Genderfest Conference

Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 13:00 to 21:00

The Genderfest Conference
Open to people of all ages!

This summer class is in session, so come learn a few things, get exposed to new ideas, and open your mind at the very first Genderfest Conference!

With workshops and presentations by:
barbara findlay Q.C. (
Dr. Cameron Bowman (
Jaedyn Starr (
Jenn De Roo (
Gwen Haworth (
Natalie Reed (
and Tobi Hill-Meyer ( / @Tobitastic /
Featuring a facilitated community discussion about white privilege and racism in queer communities. There will be a lot of details given about this discussion once we have everything in place, so stay tuned!


Opening Session (Ice Rink Mezzanine)

Jaedyn Starr - What is Consent? Tools and Tips To Build Communication (Family Activity Room)
Natalie Reed - Inclusion and Inclusion Theatre: Going Beyond Appearances In Building Inclusive Space (Learning Resource Centre)

Lunch Session - 12:00pm-1:30pm:
Dr Cameron Bowman - Q&A (Family Activity Room)

Tobi Hill-Meyer - Trans Sexuality (Learning Resource Centre)
Gwen Haworth - You Tell Me: What health care and social service providers need to know (Family Activity Room)

Jenn De Roo - Self-care for all genders: How to survive, thrive and celebrate your authentic self (Family Activity Room)
barbara findlay - Unlearning oppression: A do-it-yourself guide (Learning Resource Centre)


9:15am-10:45am: Opening Session

Family Activity Room
11:00am-12:00pm: Jaedyn Starr - What is Consent? Tools and Tips To Build Communication
12:00pm-1:30pm: Dr. Bowman - Q&A
1:30pm-3:00pm: Gwen Haworth - You Tell Me: What health care and social service providers need to know
3:15pm-4:45pm: Jenn De Roo - Self-care for all genders: How to survive, thrive and celebrate your authentic self

Learning Resource Centre
11:00am-12:00pm: Natalie Reed - Inclusion and Inclusion Theatre: Going Beyond Appearances In Building Inclusive Space
1:30pm-3:00pm: Tobi Hill-Meyer - Trans Sexuality
3:15pm-4:45pm: barbara findlay - Unlearning oppression: A do-it-yourself guide



You Tell Me: What health care and social service providers need to know

As someone who facilitates workshops for healthcare and social service providers on an ongoing basis, there is always so much to tell and so little time to do it within. This session is a group brainstorm on what & how to convey gender awesomeness to care providers who may not be in the know.
I’ll present topics I cover in workshops, we’ll go into some small & large group brainstorm work, and focus in on what folk feel is most important & effective. My hope is your ideas continue to improve the advocacy I do, and hopefully in turn, continue improve the work care providers do.

Gwen Haworth is a queer trans filmmaker who always seem to be putting aside the camera to do volunteer, community and social service work. Gwen currently works at Vancouver Coastal Health and Raincity Housing & Support Society, and volunteers for Out On Screen's board of directors, the City of Vancouver LGBTQ advisory committee and the Ending Violence Association's Safe Choices advisory committee.

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Trans Sexuality

Traditional sex education - even when attempting to be inclusive - ultimately focuses on cis bodies. To the degree it addresses trans people, it simply applies the information developed for cis people to us, which often doesn't work at all. This workshop is what sex education looks like when designed from the ground up for trans people. Let's discuss our complicated and varied histories with sexuality, learn how to alter latex barriers to better work for trans folks, and talk about the myriad of creative options trans people have come up with for how to have fulfilling sex.

Tobi Hill-Meyer is a multiracial trans activist, writer, and filmmaker. She is the director of Doing It Ourselves, and winner of the Emerging Filmmaker Award at the 2010 Feminist Porn Awards. She started producing media to fill the void of diverse trans characters and to offer an alternative to the overwhelmingly exploitative and exotic ways that trans women’s sexuality is often portrayed.

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Dr Cameron Bowman: Q&A
An opportunity to ask questions, clear up misconceptions, and get the facts on SRS and breast surgery from BC's leading SRS surgeon! Dr Bowman will be answering pre-submitted questions in a lecture format and then taking questions in person. Do you have something you wanna ask? Anything you need to know more about? What do you need to understand about surgery?
*Please note: Dr Bowman is unable to answer personalized questions around your specific medical conditions without a medical assessment - keep questions general.

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What is Consent? Tools and Tips To Build Communication

Many people define consent as an agreement or someone giving permission. Both of these words, agreement and permission, suggest static and fixed approaches to communication. Bodies, feelings, and desires are generally not static or fixed, but often flexible, fluid, and can shift depending on a number of factors. Consider consent as a collaborative, active ongoing process between all individuals involved.
Social norms suggest certain bodies, sexualities, and desires are considered normal, natural, and desirable. For individuals whose bodies, identities, and desires do not fit within these norms, communication may navigate additional obstacles.
This interactive workshop will explore multiple meanings of consent as well as introduce tools and tips

Jaedyn Starr designs and facilitates workshops to open dialogues around safer spaces, communication, relationships, and trans inclusion. Jaedyn invites individuals into discussions around norms, assumptions, and stereotypes with the intention of reflecting upon how we relate to ourselves and each other. Jaedyn presents workshops in workplaces, schools, community groups, and non-profit organizations to enhance communication and strengthen relationships. Jaedyn is proud to be trans* and does not use gender pronouns (e.g. he, she, or they). For more information about Jaedyn Starr's workshops, safer spaces, and trans inclusion, contact Jaedyn at [email protected] or check out Jaedyn's independent facilitation website

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Inclusion and Inclusion Theatre: Going Beyond Appearances In Building Inclusive Space

It is perhaps all too common and familiar, as issues of identity and social justice gain increasing currency, to encounter situations where a business, organization or event presents a promise of inclusion and diversity while failing to deliver it; spaces that fail to make us, as members of a particular marginalized gender, sexuality, race or other identity, feel welcome, safe and represented, even as they make these promises a fundamental part of their public face, message or brand. How do we, as activists and allies, ensure that in our own efforts to create inclusive space, we don't fall into this same habit of prioritizing the image of inclusivity above genuinely meeting the needs of those we seek to include? How do we go beyond gender-neutral pronouns and "trans*-friendly" in our mission statements to creating organizations that truly do meet the needs of all genders? How do we make our group's meetings more than simply open to under-represented racial identities, but see that such voices are actually heard? Are things like rainbow triangle stickers and basic wheelchair accessibility enough? How do we ensure that we're doing more than simply opening our doors to diversity, but actually inviting and nurturing it? These questions, with particular focus on gender diversity, will be discussed in a talk and following Q&A/discussion period.

Natalie Reed is a trans-feminist writer, blogger and activist, whose work has appeared on skeptic and science networks such as Skepchick and Freethought Blogs, comic book and 'geek' culture sites such as Bleeding Cool, and a variety of feminist, queer and trans-feminist sites, networks and magazines. She also makes regular appearances at conferences to deliver talks, panels and workshops on gender, feminist and trans issues, typically to primarily cisgender audiences. She was the recipient of CFI Canada's first annual Social Justice Award, and currently lives in Vancouver (with whomever happens to be putting her up at the time) where she is currently working on several larger-scale projects she hopes will see the light of day in 2014. Her recent archives can be found, and you can follow her on twitter, @nataliereed84.

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Self-care for all genders: How to survive, thrive and celebrate your authentic self

How can we survive and thrive in a world that can challenge our right to exist as we truly are? How you treat yourself can make a huge difference.
Self care is more than a pre-made list of activities from a self-help book: it’s a way of being that includes physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellness.
This workshop will explore self care strategies that feed, nurture and strengthen you. You’ll have a chance to look at what you’re already doing, share your insights with others, and come up with more ideas for your personal self care routine.
We’ll also look at how self care can jump start change for individuals, communities, and society at large.
The workshop will be interactive. You will be asked to do some work in pairs or triads, and can adjust your participation to your comfort level in the larger group.
This workshop is open to everyone.

Jenn De Roo is a registered clinical counsellor working out of Dragonstone Counselling in Vancouver. In addition to counselling, they facilitate workshops on topics ranging from sexual pleasure to trans-positive health care.
Jenn believes in celebrating gender diversity and creating space to live authentically in joyous resistance.
You can find Jenn online at

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unlearning oppression: a do it yourself guide

Are you an English-speaking transman of colour who was raised middle class and Christian but is now working class and of no particular religion?
Or maybe you are a young able bodied gay Sikh man whose university education was interrupted when your parents learned you were gay?
Or an old fat white middle class cisgender lesbian, raised francophone, working class and christian?
Each of us is advantaged in some ways and disadvantaged in other ways in this culture, on the basis of gender, race, age, size, ancestry, skin colour, accent, sexual orientation, class, criminal record, sex trade work, immigration status…and on and on and on. That advantage/disadvantage has nothing to do with us in that we did not create it; but everything to do with us because we live through the consequences every day.
This interactive workshop is an opportunity to look at your own circumstances, to identify the ways you are oppressed and the ways you are privileged , and to learn how to be an ally across differences among people.

barbara findlay is a 64 year old white lesbian lawyer with visible and invisible disabilities who was raised working class and christian on the prairies. She has been doing unlearning oppression workshops and writing about unlearning oppression for thirty years.


$40 suggested donation for the full day
$15 suggested donation per workshop

Beverages and light refreshments of fruit and veggies will be available throughout the day. Major allergens will be avoided (nuts, gluten, dairy). If you are planning to attend and have a very high sensitivity to a particular type of common snack food please contact [email protected] and we will do our best to accommodate you.

The Genderfest Conference is a scent-reduced event. Please respect the space and leave your fragranced products for home.

The Genderfest Conference is an anti-oppression space: check your baggage and respect all people’s access and enjoyment of the party! GENDERFEST VALUES:
1. Celebrating gender diversity.
2. Anti-oppression: Genderfest recognizes the complexity of intersectional oppression and privilege in our society and in particular in marginalized communities related to race, colour, culture, ethnicity, language and linguistic origin, ability, socio-economic class, age, ancestry, nationality, place of birth, religion or faith or other forms of conscientiously held beliefs, sex, gender, sexuality, family status, and residency/migratory status in Canada. Wanna learn more about oppression? Prime yourself here:
3. Facilitating and contributing to queer communities.
Learn more:

Genderfest takes place on the Coast Salish Territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. The colonization of the land we are on is a reality that contributes to the privilege or oppression that members of our communities face on a daily basis. Genderfest strives to work in solidarity with principles of decolonization in the detangling of settler privilege.

Audits have been completed on all three spaces that will be used! All three rooms are wheelchair accessible and have wheelchair accessible bathrooms that will be made gender neutral for the Conference. Reminder that all Genderfest events are scent reduced - please leave your scented/fragranced products for home!

The full audits:
Family Activity Room:

Learning Resource Centre:

Ice Rink Mezzanine (aka The Mezz):

Britannia Community Services Centre
1661 Napier St.
Vancouver , BC
49° 16' 30.1224" N, 123° 4' 13.1196" W
British Columbia CA

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