Working with Transgender Individuals


NYC Metro RID Professional Development Committee Presents:

“Working with Transgender Individuals” (Everything You’ve Always
Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask!)

Dragonsani Renteria and Jennifer Mantle

Saturday, October 27, 2007

12:30 PM – 3:30 PM – Presentation
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM – Social with light refreshments

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
208 West 13 Street (between 7 & 8 Ave)
New York, NY

Cost: $20

Earn .30 CEUs!

Open to All. Workshop conducted in American Sign Language only. Voice
interpretation will be provided through an FM system.

Limited to 200 participants. Deadline for registration is October 22,
2007. Registration Form.

About the Presentation:

In this widely acclaimed, thought-provoking presentation, Dragonsani
“Drago” Renteria and his partner, Jennifer Mantle, will help inform,
educate and enlighten us on issues that affect transgender and
transsexual individuals. Utilizing powerful images and healthy doses
of humor, Drago will share his personal journey making the physical
and cultural transition from female to male. Jennifer will share her
perspective as the partner of a transman, lead us through issues of
transphobia and educate us on how to be trans allies. Medical
terminology and culturally appropriate vocabulary in both ASL and
English will be shared.

About the Presenters:

Drago Renteria is a Deaf, Chicano transman who is passionate about
making a difference. He has presented to diverse audiences nationwide
on LGBTIQ issues. He is founder of the national Deaf Queer Resource
Center and has served on numerous local and national boards including
the boards of FTM International and the Youth Gender Project. A
speaker in demand, Drago is adept at making his audiences feel at
ease when discussing sensitive topics. Among the honors he has
received for his activism work include a prestigious KQED Bay Area
Local Hero Award. Drago is a graduate of the University of California
at Berkeley. He is originally from El Paso, Texas.

Jennifer Mantle is an RID certified sign language interpreter who has
traveled widely with her partner, Drago, presenting on transgender
issues. She was honored with a Trans Ally award from the Transgender
Law Center. She is a former board member of Female-to-Male
International (FTMI) and facilitated their support group for partners
of transmen for four years. She currently serves on Community United
Against Violence’s speaker’s bureau and has spoken to innumerable Bay
Area classrooms on queer issues. She also serves on the board of
Northern California Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf as the Vice
President. She is excited to have a piece published in the
forthcoming Eyes of Desire II: A Deaf Gay and Lesbian Reader and
lives blissfully in San Francisco with her partner and their adorable
puppy, Magnus.



8 thoughts on “Working with Transgender Individuals”

  1. I saw one of their work shops at RAD in Orlando FL. Very eye-opening and educational for me. Before I saw it I was very prejudice about transsexual people. But after, I understood better. Drago is a very funny man. His stories made me laugh so hard, espcially when he compare his chest hair to Henry Carter, Deaf Bear President! Ha ha ha. I love it so much!

  2. Love their lectures and workshops. It’s so informative.

    Many thanks to Drago & Jennifer for advocating more awareness about Deaf Queer especially with Trans issues. Keep up the extraordinary amazing work!!

  3. Why do you continue to run and be on RAD board if you are straight now? Makes no sense to me.

  4. For 10 3/4 Inches:

    Drago consider himself “Transman” (FTM). He founded to keep Deaf Queer communities on national and international level connected and informed about issues facing us in our daily lives. Trans people are still discriminated and oppressed today. I’m proud to call him my friend. He have done so much for the Deaf Queer community! I have volunteered for this wonderful organization. It is a worthy cause.

    He also is a historian for RAD. We can learn so much from history and not repeat same mistakes. Teaching our history about our struggles to our future Deaf Queer generations that we had made progress with our rights compared to decades ago when Deaf Queer are 100% in the closet.

    I don’t care what people think. You need get a life.

    * * *

    As for you Drago & Jen:

    Good luck in NYC!!

  5. I have met them both and think they are very genuine people with big hearts. I admire the way they put themselves out there. I wish them well with their workshop.

  6. They’re awesome couple! They taught me a lot about trans. Yes, they have big hearts and really care about deafqueer community open up their minds.

    Anyone who in nyc should go there. worth it!!!

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