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How to Herd a Pride of Lions: Trans Organizing Challenges
Build the Future
Michael Woodward, MPH, Gender Odyssey
Workshop Block 5: Sunday, October 22 - 9:45 am - 11:15 am
Beyond the basic understanding of differences between sexual orientation and gender identity, unique challenges may arise for organizers, advocates, and others working in or with transgender and gender-nonconforming communities. In this workshop, a seasoned advocate and author provides tips and insights for cis and trans people alike—anyone who wants to better understand the unique legal, health, and economic disparities that many trans and gender-nonconforming people face; some historical perspectives and theories on how they came to be; and how those disparities may present unfamiliar challenges for community organizers new to the work. Break-out groups will help individuals formulate an action plan they can implement into their own work at home.
After a couple of decades in Tucson earning his stripes in LGBT direct service and policy advocacy, Michael relocated to Seattle in 2016 to become director of the world-renowned Gender Odyssey conference. In no particular order, he’s also a writer, rock star, storyteller, and aging queer trans guy. Michael has published myriad books, articles, and blogs, including the title essay of the much-acclaimed anthology, Manning Up: Transsexual Men on Finding Brotherhood, Family, and Themselves (Transgress Press, 2014) as well as a contribution to Below the Belt: Genital Talk by Men of Trans Experience (Transgress Press, 2016). He earned a Master of Public Health Policy and Management degree and a Graduate Certificate in Collaborative Governance from the University of Arizona and a BS in Communications from Butler University. An award-winning vocalist who led two Tucson bands, he's still looking for the right opportunity in Seattle to show off his pipes.