TRANSFORUM

WORKSHOPS

ONLINE

PRESENTED
BY TGV

2021

TransForum Banner artwork: colourful overlapping geometric shapes
TransForum was an online gathering for trans and gender diverse people to build their capacity in peer support, kick-start new projects and celebrate existing projects within the community.

Held on Wednesday 17 February – Thursday 18 February 2021. Presented by Transgender Victoria. TransForum was a two-day online gathering featuring talks and workshops from our community.

Covering how to present an authentic acknowledgement of country, how to access funding for peer support, discuss trauma sensitivity and learn how to share our stories.

TransForum has an outstanding line up of trans and gender diverse artists, activists, Aboriginal and BIPOC community members.

Session recordings and resources from TransForum's sessions are now available online for free for all members of our communities.

sessions archive.
ABOUT THE HOSTS

Rhys Paddick: “Kaya ngaany kwerl Rhys, ngaany koolark Wudjuk Noongar boodjar. Nganyang moort Jones / Paddick, ngaany boodjar Budimia boodjar Hello my name is Rhys, my home is on Wudjuk Noongar country My Family is the Jones / Paddick, my family country is Budimia” As an advocate of cultural leadership and the development of sound educational and training programs. I want to work in environments that can and do create holistic healthy and substantial changes. I have over time witnessed many positive outcomes primarily within the domain of Indigenous education. Emma Gibbens: I’m a political campaigner by trade. My strategic grassroots organising craft has been honed over a decade+ of working on candidate, issue and education campaigns. I was working with WA Labor on the historic 2017 election to elect Premier Mark McGowan. Now working in the not-for-profit sector I work with the Museum of Freedom and Tolerance, which amplifies the voices and stories of marginalised communities, using the arts as a platform for conversation and change.

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Acknowledge This!
WITH RHYS PADDICK AND EMMA GIBBENS

Many organisations, businesses and schools are implementing Acknowledgements of Country - and not many people know why. Most people presenting an AoC read off a script, ad lib one they've heard, or worst case scenario treat it as part of housekeeping. This token nature of presentation defeats the purpose of what AoC's are meant to represent in the first place. Rhys and Emma teach how to give a meaningful Acknowledgement of Country without fear.

This workshop, creatively led and facilitated by cultural leader & educator Rhys Paddick and candidate, issue and education campaigner Emma Gibbens, left participants feeling confident in not only delivering a personal and profound Acknowledgement of Country, but understanding why they should do this, and how to do it in different contexts. The content was intended to be refreshing and reassuring, delivering autonomy and confidence into the hands of attendees who may have been previously unsure about the role and structure of an Acknowledgement of Country.

ABOUT THE HOSTS

Dragan Zan Wright is a non-binary transgender psychotherapist who works with complex trauma and gender, sexuality and relationship diversity. He conducts therapeutic and supervision sessions. Dragan is a survivor of complex trauma and weaves his lived experience with fourteen years of therapeutic practice into his facilitation of numerous programs. This includes eight years of presenting trauma informed/complex trauma workshops throughout Australia for the Blue Knot Foundation as well as running his own workshops in ‘Trauma Informed Gender Affirmative Care,’ ‘When Complex Trauma and Gender Diversity Intersect,’ ‘Resilient Practice,’ and ‘Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity.’

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Managing Complex Trauma in Peer Support
WITH DRAGAN ZAN WRIGHT

Any experience that is stressful enough to leave us feeling helpless, frightened, overwhelmed, or profoundly unsafe is considered a trauma” (Ogden, 2015).

To be 'trauma informed' one needs an understanding of how trauma has impacted different demographics, especially those which have been marginalised within a ‘normative’ culture that often, consciously or unconsciously, discriminates against and stigmatises trans and gender diverse (TGD) people. In this context TGD  includes those who identify as non binary and other gender identities.

This 90 minute webinar, led and facilitated by non-binary transgender psychotherapist Dragan Zan Wright, looks at the impacts of complex trauma for TGD people and how to utilise the principles of Trauma Informed Practice in order to create an environment that attends to safety and inclusion, both for those accessing support and peer workers.

Topics will include:

  • defining trauma and understanding traumatic impact, particularly the impact of systemic betrayal, minority stress and micro aggressions
  • how trauma impacts the brain and nervous system
  • working within the Window of Tolerance and encouraging nervous system regulation
  • utilising trauma informed principles
  • creating ‘safe enough’ and consciously inclusive environments
  • Working with a resilience lens
ABOUT THE HOSTS

Nevo Zisin is author of award-winning Finding Nevo, a memoir on gender transition and upcoming The Pronoun Lowdown released in March of 2021. Nikki Viveca is a multi disciplinary artist, whose work encompasses standup comedy, performance poetry, dance, theatre and improv. She is a cast member of Gender Euphoria - nominated for Best Production (Cabaret) in the 2020 Green Room Awards – and was the winner of the 2019 Midsumma Poetry Slam and 2019 Trans Poetry Slam. Ahli is a proud Aboriginal human, who uses he/she/they pronouns. They were raised in urban environments where they were intentionally removed from culture and country, ostensibly to ‘protect' them. They are a celebrated visual artist who engages regularly in both storytelling and everyday activism and you can learn more about them at their instagram @ahli_emu

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TGD Writers panel
WITH NEVO ZISIN, NIKKI VIVECA, AND AHLI

What is your writing process? How do you manage the public perception of who you are? Is it challenging to deal with trolls and backlash?

Nevo Zisin - queer, non-binary, Jewish writer, activist and public speaker - will host a panel of established writers and artists from the LGBTQ community. Nevo will pick their brains, to learn about the good and bad parts about sharing your life in public.

Nevo Zisin is author of award-winning Finding Nevo, a memoir on gender transition and upcoming The Pronoun Lowdown released in March of 2021.

Nikki Viveca is a multi disciplinary artist, whose work encompasses standup comedy, performance poetry, dance, theatre and improv.  She is a cast member of Gender Euphoria - nominated for Best Production (Cabaret) in the 2020 Green Room Awards – and was the winner of the 2019 Midsumma Poetry Slam and 2019 Trans Poetry Slam.

Ahli is a proud Aboriginal human, who uses he/she/they pronouns. They were raised in urban environments where they were intentionally removed from culture and country, ostensibly to ‘protect' them. They are a celebrated visual artist who engages regularly in both storytelling and everyday activism and you can learn more about them at their instagram @ahli_emu



ABOUT THE HOSTS

Six Inches Uncut – cabaret deviant, smut poet, really bad drag queen. A stylish assemblage of grease, paint and gaffer tape, Six Inches Uncut staggers around somewhere between the gorgeous and the grotesque, harnessing a terrifying mixture of trash and treasure to create passionate moments of play with their audience. They have strutted and fretted in front of crowds all over Australia, with their shows Shoot to Kill, Gale Force Wins!!!, TAINT and, most recently, the “ornithological masterpiece” (Australian Arts Review) BIRDOIR. Find them online as @sixinchesuncut

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TransForum Wrap-Up
HOSTED BY SIX INCHES UNCUT WITH GUEST ARTISTS

A final celebration of a few days of learning and coming together, hosted by the wondrous Six Inches Uncut - cabaret deviant, smut poet, really bad drag queen.

Six Inches leads us through a readings from writer and radio maker Sam Elkin, and poet and artist Nikki Viveca, followed by a delightful video of ‘The Roar,’ a story about dinosaurs and Pride. It was written by Sally Conning and Jax Wake - who have a 58 year age difference and a love of dinosaurs.



Trans and Gender Diverse Peer Support Project

video resources
ABOUT THE HOSTS

Nevo Zisin is author of award-winning Finding Nevo, a memoir on gender transition and upcoming The Pronoun Lowdown set for a March 2021 release. * Laniyuk is a Larrakia, Kungarakan, Gurindji and French writer and performer of poetry and short memoir. She contributed to Colouring the Rainbow: Blak, Queer and Trans Perspectives in 2015, and has been published online, and in print poetry collections. She received Canberra’s Noted Writers Festival’s 2017 Indigenous Writers Residency, Overland’s 2018 Writers Residency and was shortlisted for Overland’s 2018 Nakata-Brophy poetry prize. * Nikki Viveca is a multi disciplinary artist, whose work encompasses standup comedy, performance poetry, dance, theatre and improv. She is a cast member of Gender Euphoria - nominated for Best Production (Cabaret) in the 2020 Green Room Awards – and was the winner of the 2019 Midsumma Poetry Slam and 2019 Trans Poetry Slam.

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Telling Your Story
9.30AM – 11.00AM
With Laniyuk, Nevo Zisin and Nikki Viveca
What is your writing process? How do you manage the public perception of who you are? Is it challenging to deal with trolls and backlash? Nevo Zisin - queer, non-binary, Jewish writer, activist and public speaker - will host a panel of established writers from the LGBTQ community. Nevo will pick their brains, to learn about the good and bad parts about sharing your life in public.
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With Rani Pramesti and Joshua Francis

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Finding Allies And Getting Support
11.00AM – 11.45AM
With Rani Pramesti and Joshua Francis
How do you get support in order to do peer support? Do you need a grant or is it better to recruit volunteers? How do you keep going when the money or human energy runs out? Rani and Josh explore different ways of getting started and how to keep going when the going gets tough.
ABOUT THE HOSTS

Six Inches Uncut – cabaret deviant, smut poet, really bad drag queen. A stylish assemblage of grease, paint and gaffer tape, Six Inches Uncut staggers around somewhere between the gorgeous and the grotesque, harnessing a terrifying mixture of trash and treasure to create passionate moments of play with their audience. They have strutted and fretted in front of crowds all over Australia, with their shows Shoot to Kill, Gale Force Wins!!!, TAINT and, most recently, the “ornithological masterpiece” (Australian Arts Review) BIRDOIR. Find them online as @sixinchesuncut

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TransForum Wrap Up
1.00PM – 2.00PM
Hosted By Six Inches Uncut With Guest Artists
A lunchtime variety show-meets-cabaret, to have some fun after two days of learning & listening. Celebrate with some big talents from our trans and gender diverse community, whetting your appetites and stimulating a hunger to get involved in more creative projects throughout the year. This event will be hosted by cabaret deviant Six Inches Uncut, with guest artists.