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August 2016

Gender Odyssey Espavo Photoshoot

August 4 - August 7
Washington State Convention & Trade Center,
Seattle, WA United States

FORGE will host our first ever Espavo Project Photo Shoot in the eclectic city of Seattle, WA at the Gender Odyssey Conference! Espavo Project photographer, Leigh Houghtaling, and Espavo Project Coordinator, Katie Taylor, will be onsite and ready to help guide you through your photo experience. Participation is FREE and all attendees will receive a FREE copy of their photo (up to an 8x10) that will be mailed to them after the conference. Espavo, means “Thank you for taking your…

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Talking About the Sex You Want, Need, and Desire (GO 2016)

August 5 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Gender Odyssey workshop! Description: Getting the sex you want often starts with being able to express what you want -- verbally or non-verbally.  Many people are concerned about how to disclose (or not disclose) not only their trans status, history, or body but also other aspects of who they are (disability, self-image concerns, HIV status, abuse history, etc.)   Figuring out strategies about what to tell, who to tell, how to tell, how much to tell, when to tell, if to…

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Balancing Trauma: Building a Trauma-Informed Artist’s Life (GO 2016)

August 6 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Workshop at Gender Odyssey Conference Description: Trauma, whether it is from childhood abuse, losing a job, sexual violence, ableism, compassion fatigue, etc. can inform the ways that we structure our lives.  We build coping techniques that we may or may not be helpful and we do so in order to protect ourselves from future and/or past traumatic experiences.  Trauma-informed art practices can provide new coping techniques that may help reduce the effects of trauma.  In this art-therapy-style workshop, we will…

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All Genders Welcome Here (University of Colorado Denver)

August 17 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

TITLE:  All genders welcome here: Increasing transgender-specific knowledge and skills for victim service providers Description: This fast-paced all day training will stimulate attendees to expand their conceptual framework(s) about transgender survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence. Trans-specific research will highlight prevalence data, barriers to accessing services, as well as some of the unique challenges transgender survivors face. Data will also guide discussion on how providers and systems can lower barriers and integrate effective strategies to better serve transgender survivors…

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Parents of trans kids support group

August 21 @ 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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Monthly Milwaukee Meeting: TBA

August 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center,
1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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Check back for more info.     What’s the purpose of FORGE’s Milwaukee Monthly Meetings? Share information on pre-selected subjects. Provide support for people who attend. [All people who are interested in trans…

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National Sexual Assault Conference

August 31 - September 2
Unnamed Venue,
Washington, DC United States

FORGE is pleased to be tabling at the National Sexual Assault Conference again this year! Find us in the vendor area to make FREE buttons that express your feelings, identity, and creativity. We look forward to speaking with you and sharing a wide array of resources with you to bring back to your agency and peer network. We are proud to be co-sponsoring the Male Track again this year with 1in6.org Check back for updates on workshops that will be…

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Complex Communities, Simple Solutions: Making a difference for transgender survivors (NSAC)

August 31 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Description: This fast-paced training will stimulate attendees to expand their conceptual framework(s) about transgender survivors of sexual violence. Trans-specific research will highlight barriers to accessing services, as well as some of the unique challenges trans survivors face. Data will also guide discussion on how providers and systems can lower barriers and integrate effective strategies to better serve trans survivors. Attendees will leave feeling empowered, with clear and direct practical steps on how to make agencies trans-accessible, culturally responsive, and welcoming.…

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Transgender Sexual Health: An Advocate’s Guide to Disclosure, Exposure and Consent – NSAC

August 31 @ 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Description: For transgender and gender non-conforming survivors of sexual assault, negotiating their trans history, survivor status, consent and other needs can be daunting. In this highly interactive workshop, facilitators will guide advocates through activities that explore these topics so they may build the skills necessary to better serve the transgender community. Presenters: Katie Taylor michael munson   Conference: National Sexual Assault Conference http://www.nsvrc.org/nsac  

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September 2016

Working with Trans Men: Unique Challenges and Opportunities for Healing (NSAC)

September 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Description: An interactive workshop focusing on the unique service implications of working with transgender men who have experienced childhood or adult sexual abuse/assault.  This workshop will focus on mental health services (acute and long term, both one-on-one therapy and groups, traditional and non-traditional healing modalities), acute post-assault care (forensic exams and other medical interventions), and longer term physical health implications. Participants will leave feeling more confident in working with trans-masculine survivors.   Conference: National Sexual Assault Conference http://www.nsvrc.org/nsac  

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