Youth

Workshops

Saturday, November 14: Session 1 (10:50-11:35 a.m.)

Workshop Summary
In this workshop, we will explore how the characteristics of a healthy relationship with ourselves transfer to our platonic friendships, romantic partners, familial connections, and community members. Together we will explore how skills around consent, boundaries, and advocacy can be applied in all facets of our queer relationships. By moving from a model of self-care in a vacuum to that of collective care we nourish a diverse ecosystem of queer relationships.

Presenter Bio
Tiffany Lee is a Black queer femme from York City. She has her master’s degree in Gender and Women’s Studies. She is currently a social justice educator and the coordinator of Crossroads at University of Wisconsin – Madison. Crossroads is an initiative centering and advocating queer and trans students of color on campus. It is a split position between the Gender and Sexuality Campus Center and the Multicultural Student Center. She is a spoken word artist, yoga teacher, and was a content writer for the online magazine “The Body is Not an Apology.” The center of her academic, professional, and activist experience is queer collective care and connection.

For more information: https://lgbt.wisc.edu/about-2/meet-the-staff/

Workshop Summary
Coming out as somewhere between gay and straight takes guts and bravery! Attend this workshop to learn more about the terms and definitions within the bi+ (bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer, and other nonmonosexual labels) community and bi+ identity development stages. We’ll also dive into the do’s and don’ts of coming out, especially in relation to telling straight and gay people in your life. Gain knowledge of important local and national bi+ groups and resources.

Presenter Bio
Dr. Mimi Hoang is a nationally recognized psychologist, educator, and activist specializing in the LGBTQ+ and Asian Pacific Islander communities. Since the 1990s, she has co-founded three organizations in Los Angeles for bisexual, pansexual, and nonmonosexual (AKA “bi+”) individuals, and authored multiple publications, and was named “One of the Most Significant Women in the Bisexual Movement.” She currently works as a Staff Psychologist at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) Student Psychological Services, Adjunct Professor at Antioch University, and is the creator of the “Bi on Life” self-empowerment series and Bi+ Women’s Space, a support group for bi+ women in Los Angeles.

For more information: www.drmimihoang.com

Workshop Summary
Learn and discuss the roles, tactics, and legacies of three super important student activist movements. Using these examples, we will then discuss how to expand your role in the current social and racial justice movements. We will put into practice what we learned by using organizing scenarios based on real issues students may face at schools or in their communities.

Facilitator Bio
Sam Aguilar is the Program Coordinator for the Community Action Network (CAN) Program at the Los Angeles LGBT Center. The CAN Program works to provide free resources and support to Gender and Sexualities Alliances and LGBTQ+ Clubs in schools throughout the greater Los Angeles area in order to create safer, more inclusive environments for LGBTQ+ students to grow and thrive in.

For more information: https://schools.lalgbtcenter.org/community-action-network-can/

Workshop Summary
The short answer to this question is “Yes!” but, given the resistance and discrimination queer folk often encounter in religious circles, we’re guessing you have some questions to ask. Panelists from several faith traditions are ready to listen and provide some perspectives that might help you find your own spiritual path.

Facilitator Bios
Dr. Lisa Patriquin, PhD
Lisa develops The Guibord Center’s programs for children, youth and young adults of many faith traditions. She forms partnerships with schools to increase religious and interfaith literacy and promote open discourse about religion and spirituality as an aspect of identity. Programs include brining speakers for classes and parent groups and working with teachers to create special events and customized curricula for elementary and secondary students.

Terry Opalek
Terry Opalek (he/him) is a student, teacher, writer and presenter of metaphysical and spiritual truths. His spiritual pilgrimage began at age 15 and continues evolving to this day. Terry takes his hard-won life lessons and spiritual development to others through workshops, intuitive coaching and entrepreneurship. A certified Reiki Master-Teacher, he is training to become a compassion integrity teacher.  Terry is the Community Liaison for The Guibord Center.  

Tahil Sharma
Tahil (he him) is the Regional Coordinator (North America) for United Religions Initiative, the world’s largest grassroots interfaith network, and a member of The Guibord Center’s Advisory Council.  He is the son of a Hindu father and Sikh mother.  

Frankie Anthony Velasquez
Frankie Anthony Velasquez (he/ him) is the Community Pastor at New Abbey Church in Pasadena, CA. He is a proud Gay-Mexican- Unapologetic Charismatic Christian, who believes this life is a gift and we all have the beautiful opportunity to learn and experience our own complexities as well as each other’s. Frankie holds to the belief that freedom, love, and joy are our birthright. 

Sarah Sterrett
Sarah is a Muslim transwoman.  She converted from Christianity a few years ago. Sarah works for a major entertainment company here in LA (currently furloughed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.) She enjoys photography, writing, and hiking.

For more information: https://TheGuibordCenter.org

Workshop Summary
Want to make sure you and your friends are getting accurate, LGBT-inclusive information about sex and relationships? The folks at Scarleteen are here to help! In this workshop, we’ll cover the do’s and don’ts of sex and relationship advice to help you become the sex ed superstar of your social circle.

Presenter Bios
Heather Corinna is a queer feminist activist, author, educator and innovator. They are the founder, director, designer and editor of Scarleteen (www.scarleteen.com), the first comprehensive sexuality and relationships education resource for young people of its kind, which has provided accurate, inclusive information and support for millions each year since 1998. Heather is the author of “S.E.X: The All-You-Need-To-Know Sexuality Guide to Get You Through Your Teens and Twenties” (DaCapo Press, 2007, 2017); “Wait, What?: A Comic Book Guide to Relationships, Bodies, and Growing Up” (Oni Press, 2019), and the forthcoming “What Fresh Hell Is This? Perimenopause, Menopause, Other Indignities and You — A Guide “(Hachette/Lifelong, 2021).

Sam Wall is the Assistant to the Director at Scarleteen.com and has been working as a sex educator since 2012. In addition to her work at Scarleteen she holds an MSW from U.W Madison and has worked in as a rape crisis advocate and a youth services facilitator. When not at Scarleteen she writes about sex, death, and monsters.

For more information: https://www.scarleteen.com/

Workshop Summary
Are you considering a career in media? Do you love TV, film, or even your smartphone? Come hear about how to be out AND successful at work! In this interactive panel, learn how to break into the industry from the experts. LGBTQ+ media employees will share their stories and give advice regarding the educational and work experience needed to turn their passions into careers, coming out at work, and getting your foot in the door. These employees from NBCUniversal, one of the world’s premiere entertainment, news, and sports media companies, are here to give you the inside scoop. You don’t want to miss this opportunity!

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Saturday, November 14: Session 2 (11:55 a.m.-12:40 p.m.)

Workshop Summary
Are you curious to learn more about the ace-spectrum community? Whether you identify as ace or Aro, are questioning, or just want to know more, this presentation is for you. Join us as real-life aces and Aros cover everything from fundamental terms, dispelling myths, and larger issues facing ace folks today.

Presenter Bios
Izzy Lee is the Financial Director for Ace Los Angeles, a meetup and outreach group for the asexual (aromantic inclusive) community in greater LA. Her work within the ace community includes leading conference workshops, providing consultations to media creators, and creating educational materials. Her goals include fostering bonds within the ace community by creating safe spaces for members to explore their identity and raising awareness within general society to combat ignorance and discrimination. Izzy currently works as a professional in STEM.

Samantha Chappell is one of Ace Los Angeles’ Co-Executive Directors. Ace Los Angeles is a 501(c)3 non-profit social meetup, education, and outreach group for asexuals and aromantics in southern California. The group hosts monthly social gatherings and raises awareness through outreach and educational presentations and events.

Shari B. Ellis born and raised in Chicago and graduated from Yale University. She is an animation and visual fx industry veteran with over 20 years of experience, an award-winning producer and writer, and a published photographer. As co-executive director of Ace Los Angeles, Shari consulted on the character of Todd on Bojack Horseman. A Television Academy member and 2020 fellow of the Producers Guild’s Power of Diversity workshop, Shari is currently developing an animated television show for adults, Fangirl, featuring an asexual lead character.

For more information: http://www.acelosangeles.org/

Workshop Summary
Who we are creates the way we see the world and how we navigate it. In this panel, we will have three BIPOC leaders in different fields discuss how their identities and experiences have come to shape the work they do as well as what it means for them to be a leader. Q&A at the end.

Facilitator Bios
Nela Perlta is a life coach, writer, and entrepreneur with a penchant for philosophy and pop music. At the foundation of his work, Nel synthesizes the intersecting aspects of his varying identities (gay, latinx, cancer survivor, first-gen) to facilitate joyful transformation in the lives of visionaries. He also loves Britney Spears.

Schuler Bailar is the first transgender athlete to compete in any sport on an NCAA Division 1 men’s team. By 15, he was one of the nation’s top 20 15-year-old breast-stroke competitor. By the age of 17 he set a national age-group record. In college, he swam for Harvard University, on the winningest Harvard team in 50 years. Schuyler’s difficult choice – to transition while potentially giving up the prospect of being an NCAA Champion – was historic and timely. His story has appeared everywhere from 60 Minutes to The Ellen Show. Schuyler’s tireless advocacy of inclusion through public speaking and social media (@pinkmantaray) has earned him numerous notable honors.

For more information: @peraltacoaching @pinkmantaray

Sunday, November 15: Session 3 (4-4:45 p.m.)

Workshop Summary
Now more than ever in this time of change and uncertainty, it’s time to own your image, know your voice, and prove your value every day. Lead With Your Brand!™ is specially designed for diverse LGBTQ+ people to build winning, super-premium, personal brands using a real marketer’s toolkit. Apple, Starbucks, & Nike. We all love brands – and you can create a brand that stands out from the crowd. Learn how to build a plan for your next breakthrough and declare “I am NOT coffee! I’m Starbucks!”

Presenter Bio
Jayzen Patria is a personal brand expert, diversity advocate and keynote speaker helping people finding their true brand voice and bring their best authentic selves to the table every day. He is a 25-year learning and development veteran of Fortune 100 companies, including General Electric, Comcast, and NBCUniversal and has worked with some of the world’s top entertainment, media and tech brands, including AT&T Entertainment, Microsoft, Bravo, VMware, E!, Univision, Universal Parks & Resorts, Indeed, Telemundo, Focus Features, and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Jayzen is proud to serve on the American Red Cross’ National Diversity Council and the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Learn more at www.jayzenpatria.com

For more information: https://www.leadwithyourbrand.com/

Workshop Summary
Disarming the Inner Bully Everyone has one. The inner bully is that part of us that constantly judges and shames us for not being good enough. We can be our own worst enemy. What if there was a way to not just interrupt this voice, but to replace it with a supportive and kind voice? We will try practices that can help us become gentler and loving with ourselves. Let’s get out of our heads and into our hearts!

Facilitator Bio
Martin Vitorino, Ph.D. leads a meditation group for trans people called “Mindful Transitions” in Los Angeles that focuses on self-compassion, vulnerability and connection. He is a core faculty at Courage of Care Coalition, a non-profit focusing on Spiritual Activism. He also works as the Deputy Executive Director at InsightLA, a non-profit mindfulness meditation organization. He earned a Ph.D. in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies from Emory University where he studied well-being and resilience. He organizes heart-centered retreats from trans masculine people to create a sense of belonging and healing from transphobia. 

For more information: http://courageofcare.org/team-courage/

Workshop Summary
Jen Hastings, MD and Jackson Bird will discuss the basics of transitioning––including hormone therapy and puberty blockers as well as social and emotional considerations. As a non-binary physician consultant and educator affiliated with UCSF Department of Family and Community Medicine, Dr. Hastings will discuss “transition” as embodiment, and break down the different options available to trans masculine, trans feminine, and nonbinary individuals. As a transgender man and storyteller, Jackson Bird will contribute a first-person perspective and shed light on the challenges and joys of transitioning.

Presenter Bio
Jackson Bird (he/him/his) is a writer and Internet creator dedicated to demystifying the transgender experience. A YouTube NextUp Creator and GLAAD Rising Star Digital Innovator, Jackson shares his and others’ stories on his YouTube channel, jackisnotabird, and in his debut book Sorted: Growing Up, Coming Out, and Finding My Place. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Vulture, The Advocate, and more, and his TED Talk “How to talk (and listen) to transgender people” has been viewed over one million times. Jackson lives in New York City and you can follow him online @jackisnotabird.

Jen Hastings, MD (Jen) is dedicated to healing from the heart, and has always worked with an integrated body mind spirit approach. Jen’s work includes Transgender Health Care, the integration of Behavioral Health, Trauma Informed Care, Mindfulness and alternative approaches to treating pain. Jen started the Planned Parenthood Transgender Healthcare Program in Santa Cruz in 2003, and a Mindfulness Based MAT program in 2018.
Jen is Volunteer Clinical Professor, UCSF Department of Family and Community Medicine, a member of the Medical Advisory Board of the UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, Director of Medical Conference Programming for Gender Spectrum and works to increase medical access and understanding about the gender journey. Jen is actively involved in supporting Trans and Gender Expansive Services around the country.

Jen does not have a website, but notes Jen is a physician consultant and educator, affiliated with UCSF Dept of Family and Community Medicine.

For more information on Jackson Bird: http://jacksonbird.cool

Workshop Summary
There are infinite ways to own, explore, express, and relate with masculinities. This workshop explores what it looks like to present/live/play with masculinities that are authentic for ourselves, and how they relate to the world. This discussion group is for all people and identities who want to actively redefine and explore the possibilities of what it can and should mean to be masculine in this world.

Presenter Bios
Jaden Fields (he/him) is an LA-based poet, cultural worker, and educator dedicated to cultivating healing-centered spaces for marginalized communities. As a black, queer, trans organizer, Jaden’s work has centered racial justice, gender equity, and violence prevention for the past 13 years. Jaden has facilitated community health programs and support groups, and created intentional spaces committed to healing and wellness. Jaden self-published his first chapbook, Intentional Musings on Staying Alive When I Want To Die (2019), an honest depiction of navigating mental health and systemic oppression, and leaning into his own healing.

Ash Nichols (they/them) is a queer non-binary trans human, who spends their days gathering stories and facilitating other groups of humans. Ash has been a theatre and performance artist over the past decade throughout California. Ash has been a producer and manager specializing in new works, community-engaged projects, installations, non-traditional and other weird art things that defy categorization. Ash is fond of nurturing, instigating, and challenging redefinitions of masculinities of the world, both as their own person, and through more official avenues. Ash currently works with Trans* Lounge, and is proud to be a part of making workshops, groups and classes accessible to their community.

For More Information: @thedappermrjaden; https://translounge.org/

Workshop Summary
Do you ever wonder who has been authorized to decide which bodies are seen as desirable? Isn’t it funny how most people think the last 500 years of colonialism is just a historical fact that has no impact on our lives today? Join Sonalee Rashatwar, popularly known as TheFatSexTherapist on Instagram, as we explore how fatness disrupts the gender binary, white supremacy, and diet culture.

Presenter Bio
Sonalee Rashatwar, LCSW Med (she/they) is an award-winning clinical social worker, organizer, and instagram educator. Popularly known as The Fat Sex Therapist, she is an abolitionist therapist and uses social media to deliver radical popular education. Based in Philly, she is a pleasure therapist, and co-owner of Radical Therapy Center, where she specializes in treating sexual trauma, body image issues, internalized fatphobia, immigrant kid guilt, and brahminical cisheteropatriarchy in South Asian family systems, while offering fat and body positive sexual healthcare. Their most beloved organizing work created radical political educational spaces for South Asian and Indo Caribbean youth called East Coast Solidarity Summer.

For More Information: www.sonaleer.com @thefatsextherapist

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