The Gender Alliance of the South Sound makes available presentations, speakers bureau and diversity training for South Sound area schools, colleges, organizations and businesses. Specialized programs designed for students from Middle School through post-graduate levels, and presentations for the workplace environment can be arranged.
If your school, organization or business has transgender students, employees or clients, you could benefit from the educational programs that GASS can provide.
GASS has made presentations at the following local colleges and universities:
Pacific Lutheran University
St. Martin's University
Tacoma Community College
University of Puget Sound
University of Washington, Tacoma
Northwest Aviation College
I want to thank you for your panel's (the GASS speaker's bureau's) presentation to TSOCW 533: Children, Youth and Family, Advanced Practice class. This is the second year I have had the pleasure to listen to the lessons the panel members offer to social workers. I hope to have the panel back each winter as a part of teaching students about empowerment, community organization, project development, advocacy, and clinical treatment issues.
I am so grateful to you and the panel presenters for the willingness to share about your lives. It takes remarkable courage to discuss the personal, financial and social barriers each must negotiate on a daily basis; to identify and highlight the stigma reinforced by sexism that influences how others perceive and respond to individual members; to endure the fear for your personal safety in the struggle to become your true selves.
Each speaker has a unique story to share; the lessons that come from your words are authentic evidence of: the horrific power of labeling difference based on norms instead of valuing difference; withholding of and isolation from access to medical basic needs; our society's deliberate sabotage of a person's right to self identify; the difficulty experienced when a member tries to establish and be in relationship with others.
These are critical lessons for the students to understand as they prepare to practice social work professionally. Most have not had an opportunity to discuss and pose questions with transgender or transsexual individuals previous to this presentation. They have only limited understanding of the reasons why an individual would identify as a transsexual. This panel helps them understand the human need to be who we are is universal, that what they (the students) need as individuals is not dissimilar from what panel members need. It helps them understand more deeply, critically, and compassionately, a key to being effective help to others in the future. Thank each of you for your courage, your insights, your humor, your wisdoms, and the toll telling your story over and over has on an individual.
I was so inspired by your presentation yesterday at the President's Council meeting and I just saw the T-Town photos in the library. A beautiful display. One of the things I thought best about your presentation was that you left us with concrete ideas on how to become more friendly on this campus for transgendered people. Thanks for your courage, your great presentation and for expanding my knowledge.
Please accept our gratitude for your splendid, enthusiastic, and informative visit to our Human Sexuality class at Saint Martin's University. You brought wisdom and lived experience to us in ways that could never have been learned from readings or research. You challenged our assumptions, you educated us with elegance, and you contributed greatly to our awareness of the topic. Thank you for being with us and for giving us an afternoon of learning and thoughtful consideration.
I highly recommend your presentation to any organization, school, or business seeking a top-notch seminar about the transgendered community. The additional printed resources you made available were extremely helpful. I feel we are all a little bit better as people for having met you and listened to your narrative.