Trans people aren’t new, but the past few decades have seen an explosion of writing—scholarly, journalistic, medical, and commercial—about trans people and communities. In this workshop, Davey Shlasko reviews key concepts and terminology for communicating about trans identities, explores common problems in writing about trans issues, and introduces trans-inclusive practices for professional relationships. Attendees will learn
- how to identify outdated, inaccurate, or offensive terminology regarding trans identities.
- how to recognize writing about trans people and communities that is trite, stereotyped, or just boring.
- how to work effectively with trans authors, regardless of topic, without letting confusion over gender get in the way.
Presenter Davey Shlasko is the founder and managing consultant of Think Again Training & Consulting, where ze helps organizations and communities transform norms and structures to embody social justice principles in their everyday work. Davey has authored several chapters in Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice and Readings for Diversity and Social Justice, including curricula on classism, ableism, and cissexism (transgender oppression), and also teaches as an adjunct assistant professor in social theory and trans studies at Smith College School for Social Work. Davey has an M.Ed. in social justice education from UMass Amherst and has been writing, editing, and teaching about social justice issues, and about trans inclusion in particular, since 2000.