Spring Workshop – Embrace Action
Presented By Dr. Debra Thorp, Morgan Rock, RN and Jennifer Bourgoine, RN
Attended and written by Cheryl Langford.
The first set of speakers were all from Park Nicollet and worked at the Transgender Clinic and Services in Minneapolis. There were 15 pages as a handout of the power point presentation and we did not get through everything. Two of the goals were to help the attendees learn appropriate terminology and the meaning of LGBTQIA, as well as understand the continuum of gender identity and sexual health. L is for Lesbian, G is for Gay, B is for Bisexual, T is for Transgender, Q is for Queer or Questioning, I is for Intersex, A is for Asexual/Ally/Advocate.
Another goal was to help us understand what transgender is NOT. Transgender is a newer term, but throughout history and across cultures, there have been gender choices. Transgender is not a disease and not a choice.
Sex is the identification given at birth, male or female. Gender is how an individual perceives themself and what they call themselves. Gender identify can be the same or different from one’s sex assigned at birth. Gender Dysphoria is a condition where a person experiences discomfort or distress because there is a mismatch between their biological sex and gender identity.
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