The Future of Feminism in a Nonbinary Generation
Presented by: Ash Knowles (They/Them/Theirs)
While there are many types of feminism today, the most popular definition (including Merriam- Webster) remains “the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.” While the binary division of the sexes has long been an oppressive force not only to women but also queer and gender nonconforming people, it is still upheld as the key to overcoming this oppression. However, some modern feminists have delved deeper into the roots of gender ideology to undermine the binary that separates the sexes in the first place. Theorists like Judith Butler, who writes that gender is a performative social construct, or Gloria Anzaldúa, who writes about her own nonbinary gender identity (“half-and-half, two in one body, both male and female”), are actively interrogating and challenging the gender binary. On our way into the 21st century, we are beginning to see the social fruits of their intellectual labor; newer generations are increasingly more tolerant of queer identities, and many have rejected the binary genders in favor of more specific labels. This presentation is an interactive panel on the history of nonbinary genders and gender theory, what nonbinary gender identities are, and the impact they have on modern feminism. It combines personal narrative with research and cultural analysis to “make the personal political” and inspire the audience to examine their own beliefs about gender and feminism. The speaker considers: how will the current goals of feminism shift when the gender binary is complicated by gender theorists and personal identities? How are the current goals of feminism realized when we change the way we think about gender to include nonbinary individuals? A room with a projector will be needed for this presentation, and if possible, a circular audience seating arrangement to promote discussion.
Ash is a nonbinary student graduating from Utah Valley University, where they have studied for over six years. During that time they have completed a minor in Gender Studies and participated in various conferences and publications, each having something to do with gender, feminism, and intersectionality. Their commitment to the queer and nonbinary community at UVU began in 2014 after first coming out, and they made the safety and inclusion of other nonbinary students their goal in the 2017 Writing for Social Change class. They plan to continue to serve this often overlooked and underrepresented community after graduating in 2018.
Safe at School: Bully Prevention and the Law
Presented by: Bo(nnie) Owens (Alternating She/He/They)
Traditionally, Safe at School is an anti-harassment/bully-prevention seminar for educators and others who work with youth. For the genderevolution conference, we’ll focus more on what trans students and their families can expect from educators when it comes to creating safe classrooms and schools in Utah. We’ll explore educational disparities affecting LGBTQ youth in schools and how Utah law both enables and limits educators’ responses to bullying. Parents and families who understand these requirements and limitations can be strong advocates for their students’ safety and well- being at school. We’ll also workshop some useful bullying intervention strategies that anyone can use to help respond to anti-LGBTQ language and behavior.
Bo(nnie) Owens received both a Bachelors degree in Gender Studies and a Masters degree in Education, Culture, and Society from the University of Utah. An activist by trade and an educator by profession, Bo(nnie) has explored teaching in a variety of educative settings including formal classrooms, academic conferences, community centers, after-school programs, and summer camps. During the school year, Bo(nnie) teaches K-6 students in the Promise South Salt Lake Afterschool Program at Woodrow Wilson Elementary. In addition to teaching, Bo (nnie) also coordinates Planned Parenthood’s Safe at School program, which offers practical bully- prevention and response trainings to educators and others who work with LGBTQ youth and their peers.
TransForming Families: Three Generations
Presented by: Cleo Holladay Partington (She/Her/Hers), Marsha G. Partington (She/Her/Hers), CR Partington (He/Him/His)
Three family members of differing backgrounds and identities share their stories of struggle, acceptance, and love in response to their loved one coming out as transgender. A grandmother, mother, and their beloved trans family member will share how they moved from grief and denial to advocacy and a commitment to spreading the word that love should always be unconditional. In the spirit of hope, their passionate presentation is certain to inspire others. There will be time for questions and comments at the conclusion of the panel. Family members and friends of gender non-conforming and transgender people are encouraged to attend.
Cleo Holladay Partington resides in Apalachicola, Florida with her three cats: Comedy, Tragedy, and Farce. A native Virginian, Cleo made her professional acting debut at the Barter Theatre, the State Theatre of Virginia. She has since enjoyed 65 years of professional employment as an actress, appearing both on Broadway and in feature films. She is the author of “The ABC’s of Theatre Etiquette” and is currently writing “The ABC’s of AMD (Age-related macular degeneration)” and is considered legally blind – though this doesn’t stop her from joy-riding on her golf cart. Lastly, Cleo fancies herself top of the ranks among CR’s fan club.
Marsha has been an advocate for the LGBTQ community for over 30 years. While an Addictions Counselor at Pride Institute’s Treatment Program in Minnesota (which exclusively serves the LGBTQ community), she facilitated a weekly transgender support group and provided programming for gender non-conforming clients. Ms. Partington completed customized training designed to help provide welcoming and affirming care for transgender and gender non-conforming clients. She lectures nationally on this topic to other professionals in the Behavioral Health field. Ms. Partington currently works in St. Paul, MN at an outpatient treatment program serving women with addictions. Proud of the courage demonstrated by her transgender son,
Marsha often speaks on behalf of PFLAG to educate and support LGBTQ families.
Chancellor Rose (CR) Partington is an impassioned social justice advocate and committed vegan activist. He splits his time working for U.S. Bank by day and Advanced Veterinary Care at night. He has a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Weber State University and an A.A. in Liberal Arts from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Since migrating from Minneapolis in 2011, CR has resided in South Salt Lake with his loving partner, Elisa. He is the proud dad to two beautiful rescued Pit Bulls, Amalee and Beckham. When not bringing home the vegan bacon, CR enjoys sun naps, cleaning/organizing projects, and traveling with his pack.
Transgender Voice and Communication Treatment
Presented by: Pamela Mathy, PhD., CCC-SLP (She/Her/Hers), Jenny Pierce, MS, CCC-SLP (She/Her/Hers)
The transgender voice workshop will be taught by Speech-language Pathologists from the University of Utah Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic and will introduce different aspects of voice and communication treatment that are important for passability. Preliminary instruction will be given on exercises to feminize or masculinize the voice, along with discussions of specific voice and communication parameters that improve passability.
Pamela Mathy is a speech-language pathologist and the Clinic Director of the University of Utah Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. She initiated the transgender voice and communication clinic earlier this year. She has decades of experience treating communication disorders, particularly overall gender presentation.
Jenny Pierce is a clinical supervisor at the U of U Speech Clinic. She has clinical expertise in voice and voice disorders and supervises voice and speech therapy in the clinic’s transgender program.
Presented by: Laila & Logan Ireland
Together, they’ve pursued negotiations within their military leadership was stark contrasts in acceptance. While Logan’s command was open and transparent about his transition, Laila’s command was not. Eventually, their work, alongside many others in both the military and civilian community, led to meetings at the Pentagon with top military officials and White House staff, to discuss open transgender service. In the summer of 2015, they shot a film produced by the New York Times “Transgender, at War and In Love” which served as a catalyst in the transmilitary movement forward and afforded them an invitation to attend the 2015 White House Pride Reception, hosted by former POTUS Barrack Obama, as the first open actively serving transgender couple. In 2016 they married in Hawaii and continue to advocate on behalf of transgender service members.
While Logan remains on active duty, they both continue to be an inspiration to over thousands of out and proud transgender service members currently serving in the active, reserve and national guard components in all branches of the military. Along with many service members currently serving in silence, there are 700+ members that work with SPART*A (Servicemembers, Partners, and Allies for Respect and Tolerance of All) to build foundations, policy, and roadmaps for open transgender service entry to begin in late 2017.
Addiction and Recovery In The Queer Community vs That Of The Hetero-Normative Community
Presented by: Travis G Jelsma (He/Him/His)
The workshop is to include a video presentation of persons seeking recovery from various forms of addiction whose struggle is impacted by their gender identity and/or their sexual orientation. The intention is to identify causative factors leading members of the queer community to seek detrimental coping mechanisms such as substance abuse, risky sexual behavior and other compulsive forms of self-harm. The desired outcome is to identify possible ways that the community at large could assist in providing more healthy alternatives leading to a reduction of these trends and to assist in recovery from these pyrrhic lifestyles. The presentation will conclude with a discussion between a panel of subject matter experts.
Travis Jelsma is a 43-year-old gay male who is currently a student of Social Work at the Salt Lake Community College. He is also a person in long-term recovery from a very serious crystal meth addiction that spanned over 14 years of his life. He is a very active member of the recovery community in Utah and holds many service positions in the said community. He is also quickly becoming an instrument of progress in the LGBTQIA+ Community in the greater Salt Lake County.
Beyond Bathrooms: How Transgender Children are Changing Our Schools for the Better
Presented by: Jesse Fleutsch (He/Him/His)
We are in the midst of a generational shift of seismic proportion regarding the acceptability of gender fluidity and gender diversity. Schools in Utah are adapting in order to meet the needs of the growing number of transgender and gender creative students coming to school as their true selves. These changes are benefiting all students. Join Jesse Fluetsch for an overview and discussion of the issues facing local transgender and gender creative youth in K-12 education.
Jesse loves working with transgender and gender creative children and their families in our local Utah community. He is the founder of two youth groups at the Utah Pride Center; Kids Like Me is a playgroup where gender creative children and their families come together in the spirit of fostering acceptance, and Teens Like Us is a social and mutual support group for middle schoolers. Over the last ten years, he has filled many other leadership roles in Utah’s trans and queer communities. Jesse is currently a junior in the special education major at the University of Utah.
Meeting in the Middle: Seeing and Being Seen Clearly and Compassionately
Presented by: Anna Zumwalt (She/Her/Hers)
Participants are lead through a journey that explores (1) their own feelings and opinions in a nonjudgmental way; (2) what another may be experiencing in the relationship; (3) a perspective that encompasses the entire relationship and allows for the discovery of elements, and strengths and weaknesses, that had previously been hidden. Using her hybrid guided meditation/hypnotherapy technique, Anna’s workshop gives attendees a powerful (and easy) skill to use in their day-to-day lives, from job interviews to having difficult conversations with loved ones.
Anna Zumwalt is a certified clinical hypnotherapist and registered Zen Priest, a popular teacher and presenter, and has been honored and delighted to be a part of the genderevolution conferences for the past five (or six?) years. She has been the Pride Interfaith service Buddhist liaison and an advocate for gender equality for over 10 years.
No Dumb Questions
Presented by: Rachel Edwards (She/Her/Hers)
A showing of the Film No Dumb Questions, followed by a discussion about coming out to younger people.
Rachel Edwards – made my first appearance in Public at the Pride Festival 2014. Began volunteering at UPC Sept. 1st of that same year. Started living full time as a woman at the end of March 2015 (that’s when I used “No Dumb Questions”. Been a transgender advocate/activist since that time.
Binding and Packing 101
Presented by: Ian Giles (He/Him/His or They/Them/Theirs)
Learn the basics of packing and how to use a STP. What is a packer and STP? What kind of packer/STP should I get? How do I wear it? What size do I get? How do I care for my packer or STP? Learn the answer to all these questions and get a demonstration. (18+ only)
Ian Giles is a proud parent and founder/owner of Genderbands, a company that raises money to help transmen get top surgery. When not spending time with his daughter, he volunteers at Encircle, an LGBT resource center in Provo, and works on his photography and writing. Ian aspires to help the LGBT community while continuing his entrepreneur dreams.
Presented by: Ermiya Fanaeian (He/Him/His)
In the makeup 101 workshop, I will be teaching the attendees the basics of makeup as I would teach to beginners. I will be explaining step by step processes of how to apply makeup and how to apply each step of makeup. I will also be explaining the differences in makeup, where to buy makeup, the best brands, and how to use tools such as brushes and beauty blenders. I will also teach different skin care tips and tricks to keep healthy skin even with all that makeup. I can also talk about the different ways on how makeup can help trans women look more feminine with tricks such as hiding beard shadows with color correcting.
I am a local beauty/makeup enthusiast here in SLC, I am one of the youth who plans all of the youth events for the pride center such as queer prom, MasQueerade, and youth pride. I’ve been working on makeup techniques learning from different professional makeup artist for the past two years and have even filmed my own educational makeup tutorials.
#ResistFromBed: The Armchair Activist’s Toolkit
Presented by: Kalilah Montgomery (She/Her/Hers)
There are many circumstances that might prevent one of us from leaving our home: mental illness, disability, class, etc. But we are the people whose voices need to be amplified in the movement towards equal rights and social justice. We are the people who offer insight and unique viewpoints. How can those without cars, who are afraid to step outside, or whose bodies hurt, participate in changing the world when we are confined to our homes? #ResistFromBed: The Armchair Activist’s Toolkit explores resources for the depressed, pained, and/or poor person who wants to become more involved in changing the world around them. By the end of this workshop, you will have an inclusive and employable framework for at-home activism.
Kalilah is the founder of The SJ Tea Party and a workshop facilitator who is inspired by her experiences as a black, queer, disabled, and mentally ill cisgender woman. She studied Sociology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati, where she also served on the boards of various LGBTQ student organizations and worked as a social media writer at UC’s Women’s Center. Since discontinuing her education at the University of Cincinnati, Kalilah primarily spends her days studying and blogging about the intersections of race, gender, ability, sexuality, and class representation in the media.
Teens Like Us: Sharing Our Stories
Presented By: Spencer Harding, Teens Like Us Facilitator (He/Him/His), Jesse Fluetsch, Teens Like Us Facilitator (He/Him/His) and Youth from the Teens Like Us Group
Teens Like Us, a program of the Utah Pride Center, is a social and mutual support group for middle school age young people. Most of us are transgender, exploring our gender, or have a non-binary gender identity. We will present on what we think the community needs to know about trans, non-binary and gender exploring young people. We will also share our stories and our journeys with you.
Teens Like Us is a social and mutual support group for middles school-aged young people. Teens Like Us meets Fridays at the Utah Pride Center from 6- 7:30. Most of us are transgender, exploring our gender or have a non-binary gender identity.
Presented by: Scott Quillen (He/Him/His)
This presentation will focus on the key banking basics. It will touch on the importance of a trusted banking relationship, securing credit, structuring debt, and managing deposit accounts. There will also be discussion related to acceptance and equal treatment in the financial industry.
I grew up in upstate New York, before moving to Utah in 2000. After completing high school here in Utah, I studied psychology at the University of Utah. I previously worked for Gap Inc. for 8 years before joining US Bank 10 years ago. I am a runner and currently reside in Sugarhouse with my partner of 4 years.
Exploring Identity Through Fashion
Presented by: Ky-e Tingey (He/She/They)
This workshop would seek to provide trans, non- conforming, and gender exploring people with another means to explore their identity, with fashion! I will explore the current gender norms surrounding clothing, and discuss ways to subtly break those norms and explore other options comfortably and without stepping too far outside of one’s comfort zone. I’ll talk about how continuous exploration with fashion that makes you happy can expand that comfort zone and lead to more confidence and a more positive self- image. I’ll talk about different options and provide examples in different situations, from formal dress to business casual to swimwear, with specific emphasis on options for those seeking a more gender-neutral look. I will spend some time sharing my own story, specifically what fashion has done for me and how it has allowed me to explore and shape my identity through experimentation and led to an interest in studying fashion design.
Vocal Kung Fu: Achieving Vocal Excellence Through Focused Daily Effort
Presented by: Kayla Aitken (She/Her/Hers) and Nick Arteaga (He/Him/His)
In this workshop, we will cover vocal anatomy and various targeted training exercises that one may use daily to come closer to achieving their goals of speaking in a different register. We will also cover the importance of nuances in tone, intonation, inflection, pitch, and rhythm as it relates to one’s desired way of speaking. The course will include a daily action plan that one may use as a focus for their daily efforts. Handouts to be included. The goal of this workshop will be to provide the tools necessary for one to feel confident in their vocal gender expression.
Kayla Aitken: Kayla is a transgender woman and aspiring commercial pilot. Though she was assigned male at birth, she knew from the young age of 5 that something was amiss with that assignment. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah but moved to Minnesota at the age of 10 where she spent her youth doing farm work and various other odd jobs. As a part of a small but very religious LDS community, she felt the need to bury those feelings of being female deep inside and follow the prescribed path that had been laid out for her. This included serving a two-year mission for the LDS church in Seoul, South Korea. While in Korea she taught both the message of the church, as well as the English language to hundreds of students as part of a church directed language program. She continued teaching the English language, following her mission, to Hyundai Heavy Industry executives as part of their study abroad program while she attended Brigham Young University. She also spent time as an online English tutor for Korean students living in Korea.
In high school she studied voice and participated in several high school choirs She also competed at the state level with many solo and group pieces, taking home several superior ratings. She continued her voice training at Winona State University, prior to her mission, as an advanced vocal student where she was also a member of said university’s concert choir.
Having finally made the decision to medically transition at the age of 29, she used her vocal training and other resources to build a daily action plan that would later help her to achieve her goals of sounding more feminine.
What the Health: How to Become Your Own Healthcare Advocate
Presented by: Andy Rivera (He/Him/His)
It’s no surprise that navigating healthcare settings can be overwhelming- from feeling like you’re getting the run-around with different people to the agonizing pain of dealing with insurance companies or figuring out self-pay options to wondering if you asked all of the right questions to the right people. This workshop will discuss tips for becoming your own health advocate. We will cover topics ranging from how to find an affirming provider, understanding the very basics of health insurance and self-pay rates, reviewing healthcare rights, and tips for discussing sensitive topics with providers.
Andy is a Southern CA native who relocated to SLC for a change of pace and the outdoors. While majoring in Health Promotion & Education at the UofU, he developed an immense interest in LGBTQ Healthcare that stemmed from his own personal experiences in navigating care. During his own transition, he quickly realized there was a need for more providers, education, and trans affirming healthcare resources. In 2013, with the help and support of friend and former UPC staff Liz Owens, he started the Provider Summit; an event geared towards educating healthcare providers and students on transgender health topics. This conference still continues today at the University of Utah School of Medicine and has since expanded to also include broad LGBTQ health topics, while still retaining a full day focus on transgender health. Outside of his involvement in the Summit, Andy is part of a medical research team that focuses on Transgender health and has had the opportunity to present research at the Biannual WPATH Symposia. In his spare time, Andy is an avid traveler, proud father to 2 chihuahuas, and partner to Jandy.