Saturday, March 18

Session I (9:30-10:45 a.m.)

Presenter: Briannah Hill
Location: KOELBEL 101

Awareness around Transgender identities and language is vital for creating healthy spaces—the truth is no space can ever be a safe space. But what might it look like when we begin to cultivate tools to foster brave spaces for our littles in the classroom? Join educator and poet Briannah Hill in this workshop to explore how to manifest trans-affirming classrooms. This will be an invaluable learning opportunity for teachers, parents, school-board professionals and space-holders looking to broaden their understanding of gender and gender-based dynamics.

Presenter: Fawn Oates
Location: KOELBEL 102

Do you regularly want to explode when hearing, “What gender are they REALLY?” or “Biologically, there are only two genders?” This session will help you understand the intricacies of how biological gender is formed. A concrete model of biological sex is given with a handout that can help you explain it to others who haven’t been exposed to these ideas and why gender is more complicated than just male and female. Intersex conditions will be discussed to help illustrate how we understand each piece of the gender puzzle. Attendees will be left with the skills to educate others while also advocating for all gender variance and diversity.

Presenter: Reily McGee
Location: KOELBEL 127

In the wake of the Club Q attack in Colorado Springs, tons of misinformation about the trans victims has spread online. Many trans, non-binary, agender, genderfluid and other gender expansive individuals face the results of the spreading misinformation. Beyond this, death by a thousand needles leads to many gender expansive people being worn down by targeted harm and simple missteps. This roundtable seeks to be a space for gender expansive individuals to vent aggressions faced due to misinformation and microaggressions. This roundtable will also work with allies towards ways to normalize gender expansive lives. Together, we can make safer spaces for all gender expansive people.

Presenter: Faith Haug
Location: KOELBEL 215

Mortuary science professor Faith Haug discusses end-of-life issues the transgender community faces. Using case studies from the funeral industry, this session informs the community about end-of-life options, the unique situations faced by queer and trans communities, and how to best protect one’s identity and dignity in death. Faith Haug, MBA, is the program chair of the Arapahoe Community College Mortuary Science Department and full-time professor. She and her trans partner also own Good Judy Garage in Denver, Colorado’s only “out,” fully queer-owned and operated auto service and repair shop.

Presenter: James Moran
Location: KOELBEL 217

In this session, participants will learn about running a housing services program for LGBTQ+ people who are unhoused. Participants will get an overview of Our Spot KC’s Lion House program, which is the only LGBTQ+ specific housing program in the Midwest with transitional housing for LGBTQ+ youth. In this overview, participants will learn about the Housing First model of housing services, how we have adapted it to serve the needs of the LGBTQ+ community, and what strategies we use to serve LGBTQ+ people facing houselessness. We will also provide our Do’s and Don’ts of congregate living, which has been utilized at a city level to guide mainstream housing providers in best practices for serving LGBTQ+ in their programs.

Presenter: Quinn Haisley
Location: KOELBEL 218

Studies have found that LGBTQIA+ identified college students, especially those who are transgender or gender non-conforming, are at increased risk for developing an eating disorder. In addition, these students have special considerations when it comes to establishing affirming eating disorder treatment. In this session, we will get a better understanding of the various types of eating disorders, learn about how gender dysphoria and having a marginalized identity can contribute to the development of an eating disorder, and discuss how to create affirming eating disorder care for trans and gender non-conforming students. Quinn Haisley (she/they) is a non-binary and queer registered dietitian who has worked at the PHP, IOP and outpatient levels of care in eating disorder treatment, and owns their own private practice specializing in the treatment of eating disorders and disordered eating for LGBTQIA+ and neurodivergent folx. They approach eating disorder treatment through an inclusive and anti-carceral lense, with a focus on how social justice interplays with eating disorder treatment.

Session II (11 a.m.–12:15 p.m.)

Presenter: Byron Tsabetsaye
Location: KOELBEL 101

This session will honor Indigenous Queer and Two Spirit relatives by creating space for greater understanding and visibility. Participants will learn about the traditional, political and historical connections to names and labels used to identify Indigenous queer people. The presenter will discuss the balance of navigating two worlds (Indigenous and Queer) and the complexities of outwardly expressing their identities and experiences. Opportunities for learning and cultural sustaining relationships with Indigenous Queer relatives will be provided.

Presenter: Aisha Nammari
Location: KOELBEL 102

In this two-part facilitated discussion targeted towards trans CU system employees including graduate students, faculty and staff, we will work to identify areas of improvement for equitable trans experiences related to CU. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences at CU and will come away with a better collective understanding of areas in which trans people are disproportionately affected by institutional policies in various areas related to CU, including access to and availability of health care through CU provided insurance, and other institutional policy barriers to a safe and affirming work and learning environments. After identifying barriers, we will then discuss avenues to work to break down these barriers.

While the session is open to everyone, this is not intended as an introduction to issues facing trans people at CU but rather a deep dive into institutional policy and its effects on the trans community and individuals in that community.

Presenter: Glenda Russell
Location: KOELBEL 127

For at least three years, there has been a concerted backlash against LGBTQIA+ gains. Transgender and non-binary people have been most visibly targeted through both institutional and legislative actions. A big part of the strategy of anti-LGBTQIA+ forces is to wear us down, discourage us and make us retreat. We refuse to retreat. But we need tools to take care of ourselves and our communities as we continue our efforts to make positive social change for all communities. In this workshop, we will discuss and work with tools that have been demonstrated to work to protect us and, even more, to help us to flourish even in the face of political attacks. Join us to feel stronger and to increase your resilience.

Presenters: Kellan Morgan, Jacs Scheinman
Location: KOELBEL 215

Note: Presenters for this session will be presenting remotely via Zoom.

Navigating queer body archetypes while undergoing transition often feels defeating and overwhelming, especially for folks who have done a lot of internal work to fight against systems of power and oppression. We live in a society where every inch of our bodies are gendered, nit-picked and criticized. In this session, we aim to challenge these ideas by asking ourselves: How do you navigate feelings of gender-dysphoria while maintaining a lens of body liberation? How do body dysmorphia and gender dysphoria increase risk for eating disorders and disordered eating? How do hormones impact this process?

Presenter: Cristina Michaels MS. L.Ac.
Location: KOELBEL 217

Join the author for a discussion of what vaginoplasty is and what the healing looks like after surgery. As a practictioner of complementary medicine (massage therapy and acupuncture), Cristina will explore a multitude of ways to heal more quickly during your recovery period. Hear the highs and lows of her experience.

Presenter: Tyrell Rae
Location: KOELBEL 218

The audience will be polled on topics similar to the Privilege Walk in order to gain an understanding of themselves and their peers. Each individual will be encouraged to engage in story sharing and deep, meaningful conversations regarding their identities and experiences.

Location: KOELBEL 225

Agnes, the pioneering, pseudonymized, transgender woman who participated in Harold Garfinkel’s gender health research at UCLA in the 1960s, has long stood as a figurehead of trans history. In this rigorous cinematic exercise that blends fiction and nonfiction, director Chase Joynt explores where and how her platform has become a pigeonhole. Framing Agnes endeavors to widen the frame through which trans history is viewed — one that has remained too narrow to capture the multiplicity of experiences eclipsed by Agnes’. Through a collaborative practice of reimagination, an impressive lineup of trans stars take on vividly rendered, impeccably vintage reenactments, bringing to life groundbreaking artifacts of trans healthcare. Read more about the film here.

Lunch (12:15-1:30 p.m.)

Saturday Keynote (1:30-2:45 p.m.)

Location: KOELBEL 123/125

Raquel Willis is a Black transgender activist, award-winning writer and media strategist dedicated to elevating the dignity of marginalized people, particularly Black transgender people. Throughout her career, Raquel has held impactful positions like director of communications for The Ms. Foundation, executive editor of Out magazine and a national organizer for Transgender Law Center (TLC).

In 2018, she founded Black Trans Circles, a project of TLC, focused on developing the leadership of Black trans women in the South and Midwest by creating healing justice spaces to work through oppression-based trauma and incubating community organizing efforts to address anti-trans murder and violence. During her time at Out, she published the Trans Obituaries Project to highlight the epidemic of violence against trans women of color and developed a community-sourced 13-point framework to end the epidemic. This project won a GLAAD Media Award. Raquel is a thought leader on gender, race and intersectionality.

She’s experienced in online publications, organizing marginalized communities for social change, non-profit media strategy and public speaking while using digital activism as a major tool of resistance and liberation. She will be releasing her debut memoir about her coming of identity and activism with St. Martin’s Press in 2022. Follow Raquel on Twitter @RaquelWillis_ and Instagram @raquel_willis.

Session III (3-4:15 p.m.)

Presenter: Tamara Williams Van Horn
Location: KOELBEL 100

With the goal of playfully showing up as “fierce archivists of our spaces,” (Maurice Ka of Rosehouse Botanicals), youth participants will be guided in exercises that will result in crafting a personal 8- panel zine from a single sheet of folded paper. This is “Youth-affirming craftivism,” with all materials provided. The session is best suited for folks who can use their hands unassisted; and to provide the most spaciousness, will be open only to “youth,” self-defined.

Presenter: Fawn Oates
Location: KOELBEL 101

Gender transition can be a whirlwind of emotional experiences for the person transitioning, and for their friends and family members as well. Sadly, many people experience trauma during this transition. This session will help give you a better understanding of your personal experiences by giving space and acceptance to the feelings of loss that accompany any significant life change. Gain concrete understandings of the source of our reactions and ways to gain emotional growth and resilience through difficulties, rather than getting lost in the trauma and fear.

This session will result in a better understanding of the loss and trauma that accompanies major changes in gender expression for ourselves and others and how we can use those experiences to not only survive, but thrive.

Presenter: Erin Austin
Location: KOELBEL 102

So you, someone you know or someone you love has come out as transgender and is wanting to undergo social and medical transition. That’s amazing! So...what happens now? Everyone’s transition is different and there is so much information and so many recourses; how do you begin to parse through it all to create a plan? What does receiving health care as a transgender person look like, and how do you advocate for yourself and your loved ones? Attend a session from a transwoman who is shaping herself to be a leader in medicine and has been through it all to learn more about how we as transgender people are changing medicine for the better, and detailed tips for navigating a complicated medical and social process along the way!

Presenter: LeeLee James
Location: KOELBEL 127

This session will teach the history of ball culture, the ballroom scene and the continued importance of ballroom culture here in Colorado for queer and trans BIPOC youth and young adults with LeeLee LaBeija, the mother of the Colorado chapter of the very first house in ballroom history, the royal and iconic House of LaBeija!

LeeLee James (she/her), aka LeeLee LaBeija, is channeling her engineering education, figure skating training and resourcefulness through queer, femme and Black identities into a wild and wonderful expression of her STEAM art through her YouTube series, “Twirling Tech Goddess.” As a computer science major at CU Boulder, LeeLee’s vision imbues for those who are historically marginalized that greater access to technological information, skills and experiences is of the utmost importance in creating an equitable future for all. She is also the proud mother of the Colorado chapter of the pioneering and iconic Royal House of LaBeija, and hopes to stimulate greater interest in STEM to those within the ballroom community.

Presenter: Cassie LaBelle and Felix Lefevre
Location: KOELBEL 217

Coming out as trans means bracing for the worst. You know that once you say those words, your spouse might leave you, your boss might fire you or your parents might kick you out of the house. But what happens when your loved ones don’t disown you, but don’t fully accept you either? What happens when you are asked to compromise your identity for your loved ones’ comfort, or you are merely tolerated instead of wholeheartedly accepted? In this presentation, Cassie LaBelle and Felix Lefevre will explore how to navigate relationships with friends, family and co-workers who haven’t disowned you, but haven’t fully accepted you either.

Presenter: Erika Baron
Location: KOELBEL 218

There has been a dramatic increase in the past decade in introduced and passed state legislation in the United States (U.S.) that were discriminatory to transgender (trans) people or seeking to limit or eliminate their rights (ACLU, 2021). From 2016 to 2022, more than 300 anti-trans bills have been introduced collectively in all states (FFAA, 2022). In 2020, states including Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Tennessee, Texas and South Dakota introduced legislation to criminalize gender-affirming medical care for trans youth with punishments including misdemeanors, felonies, fines and child abuse investigations (Abreu et al., 2022). Missouri, Tennessee and Texas rank among the top five states with high quantities of proposed anti-trans legislation, and California, Colorado and New York rank among the bottom five states (ACLU, 2021). This study aims to explore the mental health effects on trans people living in three U.S. states with high anti-trans and low pro-trans legislation.

Session IV (4:30-5:45 p.m.)

Presenter: Joyous Crouse
Location: KOELBEL 218

In this training, we will start with talking about and exploring the idea of identity development. First, we will level-set and have an interactive review of vocabulary words relating to gender and some for sexuality. This is to help get people up and moving and affirming the knowledge they are walking into the room with. We will also do a brief review of pronouns in a matrix to also level set the collective understanding in the room. We will review the five stages based on the Atkinson et al. Model. Then we move into the question that we have all encountered at some point, “Am I queer enough?” We will look at Spectrum theory using the gender unicorn and talk about internalization of gender rules, performance and your own do’s and don’ts in relation to your gender expression. We will then link the concept of internalized rules of performance to their externalization and how they can be projected on others in the form of conscious and unconscious policing. When applied to ourselves or others this can look like using the measurement of ‘enoughness.’ Then we break into groups to talk about how these show up in the learners’ lives. 

Presenters: Dr. Sophia Sangwanthong and Dr. Ana Lopez
Location: KOELBEL 101

This session will identify methods, strategies and actions that students, faculty and staff can use to build an intersectionally-minded university. We’ll be thinking holistically about members of the campus community, their needs, equity and justice. Led by NMSU’s director of Chicano programs and NMSU’s director of LGBT+ programs/interim director of Asian and Pacific Islander programs, this workshop will look at how to create programming, policy and education across departments, technologies and university spaces to be inclusive of transgender, nonbinary and gender diverse individuals while being inclusive of race, disability, sexuality, class and ethnicity. This workshop will include many practical rhetorical, technological and programming tools that activists in other fields will also be able to apply to the fields they work and participate in.

Presenter: Briannah Hill
Location: KOELBEL 102

Who are you, really? Behind closed doors, in class or work settings, how does your full authentic self show up? Typically when we think about this, several narratives become true simultaneously.

Join educator and poet Briannah Hill in this workshop to teach queer writers tactics for writing voices based on lived experiences of creative self-formation, trans and non-binary gender expression, and gender transition. We will also read works by Essex Hemphill, Jayy Dodd, J Mase III, Danez Smith, Bay Davis, Jewelle Gomez and others.

Presenter: Tara Doudy, MA, LPCC
Location: KOELBEL 127

Join this conversation on gender dysphoria, including the ways dysphoria impacts gender non-conforming folks and how to reach a level of radical acceptance wherever you are in your journey. This conversation will include mental health statistics on dysphoria as well as evidence seen in my practice as a queer allied therapist. I will also include an introduction to trans inclusive validations.

Presenter: Sam George Bailey
Location: KOELBEL 217

Trans people navigate citizenship in a landscape of state surveillance and scrutiny. A trans student of political science, data and LGBTQ+ studies explores answering the question: How do current political debates around access to gender affirming care affect trans American identity?

Presenter: incarnacion kluding-rodrigez
Location: KOELBEL 218

Youth Advocating for Change (YAC) believes that providing and advocating for protective policies and affirming practices at home and in schools, where young people spend the majority of their time, is essential to supporting LGBTQ+ youth to thrive. Come to this session to learn from Boulder Valley and Saint Vrain Valley students about most relevant rights and protections for LGBTQ+ students in Colorado.

Sunday, March 19

Session V (9:30-10:45 a.m.)

Presenter: Li Brookens, LCSW
Location: KOELBEL 100

This session is for mental health providers and transgender and gender diverse (TGD) community members. We will look at best practices for mental health providers supporting TGD adults in our community. We will cover the basics of social, spiritual and medical transition recommendations based on the recently published World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH) Standards of Care 8 (SOC 8). Using examples from the facilitators’ personal life and clinical experience, participants will gain practical skills in assessment, talk therapy and letter writing. The discussion will also include tips for collaboration with local resources and referral networks.

Presenter: Joni Cromer Trans Soup
Location: KOELBEL 101

This is an open discussion about the information that has been presented at the conference. We will bring up concerns and issues that affect the daily lives of the transgender community such as health care access, inclusion, social situations, current government policies and community safety.

Presenter: Glenda Russell
Location: KOELBEL 102

Transgender and non-binary people and communities are undergoing multi-pronged attacks throughout most of the country. These communities have made great strides in increasing their visibility and influence, and the backlash against them is increasingly severe. This workshop will focus on what cisgender people (including heterosexual, lesbian, gay and bisexual) people can do to stand as active and committed allies and accomplices with trans and non-binary communities. The workshop is based in research findings, both with allies and with gender and sexual minority individuals and organizations. The research is solid but the findings are practical and doable. We’ll talk together about what we can do to stand with members of our community who are under siege.

Presenter: Bethany Beeler
Location: KOELBEL 215

A lot of trans and non-binary folks never undergo surgery and are at home in their bodies. Those who do choose surgery, though, do so for profound spiritual, physical, emotional and mental reasons. It feels right. But what does it feel like to go through the process and live life after? Join award-winning trans author and artist, Bethany Beeler, for a fun and enlightening interactive exchange on the nuts, bolts and sutures of trans surgeries and how they impact a life.

Presenter: Vijaya Batth
Location: KOELBEL 218

The Kinnars (transgenders) of Odisha have witnessed exclusion not only from social and cultural involvement but also from economic and political participation. Almost all of them are not under any life or health insurance schemes because of a lack of knowledge or not being able to get enrolled in the schemes. Besides, there is a lack of livelihood options and employers deny employment for even qualified and skilled transgender people. This is the reason for majority of them to choose or continue to be in sex work (with its associated HIV and health-related risks) or begging. This workshop will discuss the Transgender community residing in the State of Odisha, their problems, which includes not only social exclusion but also the absence of financial inclusion and how the exclusion should be reduced by bringing in policy changes.

Presenter: Cairn Yakey
Location: KOELBEL 217

The perinatal period is a vulnerable time for a birthing person, and their family. Trans and non-binary people face unique challenges in their journey to expand their families. Whether it is navigating a binary system that is not set up for gender expansive folx, or difficulty in accessing affirming care or support in their community, trans and non-binary birthing people navigate disproportionate impacts on their physical and mental health. This can lead to a lack of feeling safe, which can increase risk of adverse birth outcomes and interventions, birth trauma and an increased risk for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. There are many ways to increase safety for birthing people such as addressing implicit and explicit bias in the medical system, and advocacy for policy change. However, one of the most effective ways to increase birth outcomes is through creating safety in relationships with providers, and the systems in which gender expansive folx are birthing in. Where trans and non-binary people may be a small percentage of birthing people, when we change a system to empower a marginalized community, we create a system that is safer for every body to birth.

Presenter: Aimee Herman-Durica
Location: KOELBEL 216

Everyone has a story to tell. In this workshop, we will read some examples of queer and trans memoirs as a pathway toward our own language, our own memories. We will consider the maps inside us (places we have been, what led us to where we are, the roads we yearn to take toward finding ourselves). We will read, write, share and explore our own queer poetics, archiving some of the stories from within.

Session VI (11 a.m.–12:15 p.m.)

Presenter: Sam Sharpe
Location: KOELBEL 218

Academic and activist considerations of transgender identity and rights exist in tension with conceptualizations of sex, but often neglect the lived experience of intersex individuals. This presentation will discuss biological, legal, medical and social factors which shape intersex lives, as well as the historical trajectories which have led to the current paradigm of intersex oppression and erasure. We will consider the many shared needs of trans and intersex individuals, contributions to existing tensions and implications for trans allyship to intersex communities. Ultimately, the oppressive enforcement of a binary sex and gender paradigm harms both trans and intersex communities and underlines the importance of collaborative liberatory work.  

Presenter: Christine Gibbons
Location: 102

This panel includes parents of transgender children who will tell stories of their children coming out and how they reawcted. They will talk about what resources helped them as parents. There will be a question and answer section after the panel has given their stories.

Presenter: Ruby Lopez
Location: C4C Abrams Lounge

Bachata con Orgullo (Bachata with Pride) is an offering put out by Orgullo: Queer Afro-Latin Dance Club and Out Boulder County. Orgullo seeks to challenge the rigidly cis-heteronormative culture of latin partner dance by welcoming new queer-identifying dancers into the rich culture of latin dance. It’s 2023 and the days of only having men lead and women follow should be over, but sadly most current latin dance studios around the world still enforce these gender roles, and in doing so, discourage and alienate LGBTQ+ identifying dancers from participating. Orgullo seeks to not only do away with archaic gender role norms within partner dance and welcome queer folks into the latin dance scene but also to introduce the concept of switch dancing. Switch dancing is a practice within partner dancing where two dancers, skilled in both leading and following, can switch roles effortlessly, sometimes several times, within the span of one dance.

Location: KOELBEL 217

Share and discuss experiences unique to queer and trans people of color and process what you’ve learned at TGC this year. This is a safe space to ask questions, share feelings and be among people who share in this identity. This session is exclusively for people who identify as QTPOC.

Presenter: Joscelyn Inton-Campbell
Location: KOELBEL 101

How can we build a peaceful world for trans and gender diverse people? Using frameworks from the fields of peace studies and transformative justice, this interactive workshop will use participatory analysis activities with participants to brainstorm and develop ideas of what peacebuilding for trans communities looks like in our current world. No experience or knowledge of the fields of peacebuilding or transformative justice are necessary, as short lessons on peace theory and frameworks will be presented in between rounds of interactive reflection among participants. This will be rooted in an intersectional transfeminist lens with an emphasis on queer liberation.

Presenter: Paulus van Horne
Location: KOELBEL 215

This workshop will propose the use of electronic sound technology as a means of extending the voice, bypassing the often-normative goals of voice therapy, to reach a more experimental (computer-aided) expression of one’s own embodied experience of gender.

We will start by explaining how gender is heard in a human voice, as well as relaying a brief history of electronic voice technologies. We will then demonstrate software tools for transforming and digitally synthesizing human voices, and present artwork which delves into the sonic synthesis of gender. These tools and examples will provide attendees with a deeper understanding of the relationship between voice and gender.

Presenter: Shanae Adams
Location: KOELBEL 127

The act of sex can bring joy, excitement, anxiety, fear and confusion. For folkx with a trans identity, those emotions can be significantly heightened due to the lack of representation and knowledge. Join sexologist Shanae Adams, PhD(c), in a dialogue on sex and transition. Participants will explore value, identity, body, emotional, relational and mental health concerns.

Lunch (12:15-1:30 p.m.)

Sunday Keynote (1:30-2:45 p.m.)

Location: KOELBEL 123/125

Bamby Salcedo is a prominent and celebrated transgender Latina activist, known all over the world for her passionate and productive social, political and economic influence. As the president and CEO of the TransLatin@ Coalition, Bamby steadily leads this nationally recognized organization that advocates for and addresses the issues of transgender Latinas throughout the United States. Bamby received her master’s degree in Mexican and Latin@ atudies from California State University, Los Angeles, and also developed the Center for Violence Prevention & Transgender Wellness, a multimillion, multipurpose, multiservice space for Trans people in Los Angeles.

Bamby’s wide-ranging activist work has brought visibility and given a voice to not only the trans community, but to countless others whose efforts focus on critical topics that include immigration, HIV, at-risk youth, LGBTQIA+ issues, incarceration and more. Through her dynamic leadership, Bamby has developed several organizations that have created networks and connections where there were none, and she, to this day, tirelessly advocates for the rights, dignity, and humanity of those who are often silenced. Determined to affect change at every level, Bamby actively engages and supports many local, national and international organizations and planning groups.

Bamby’s words and experience often summons both tears and laughter and her life story has been the subject of two documentary films, TransVisible: Bamby Salcedo’s Story and LA QueenCiañera. Bamby has been featured and recognized in multiple media outlets such as People en Español, Latina Magazine, Cosmopolitan, the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, OUT 100 and featured in the HBO documentary The Trans List, among many others. Bamby has also been recognized and awarded for her outstanding work by multiple national and local organizations.

Session VII (3-4:15 p.m.)

Presenter: Felix J. Lefevre
Location: KOELBEL 100

Surveys indicate that Plural Systems, such as those diagnosed with DID and OSDD, identify as trans and nonbinary at significantly higher rates than the general population. Yet many outside the Plural community remain unaware that this community exists at all. Plural Systems regularly find that their gender identities and transition-related needs are misunderstood–both by the professionals who serve them, and by the broader trans, nonbinary and gender-diverse communities. This presentation aims to help bridge that gap. Felix Lefevre, a licensed professional counselor (LPC) with specialized training and experience in work with gender-diverse and Plural clients, will begin this presentation with an introductory overview about the Plural community. They will then discuss some of the particular challenges often experienced by Plural Systems when navigating gender identity exploration, and will highlight some of the struggles Plural Systems may encounter during transition. Finally, they will suggest possible solutions for gender-diverse Plural Systems, and ways that allies of the Plural community can work to bridge the gap in awareness and support moving forward. There will be a short Q&A session following the presentation.

Presenter: Quentin Farris
Location: KOELBEL 216

This program will discuss poem crafting while educating new and old poets on how to preform them on stage. We will teach individuals how to best memorize, contextualize and prepare themselves to perform their poetry in a setting with an audience. Attendees will obtain a better understanding of how to comfortably prepare themselves for a public presentation and will leave with the structural tools to enable them to feel more confident with their performance.

Presenter: Shannara Quissell
Location: KOELBEL 217

The Colorado Name Change Project offers an informational workshop over how to navigate the legal name change process and gender marker corrections on identity documents.

Presenter: Sabene Georges
Location: KOELBEL 102

Being an out and open transgender person in America today is not easy. It requires a sense of confidence and of self that takes time to develop. How we interact in society, how we pursue our education or our career and how we relate to friends and family, are all part of an equation that we each have to solve. And there is no one single answer for all. There is, however, a hack that will work for almost everyone – confidence.

In this session, Sabene Georges, a trans woman and business owner, will walk you through what she has learned since coming out and transitioning in 2017. How having confidence and expressing power can unlock interactions in society, success in business and building/rebuilding relationships in our personal lives.

Presenter: Mag Beglarian
Location: KOELBEL 101

Art is life-saving. Art communities are life-giving.

Classical training is not necessary for making art or finding community through art-making. Although the art world has historically (and is currently) dominated by white, cisgender men, local art communities can uplift marginalized voices. Finding and creating community through art is one way that queer individuals can find shared experiences and solidarity.

This workshop explores the ways in which queer individuals can find inspiration, solidarity and gender affirmation through art. We will also discuss tips for organizing art events that unify and uplift queer communities.

Presenter: Kate Kelly and Trish Hyde
Location: KOELBEL 218

Stories, storytelling and people’s lived experiences are what continue to push movements forward. Join us in this interactive workshop where we will first dive into a brief history of organizing and the role storytelling has played within the movement and provide folks with the tools/resources to become an advocate in their community. We will explore and engage with different historical and modern mediums of storytelling for issue based advocacy. Come learn how to tell your story.

Session VIII (4:30-5:45 p.m.)

Location: KOELBEL 100

Share and discuss experiences unique to nonbinary identities and process what you’ve learned at TGC this year. This is a safe space to ask questions, share feelings and be among people who share in this identity. This session is exclusively for people who hold nonbinary gender identities.

Location: KOELBEL 101

Share and discuss experiences unique to trans feminine identities and process what you’ve learned at TGC this year. This is a safe space to ask questions, share feelings, and be among people who share in this identity. This session is exclusively for people who identify as MTF or trans feminine.

Location: KOELBEL 102

Share and discuss experiences unique to significant others, family, friends and allies of the trans community and process what you’ve learned at TGC this year. This is a safe space to ask questions, share feelings and be among people who share in this identity. This session is exclusively for people who fall under SOFFA.

Location: KOELBEL 125

Share and discuss experiences unique to trans masculine identities and process what you’ve learned at TGC this year. This is a safe space to ask questions, share feelings, and be among people who share in this identity. This session is exclusively for people who identify as FTM or trans masculine.