Trans Justice Summit Workshop Descriptions and Schedule!

| October 11, 2012 | Comments (0)

Our biggest event of the year is almost here!  The Trans Justice Summit, a one-of-a-kind weekend leadership summit, has a huge variety of trainings and workshops to empower our community and build the movement for Trans Justice in Oregon.  Take a look at some of what we have lined up, and don’t miss your chance to be a part of sessions discussing trans friendly skills and services and to connect with the trans community and allies.  The Summit will also feature exciting lunch caucuses, including “Language Politics and Gender Theory 101” and “How to be a Great Trans Ally.”

Trans Justice Summit 2012

Workshop Descriptions

(last updated 10/11/12, check back for updates!)

Pre-registration is closed, but limited registration will be available at the door.


Saturday, October 20th

Welcome and breakfast    9:15 – 10:00 AM

Presenters: David McElhatton (Trans Justice Organizer, Basic Rights Oregon) and Jeana Frazzini (Executive Director, Basic Rights Oregon)

Session 1  10:00 – 11:30 AM

Understanding the Standards of Care

Presenters: Leslie Nicholas N.D., Suzanne Scopes N.D., Beth Novi M.S.W., Adrien Wolmark Ph.D.

The Standards of Care as laid out by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) have a huge impact on the lives of transgender people. Join four experienced health care providers for a presentation and panel offering multiple perspectives on the Standards of Care- as well as alternative guidelines for providing competent care to transgender patients. 


Presenters: Elizabeth Kingson (Tulen Center)

Tulen Self Defense is simple to learn and highly effective.  Learn to set boundaries and respond to real-life situations.  Practice strong, assertive body language and verbal skills, and learn to strike with speed and commitment.

Trans Youth Panel

Presenters: Maxwell Curtain, Mia Giardina, Jackson Weird

Description coming soon!

Lunch   11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

–              Trans Women’s Caucus

–              Trans People of Color Caucus  

Identity caucuses during Saturday lunch are optional to attend. Materials and space will be available to form additional caucuses.           

Session 2  1:00 – 2:30 PM

Beyond Diversity: Dismantling Racism in Queer and Trans Communities

Presenters: John Joo and tash shatz (Basic Rights Oregon)           

Engage in a conversation about racism in queer and trans communities, in politics, and in Oregon- and learn strategies for dismantling racism.

Advocating for Inclusive Health Care in the Workplace

Presenters: Sasha Buchert (BRO), Joe LeBlanc (BRO), Sue Orchard (OHSU)

It’s a matter of basic fairness that the health care given to non-transgender people on a daily basis be given to transgender people in need. Yet trans people the world over continue to struggle for their rights to access even basic healthcare. Based on the successful model of Basic Rights Oregon, we will explore how individuals and groups can advocate for fully transition-related health care with employers, businesses, municipalities, and the legislature.

How to Make Your Work More Inclusive of Trans Children and Youth

Presenters: Lissy Richards and Griffin (TransActive)        

This workshop will address the unique needs of transgender and gender non-conforming youth, and how their needs differ from those of their lesbian, gay, cisgender, and gender-normative peers. We will also review the differences between the needs of gender non-conforming youth and trans adults and how that affects our community.

Break  2:30 – 2:45 PM           

Keynote Speaker  2:45 – 4:00 PM   

Presenter: Kylar Broadus (Trans People of Color Coalition and National Black Justice Coalition)

Closing 4:00 – 5:00 PM         

World premiere of BRO video discussing trans experiences of health care discrimination!

Presenter: tash shatz (Trans Justice Program Manager, Basic Rights Oregon)


Sunday, October 21st

Welcome and breakfast   9:30 – 10 AM

Presenters:  Trans Justice Summit Host Committee                    

Session 3  10:00 – 11:30 AM

Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby!

Presenters: Lupita Mendez (Bradley Angle House), Wyatt Riot (She Bop),  Annamarie Stockwell

Yes, we know… it’s first thing on a Sunday morning, but what better way to start the day than by talking about sex? Using humor and brains filled to the brim with information and resources, Lupita, Wyatt Riot, and Annamarie will discuss and answer your questions about relationships, sex, and sexuality so grab your caffeinated (or not) beverage of choice and get ready to learn, talk, and laugh!

(And while all three of us are certain that we can talk about these things in our sleep, we’ll be completely awake for this. Promise.)

Interrupting Oppressive Moments

Presenters: Ernesto Dominguez, Zan Gibbs        

Using certain words can perpetuate systemic oppression. Practice interrupting oppressive language with six different methods while building a list of “interruptibles.” Engage in a dynamic version of “inner circle outer circle” to create solutions for the more difficult and sometimes subtly oppressive phrases.

Trans Movement History and the State of Trans Oregon

Presenters: Marsha Botzer (Ingersoll Gender Center), tash shatz (Basic Rights Oregon), Jackie Stone (Northwest Gender Alliance)              

Join us for this interactive discussion about the history of trans movements in the Northwest as well as the current state of laws impacting trans people in Oregon.

Lunch  11:30 AM – 12:45 PM


–              Language Politics and Gender Theory 101

–              How to File a Discrimination Complaint

–              How to be an Ally to Trans Communities

–              Social Workers and Advocates Caucus

Issues caucuses during Sunday lunch are optional to attend. Locations will be announced the day of.     

Session 4   12:45 – 2:15 PM

How a Bill Becomes a Law and Lobbying 101

Presenters: Jessica Nguyen-Ventura (BRO), Maura Roche (Strategy Works NW)               

Join us to learn how the legislative process really works, learn how to be great advocates for stuff you care about, why and how elections impact our work, BRO’s policy work 2012-2013 and how to get more involved!

Campaign Strategy: How to Build Power

Presenters: Danielle Askini (NW Network for BTLG Survivors of Abuse), Kelli Horvath (Oregon Student Association,) Mario-Parker Milligan (Oregon Student Association)    

This workshop will enable participants with a more advanced understanding of power, how to develop a power map, and implementing campaign strategy and how and when to change tactics. 

Employment Skills and the Trans Economic Empowerment Initiative

Presenters: Maceo Persson (Transgender Law Center), Fresh! White (Trans Economic Empowerment Initiative)              

The Transgender Economic Empowerment Initiative (TEEI) is the nation’s first program designed and focused on helping TransGender and Gender Variant individuals find – and keep – good jobs in safe workplaces. TEEI offers job seekers and careers changers coaching and counseling, as well as, practical skills and tools to help you discover the work you love as we support your efforts to find positions in the jobs which you will most meet success. In this workshop, we will spend time sharing and discovering what drives us and what holds us back from going towards the work we love, as well as identifying some self-care tools that will allow us to be more confident in our approach towards work.

Break  2:15 – 2:30PM           

Session 5   2:30 – 4:00 PM

Lift Every Voice: The Black LGBTQ Oregonian Experience               

Presenters: Walidah Imarisha, Kodey Park Bambino (BRO)

 Description coming soon!

How to Tell Your Story to Make Change

Presenters: Sasha Buchert and David McElhatton (BRO)               

As trans people, telling our stories is one of the most important ways we can educate people who may not understand the challenges we face, move decision makers to take action in our favor, and empower each other. Join us and learn how to effectively communicate your story!


Presenters: Amira Caluya and Peter Dakota Molof (PSU Queer Resource Center)             

Self-care is an integral part of realizing our collective goals within the Trans Justice movement. Many of us need a reminder to take care every once in a while. However, by shifting our perspective of self-care from a private issue to a public issue, we can support and maintain those most vital to our movement…ourselves!
We will identify barriers to taking care of ourselves within organizations you work with and/or in your personal life, as well as next steps.

Closing: What’s next?   4:00 – 4:30PM        

Presenters: Trans Justice Summit Host Committee


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