Class Inequality and Trans Communities

Check out Davey‘s article on Class Action‘s blog:

Transgender issues have received more sympathetic media attention in the past few months than ever before. While so many people are paying attention to trans issues for the first time, this seems like an important moment to draw attention to an issue that’s at the heart of many of the challenges trans* people face in the world: most trans people are poor. …

Read more at Classism Exposed.


Queer Theory and Social Work

cartoon showing 2 people talking at a blood drive. one says "one last question - have you ever had sex with a man who's had sex with a man, since 1977?" and the other says "can you define man, sex, and with?"What does it look like to teach queer theory to social workers?

Historicizing seemingly-permanent ideas about gender and sexuality; questioning our assumptions about inherent traits of people; and applying a queer lens to every aspect of social work practice.

70 first year MSW students Smith School for Social Work jumped into this conversation with us in August, and it was a ball.

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School’s Out … Back to School!

 

School has just wrapped up, but it’s already time to start planning fall trainings! Think Again offers trainings for student staff, residence life staff, and other college personnel such as

 

… and so much more. Get in touch today to schedule training for the fall.


Kudos

Feedback from last week’s training for therapist-interns on working with trans* clients:

This was an amazing training! I wish we could have been in an all day training or weekend workshop [rather than a 90 minute in-service].

Thank you for creating a safe and nonjudgmental space for us to learn and question and learn some more. 🙂

Thank you. This was the first time I’ve heard this information in such a clear, cogent, respectful, inclusive and safe way. The way in which you presented made all the difference in my ability to stay present, engaged and curious. Seriously – thank you. And you can quote me.

Well, okay, we’ll quote you then. You’re so welcome! And thank you for being such an engaged, thoughtful and dedicated group.


Class Card Game Pilot workshop

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Could you have this much fun talking about classism and cross-class relationships? We did! The next opportunity to play / pilot the game will be Thursday, May 22, 6-9pm in Oakland, CA. You’ll go home with your own draft copy of the game, plus extra info and tools to help you bring the game to your friends. Capacity is limited to 8 participants. Sign up here.


Moving!

 

Timage of a group of workshop participants sitting in a circle talkinghink Again’s headquarters (and Davey) will be relocating to the Northeast in July. We’ll still be available to travel, but it will get harder (and more expensive) to schedule West Coast work. If you’re on the West Coast and you’ve been considering a training or short-term consultation … how about May or June?

Samples of workshop topics are here and you can contact us here.


Home for the Holidays?

cover image for Trans* Ally WorkbookAre you visiting family this week for Easter or Passover? Holidays can be a stressful time for queer and trans* people who don’t feel accepted or included in family events. If you have a trans* relative you’ll be seeing, make sure your acceptance and respect come across as clearly as you want them to. Trans* Ally Workbook can help.

Are you the trans* relative who other people are feeling awkward about? Gift them the book! Those who are really ready to enact allyship will appreciate it.


Challenging Classism Inside and Out

 

Join us for Challenging Classism Inside and Out – for Nonprofit and Social Change Organizations

Friday, April 11, 9am-5pm at CompassPoint, Oakland, CA

photo of facilitator explaining classism chartsHow does class impact our work? How are we each impacted by the class structure? What actions can we take to make our society more equitable? In partnership with Class Action, CompassPoint is proud to host this interactive workshop where we will explore together our own class experiences, examine the US class structure and how it is created and maintained, and discuss the legacy of activism that has historically brought change. Most importantly, we’ll address how classism impacts our clients, our organizations and our work, and what we can do now to challenge classism. Join us for what promises to be a lively and transformative experience.

More info here.


Trans* Ally Workbook

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Think Again’s newest resource has been getting a great response so far. Please help us spread the word, and even more importantly, tell us what you think!

Trans* Ally Workbook: Getting Pronouns Right, and What It Teaches Us About Gender is an invaluable resource for anyone seeking to be a better ally to the trans* community – or to a particular trans* person in your life. Click through to learn more and order your paper or digital copy.


Trans* Ally Workshops and Book Talk

 

“Understanding Transgender” and “Skills for Becoming and Effective Trans* Ally”

Saturday, March 8, 9-11:30am and 12:30-4:00pm
at All Saints Church, Syracuse, NY

The morning workshop is for anyone who wants to understand more and be a more informed ally to trans* people, and the afternoon is especially focused on parents and relatives of trans* people who want to build their skills at working for trans* rights.

Fragrance Free Event: For the health of the presenter and participants, please do not wear any perfume, cologne, or other scented products to this workshop.

 

Trans* Ally Workshop

Sunday, March 9, 4:00-5:30 at the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, Kingston, NY
Suggested donation $5-$20, no one turned away for lack of funds.

This workshop is for anyone who wants to learn how to be a better ally to trans* individuals and communities – friends, family, community members, and even trans* people who want to be good allies to trans* people who are different from you. We’ll review some trans* basics, but mostly focus on what you can do to support trans* people in your life.

Fragrance Free Event: For the health of the presenter and participants, please do not wear any perfume, cologne, or other scented products to this workshop.

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Book Talk

Thursday, March 13, 4:00 pm at Family Traditions in Stone Ridge, NY

Davey will discuss highlights from the new book, Trans* Ally Workbook: Getting Pronouns Right and What It Teaches Us About Gender and signed books will be available.

Fragrance Free Event: For the health of the presenter and participants, please do not wear any perfume, cologne, or other scented products to this workshop.