CONFERENCE | ACTIONS | PETITIONS | TRAININGS | RESOURCES
Gender Odyssey Conference
Date: August 24-27, 2017
Location: Seattle, USA
Gender Odyssey is an international conference focused on the needs and interests of transgender and gender diverse people, their loved ones, and professionals who serve them. Packed with thought-provoking workshops, professional training opportunities, discussion groups, networking, and social events, this one-of-a-kind annual gathering attracts people from all over the world for an uplifting weekend of skill sharing and community.
2017 Philadelphia Trans Health Conference
Date: September 7-9, 2017
Location: Philadelphia, PA
While the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference is a program of the Mazzoni Center, which provides staff and logistical support for the event, the Conference is a community-led effort. Workshops are reviewed and selected by working groups made up of community members focused on different areas, like sexuality, aging, faith, and self-care. The mission of the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference (PTHC) is to educate and empower trans individuals on issues of health and well-being; educate and inform allies and health service providers; and facilitate networking, community-building, and systemic change. We strive to create an accessible and respectful environment that is inclusive of diverse gender-identities and expressions as well as inclusive of diverse opinions and ideas.
2017 FEAST (Feminist Ethics and Social Theory) Conference: Decolonizing and Indigenizing Feminist Philosophy
Date: October 5 – 8, 2017
Location: Sheraton Sand Key Resort, Clearwater Beach, Florida
Feminist philosophy has had a legacy of expressing concern for diverse claims of minority groups, including indigenous people while at the same time being ignorant of philosophy’s role in perpetuating colonial domination within philosophical scholarship or activist pursuits. This year’s conference theme aims to cultivate and encourage more feminist theorizing related to indigenous philosophies and decolonizing methodologies. How might feminist work be transformed through indigenous thought and encounters with indigenous concerns? How are concepts of identity, gender roles, reparations, nations/national sovereignty, property, marriage, community, nature/culture, environment, and sustainability challenged or enriched by indigenous ideas and philosophies? We also invite indigenous and decolonial engagements with human rights discourses.
Discrimination Free Zone Campaign
“We aim to end discrimination against any individuals or groups of people based on race, color, gender, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, age, or disability through the creation of Discrimination Free Zones throughout the world. These Discrimination Free Zones are always peaceful, and they inform others that discrimination will be offensive to us and that we will not participate in any actions in which such sentiments are included.”
Gender Spectrum offers training to schools, families, and organizations in helping them to understand the development of gender identity in children and teens.
Human Sexuality Training: Comfort, Attitude and Values Evaluation (CAVE)
CAVE is a human sexuality training program for students, professionals in health care, counselling, education, and social services fields, parents, and other individuals seeking enhanced personal relationships. The goal is to provide individuals and professionals with an opportunity to build awareness, comfort, confidence, and competence by exploring their values and gaining the knowledge required to talk about sexuality in an unbiased, non-judgmental, knowledgeable, and inclusive manner.
Nirantar offers gender trainings as well as sexuality trainings to NGOs, educational institutions, community-level organisations, LGBT groups, governmental programmes, etc. The trainings seek to link concepts related to gender and sexuality with the personal experiences of the participants as well as the work that the organizations are engaged with. In addition to trainings, Nirantar also conducts workshops and as well as courses on issues of gender as well as on sexuality. While Nirantar sees issues of gender and sexuality as being interlinked, we also believe that they also have their own specificity that needs to be engaged with. Hence there are separate trainings on gender and separate trainings on sexuality that are offered.
Understanding and Managing Gay and Transgender Issues in the Workplace
A four part series from renowned diversity trainer Brian McNaught with a facilitator’s guide, available for purchase on DVD. This presentation seeks to build bridges of understanding on gay and transgender issues in the workplace, and to make allies of all employees in the company’s goal of empowering a diverse workforce. It captures renowned presenter Brian McNaught at his very best with an audience of corporate employees who enthusiastically respond to him and the pertinent information and personal perspective he offers.
LGBTQ Friendly Colleges and Student Resources
College is stressful. Every student faces challenges; some of which are common among peers, and others that are more individual. LGBTQ students, for example, have a unique set of challenges to consider. Fortunately, more and more schools are working to make their campuses, traditional and online, more inclusive. This guide takes a look at those colleges and universities leading the way in providing curricula and resources to support LGBTQ students throughout their college experience. Information on resources, curricula, and student organizations is provided, as well as candid interviews with LGBTQ community leaders to help alleviate some of the worries that LGBTQ students may have when it comes to postsecondary education.
LGBTQ Student Resources & Support
Within this guide, LGBTQ students can find resources and information about support systems available to help them navigate both high school and college environments. In addition to numerous LGBTQ organizations focused on particular age groups, many general programs and initiatives exist, which seek to bolster community, encourage positive dialog, and ultimately security greater equality. Some of the best nationally recognized initiatives are listed here. This is a great resource to support the community as well as the campus.
Go Grad: Scholarships & Financial Aid for LGBTQ Students
This guide provides a comprehensive list of scholarships for LGBTQ students planning for their graduate education. The guide is broken down by subject, and includes pertinent information for applying for scholarships, and even tips for applying and securing financial aid. I’d love it if you let me know what you think of our guide, or provided feedback on what we can do better. We also have a more general guide to exploring funding options for graduate degrees.