Wednesday, May 24, 2017

3rd Asterisk Trans* Conference Is a Gender Awesome Experience

One group photo to close out the 3rd Asterisk Trans* Conference.
About 500 people registered to attend the 3rd Asterisk Trans* Conference, representing 50 college campuses.

According to the anonymous demographic survey:
46% of attendees are trans or genderqueer
54% are people of color
63% are undergraduate students
13% are community members
11% are faculty
8% are staff
6% are graduate students

Many thanks to our featured speakers & performers: Drago Renteria, Trans Chorus of L.A., Isa Noyola, J Mase III, and Vita E.

The 2017 conference was presented by Asterisk of UCR and the LGBT Resource Center, with major support from the California Endowment and Highlander Empowerment Referendum funding.

Special thanks to the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, the Associated Students Program Board, and to these departments for supporting ASL interpretation services: Asian Pacific Student Programs, Chicano Student Programs, and the Middle Eastern Student Center.

Archive - Workshops at the 2017 Asterisk Trans* Conference

This is an archive of workshops presented at the 3rd Asterisk Trans* Conference. Click here to read the workshop schedule.

Cis Partners of Trans Folx
Lucy Hincaipe, UCR Alum
Are you in a relationship with someone who is trans or genderqueer? Would you like to talk with others to share your experiences and discuss navigating the world as the partner of a trans or genderqueer person? Please join this supportive conversation space. Please note: This is a closed space for cisgender partners of trans or genderqueer folx.

A Conversation with Zoey Luna and Her Mother Ofelia
Zoey Luna & Ofelia Barba
Join Zoey & Ofelia for a conversation following the screening of the documentary Raising Zoey. Learn about Zoey’s life since the film and her family’s ongoing support as she lives her authentic life.

Even My Drums are Revolutionary
J Mase III & Vita E
No revolution was ever created without artists. As activists, we often ask ourselves, "What would a world free from oppression look like?" It is our creative parts that allows us to imagine that answer. Participants in this session, will explore artistic revolution using writing, percussion & performance exercises to create solo and group poems.

Health Providers Panel: Accessing Trans-Friendly Health Care
Bianca Salvetti, MSN, CNS, CPNP, & Jamie JulianMSW, Children’s Hospital L.A. – Center for Transyouth Health & Development
Robert Fontanilla, MSPAS, MPH, PA-C, AAHIVSPhysician Assistant, Borrego Health
Carrie Bacon, M.D., Medical Director & Omar Gonzalez, LCSW, IEHP Clinical Manager, Inland Empire Health Plan
Staff Representative, TruEvolution Wellness & Engagement Center,
How can you access trans-friendly medical care and programs specifically knowledgeable regarding hormone replacement therapy? How does access to health insurance impact your options? What documentation, if any, is required to show “medical necessity” when receiving medical care related to transitioning? Join a panel of health providers and learn about some of your health options.

Honoring the T in LGBTQ History
Kim Earhart, Mt. San Antonio College
While state law requires public schools to incorporate LGBTQ* history in the curriculum, the "T" is often overlooked. This workshop attempts to address the absence of transgender peoples from the traditional telling of US history. Using primary sources, together we will uncover hidden heroes from our past.

Introduction to Nonbinary Identities
Johann Koehle, UC Santa Barbara
Nonbinary identities are unfamiliar for many people even within the trans community, too often leading to exclusion. This workshop is intended to equip trans advocates to understand and include nonbinary folks in their advocacy. We will present a modern and historical examination of nonbinary gender identities, and discuss critical topics including neutral pronouns, nonbinary transition, and the legal status of nonbinary folks.

Let's Talk About Sex: What You Want to Know, What You Need to Know.
Eli Lawliet, UCLA, Point Foundation Scholar
As trans people, we aren't given the kind of comprehensive sex ed that cis people get. Sure, there's some cross over, but there are also aspects of sex and sexuality that are specific to us. This workshop aims to facilitate a discussion; what do you know, what do you wish you had known sooner, and what do you wish you knew more about now? As a collaborative, trans-only group, we will discuss sex and sexuality, resources, and the information we need to have fantastic, gender-affirming sex, with or without medical intervention. This is a closed space for transgender folx.

Linguistics of Gender Neutral Language
ENG Jole, Occidental College
This program is designed to help navigate the often-complicated world of gender-neutral language, especially pertaining to non-binary people, and to make both allies and trans* individuals comfortable with using language that accurately reflects gender identity. This topic will be approached with an open point of view, and is based on actual usage and patterns of language rather than arbitrary, cishet-normative ideas of "proper" and improper" usage.

Name and Gender Marker Change Clinic
Alexandra Magallon, TransLatin@ Coalition

Learn how to complete your name and/or gender marker change paperwork. You will be provided with the necessary forms, walked through the court filing process and provided with helpful tips and updates.

Name, Reclaim, Love: Navigating Dysphoria through Self-Love
Jaden Fields, APAIT; Destin Cortez, APAIT
This workshop is an opportunity for folks who were assigned female at birth and are/have transitioned into masculinity to unpack the negative messaging many of us received about our vaginas growing up, and to reconnecting, in a healing way, with ourselves and our desires. This is a closed space for trans men and transmasculine folx.

Neurodiversity and Disability in the Transgender Community: A community dialogue
Cris Rosales-Doi, UC Santa Cruz; Rajah Olivia Jones, Antioch University Los Angeles and CSUN Alum; Dan Vylette Maldonado, CSUN Alum and T-Fed: Trans Folks Fighting Eating Disorders; Rose Hatfield, UCLA and CSUN Alum and founder of the San Frenando Valley Community Library Project; Josiah A. Ramirez, Community Activist and Film maker
This workshop will explore the intersections of disability, chronic illness and neurodiversity within transgender communities. Included will be a zine focusing on creative resources and the experiences of disabled, neurodiverse and chronical ill transgender people; a short collaborative information session, followed by discussion questions for the panelists and audience.

PrEP & Medical Considerations for Transgender Health
Robert Fontanilla, Borrego Health, MSPAS, MPH, PA-C, AAHIVS
Studies show a high prevalence of HIV transmission among transgender women in the United States. This lecture will review PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis), a medication that helps prevent HIV negative persons from becoming infected. The perspective is from a medical provider that treats many transgender people, as well as HIV. It will include the importance of PrEP use and common tests that are needed. It will be explained using everyday language so that everyone that attends will understand. It will include case studies and discussion points that can be used at your next patient-provider interaction at the place you receive healthcare.

Psychotherapy 101: A Q&A session about finding trans* affirming mental health care
Abi Weissman, Psy.D., Waves, A Psychological Corporation
Nina Grace Ruedas, LMFT, UC Riverside School of Medicine & Brandman University
At this session, you can ask questions to three trans* affirming mental health providers. Topics include: the mental health portion of the WPATH Standards of Care, how to find a trans* affirming therapist in your neighborhood, how to advocate for your needs, and your questions. You are worth finding good, supportive care.

“Raising Zoey” Film Screening
Affecting the lives of countless kids, teenagers and even adults, 13 year-old Zoey wants nothing more than to simply go to school, learn, have fun with friends and be a kid. Unfortunately, ignorance and intolerance have not always made this easy. Zoey, with the help of her mother and the ACLU, fought school officials for her right to self-identify in school. Even in the face of bullying and endless teasing from both school officials and students, Zoey determinedly continues to live her life as she is and tells her story in the hopes of helping others persevere in living their authentic lives.

Sexual Violence Affecting and Within the Trans Community
Addison Rose Vincent, Pride United Lead Advocate
Thali Rodrigues, MFT, Pride United Outreach Specialist
What happens when trans people experience sexual assault? What happens when perpetrators are trans community leaders? Sexual violence, abuse, and harassment affect our community in many different ways. Whether perpetrators are trans or cis, almost every survivor is silenced, vilified, and left without resources or justice. We hope to confront this taboo topic in a safe space by discussing and strategizing what accountability, justice, and healing looks like for our community.

Socially Engaged Queer & Trans Creative Projects
Timna Naim, Queer Arts Collective at UCLA
Creative expression exists in many forms and creators of creative projects have an irreplicable passion and uniqueness. How can we position queerness and trans identity as a creative project? Can this radical project be oriented towards engaging the people we connect to and maybe even those that we don't? We will be planning ways to bring individual art projects into community-based settings. Discussions will center around linking creative expression to queerness and gender identity, complicating dividing lines of identity politics, and locating the self as within different communal contexts.

Spiritual Reclamation: On the Borderlands of Faith and Ethnicity
Reyna Rousse, UC Riverside
Multi-ethnicity comes with unique and complex experiences of navigating gender identity, and spirituality. In the intersection of all three, our identities create greater questions of acceptance, pride, and faith. Through discussion, we will share contemporary perspectives in spirituality, explore and mend disconnections from heritage, and inspire methods of ritual and faith through the lens of intellectual sovereignty. Please note: This is a closed space for people who are multiracial of any gender or sexuality; and for people who self-identify as QTPOC.

Trans Care 911: Prehospital Emergency Care for Trans People
Keanan Gabriel Gottlieb, EMT-B, Pitzer College
Have you ever been concerned about having to call 911 for yourself or another trans person? Are you uncertain about what to expect from the EMTs or paramedics? This presentation is going to discuss what your rights are as a trans patient, what to expect from the EMTs, what EMTs are and are not allowed to do, and trans specific healthcare in an emergency context. Cis people will also learn what they can do to be an advocate for trans patients. This workshop is open to everyone.

Trans & Queer Asian Pacific Islander Caucus
Aian, UC Riverside; Cris Rosales-Doi, UC Santa Cruz; Landyn Pan, Chapman University
The API community is large and often doesn't uplift the voices of all identities. This space is for trans and queer API folx to heal, support and build community with one another. Different topics to discuss will focus on intersecting identities that we carry and how we navigate them; race, gender identity / expression, disability justice, sexuality, well-being, family, and more. This is a closed space for folx who self-identify as Trans &/or Queer Asian Pacific Islanders.

Trans & Queer Latinx/Chicanx Caucus
Brianna Sérráno, Cal Poly Pomona
This courageous space will allow us to share our individual and community needs and celebrate our strengths and mutual support. This is a closed space for folx who self-identify as Trans &/or Queer Latinx/Chicanx/Brown.

Transforming Eating Disorder Recovery: Education, Empowerment, Advocacy
Ethan Lopez, Jaden Fields
Trans-identified individuals suffer disproportionately (preliminary studies show we are at least four times more at risk) from eating disorders and body image issues. This workshop will present why Trans people are at risk for EDs, critique non-inclusive mainstream recovery and research, and discuss how we can empower our communities to heal. We will discuss coping strategies that promote healthy behavior modification and healing modules, develop support systems, and confront oppressive systems that perpetuate problematic norms.

What do we do now? Supporting a trans* person after a traumatic event
Erica Nicole Kirk, University of Southern California
How do we support trans* folks in the wake of a traumatic event? Universities and community organizations often have bias reporting structures that force survivors of harassment to re-tell their stories and re-live pain. Using a case-study from the University of Southern California, this discussion aims to create goals for supporting trans* people in affirming ways that promote healing and personal wellness.

What's the Quota when Questioning?
Jasmine Williams
Feeling like you are taking up space here? Maybe you know you aren't cis, or that your gender doesn't fit a binary, or have even just begun thinking about your "gender identity" under this new language. I welcome all attendees who are questioning their gender identity. Everyone’s journey is valid and in this workshop there will be a short writing activity were we reflect on what we were taught, what we internalized and how we understand our gender identities. There will be small group sharing and an open discussion during the workshop.