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Genders & Sexualities Events

2015 NASPA Region V Power of One Conference
Host: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA)
Date: April 23-25, 2015
Location: University of Montana, Missoula, MT
This NASPA LGBTQA leadership conference invites students to educate and learn about intersecting identities while promoting social justice.  We aim to create a respectful, open, and widely accessible environment in which participants will be challenged to apply the things they learn into their lives after they leave the conference. We hope to foster an understanding of difference that emphasizes discussion and social interaction, remembering that we are all at varying levels of knowledge and experience, and that those differences enhance our communities. Being a leader in today’s climate requires that we be culturally aware and culturally competent. A strong and inclusive leader will understand how an individual’s race, gender, sexual orientation and other aspects of identity impact effective leadership.

Sex and Capital — The 9th European Feminist Research Conference
Host: ATGENDER
Date: June 3-6, 2015
Location: University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland
Sex & Capital will engage with recent feminist thinking on gender politics, economics and futures to ask questions such as: What are the different, sexualized forms of capital? What are the gendered dynamics and outcomes of barefaced capitalism? and How should we understand and reconceptualise material realities, embodiment and subjectivities?

47th AASECT Annual Conference. Middle Ground: Establishing Connections
Host: American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists
Date: June 3-7, 2015
Location: Minneapolis, MN
There are many questions to explore in relation to the expansion of our middle ground. For example, as a field, do we need consensus on who is considered a sexuality professional? How do we decide who is included or excluded? How do we engage one another and hold each other accountable? How can we better advocate for those whose voices are marginalized? As professionals, how can we utilize intra- and transdisciplinary perspectives to strengthen our skills? How does cooperative collaboration between professionals and disciplines benefit our clients and students? How do we recognize and represent the diverse needs and perspectives of our students and clients? As individuals, how can we maintain connections across different perspectives? How do we find these connections? How do we remain open to those whose perspectives are in contrast with our own? Collectively, how can we contribute to a paradigm shift that broadens the cultural understanding and appreciation of human sexuality? The greater question remains – how do these things happen?

Innovation Through Diversity
Host: Centre for Gender Economics and Innovation
Date: June 9-11, 2015
Location: Sydney, Australia 
The next Australian International Gender Economics Global Conference, the GGEC15 will again be at the University of NSW, Kensington Campus in 10 and 11 June of 2015.  The theme for the 2015 Conference is “Innovation through Diversity”.   Conference streams will again concentrate on the definitions of Gender Economics below: policy, investment, environment, innovation and health.

Trans Health Conference
Host: Mazzoni Center
Date: 4-6 June, 2015
Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Trans Health Conference (PTHC) proudly offers a space for Trans* people and our allies, families, and providers to come together to re-envision what health means for Trans* people. The focus of this unique conference is promoting transgender health and wellness in mind, body, spirit, and community. PTHC recognizes the interconnections among all aspects of our well-being; including health, safety, education, employment, housing, and social support.
Further, PTHC recognizes that accessible and quality healthcare is an integral part of self-determining our bodies and identities in the larger world. As much as possible, PTHC strives to ensure that the conference addresses the diverse needs of all people who identify as Trans* or beyond the binary gender system, as well as our partners, families, and allies. In addition, in an effort to increase the availability of quality, culturally-competent care for transgender communities, PTHC also provides a workshops for medical, mental health, and social service providers.


Petitions

On Tuesday the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee introduced SB4, a Religious Freedom Restoration Act that would allow businesses to deny services based on religious beliefs. This harmful legislation could allow doctors to refuse medical treatment, law enforcement to refuse protection, or anyone to deny anyone for anything because of their religious belief.  Act now! Tell your elected official to vote no on these bills because hate is not a Michigan value.