Advocacy by the Numbers: Making Trans Health Data Work for You
Health data can help you tell impactful stories, counter harmful narratives, identify community needs, and choose how to improve well-being. This data can also confuse people and can be weaponized against our communities, particularly in the current political context that uses transgender, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming / diverse (TNG) peoples’ rights and existence as “wedge issues.” In this workshop, we will discuss how to identify “good” TNG health data, uncover false & harmful data, and how you can use both quantitative (numbers) and qualitative (stories) data most effectively in your advocacy work.
We will also review some of the data that the WI Transgender Health Coalition has collected about the health and needs of TNG communities in our state and discuss what other research would be helpful to move your advocacy work forward.
Presented by Jay Botsford.
Beyond Coming Out to Your Doctor: Waking Up Providers & Cultivating Cultural Humility in the Clinic
Workshop participants are encouraged to tell this panel of sexual and gender minority (SGM) and SGM-allied doctors / providers their stories about coming out and interacting with the medical community: what is important, what made them feel safe and heard, and what NOT to do and say.
This panel of SGM patients and SGM / SGM-allied providers will brainstorm with workshop participants to share best practices, case studies, and anecdotes:
- How to safely and effectively engage with your health care providers
- How to be an active participant in the changing culture of medicine
- Novel approaches to developing relationships respecting cultural humility in culturally-competent health care for SGM
- Discussion of novel ideas for effective and competent screening and care, including the introduction of the Froedtert & MCW Inclusion Clinic
Providers from the Froedtert & MCW Inclusion Clinic and their patients will also be present in this workshop.
Presented by Andy Petroll, Ross Zeitlin, and Malika Siker.
Intersections of Identity & Privilege for Conscious Allied Living
What does it mean to have intersecting identities? How does the awareness of privileged identities inform the way we develop and display allied behavior? This workshop is an opportunity to explore our intentions and our impact as allies to communities experiencing daily marginalization. Through self-reflection, we will focus on the development of positive practices in conscious allied living.
Presented by Bev Jenkins.
What’s Happening Today with LGBTQ Civil Rights: An Interactive Discussion of Recent Legal Developments, Judicial Decisions, & Executive Branch Policies
This interactive, discussion-formatted session will focus on updated / current information, perspectives, insights, and practical education on these issues, among others:
- the meaning and scope of the rescission of critical, fundamental Obama-era protections and guarantees for transgender students, LGBTQ military members, and HIV-positive citizens (among others) by and through the current administration’s Education, Health & Human Services, and Defense Departments, among other executive agencies;
- the present state of the federal law on discrimination in public and private arenas (including commercial / business engagements) in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in “Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Civil Rights Commission,” and anticipated, upcoming legal challenges to various LGBTQ rights and privileges;
- the continuing advocacy of the United States Justice Department that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not prohibit employment and other forms of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (including that of transgender individuals) and the response of the federal courts to this reversal of long-standing policy;
- the effect of the administration’s creation of a “Religious Liberty Task Force” (Justice Department) and a “Conscience and Religious Freedom Division” (Health & Human Services Division) on the observance and enforcement of equal protection and due process rights of the nation’s LGBTQ populations;
- the impact of the Labor Department’s revised policy affording greater latitude for federal contractors to discriminate (based on faith-based claims) against LGBTQ people in hiring and employment;
- the introduction—and, in some states, passage—of new legislation restricting the civil and human rights of LGBTQ residents in the areas of employment, housing, and familial / adoption opportunities (among others) along with the many pending legal challenges to those governmental actions; and
- the status and enforcement in the federal courts, including the Supreme Court, of foundational, constitutional, and statutory principles in the areas of health care, privacy protections, marriage & domestic / familial status, voting access, and related opportunities for the enjoyment by all Americans of basic human and civil rights.
Presented by James Santelle.
Your Uncle was Wrong Last Thanksgiving: Reclaiming the Bible for Queer Affirmation
Too many of us have been on the wrong end of a self-righteous homophobic uncle (or parent, sibling, or childhood pastor) trying to lecture us, change us, or even hurt us deeply with scripture verses from the Bible. The good news is that those folks who use the Bible as a weapon against LGBTQIA people are fundamentally wrong about what the Bible is, what those particular verses mean, and what God has to say about our sexuality.
Join the Pastors of Zao MKE Church, a local queer-affirming Christian community, as they walk through the verses most often used to hurt us, how to approach the Bible on the whole, how to survive these awful conversations, and how to connect with Christians that know how deeply loved and affirmed you and your sexuality are by God and the Bible.
Presented by Rev. Jonah Overton & Pr. Cameron Overton.
Adjusting Our Lens on Healthy Relationships
This workshop seeks to examine our expectations of relationships and how they are formed and shaped by systems such as heteronormativity, desire, and racism. Ultimately, we will discuss how these expectations (or the inability to meet them) can result in toxic and unhealthy relationships, including situations of domestic violence. It is designed to center voices from LGBTQ communities of color. We will also address how domestic abuse is defined in Wisconsin civil law, common criminal convictions that stem from domestic violence incidences, what happens when you have a domestic abuse “finding” in family law as it relates to children, and an overview of domestic abuse & harassment injunctions from the temporary order to final hearing processes.
Presented by Matthew Lewis and Lorenzo Edwards, Jr.
Not Just Teens, Not Just Gay Men: Yes, You DO Need to Know About HPV Vaccination & Screening
This panel includes researchers, community partners, and providers who will lead a candid discussion about HPV and what all SGM people need to know. The interactive discussion will include:
- Why married couples, women who have sex with women, parents, trans men, trans women, and other SGM need to know about HPV vaccination & screening and cancers caused by HPV
- Overview of HPV disparities in SGM
- Oral / throat, anal, cervical, and other cancers in SGM
- HPV vaccination: who, what, when, how (access)
- For example: did you know that the HPV vaccine is now approved for people up to 45 years of age?
- HPV screening: who, what, when, how (access)
- Includes a discussion of research into a novel HPV and anal cancer self-screening approach done by the patient at home and / or with a partner
Presented by Alan Nyitray, Ross Zeitlin, and Melinda Stolley.
Political Warfare: Spiritual Self-Preservation & Community Care
Audre Lorde says that self-care is necessary self-preservation, not self-indulgence. Yet social media memes and nonprofit talking points have diluted this idea to the point where it means little more than relaxation techniques for the privileged. Lorde herself considered self-care “an act of political warfare.” What could it look like if queers and other folks who occupy the margins explored practices of self-preservation that spiritually supported us for the long haul, rather than relying on out-of-touch tips that prop up an individualistic and consumerist status quo? Part participatory workshop and part plain old conversation, join us to explore how spiritual self-care can encourage our personal growth, support our commitments, sustain our relationships, contribute to political struggle, and help heal life’s wounds. Religious, spiritual, and / or secular folks of all beliefs and backgrounds are welcome.
Presented by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg.
Survivors of Violence Writing Workshop
This workshop will develop an understanding of intimate partner violence (IPV) and sexual assault (SA) from the perspective of LGBTQIA identities and relationships through introductory training on definitions, research, and resources. Survivors of IPV and / or SA and allies of survivors are encouraged to attend; we will develop a safe and creative space to heal through writing. The second half of the workshop will focus on writing and discussing literature about the topics of IPV and SA through diverse perspectives of LGBTQIA identities. Some authors discussed include, but are not limited to: Roxanne Gay, Myriam Gurba, and Justice Ameer.
Attendees will learn about violence, how it occurs specifically in LGBTQ communities, and resources available local and nationally. Attendees will also have a chance to hear from other survivors of violence through literature, poetry, and selected writings. Attendees will spend short periods of time writing and reflecting.
Workshop attendance is limited to 15 participants.
Presented by Devin Thomas.
The Fight Beyond Marriage: Ongoing Advocacy for LGBTQ Civil Rights
What is currently happening in the courts, legislature, and executive branch around LGBTQ civil rights? Join us for a discussion on the latest changes and challenges we face post-2018 elections and learn about the opportunities on the horizon. This workshop will focus on current policy advocacy efforts at the state and local level by Fair Wisconsin, our state’s LGBTQ civil rights organization.
Presented by Megin McDonell.
Advancing Excellence in Transgender Health
This workshop is designed to train patients and the whole health care team in both receiving & providing humble and confident gender-affirmative health care that is grounded in research evidence and best clinical practices. Sessions are led by expert faculty specialized in transgender-focused research and patient care. The workshop is appropriate for all members of trans and gender nonbinary experience and health care teams, including physicians, behavioral health care providers, physician assistants, nurses, and other staff.
Presented by Syd Robbie, Ericka Sinclair, and Linda Wesp.
Ear Acupuncture for Relaxation
Discover firsthand how acupuncture alleviates stress. The NADA protocol, practiced worldwide by licensed acupuncturists, is proven to reduce addictive behavior and lessen the effects of trauma. Generally speaking, NADA calms the nervous system, stops pain, and relieves anxiety. Because it relies on only five ear points, people can be treated fully clothed in a chair; this is a perfect opportunity to try acupuncture or, for those who have experience with acupuncture, to receive a stress relief boost during the conference.
Presented by Kellen Grimm and Ellice Plant.
Effective Self-Care & Wellness for Same-Gender-Loving Men of Color in Milwaukee
African American and Latino same-gender-loving men face unique challenges in Milwaukee when trying to maintain their health and wellness. Due to issues like minority stress, social isolation, and discrimination, these men face layers of challenges in their everyday lives. They also come together regularly in the Intersectionality Among Men (I AM) program at Diverse and Resilient to learn about ways to maintain or improve their health and to lower the health risks they disproportionately face. In 2018, I AM focused its work on stress management, self-care techniques, leadership development, and social connectedness to bolster the wellness of program participants. Program participants and staff will share the results of the program so far and offer suggestions to people who work with or are part of these communities to address self-care concerns.
Presented by Matthew Lewis.
Helping LGBTQ Young People in Wisconsin
Meet the organizations of the Rainbow Alliance for Youth and understand what they are doing to support LGBTQ young people in both rural and urban Wisconsin. Learn about resources across the state and leave with concrete actions that can support LGBTQ young people in your community.
Presented by Anthony Harris and Jamie Erdheim.
Teaching Two-Spirit: An Intro to Native American LGBTQ Issues
In this workshop, participants will gain essential knowledge about Native communities in Wisconsin and their LGBTQ / Two-Spirit citizens. Beginning with a presentation on basic terminology and the history of Two-Spirit people and their tribal nations in this region, the workshop will provide information about issues such as tribally-specific identities, colonization’s impacts on LGBTQ people, Indian boarding school history, intergenerational trauma, cultural appropriation, and Two-Spirit activism. In addition, we will learn about and practice effective methods for teaching about Two-Spirit issues for both Native and non-Native audiences. No matter where you live in Wisconsin, you are on Native land, and participants will come away with a greater appreciation for the importance of understanding Native LGBTQ history and experiences as well as resources for how to pass this information on to others.
Presented by Kai Pyle.
Advocacy 4 & Alongside TGNC K-12 Students
GSAFE increases the capacity of LGBTQ+ students, educators, and families to create K-12 schools in Wisconsin where youth thrive, and we believe community can join in this mission.
How do you navigate a school system to support the passage and implementation of trans-inclusive nondiscrimination policy? Got a trans-inclusive policy, but it seems like important details are slipping through the cracks? What if I’m a guardian, adult with siblings, or a high school student: how do I leverage my relationship—or lack thereof!—to the school district for good?
Join GSAFE’s Youth Justice Program Coordinator Sawyer Johnson for dialogue and activity on ensuring that our community’s youngest activists are not only protected, but centered and celebrated.
Presented by Sawyer Johnson.
After the Wave Comes Ashore
This panel will discuss the effects of the “Rainbow Wave” including the importance of what issues, challenges, and joys that they face as openly LGBT officials and candidates. The panel will also cover issues they are working on regarding moving forward with LGBT-friendly policies and proposals. The discussion with also include what the future holds (specifically in Wisconsin) with LGBT policies and politics.
Presented by Chris Walton, Deon Young, State Sen. Timothy W. Carpenter, State Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa, State Rep. Mark Spreitzer, and State Rep. Marisabel Cabrera.
Queer in Parenting Space & Parenting in Queer Space
Marriage equality has opened the doors for many queers to bring children of all walks and ages into our queer lives and our queer spaces. At the same time, we gained the right to exist alongside other parents as well, in schools, libraries, etc. Come learn about “parenting while queer” from the legal to the social to the metaphysical.
Presented by Edie Pasek, Livia Rowell-Ortiz, Laurie Marks, and Danielle Bailey.
The Power of ME: Maximizing Your Emotional Intelligence
Have you ever thought, “That didn’t come out right” or “Why did she say that?” Have you ever been in situations that “boiled” out of control? These can all be traced back (in part) to emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is a key to both personal and professional success. It is the ability to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle personal relationships effectively and empathetically. This interactive session will cover what emotional intelligence is and how you can use it to foster deeper and more meaningful relationships, both personally and professionally.
Presented by Jesse Franklin.
Transgender & Trauma in the Age of Trump
In recent years, transgender, nonbinary, and gender-expansive individuals in the United States have endured countless attacks and policy reforms intended to withhold or withdraw legally-protected rights. Since the 2016 presidential election, many of these measures have originated from the highest branches of our federal government, including the Departments of Justice, Education, and Housing & Urban Development, among others. From rolling back legal protections to attempting to ban service in the military, and more, the current administration has worked to erase and erode hard-won rights of transgender and nonbinary Americans. Perhaps most disturbing was the administration’s wide-ranging efforts in late 2018 to redefine “gender” in binary, static, and biological terms that are contrary to what decades of medical, scientific, and experiential realities teach us about gender and how it manifests and is experienced by individuals.
This workshop will present the current status of U.S. public policy as it affects transgender and nonbinary individuals and will explain the practical effect of the current administration’s actions for our communities. The workshop will further examine the consequences of such violent rhetoric and rollbacks of protected civil and human rights (including the trauma inflicted upon already vulnerable communities) and will discuss strategies being employed by individuals, communities, service providers, and others (both locally and nationally) to maintain and preserve individuals’ resilience in response to these assaults.
Presented by Ashley Altadonna, Shelley Gregory, and Devin Thomas.