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Presenter(s): Adriaan Dippenaar

Date: August 20, 2019

Time: 5:48 am - 12:00 am

Room: 612

Conference: Gender Odyssey Seattle

Program: Community

Trans-er Than Thou

It may not be hard for those of us at this conference to reach a consensus regarding the outside world’s view of transgender people. We might easily agree that trans people are discriminated against and misunderstood by many in the outside world. What happens when we look at the differences within our collective gender communities? Can we also be uninformed and biased in our own thinking? Do we make our own rigid determinations about the “real” ways of being trans? How do we make those determinations? Is it along class lines (e.g., financially inaccessible surgeries being considered markers for “real” trans people)? Whether we’re living as trans full time? Whether we are binary or gender diverse? By appearance, or who’s queerest? This session is not about assigning blame. It’s about creating conversations wherein we can each examine our own discomfort with difference. We’ll look at these differences with a goal of gaining a fresh perspective and a chance to celebrate our unique lives together.