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June 2017

We ALL need support: Best practices for gender-integrated support groups (NSAC)

June 8 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
NSAC 2017 – Hilton Anatole Dallas, 2201 N Stemmons Fwy
Dallas, TX 75207 United States
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A workshop at the National Sexual Assault Conference Men, boys, transgender men/boys, transgender women/girls, and non-binary individuals experience high rates of sexual abuse and assault.  Survivors of all genders can benefit from group support services, helping them recognize they are not alone, providing space to share their story with others in a safe environment, and gaining skills within a group dynamic to advance their healing.  This workshop will share the results of a 2016 FORGE national survey of sexual assault…

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Survivors and Unsung Heroes: Advocating for Transgender People Behind Bars (NSAC)

June 8 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
NSAC 2017 – Hilton Anatole Dallas, 2201 N Stemmons Fwy
Dallas, TX 75207 United States
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A workshop at the National Sexual Assault Conference Presented by Just Detention International Linda McFarlane, Deputy Executive Director, JDI Morgan Givens, Program Officer, JDI JDI Survivor Council Member Transgender Prisoner Advocate Transgender people are incarcerated at higher rates than other people, and once inside, face unacceptable risk of sexual abuse and harassment. Often forgotten and marginalized, transgender survivors of sexual abuse have been some of the most powerful advocates in the work to end sexual abuse in detention. During this…

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Anti-Transgender Bathroom Bills: When Legislation Provokes Fear Not Safety (NSAC)

June 8 @ 1:45 pm - 3:15 pm
NSAC 2017 – Hilton Anatole Dallas, 2201 N Stemmons Fwy
Dallas, TX 75207 United States
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A workshop at the National Sexual Assault Conference Increasing numbers of states and localities are proposing legislation to restrict or eliminate the right of transgender people to use public bathrooms or locker rooms. Sexual assault agencies across the country are asking what they can do to both support transgender communities and counter myths about sexual assault linkages to transgender rights. This workshop will help organizations effectively respond to the false charges that trans people’s rights threaten women’s and children’s safety,…

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Together We Stand: Transgender Inclusion (NSAC)

June 8 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
NSAC 2017 – Hilton Anatole Dallas, 2201 N Stemmons Fwy
Dallas, TX 75207 United States
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A workshop at the National Sexual Assault Conference Many organizations are committed to serving ALL survivors.  What that looks like and how agencies reach points of inclusion, confidence in serving, and maintaining their dedication to specific sub-populations of survivors may look different from one organization to the next.  This moderated panel discussion will bring together leaders that have been steadfast in their commitment to transgender inclusion.  Topics will include sharing what that commitment looks like, outreach strategies, and the rewards…

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Outside the Boxes: Working with Gender Non-binary Survivors (NSAC)

June 9 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am
NSAC 2017 – Hilton Anatole Dallas, 2201 N Stemmons Fwy
Dallas, TX 75207 United States
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A workshop at the National Sexual Assault Conference We all know thinking outside of the box is critical for providers working with sexual assault survivors.  When survivors live and identify outside of the culturally defined male and female gender boxes, it is even more important for providers to be adaptive, creative, and knowledgeable about how to best work with non-binary and gender non-conforming clients.  Both sex-segregated and gender-integrated service systems and approaches can benefit from learning more about non-binary identities,…

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PrideFest Health and Wellness

June 9 @ 12:00 pm - June 11 @ 8:00 pm
PrideFest, Milwaukee, WI United States + Google Map

FORGE is once against a co-sponsor of the Health and Wellness area at Milwaukee Pride. The “Exercising Pride: PrideFest Health & Wellness” area was created as a space to increase the visibility of LGBTQ non-profit organizations and programs and to showcase their robustness and viability. Each booth has fun and creative activities that engage participants and promote health and wellness of the LGBTQ communities. Volunteer with FORGE to get into PrideFest for free (and get a free t-shirt too).  Fill…

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Monthly Milwaukee Meeting — Therapist Panel

June 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Choosing a therapist can feel daunting. FORGE will try to make it easier by hosting a panel of local therapists with significant experience working with transgender and non-binary individuals and loved ones. Through a moderated discussion, each provider will talk about their approaches and experience, as well as answer participants’ questions. If you are in the market for a therapist, maybe you’ll meet them here! If you’re not in the market for a therapist, increase your community-resource value by learning…

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Parents of trans kids support group

June 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

MKE Parents of Trans Kids is a group of parents and caregivers supporting each other on our individual journeys of love, acceptance, and advocacy for our school-aged gender non-binary, transgender and non-conforming children. We meet monthly on the 3rd Sunday from 2:00pm to 3:30pm. Supportive, gently facilitated meetings offer parents and adult family members the opportunity to share their successes, concerns, and stories of challenges and resilience. This space also provides a forum to learn from others, ask questions, seek…

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July 2017

Parents of trans kids support group

July 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

MKE Parents of Trans Kids is a group of parents and caregivers supporting each other on our individual journeys of love, acceptance, and advocacy for our school-aged gender non-binary, transgender and non-conforming children. We meet monthly on the 3rd Sunday from 2:00pm to 3:30pm. Supportive, gently facilitated meetings offer parents and adult family members the opportunity to share their successes, concerns, and stories of challenges and resilience. This space also provides a forum to learn from others, ask questions, seek…

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Part of the Solution: Gender-Integrated Sexual Assault Support Groups (webinar)

July 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Sexual assault survivors derive many benefits from participating in support groups. Unfortunately, current widespread practices of holding only single-gender support groups deprive many transgender, non-binary, and male survivors of opportunities to benefit from these core services. FORGE surveyed and interviewed dozens of facilitators to identify concerns about all-gender groups and, most importantly, how experienced facilitators have effectively countered them. This webinar highlights this invaluable expertise so that more advocates can be part of the solution, extending support group services to…

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