An Intro to Varieties of Trans Issues and Ways of Being
Sunday, December 10, 12-2 PM ET
Pay what you can - suggested donation $25 per class
All welcome - please come whether or not you can pay
A quarter of the proceeds will go to the Audre Lorde Project
Hosted by the Alexander Technique Liberation Project
Facilitated by Moriah Williams
Organized by Renee Schneider
[Image: Trans pride flag with the words "Trans 101 in the white stripe.]
Hello and welcome to folks who are curious about trans issues!
There are so many ways to be trans and so many ways to experience gender. How the trans community describes itself is complex, diverse, and quickly evolving. Trans joy and creativity are exciting. The continued assaults on the trans community can feel overwhelming. What are some ways we can bring our curiosity to trans issues and culture in a way that supports connection, respect, and learning?
Who Is This Workshop For?
This is primarily intended to be a workshop for folks who don’t have a lot of exposure to trans issues and are wanting to learn. Trans and questioning folks are of course welcome to bring your perspectives and experience and help hold space for those who are asking questions and exploring what openness and solidarity mean for them. All questions, apprehensions, and awkwardness are welcome in this space, within the overarching context that being trans is beautiful, and we are all learning and listening in good faith, with a desire to grow our empathy and our capacity to embrace and support trans ways of being. In January there will be a workshop for exploring and playing with gender for anyone–trans, cis, or questioning–who is interested in deepening their relationship with gender and with their own gender.
Intention for this Workshop
I hope this workshop can support you in affirming your perceptions and expanding what feels possible relative to healing inflammation and its roots and consequences. In my experience, both for myself and with clients and friends, EFT can be a robust support for: -Energy flow -Affirming and allowing our authentic emotional states and the information they are giving us -Releasing sometimes lifelong patterns of internal conflict that free us up for more ease and connection -Changing how we are treating ourselves, healing self-hatred, being curious about who we are -Healing the ways that we abandon ourselves and our perceptions in the face of pervasive pain and harm -Sense of self-trust and presence in approaching difficult things -Easing inflammation -Recognizing and releasing internalized oppression that we turn against ourselves -Healing loneliness -Reimagining the kind of world we want to live in and nourishing ourselves for how we want to show up in it I am curious about where the openings are for you, where are the openings for us collectively. My hope is that these workshops will offer you some good questions to ask and some inspiration to find or make what you need in your own journey of healing.
What We Will Explore in This Workshop
-Some variations on how people think about and experience gender -Approaches to exploring difference -The concept of queering as a possible way to relate to embracing the infinity of gender -A brief overview of some cross-cultural trans history -Common terms and options for respectful language -Pronouns and different ways people may relate to them -Binary and non-binary genders -The intersection of transness and gendered pressures with other aspects of identity and oppression -How the construction and enforcement of a strict gender binary is intertwined with junk science in service of constructing and enforcing racial hierarchy and erasing trans and intersex people -Trans demographics in terms of mental health, poverty, and so on -Supporting trans joy and gender euphoria, and allowing ourselves to explore the adventure of gender -Possibilities for working with your own feelings and updating your perceptions when someone you care about comes out as trans -Interaction with trans folks, from introductions to bathrooms to bodywork to having a trans-friendly practice -Ways to get involved to support trans people in terms of local and national policy, organizations, day-to-day actions, as well as further education
Limits of This Workshop and Containment
This workshop is a brief introduction to an enormous field of experience, joy, oppression, history, and relationship. This class doesn’t offer everything. It obviously doesn’t singlehandedly heal oppression. It doesn’t offer easy answers about how to be a good ally, and it doesn’t offer boxes to check relative to deep, ongoing engagement with solidarity and equity where there is a lot of ambiguity and no guarantees. I don’t know what your journey is relative to trans issues, now or in the future. I’m also very aware that there are aspects of this topic which require more trust and container-building than the context of this intro workshop - or I might just not be the right person or it might not be the right environment to accompany you through specific issues. I deeply appreciate the online workshop I attended with Dr. Kesha Fikes where she prefaced the workshop with saying that this is not a community, we don’t have community agreements, we don’t have a history of trust and relationship together; this is a webinar. This is why I’m also offering other spaces for connection and other kinds of materials and supports (see Further Information and Support and Class Handouts below). Also know that, while these workshops can’t begin to meet the needs that we all have around gender justice and understanding, I am really here for your curiosity and solidarity around this issue, and I hold that we can all contribute to creating a more equitable, loving world.
This workshop format is a combination of presentation, discussion, and explorations. There will be a lot of opportunities to share (openly or anonymously) about your own questions, challenges, sticking points, and habits around gender. You may experience stress, confusion, or a sense of helplessness or desperation about the attack on trans people, but information is not scarce. Your innate capacity to learn and help restore wholeness is not scarce. Please go at your own pace during the workshop and after. Also remember you can seek out additional information from other educators, and you can dive into the info list (below). You won’t be missing out on anything if you decide to sit out parts, or review the recording in small pieces over time. Your learning process is monumental, and worth honoring.
There will be material for a variety of learning approaches, and attendees are encouraged to modify or diverge from explorations as they wish. These workshops are meant to raise questions and support you in how you want to engage with the material, and contribute your own perspectives and wisdom. Attendees can participate with video on or off, can speak, participate in the chat, or on Padlet. Your presence is also valuable if you prefer to engage internally and process at your own pace. Meetings will be closed captioned, and recordings, slides, and other materials will be available for further exploration. Please contact the organizer if you have other access needs.
Further Tapping Information and Support
There are a lot of free tapping resources, including groups, recordings, and free booklets and papers. I will be offering free monthly open houses for healing explorations and discussion the day after each class.
This is an ever-expanding, extremely cursory list of jumping off points to explore trans issues and to introduce some trans writers and creators. I will be adding more to it both before and after this workshop.
This is not homework - engage with them in whatever way is supportive for you.
What Doors Can Open: Equity and Healing Explorations - Series Schedule
October 15 (note: third Sunday)
Emotional Freedom Technique for Inflammation, Oppression, Toxicity, and Trauma Part 1
Emotional Freedom Technique for Inflammation, Oppression, Toxicity, and Trauma Part 2
Trans 101: An Intro to Varieties of Trans Issues and Ways of Being
January 21, 2024 (note: third Sunday)
Exploring Gender: Introspection and Play for All
February 11, 2024
Care for Autistic Folks: Considerations for Clients and Practitioners
March 10, 2024
Supporting Marginalized People in Community: Cultivating Healthy Containers
April 14, 2024
Supporting Marginalized People in Healing Work: For Clients and Practitioners
May 12, 2024
Making Home-made Homeopathic Remedies for Trees
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About the Host
The AT Liberation Project is an open network of Alexander Technique teachers, trainees and students who have come together to examine inequity and injustice in our community’s history, to educate ourselves on topics of inclusion, equity and social justice, and to create a more welcoming AT community for ourselves and those who may have been excluded from our work in the past.
We seek to question language, paradigms, and practices within the Alexander Technique which cause harm and limit inclusion, and develop those which foster social justice and belonging.
[Image: Alexander Technique Liberation Project logo, with brightly colored overlapping shapes that look like flower petals or leaves, with the letters ATLP at the bottom.]
About the Facilitator
Moriah Williams (pronouns: q/surprise me) is a holistic practitioner, writer, and portal witch who works with folks who are interested in exploring body-based, sociopolitical, and/or spiritual and nature-based aspects of healing. Moriah practices Ortho-Bionomy®*, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique, Animal Communication, and q is a NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM®)-Informed Professional with an Embodied Social Justice Certificate. Moriah is a white autistic genderqueer person who has healed from chronic illness, who has special interests in birds, spiders, liminality, and the spiritual function of humor. Moriah has presented workshops for numerous organizations, including: TruHap Positive Psychology Center, (Un)occupy Albuquerque and Kalpulli Izkalli's Medicine for the People, Multicultural Efforts to end Sexual Assault (MESA), The Alternatives Conference, the Optimal Aging Conference, the Society of Ortho-Bionomy International,Inc., and q has been a panelist for Southwestern College's Disability, Bias, and Access panel. *Ortho-Bionomy® is a trademark of the Society of Ortho-Bionomy International, Inc., and is used with permission.
Youtube tapping library @transverseprocess
Phone, WhatsApp, and Telegram: +1 505-577-0479
[Image: Photo of Moriah, a white genderqueer autistic person, smiling at the camera in front of a stucco wall. The tail of Pumpkin T. Monkeypants, an orange tabby, is photobombing the picture from Moriah's lap.]