About Trans Identities (Trans 101)
This lecture/workshop is geared towards individuals who have little or no experience with Trans identities. The goal of the workshop is to provide those attending with a basic overview of the wide spectrum of Trans identities, an open and safe forum to ask questions about Trans experiences, and provide a foundational knowledge of the Trans community. Topics include: the difference between sex and gender, information about different identities under the umbrella term ‘Trans,’ challenges faced by Trans people, and statistics concerning crimes against the Trans community.
Beyond Trans 101: The Transgender Client/Employee/Student/Congregant
Facilitator: Zander Keig, MS, MTS
This seminar will provide specific and actionable tools to become a more inclusive practice, agency, school, congregation, and business. Too often diversity programs, even those labeled LGBT, neglect to incorporate transgender specific suggestions/ideas into building awareness and designing programs that reflect the complexity of transgender individuals needs and concerns.
The (Legal) Challenges of Being Transgender
Facilitator: Abigail Jensen, Arizona
Learn about the unique legal challenges that transgender people face as they transform their lives to match mind and body and live as their authentic selves, including the challenges of changing name and gender on drivers licenses, passports, birth certificates and other documents on which our legal identities depend. Bring your questions and your own experiences to share with the group.The Importance of a Support System
This workshop covers the importance of a support system for all trans-identified persons who have made or are contemplating this journey. Find out how family, friends and co-workers, as well as employers, can help in transition for both female to male individuals and male to female individuals. Hear stories of personal struggles and journeys through transition and living in our affirmed gender, and how it affects family and friends. The stories are different, but the goal is the same, and all need the support of our loved ones.
Transmen At Risk: Sex, Dating and HIV/AIDS
Facilitator: Michael Brown, Arizona
Transmen are forced to paint a picture of themselves while maintaining confidence and dignity to prospective sexual partners. This presentation followed by group interaction covers topics such as body dysphoria, dating and sexual encounters with Gay/Bi cisgender men, risk factors for HIV/AIDS infection and some of the reasons why transmen are at an even greater risk than other groups for STDs and HIV/AIDS.
Trans Mentors Workshops (Four-part series)
Facilitator: Michael Brown, Arizona
For those interested in one-on-one and group-oriented peer mentoring of Trans youth (12-18) and adults over 18 who are in the pre- or early-transitioning phase. These interactive workshops are designed for Trans-identified men and women who are living full-time in their preferred gender. Learn how to mentor and educate trans men and women, and as well as legalities when mentoring youth (under 18). We will discuss hands-on techniques for being a successful mentor whether it is face to face, internet based, or over the phone. Just the basics are included in Part I, which covers Guidelines, Stages, and Roles, and allows time for Q&A.
Those interested in becoming Mentors with TransMentors International must attend all workshops if accepted into our Mentors Program. Further Workshops cover all of the above in greater detail, as well as setting boundaries, communication skills, difficult situations, conflict resolution, self esteem, closure and more.
*There are no fees for the workshops. However, travel and accomodations (if necessary) are the responsibility of the requesting organization.