Trans Basics: Language, Identities, and Welcoming Spaces
Many Reconciling communities feel equipped to extend a welcome to people of all sexual orientations, but don't feel as confident in their ability to promise a trans inclusive space. This workshop is designed to be a conversation starter for individuals and communities who want to grow in understanding and learn some practical steps for supporting trans people. We will cover basic understandings of trans issues, explain how trans needs and concerns may differ from those of cisgender LGB populations, and provide some guidance on trans identities beyond man or woman.
M Barclay currently serves as the Director of Communications at Reconciling Ministries Network and acts as staff liaison to the United Methodist Alliance for Transgender Inclusion. They are passionate about the intersections of theology and social justice and love to work with faith communities wanting to deepen and broaden their welcome. M is a life long United Methodist pursuing ordination as a deacon.