Workshops





TSER facilitates several workshops, each of which is a collaborative learning experience between attendees and workshop hosts. We can tailor any of these workshops to fit your needs. We present at conferences, events, schools, colleges, universities, and more! If you’d like to request a workshop, you can contact us at tser@transstudent.org.

What we host:

Transgender 101
Transgender 101 addresses the basics of trans identities. What does it mean to be trans? What identities can fall under the trans umbrella? What does trans history look like? What is it like to transition? This workshop will help answer these questions and much more!
 

Safe Schools for Trans Students
Safe Schools for Trans Students addresses issues that might come up in the classroom for trans students and how to address those issues. We collaboratively discuss terminology, community policy work, and legal issues.

 

Queer/Trans Organizing for a New Generation (workshop or speech)
These workshops focus on the history of trans identities and the organizing that has grown out of the queer/trans movement and culture. We will bring into thought the importance of intersectionality and working in collaboration with other communities with a critical lens on different styles of organizing. Depending on the event, the focus of this workshop can change to specifically focus on trans people to encompassing the whole queer community. For larger audiences, this workshop can be presented as a speech/presentation.

Note: This workshop can be focused on the trans community or the queer community as a whole.
 

Queer/Trans Media 101
Queer/Trans Media 101 is a workshop geared towards those are interested in being involved in media work ranging from professionals to personal blogging. This workshop addresses and deconstructs the language of the LGBTQ+ community, individual narratives, and media representation. We hope to provide comprehensive queer and trans-friendly ways to discuss and portray our lives and movement. In this workshop, participants collaborate to find out how media can be a powerful tool for queer justice.

Note: This workshop can be focused on the trans community or the queer community as a whole.

 

Queer/Trans Media 201 – Beyond the Basics
Queer/Trans Media 201 is a workshop geared towards those involved in media work ranging from professionals to personal blogging. This workshop addresses and deconstructs queerphobic, transphobic, cissexist, and heterosexist language that is often used in telling queer and trans narratives and provides queer-friendly alternatives. In this workshop, participants collaborate to find out how media can be a powerful tool for queer justice.

Note: This workshop can be focused on the trans community or the queer community as a whole.

 

What’s Wrong with Rights?
Isn’t equality what we’re aiming for? Many activists say no! What’s Wrong with Rights? looks at the ways in which large “LGBT” nonprofits leave out many people with intersecting identities and how we can make this a movement that works to liberate all marginalized groups. Participants will discuss their own experiences as activists and how their work fits into a services/rights/justice organizational framework. We intend to build off of the collective knowledge of the audience to broaden attendees’ understandings of activism within their communities. We will examine the nonprofit industrial complex and the ways in which pinkwashed change may be disrupting justice-based activism. We will also look at critical areas of concern such as marriage equality, education, hate crime legislation, police, and the military.

 

Trans Women in Organizing
Trans women have been leading social movements for decades. From Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries to present-day national organizing, trans women, femmes, and other trans people assigned male at birth are paving the way for our liberation. However, while we regularly provide the most labor and face the harshest forms of transphobia, our efforts frequently goes unrecognized and undervalued.
Now, we are reclaiming our stories and our lives. This guided discussion will bring together interested individuals to talk about the issues that we are confronted with in organizing today as well as strategies for trans justice that pertain to our lives. We anticipate this conversation will help build community, think about different ways to counteract transmisogyny from inside and outside of our work, and discuss how the intersections of transfemininity and other marginalized identities impact our activism.

 

If you would like to request a workshop, please email tser@transstudent.org.


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