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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. 

Gender Inside the Box, Outside the Box, and What is this Box Thing, Anyhow?

Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 1:00 PM–Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 2:30 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
2 - Salon C
Workshop Description

Western society relies on a binary system of gender in which there were are two distinct options – male and female – each carrying discrete stereotypes and meanings. Care has been around transitioning from one to the other, but increasing numbers are identifying outside traditional gender norms. How do we understand the gender binary, heteronormativity, nontraditional genders, and the impact of the categorization of identity?

This workshop covers an overview of the history of transgender care, including binary and nonbinary gender identity and terminology, identity versus expression, and various motivations why an individual might explore nonbinary identity. Finally, it will offer a trans-positive and client-centered perspective on gender and the social forces involved in the categorization of gender.

Primary Contact

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R, Private Practice and Callen-Lorde Community Health Center

Workshop Presenter's Names

Laura A. Jacobs, Private Practice and Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
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Presenter Bio

Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R is a Trans and GenderQueer psychotherapist, speaker, author, and activist, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Callen-Lorde, and have presented at countless conferences, medical schools, and other organizations. Laura founded the Gender Dysphoria Affirmative Working Group and coauthored “ ‘You’re In The Wrong Bathroom!’ And 20 Other Myths and Misconceptions About Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People”. They were recently presented the 2019 Standard of Excellence Award by AASECT.