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Movement for Mental Health

We often hear that movement is good for our body and mind.  True, right?  Many of us may find it difficult to find or make time to move our bodies.  Many of us have bodies that don’t move like our peers.  Many of us are not accessing indoor venues for movement due to COVID.  There are tons of easy and fun ways to include movement in our daily life.  Join in for sharing and conversation.


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Topic: Movement for Mental Health [SS]


Meeting ID: 831 1205 6174

Mindfulness: Being in the Moment

Have you wondered how to incorporate mindfulness and meditation practices into your life?  Do you worry that the only “right” way is to contort your body into uncomfortable (or unachievable) positions – and then stay that way for a long time? There are many ways we ALL can engage in increased mindfulness in our daily lives.

Lance Weinhardt will share an overview of what mindfulness is and isn’t, some of the benefits, and introduce a few 100% accessible mindfulness techniques each of us can use.

This session will also include a video by Fresh Lev White, a black trans activist for love and compassion, which will guide attendees through mindfulness-based gratitude.

Lance Weinhardt is a Professor of Community and Behavioral Health Promotion  at UW Milwaukee, with research interests in transgender health, HIV, and food security. He incorporates wellness into his life in many ways, including hiking, meditating, mindfulness, and connecting deeply with his family.

Fresh Lev White is an activist for love and compassion.  He is an out black trans man. Fresh is a certified professional co-active coach and trainer on issues of diversity, mindfulness, allyship, and much more.

Scavenger Hunt

During this winter season, it can be helpful to take some time to step out of our usual routines and explore the familiar or unfamiliar world around us. We’re encouraging folks to take a mindful walk through your neighborhood, around your home, or any space accessible to you, and look for some specific scavenger hunt items. This can be an individual activity, or something you do with friends or family. You might just notice something you’ve never seen before, or practice gratitude for things you see every day! Feel free to find items at your own pace. You could find everything in one day, or spread it out over a week! Take photos of the items you find, or bring the item itself, and we’ll meet together to share our items, photos, experiences, and thoughts on this form of exploration.

How to participate:

(You may want to upload your photos to google drive or another photo storage site on a computer for ease of screen sharing, if you choose to share what you find). 


Topic: Scavenger Hunt [SS]

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Meeting ID: 861 8757 3387

Facilitated by Caleb Weinhardt.

Caleb Weinhardt is an undergraduate student at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and studies Psychology. His previous work with FORGE has included leading outdoor activities with the FORGE Outdoors program and organizing volunteers during Milwaukee PrideFest. In his spare time, Caleb enjoys running, hiking, and biking outside, rock climbing, and foraging wild plants!

Self-care on a budget:  Not just bubble baths and bouquets [SUPPORT]

Everyone raves about how we are *supposed* to engage in self-care for our wellbeing. Does the phrase sound inviting to you? Or maybe it makes you cringe? Join us on November 2, 2021 to learn about what self-care is and how it can benefit each of us. There is no one “right” way to step into a self-care routine. AND, you can even do it on a budget – no bubble baths or bouquets of flowers required.

Date: November 2, 2021
7:00 – 8:00pm CENTRAL

A training for Jewish Women’s International

A quick review of trans-specific victimization data will frame this session’s discussion. Content will focus on the continued triple pandemic and the compounding implications, increases in bias-motivated violence, and current socio-political environment that create additional barriers to trans survivors and service providers. Practical information will help guide attendees down roads that will lead to providing more respectful and effective services for trans and non-binary survivors – even in this additionally difficult time.

Learn more: https://www.jwi.org/calendar/transgender-survivor-webinar

Presenter: michael munson

Transgender survivors: A roadmap to improving services and advocacy

A training for the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault

A review data on the high prevalence rates of violence and victimization will form a framework for better understanding the barriers trans survivors of sexual violence experience. This workshop will include common barriers to services, intersectional dynamics, and the unique challenges during this time of a triple pandemic on trans survivors.  Practical information will help guide advocates and other professionals down roads that will reach the destination of providing respectful and effective services for trans and non-binary survivors.


michael munson


What’s Childhood Got to do With It?

A workshop at the Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference, Behavioral Health Professional Track

More and more people are understanding that many physical and mental health conditions that plague adults actually had their start in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). As valuable as the ACEs are, they paint an incomplete picture for trans individuals. This workshop explores 8 more trans-specific ACEs and traces them to the health disparities frequently seen in trans and non-binary adults. The pathways between ACEs and health disparities will be detailed, as well as mapping out where interventions may help.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the workshop, attendees will be able to:

1.       Name at least two Adverse Childhood Experiences that are specific to transgender/non-binary individuals.

2.       Explain some of the steps by which Adverse Childhood Experiences lead to health disparities.

3.       Name at least three interventions that can be used to help lower the health consequences (disparities) for transgender/non-binary individuals.

Target Audience

Health care and mental health professionals with at least an intermediate level of experience with transgender/non-binary individuals.


Harris, Nadine Burke, M.D. (2018) The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Nakazaw, Donna Jackson (2016). Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You can Heal. Atria Books.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (n.d.) Adverse Childhood Experiences. https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/aces/index.html


Loree Cook-Daniels, Policy and Program Director, FORGE

michael munson, Executive Director, FORGE

Trans & Non-Binary Survivors and Crime Victims’ Rights Law Reform: Missing the Mark

A workshop at the Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference, Legal Track.

Since 1980, criminal justice reforms have re-centered victims in criminal proceedings by creating minimum standards for privacy, respect, notice, participation, and more. While recent reforms aim to expand these protections throughout much of the country, they are missing the mark for trans/non-binary survivors of violence. Disparate rates of abuse, stigma and bias, hesitancy in reporting of crime, and fear and distrust prevent many trans/non-binary survivors from pursuing justice or accessing services dependent on reporting. Join this workshop in exploring victims’ rights laws and re-envisioning them as inclusive of the needs of trans/non-binary survivors.

Learning objectives 

  • Participants will become familiar with victims’ rights laws and their initial development and current expansion.
  • Participants will gain understanding of needs particular to trans/non-binary survivors.
  • Participants will actively consider how legal reforms can re-shape survivors’ experiences.

Citations (16,000 char):

King, S. (2019). The Criminal Justice System’s Mistreatment of Transgender Individuals: A Call for Policy Reform to Assist a Marginalized Prisoner Community, 11(1). Retrieved from http://www.inquiriesjournal.com/articles/1753/the-criminal-justice-systems-mistreatment-of-transgender-individuals-a-call-for-policy-reform-to-assist-a-marginalized-prisoner-community.

Jill Lepore, The Rise of the Victims’-Rights Movement: How a conservative agenda and a feminist cause came together to transform criminal justice, The New Yorker (May 21, 2018), https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/05/21/the-rise-of-the-victims-rights-movement.

Marsy’s Law for All of Us, State Efforts (2019), https://www.marsyslaw.us/states.

National Center for Transgender Equality, U.S. Transgender Survey (2015), http://www.ustranssurvey.org/reports.

National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Hate and Intimate Partner Violence in 2017 (2017), http://avp.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NCAVP-HV-IPV-2017-report.pdf.

National Organization for Victim Assistance, The History of the Crime Victims’ Movement in the United States (Dec. 2004), https://www.ncjrs.gov/ovc_archives/ncvrw/2005/pdf/historyofcrime.pdf.


Shelley Gregory (they/them)
J.D.; California bar
Strategic Project Coordinator
Rebecca Donaldson, J.D.
Staff Attorney, Crime Victims’ Rights Project
Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc.

A workshop for Persist, a group for progressive women in Washington County.

Marginalized communities often experience elevated levels of harm, health disparities, and barriers to accessing the care, services, and love they deserve.  Trans and non-binary people face these challenges, AND, also embody incredible resilience and strength.  Community members can positively improve the realities of trans people through simple and direct action.  FORGE staff will share:

  • National and Wisconsin trans-specific data on violence, barriers, disparities, resilience
  • National and Wisconsin-specific pro- and anti-legislative initiatives and current hot topics
  • Practical things you can do to improve the lives of trans and non-binary people



A workshop presented at the University of Connecticut, in conjunction with the Rainbow Center.

The existence of trans and non-binary survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking is not new.  Cultural changes over the past several years have added layers of complication, challenge, as well as renewed commitment to shifting the gender-presumptive paradigms, reducing barriers to accessing care and services, and enhancing circles support and embodied resilience.  Content will focus on:

  • Trans-specific statistics on victimization and harm
  • Trans-specific ACES
  • The implications of the triple pandemic
  • Barriers to accessing services
  • Practical steps anyone can take to improve the lives of trans and non-binary survivors



A training for Carroll University

Fundamental concepts about gender and gender identity, with focus on disparities in health and well-being, social determinants of health, and providing inclusive and affirming human services and health care.

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