Decolonizing Trans Health is a conversation and vision for trans and nonbinary liberation in health care.
This course is based on the recording of a live webinar that occurred on March 29, 2021 in honor Trans Day Of Visibility. 50% of profits were donated to the Transgender Law Center’s Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project. Our sponsor for this event was the SF Community Health Center’s SF TEAM!
Historically and today, trans, nonbinary, and gender expansive people have not had their voices centered in trans health. In this multidisciplinary panel of trans and nonbinary health care professionals, we will address common themes that are currently arising in this era of trans health and the movement toward decolonization and the centering of trans leadership. We will discuss non-hierarchical, inclusive models of leadership that can better serve trans professionals and communities. We will explore how trans leadership in clinical practice and program development challenges paternalistic care models care towards self-determination and depathologization. This program was previously presented at the UCSF National Trans Health Summit and USPATH in 2019. The intention in bringing it to an online format is to make it more accessible to all those who are interested in the topic of trans liberation in health care.
You will be able to watch the video of the webinar, which includes a presentation and discussion among six trans and/or nonbinary people (five of whom are BIPOC). In addition to viewing the video, you will be able to access a resource list and guided prompts for self-reflection.
This course is for anyone who is interested in trans health and committed to unlearning in order to grow as allies and/or accomplices to trans and/or nonbinary people.
Sand Chang, PhD (they/them/their) is a Chinese American nonbinary psychologist who works at the intersection of trans health, eating disorders, trauma recovery, and body liberation.
Shawn Demmons (he/him) is a queer Black trans man activist educator committed to racial and gender justice.
Jenna Rapues, MPH (she/her/siya; Filipinx) is a Filipino American trans woman public health warrior who has worked in HIV research, prevention and capacity building, now leading a nationally acclaimed public health gender-affirming surgery access program in San Francisco.
Stephanie Luz Hernandez, MFT (she/her) is a Latinx Xicana, queer trans-femme, and gender health therapist.
Conrad Faith Wenzel, LCSW (he/him) is a white transmasculine therapist and social worker.
Nicky “Tita Aida” Calma (she/her) is Filipina Trans woman who migrated to the US in 1989 and has worked in the HIV arena since 1990 and is currently the Director of Programs & Community Engagement at the San Francisco Community Health Center.
All presenters reside on unceded Ohlone land.