Sessions at Gender Odyssey on Sunday 5th August

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  • Blood, Breath and Bones: Embodying Anti-Oppression

    In response to a society that separates us from our truths, boxes us in, conquers, polarizes and categorizes from birth our very bodies – we learn to inhabit a linear world which divides and robs us of the vibrancy and diversity that is truly available. We’ll unlock the wisdom and histories we store in our organs, muscles, blood, breath and bones. Join us as we get out of our heads and into our hearts and bodies by using theatre, movement, energy work, discussion and story-telling.

    Presented by Anna Soole

    At 8:30am to 10:00am, Sunday 5th August

    In 612, Washington State Convention Center

  • Flourishing Beyond Shame

    This workshop is for people who belong (or want to belong) to a spiritual/faith community. We will examine the influences of false shame upon gender, gender identity, and sexuality. False shame is when an outside source inappropriately places a “measure of value” on a certain action or identity. Conservative religious and secular factions utilize this “stigmatic guilt” as a tool of oppression against LGBTQ people. Participants will have opportunities to reflect on their personal understandings of how stigma and shame can affect us and be a hindrance to living a flourishing life.

    Presented by Daniel Borysewicz

    At 8:30am to 10:00am, Sunday 5th August

    In 608, Washington State Convention Center

  • Leadership and Organizing: Town Meeting

    If you have chosen a leadership role, what attracted you to lead? Or, did leadership find you by default? If you have been a leader or activist in your city/hometown, have you changed your point of view about leading as time passed? What pitfalls or limitations have you found in how you’ve chosen to lead and/or organize? What methods have been successful and lasting? How do you prevent burnout? Has your style of leadership conflicted with others in your community? Have you received support from unexpected places? Come share your experiences, listen to the successes and pitfalls of others, and let’s learn from each other.

    At 8:30am to 10:00am, Sunday 5th August

    In 611, Washington State Convention Center

  • Passing Privilege and Transmisogyny in Our Lives

    Many folks have an understanding on what privilege is but as trans-men sometimes we don’t realize the privilege we get when we pass and how often we can leave our trans-sisters behind. In this workshop we will discuss what passing privilege looks like and how we can perpetuate misogyny in our own communities, as well as hopefully leave with some concrete tools on how to combat it.

    Presented by Sammy Harvell

    At 8:30am to 10:00am, Sunday 5th August

    In 614, Washington State Convention Center

  • Trans People in the Second Half of Life

    If you remember what rap groups are, this group is probably for you. This is an opportunity to talk with others of our age group about the things we feel are unique to older transgender people. We will arrange chairs in a circle and after a brief introduction the floor will be open to all.

    Presented by Steve Toby

    At 8:30am to 10:00am, Sunday 5th August

    In 613, Washington State Convention Center

  • Finding Parenthood

    Trans-identified Dads, Moms, Poppis, Mamas, Papas, and parents are invited to come together and speak about experiences nurturing our children. What was it that terrified you the most about parenthood? What surprised you? How does your gender identity intersect with your parenting style? Who are your parenting role models? What challenges did you face in the building of your family? In this participant-focused workshop, we will tackle these and other difficult questions to explore what it’s like to be a trans person and a parent. Soon to be and want to be parents are also warmly invited to bring their questions, thoughts, and experiences. Additionally, this workshop is open to people of all genders.

    Presented by Matt Goldenberg

    At 10:10am to 11:40am, Sunday 5th August

    In 613, Washington State Convention Center

  • Rules of Attraction

    Homosexual, heterosexual, bisexual, … transsexual? There is no word for people who are specifically attracted to trans people. For trans people, how does this affect our ability to feel sexy and desirable? How do we know if someone’s attraction to us is based on a gender fetish? Do we ourselves fetishize non-trans bodies? For non-trans people, are our motives questioned when we prefer to date trans people? How do we deal with language that assumes we’d rather date non-trans people? Join us for an in-depth discussion of navigating dating, sex, and intimacy with bodies that aren’t recognized by the current language of sexual orientation. Let’s talk about getting confident in our own sexiness, and making room for trans-specific desire.

    Note: This workshop is open to all.

    Facilitated group discussion

    At 10:10am to 11:40am, Sunday 5th August

    In 612, Washington State Convention Center

  • TRANS: The Movie

    TRANS is an extraordinary documentary feature about men and women, girls and boys…and all the variations in between. It is about the Transgender Community, perhaps the most misunderstood and mistreated minority in America and around the world. Inspired by the incredible story of Dr. Christine McGinn and her important work as a transgender surgeon, TRANS provides an up-close and very personal vision into the lives, loves, and challenges of a remarkable cast of characters of all ages and from all walks of life. These are the stories of confusion and courage, excitement and emotion that have never been told . . . until now. To anyone who ever looked in a mirror and wondered “Who am I really?”, TRANS asks another question—“Are you brave enough to find out?”

    NOTE: This movie has some thematic elements that are not appropriate for young children. It includes an upsetting scene and is not recommended for children under the age of 13.

    Mark Schoen, producer; Chris Arnold, director/editor

    At 10:10am to 11:40am, Sunday 5th August

    In 606, Washington State Convention Center

  • Call to Action: The Adventure Begins!

    Start your journey toward an action packed life! In this workshop we will discuss topics ranging from jockstraps, sports and packing on muscles to joyful activity and adventure for the less competitive. Open dialogues throughout the workshop will focus on positive, guiltless ways to stay on track with your goals. We have some fresh new ideas for initiating and making the changes you want to be coupled with Q&A, group discussion, and take-away resources. As an adjunct to this workshop we will also connect attendees together for friendly meet-ups outside of the conference hours including gym time, runs, walks, bocce ball, bowling – you name it!

    Presented by Zach Black, Eli Gregory, Victor Van Epps, Cielo Acosta

    At 12:45pm to 2:15pm, Sunday 5th August

    In 614, Washington State Convention Center

  • Conflict Transformation: Compassionate Assertiveness

    In this skills-based workshop you will walk away with powerful assertiveness and self defense skills. In a society that polarizes and assigns the most narrow ideas of gender and gender roles, and punishes those of us who cannot or will not conform to these rigid assignments, our gender and our personal assertiveness are intrinsically linked. In this workshop we will explore how we are socialized to “fight or flight”, and how that is frequently and vehemently linked to our assigned gender. We will explore boundaries, and how to navigate asserting ourselves while staying compassionate. Participants will walk away with powerful assertiveness, communication and self defense skills.

    Presented by Anna Soole

    At 12:45pm to 2:15pm, Sunday 5th August

    In 613, Washington State Convention Center

  • Fundraising for Transition (Young Adult Track)

    The cost of hormones and surgery for many people is simply out of reach. While some gains have been made in recent years, most health plans still do not cover any transgender related care, even if deemed medically necessary. As young people there can be even greater obstacles to affording transition. But wait! Your community, family, and friends are here for you! But, you have to ask for this help. How do you do this? Come to session to hear about ideas and skills-building for raising funds. Confront your fears–you can do it!

    Presented by Uma Rao

    At 12:45pm to 2:15pm, Sunday 5th August

    In 612, Washington State Convention Center

  • Package Nobody Wants

    Dr. Linda Gromko tells her trans clients, “I don’t want to see you through a fabulous transition, only to lose you to a ‘technicality’, a preventable illness.” Don’t let your transition stop with hormone treatments. Stay focused on health over a lifetime. This presentation focuses on Metabolic Syndrome, a “package” defined as high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol, obesity, and insulin resistance – the propensity to develop diabetes. Heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure can follow close behind. Folks whose body constitution tends to be shorter and overweight may want to learn about how these factors may predispose them to Metabolic Syndrome. Dr. Gromko dealt with the consequences of Metabolic Syndrome in her husband. When he developed diabetic kidney failure, she performed his home dialysis for over three years before his premature death in 2011. He was devoted to the transgender community and wanted his legacy to be one of health promotion. Dr. Gromko uses his example to help others tune up their health while they still can.

    Presented by Dr. Linda Gromko

    At 12:45pm to 2:15pm, Sunday 5th August

    In 608, Washington State Convention Center

  • Sex & Intimacy

    Many of us may have issues that diminish our capacity for sexual intimacy. Occasionally, we’ll talk about some of these privately or, on rare occasions, publicly. Often they remain our secrets, hidden even from our partners. Do our challenges with intimacy come with the territory of being transgender? As we define or re-define our gender identity, we may find this has major implications for our sex lives. In what ways have you redefined your own sexuality? Is the image of your physical body incongruent with your conceptual body image? Do you have adverse sexual experiences from my past that hinder your present day ability to be intimate in the way you desire? If you have made physical changes, how do you feel about your new body? What do you celebrate? What do you mourn? And what the heck do you call the bits now?

    Note: This workshop will provide a confidential space for trans-identified people to talk frankly about fears, challenges, pleasures, and desire. Things that are the most personal are also the most universal.

    Facilitated by Carson Rader, Aydin Kennedy

    At 12:45pm to 2:15pm, Sunday 5th August

    In 607, Washington State Convention Center

  • Sexual Empowerment: Art & Smut

    Too often trans people are made to feel shame and guilt around our sexuality. At this workshop you will learn about some community projects around sexual empowerment and receive practical instruction in writing, zine making, and film/porn to create your own sexual empowerment projects through creative expression.

    Presented by Tobi Hill-Meyer

    At 12:45pm to 2:15pm, Sunday 5th August

    In 611, Washington State Convention Center

  • Inside Out: Health and Nutrition for Transition and Beyond

    This session is an informative trans-health workshop on nutrition for transition, surgery prep and recovery, greater vitality and sense of well being in the body, longevity, and quality of life.

    Presented by Zach Black, Eli Gregory, Victor Van Epps, Cielo Acosta

    At 2:25pm to 3:55pm, Sunday 5th August

    In 614, Washington State Convention Center

  • Never Too Late: Rites of Passage

    Cultures across time and geography have utilized rites of passage and clearly defined symbols to accompany change and transition. Rites of passage provide a movement from letting go of a past self to embracing a new identity. This is crucial for those going through gender transition as well as for their loved ones. Because a gender transition affects everyone in an individual’s network, family, friends, partners and others are encouraged to come together to acknowledge this movement. In this workshop we will explore the power and necessity of symbol and ritual, share our personal experiences, and offer ways to create meaningful personalized rituals. It is never too late to ritualize your passage.

    Presented by Jordan Decker, Marcia McFee

    At 2:25pm to 3:55pm, Sunday 5th August

    In 613, Washington State Convention Center

  • Seven Year Itch

    Many years have passed since you physically transitioned, and the impact it had on job, family, relationship, medical issues, and the like has faded a bit into the past. What’s going on in your world now? Your gender may no longer be an issue in most of your personal relationships, but where does it pop up? Are you back in the dating pool with no idea how to begin? Re-entering school, and the financial aid administrator wants to know why you aren’t registered for selective service? Are you living stealth, or out? Where do you disclose your gender, and where do you find it to be irrelevant?

    Note: The focus of this workshop is on people who are five or more years post-transition. All are welcome to listen, but we ask that you respect the intent to create a focused conversation relevant to this particular subset of trans community.

    Facilitated group discussion

    At 2:25pm to 3:55pm, Sunday 5th August

    In 611, Washington State Convention Center

  • Seven Year Itch – Partners (Partners Track)

    Many years have passed since your loved one physically transitioned, and the impact it had on your immediate family, relationship, and the like has faded a bit. Your loved one’s gender – and your relationship to them – may no longer be a day-to-day issue. But, where else does it pop up? Are you finding ways to be proud of your loved one’s gender while still claiming your own unique identity? Has a health issue come up that again puts you or your loved one out on the front lines of defending gender? How are you affected now by your loved one’s choice to live stealth or out? This workshop focuses on the experiences of those who’ve had five or more years beyond their loved one’s transition.

    Presented by Kristen Knapick

    At 2:25pm to 3:55pm, Sunday 5th August

    In 612, Washington State Convention Center

  • Sex Positivity in the Transgender Community

    Let’s create a sex positive culture in the transgendered community! Learn what sex positivity is and how to create it. A panel of sex positive transgendered people and partners of transgendered folks create an informative discussion about sex positivity and how we can overcome the negativity and shame our society has put on sexuality. We are sexual beings and should not be ashamed of that fact.

    Presented by Mac MacGregor, Allena Gabosch

    At 2:25pm to 3:55pm, Sunday 5th August

    In 607, Washington State Convention Center

  • This Is Your Brain On Hormones

    For those people who identify with a gender other than the one they were assigned at birth, there may be a disconnect between the way their brain behaves and the way they feel. Recently it has been demonstrated that taking cross-sex hormones causes substantial changes in brain structures over a very short period of time. Sometimes these brain changes are welcomed as they become more closely aligned with the person’s gender identity. However, sometimes these changes can cause people to experience the worsening of conditions that had previously been entirely manageable. This workshop will provide information about these brain changes and their impact on behavior and encourage discussion about how to engage in self-care, and if necessary, get the right kind of help. We will also foster discussion about how to manage those inner changes while simultaneously developing the coping skills needed to deal with a very different brain.

    Presented by Dr. Melady Preece, Kade Markson

    At 2:25pm to 3:55pm, Sunday 5th August

    In 608, Washington State Convention Center

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