Healing Justice for Queer and Trans People of Color: It is Our Duty to Fight for our Freedom
Join the National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network for a presentation on healing justice and how to use this framework to increase access to resources for queer and trans Black, Indigenous and people of color (QTBIPoC) rooted in liberation and social justice. Learn about radical emerging interventions led by QTBIPoC to ensure access to dignified and effective care for this community as well as strategies to practice solidarity and improve their work with QTBIPoC community.
Facilitator Bios Erica Woodland, LCSW (he/him/his) is a black queer/genderqueer facilitator, consultant and healing justice practitioner who has worked at the intersections of movements for racial, gender, economic, trans and queer justice and liberation for more than 17 years. He is the Founding Director of the National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network, an organization committed to advancing healing justice by transforming mental health for queer and trans people of color.
Los jóvenes LGBTQ+ a menudo sienten una aversión a la espiritualidad, y ésta aversión es el resultado de estar expuestos a una religiosidad tóxica en la sociedad o su entorno. Los padres que quieren lo mejor para sus hijos tienen un papel increíblemente importante que desempeñar en la creación de entornos saludables que permitan a los jóvenes LGBTQ+ explorar su llamado personal mientras siguen su propia conciencia y camino espiritual. En este taller discutiremos las mejores prácticas para ayudar a los padres y miembros de la familia a conectarse con sus seres queridos LGBTQ+, acompañándose mutuamente en sus jornadas de Fe.
Presenter Bio Yunuen Trujillo is a lay minister, faith-based community organizer, and an attorney. She has more than 15 years of experience in Young Adult Ministry and is one of the leading advocates for inclusive Catholic LGBT Ministry. Yunuen is a regular speaker at the yearly Catholic Religious Education Congress in Anaheim, a Congress that draws about 40,000 attendants from all over the world, where she teaches about inclusive LGBT Ministry. She is also a leader with L.A. Voice PICO, a faith-based, multi-faith, multi-racial organization that works to create a society that reflects the Dignity of all persons. There, she has worked on issues such as immigrant rights, education, and criminal justice reform. Yunuen is the founder of Instagram @lgbtcatholics, an online platform of resources for Catholic LGBT Ministry, and she is also the Religious Formation Coordinator (Sp) for the Catholic Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Persons of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
What does it mean to be nonbinary? How do I use the singular ‘they’ pronoun? How can I support youth in my life who identify as nonbinary? In this workshop we will explore what it means to identify as nonbinary and how the day to day actions of adult allies can dramatically improve the confidence and well-being of nonbinary youth.
Facilitator Bios Robyn Bryers M.S. (they/them) is a dynamic facilitator and innovative educator with 20 years of experience designing and delivering engaging and creative transformational group experiences. Robyn’s engaging, person-centered facilitation style was honed while leading extended international expeditions in remote wilderness settings. Robyn has an extensive background teaching and facilitating diversity, equity, and inclusion content and social justice practices including topics on gender, race, and systems of power and oppression. They have served as the Training Specialist for the County of Santa Clara’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs and worked as a counselor for trans and non-binary clientele. Robyn brings a systems perspective, an adaptive leadership style, non-violent communication, restorative justice practices and most importantly, humility and a sense of humor to difficult conversations.
Transitioning during adolescence is exciting and challenging. This workshop is aimed at helping parents provide support for their young people during this life changing experience.
Presenter Bio Johanna Olson-Kennedy, M.D., has been providing medical intervention for gender non-conforming and transgender youth and young adults for the past fourteen years, and is considered a national expert in this area. Double board certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Dr. Olson-Kennedy is the Medical Director of the Center for Transyouth Health and Development at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the largest transgender youth clinic in the United States.
Aydin Olson-Kennedy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the Executive Director at the Los Angeles Gender Center. He is considered a national expert in the mental care of transgender and non-binary youth and their parents and has been hired by numerous organizations and conferences worldwide to train other professionals about the psychosocial impact of gender dysphoria. Aydin earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science, with areas of focus in multi-cultural and gender studies, sociology, and social work. In 2013, he completed his Master’s in Social Work from California State University, Chico.
Survival to Support: Youth Prevention for LGBTQ+ Youth
Current research focused on preventative social service programming for sexual and gender minority youth is scarce. This presentation unveils results of the program evaluation research and qualitative analysis of the Lambert House: LGBTQ+ Community Youth Center. Data analyzed for this analysis includes field observation notes, semi-structured interviews, and program records. The aim of this analysis was to identify the program structure and content which are not conventional elements of preventative youth programs in mainstream society.
Presenter Bio Krystal Roig-Palmer, is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Washington State University. Her research examines a range of displaced populations and alternative methods of rehabilitation. For almost two decades, she has worked in versatile environments with at-risk youth and hard-to-reach populations (such as homeless and/or LGBTQ+ youth) in both juvenile diversion, and diverse private non-profit settings.