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2020 Gender Odyssey

June 18–21, 2020

San Diego, CA

Our conference schedule is in development and is subject to change. Additional sessions will be added.  Occasionally, a presenter has to cancel or a session needs to move from its scheduled day and time.  Please review as the conference dates near for any changes that may have occurred. 

Creating Affirming Spaces: It's More than Just Pronouns

Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 8:00 AM–9:20 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
1 - Salon A/B
Workshop Description

Every day transgender people experience high levels of stress and aggression simply by being who they are. This state of stress and hyper vigilance often makes them fearful of pursuing services often based on previous poor experiences with the care system. This workshop will examine the Macro, Meso, and Micro experience of the transgender individual in their pursuit of safe, informed, and supportive care from the medical, mental health, and social agencies in their community. We will examine the stressors that exist in the pursuit of care and how intentional and unintentional micro-aggressions influence the experience. For the second half of the workshop, practical, hands on training concepts will be shared with the focus on creating a trans aware office space that is welcoming and informed on multiple levels.

Primary Contact

John Sovec, John Sovec, Therapy/Coaching/Counseling

Workshop Presenter's Names

John Sovec
Professional Suffix (e.g., MD, LCSW)
Pronouns (ex. she, they, he, etc.)


Presenter Bio

John Sovec, MA, LMFT is a nationally recognized expert on the topic of creating affirmative support for the LGBTQ+ community with his work featured on The Riki Lake Show, OWN, FOX, The Advocate, YHTV, LA Talk Radio, Broad Topics and regular columns for Huffington Post and Good Therapy. In addition, John offers trainings to organizations, schools, non-profits, and professional consultation on how to successfully support the LGBTQ+ community. John is an advocate and educator in the HIV/AIDS community and is the Clinical Consultant for The Life Group LA as well as adjunct faculty at Phillips Graduate University.