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Social Support: Exploring, Creating, and Recreating Self-Concept
November 24, 2012 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm CST
November’s Social Support meeting
Topic: Narratives: Exploring, Creating, and Recreating Self-Concept
Many of us spend hundreds of hours contemplating our gender and consciously (or unconsciously) creating narratives that explain our past, current, and future gendered reality. When narratives are shared with others, they can become immutable, resulting in a quandary of how we can change and continue to re-define ourselves without others (or ourselves) binding us to a fixed moment in time. How do we consciously create an identity that is known and shown to the world – through friendships, family relationships, co-workers, and via social media? What happens when we discover our narratives are incongruent with the narratives others have created for and about us?
[In other words: Me, My Facebook, and I. Trans and SOFFA people often spend hundreds of hours figuring out our gender “story”: who we are, have been, are becoming, and/or always were. Then we tell this story not only to ourselves, but also to others: in person, on Facebook, at work, in Second Life, wherever. Except that the story’s not always the same. Sometimes things can’t be shared because it’s not safe. Sometimes things can’t be shared because they’re not known. Sometimes people think they know our story, but we don’t agree with it. Other times, well, we change! How does one keep track of all these identities, and stay whole the whole time?]
Open rap is from 6:00 – 7:15pm
Open rap is the time to connect connection with fellow Trans+ and SOFFA individuals. This gently facilitated time is especially devoted to exploring the issues you bring in – sharing your experiences and stories, asking questions, seeking referrals, gathering resources. We’ll assure this hour+ will stay focused on your needs, and the discussion you generate.