e-mail Michael Munson (email@example.com) for more information on panels, caucuses or speakers. Most workshops do not need any additional presenters, but there are a few openings. If you are interested in being a presenter, please drop me an email!
Title: Red Necks and Queer Bodies: Rural, Blue Collar, and Transgendered
Description: People who ID as a variety of rural, blue collar, Western, and Southern cultures talk about how prejudice and gender intersect, and how they grapple with issues of being ftm or soffa within these communities, and how these communities intersect with the larger LGBT communities. Are LGBT people hostile to rural and blue collar people? What do rural and blue collar ftms and soffas do to find or make community? What can the LGBT community do to be more welcoming to rural and blue collar people? How do we grapple with the myth that 'rednecks' are inherently more hostile to LGBT people?
Title: Ourselves, Getting Older
Description: If you're at a point in your life when you're thinking about what growing older means, this caucus is for you. What should the community be talking about? Addressing? Celebrating? Worrying about? Come network and brainstorm.
Title: An Interactive People of Color Caucus
Description: FTMs of Color and SOFFAs discuss the intersection of transgenderism and race, grapple with accessibility issues, confront myths of transgenderism that don't apply to POC, give voice to POC experiences, and share resources for those who are trans and of color or are among their SOFFAs.
Title: Butch Caucus
Description: As butches we have our own spectrum of "queerness". We are gender-benders; in butch/femme relationships, in butch/butch relationships or no relationships; butches - as a gender option; butches comfortable being butches; butches comfortable being lesbian; butches comfortable being transgendered and more. How do we see ourselves in relation to the TG community? How do we feel as so many of our friends and allies transition from our community into a different queer community? Is "butchn-ness" a stepping stone to TG? Or is butch-ness TG in and of itself? We will grapple with these and many other questions that affect us as a butch community.
Title: Latino Caucus
Description: This caucus will provide an opportunity for Latinos/as and SOFFAS to network and support each other. Discussion may include how Latino/a culture impacts (dictates?) gender expression and identity.
Title: Muslim Caucus
Description: A forum for Muslim FTMs and their supporters/allies to discuss social, interpersonal and theological aspects of transgenderism in Islam. Discussion may include: gender segregation and the need to have a clear role in the social religious context; individual religious rights and responsibilities as they differ by gender and exploring what responsibilities FTMs have within that strictly gendered construct; complicating factors: gender fluidity, pre/non/post op status, passing w/out physical transition; FTM sexuality; and logistics of getting religious approval for SRS.
Title: Building a Network: HIV/AIDS/Sexuality Educators
Description: Many HIV/AIDS/Sexuality Educators work in isolation. Let's find out who's doing what, share info, pamphlets, strategies and more. This caucus will also launch NATHAN: The North American Transgender HIV/AIDS Network.
Title: Providers' Caucus
Description: The caucus is for those who work with transgendered people -- therapists, physicians, and other providers -- to discuss meeting our needs as caregivers, our relationship to the political struggles of the community, how to educate our colleagues, and our responsibilities to transgendered people in emotional pain.
Title: Youth Speak Out! Caucus
Description: This is an interactive time for youth and young adults to come together and discuss the issues of coming out young, dealing with parents, and other youth-related issues. This caucus may divide into two groups: those under 20, and those in their 20's in order to connect folks with others their same age and with similar issues. This will be a safe space for young people to explore and share different issues that they are dealing with and/or are interested in looking at. This caucus will also encourage young people to make their/our voices heard throughout the conference.
Title: Intersexed Causus
Description: A meeting, discussion, and mingling of energies for our community's many and varied medically intersexed members, and anyone else who is interesting in giving support or getting educated about our unique
needs and perspectives.
Title: Transitioning in a Tempest: Staying Sane and Sober
Description: Many people in the transgender community have or are using substances to cope with being "different". If you fall into this catagory, or aren't sure if you do or not, then maybe this is the workshop for you. Come and share with us your experience, strength and hope and how you stay sane with all the changes in your life.
Title: Partners Caucus
Description: This is a prime opportunity for partners to band together and share the stories of their own "transitions". Open to all past and present partners of all orientations.
Title: Parents/Family Caucus
Description: The Parents/Family caucus will provide a forum for both generations, trans and non-trans persons, to share what worked well or not so well regarding: in coming out to parents, siblings, childen and other extended family members; ways of helping non-trans persons understand
the compelling need to cross traditional barriers; and ways of handling rejection with maximum dignity and minimum hurt.
Title: Butch/FTM Dialogue
Description: For some of us, these identities are deeply connected--for others, they have nothing to do with eachother. Join this friendly, supportive discussion about the Butch-FTM Continuum - the many ways and places where masculine identities are unique, empowered and celebrated.
Title: Spirituality 1: Transgendered Spirituality
Description: A discussion of the many ways in which we embrace our spirituality. Panelists from diverse backgrounds will lead a discussion of how transgendered issues intersect with religious and spiritual issues. People of all spiritual interests/beliefs welcome.
Title: Spirituality 2: Crisis of Faith
Description: Exploring the challenges faced by transgendered people who are dedicated to their spiritual path. What kinds of crises are faced by the transgendered person of faith, and how can they be resolved? Do spiritual crises differ from religion to religion, or are there certain fundamental aspects of the spiritual experience that cut across cultures? Panelists from diverse backgrounds will lead a discussion of hard questions arising from being spiritual and transgendered. People of all faiths welcome.
Title: Express your gender in imagery
Description: How would you represent manliness using imagery, metaphor and symbol? What are the aesthetic choices that convey the range of gender identities? In this hands-on workshop, participants will be guided in the use of art materials to express their internal experience of gender. Discussion will follow. Materials provided, but feel free to bring objects, photos, etc. No art experience necessary.
Title: No-Ho/No-Op: A Scalpel-Free Zone
Description: A panel designed for those who are questioning their hormonal and surgical options, and for those who have already decided that body alteration is not a path they wish to pursue.
Title: The Boy Thing
Description: What's the appeal of being a "boy" as a personal, social, or sexual
identity? Some FTMs and other female-bodied persons identify as "boy" instead of man, woman, or girl. "Boy" can be a point inbetween, but sometimes it's entirely different. What does being a boy mean to you?
Title: A Caucus for the Shades of Gray: When Gender isn't Black or White
Description: The path for female-born, masculine-identified individuals in the past has been quite traditional. For many of us, our gender is more complex than merely injecting hormones, removing our breasts, changing our papertrail identity and interacting in the world solely as a man. The options repetitively presented to gender gifted people have been black and white, with no mention of the huge spectrum of surrounding gray. There is a shade of gray for each individual person. If printers can print 256 shades of gray, why can't gender afford us as many options? This workshop will discuss the multiple and unique shades of gray.
Title: Gender Questioning and Youth Identity, what makes gender such a hot topic for youth?
Description: This will be an interactive session, for youth and adults to explore what makes gender questioning such a hot topic in the queer youth communities. What issues face youth who are gender questioning? What does our movement and our society need to do to respond to the issues presented by transgendered, transsexual and differently gendered youth?
Title: Trans Law and Public Policy
Description: This workshop will address the applicability of existing anti-discrimination laws to our community as well as efforts to expand the law to expressly include transpeople. The discussion about existing anti-discrimination law will focus largely in the areas of employment and public accommodation. The presenters will also canvas various proposals to
expand discrimination laws and analyze the strengths and weaknesses of each.
Title: Token T's? Educating and Interacting with the LGBT Community
Description: Trans-inclusivity. Who's educating the mainstream queer community? Do our communities relate politically or does inclusivity truly mean we are "Token T's"? If we see ourselves as a part of the greater queer community, how do we best set out to influence its policies? What needs to be done and who will do it?
Title: Paying the Rent: T*'s in the Workplace
Description: A workshop to address issues of employment, finding new jobs, keeping existing jobs, coming out on the job, working with squeamish co-workers, "the bathroom" issue, maximizing successful employment while being true to one's gender identity. A panel discussion not just for people transitioning, but for all gendervariant folks.
Health and Wellness
Title: TransBodies: The First Year and Beyond - A Medical Perspective
Description: A primer in basic health concerns of transitioning and non-transitioning FTMs. Exploring the positive and negative effects of hormones, surgery, herbal remedies, binding, packing, urinary devices and other topics that affect physical wellbeing. Guys talk about their first year (+): what to expect, what they never expected. Tips for getting through it.
Title: FTM Chest Reconstruction: Q&A with Dr. Brownstein
Description: Dr. Michael Brownstein discusses his chest reconstruction techniques. A slideshow of surgical results will illustrate a variety of excellent, individualized outcomes on a spectrum of Dr. Brownstein's patients.
Title: From Tits to Pecs: The Emotional Journey
Description: Why do we want to have masculine chests? What are non-surgical ways of appearing to have a masculine chest (binding, crossdressing, working out, etc.)? What things need to be considered before making the decision to have chest surgery? What are the different surgical techniques, and what kind of outcomes can be expected? Which doctors do this kind of surgery? Will insurance cover it? A focus on the emotional journey in having/not having chest recontruction. Show and tell at the end.
Title: Fitness for the Transman: Masculinization, Health and Wellness
Description: Drey Fisher, a personal trainer and sports/fitness expert, will discuss such principles as metabolism, aerobic fitness, weight training (including how to prepare for chest surgery), and basics nutrition.
Title: FTM Genital Reconstruction Surgery (GRS) and Related Surgeries
Description: Surgeon Sheila Kirk will discuss the various surgical techniques utilized during hysterectomy, metaodioplasty, clitoral release, scrotum construction, testicular implants, top surgery and phalloplasty.
Title: Listen to Me: Training Providers to Speak Our Language
Description: How do you train a local clinic to become transgender inclusive? What do they need to know about office protocol (names, basic issues of respect for gender diversity, etc.)? This workshop will empower individuals to find and train medical (and other) providers to become more sensitive to trans issues and to trans individuals. Many physicians and therapists simply have never encountered a transgendered person; they may be very willing and eager to work with us, but just do not know where to begin or fear any legal reprecussion. This workshop will provide strategies for working with providers who are unfamiliar to trans issues.
Title: Minding the gate?: Therapist and/or gatekeeper?
Description: This workshop is an open-hearted discussion for therapists, providers and trans folk who utilize professional (medical) services. A discussion of the responsibilities (who guards the gate? who keeps the keeperss?) and political ramifications (who's body/mind is it anyway?!!) of being gatekeepers, the pro's and con's of the new Harry Benjamin Standards of Care, and the implications of Gender Identity Disorder as a DSM diagnosis.
Title: Talking It Out
Description: What is the role of a therapist in providing psychological services for gender variant people, and how can client and therapist work together as a team? This workshop will help participants learn how to find a supportive gender therapist, and how to best utilize these services towards their own wholeness.
Title: FTMs-From Hormones through Surgery: Maintaining Your Health Throughout Your Gender Journey
Description: A frank and forthright discussion on the need to maintain certain health care procedures necessary to assure your overall good health and well-being. Polycystic Ovarian Disease, cancer symptoms, cardio-vascular concerns, cholesterol levels as well as hormonal regimens will be discussed.
Title: Surviving Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Queer Bashing
Description: Our identities as well as our bodies and minds are wounded by all forms of violence. We, as a gender variant community, are often targets of violence. This workshop will discuss how sexual violence specifically impacts the TG community. How does being a survivor of assault affect our loved one's? How does it affect our transition process? What do Rape Crisis Centers and domestic violence counselors need to know about us? This will be a safe and supportive space for those to share personal experiences .
Title: Trans-Trans Intimacy
Description: This workshop will explore the ever-growing prevalence of trans-trans intimate relationships - FTM/FTM, FTM/MTF, FTM/butch, FTM/femme, butch/butch. A wide range of trans-trans intimacy (sexual and non-sexual) issues will be addressed. All are welcome.
Title: Thawing the Family Chill: Where's that Unconditional Love?
Description: Panelists discuss coming out issues, helping families understand, warming up parents, siblings and extended families, too. Educating and dealing with family skeptics, what do they need to hear. Panel of parents and TG persons.
Title: Relationships Surviving Transition
Description: Keeping lines of communication open within partnerships that attempt to survive one (or both) people transitioning. Clear communication and honesy within relationships, while maintaining personal integrity and doing what is personally best. This panel will explore issues of how shifts in orientation affect relating in intimate settings, social situations, and political settings.
Title: Of Desire & Redifinition: Gay Female-to-Male Transgenderists Negotiating Gender & Sexuality
Description: Exploring the how gay FTMs identify and interact with other (bio-gay/bio-bi/FTM/bio-straight?) men. Covering basic concepts from finding partners, negotiating safer sex, to touchier subjects like when to come out as trans to potential partners, how to negotiate physical sex (especially with bodies that are unfamiliar to many gay men).
Title: Transmale: Eroticizing Trans Bodies
Description: Eroticing trans bodies: What do partners find HOT about transgendered people? How are our bodies and histories unique and attractive to others. Explore how transmale bodies have been portrayed in fictional literature, as well as the growing number of "tranny-chasers" emerging into our community, and other folks who find the spectrum of FTMs sexy and desireable!
Title: Whiplash City: FTMs Cruising Women, Women Cruising FTMs
Description: What FTMs and other trans members of our community need and want to know about dating women. How do you find them? How do you flrit? How - and what - do you tell her about your history and body? What do you do in bed? Designed especially for unpartnered transgendered persons who want to date women, and for women who may be interested in dating them. (Hint! Hint!)
Title: From Dyke to Fag and other Trans Queer Experiences
Description: Many of us have found homes in the queer community for both our sexual and gendered selves. What do we lose and gain as our identities change? Is our queerness about gender expression or sexual desire or both? What do we do with the real or feared rejection that comes from the places we've called--or want to call--home. Who are we when we cruise, date or fuck and how has that built--or threatened--our sense of community and our sense of ourselves?
Title: Safe, Wet and Wild: Hot Sex in the 90's
Description: Safer sex doesn't have to be boring sex. Explore safer sex negotiation and communication around desire and sexual practices, with a trans-specific focus. Find ways of making your sex safer and hotter!
Title: Leathersex/SM: Basic Training
Description: The basics of alternative sexuality will be covered in this workshop. Emphasis will be on basic concepts of safe, sane and consensual play; a working vocabulary; "tools of the trade"; how to find safe partners and initiate satisfying kinky encounters.
Title: Leathersex/SM: Advanced Training
Description: Beyond the basics. A workshop for players and SM enthusiasts already knowledgeable about basic leathersex and SM. A discussion of how gender and SM intermingle: gender-specific events, finding partners, tailoring SM activities to meet the specific needs of gender variant players, and interacting with the non-trans SM community.
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