At the heart of our conference programming are topic-based discussions generated by Gender Odyssey attendee feedback and input. We’ve designed these discussions so that anyone – regardless of their identity, history, or community – can bring their personal perspective into the mix.
Gender Odyssey discussions have a strong focus on making room for each person’s viewpoint and giving all of us the opportunity to learn from one another. They are designed to encourage us to explore the complexities of how we interact with each other and with the larger society.
If you have strong facilitation skills and are drawn to one or two of the sessions listed below, we encourage you to fill out the online form at the bottom of this page. We will then be in touch for a telephone interview.
If you have questions about a specific topic or any other programming related matter, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: These sessions are designed to be facilitated discussions with optimal involvement by the greatest number of participants. We are not asking you to develop a presentation—only to facilitate a dynamic conversation!
Available Sessions for 2017
GO Seattle - Community Track
Note: Open to cisgender partners only.
Note: This workshop focuses on the experiences of those who are five or more years beyond their partner’s transition.
Note: This workshop will provide a confidential space and is open only to non-trans-identified people to talk frankly about fears, challenges, pleasures, and desire.
Note: This conversation will be centered on the experiences of trans men but is open to all who wish to listen, learn, and grow.
Note: This workshop is for those navigating (or wanting to navigate) gay male space.
NOTE: This workshop is for those navigating (or wanting to navigate) gay male space. Attendance at Fag 101 is NOT required to attend this session.
Note: This conversation will be centered on the experiences of trans feminine people but is open to all who wish to listen, learn, and grow.
How comfortable are you sharing your body with someone else? Has your ability to express yourself intimately changed with your transition? In what ways? If you haven’t gone through a physical transition, how does this affect your relationship(s)? Note: As you consider what to say during—and after—this discussion, please be respectful of its intimate nature and aware that it is taking place in a public forum. Share only what you feel comfortable sharing.
Note: Open to trans and cis partners who’ve attended the first part of this two-part session.
As non-trans people, are our motives questioned when we choose a trans lover? Are they questioned when we prefer to date trans people? How can we claim our desire for trans bodies as a legitimate sexual orientation? How do we deal with language that assumes we’d rather date non-trans people?
Join us for an in-depth discussion of navigating dating, sex, and intimacy with bodies that aren’t recognized by the current language of sexual orientation. Let’s talk about getting confident in our own sexiness, and making room for trans-specific desire.
Note: This conversation will be centered on the experiences of who are 55 and older and is open to all who wish to listen, learn, and grow.
Note: Elders are invited into the circle but all others are invited just to listen to/witness what is sure to be a powerful conversation.
Let’s get a bird’s eye view of our communities’ gender identity language and framework with a goal of understanding our own processes.
What rights do we have? Can a prospective employer ask you questions about your gender identity? What can you do if a coworker or supervisor harasses you at work? What are your rights if an employer terminates you because of your gender identity? The law provides various levels of protection for gender-nonconforming and transgender job applicants and employees.This session will explore topics involved in transitioning on the job including: the coming out process; changing pronouns documents and bathrooms; health insurance; understanding our rights; gaining administrative support and navigating interpersonal co-worker relationships. In this facilitated discussion we will pool our ideas and share experiences to create a safer coming out experience for us all.
This session is for those who’ve navigated or are considering navigating the complex path to gender authenticity while under the small town microscope. Let’s share our thoughts, experiences, and tools with each other and gain support along the way.
If you have these or other thoughts about a physical transition, come share them in a supportive and nonjudgmental environment. This discussion is designed to explore the imperfect process and experience of a physical transition. Many of us have explored or considered variables that don’t fit within the “traditional” trans narratives. Let’s share them with each other and think outside the box of should I… or shouldn’t I…?
Health and Spirituality
Note: This conversation will be centered on the experiences of people-of-color but is open to all who wish to listen, learn, and grow.
Note: Open only to BIPOC.
Note: Open only to BIPOC.
GO Seattle - Family Track
Note: To provide an optimal environment, we ask that only parents/guardians attend this session.
We are dedicated to making Gender Odyssey an inclusive and supportive space for everyone. We ask that all prospective facilitators please review the following guidelines. If you feel the need for further clarification, please write to us at email@example.com.
Your job as a Gender Odyssey facilitator is to:
- Have a strong understanding of group dynamics and a strong commitment to maintaining equity within the group.
- Create an inclusive and supportive space for everyone
- Review the discussion guidelines for group participation (in front of program book)
- Keep the discussion relevant to the topic and objective/s
- Engage all participants and encourage different perspectives
- Be responsible for starting and ending on time.
- Conduct the group in a way that allows for appropriate interactions amongst the participants. Re-direct the discussion if one or a few participants are monopolizing time.
- If someone becomes disruptive to the group, ask them to leave.
- Remember that this is not a lecture or workshop format. Rather than making statements, limit yourself to interjecting questions to promote discussion among the group members.
- The goal of the discussion is to promote thoughts, opinions and viewpoints amongst the participants and gives individuals the opportunity to share their own truth and experience. Be as objective as possible, and hold your personal opinions at bay.
Sessions are 1 1/2 hours in length.
Gender Odyssey recognizes the vast amount of knowledge and experience that all of our attendees bring to this conference: your job as facilitator is to optimize the participation of others.
Important Note: We strongly encourage all facilitators to show an understanding of the elements of diversity (such as race, class, age, gender identities, etc.) with relation to each session topic.
We recognize that good facilitation requires practice and skill, and that your contribution is a vital part of Gender Odyssey’s reputation for powerful and relevant programming. Thank you for lending us your abilities!