Sessions at Transcending Boundaries Conference 2012 about Gender

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Friday 26th October 2012

  • Gender Therapist as Ally: Utilizing Your Therapist During Transition

    by Aiden Collazo, MSW

    This presentation will focus on identifying the roles of the therapist in the clients transition. Lecture will discuss various aspects of transitioning and ways in which the therapist can assist the client in navigating their personal journey. Presentation will focus on the legal, medical and social aspects of transitioning and ways in which the therapist can assist their client. Significant attention will be spent discussing ways to utilize therapist in helping when going through the various processes of transitioning ones gender.

    At 2:30pm to 3:45pm, Friday 26th October

    In MassMutual Center

Saturday 27th October 2012

  • My Naked Self

    by 20% Theatre Company and Claire Avitabile

    My Naked Self is an introductory workshop for anyone interested in exploring their gender identity, sexuality, body/self-image and/or awareness through guided writing exercises, improvisational movement, and encouraged sharing or performance. This workshop is a challenging, inspirational and empowering examination of who others think we are, who we think we are, and the not-so-simple truth: who we are. No theatre or writing experience necessary! (18+ only)

    At 11:00am to 11:50am, Saturday 27th October

    In MassMutual Center

  • Plenary Luncheon & Keynote

    by Ignacio Rivera

    Ignacio Rivera is a Queer, gender fluid, Trans- Entity, Black Boricua performance artist, currently performing skits, spoken word, one-person shows and story-telling internationally. Ignacio is a lecturer/trainer, activist, new filmmaker, sex worker and self-proclaimed sex educator.

    As a lecturer/ trainer, Ignacio has spoken at home and abroad on such topics of racism, sexism, homo/transphobia, transgender issues, trans 101, sexual liberation, anti-oppression, anti-violence, multi-issue organizing and more. Ignacio currently consultants with various organizations in New York City conducting professional development trainings for NYC high school staff.

    Ignacio is the founder of Poly Patao Productions. P3 is dedicated to producing sex-positive workshops, performance pieces, films, play parties, panel discussions, social/political groups and educational opportunities that are specially geared toward queer women, transgender, multi-gender, gender-queer, gender non-conforming and gender variant people of color.

    As a filmmaker Ignacio currently embarked on a film project, "Shades of Kink" a series of educational/documentary style films around inserting a racial/class/sexuality and gender into the Kink world. Ignacio also has completed two experimental shorts. Their first short is an adult short about moving from normality into kink, called “Crossing” and the other is a short about gender called “They” Both films have been shown at various film festivals across the country.

    As a sex worker Ignacio is a Pro-dom and is working in the adult film industry. They can be seen in their debut performance in Pink and White Productions, “In Search of The Wild Kingdom” and Morty Diomand’s “Trans Entity: The Nasty Love of Papi and Wil.”

    Ignacio is also one of the founding board member of Queers for Economic Justice, a progressive non-profit organization committed to promoting economic justice in a context of sexual and gender liberation.

    At 12:00pm to 2:15pm, Saturday 27th October

    In MassMutual Center

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  • Gender Improv 1

    by Lorelei Erisis

    Second City trained improviser and “Miss Trans New England” Lorelei Erisis will share and discuss insights about gender as well as the basics of improv and how it can be used to enrich your own relationships and personal presentation. This is a hands-on workshop that will explore the performative aspects of gender using the techniques and tools of improvisational acting. Participants will have the chance to stretch their legs, open their minds and get up on their own feet to learn some basic games and exercises. No improv or acting experience is necessary, (though experienced performers are welcome too!) just the willingness to try something new and have a little fun. Come ready to play!!!!

    At 2:30pm to 3:45pm, Saturday 27th October

    In MassMutual Center

Sunday 28th October 2012

  • Burlesque & Gender

    by Happy Hour Burlesque and Eddie Paradise

    What is burlesque? How does it mesh with feminism and genderfuck? Burlesque has its roots in thumbing ones nose at gender roles. Burlesque performers regularly take their clothes off on stage but the acts are considered "empowering" rather than demeaning. How does this work? Come to this panel with your questions and curiosity.

    At 10:00am to 11:15am, Sunday 28th October

    In MassMutual Center

  • Gender Improv 2

    by Lorelei Erisis

    Second City trained improviser and “Miss Trans New England” Lorelei Erisis will share and discuss insights about gender as well as the basics of improv and how it can be used to enrich your own relationships and personal presentation. This is a hands-on workshop that will explore the performative aspects of gender using the techniques and tools of improvisational acting. Participants will have the chance to stretch their legs, open their minds and get up on their own feet to learn some basic games and exercises. No improv or acting experience is necessary, (though experienced performers are welcome too!) just the willingness to try something new and have a little fun. Come ready to play!!!!

    At 12:30pm to 1:20pm, Sunday 28th October

    In MassMutual Center

  • Know Your Rights & The State of Trans Equal Rights Movement

    by Gunner Scott

    Do you have the right to be served in a restaurant, rent a hotel room, or be treated at an emergency room? Can your employer not promote you because you transitioned on the job? Transgender communities deal with a myriad of issues created by flawed policies, ignorance, and the binary gender system. This workshop will provide a summary of the legal protections afforded to cross dressers, transgender, transsexual, and genderqueer people at the local, state and federal levels. We'll also consider the work that still needs to be done, and discuss the ways in which ongoing education and policy efforts are essential to making sure that positive laws and policies make a real difference in peoples' lives.

    At 1:30pm to 2:45pm, Sunday 28th October

    In MassMutual Center

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