Transgender 101 & 201 Presentations For Community

LAPS News:

Co-Director Adrien Lawyer of the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico will offer his presentation, Transgender 101: A Cultural Humility Training, for the community, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2 in the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater.

LAPS staff, parents, youth and community members are encouraged and welcome to attend.

The LAHS Speech Theater is next door to the Auxiliary Gym.

For those who have already attended this initial orientation and are interested in adding to their knowledge, Lawyer will offer Transgender 201, 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 from in the same location.

Transgender 101 is an introduction to transgender people, their lives and challenges. The presentation covers basic terms, definitions, and concepts as well as how to begin to be a good ally to transgender and gender nonconforming individuals.

Transgender people are generally not known and understood by others, and Lawyer’s training is meant to address this lack of information and experience. Lawyer has extensive experience training professionals in schools, law enforcement, businesses and the national labs.

Transgender 201 will include a very brief review of assigned sex, gender and sexual orientation followed by a deeper dive into nonbinary people, intersectionality and how to be a good ally. To wrap up, Lawyer will discuss cases in which people choose to detransition, what it means, and why people make that choice.

This presentation will be Lawyer’s fifth visit to LAPS. Feedback from his previous trainings has been overwhelmingly positive. Some students have found the information useful in trying to help their transgender friends feel safer in the world. For others, the presentation gave them a kinder perspective toward transgender people.

LAPS staff have been equally appreciative of the training. One staff member said, “I now have a clearer understanding of the terminology and struggles surrounding transgender people. I feel that my compassion toward transgender people increased and I can be an ally toward and for them.”

This presentation is hosted by the LAPS Healthy Schools Initiative with the goals of increasing awareness and decreasing the likelihood of bullying and discrimination against our transgender students, staff, and community members. 

The Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico provides support, community, and connection to transgender, gender nonconforming, nonbinary, and gender variant people and their families through advocacy, education, and direct services. More information can be found at www.tgrcnm.org.