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In Chicago? Don’t Miss the “T in LGBT” Workshop at DePaul University!


DePaul University Presents:

The T in LGBT: A Personal Odyssey From Female to Male

Dragonsani Renteria and Jennifer Mantle

Friday, May 15, 2009
6-9 PM

DePaul University
Lincoln Park Campus
Richardson Library
Rosati Room LPC 300
Chicago, IL

Free and Open to All!

Workshop conducted in American Sign Language. Voice interpretation provided.

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.

This presentation is guaranteed to challenge the way you think about sex and gender!

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 the Youth Gender Project, the Transgender Law Center and FTMI International. A speaker in demand, Drago is adept at making his audiences feel at ease when discussing sensitive topics. Drago is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and did part of his undergraduate work at Gallaudet University. He currently serves as CEO of a web hosting/development company and lives blissfully in San Francisco with his partner Jennifer and their adorable service dog, Magnus.

Jennifer A. Mantle is an RID certified sign language interpreter, CI and CT. With her partner, Drago, she has presented nation-wide on her experiences as the partner of a Deaf transman of color, and is thrilled to have a piece on the same topic published in Eyes of Desire II: A Deaf Gay and Lesbian Reader. 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 was honored to receive the Transgender Law Center’s Trans Ally award in 2005. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Hayward and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Women’s Spirituality at The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology.