SAVE THE DATE
Saturday, November 9th | 8.00a-5.30p
genderevolution 2019 will feature lectures, workshops, and panels offered by local community members and professionals. Attendees are invited to educate themselves on a variety of topics including healthy self-image development, gender fluidity, the interplay of gender identity & sexual orientation, meditation techniques, legal aid, mental & physical health, transgender history and much more. Come meet other gender variant folks, their parents, partners, families, friends and the professionals who serve them.
2019 Presenter Applications are not open yet. Stay tuned.
Your presentation/workshop topic/title. Do you have co-presenters? Are you or your co-presenter(s) trained, certified, or degreed in your presentation topic? How would you like your room set up. Do you have any AV needs beyond projection.
Who can present?
Anyone really. We’ve had a wonderful array of workshops by our youth, some folks within the community, teachers, doctors, parents and family on everything from how to train your voice to safety in public restrooms or how to fend off an attacker with self defense tactics and how to use comedy as a healing process, so the possibilities are endless! Last year, we had a presentation “Resist from Bed” for differently abled folks presented via webcam from an activist presenter who was homebound. It was perfect to encourage and teach those who may have felt their inability to leave home whether it was a physical !mental or emotional ailment meant they couldn’t be activists and fight against oppression.
Examples of previous topics?
Trans 101, HRT FAQ | Packing and Binding | Voice Coach Therapy | Public restroom use/rights | How To transition at work | Makeup workshop | Kids like me Q & A | FTM Chest Reconstructive Surgery | Bullying at School and What To Do – Self Defense Class
Here are a few audiences you can build workshops for:
Provide practical information, tools, tips, etc. for Trans identified folks. Some ideas are: Voice coaching, Legally changing your name and gender in Utah, safe sex, etc.
Provide practical and theoretical information for allies, partners, families, employers, students, etc on trans identities and gender non-conforming issues. Ideas include: Gender non-conforming in the media, Trans 101, Trans in the Family, Privilege, Raising Transgender, Gender Noncomforming and/or Intersex Youth, Gender Diversity through time and around the world.
Provide practical and theoretical information aimed for youth. Ideas include: Trans History, Coming Out to your Parents & Families, Support for Trans youth.
We respect the confidentiality of each member. We encourage everyone to take away what they learned, however we do not repeat the names or identifying information. “Take the plot, leave the characters.”
Most things are not mutually exclusive, black/white and either/or. We practice allowing two seemingly conflicting ideas exist together at the same time. When appropriate, we try to use “and” in place of “but.”
Sometimes the things we say to others have an impact on them that we do/did not intend and cannot control. We try to be aware of our intentions and the impact our words have on others. When we are confronted with the impact of our words on others, we accept their feelings as valid. We take responsibility for the effect of our words (whether or not that effect was intended.)
Violence whether physical or verbal will not be tolerated. If someone acts in a violent fashion, they will be asked to leave.
We are here to share and explore our own feelings and experiences; we try not to give advice.
We all benefit from each other’s experiences. We want to encourage you to actively participate. Take this opportunity to share but also to listen to the diversity of experience around you.
phones should be kept on silent or turned off. Texting and playing on your phone is not allowed as it may appear to others as a breach of privacy. Please step outside to take a call or return a text.
Everyone has the right to ask a questions and a right to refuse to answer
Be excited about commonality and difference. The participants of this conference (yourself included) represent a fabulous spectrum of identities, experiences, backgrounds values and outlooks. How can we work together to build strong communities?
Workshops may be emotionally challenging. We want people to feel safe but we recognize that difficult questions are essential to growth. Whether listening or speaking, we do so with honesty with courage.
He – Him – His
[expand title="Read More" swaptitle="Close" trigclass="noarrow" startwrap="" endwrap=""]For many years, Nick lived his life in the shadows of envy for those who could live their journeys openly, unashamed. Tired of hoping and wishing, Nick started going to support groups for trans folks and since then found much needed encouragement he never had before to finally be himself. Since then, Nick enrolled @ Slcc and will be graduating with his Associates degree in Psychology Fall 2018! He's also engaged to be happily wed early 2019, to his other half, Kayla Aitken. Although an introvert, Nick has volunteered on the Genderevolution Planning Committee since 2014 and is honored to be this year's Event Director. Genderevolution is a conference for everyone who wants to better understand, LOVE and respect those who identify as trans, nonbinary and/or gender non conforming. We plan and diligently strive as a committee to make this conference a home for those who are trying to find a place in this world that does not grasp the importance and beauty of gender identity and the nuances of self expression outside of the binary. You are LOVED and this world needs you, we hope you'll find your way home @ Genderevolution; November 10, 2018 [/expand]
She – Her – Hers
[expand title="Read More" swaptitle="Close" trigclass="noarrow" startwrap="" endwrap=""] Her transition (and dried up funding), meant her studies would be put on hold. Now living in Salt Lake with her beau and inspiration Nick, she spends her time working at StubHub while she waits to begin her studies once more. Kayla also enjoys the sciences, politics, and her role on the Gender Evolution committee. She’s fun, witty, and committed to living life to its fullest. Kayla likes to think of herself as an environmentalist and is vegan in order to reduce her carbon footprint and help mitigate climate change. Also, she loves cheese. [/expand]
She – Her – Hers
[expand title="Read More" swaptitle="Close" trigclass="noarrow" startwrap="" endwrap=""] where she co-chairs the LGBTQ+ Steering Committee as well as the LGBTQ+ Awareness (Safe Zone) Committee, and she’s the advisor of the Queer Student Association. For her advocacy for LGBTQ+ students, staff, and faculty and her dedication to service-learning and community engagement, in 2018 Elisa received the SLCC President’s Inclusivity and Equity Award. In 2015 and 2016 she traveled to Cape Town, South Africa to help Westminster College create an anti-stigma campaign for the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation. Intersectionality is a passion of Elisa’s; she’s exploring the connection between human rights and animal rights. She recently certified as a vegan lifestyle coach and educator: www.yourvegancoachlovesyou.com. Serving on the genderevolution Planning Committee has been her honor and privilege for the past two years: “Working with students who are marginalized and sometimes shunned from their families and communities of origin, I know first-hand how important genderevolution is, not only to create a safe and welcoming space, but also to educate and empower all who attend. Happy 10th to a conference that is affirming, enlightening, inspiring, and life-changing! Cheers to a decade of love!” [/expand]
He- Him – His
[expand title="Read More" swaptitle="Close" trigclass="noarrow" startwrap="" endwrap=""] Excited to start his senior year at Riverton High, Dyllan plans to graduate and is still trying to figure out what’s to come next! Dyllan is actively involved in the GenderEvolution Planning Committee as our Youth Coordinator and looks forward to continuing his volunteer work as an advocate for our ever-growing trans/nonbinary/gender nonconforming community. Dyllan can be a little shy at first, but once he steps out of his bubble, he’s a wonderful person with a fun, dorky personality. Dyllan likes to crack jokes to make others laugh and smile and his positive attitude and great smile are very contagious! [/expand]
He- Him – His
“He’s a beast…in the kitchen. “ –Bon Appetit
“Our #1 guy for fashion advice.” –GQ
“Wish he was my personal trainer.” The Hulk
“God made him so firemen would have a hero.” –Steve Buscemi
“Everybody wants to marry him.” -Mom
She – Her – Hers
Happily married, Proud parent, Music lover, Hair Zapper and Trans activist working to make the world a better place.
She – Her – Hers
I have been volunteering at the Utah Pride Center since 2014. I came out in 2015 and have been living full-time as a woman since March 2015. This is my 4th year working on the Genderevolution Conference Committee.