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Saturday, July 26
 

8:30am

Teen Conference Opening
Welcome to the 2014 Teen Conference! We’ll go over a few guidelines to help make this a special weekend for each of you. We’ll also provide you with a few tips on how to navigate the workshops and this program. Make sure to arrive on time to hear everything you need to make the most of the conference!

Speakers
CB

Celan Beausoleil

Assistant Teen Conference Coordinator
Celan Beausoleil [she, her] is Assistant Teen Conference Coordinator and volunteering with Gender Spectrum for the second year in a row. In August, she will be graduating from California State University East Bay with her Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Community Mental... Read More →
AC

Adam Chang

Teen Conference Director
Adam Chang, Esq., Community Outreach Coordinator, works with individuals, agencies, and organizations that serve children, families, and communities of color. Through collaborative and mutually beneficial partnerships, he aims to promote increased understanding and awareness of gender... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 8:30am - 9:15am
Soda Center – Claey's Lounge St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

9:30am

Exploring Every Spectrum: Sex, Gender, Expression, and Orientation
So many spectrums, so little time! Come talk with me about the differences as well as the connections between biological sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. By the end of this workshop you’ll likely understand more about where you “land” on each spectrum, as well as how to explain these concepts to others

Speakers
avatar for Darlene Tando, LCSW

Darlene Tando, LCSW

Darlene Tando, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in San Diego. She has been working with transgender clients since 2006, and a large part of her practice is dedicated to working with gender expansive/transgender youth and adults. Darlene believes the... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 9:30am - 10:45am
Dante 120 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

9:30am

Having Hard Conversations
Having a difficult time talking with loved ones? With friends? How about with teachers? Is there a topic that makes you nervous just thinking about it? A conversation that you have tried to have but ends in a screaming match every time? Join us in an interactive workshop to discuss what hard conversations you have had or are planning to have. Explore what makes these discussions so challenging and learn strategies to help you along the way. Topics include preparing for conversations, self-awareness in the moment, and communication techniques such as reflective/active listening and knowing when to take a break. Make this workshop exactly what you would like it to be by sharing personal experiences and practicing in an interactive format with others.

Speakers
JB

Jonathan Barnett

Jonathan Barnett [he, his] is a Marriage and Family Therapist who has been working with Bay Area children and families since 2008. Originally from Chicago, Jonathan moved to California to work for Seneca Family of Agencies and pursue his passion for working with youth. In his work... Read More →
SB

Sonya Benavides

Sonya Benavides [she, her] works for Seneca Family of Agencies, a nonprofit mental health agency that serves youth and their family's across the state of California. Sonya is a School Climate and Culture Coach at a K-8 school in Oakland. She will graduate in August with a Masters... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 9:30am - 10:45am
Dante 114 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

9:30am

My Perfect Outfit
Participants will make anonymous collages of their perfect outfit — clothes, accessories, etc. — from magazines that express who they are, how they appear both to themselves and want to express themselves to the world. After collages are completed, there will be an optional sharing session where participants can volunteer to post their collage. Others participants will have the chance to guess the artist of each collage. We will have a discussion about why participants chose each other and vice versa.

Speakers
DC

Danny Chung

Danny Chung  is a digital art director at Wikia, with a keen interest in convergent technologies, latent motivators, and Mariah Carey. He was born in Taipei, raised in California, and now works in San Francisco. Danny speaks Mandarin and conversational Spanish. Danny loves to think... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 9:30am - 10:45am
Soda Center – Claey's Lounge St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

9:30am

Sibling Gathering
Talking about your sibling’s gender can be difficult. Do you feel like your family spends too much time talking about gender? Or do you find yourself missing the old sibling you used to know? You may even feel left out at times. Here is a confidential and safe space to connect with other siblings and hear about how others cope with these feelings.

Speakers
AC

Adam Chang

Teen Conference Director
Adam Chang, Esq., Community Outreach Coordinator, works with individuals, agencies, and organizations that serve children, families, and communities of color. Through collaborative and mutually beneficial partnerships, he aims to promote increased understanding and awareness of gender... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 9:30am - 10:45am
Dante 117 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

10:55am

Becoming an Ally: Interrupting Name-Calling and Bullying
Everyday teens are targeted on the basis of their race, religion, social class, sexual orientation, or other aspect of their identity. In the "Becoming an Ally" workshop, middle and high school students will explore how name-calling and bullying have the potential to escalate into more serious incidents of violence when they go unchecked. Many teens (and even adults) often report not knowing how to respond. This workshop will support teens as they practice strategies to address real-life scenarios of name-calling and bullying. Participants will gain confidence as they acknowledge their own power to be an ally for themselves, their families and anyone who has been a target of bullying in their personal life, at school and in their communities.

Speakers
MD

Melia Dunn, B.A. Liberal Arts, Speech Communications

Melia directs the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute anti-bias programming, including educator and student programs addressing the intersection of bias and bullying in the Bay Area. Prior to ADL, Melia served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Albania where... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 10:55am - 12:10pm
Dante 114 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

10:55am

beFIERCE!
Facts, Intersections, Educate/How to be Visible Ally, Respond, Critical Connections/Building Relationships, Engaging in Self-Reflection (F.I.E.R.C.E.). Join in the dialogue between youth across various identity spectrums to inform what families and service providers should focus on when it comes to the needs of gender-expansive youth. Your voice will help shape national conversations on gender.

Speakers
RG

Rozayy Grace

Razayy Grace [she, her] is a beFIERCE! Intern and Gender Justice activist and educator. She is currently a foster youth.
MP

Madison Precious

Madison Precious [she, her] is a beFIERCE! Intern and Gender Justice activist and educator. She is all about overcoming challenges in order to heal yourself.
CY

Captain Young

Captain Young is the LGBTQ Youth Advocate at Our Space, a queer/trans youth center in the East Bay.  Our Space a Bay Area youth center which holds the experiences, strengths and needs of youth impacted by institutions at its core, and recognizes these youth as fierce love change... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 10:55am - 12:10pm
Soda Center - Claey's Lounge St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

10:55am

Coming of Age and Creating Change
Ryan Cassata released seven studio albums and has performed for tens of thousands of people at the age of 20. He will be sharing his experience growing up as the only transgender person in a conservative suburban community, describing how he overcame adversity in high school to later become a national activist for gender issues. This workshop includes open and honest questions and answers, live music performed by Ryan, and plenty of opportunities for you to share your experiences!

Speakers
RC

Ryan Cassata

Ryan Cassata [he, him] is a nationally touring singer/songwriter activist whose passionate lyrics and powerful videos have touched the lives of thousands all over the world. Ryan speaks at conferences, universities, high schools, and LGBT centers from coast to coast, advocating for... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 10:55am - 12:10pm
Dante 120 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

10:55am

You Have the Right to Be Yourself: Laws Affecting Gender-Expansive Youth in School
Every youth deserves to go to school in a safe and supportive environment. The law can be an important tool for making this a reality in your school. This workshop will answer your questions about how the law protects you in school. For example, does your school have to respect your chosen name and preferred pronouns? Can you use the bathroom that is consistent with your gender identity? What about playing school sports? Does your school have to keep information about your gender identity confidential? Learn the answers and share your experiences in this workshop, led by experts from the ACLU and National Center for Lesbian Rights.

Speakers
avatar for Asaf Orr, Esq

Asaf Orr, Esq

Transgender Youth Project Staff Attorney, National Center for Lesbian Rights
Asaf Orr has worked on legal issues affecting transgender youth for nearly a decade. As the Transgender Youth Project Staff Attorney at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Asaf represents transgender youth and their families by way of cutting-edge litigation. Through engaging... Read More →
AG

Amanda Goad, Esq.

Amanda Goad, Esq. is a Los Angeles-based Staff Attorney with the national American Civil Liberties Union’s LGBT & AIDS Project.  At the ACLU, Amanda has advocated for transgender and gender-nonconforming youth from Georgia to Idaho, in addition to working on a range of other issues... Read More →
JH

Joey Hernandez

Joey Hernandez [he, him] is the Community Engagement & Policy Advocate at the ACLU of Southern California, working primarily on the LGBTQ Student Rights Project. Joey has educated over 10,000 people, empowering the community through education about their rights. Joey also works on... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 10:55am - 12:10pm
Soda Center – Claey’s Lounge St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

1:30pm

Gender-Expansive Young Adult Panel
This panel features five young adults between the ages of 19 and 23 years old. Hear from Ryan, AJ, Frank, Alice, and Woon. Each person has a unique gender identity, from genderqueer to gender nonconforming. Our panelists will talk about how their race, ethnicity, sexuality, and other identities impact their gender. The audience will also have a chance to write down questions for our panelists to answer.

Speakers
KB

Karishma Bendale

Karishma Bendale [she, her] works at the LGBTQ Youth Space in San Jose. She is a recent graduate of San Jose State University entering the field of nursing. Karishma loves being an ally and empowering others. 
CB

Cassie Blume

Cassie Blume [she, her] works at the LGBTQ Youth Space in San Jose. She loves youth development, truth and community. 
HC

Helen Chen

Helen Chen [she, her] works at the LGBTQ Youth Space in San Jose. She has a Bachelors in Health Sciences from San Jose State University and plans for a great future in social work with diverse communities.


Saturday July 26, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Soda Center – Claey’s Lounge St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

3:15pm

Screening of “Ho`onani: A Place in the Middle” (film)
This workshop will feature a new film and discussion by award winning directors and Joe Wilson. Ho'onani: A Place in the Middle is the story of a ten-year old girl who becomes the leader of a high school’s hula group traditionally led and performed by men. While born female, Ho'onani has long known that she is “in the middle,” between male and female. She is fortunate to have the support of a teacher who is māhū (an individual in Hawaiian culture who represents a “third gender”). This wonderful film is an example of how binary understandings about gender are far from universal and how a young person can strive to make a difference. Discussion with Joe Wilson to follow.

Speakers
AC

Adam Chang

Teen Conference Director
Adam Chang, Esq., Community Outreach Coordinator, works with individuals, agencies, and organizations that serve children, families, and communities of color. Through collaborative and mutually beneficial partnerships, he aims to promote increased understanding and awareness of gender... Read More →
JW

Joe Wilson

Director, Qwaves
Joe Wilson [he, him] is a filmmaker and long-time human rights activist. He produced “Out In The Silence,” an Emmy Award-winning PBS film about LGBT rights and equality in rural America, and “Kumu Hina,” a new PBS film about traditional Hawaiian culture's embrace of gender... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Soda Center – Claey’s Lounge St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

4:45pm

Figuring it Out: Healthy Relationships for Gender-Expansive Youth
We all deserve supportive relationships! In this session, participants will have an opportunity to learn about healthy relationship habits and how to deal with crushes, dating, arguments, break-ups, and so much more! Additionally, we will develop the tools to recognize harmful behaviors that can lead to abuse. There will also be space to practice being supportive of friends and allies as they navigate intimate, romantic, and sexual relationships across differences in gender and sexuality, to build communities of care.

Speakers
HH

Hannah Hamler

Hannah Hamler [she, her] is an independent Living Skills Instructor with Clausen House where she empowers adults with developmental disabilities to navigate social, practical, and bureaucratic systems that allow them to live independently. She and Ali have collaborated in the past... Read More →
AM

Ali Meyers-Ohki

Ali Meyers-Ohki [she, her] is a Youth Organizer with the Family Violence Law Center where she trains youth leaders to talk about issues of relationship abuse to their communities. She brings several years of experience delivering trainings on sexual violence, consent, and support... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 4:45pm - 6:00pm
Dante 120 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

4:45pm

Gender and Justice: Real Examples of Gender-Expansive Youth and their Encounters with the Justice System
From encountering an officer on the street or administration at your school to being locked up, gender-expansive youth have certain rights that are often violated in our justice system. Expand your awareness and leadership development about both the justice and education systems in our gender and justice workshop. With youth facilitators, this session utilizes film and discussion to reveal present day issues that funnel youth into the criminal/juvenile justice systems.

Speakers
TC

Tailani Crawford

Tailani Crawford [she, her] is fourteen and attends Castro Valley High. She’s been in Project WHAT! since June 2013.
JH

Joey Hernandez

Joey Hernandez [he, him] is the Community Engagement & Policy Advocate at the ACLU of Southern California, working primarily on the LGBTQ Student Rights Project. Joey has educated over 10,000 people, empowering the community through education about their rights. Joey also works on... Read More →
JR

Jazree Ridley

Jazree Ridley [she, her] is seventeen and attends San Leandro High. She has been with Project WHAT! since the summer of 2013. She has had one parent incarcerated. 
MW

Moesha Wise

Moesha Wise [she, her] is seventeen and attends Emery High. She has been a youth advocate for Project WHAT! since June 2012. She will be attending Mississippi Valley State University in the fall of 2014. 


Saturday July 26, 2014 4:45pm - 6:00pm
Dante 117 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

4:45pm

Medical Health and Gender-Expansive Teens
Our heads and hearts tell us who we are but our bodies seem to have a mind of their own. This session will look at some of the medical issues you may be thinking about – puberty, gender transition possibilities, overall health considerations, and staying healthy. You will also have an opportunity to ask direct questions and get straight up answers.

Saturday July 26, 2014 4:45pm - 6:00pm
Dante 114 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556
 
Sunday, July 27
 

9:00am

Welcome Back and Home Group Check-Ins
We'll have a few short announcements and time to reconnect with your home group and your home group leader.

Sunday July 27, 2014 9:00am - 9:30am
Soda Center - Claey's Lounge St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

9:00am

Male-to-Female Surgery
The focus of this workshop is to educate the community on the most advanced surgical techniques used today for sex reassignment surgery (SRS) and the processes for feminizing “biological boys.” Presenters will discuss current approaches and options for various Male-to-Female procedures, including examples of recent outcomes, as well as the care requirements that follow these procedures. Dr. Bowers and Dr. Crane will also answer specific questions after their presentations. The session will include some of the current dilemmas individuals and caregivers must navigate as they consider these approaches for helping to align a young person’s body with that person’s sense of their gendered self.

Speakers
MB

Marci Bowers, MD

Marci Bowers, MD of San Mateo, California, is viewed as a pioneer in the field of gender reassignment surgery and is the first transgender woman to perform the surgery. After practicing in Trinidad, Colorado, where she was the subject of a WE television series entitled ‘Sex Change... Read More →
avatar for Curtis Crane, MD

Curtis Crane, MD

Curtis N. Crane, M.D. is the only surgeon in the world that has completed a urology residency, fellowship in reconstructive urology, plastic surgery residency focused on microsurgery and a transgender surgery fellowship.  He now has one of the largest volume surgical practices in... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 9:00am - 10:30am
Soda Center – Lafayette St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

9:30am

Affinity Group 1: Youth of Color
Find a group that you identify with and join in an informal group activity and discussion. This is a way for you to meet and connect with others who share a similar experience with you. We may also create one or two new affinity groups on the spot depending on the desires of the attendees.

Sunday July 27, 2014 9:30am - 10:15am
Dante 117 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

9:30am

Affinity Group 2: Adoptees
Find a group that you identify with and join in an informal group activity and discussion. This is a way for you to meet and connect with others who share a similar experience with you. We may also create one or two new affinity groups on the spot depending on the desires of the attendees.

Sunday July 27, 2014 9:30am - 10:15am
Soda Center – Claey’s Patio St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

9:30am

Affinity Group 3: LGBQQP
Find a group that you identify with and join in an informal group activity and discussion. This is a way for you to meet and connect with others who share a similar experience with you. We may also create one or two new affinity groups on the spot depending on the desires of the attendees.

Sunday July 27, 2014 9:30am - 10:15am
Soda Center – Claey’s Lounge St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

9:30am

Affinity Group 4: Siblings
Find a group that you identify with and join in an informal group activity and discussion. This is a way for you to meet and connect with others who share a similar experience with you. We may also create one or two new affinity groups on the spot depending on the desires of the attendees.

Sunday July 27, 2014 9:30am - 10:15am
Dante 120 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

9:30am

Affinity Group 5: Allies
Find a group that you identify with and join in an informal group activity and discussion. This is a way for you to meet and connect with others who share a similar experience with you. We may also create one or two new affinity groups on the spot depending on the desires of the attendees.

Sunday July 27, 2014 9:30am - 10:15am
Dante 114 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

10:30am

Free to be Your (Whole) Self: An Introduction to Intersectionality, Identity Safety and Taking Action In School
How do you identify? Are you many things at once? Is your identity important to you? Are your identities supported by people in your life? Have you ever felt like you couldn’t be all of the things you are at once? Do you crave another way to talk about and advocate for the recognition, acceptance and safety of all your intersecting identities? Me too. We will introduce the concepts of intersectionality and identity safety, watch film clips, engage in discussion, and provide you with resources and tips for how to make your own social and learning environments more well rounded places for your whole selves to stretch out and be supported.

Speakers
MB

Mazique Bianco, BA

Mazique Bianco, BA is a radical queer, trans, brown and disabled dancer, theorist, sexuality educator, and performance art activist based in Oakland. They are a member of the art collectives Poppers Creek and Iconostasis. They received their BA from Hampshire College in 2012 with... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 10:30am - 11:45am
Dante 120 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

10:30am

Intimacy: Make It Right For You! (16 to 19 year olds)
Explore safe sex beyond the traditional conversation of condoms and consent. We will talk about consent, communication, and healthy relationship dynamics as a foundation for positive sexual experiences. You are the expert of your own experience and we want to hear from you! This workshop will have hands on demonstrations and time for discussion. Walk away feeling empowered in knowing that you are capable of taking care of yourself.

Speakers
AC

Ashley C. Rojas, B.S Community Based Public Health

Ashley is an experienced public health worker deeply committed to creating dynamic learning environments where young people can safely access, explore, and challenge the complex and multilayered social determinants of health to improve individual and community health outcomes. Ashley... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 10:30am - 11:45am
Dante 114 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

10:30am

Media Mind Control
We are surrounded by media everywhere we go. People are constantly bombarded with messages that tell us how we should act and what we should look like. This workshop will provide an opportunity to analyze different ads, music videos, movies, tv shows, memes, and magazines. We will uncover what kind of messages are being put out in our communities in regards to gender, race, ethnicity, class, and sexual orientation. At the end of the workshop we will brainstorm ways we can actually utilize the media as a form of resistance and education.

Speakers
BV

Brian Villa

Brian Villa [he, him] was born in East Los Angeles, California. The focus of his work is on college access support and facilitating LGBTQ support groups/programming. Brian is currently teaching Ethnic Studies at Balboa High School in San Francisco through PEP, the Pin@y Educational... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 10:30am - 11:45am
Soda Center – Claey’s Lounge St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

10:30am

Writing for Myself
This workshop will discuss the kinds of characters and conflicts that make for good reading. It will also consider ways in which participants can develop characters whose experiences, challenges, and discoveries reflect their own. In the pursuit of these goals, we will examine some well-known literary protagonists and discuss why their stories resonate with readers. Participants will then be given time and space to develop a character of their own and place that character in a setting rife with conflict. They will emerge from the workshop armed with the necessary ingredients for composing a narrative that is evocative and meaningful, and reflects what they know to be true.

Speakers
avatar for Zach Wyner

Zach Wyner

Zach Wyner earned his MFA in Creative Writing from University of San Francisco in 2009. He currently works as a writing coach, teaches for Take My Word For It – Creative Writing for Kids, facilitates writing workshops at the Alameda Juvenile Detention Center for The Beat Within... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 10:30am - 11:45am
Dante 117 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

12:30pm

Adult/Teen Activity

Gather with parents and caregivers and our teen conference attendees for an exchange of ideas, questions and reflections. This facilitated discussion will feature and opportunity for teens to hear from adults and adults to hear from teens about what they are learning and what they would like the other to know. Rather than sharing with members of the same family, adults and teens will have an opportunity to hear reflections from others not in their family, allowing for a safer and more open chance for dialogue. The session will end with the whole group being able to check in about any patterns they have observed or ideas they will take with them.


Sunday July 27, 2014 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Oliver Hall, Annex St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

1:30pm

Gender and Faith
Does supporting one’s gender-expansive child mean compromising one’s faith or spiritual path? Can families reconcile their desire to recognize a young person’s authenticity with what may feel like an unsympathetic or even hostile faith community? How might caregivers approach the religious leaders in their lives to seek support or to gain perspectives about their child’s upbringing? Join spiritual leaders, parents and caregivers from across multiple traditions as they explore balancing the desire to access the tremendous support and healing power of one’s faith with the evolving gender of one’s child or teen.

Speakers
SE

Schmian Evans

Schmian Evans is a current Master of Divinity and Certificate of Sexuality and Religion student at Pacific School of Religion where she serves as the student representative on the Inter-Cultural Justice Committee and the Board of Trustees. She is the recipient of a number of awards... Read More →
RN

Rob Newells

Rob Newells is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps; he started work towards a Master of Divinity degree and Certificate of Sexuality and Religion at the Pacific School of Religion in 2011 and was licensed to preach at Imani Community Church in Oakland in 2012. Minister Rob... Read More →
RD

Rev. Dawn Roginski

Rev. Dawn Roginski is Pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity Vallejo, California and board member of the Coalition of Welcoming Congregations of the Bay Area, a program of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Berkeley, California. Zhe is a Lutheran Pastor and has worked... Read More →
RM

Rev. Megan Rohrer

Rev. Megan Rohrer received an honorable mention as a 2014 Unsung Hero of Compassion from His Holiness the Dali Lama, is pastor of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Executive Director of Welcome serving the homeless and hungry in San Francisco.
RW

Rev. Will McGarvey

Rev. Will McGarvey  is an out Bisexual Presbyterian Minister, Pastor at Community Presbyterian Church of Pittsburg and Advisory Board member of the Coalition of Welcoming Congregations. He has led his congregation through the process of becoming a More Light Presbyterian congregation... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Dante 220 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

1:30pm

Intimacy: Make It Right For You! (13 to 15 year olds)
Explore safe physical relationships beyond the traditional conversation of condoms and consent. We will talk about consent, communication, and healthy relationship dynamics as a foundation for positive sexual experiences. You are the expert of your own experience and we want to hear from you! This workshop will have hands on demonstrations and time for discussion. Walk away feeling empowered in knowing that you are capable of taking care of yourself

Speakers
AC

Ashley C. Rojas, B.S Community Based Public Health

Ashley is an experienced public health worker deeply committed to creating dynamic learning environments where young people can safely access, explore, and challenge the complex and multilayered social determinants of health to improve individual and community health outcomes. Ashley... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Dante 114 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

1:30pm

Media Mind Control
We are surrounded by media everywhere we go. People are constantly bombarded with messages that tell us how we should act and what we should look like. This workshop will provide an opportunity to analyze different ads, music videos, movies, tv shows, memes, and magazines. We will uncover what kind of messages are being put out in our communities in regards to gender, race, ethnicity, class, and sexual orientation. At the end of the workshop we will brainstorm ways we can actually utilize the media as a form of resistance and education.

Speakers
BV

Brian Villa

Brian Villa [he, him] was born in East Los Angeles, California. The focus of his work is on college access support and facilitating LGBTQ support groups/programming. Brian is currently teaching Ethnic Studies at Balboa High School in San Francisco through PEP, the Pin@y Educational... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Dante 120 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

1:30pm

YouTube: A Hunt for Your Own
Did you know that Gender Spectrum has a YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/genderspectrum)? We'll facilitate an exercise to engage youth in developing questions to interview other gender-expansive youth. This workshop is to help you craft your own gender story if you're interested in sharing something with the rest of the online world. The goal is to highlight how diverse and complex gender is with you as the expert! We'll have both conversational styles of storytelling or if you want to fly solo - that's okay too! We'll produce a video at the end of all this and share it on Gender Spectrum's social media platforms. (Please note that we’ll have parental consent forms if you are under

Speakers
CB

Celan Beausoleil

Assistant Teen Conference Coordinator
Celan Beausoleil [she, her] is Assistant Teen Conference Coordinator and volunteering with Gender Spectrum for the second year in a row. In August, she will be graduating from California State University East Bay with her Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Community Mental... Read More →
AC

Adam Chang

Teen Conference Director
Adam Chang, Esq., Community Outreach Coordinator, works with individuals, agencies, and organizations that serve children, families, and communities of color. Through collaborative and mutually beneficial partnerships, he aims to promote increased understanding and awareness of gender... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Dante 117 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

3:15pm

Building Allies
This workshop supports youth in their understanding of how to practice positive allyship. What is the spectrum of allies and where do you fall on it? Participants will learn how to apply a positive gender framework to everyday interventions and conversations. Discover ways of being more inclusive to a wide range of youth.

Speakers
JB

Jill Busby

Jill Busby [she, her] has been working with various community action agencies for over 5 years, with a focus working on issues relevant to the LGBTQQ population. Jill received her undergraduate training at Oregon State University. She is committed to bringing the best, most effective... Read More →
MW

Maia Weiss

Maia Weiss [she, her] graduated from Wesleyan University with a BA in Race and Ethnic Studies and Dance. She started at HIFY after creating original curriculum and teaching youth and adults in a variety of schools and programs. Maia has long been passionate about empowering young... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Dante 117 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

3:15pm

Checking the “Other” Gender Box: Non-binary Gender and Transition
In this workshop, you will watch videos, create art, and explore your gender identity in a new way. This workshop explores what it means to be a gender-expansive youth! What are the differences between physically, socially, and emotionally transitioning when you exist outside the gender binary. It’s okay to question your gender and this workshop is here to help.

Speakers
JK

Joshua Kogut

Joshua Kogut  [zhe/hir] is a 22-year old gender-weird transplant from the East Coast now living in Oakland. Zhe has been working since the age of 16 to improve situations for queer and trans youth. Joshua’s heart lies with doing what zhe can for hir community. Zhe hope one day... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Dante 114 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

3:15pm

Female-to-Male Surgery
Surgical options for transmen are expanding. Presenters will update current knowledge about procedures currently being performed. Through a question and answer session, they will be able to present an informational session regarding available procedures as well as address any questions there may be regarding technique, complications, and outcomes. They will also share information about specific requirements for being able to undergo these procedures, as well as different approaches families and youth may hear about as they explore this aspect of transgender care.

Speakers
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Marci Bowers, MD

Marci Bowers, MD of San Mateo, California, is viewed as a pioneer in the field of gender reassignment surgery and is the first transgender woman to perform the surgery. After practicing in Trinidad, Colorado, where she was the subject of a WE television series entitled ‘Sex Change... Read More →
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Curtis Crane, MD

Curtis N. Crane, M.D. is the only surgeon in the world that has completed a urology residency, fellowship in reconstructive urology, plastic surgery residency focused on microsurgery and a transgender surgery fellowship.  He now has one of the largest volume surgical practices in... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Dante 204 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

3:15pm

More Than A Label: Building Resilience in The Face of Genderphobia
Join Youth In Mind, a California-based youth and young adult mental health empowerment organization, as they engage participants in an interactive, arts-based workshop where individuals explore ideas of moving beyond societal and psychiatric labels of gender variance, and build socially inclusive spaces that are intended to heal. Individuals will leave the workshop with personalized resiliency kits and get chances to participate in a “Stomp Out Stigma” photo booth, gaining opportunities to voice personal ideas of eliminating stigma and genderphobia.

Speakers
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Susan Manzi

Susan Manzi [she, her] is Youth In Mind’s Interim Executive Director and Co-Founder. She is also an advocate, community educator and organizer. She has 12 years training and community work, mobilizing grassroots communities to participate in innovative programming and policy work... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Dante 120 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

4:55pm

Teen Closing
You’ll be glad you made it to the end! We will have a chance to reflect on the past few days and think about what lies ahead. We’ll have a final celebration and you won’t want to miss our surprise finale!

Sunday July 27, 2014 4:55pm - 6:00pm
Soda Center – Claey’s Lounge St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556