The Ties That Bind: Coming Out, Family Acceptance, and Intergenerational Dialogue in Our Families of Color
For many queer people of color, our biological families are a strong source of identity and support. At the same time, we are often silenced about our queerness. This workshop is a chance to dialogue about queer people of color and our family members, as we explore the issue of family acceptance. We’ll share personal stories and examine how acceptance is different for our families; how to create an intergenerational dialogue about racism and homophobia; how transphobia is active within our families of origin; and how LGBTQ organizations can make family acceptance part of their work in communities of color.
POC and My Place in Gender Odyssey
POC involvement and programming have been an integral part of Gender Odyssey since its inception. From our fledgling efforts until today, we have explored, experimented, and developed programming based on the input of POC attendees, committee members, and advisory board. We’d like to invite you to attend this session and collaboratively discuss how we can best move this conference into the future and continue to make Gender Odyssey a desirable place for POC to return, engage, and grow.
An Immigrant History and the Trans Experience
Henriemeliamelia (Emelia) De Souza
What is it like to come from an immigrant experience and simultaneously identify as trans and/or queer? Has your family been accepting? Does that acceptance, or lack of it, vary inter-generationally? Oftentimes, 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-generation immigrant families live in close proximity with each other—in barrios, for example, and other culturally-constructed communities. Sometimes there is little to no cultural language to describe a trans experience. Or, if there is, that language is borrowed from Western European culture and perhaps considered suspect as a result. A trans person is often placed in the position of having to choose between their family/community and their personal trans identity. Bring your heart and thoughts to this important discussion and we’ll make space for this unique experience.
Adventures in Dating
People-of-color (POC) can face many race- or ethnicity-based myths, stereotypes, or preconceptions that can complicate the dating process. When the complexity of a diverse gender identity or expression is factored in, the issue becomes that much more layered. Join other trans people-of-color in this session exploring the world of dating and relationships. Share your experiences—good, bad, or confusing—and let’s get to the heart of the matter.
La Familia, el Racismo, y la Aceptacion Familia
Jessica Rosas, [additional panelists TBA] Lukas Redekopp (interpreter)
Para muchos muchach@s trans o queer, el seno familiar es una fuente de fortaleza, apoyo e identidad. Al mismo tiempo, para muchos jóvenes existe una negociación de identidades y muy a menudo su joteria es amordazada al interactuar con la familia. En este taller nos daremos a la tarea de dialogar acerca de las experiencias de el proceso de transición y la aceptación familiar de la comunidad transgenero. Vamos a compartir historias personales o familiares y examinar: como crear un dialogo intergeneracional acerca del racismo, transfobia, homofobia, xenofobia en nuestras familias de origen, nuestras comunidades y la sociedad en general. Esperamos acrecentar el entendimiento y el apoyo para el concepto de la aceptación familiar en nuestro movimiento LGBT y discutiremos formas en que podamos luchar por personas inmigrantes LGBT y nuestras familias en una forma nueva, innovadora y más eficaz.
Trans People of Color: A Town Meeting
DeShanna Neal, Jacque Larrainzar
Latinx Trans and LGB Community Outreach 101
In the past ten years, the US Latinx population has grown, as well as migrated to, states that had not previously seen Latinx communities. This workshop is designed to help LGB and T activists and organizations begin and/or strengthen their Latinx outreach efforts. Let’s increase your capacity to both meet the needs of Latinx and collaborate and build relationships within larger communities.
Note: We invite and encourage non-Latinx attendees especially to join us during this session. It is our hope that all attendees learn more about how to create a culturally relevant approach to increasing and strengthening Latinx presence and engagement within all of our growing communities.
Disability and Racial Justice
Interested in learning about the intersection of disability and racial justice? Want an accessible and affirmative space to talk about what disability means to you? Want to gain practical skills to think about disability, race, transness and gender non-conformity together, as part of challenging the ways that our dominant society values and prioritizes abled bodies and minds. Join us for an interactive session where we can connect, share skills and strategies on how to make the spaces and communities that we inhabit more accessible for ourselves, and each other as Black, Indigenous and People of Colour.
Identity & Privilege
Jeanette Borunda, Nathaniel Lukas Redekopp & Stuart Brewster
Identity shifts over time as we begin to know and understand ourselves better. We rarely ask ourselves where our ideas about identity and privilege stem and how they affect our current space in the world. In this two-part workshop, we will reflect and discover how our ideas on power, race, privilege and space shape our identity. As one part of our identity changes, other identities may shift creating new spaces and experiences. These new spaces may include new and different areas of privilege or the lack thereof. Let’s discover how our identities evolve and how to consciously step into these new roles.
Fantastic Futures: Creating Narratives of Black, Indigenous and People of Color that Transcend Occupation, Racial Violence and Time
There is a drought in the river of stories, both everyday and fantastical, in which to nourish the imaginations and longings of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). What we long for: liberation; sovereignty; belonging; family; community and justice. Often the stories that exist are not told by us and therefore don’t truly reflect our values/worldviews, who we are and our modes of living. The stories that contain us, but are not told by us, serve only to crowd us out. Without our own narratives, it is hard to imagine a future for both our communities and our-selves. In this interactive writing workshop, we will explore writing from a variety of genres, and by brilliant trans BIPOC writers/artists, as well as dive into writing the endless possibilities of our own stories.