KC TGNC SUMMIT

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

Friday, July 29, 2016

Grounding Ourselves: Racism and Privilege in LGBTQ Communities

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Members of the LGBTQ Core with SURJ (Standing Up for Racial Justice), will be facilitating a discussion on racism within our community. This conversation will explore where we see and experience racism and white supremacy within our already marginalized community. We will identify how racism, oppression, and privilege play out in LGBTQ and TGNC spaces.

Anna Svoboda-Stel (she/her/hers)

SURJ-KC LGBTQ Core member, One Struggle KC member

Joy Brungardt (they/them/theirs, she/her/hers)

SURJ KC LGBTQ Core member, Administrator for EQUAL Trans Support Group


BREAKOUT CAUCUSES

2:45 pm - 3:35 pm

TGNC Adult People of Color: Getting Into Formation

This initial caucus will provide a supportive, healing space for adult TGNC people of color to gather and uplift their voices and experiences. The main activity, “I Am My Family’s Keeper,” was generously shared by Detroit’s Trans Sister of Color Project after their own 1-Day Summit, “The Gathering.” This activity will allow participants to affirm each other and share reasons to celebrate.

 

Crispin Torres (he/him/his)

Community Educator, Lambda Legal Midwest Regional Office

Diane Burkholder (she/her/hers)

Community Organizer, Founding Member of One Struggle KC (1SKC)

 

TGNC Youth Group: Elevating our Voices through Community and Media

This initial caucus will provide an opportunity for all TGNC young folks to connect with each other. We will engage in some fun, group building activities and discuss the needs of TGNC youth at home, in their community, at school and navigating social media. We will also have an opportunity to view new, groundbreaking TGNC youth media campaigns and discuss The Rocket Grant’s project that has been awarded to fund a Kansas City TGNC youth video project later this year.

 

Randall Jenson (he/him/his)

Director, SocialScope Productions

Jamie A. Moran  (he/him/his)

LGBTQ Youth Organizer and Victim Advocate

 


KEYNOTE DISCUSSION

Open to the PUBLIC

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Confronting Toxic Masculinity: Making Space for Trans Feminine Folks and Keeping Ourselves Safe                    

The media and social justice movements have begun to highlight the astronomical rates of violence faced by transgender women of color across the country. In the media, simultaneously, we are seeing a desire for trans stories and public figures such as Laverne Cox, Janet Mock, and even Caitlyn Jenner. Crispin Torre’s Keynote “Confronting Masculinity” aims to consider the disconnect between our personal trans lived experience and the public images of trans lives depicted in popular culture. This keynote explores how all masculine of center people can be called into action as allies and advocates for our trans community. Masculinity can be a toxic element that can seep into our communities, our organizing, and even our interpersonal relationships. How do we confront and “call in” maleness? How can we break the cycle of masculinity while also affirming our own male transness? And most importantly, how do we move back, so we can empower our trans sisters and siblings to take the lead?


 

Saturday, July 30, 2016

 

WORKSHOP SESSION 1

1:15 pm - 2:00 pm

 

Queering Violence: Conversations about IPV, Sexual Violence and Trauma in TGNC Communities

This interactive, award winning workshop from SocialScope Productions uses multimedia clips from TGNC survivors and helps attendees broaden their understanding about the complex ways intimate partner violence, sexual violence and trauma affect TGNC survivors and communities.This workshop resists sharing TGNC survivor stories in narrow, pre-approved ways and understands that individuals each have unique and resilient ways to cope and heal.

 

Randall Jenson (he/him/his or anything respectful)

Director, SocialScope Productions                    

                

Testosterone, Estrogen and Bottom Surgery    

This workshop, facilitated by trans people, will focus on the transitional effects of estrogen and testosterone on the physical body. The major options for bottom surgeries for FTM, MTF, and Genderqueer individuals will be also be presented. Participants will be able to view media and pictures on these transitional and surgery options, as well as have the opportunity to ask questions in a safe and supportive environment.

 

Ash R. Allee (he/him/his)

Linkage to Care Coordinator, KC Care Clinic    

Jordan Hanson (she/her/hers)

Founder and Creator, Trans.Report


WORKSHOP SESSION 2

2:10 pm - 2:55 pm

 

Safer Trans Sex

This workshop will provide an educational and fun environment to begin conversations about safer sex for TGNC people. We'll explore the many different body types of TGNC folks, safer sex options, how to negotiate dysphoria during sex, and how to establish consent through discussion and interactive activities. We will be referring using trans-inclusive language throughout the workshop, such as “penis-havers” and “vagina-havers.”

    

Lawrence Crawford (he/him/his)

HIV Testing and Outreach Coordinator

Ash R. Allee (he/him/his)

Linkage to Care Coordinator, KC Care Clinic

   

 

I’m a Boss Ass Bitch: Hustling While Trans

This workshop is an interactive conversation about taking ownership of your career and identity, while also hustling being trans. Learn how to market yourself and build your own personal brand. Nyla will help facilitate a conversation and small group activity on how to promote your skills and understand your professional and personal strengths in any traditional or underground economy. Whether working in the corporate world, as an artist or in sex work, this workshop will help participants gain confidence and knowledge in recognizing your best skill sets and how to move ahead with your career.

 

Nyla Foster (she/her/hers)

Miss Gay Kansas City Black Pride 2016 and Intern, Kansas City Anti-Violence Project


POLICE VIOLENCE INSTITUTE

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

 

Policing and Criminalization of TGNC Communities

This interactive institute, an abridged version of the day-long institute at Creating Change, “From Stonewall to Stop and Frisk: Policing and Criminalization of LGBTQ Communities,” will explore the current moment and historical legacy of policing and criminalization of TGNC communities. “Policing” comes in many different forms. Policing appears as a larger systemic structure of control and violence against the self-determination we seek over our bodies. Participants will discuss patterns of policing, police violence and criminalization of TGNC communities across the country. This institute will highlight various campaigns and organizing models across the country to provide resource sharing and tools for participants to organize against policing and criminalization in their communities.

 

Crispin Torres (he/him/his)

Community Educator, Lambda Legal Midwest Regional Office

Diane Burkholder (she/her/hers)

Community Organizer, Founding Member of One Struggle KC (1SKC)

 

Randall Jenson (he/him/his or anything respectful)

Director, SocialScope Productions


CENTERING TRANS FEMININE VOICES OF COLOR

4:40 pm - 5:20 pm

 

Real Talk With the Girls: A Panel Discussion with Trans Women of Color

This discussion will provide a frank, insightful and grounding conversation, between trans women of color and summit participants. According to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, trans women of color experience some of the highest rates of violence and homicide in this country. It is essential and necessary to shift our focus on these women and take the lead from them on what topics and agendas should be at the forefront as we create a more communities and movements.

 

Nyla Foster (she/her/hers)

Miss Gay Kansas City Black Pride 2016 and Intern, Kansas City Anti-Violence Project

 

Mia Wilson Farr (she/her/hers)

Riquell Washington (she/her/hers)

Korea Kelly (she/her/hers)


BREAKOUT CAUCUSES

5:25 pm - 6:25 pm

 

Young Trans White Ally Caucus (Pt 1)

This caucus will open up the initial discussion among young trans white people. Facilitators from SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) will facilitate a training on internalized white supremacy, privilege and power. This training will provide opportunities for TGNC white youth to discuss their role in privilege and racism on an individual level. We will examine our own connections to privilege as well as how we may participate in and benefit from racism.

 

Molly Fleming  (she/her/hers)

Community Organizer and Founding Member, SURJ-KC

Anna Svoboda-Stel (she/her/hers)

SURJ-KC LGBTQ Core member, One Struggle KC member

Joy Brungardt (they/them/theirs, she/her/hers)

SURJ KC LGBTQ Core member, Administrator for EQUAL Trans Support Group

 

D. Shattuck (she/her/hers, they/them/theirs)

SURJ KC LGBTQ Core member

 

TGNC People of Color Caucus (Pt 1)

This caucus will open up the initial discussion among TGNC adults of color to include TGNC youth of color. There will be a group-building activity, followed by a facilitated conversation about the specific needs of TGNC people of color in Kansas City.

    

Diane Burkholder (she/her/hers)

Community Organizer, Founding Member of One Struggle KC (1SKC)

 

Nyla Foster (she/her/hers)

Miss Gay Kansas City Black Pride 2016 and Intern, Kansas City Anti-Violence Project


DINNER AND DANCING FOR THE SOUL:

A Low-Key Kiki

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This social will provide an opportunity for participants to unwind, decompress and community build with each other.  Comfort food with vegan and vegetarian friendly-dishes provided, including an assortment of desserts and coffee.

Food generously provided by KC Parks & Rec and Brush Creek Community Center.

Decor and presentation provided by Macho Made Designs.


 

Sunday, July 31, 2016

 

OPENING REFLECTIONS & BREAKFAST

10:00 am - 10:30 am

 

SHARING OUR RESILIENCY AND TRUTHS

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

 

Coterie Storytelling Workshop

Amanda from The Coterie’s youth theatre and Project Pride will facilitate a 2-hour collective liberation workshop for all participants. We will focus on sharing feedback, new wisdom and ways to engage with individuals, communities and systems that often are exclusionary are inaccessible to TGNC youth and TGNC people of color.

    

Amanda Kibler (she/her/hers)

Education Director, The Coterie


WORKSHOP SESSION 3

12:40 pm - 1:30 pm

 

Black Trans Excellence

This workshop will focus on how living on a Black trans spectrum can provide amazing moments of brilliance, resiliency and happiness. Luc Bensimon was born with three strikes against him: being born with a mild form of cerebral palsy on the right side of his body, assigned female-bodied and being Black. Luc learned that these identities could cause him to receive discrimination throughout his life. However, at 40 years old, Luc decided to begin transitioning. Four years later, at 44 years old, Luc is the happiest he has been and proud to be a Black transman who is also physically challenged. Luc will provide insight on his own personal journey, his experiences working on Black trans experiences across Kansas, the importance of national organizing around Black trans experiences. From Nic Kay to Laverne Cox, Luc  will help facilitate a conversation with other participants on the ways Black Trans Excellence shows up in our lives.

 

Luc Bensimon (he/him/his)

Founding Member, Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project (K-STEP) & Kansas Representative, Black Trans Men Inc. (BTMI)

 

From Day Fish to Night Fish

Are you interested in starting off soft and going into full glam? This workshop will allow participants to explore the quick basics of application, contouring faces and makeup on the go, with beloved Kansas City drag personality, Monique Heart. She will select volunteers to learn how to build a fresh, everyday look and makeup base into a full fledged nightlife diva. Monique will share some drag secrets with participants, including how to work create a pouty lip and incorporate glitter into their eyeshadow.

    

Kevin Richards (Monique Heart) (he/him/his, she/her/hers, the face/miss/fierceness)

Miss Gay Kansas City 2016


WORKSHOP SESSION 4

1:30 - 2:30 PM

 

Genderqueer / Gender Non-Conforming Discussion

**A Closed Group Discussion for Self-Identified
GNC/Non-Binary People**

Are you genderqueer/non-binary and still find it difficult to navigate spaces or be understood, even among other LGBTQ and TGNC communities? We may often feel pressured with having to answer where we fit around the following topics: which bathroom do I use? What name do I let people call me? Do I have to lie to get hormones? Am I eligible for surgery? What about a legal name or gender change? When we’re outside, in the middle, or on the edge of the binary, these questions are often left unanswered. We’ll explore a conversation with genderqueer, gender non-conforming and non-binary people about having to navigate non-standard avenues to our trans identity and/or transitioning.

 

Joy Brungardt (they/them/theirs, she/her/hers)

SURJ KC LGBTQ Core member, Administrator for EQUAL Trans Support Group

Iggi Daugherty (they/them/theirs)

Trans+ and EQUAL Trans Support Group member & illustrator

 

Cooking with Korea

This interactive workshop will provide a live cooking demonstration, facilitated by Korea! Many TGNC youth and TGNC people of color are often left having to manage their everyday needs or basic wellness, but often feel they don’t have time to stop and cook a healthy meal. Using a crock pot and a hot plate, Korea will showcase her culinary school skills and teach participants how to create two, yummy and healthy 30-minute meals on-the-go, including the opportunity for participants to sample these delicious dishes.

    

Korea Kelly (she/her/hers)

Mother, House of Cavalli and Community Leader


BREAKOUT CAUCUSES

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

 

Young Trans White Ally Caucus (Pt 2)

This last caucus will serve as a final processing space for self-identified white TGNC participants to explore their experiences at the Summit. Reflecting upon previous workshops and our positions in various conversations, we will discuss how we can take what we’ve learned to become leaders, allies, and accomplices in our own communities for racial and social justice.

 

Jamie A. Moran  (he/him/his)

LGBTQ Youth Organizer and Victim Advocate

Candice A. Moran (they/them/theirs)

Psychologist and Coordinator of Safe Zone Program, University of Central Missouri     

 

TGNC People of Color Caucus (Pt 2)

This last caucus will serve as a final processing space for self-identified TGNC participants of color to explore their experiences at the Summit. Reflecting upon previous workshops and our positions in various conversations, we will discuss how we can take what we’ve learned to elevate our voices and needs in our larger communities, as well as how to further center on TGNC people of color experiences in future social justice work.

 

Crispin Torres (he/him/his)

Community Educator, Lambda Legal Midwest Regional Office

Diane Burkholder (she/her/hers)

Community Organizer, Founding Member of One Struggle KC (1SKC)

 


ACTION STEPS

3:40 pm - 4:30 pm

 

CLOSING CIRCLE

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

 

Shari Walker has also generously donated some articles of clothing to the swap we'll be having at the Summit. She spoke with us briefly to share her heart:


SUMMIT INFO:

Hosted July 29-31, 2016 at Brush Creek Community Center.

Day 1 - Friday, July 29, 2016
12 pm - 5 pm

Day 2 - Saturday, July 30, 2016
10 am - 8 pm

Day 3 - Sunday, July 31, 2016
10 am - 5 pm

Summit Participants

TGNC Young Person: If you are 24 or under and self-identify somewhere on the transgender or gender non-conforming identity spectrum, you are welcome to apply to this summit. Both white and young people of color are encouraged to apply.

TGNC Person of Color: If you are over 24 years of age and self-identify both as somewhere on the transgender or gender non-conforming identity spectrum, as well as a person of color, which could include a person of Native or Indigenous heritage, Asian or Pacific Islander, Latino, Chicano, Hispanic, Arab, Middle Eastern, South Asian, Black, African or African-American, you are welcome to apply to the summit.


Photo Credit: 'Sunset from Summit Street' used with permission of local Kansas City photographer Justin Graves.

Photo Credit: 'Sunset from Summit Street' used with permission of local Kansas City photographer Justin Graves.


summit background:

ANTI-TRANS VIOLENCE IS BUILDING IN KC.

In 2015, Kansas City became one of the two epicenters of violence towards TGNC people of color in this country. Dionte Greene, Jasmine Collins, and Tamara Dominguez, three gender non-conforming and transgender people of color, were murdered in the past year and a half in Kansas City.

There is no current organization in Kansas City solely focused on gender justice that centers TGNC communities of color and TGNC youth. This situation presents an ongoing danger to TGNC community members, subsequently establishing the mandate we feel necessitates a TGNC Leadership Institute.

calling out to all future tgnc leaders:

Transgender and gender non-conforming people experience violence on a regular basis. While there has been increased media attention nationwide focusing on the death of trans women of color, our own local TGNC communities lack a community response to the violence itself.

Many transgender people work in positions or companies where many of their supervisors and coworkers will have no experience navigating or responding to the concerns of TGNC employees. Effective TGNC leadership can help establish important working foundations that set the tone for how transgender people should be treated in the workplace for years to come.

Up until this point, there has been no TGNC-focused outreach efforts offered in Kansas City. It is urgent that we support continued healing and outspoken responses in the communities where TGNC citizens of Kansas City find the greatest struggles. 

Photo Credit: Nighttime background shot of KC downtown used with permission of local photographer Justin Graves.

Photo Credit: Nighttime background shot of KC downtown used with permission of local photographer Justin Graves.


Summit sponsors:

We are proud to announce the following sponsors have contributed to acitivites taking pathe KC TGNC Summit. If you'd like to be involved and contribute on behalf of your organization, please contact us with a proposal.