Uprising: Protecting Transgender Lives

03/12/2022 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Grade levels: All Grade Levels, Professional Development

Content areas: All Content Areas

Topics: Gender Diversity, LGBT Inclusion

Saturdays, March 12 & 19, 2022, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 6 PDUs

This two-part workshop with Jenn Burleton of TransActive Gender Project and guest attorneys will focus on the current state of legal protections for transgender people at the federal and state level (for Oregon and Washington). It will also address the growing number of proposed anti-trans youth legislation in so-called “Red” states, and steps to prevent the spread of such legislation.

Participants will examine recent court rulings related to Title IX, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Equal Protection Clause of 14th Amendment, and engage in interactive discussions on the safety of gender diverse, nonbinary and transgender people based upon a range of both mutable and immutable characteristics.

Participants will also learn effective ways in which to advocate for trans, nonbinary and gender diverse children and youth using these protections when engaging with schools, communities, and those promoting anti-trans tactics and ideologies.

Attendees will leave with a comprehensive understanding of how both Constitutional rights and legislative laws protect transgender and gender nonconforming individuals from discriminatory and oppressive practices, including:

  • The rights of students in both public and private schools to express their gender identity as they experience it
  • The rights of parents/caregivers to provide their transgender-spectrum children with the affirming social, educational and healthcare support they need
  • The obligation of child-serving agencies and institutions to meet the holistic needs of transgender and gender diverse children/youth in their care

Cost: $100 by 2/10, $125 after. Includes 6 CEUs or PDUs. Alumni, Adjuncts and School-based Mentors and Supervisors save 20%. Free for L&C Clinical Supervisors, Faculty and Staff.


About the Presenter Jenn Burleton is the recipient of the 2021 national ‘Hometown Hero’ Award from LGBTQ Nation and is considered an authority on issues relating to transgender and gender diverse children and youth. In addition to her work with TransActive Gender Project, she serves on the Oregon Youth Authority LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee. She has served on Oregon Health & Science University’s Transgender Program Advisory Committee, and the LGBTQ Child Welfare Workgroup for Multnomah County.

She was a 2014 recipient of Multnomah County’s “Sy Award” for lifetime commitment to social justice and has been recognized as a “Queer Hero” by the Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest.