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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.