Understanding the Transgender Experience and Learning Effective Ways to Address Health Care and Prevention Needs of Transgender People

Delivery time: Can be adjusted to be 2-6 hours in length. Minimum of 3 hours is preferable.

Audience: All social services and medical providers, support staff, board members, and others seeking basic overview of Transgender issues, concepts and challenges.

A/V Requirements: Overhead projector or LCD projector, flip chart, TV/VCR (if we show an optional video)

Description of course:

The term "transgender" is now common in HIV prevention and treatment work, but what exactly is the "T" in GLBT? How is transphobia different than homophobia and why is it important to work against both? This workshop will address issues for members of the Transgender community—specific barriers to health care, risks for HIV, and sources of pride—and how they differ (and overlap) with issues of the Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual communities. Through examining these issues in an interactive format—and looking at gender variance from a historical and cross-cultural perspective—participants will gain tools to serve and advocate for transgendered people in their communities. The presenter is a transgender activist and health trainer, committed to addressing these issues in a safe, engaging format. All levels of experience or understanding of transgender issues welcome.

Presentation will include didactic and interactive portions, with lecture and overhead presentation, participant exercises, and discussion.

Presentation Goal:

To provide a thorough overview of Transgender issues for health care providers and community outreach workers needing to understand how to work with and serve this population.

Presentation Objectives:

At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  1. Explain basic transgender terminology
  2. Identify and explain differences between the three separate continuums of gender identity, sexual orientation and physical/biological sex.
  3. Distinguish between gay/lesbian-oriented services and transgender-targeted services
  4. Identify specific issues of HIV/STD risk and risk reduction for transgender clients
  5. Identity at least three barriers to services and three solutions to making services available.
  6. Incorporate basic knowledge of trangender issues, concepts and concerns into their current professional work.
  7. Refer to transgender resources and existing programs or materials addressing these concerns.