Workshop Block 4: Sunday, October 22 - 8:00 am - 9:30 am 

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Energy Tools for Tough Times: Self-Care for Advocates
Raise Your Voice
Cathy Campbell, LPC, HTP
Salon B

In February 2017, Kaiser Health News identified a new “diagnosis”—Post-Election Stress Disorder—to explain increased problems with sleep, anxiety, concentration, depression since the November election. We must take care of ourselves to be centered and effective advocates in the current political environment. Using simple methods to balance our energy results in better physical, mental, and emotional health—so we can continue to be compassionate and effective advocates without burning out. Participants will be will be led through quick, simple techniques for maintaining and regaining your balance. These techniques come from Healing Touch, Eden Energy Medicine, and HeartMath. You will leave feeling centered and balanced with your energy system humming. And you will have a toolbox of stress-management techniques to take home.

Families in Transition: Story-Sharing Inspired by Real Boy
Raise Your Voice
Aiden Aizuumi, PFLAG Pasadena, Jill Aul, PFLAG Regional Director (Central Region), and Shaleece Haas

This is a story-sharing session for families and allies, inspired by selections from the new documentary Real Boy, an intimate story of a family in transition. As 19-year-old Bennett Wallace navigates early sobriety, late adolescence, and the evolution of his gender identity, his mother makes her own transformation from resistance to acceptance of her trans son. Along the way, both mother and son find support in their communities, reminding us that families are not only given, but chosen. Following the screening, participants will break into small, facilitated groups to share their own stories as they relate to the film's themes of gender identity, family support, mentorship, addiction/recovery, self-harm, and healthy coping tools.

Gender Transition: How Young is Too Young?
Raise Your Voice
Jenn Burleton and Kit Crosland, TransActive Gender Center
Salon I

With stories of transgender children transitioning to live as their true gender becoming more common, people have asked, “They're so young, how can they know for sure this is what they want?” This concern is compounded by a myriad of seemingly contradictory messages being promoted by politically conservative individuals and organizations, pseudo-medical professional associations and groups driven by anti-transgender bias. This workshop will help those in PFLAG chapter leadership positions discern the misinformation from the facts, better understand the variables involved in childhood and adolescent gender transitions and how to advise and provide resources to families of transgender and gender diverse children, adolescents and teens between the age of 3-18.

How to Nurture Leadership Growth in Others and Ourselves
Build the Future
Kathy Godwin, PFLAG National Board and Jean Hodges, PFLAG Boulder County, PFLAG National Board
Salon G

This session will explore the concept of “servant-leadership” as a tool for successful leaders. Through the use of role-playing various scenarios, participants will develop the spirit to serve so there is effective communication for personal growth and organizational effectiveness. How can members nurture mutual personal growth in interaction with leaders, others members, and allies? How can collaboration with other community groups apply these principles? We will practice the skill of listening intently. We’ll discuss learning opportunities to increase awareness and inform action. We will work on building consensus by considering consequences of all decisions. We will challenge ourselves to move beyond our comfort zone to include greater intentional diversity. Participants will share their experiences of how they inspire leadership growth in others and themselves. 

PrEP: A New Era In HIV Prevention

Build the Future
Robert C. Petersen, PFLAG Regional Director (Southern Pacific Region)
Salon C

In this sex-positive workshop, participants will learn about the latest tool available to prevent HIV—a pill that if used as prescribed, is highly effective at preventing HIV infection. The method is called Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP for short. You will learn what studies the FDA used to approve PrEP for HIV prevention, who might be considered a candidate for PrEP, how to talk to your doctor about PrEP, the “controversies” surrounding PrEP and the different programs available to access PrEP if your insurance doesn't cover it.

“Religious Liberty” Exemptions: Bad for Religion, Bad for LGBTQ Rights
Raise Your Voice
Shelbi Day, Esq., Family Equality Council; and Arielle Gingold, Bend the Arc Jewish Action, and Diego Miguel Sanchez, APR, PFLAG National
Salon D

Religion is being abused and turned into a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people in a range of contexts across the country. Although so-called “religious liberty” laws have been met with public outcry —including from people of faith who reject such a definition of religious freedom—attempts to legally allow child welfare providers to discriminate based on their religious beliefs have gone largely unnoticed. This workshop will provide an overview of “religious liberty” laws and how activists can help defeat them, including by effectively engaging with affirming faith organizations. We will use adoption and foster care non-discrimination work and legislation like the Every Child Deserves a Family Act as a case study, while also exploring legislative and legal attempts to use religion to discriminate.

Understanding Intersex and the Moral Imperative of Self-Determination
Build the Future
Judi Herring, MD and Anunnaki Ray, Gender/INTERSEX Activist: Educator, Writer and Speaker
Salon A

In this session, participants will have the opportunity to hear an intersex person’s story, and learn key intersex basics including history, biology, types, and statistics. The session will also explore the critical concepts of sex, gender and sexual orientation that establish the distinction between intersex and transgender individuals. Importantly, the discussion will focus on self-determination: a basic human right and bridge-building concept that can amplify intersectionality in social justice work. Participants will have the chance to examine the power of language to influence outcomes and mindset using the example of the stakes associated with an organization’s decision to add an “I” to LGBT.