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Eastern PA Trans Equity Project hosts free virtual workshops on topics of interest to transgender folk. Our Trans Topics programming offers an opportunity for transgender and gender non-binary people as well as their allies and family members to learn more about issues such as transgender medical care, financial, legal, and political concerns, wellness, as well as transition advice.

Registration for these Transgender educational seminars is free, but is required. Registrants will be added to our EPTEP/Renaissance mailing list. You may unsubscribe from this mailing list at any time with a link provided in each email. Personal registration information will not be shared with presenters.

July 20, 2021: Masculinizing Hormone Therapy

Join Endocrinologist Dr. Leslie Colip as she helps you to learn and uncover the facts about Masculinizing hormone therapy including its affects, modalities, and risks.

A graduate of the Temple School of Medicine, Dr. Colip has proven her committment to the respectful treatment of transgender patients. She serves in the Lehigh Valley healthNetwork and provides trans-affirming care through private practice and LVHN’s Cmprehensive health Services Clinic.

July 27, 2021: Reading the Bible from a Trans and Non-binary Perspective – A Conversation with Joy Ladin

Joy Ladin is an American poet and the David and Ruth Gottesman Chair in English at Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University. She is the first openly transgender professor at an Orthodox Jewish institution.

Joy Ladin argues that trans and non-binary experiences should be seen as central to religious traditions because they are built around relating to someone, God, who, like us, doesn’t have a body or identity that fits binary gender categories. After explaining some of the ways trans and non-binary experience can illuminate religious traditions, we will put theory into practice, and look at a Bible passage together from trans and non-binary perspectives. All are welcome; neither prior knowledge of religion or Biblical texts, nor identifying as trans or non-binary, is required.

August 3, 2021: Another Closet: Domestic and Intimate Partner Abuse in the Trans Community

54% of transgender people have experienced domestic and intimate partner violence. What can we do to disrupt this statistic? We’ll explore what domestic and intimate partner violence is and looks like in the trans and queer community, how to support trans survivors, and what resources exist for survivors.

Robin Gow (they/he) is an Educator Outreach Advocate at Turning Point of Lehigh Valley, an organization that works to eliminate domestic and intimate partner abuse in the Lehigh Valley through empowerment, education, and engagement. Gow is also a published author and has delivered trans education programs to universities and healthcare networks across the country.

Please note that participation in this event is confidential and only the host and presenter will see your name unless you choose to make it public.

August 10, 2021: A Conversation with Riki Wilchins

Riki Wilchins is a true pioneer in the fight for transgender recognition and rights. We hope you will join us for a provocative interview and conversation about her work, her views on the current challenges facing the trans community and much more. She will also be taking questions from attendees.

Riki Wilchins is the founder of the protest group Transexual Menace and the national advocacy organization GenderPAC, Wilchens’ work has been profiled by the New York Times and TIME Magazine has selected her one of 100 Civic Innovators for the 21st Century.

She is the author of multiple books on gender including “Read My Lips: Sexual Subversion & the End of Gender,” “Queer Theory/Gender Theory: An Instant Primer,” “GenderQueer: Voices from Beyond the Sexual Binary,” “TRANS/gressive: How Transgender Activists Took on Gay Rights, Feminism, the Media & Congress… and Won!,” “Burn the Binary! — Selected Writings on Living Trans, Genderqueer & Nonbinary,” and “Gender Norms & Intersectionality: Connecting Race, Class & Gender.”

August 24, 2021: Yoga for Health and Wellness

Yoga can be the key to getting physically fit in preparation for an upcoming surgery, a way to get in tune with your body, or help us to improve our mindfulness. Join our expert Christina Roberts as she teaches us how Yoga can improve our physical and mental wellbeing.

Christina Roberts is an adult athlete with years of experience running marathons and participating in triathlons.  During that time, she has worked with diverse groups to deliver yoga programming to supplement their goals.  She is a sport psychology master’s candidate.

September 7, 2021: Transition in the Workplace

Join our expert, Jamison Green as he discusses the evoloution of transgender rights in the workplace, the obstacles and challenges of coming out in the workplace and how you can navigate them.

Jamison Green is an author, educator, public speaker, independent legal scholar, and consulting expert in transgender health and employment discrimination litigation. He serves as a policy consultant for business, educational, and governmental institutions, and is past president of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).

He is the author of “Becoming A Visible Man.” This highly acclaimed work has just been updated and released as a second edition.

September 21, 2021: Pelvic Health for Transgender Folk (pre and and post GCS surgery)

Having a healthy and strong pelvic floor is helpful for both pre and post operative people of transgender experience. Pre surgery it improves and access to skin grafting along with ensuring proper urinary funtion. Post operatively, it reduces recovery time, inproves urinary function and can even improve sexual experiences!

In this Trans Topics session Pelvic Floor Therapist, Caroline Rober de Massy will help you explore ways to improve your pelvice health. Caroline is a Physical Therapist Assistant at the St. Luke’s Univeristy Health Network’s Center for Pelvic Health who has experience working with trans feminine and trans masculine patients. She has extensive training from the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehab Institute and continues to take advanced courses to keep up with the latest research and techniques. She is passionate about finding creative ways to allow patients to reach their goals through exercises, education, manual techniques and humor.

Recordings of Many Trans Topics Workshops Can Be Found On Our YouTube Channel. Prior Transgender Seminar Topics Include:

  • Making Your Coming Out Plan
  • Travelling While Trans
  • Top Surgery for Trans Masculine People
  • Post Surgical Revocery for Trans Women
  • Parents and Families Transition too!
  • Binding, Packing and Peeing for Trans Masculine Folk
  • Working with a Gender Therapist
  • Why Write? Because Only You Can Tell Your Story
  • Makeup for Blending In
  • Changing Your Name In Pennsylvania
  • Top Surgery for Trans Women
  • Feminizing Hormone Therapy
  • Using Mindfulness to Manage Gender Dysphoria
  • Building an Affordable and Stylish Wardrobe
  • Becoming Your Own Healthcare Advocate
  • Reproductive Healthcare For Trans Guys
  • Life Planning for Transgender Individuals
  • Non-Surgical Voice Modification and Feminization
  • Transitioning in Faith
  • “Trans”forming Gynecology – Gynecological care post GCS
  • Nonsurgical options for Facial Feminization