by Jess Dugan
Transcendence is an ongoing photographic documentary of people within the transgender and gender variant communities. Photographer Jess T. Dugan will show images from the series and talk about the process of making the work as well as the significance of representing the transgender and gender variant communities positively and honestly through photography.
CT Alliance of Business Opportunities panel discussion on workplace inclusion
by Jeffrey Spiegel, M.D.
Jeffrey Spiegel, M.D, is the Chief of the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Boston Medical Center.
Dr. Spiegel will review the goals and methods of facial feminization surgery. Post operative photos will be shown. There will be a discussion of what procedures are available, how to maximize results, risks, and how new technologies and advances have allowed for improving structural changes to bone. Since 2004 Dr. Spiegel has performed well over 500 FFS procedures! Dr. Spiegel is happy to answer any questions and will be providing time for personal discussions for any interested guests.
by Deb Parlato
by Elder A. Vickie Boisseau
This workshop will explore the social. legal, and medical issues faced by many Intersex people, as well as the similarities, and differences between Intersex and Trans people. We will also talk about what to do with your intersex client.
by Teo Drake and Carole MacKenzie
A presentation and open-ended, facilitated discussion about the issues surrounding sexuality and trans folks, including specific recommendations for potential- partner communication and safety.
Many transgender people desperately need medical care that insurance just won't cover, whether due to anti-trans prejudice or ideas about transitioning that are simply out of sync with modern medical thinking. It's a painful, every-day dilemma that the Jim Collins Foundation is working to address through fundraising, education and advocacy. The Jim Collins Foundation is a non-profit founded by and for the trans community to raise money for gender-confirming surgeries and to inform the public about the importance of removing discriminatory barriers to coverage of transition-related health care. This workshop will give attendees a general overview of the medical and legal support for coverage. It will also discuss ways that trans individuals can empower themselves and each other. When you know you need surgery and it's not yet within your reach, how do you get by in the meantime? What keeps you going? Participants will share survival skills, fundraising ideas and advocacy tools.
This interactive 60-minute workshop introduces an interpretation of sexual consent based on clarity, mutuality and enthusiastic participation. Participants will participate in an open discussion about the ways in which gender role socialization and traditional expectations about gender and sexuality create barriers for open communication with intimate partners. The workshop encourages attendees to brainstorm creative and comfortable ways of giving and obtaining clear consent. The workshop also provides some tools to become proactive bystanders who help prevent potential sexual assault situations from happening.
Goals and Objectives
1. Create a definition of consent
2. Discuss how gender roles, gender expectations and sexuality effect giving and obtaining consent.
3. Brainstorm creative and comfortable ways of giving and obtaining consent
4. Look at ways in which we can be bystanders and help to potentially prevent a sexual assault
by Kelly Woodard
"It Gets Better" has been one of the most visible GBLT campaigns in years and it could not have come at a better time. But how does it get better, what can we do to help it get better, and what if it doesn't? This casually moderated discussion group will focus on looking at questions and issues that arise as we grow up and out as individuals and as groups of people both offering and looking for support.
A workshop on past and present family issues, and how living with a transgender individual is not as bad as everyone makes it out to be, all through the eyes of a teenager who has been through some very difficult times and survived to tell about it herself.
by TRANS Research Team
by Jennifer Barge
This is an all-inclusive workshop that takes a real look at both Trans Health and Safer Sexual practices. Jennifer Barge formulated this workshop once she realized that mainstream safe sex classes were only geared towards cis-gender people. This workshop deals with transgender issues and defines the topic from a transgender perspective. It is an open discussion forum where we see what playing it safe means and what risky behavior is. This is not a moral judgement workshop, it is education and information that is geared towards the transgender bodied identified person, both trans-masculine and transfeminine.
by Sage Shelton and Asa Paradis
Sage is the wife of a trans-person to whom she has been married for over 25 years. During the time when her partner came out, she went through a lot of phases in her understanding of the trans-person's world. Since then, she has become a supporting member of the Connecticut Outreach Society (COS) & is a founding member of the SOFFA section of COS. You may have seen her at other events & remember her kind, happy, cheerful demeanor as she welcomes everyone she meets. Asa has been a supportive significant other for less than five years. After learning of about her partner, she went through many stages as she continued to learn about the community & herself. By trade, she is an educator with a background in emotionally challenged students working in a therapeutic & emotionally healing environment Her passions have helped her make many friends in the community. Creative & empathetic, she strives to make learning experiences engaging, comfortable, & fun.
by Tyler Goff
In Activism 101, I will tell my story of I got involved. This workshop will give you ideas of how to get involved, and teach you about being activists and explain how the level in which you participate is always up to you!
We will discuss a couple of activism projects, such as making posters and co-writing a speech that could be read at an event. We will work on organization, making demands, being clear and effective, rallying others and discuss the importance of knowing what is going on with our community in the news, with corresponding legal and humanitarian implications.
by Noah Lewis
Insurance exclusions for trans-related health care are common, but advocates have increasingly been successful in eliminating these exclusions. This workshop will give anyone the tools they need to approach employers, university officials, or local governments to advocate for equitable health care. We will review the best arguments for removing trans health care exclusions, go over helpful supporting documents, discuss how to successfully frame the issues, and strategize about gaining allies. There will also be an overview of the legal arguments that are available when advocacy alone is not sufficient.
This is a workshop that is intentionally a dialogue. It is intended for the Cisgender and beginning conference attender. The field is open for questions! Is the world of the Transgender mystifying to you? Are there terms that are used that you can't understand? Come ask your questions. There is no question too personal, too difficult, too difficult, too simple or too stupid to be asked or answered.
by Alex Roan and Alison Ouellette
This workshop is intended for transgender individuals and allies with little or no training in mental health fields who are (or aspire to be) in leadership roles providing support services to the trans community. Whether you're leading a peer support group, acting as an informal mentor, or just providing information over the phone, it's important to be prepared for difficult situations that may arise. This workshop will focus on (a) setting and maintaining personal boundaries, (b) preparing for potential crisis situations, (c) common group dilemmas and how to be an effective group leader, and (d) self-care (in a sometimes stressful and challenging position). We will be using a discussion format, so please come prepared to share your leadership experiences, ideas, and concerns.
by Teo Drake
Often while making in a difference in our own lives and in the world, we sacrifice rest, time, play, money and all too often health and well-being. What if it were possible to create change in our own lives and in the world that was sustainable from a personal perspective? Whether making a difference is defined as being a mentor, parent, loving partner, healing through gender transition or creating global change, it is possible to do so effectively without sacrificing ones well-being. This workshop will encourage supportive dialogue and problem-solving around defining purpose and action through the lens of sustainability and self-care.
by Jacqueline Larriva
I will be presenting some of my findings from my qualitative study Transgender Romantic and Sexual Relationships; sharing the stories of my 9 participants, what they taught me, and what other work still needs to be done in this area of research. Included will be some of the major themes that came from these 9 interviews by focusing on topics like: family, childhood experiences, romantic relationships, sex, and the body.
by Dr. William Howe
This workshop will outline the role of the CSDE in protecting the rights of transgender students. Participants will learn about rights under state and federal law. The process for filing complaints and a review of the various governmental and advocacy agencies will be covered. Of particular focus will be the obligations of schools to protect all students from harassment and bullying.
by Michael Munson
Anti-transgender hate violence, particularly when it is coupled with sexual assault, presents complex and compounded challenges for both victims and services providers. Hate violence often crumbles a communityâ s sense of safety and renders members powerless and vulnerable. To be effective, service providers must be able to appreciate and respond to the various levels and meanings hate violence carries. Through a blend of didactic and experiential modalities, national statistics on anti-transgender hate violence and sexual assault will be presented. Many transgender people also belong to other traditionally marginalized groups along other axes of identity such as race, class, incarceration history, immigration status, or ability and so are far more often targeted for severe violence. Best practices and resources will encourage participants to implement changes in their communities and organizations. Come prepared to be engaged and interactively participate!
by Natasha Rose Lombardi
Are you just starting out in kink? Have you finally decided to let the people around you, or even just your close friends or relatives know about your kinky life? Need helpful suggestions or guidance on how to do so? You have questions? We have suggestions.....
by Alix Simonetti, Esq.
The CHRO processes complaints of housing, employment, public accommodation discrimination complaints at the CHRO. CHRO also has authority to process complaints of discrimination in the educational context. The panel will discuss discrimination and the CHRO complaint process process, and answer questions.
by Ilja Hulinsky, MD PhD
This workshop will first provide an introduction touching upon the (i) diagnosis, case finding and community support and aspects of establishing an early diagnosis, (ii) appropriate referral patterns among community physicians and other health professionals, (iii) WPATH standards of care and (iv) recent Endocrine society guidelines for hormonal treatment of transgender patients.
Secondly, this workshop will discuss the medical management of the transgender patient (i) from eligibility to readiness to medical clearance, (ii) contraindications of therapy, (iii) side effects of hormone treatment and the recent publication of data from the Belgian group in Ghent and (iv) special considerations in transgender treatment including fertility, sexual dysfunction and bone health
The kinds of health care associated with gender transition have too often been misunderstood as cosmetic, experimental or simply unnecessary. Yet, there is medical consensus that hormone therapy and sex reassignment surgery (SRS) are medically necessary for many transgender people. This workshop will use a Lambda Legal Transgender Toolkit to explain the medical community's current framework for understanding transition-related care as vital for many transgender people's health and well being. It will also cover the ways in which Lambda Legal and other advocates are applying this in the legal domain to challenge denial of such care as discriminatory. Participants will leave with a basic understanding of transition-related health care and the resources necessary to advocate for transgender-inclusive insurance coverage.
by Brynn Cullen and Yam Menon
This presentation will provide an overview of federal and New England state laws that impact the transgender community, with an eye on trends that point towards the future of case law and legislation.
by Diana Lombardi and Peter Papallo
This workshop is for therapist who would like to have a better understanding of the specials needs required when working with a transgender clients. It will explore the requirement for a client to transition and look at their transition from both the therapist and the clientâ s point-of-views (such as how the client sees the â Standards of Careâ that governs their transition). The workshop will also look at how family members are affected when a family member transitions (for example, when a father transitions, and the effects on her children).
30th April 2011