KSTEP Preparing to Break New Ground

“How to Teach Transgender” Workshop in Salina April 8

Kansas Statewide Trans-gender Education Project (KSTEP) is well into our seventh year of existence with a mission to end discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) Kansans through education. KSTEP has set some significant transgender education mile-stones and continues to extend our reach.
    KSTEP has provided about 400 presentations in Kansas since our beginning in August 2010. Our presentations have stretched nearly into all four corners of the state with presentations in Colby, Elkhart, Dodge City, Pittsburg, Kansas City, and Seneca.
    In 2013, we held the first trans-led two-day statewide conference at Bert Nash Mental Health Center in Lawrence, with annual TransKansas conferences in Wichita (2014), Manhattan (2015) and Topeka (2016). We are planning TransKansas 5 in Lawrence, July 28-29 at the Lawrence College and Career Center.
    On April 8 in Salina, KSTEP will present our first “How to Teach Transgender” workshop at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Salina. This workshop, a full day of training on being a transgender educator, is open to anyone who would like to improve their ability to share about what it means to be TGNC in Kansas.
    Presenters include Jay Pryor, long-time KSTEP presenter. Jay is a happily married father of two living in Lawrence where he loves to watch Jayhawk basketball and spend time with friends and family. In addition he is a life coach, keynote speaker and corporate trainer.
    Also presenting will be Alyssa Bryant - Tulsa’s only openly-transgender attorney; Luc Bensimon of Topeka - founding member of KSTEP, well-known performer throughout Kansas, and founder/president of the Kansas Chapter of Black Trans Men, Inc.; and Liz Hamor - a founding member of GLSEN Greater Wichita and advocate for transgender youth. I will be presenting, as well.
    A total of six 1-hour training sessions will be followed by two hours of practice and feedback. By the end of the day, attendees will have been exposed to some of the leading transgender educators and advocates in the region; and share in learning about topics ranging from transgender persons of color, to advocating for TGNC youth, to using effective language, to the ever-changing field of transgender law.
    KSTEP’s hope is to add to our total number of presenters and to be able to double the number of presentations we make each year (currently about 56 presentations per year). If you are interested in becoming a KSTEP presenter, this is a workshop for you. If you just want to learn more, this is a great way to do that.
    Registration will begin at 7:30am on Saturday, April 8 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (901 Beatrice St. in Salina) with workshops from 8am-noon and from 1-3pm, then practice/feedback from 3-5pm.
    Registration fee of $10 per person helps pay for the transportation and lodging costs for presenters. Lunch will be pizza and salad (additional $5).
    For more information, please visit the KSTEP website (www.kstep.org) or e-mail info@kstep.org. l

StephanieMott-7Stephanie Mott is a transgender woman from Topeka. She is the executive director of the Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project, and a commissioner on the City of Topeka Human Relations Commission. Reach her at stephanieequality@yahoo.com.

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