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Upcoming Events

Meaningful Care Conference
April 11, 2008
Oregon Convention Center

Now in its third year, Portland’s Meaningful Care Conference is a local response to a national effort to address health care needs of GLBT individuals. The conference is being produced by a host of providers, non-profits and local governments who provide health care. The conference is aimed at education on best practices for health care professionals and their students. It will increase the LGBT cultural competence of medical and social services serving, or interested in serving, this community. For more information, please visit the Conference website. CE and CME credit available.

CE Class: Long-Term Issues and Other Considerations
May 23, 2008 • 8:30am-4:00pm
Portland State University, 212 Graduate School of Education
615 SW Harrison (at Broadway)

This course will focus on the issues that arise for transgender individuals as time passes after transition. New issues arise such as how open to be about one's former identity, when/how to disclose, and the ramifications of living "stealth." This class will also feature a panel of individuals who are long post-transition. If you don't have much pre-existing knowledge about transgender issues and are interested in taking this class, feel free to e-mail me to see if it would be appropriate, or how you can acquire the knowledge you'll need. For more information, or to register for the class, please visit the PSU Continuing Education website.

Esprit 2008
May 11-18, 2008
Red Lion Hotel
Held in Port Angeles, Washington, this annual conference is geared to MTF individuals and their partners/spouses. Educational, inspirational, and experimental, offering a full slate of classes including make-up, wig, voice, etc. There will also be information available for those considering surgery. For more information, visit the Esprit website .

Gender Odyssey 2008
August 30-September 1, 2008
Seattle Convention Center
Held in Seattle, Gender Odyssey is a national conference focused on the thoughtful exploration of gender. The conference is open to all, embracing the presence and participation of traditionally gendered and gender variant people: transmen, transwomen, genderqueers, intersex people, our families, partners, and allies. For more information, visit the Gender Odyssey website .

Ongoing Events

NoHo/Genderqueer Support Group
Second Sunday of every month, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Q Center, 69 SE Taylor (at Water), Portland
This ongoing support group addresses issues faced by those who identify as genderqueer or are choosing to transition without hormones. For more information, please visit the Q Center website.

FTM Support Group
Third Sunday of every month, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Q Center, 69 SE Taylor (at Water), Portland
This ongoing support group addresses issues faced by those who identify as FTM (any stage of transition). Next meeting: January 20. The topic will be "Being trans/ gender-varient/ genderqueer and having/raising kids." For more information, please visit the Q Center website.

Gender Queery
Second and fourth Thursdays of every month, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Q Center, 69 SE Taylor (at Water), Portland
For all genders that toe the line, sit somewhere between, vacillate, fluctuate, or otherwise. Each meeting has a different focus on the topic of gender. We watch films, play games and sometimes even get creative with crayons! All gender presentations, expressions, interests, and experiences welcome. The more diverse the crowd the better the conversations! So if you have been searching for a place that is safe to talk about gender and everything that goes with it, then you have found the right group. For more information, please visit the Q Center website.

Trans Affirming Yoga Class
Mondays 5:45-7pm (begins Sept. 17, 2007)
The Peace Full Soul Yoga Studio
4940 NE 16th Ave - one block south of Alberta St.
Sliding scale, $5-10. No one turned away for lack of funds.
This on-going, hatha-inspired yoga class is for transgender and genderqueer folks and is open to all sizes, levels and abilities. The teacher will have mats, blankets and blocks to use for props and to help with posture modifications. All you need to bring is yourself dressed in some comfortable clothes and some water. For more information e-mail Shannon. This class is provided in collaboration with the YWCA.

Monthly P/FLAG Meeting
Second Tuesday of every month, 7:00 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, SW 18th and Jefferson
Free of charge.
For more information, visit the PFLAG website.
P/FLAG's mission statement: We provide love and support for all family members and friends. We work to create an environment of understanding so our gay, lesbian, and bisexual children can live safely with dignity and respect. Everyone is welcome.
Note: Though their mission statement is outdated in that it does not say this explicitly, P/FLAG National voted several years ago to actively support trans people as well as GLB people, and their actions reflect this support.

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