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Transgender sexuality and trauma

January 9, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Archived Recording

(Webinar originally recorded on January 9, 2014)

[Please note the correction that the Five Circles of Sexuality was created by Dr. Dennis Dailey – not the equally legendary Dallas Denny.  We apologize for the misattribution, and have updated the handout accordingly.]



Transgender Sexuality and Trauma: A Context of Care for Service Providers Transgender people’s sexuality is often misunderstood or ignored because of the providers’ focus on their transgender identity or gender expression.   This webinar will provide an overview of the diversity of transgender and gender non-conforming people’s sexuality, including four core components of sexuality: 1. Identity, 2. Relationships, 3. Practices and behaviors, and 4. Sexual health.  Practical examples will highlight how victim service providers can apply this knowledge to their work with survivors.  Attendees will gain a better understanding of the impact of trauma on transgender survivors’ sexuality and how to honor the whole person when working with transgender individuals and/or partners.


Additional Resources:

  • Our Whole Lives (OWL) curriculum is available here:  www.uua.org/re/owl   and the updated version of the 7-9th grade version we mentioned on the webinar will be available for purchase in 2014-15.
  • INCLUSIVE SAFER SEX (in Teaching Safer Sex, Vol 2)
    By Eli R. Green, MA, MEd
    Framed within a risk-reduction model, this lesson plan focuses on the types of safer sex protection needed for various sex acts, rather than the identities of the people performing them, and provides examples specific to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) people to affirm related experiences.
    • SAFE Protocol: Trans-specific annotation
      In April 2013, the Office on Violence Against Women announced publication of the 2nd edition of the National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations, Adult/Adolescent (SAFE Protocol, 2d.), available at https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ovw/241903.pdf.  The 145-page document discusses transgender survivors 25 times. In nearly every case, the content truly is trans-specific (as opposed to “LGBT”), including a major section on pages 38-39. This annotated handout provides additional information about each of the references in the Protocol.


Guest Presenter:

eli-r-green-photoEli R. Green, MA, MEd, is a diversity and inclusion trainer and who specializes in helping non-profits, service and medical providers, educators, and businesses expand their transgender-related cultural competency.   He is currently finishing his PhD in Sexuality Studies at Widener University, and his doctoral researches the role of education on reducing prejudice toward people of transgender experience.  Learn more about Eli and his work at www.elirgreen.com


FORGE Presenters:

michael munson is the co-founder and Executive Director of FORGE, an organization focused on improving the lives of transgender individuals by building stronger connections, providing resources, and empowering growth through knowledge. His educational background is in psychology, with an emphasis in trauma. Munson’s work on violence against transgender and gender non-conforming individuals is groundbreaking, stressing the intersectionality between complex components of identity, experience, and societal constructs that can both spur violence, as well as catalyze healing for individuals and communities. He is passionate about engaging professionals to embrace these complexities and learn key skills to better serve their clients/constituents. Loree Cook-Daniels has been training about and working on policy changes to better address the needs of members of the transgender community since 1995. Prior to that, she worked for more than a decade on elder abuse and domestic violence issues. The two came together in 2004, when FORGE founded its Transgender Sexual Violence Project.


This project was supported by Grant No. 2011-TA-AX-K121 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.


January 9, 2014
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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