Staying true to yourself while staying safe: Gender expression in the age of COVID-19
In our world of social distancing, face masks, working from home, and other shifts in our day-to-day lives, trans and non-binary people are often struggling with how to stay safe AND how to continue to present our gender in ways that feel true and affirming. Are you worried that wearing a face mask will change how people perceive your gender? (Wonder about how to get lipstick off of your cloth mask?!) Are you concerned about your gender expression if you need to stop binding for a while to give your lungs a bit more breathing room? We’ll talk about how gender cues might shift and how our gender expression may morph as we adjust to our own health and the safety mandates offered by the CDC and others.
Presenters: Joanna Woodbury and Shelley Gregory
Joanna Woodbury is an experienced Certified Social Worker and has worked in HIV care since 2007. She serves as the Social Services Program Manager overseeing social work, mental health and pharmacy services provided in the Inclusion Health and Infectious Disease Clinics. Joanna has a strong passion for leadership, medical social work, HIV care and prevention, and LGBTQ affirming healthcare.
Shelley Gregory (they/them or any pronouns)
Shelley is a trans human, activist, and advocate, and the Strategic Project Coordinator for FORGE. Shelley has worked actively in the LGBTQI+ community for over 25 years and began to focus their work on advocacy for transgender and non-binary folx nearly two decades ago. Their background is as a civil rights lawyer. Shelley continually aims to contribute to improving quality of life for trans and non-binary individuals and increasing our inclusion in society. Shelley presently assists survivors of violence through individual advocacy and peer support, as well as policy development and public education.