Workshop Descriptions: Gender & Transgender Issues

The public attention to trans issues has skyrocketed in recent years. As a result people have many questions, and the proliferation of contradicting opinions and misinformation can be overwhelming. Think Again brings years of experience teaching about trans issues. We can help to help identify the framework and approach that will work best for your group.

 

Trans 101 / Trans Identities and Experience

This session digs into the foundational ideas underlying categories like trans and transgender, illuminating the complexity of how gender works both in general and for trans people particularly. It provides an opportunity to address participants’ questions about trans identities and gender justice, ranging from terminology to biology, etiquette to policy advocacy. The facilitator will debunk myths and provide information about the range of trans identities and experiences. Participants will gain comfort talking about trans issues, and have a chance to explore how these issues are relevant to them in their communities.

Adaptable to 90 minutes – 3 hours.

 

Trans Cultural Competence / Working Effectively with Your Trans Clients or Students

Many schools and service-providing agencies pride themselves on being “LGBT-friendly.” Yet how prepared are they to serve trans people well? Providers with the best of intentions may not have the skills and knowledge they need to provide skilled support. This workshop is for human service providers and student affairs professionals who want to become more comfortable and competent working with people whose are trans and/or gender-nonconforming.

Participants in this training will identify their own understandings and assumptions about gender and explore how those understandings may affect their work. The trainer will provide general information about transgender communities, including terminology and common trans experiences. Using role-playing and feedback from peers and the trainer, participants will practice using culturally competent behaviors to communicate respect and understanding to trans and gender-nonconforming individuals.

2 hours to full day, depending on group’s previous experience level.

Cissexism (Transgender Oppression) as a Social Justice Issue

Transgender people face systemic exclusion and are often targets of misunderstanding and violence from individuals as well as institutions. Similar to racism, sexism, and many other systems of oppression, cissexism may be difficult to recognize because it is woven so deeply into society – and interwoven with these other systems.

In this workshop the facilitator provides a framework for understanding and identifying transgender oppression on the interpersonal, cultural and institutional levels. Participants explore examples of how cissexism can affect individuals and communities, and identify similarities and differences between transgender oppression and other systems of oppression. Participants will leave the workshop with plans to confront cissexism in at least one area of their lives where they have influence.

Adaptable from 2-6 hours.

 

Trans Allyship In Action

Being an ally is all about action. Non-trans allies, as well as trans people who want to be allies to trans people whose experiences are different from theirs, sometimes need help translating good intentions into effective action.

This workshop uses models of allyship and coalition building at an interpersonal and/or movement level (depending on what your group wants to focus on). Participants work together to plan specific action steps to move toward effective allyship for trans justice.
Minimum 3 hours recommended.

Exploring Gender

It’s not only trans people who have interesting gender. Actually, all people have experiences with gender socialization, identity and performance that arise in a context of sexism, heterosexism and transgender oppression.
In this workshop, participants explore their understandings of gender through games, introspection, expressive arts and structured sharing. Participants come to understand gender roles as taught , learned, and enforced rather than natural or inevitable, and have an opportunity to observe the gender diversity even among people who we usually think of as having the “same” gender.
Minimum 3 hours recommended.

Trans 101 Training of Trainers

An advanced training for people who already have significant familiarity with transgender issues, and want to learn how to present effective trans awareness trainings within their organizations. Participants will review facilitation techniques, practice leading the group in relevant learning activities, and receive coaching and feedback from the facilitator and each other.

One to two day training.