Building Beloved Community Beyond the Binary Conference
*** NOTE: Due to needing to give final numbers to our lunch provider, all who register after 12:00 pm on 2/8 will receive a vegan, gluten-free lunch, to accomodate as many dietary needs as possible.***
On Saturday, February 11, 2017, the First UU Society of Syracuse will host a gender identity conference. The keynote speaker will be Kate Bornstein. Following the keynote, there will be a variety of workshops. See the bottom for this article for descriptions of the workshops and a tentative schedule.
The fee for the conference is on a sliding scale from $10-$25 (please pick the appropriate ticket amount below). Folks under the age of 18 are free. Give what you can. If a $10 fee is too much for you, there are some free tickets available to people over the age of 18. Tickets can be paid beforehand (via this Eventbrite) or at the door with cash, check, or card.
Lunch and attendance at all conference events is included in the price of admission.
Kate Bornstein is a celebrated trangender trailblazer. She has is a writer, speaker and performer. She has written such groundbreaking work as: Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us, My New Gender Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Achieving World Peace Through Gender Anarchy and Sex Positivity, Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws, A Queer and Pleasant Danger: The True Story of a Nice Jewish Boy Who Joins the Church of Scientology and Leaves Twelve Years Later to Become the Lovely Lady She Is Today.
Below is a tentative workshop schedule:
Trans 101 - How to be a Good Ally with Tyler Sliker: An introduction to some of the important words & concepts in the transgender community, keeping in mind our community's diversity and complexity. If the reality of the many beautiful ways gender comes to be in our world is new for you, this workshop will be helpful in getting your first understanding.
Trans Parents Panel with Derek Vilnave and Karen Fuller: Karen Fuller, Melissa and Avery Adams, Lee and Ash Pomeroy. Ash and Avery are youth who attend the Q Center. Karen Fuller is the Parent of a transgender youth who began transition 10 years ago at age 7. She has been leading the TransParent Group at the Q Center in Syracuse for over 5 years and also runs one at The Q Center in Utica and another at The Q Center in Watertown. Over the years she has helped several families on their journey through transition connecting them to various resources such as therapist, doctors, and legal assistance for name and gender marker changes as well as being there to listen and support them through the emotional process. Melissa Adams and Lee Pomeroy are both parents of transition youth who began transition about 2 years ago
Fireside Chat with Auntie Kate with Kate Bornstein (This workshop is limited it is ONLY for trans, genderqueer, gender questioning, etc. youth and young adults under the age of 35): An opportunity for young trans, genderqueer, and/or genderquestioning folk to talk with one of the leaders of the modern trans movement.
Mental Health: Transgender and Gender Non Conforming Perspectives with Justine Woolnerwise, Gender Wellness Center in Oneonta, NY: In this workshop Justine Woolner Wise will talk about particular issues in TG mental health, and what her work looks like as a gender therapist with TG people, family work, couples. This workshop will be partly lecture with ample time for question and answer. Justine Woolner-Wise, LMSW, received her Master’s degree in social work from Syracuse University and has been a clinical social worker in the Oneonta community since 1990. She is experienced in gender and sexuality issues, working with individuals, couples and families. Working in collaboration with Dr. Carolyn Wolf-Gould at The Gender Wellness Center ,Bassett Healthcare Network, AO Fox Hospital since 2013, she provides psychosocial and gender assessments and psychotherapy to transgender clients, their partners and families. In addition to teaching Social work, Counseling and LGBTQ issues at Hartwick College, she has presented at the Gender Conference East in 2015, local area schools, and is a member of WPATH- the World Professional Association for Transgender Health.
The Dignity for All Students Act with Derek Vilnave
Transgender Spirituality with Rev. Sunshine Jeremiah Wolfe, May Memorial UU Society: Spirituality is about how we make meaning and purpose in our lives. For transgender folks, we have experiences that uniquely define who we are and how we are in the world. This workshop explores embodied theylogies, queer theylogies, liminality/integrity, and authenticity. Participants will be invited to consider what their own experiences of the world teach them about the nature of reality and living a life of purpose in the world.
Trans Perspectives: A Panel Discussion
Trans Inclusive Health Care with Tyler Sliker: Basics of transgender specific and transgender inclusive healthcare. Participants will walk away with a better understanding of what accessing healthcare may be like for a transgender individual. Healthcare providers, service providers in general, transgender individuals, and their loved ones will benefit from this workshop.
Where Do We Go From Here/What Now? with Evin Carvill-Ziemer
Exploring Trans Intersectionality with Forrest Antrum and Others