Mx. Shane Whalley is a deeply relational and playful genderqueer facilitative educator, who has been facilitating workshops and conversations on issues faced by the LGBTQIA communities, cultural humility and responsiveness and social justice frameworks for over 20 years. Hir knowledge comes from lived experience as a now elder within the genderqueer and queer communities. Shane’s lifelong journey as a learner brought hir to the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin where ze completed hir Master’s in 2003 and continued as an adjunct faculty member until 2020. Shane has also been the Community Coordinator for the Office of Equity at Austin Independent School District, the Education Coordinator for the Gender and Sexuality Center at The University of Texas at Austin and has worked at several mental health nonprofits in Austin. Shane enjoys engaging in conversations around the complexities of “all the things” whether as a mentor, consultant or educator.
Learn more about the Trans Lives/Trans Voices project:
“Trans Lives/Trans Voices” is a project of the Ground Floor Theatre in Austin, Texas. It is a way to get the stories of trans and non-binary people’s experiences out into the world. For each story the storyteller goes to the Ground Floor Theatre to film their piece. Each piece is no longer than 10 minutes. Rocky Lane adds original music to the piece. Each Thursday at 7pm CENTRAL, a story is shown and the storyteller is there for a short talkback. The videos are then available on Ground Floor Theatre’s YouTube channel. I chose to tell the story of meeting Leslie Feinberg in 1994 at Cornell University when Leslie was doing the book tour for “Stone Butch Blues” and the journey I went on after. To find out more about the project go to: https://www.groundfloortheatre.org/translives.
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