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Live Streaming of Critical Conversations: (Trans)gressing a Traumatizing Gender Culture

Friday, October 18, 2013

Cost: Free

Friday,October 18, 2013, Givens Conference Room, 120 Elmer Anderson Library, UMTC West Bank

(Live streaming here)

Acknowledging that we are all part of a gender culture that discriminates against some while privileging others, we invite you to participate in a discussion with trans, gender non-conforming, and two-spirit identified panelists who seek to "flip the frame" about gender identity. One aim is to increase knowledge and end social isolation, exploitation, and trauma that gender-non-conforming individuals experience. Many Americans face healthcare quality and affordability issues, but medical equity is especially critical for transgender people since most plans have discriminatory exclusions for trans-related care. Legal rights are also crucial as transgender people face higher incidences of exploitation, depression, job fragility, and personal safety issues. Engage in this discussion and leave with greater understanding about community issues and yourself.

Panelists: Roxanne Anderson, Director, Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition; Keagan Goetsch, student, University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts; Nick Metcalf, Federal Compliance Specialist, Minnesota Department of Human Services; Paridise Valentino, Outreach and Resource Sharing Coordinator, Trans Youth Support Network (TYSN) of Minnesota. Moderator: MJ Gilbert, Instructor, University of Minnesota School of Social Work.


More about Critical Conversations About Diversity and Justice

The first Critical Conversations About Diversity and Justice series began in September 2012 and ran through April 2013. We're pleased to continue offering this series for a second year, starting in September 2013 and running through April 2014. Every conversation in the series takes place on a Friday, from 1:30 3 p.m. in the Givens Conference Room (120 Elmer Andersen Library, on the U's West Bank Campus) or via live stream.

The Critical Conversations series is sponsored by the University of Minnesota's Office for Equity and Diversity and co-sponsored by the University Libraries. These conversations are open to all students, staff, faculty and community members, and do not require an RSVP.

To request a disability-related accommodation, please contact Ralph Blanco at or 612-625-8680. Please allow two weeks advance notice.


Live Stream

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