One in a series of online explorations of motivation and means to attend to social equity in the spaces we create in our work and lives
About this event
One in a series of explorations of motivation and means to attend to social equity in the spaces we create in our work and lives
Transgender people are facing more and more discrimination including bans on gender-affirming treatments and procedures that can be essential to their physical and emotional well-being. Raine Grayson shares his story of experiencing horrific transphobia in the medical establishment, and how it almost killed him.
There is a difference between creating spaces – whether inside ourselves or in the world – that are “welcome to all” versus “intended for you.” In the former people can come in without assurance of being included. The latter puts attention into creating spaces that take into account the perspectives and needs of the array of human identities too often relegated to the margins, whether Latinx, Black or other people of color; LGBTQ+; people with accessibility needs; immigrants; elders; etc.
Spaces Intended for Us: An Experience of Transgender Discrimination will braid strands of mindfulness; stories from personal experience and the media, and; and reflections prompted by these stories and by your own experiences. This weave of considering the universal aspects of narrative, focusing our attention in the present moment, and tuning into our thoughts and questions, will spur our exploration and dialogue of what is; what it could mean to create spaces intended for all of us; and what it would mean for our own Good Work to commit to taking action to get there.
This workshop is one in a series featuring story curators and tellers from different marginalized groups sharing their personal stories in order to provoke listeners to ask “what changes can I make within my heart, life, communities and organizations to truly make the spaces created intended for all?”
Julie Novak (she/her), co-founder of TMI Project, and Micah (he/him), worker trustee of the Good Work Institute will support facilitation of this offering , which will feature stories selected and told by:
Raine Grayson (he/him/his) is a multi-genre writer whose work focuses on uplifting the LGBTQIA+ community. He’s spoken on nationally streaming platforms for The Trevor Project to support suicide prevention within his community. His nonfiction work is featured at The Paragon Press, Weasel Press, So Say We All, & more. His plays have been featured at The Playwriting Collective, The Tank, NY Madness, KIT Theatre, The Rosendale Theatre, & more. He’s recently finished training to be a workshop leader for The TMI Project’s true storytelling workshops. He’s a proud cat dad and former Drag Queen. If you’d like to queer up your timeline, find him on social media @rainerpism.
In lieu of a set registration fee, we are requesting $25 to help underwrite the cost of offering this workshop. GWI does not want your current access to financial resources to impede your participation. We don’t know whether your current access to financial resources is ample or limited. We are grateful to receive an offering aligned with what you can give, which may be more or less than $25.