Wednesday, February 17, 2016

583 Folx Register for 2nd Asterisk Trans* Conference

Online registration closed for the 2nd Asterisk Trans* Conference with 583 people registered to attend. 58% of attendees are undergraduate students, 8% are graduate students,11% are staff, 5% are faculty, and 21% are off-campus community members. 57% of attendees are people of color.

On-site registration will be available: $20/individual, $10/UCR, $10/Reduced, and some fee waivers available.

The campuses with the highest number of attendees are:
55 UC Riverside
40 Moorpark College
29 CSU Dominguez Hills
27 CSU Fullerton
23 UC Santa Barbara
22 CSU Northridge
21 UC Santa Cruz
19 UC Davis
18 UC Irvine
17 CSU San Marcos
16 Chapman University
15 Cal Poly Pomona
13 UC San Diego
12 Norco College
10 Claremont Graduate College
10 CSU San Bernardino

Friday, February 12, 2016

Art & Creativity at the 2nd Asterisk Trans* Conference

Jade Phoenix will perform Friday and conduct a workshop Saturday.

Jade Phoenix describes themselves as a "Queer, Trans*, Femme, First Generation Filipinx-American, Parent, LA based Performance Poet and Activist/Educator." Their work is a poetic expression rooted in the multiple identities they hold and how they intersect with their day to day fight for liberation as they create and navigate our current social and political systems and structures. Jade Phoenix is a fierce story and truth teller, a vulnerable and engaging performer, and passionate and informative educator, organizer and activist.

Jade Phoenix will help open the 2nd Asterisk Trans* Conference on Friday, February 26 at UC Riverside. Friday's events are free and open to everyone. Folks who register for Saturday's events may also attend Jade's workshop, one of several exploring art and creativity.

Creating Spaces for Creative Expression and Performance as Healing Art
Jade Phoenix
Creative/Performance art is and can be a very powerful tool for communities joined together in collective resitance, liberation, and authentic self expression. Yet in this midst of such power, one aspect of creative expression and performance that is often overlooked is its ability to be an intergral part of ones personal healing/coming out/empowerment process through collective/communal initiative to hold space and witness these acts. How can we begin to recognize, cultivate and harness this power for healing and subsequently create 

safer and more intentional spaces in and for our communities to access such power?

Art, Identity, and YOU: Trans Art and Empowerment Session
Casey Hoke, Point Foundation/GLSEN/ Cal Poly Pomona
Join Casey Hoke (he/him/his), a trans male artist and activist from Louisville, Kentucky on a journey through transgender awareness and activism through art and learn how expression can affirm as well as educate on aspects of identity. Interactive workshop with art supplies provided!

QTPOC Identities: A Writing Exploration
Eli Brown, UCR Alum
So many queer and trans people of color have gone through such diverse life experiences, but feel overwhelmed when trying to write about them because of the variety of intersections. This workshop will focus on helping individuals express their identities using writing exercises, discussion, and of course the opportunity to share. Writing can often bring people together, and the sharing of experience creates a ripple effect of growth, education and compassion in all communities. Participants are encouraged to take what they gain from the workshop into daily life to foster their creative outputs and find their true voice. All are welcome, QTPOC identified or not.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Workshop Schedule Includes 24 Options + Reading/Book Signing

All workshops are scheduled for Saturday, February 27 in the HUB. Click here to read the workshop descriptions. Conference attendees may also "claim a space" during the lunch hour.

Session 1 - 11:15am - 12:15pm

Asian Pacific Islander Caucus - Closed Space
Decolonize Your Sex Life
GaySL: A Crash Course in LGBTQ American Sign Language
Providing Equal Access for Trans and Gender Nonconforming Populations, Part 1
Trans Workers Rising: Organizing for trans economic justice
TransForming Recovery

1:00pm: Reading & Book Signing with Willy Wilkinson

Session 2 - 1:45pm - 2:45pm

Name and Gender Marker Change Clinic
Neurodiversity and Disability in the Transgender Community
Providing Equal Access for Trans and Gender Nonconforming Populations, Part 2
QTPOC Identities: A Writing Exploration
"The Talk" - Closed Space
The Ups & Downs of Phalloplasty - A Holistic Perspective on FtM Genital Reconstruction

Session 3 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

A Conversation with Zoey Luna and Her Mother Ofelia
Creating Spaces for Creative Expression and Performance as Healing Art
Leadership Isn't Sexy: Teaching Leadership to New Queer and Trans Leaders
Partners of Trans Folx - Closed Space
Psychotherapy 101: A Q&A session about finding trans* affirming mental health care
Trans Health - Wellness and HIV

Session 4 - 4:15pm - 5:15pm

Art, Identity, and YOU: Trans Art and Empowerment Session
Health Providers Panel: Accessing Trans-Friendly Health Care
Owning Our Story, Finding Our Light: The Aizumi Family Story
Queer Self Defense. For Real. - Closed Space
Trans* Identity and Romantic Relationships
What's Wrong with Rights?