Welcome to the TRANSforming Gender planning hub!
5pm, Friday, March 10th
Wittemyer Room, Wolf Law
As we organize our communities in response to fascism, is the vision to resist or transform? What struggles do we face as trans folks in the US and worldwide? How are our issues as trans people interconnected to other marginalized groups that are under attack? What are our responsibilities and opportunities at this challenging time? Join the author of the Lambda Literary Award winning book Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: A Voice for Cultural Competency for a thought-provoking conversation punctuated by dynamic book excerpts. We’ll explore how we claim our right to be seen and affirmed as our true selves despite ongoing assessments and dismissals of our authenticity, and how we can take care of ourselves so we’re strong for the fight.
Invisible Life: Choosing to be seen
2:00pm, Saturday, March 11th
Wittemeyer room, Wolf Law
Friday, March 10th, 2:00-3:15pm
Sara will discuss issues of transgender oppression and sexism, focusing on how these
two forces combine to create a specific type of anti-trans feminine oppression called
“transmisogyny.” Transmisogyny affects transgender women, transfeminine people, and
any nonbinary person with feminine or perceived feminine traits. Transmisogyny is a
powerful tool for undermining trans communities, and often remains unchecked, even
within LGBTQ spaces. We will also cover a general overview of the different levels of
oppression, from ideological to internalized, and discuss how we can disrupt these
systems in our daily lives.
Ask a Trans Person for Cisgender (non-transgender) People
An open forum for asking questions about the trans experience. Designed for cisgender
people to ask questions they otherwise might be afraid to ask. This will be a safe space
to make mistakes on how to phrase things and ask questions that you have been holding
back or just always wanted to know.
Sex Ed for ALL: Trans Inclusion
Karly Steffens, Garrett Rose
Have you ever wondered what sexuality education would look like if it was centered around
trans and gender nonconforming people? Everyone deserves to learn about
sexual health in a way that is relevant to their body, identity and experience. In this
workshop, we aim to create a discussion about sexual health and decision making, that is
truly inclusive and normalizes trans and queer experiences. This will be an opportunity to
create and use gender inclusive language to talk about bodies and sexual activities. This shis for trans and gender nonconforming folks, their partners, potential partners,
friends and allies.
NOTE: This workshop may include explicit language about sexual activity and anatomy.
Introduction to Nonbinary Gender Identities
Oliver Stagliano, Erin Moriarty, Danny Sussman
Genderqueer? Genderfluid? Agender? Discussions of transgender identities and issues
are often limited to binary identities, but this presentation will help shed some light on
the community of people who identify outside of the gender binary. With explanations
of pronouns, gender expression, and allyship, this will also be a safe space to ask any
question you may have regarding trans identities and experiences outside of the binary.
Transgender Bathrooms: The Battle against Antiquated Building Codes
Erik Akia, Angel Fathy, Liam Fisher
A presentation on how building codes are limiting our ability to advance transgender
equality of our campus and what needs to happen to change it. We will present what
the current codes are, in regards to bathrooms, and present research created from the
student body of CU Boulder’s campus. We will look at other campus’ response to
adapting to modern gender identifications and what needs to happen in order to
change building codes to allow for gender-neutral restrooms.
Friday, March 10th, 3:30-4:45pm
Academic Panel: Decolonizing Transgender Studies and Advocacy
Scarlet Bowen, Moderator
Drawing on comparative ethnic studies, decolonial theorists, and queer theory, the
three presenters discuss the importance of using a variety of intersectional tools to
dismantle gender binaries and make room for trans and nonbinary identities as being
always in process and also at risk in unique ways.
-Ximena Keogh, “Figurations of Birth, Loss, and Embodied Fragmentation in Jill Soloway’s
-Jasmine Suryawan, “Straying from the Path: Nonbinary Gender Identity, Queer Futurity,
and Decolonial Method.”
-Bonnie Cox, “Queering Intimate Partner Violence.”
“As One”: a Chamber Opera with a Transgender Protagonist
As One is a chamber opera in which two voices- Hanna after (mezzo-soprano) and Hannah
before (baritone)-share the part of a sole transgender protagonist. Fifteen songs comprise
the three-part narrative. With empathy and humor, they trace Hannah’s experiences from
her youth in a small town to her college years on the West Coast, and finally to Norway where
she is surprised at what she learns about herself. The opera has received eight productions
around the country and in Berlin since it was produced and commissioned by America
Opera Projects at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The presentation will include video
scenes from the original production of the opera and a short narrative about the creation
of the work.
The Agency of Poetry: How Your Narrative is Healing and Revolutionary
When living a marginalized identity, our existence in itself is revolutionary because we
are proof that we survived, despite it all. Spoken word poetry is one of many tools to
unlock language about our personal experiences in order to heal, advocate, and celebrate
for ourselves. Join 2017 Denver Youth Poet Laureate, Ayla Sullivan, in a poetry workshop
that seeks to highlight how we can heal and celebrate our trans and nonbinary bodies
through documenting our stories in a spoken word form.
Voice and Communication Training for Transgender Individuals
Jen Walentas Lewon, MS, CCC-SLP, Shelley Sheppeck, MA
This workshop is intended for individuals interested in voice training, as well as
service providers, support persons, or community members that may support or
interact with the trans community. Voice and other speech/language/communication
behaviors are important factors in our perception of gender. Individuals going through
transition may seek training to modify their voice or communication behaviors.
This workshop will include:
-Education regarding voice and communication specific to trans individuals
-Interactive demonstration of voice assessment tasks and voice training techniques
-Education regarding the community and online resources for vocal health
Peer Education Team, Gender and Sexuality Center
Do you need a better understanding of what transgender means? Have a hard time
with all these new terms around transgender identities? Come and learn more about
what it means to be trans or nonbinary. This session is aimed toward cisgender
(non-trans) people but all are welcome as it is a great way to learn more about your
own identity or how to explain these concepts to others.
Friday, March 10th, 5:00-6:15pm
Keynote: Willy Wilkinson
Saturday, March 11th, 10:00-11:15am
Addressing Our Fear, Grief and Ignorance on the Path to Acceptance:
A Conversation for Parents and Allies
Karen Axe, Reaca Pearl, Erik Kluzek
When a parent learns that their child is transgender, whether it happens when they
are 3 or 30, there is often a huge learning curve. For some there are only questions
about the process, for others there is a whole new level of learning and facing fears
they didn’t know they could have. Our panel of parents from the Colorado support
group Trans Youth Education and Support/PFLAG will briefly share their personal
stories and invite a dialogue with the audience.
This open discussion will be designed specifically for non-transgender parents and
other loved ones who want to be supportive but worry about making a mistake or
inadvertently hurting a loved one. All questions are welcome*.
*Since this is designed to be a safe place for non-transgender people to ask questions, it may
not feel like a safe place for transgender folx. Please use self-care when deciding whether or
not to attend this session and know that there may be unintentionally insensitive questions in
these individuals’ efforts to learn.
Helping your Client Navigate their Gender Identity Journey
Are you a mental health professional who is feeling uncertain as how to best support
a client who is questioning their gender identity? In this session, practical tools and
methods are provided that you can begin to use right away with your gender questioning
clients. This process is broken up into the stages of Preparation, Reflection and Exploration,
which can be found in more detail in my book You and Your Gender Identity: A Guide to
Discovery (2016). By the end of the session you will walk away feeling more capable and
confident in your ability to assist clients who are questioning their gender identity.
Facilitating and Organizing a Peer-led Transgender Support Group
This workshop will address facilitating and organizing a transgender support group as
a peer and non-therapist. We will go over how to make people feel welcome, create a
space that is as safe as possible, how to enforce boundaries and rules, resolve conflict,
recruit and train new facilitators, address issues with different gender identities,
generational differences and the benefits of not segregating different gender identities
into different groups.
Faith, Radical Love, Activism and Intersecting Identities: Trans
Sunshine Wolfe, Nicole Garcia
Revs. Nicole Garcia and Sunshine Jeremiah Wolfe, who both identify as trans, will
join in conversation to explore what it means to be people of faith in our current
socio-political context. They will share their experiences of faith-based activism,
how they have been shaped by and continue to shape progressive communities of
faith- as well as how radical love and welcome can impact religious communities
for the better. This panel will include ample time for Q&A.
The Binary Serves No One
The idea that gender (OR sex!) occurs along a spectrum between two “opposite”
binary ends, is one that harms us all- trans and cis alike. This inclusive 101 focuses
on demonstrating the harm caused by illogical and exclusive binary spectrum
concepts of both gender and biological sex. We will cover intersex experiences as
well as genderqueer, gender fluid, nonbinary gender experiences- both distinguishing
them from each other and exploring overlaps. There is room for everyone!
Saturday, March 11th, 11:20-12:35
Impact of Settler Colonialism and Christianity on the Two Spirit People
American Indian Two Spirit had a rich history in tribal communities, but due to
Federal Indian Policies, settler colonialism, and Christianity, they are shunned and
discriminated within their own tribal communities. The were once revered as storng
community leaders and contributors in ceremonies. As a Diné (Navajo) Fifth Gender
person, I will give a brief overview of the oral stories of the Separation of the Sexes,
Changing Women, and prominent Diné figures such as Hasteen Klah. I will share my own personal
story, as an emerging scholar in the academy identifying with the Fifth
Gender, overcoming many obstacles to be where I am today, as a proud Diné
transgender woman balancing and walking in Two Worlds.
Intergenerational Trans Voices Panel
Marika Barth, Jennifer Molde, Giavoni Riley, Zak Remington, Razz Terizzi,
Dana Wallingford, Ravyn Wayne
What is the current state of intergenerationality in trans communities, what is the
potential impact of it and how can we foster the development of it in positive ways?
Join a panel of trans individuals ranging from 16 to 60 in order to discuss these
questions in depth and spark conversation.
Coping with Loss Through Transition
Gender transition can be a whirlwind of emotional experiences, both for the person
transitioning and for their friends and family members. Come to a better
understanding of these 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 simply face trauma and fear.
Tips for Being Trans and Teen
This session, designed by teens for teens, will facilitate a discussion around advice and
tips for being a transgender teenager in today’s world. We will address issues that teens
might face at school, at home, in the workplace or in public. We will talk about ways we
have found to support ourselves and create a space for other youth to share their own
Supporting Trans* and Gender Nonconforming Youth: Lessons
from their Teachers
Elizabeth J. Meyer
This session will offer a rich and detailed knowledge-base, grounded in the work of a
three-year social action research project in Canada that included self-directed group work
with parents of TGC youth, interviews with educators who have worked directly with TGC
students, and focused political action. Attendees will learn more about social action
research and self-directed group work and how it generates knowledge and action.
Specific outcomes from this project included: establishing a national non-profit advocacy
organization, recommendations for pre-service teacher education and professional
development activities and educational and social policy reforms- all designed
collaboratively with participants- in order to help create social contexts that are more
explicitly inclusive and affirming of gender diversity.
Parenting as Trans
A family friendly meet up for trans or nonbinary parents and their kids. Join us for stories,
crafts, and discussions.
Saturday, March 11th, 12:45-2:00pm
Since the election, many are wondering how we got here and what to do next. Come
explore how to critically examine, resist, and transform dominant cultural values around
race. This session is led by a white person who believes that racism is a dysfunction of
white people that white people are responsible for healing.
Writing our Queerstory: Using Art and Media to Document our Narratives
Manny Cabanas, Cecelia Rodriguez, Maresol Gurevitz
As a group of young people of color, Buried Seedz of Resistance (BSeedz) believes all of
us are sacred. In this workshop we will share about the never-ending world of gender
expression for trans, gender nonconforming, nonbinary, drag royalty, and 2spirit people
through art and media creation. We know that our community members continue to be
criminalized in the mainstream media, thus, this workshop focuses on sharing creative
tools and building strategies for documenting our personal and community narratives.
Using art and media as weapons of our resistance, we will come together through poetry,
video, digital art, make-up, performance and other forms of expression.
Changing Standards in Mental Health Assessment for Hormone Replacement
Therapy (HRT)/Gender Reassignment Surgery (GRS)
Individuals seeking HRT/GRS have been frustrated by requirements for referral letters
from mental health professionals. Seen as a barrier to care, or gatekeeping in the worst
cases, and an annoying hurdle to cross in the best; the Standards of Care can often be
misunderstood by professionals and patients alike. This workshop covers the shift in
mental health assessment for HRT/GRS interventions, the history of WPATH Standards
of Care and the DSM V’s approach to Gender Dysphoria to meet SOC criteria moving
from psychological testing and a pathological approach, to one of affirmation and
PrEP for Transgender Populations
Carli Dean, Ellen Tucker, BCAP
Millions of people from a multitude of cultures, communities, and demographics
worldwide are living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Here in the U.S.,
HIV disproportionately affects specific populations, including trans men and women.
New prevention methods are being introduced frequently, but the most talked about
right now, is Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). This workshop will review PrEP, why
trans men and women are at increased risk for HIV transmission, and how PrEP can
help these populations not acquire HIV in their lifetime.
Dance into Your Body
Vivian Kim, Gabrielle Whitcomb
NO DANCE EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! This dance/movement workshop
is fun, energetic, and is a judgement free zone! Whether you identify as trans, non-binary,
lesbian, gay, poly, asexual, intersex, or an ally- bodies of ALL abilities are welcome. Our
desire is to have participants leave feeling more comfortable in their skin/bodies.
Facilitators will use structured dance improvisation scores to embody empowerment
and confidence through kinesthetic learning.
Saturday, March 11th, 2:05-3:15pm
Keynote: Elle Hearns
Saturday, March 11th, 3:30-4:45pm
Trans People of Color Panel
Trudie Jackson, Elle Hearns, Reign Vela-Tapia, Jordan Garcia, Betty Wang
Transgender people of color, especially trans women of color, are more likely to face
discrimination, harassment, assault and murder than their white counterparts. The
panelists will share some of their own experiences and perspectives on issues they
have faced or are common to the community. Our aim is to build a stronger and more
inclusive community and to be able to stand in solidarity with one another while having
a fuller understanding of what it means to be a trans person of color.
Legal Name Change Workshop
Emma Shinn, LLC, David Bradley
Getting your name legally changed in Colorado can be an intimidating process. How
do I complete the background checks, which forms are needed, how long does it take,
what are the fees, etc.? Once your name change is granted, how do you update your
driver’s license, passport, social security card, birth certificate, etc.? During this workshop
you will hear from a knowledgeable, licensed attorney with experience on name and
gender marker changes. The process will be reviewed in detail- including options to
obtain the background checks, required forms, publication and/or publication waiver,
fees, updating identity documents, gender markers, and other information for
legal name and gender marker changes. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from
Oliver Stagliano, Erin Moriarty, Danny Sussman
Never heard of the terms Asexual or Aromantic? Heard of it but don’t know a lot about it?
Do you identify on the Aromantic/Asexual spectrum? We will focus on the experience of
attraction as well as its relationship (or lack thereof) with gender. This will also be the
perfect chance to enter into a safe space and ask any questions you have about the Asexual
and Aromantic communities and identities.
Gender Microaggressions in Mental Health: Identification,
Response, and Resolution
Dr. Dan Johnson
The word microaggression has become familiar to many in recent years and it’s
meaning may have become lost or muddied by a host of different uses. What matters
most is the events the word refers to and how these events affect those on the receiving
end. In this session, we will discuss a recent study on gender microaggressions
committed by providers of mental health services. Results of the research will be
described briefly and prevention will be discussed. However, the primary focus will
be on how both providers and treatment recipients can respond when
microaggressions are committed, as well as what can be done to repair the damage.
Trans* Youth: Creating a Guidebook for Parents
Ash Zukoski, Tracy Weber
Trans* children are some of the most vulnerable members of our community, and their
lives can be changed for the better, or for the worse, by parental attitudes. That’s why we
are working on making a guidebook for parents of trans* children and teens, featuring
an introduction to the basics of gender theory, a section about being trans*, information
on physical transition, and advice about how to support children in school and in the world.
However, we need more voices than just our own: we need as much diverse input as
possible to make the book useful to more people. This workshop will be partially a
presentation of the material and an open discussion about what to add and how to improve it.
Complimentary Community Acupuncture
Experience a simple, 5-needle ear acupuncture treatment in a community clinic. When
we come together with purpose, we share the experience with each other and the same is
true of healing arts. Experience the calming treatment and consult with a licensed
Saturday, March 11th, 5:00-6:15pm
Shadows of Gender: Inclusive Jungian Archetype Workshop
Have you experienced shame around gender expression that doesn’t “match” your identity?
Do you struggle with policing your gender expression even though you’ve transitioned?
Do you wish you were able to really embrace ALL of the gendered parts of yourself? This
session is geared toward trans or genderqueer folx who want to explore their relationship
to the human practice of gendering. The Jungian “shadow” is a compilation of the parts of
our selves we’ve learned to shame. This workshop supports participants in the process of
inviting all the gendered parts of themselves to integrate in order to move past shame and
move through the world with empowered authenticity. While cisgender participants are
welcome, it is requested that they respect that this work is by and for trans and genderqueer
folx and experiential activities will center on trans and genderqueer experiences.
Intersexions: Intersex, Black and Queer
Ever thought about what the “I” stands for in LGBTQIA*? It surely doesn’t stand for invisible!
About 1.5% of the population is born intersex. We’re not rare, just invisible. What is intersex?
Come learn exactly what being intersex means and how to be an inclusive ally to the
community. Help fight everyday erasure, even in the Trans and Queer community. Bring
your questions and get answers from someone who is intersex, black and queer. Participants
will leave the session learning how to best support the needs and goals of the intersex
Stages of Grief and Self-Awareness
Too often the excitement of self-realization of the authentic self overshadows the time
needed for family members to come to terms with what they have been told. I will explore
ways to engage family and help them through the stages of grief associated with the loss of
their expectations. I will use an explanation of the New Relationship Energy associated with
the authentic self and reining it in when talking to family members.
Queer Craft and Zine Making
Daryn Copeland, Sharla Steinam
Join us in practicing radical <3 self-care <3 and reclaiming our personal narratives through
zine making and queer craft. We will dive into how zine making and queer craft resists
patriarchal structures of knowledge production, as well as how queer craft in itself allows the
author to manipulate hegemonic narrative structures. Supplies provided.
Embodying Narratives: Stories of Empowerment and Survival through
Breath, Movement and Song
Brian Otto “Bk” Kimmel
What are your strengths? In what ways do you feel or express your sense of self and
your authentic, radiant voice? This workshop is an exploration in skill-building and
community action around identity and cultural difference. It is an effort toward cultivating
individual and collective contexts through performance art, awareness practices and
experiential movement and sound. The offerings are designed to build on resources
participants already know, and to help identify and strengthen factors that support greater
creativity and effectiveness in our everyday lives and work.
Fingerprinting for Legal Name Change Background Checks*
One of the biggest challenges with legal name changes in Colorado is the background check
requirement. Legal name changes require both an FBI and a CBI (Colorado Bureau of
Investigation) background check and both must be completed within 90 days prior to filing
your legal petition for name change.
The process normally requires that you go to a local law enforcement office on specific days
during specific hours to get fingerprinted and then mail the results to the FBI and wait for
12-14 weeks for the results followed by mailing another fingerprint card to the CBI, which
takes two weeks to get results back. Denver fingerprinting offers a far more rapid and hassle
free process where you will get your results within 5-10 business days.
This $99 package, per person, includes:
FBI 24-48 Hour Electronic Processing: FBI results will be available electronically within
24-48 hours through a secure web portal.
FBI Mailed Results: FBI results are mailed by first class mail which has an average delivery
time of 5-7 business days.
CBI Processing and Mailed Results: Fingerprints will be submitted to the CBI for processing
and results are send by first class mail which are typically received in 5-10 business days.
Lifetime Archiving: Fingerprints are captured electronically and will be archived for life so
they can be reproduced on fingerprint cards again when needed.
All fees (FBI fee, channeling fee, fingerprinting fee and CBI fee) are included. There are no
additional fees. You do not need to mail anything, all you need to do is wait for both the
FBI and mailed CBI background check results to be received, complete the name change forms
and submit your petition for a legal name change. Please visit:
guide to the name change process.
*This company has a history of working closely with the trans community and is endorsed
by the Gender and Sexuality Center and Out Boulder County.