Early last week, I received an email from Gender Odyssey telling me that my workshop proposal had been accepted. Â The mystery was that I’d submitted two proposals and didn’t know which workshop they’d opted for. Â I inquired about it and the answer was that my parenting related workshop had been accepted, but that they were still in the process of sending out confirmations.
Later that afternoon, I got the second acceptance, for my writing related workshop. Â And so it is that I will be leading two workshops this year at Gender Odyssey 2013. Â Which means I need to get out of the draft phase on both of them. Â By which I mean, I need to actually create the workshops.
Wanted: Â Your Stories
We hear stories about transgender and gender non-conforming people, sexual outlaws and line-crossers of all kinds through media and social interactions almost every day. Â Sometimes, we can find glimmers of truth in those stories, more often those people and experiences are packaged and polished, told through the lens of bias, ignorance and scandal. Â Thatâ€™s what weâ€™re getting, but what we crave is authenticity and connection, we want stories about people we can relate to, told by those people. Â Thatâ€™s why somewhere in the world, right now, someone is looking for you and your stories.
This session is part writing workshop, part call to action. Â No writing experience necessary! Â Weâ€™ll do a couple of casual writing exercises, with very few rules. Â And weâ€™ll brainstorm about getting our stories into the world and how to network to find mentors and role models, allies and co-conspirators.
Â Gender Aware Parenting
Parenting is amazing, challenging, exhausting, satisfying, frightening… all that and more. Â For transgender and gender non-conforming parents, all of the usual parenting challenges exist, plus additional ones that relate to teaching our children to be gender intelligent and open-minded about sexuality in an overwhelmingly rigid, gender binary world. Â Whether youâ€™ve been parenting for years, have just started or hope to be a parent in the future, come to this workshop to share your hard won parenting wisdom or take advantage of the experienced folks in the room and ask questions. Â In addition to what we share in our discussion, there will be printed materials with some pointers on becoming a parent, as well as some of the online resources you can make use of along the way. Â Open to transgender and gender non-conforming parents and parents to be, their partners, co-parents and others interested in gender aware parenting.
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