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Presenter(s): Shaun Connors

Date: August 20, 2019

Time: 11:12 pm - 12:00 am

Room: 609

Conference: Gender Odyssey Seattle

Program: Community

Putting on the Oxygen Mask: Self-Care for Trans Leaders and Activists

Maintaining self-care as an activist-leader is a difficult yet important aspect of being a whole and effective leader. This is particularly important for trans activists since this work can be so personal and exhausting. Self-care is often overlooked or ignored in activism and leadership because there is always more work to be done. As leaders, we can model a positive relationship with self-care to promote more of it within our communities. Topics covered in this workshop include: defining self-care and explaining its importance, tips and discussion about self-care from peers, strategies for incorporating self-care into everyday life, and staying accountable to a self-care plan. As culmination of this workshop, participants will develop a self-care plan they can take home and implement. This workshop is inspired by the Audre Lorde quote: “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”