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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 workshops@genderodyssey.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

Alter-ability

Intersections of Bodies, visAbility, and Gender
Being Trans Doesn't Mean I'm Crazy ... or am I?!

Partners/SOs/Family

You’re Doing What?!
Re-imagining Our Family Constellations
Fasten Your Seatbelt, Partners!
Transformation, Grief and Loss: A Partner’s Transition
Supporting Our Partners through Our Transition
Let’s Talk about Sex: Intimate Conversations for Cisgender Partners, Pt. 1
Identity Crisis: Affirming Ourselves as Partners’ Transition
Seven-Year Itch: Partners
Shifting Identities, Expanding Desires

FTM Specific

Just One of the Guys
All-Gender Chest Surgery Show and Tell
Fag 101
Fantastic Fags: A Deeper Conversation

MTF Specific

Just One of the Gals
A Different Take on Passing: A Trans Feminine Experience
Celebrating Femininity: Claiming Our Space
Political Differences within MTF Communities

Nonbinary/Genderqueer Oriented

It’s Not Just a Phase: Gender Diverse Realities
Genderqueer Sexuality
I Just Need to Pee! (Eat, Sleep, See a Doctor…)

Sexuality

Let’s Talk about Sex: Intimate Conversations for Trans-Identified Partners, Pt. 1
Sexuality, Intimacy, and Our Bodies (Double session)
Let’s Talk about Sex, Pt. 2: For Every Body
Rules of Attraction: Exploring Trans Specific Desire

Aging

Intersections of Trans Identity and Aging
Cross-generational Connections in Transition
Transitioning during the Elder Years
Some Time Ago: Trans Elders from the Heart

Activism

TransActive: Leadership and Organizing
Creating Your Gender Toolkit
Gender Lexicons: Shifting Language in Shifting Times

Social/Community/Professional

Transitioning on the Job
Shaving and Makeup and Clothing, Oh My! All-Gender Grooming Fun!
Singing Our Praises: Vocal Empowerment (double session)
Small Town, Big Change
Write Here, Write Now: Wanted, Your Stories
Authenticity: Reconciling Past and Present
Buddy Up
What I Don’t Usually Say about My Gender
What’s the Rush?
Trans-er Than Thou
Getting the Ball Rolling: Legal 101
Under the Radar: Unpacking Stealth
Empowering and Celebrating Body Diversity
Diving into the Dating Pool: Where do we Swim?
Class Dismissed: Exploring Economic Injustice
Phat Cat: Weighing in on Size Dynamics
Celebrating Your Path: Rites of Passage

 

Health and Spirituality

Head to Toe Health
Hysto Stories
Spirituality and Trans Identities

BIPOC

Migrant Justice for Trans and Gender Diverse Communities
The Race and Gender Balancing Act
The Lighter Side of Race
An Immigrant History and the Trans Experience
Adventures in Dating: Where Race and Gender Intersect
BIPOC Gender Fluidity
It’s Not All Black and White: Interracial and Intergendered Relationships
Navigating Family in Communities of Color/ The Ties That Bind

GO Seattle - Family Track

A Dad's Place
The Accidental Activist
Buddy Up
Buoyancy in Parenting: How Do We Stay Afloat?
Don't Box Me In: Gender Fluidity
How Did I Get Here?
I Love My Daughter but I Miss My Son
Parent to Parent
A New Spirituality: Reconciling Your Faith with Supporting Your Trans Child
Role Playing: Helping Our Kids to Be Confident and Prepared
Transformation: This Time It's Me

Facilitator Guidelines

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 workshops@genderodyssey.org.

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!