshop presents information about navigating gender presentation while naked, relearning the body during and after transition, and maintaining or regaining sexual intimacy with yourself and partner(s). Get advice on sexual pleasure and health during all stages of transition (including hormonal and pre, post or non-operative). Learn from the experiences of fellow FTMs and trans-masculine people. Partners and friends welcome!

Philadelphia Trans Health Conference

Masculine Presenting Survivors of DV and Sexual Assault Support Group
As masculine presenting individuals it is often difficult to find safe spaces to discuss experiences with sexual assault and/or domestic violence. Many violence support groups are geared toward women or are women-only spaces. This workshop is designed for survivors who want to talk about their experiences with sexual and domestic violence, navigating exclusion from sexual and domestic violence support groups, and the possibility of creating inclusive spaces and programs for trans/intersex/men/masculine-identified individuals who have survived violence.

Philadelphia Trans Health Conference

Trans* Fostering
What is it like to be a trans* foster parent?  What is it like to foster a trans* child?  Come find out! Part one of this workshop will cover how to navigate foster parenting as a trans* or genderqueer person.  From licensing requirements, to working with birth families and social workers, to chosing if/how/when to disclose your trans* or genderqueer identity, this workshop will give you the chance to network with trans* foster parents whether you've fostered for years or are just begining to think about it.
Part two: As a foster parent you do not always get to make legal or medical decisions for youth, so find out ways you can support and advocate for trans* or genderqueer foster children in your care as well as work with birth families and social workers to provide the best care possible for foster children.

Transgender Lives Conference - Farmington, CT

Presenting Gender with Your Pants Off
Many of us depend on what we're wearing to convey our gender identities/expressions. So, how can we continue to present our desired gender when we're having sex? This participant-driven workshop will present information about navigating gender presentation while naked, relearning the body during and after transition, and maintaining or regaining sexual intimacy with yourself and partner(s). Get advice on sexual pleasure and presentation during all stages of transition (including hormonal and pre, post or non-operative). Open to all identities/expressions. Partners and friends welcome!

Hanover High School

Gender Socialization
What is the difference between gender and sex? Is gender hard-wired, or learned, or both? What happens when people don't feel comfortable in the gender that was assigned to them at birth? This presentation offers and introduction to gender socialization and how it relates to trans* experiences.

Dartmouth College Health Center*

Introduction to Trans* Issues
This panel presentation will cover the expectations that trans* patients have of medical, reception and other health center staff and give staff the opportunity to ask questions.

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth*

Advanced Medical Sciences Session
This panel presentation for fourth year medical students will provide an opportunity for students to ask questions and learn what transgender patients expect from their personal physicians as well as from the medical community at large.

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth*

Introduction to LGBTQ Issues
A panel presentation for second year medical students to introduce them to LGBTQ issues in healthcare.

Customer Services Employees Panel, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center*

Creating a Trans-friendly Environment
How can medical center employees make the hospital a more welcoming environment for trans patients? This panel presentation will cover the expectations that trans* patients have of medical, reception and other hospital staff and give staff the opportunity to ask questions.

Endocrine Section Nurses Panel, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center*

Issues Concerning Trans Patients
This panel presentation will cover expectations that trans* patients have of medical staff. Primarily a question and answer session, we will discuss past experiences in healthcare and provide tips and insight for treating trans* patients in the clinic.

First Event Conference, Boston

Presenting Gender with Your Pants Off: Trans*masculine Sexual Health and Pleasure
Many of us depend on what we're wearing to convey our gender identities/expressions. So, how can we continue to present our desired gender when we're having sex? This participant-driven workshop presents information about navigating gender presentation while naked, relearning the body during and after transition, and maintaining or regaining sexual intimacy with yourself and partner(s). Get advice on sexual pleasure and health during all stages of transition (including hormonal and pre, post or non-operative). Learn from the experiences of fellow FTMs and trans-masculine people. Partners and friends welcome!

MLK Social Justice Conference, Cardigan Mountain School

Intro to LGBTQ Issues
This workshop will introduce basic terminology and issues faced by LGBTQ communities. We will also discuss how to be an ally to LGBTQ individuals. This will be an open and safe space for questions and discussion.

*An asterisk denotes a workshop or panel that is facilitated by an entity other than TEACH Alliance where one or more members of our organization participated.