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Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America (MDC DSA)
Friends Meeting House of Washington,
2111 Florida Ave NW, Washington D.C. 20008
Washington, DC, US, 20008
The monthly meeting of the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America!
From 3:00-4:30pm, we’ll be participating in a chapter-wide training to improve our foundational knowledge and cultural competency relevant to the transgender community within DSA. We’re thrilled to be working with a trainer from Reframe Health + Justice, which has over 20 years of collective experience in anti-oppression, harm reduction, and direct services.
From 4:30-5:00pm, we will debate several resolutions that were introduced at the January GBM, with online voting to follow.
Full agenda for the training portion of the meeting is as follows:
Introduction (5 minutes)
* About the facilitator – 1 minute
* About RHJ -1 minute
* Space Rules and Expectations -2 minutes
* Review agenda – 1 minute
Part I: Understanding the Transgender Community (25 minutes)
* Vocabulary & Language – 15 minutes
* Sex vs. gender; gender identity vs. expression; transgender vs. transsexual; etc.
* What is/isn’t okay to ask or say to a trans person
* Common Narratives, Experiences, & Practices – 10 minutes
* Gender as a social construct
* “Born in the wrong body” is not everyones’ narrative, and only exists as a product of cisnormativity
* Pronouns are important because society has made it necessary to identify people in these ways. Respect them since you’re upholding the system.
* Outing is bad. Making light of pronouns is bad.
* Be mindful of the burden of emotional labour and educational work around trans info when you’re there to do other work
Part II: Dismantling Cissexism and Creating Safer Spaces (30 minutes)
* Allies & Accomplices – 5 minutes
* Navigating Trans-Antagonism (Violence, Harassment, and Commentary) – 15 minutes
* How to talk to other cis people about trans people
* The Political Atmosphere for Trans People – 10 minutes
* Intersectionality (classism, passability, access to adequate care)
* Trans politicians
Break (5 minutes)
Part III: Q&A (20 minutes) (collect anonymous questions)
Close Out – 5 minutes
* Next Steps
* Integrate trans peoples’ cultural norms into your everyday life
* Listen to trans people
* Advocate for those who lack the systemic power to advocate for themselves
* Final Thoughts
* Contact Info