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Tuesday, November 21st, 2006
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help fill workshop gaps at the FORGE Conference
The FORGE Forward 2007 Conference programming staff is elated about the volume, uniqueness, and complexity of workshop proposals that arrived before the October 31, 2006 deadline. However, we still need your help in making the FORGE Forward Conference as inclusive and well-balanced as possible.


The FORGE Forward 2007 Conference, taking place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from March 29 - April 1, 2007, will be the largest scale FTM+/SOFFA event in the Midwest’s history. We have an exhilarating line-up of keynote speakers; two full days of pre-Conference Intensives; over 90 slots for workshops, caucuses, and do-it-yourself events; consultations with nationally respected surgeons; a film festival with trans-masculine and SOFFA-focused films; networking opportunities; nightly entertainment; and much, much more.


As we reviewed the impressive workshop proposals we received, we recognized several key areas where we received insufficient or no workshop suggestions. One set of missing topics is some of the core, “101” topics; obviously, people took us seriously when we encouraged submitting cutting-edge proposals! The other set of missing topics are on those identities and experiences that are, in our community as a whole, under-discussed or ignored. Because the FORGE Conference’s intention is to give voice to our full community’s experiences and complex lives, we want to again solicit these voices and topics.


To make it easier for people to step forward, this time we are soliciting both full workshop proposals on the following topics, and self-nominees (or, with their knowledge and agreement, nominations of others) for PANELS that the Conference organizers will help assemble, and/or CAUCUS CONVENERS. Panelists need only talk about their own experiences and perspectives; caucus conveners are only responsible for calling a group together and helping keep the conversation flowing. We are hoping that this broader range of options will help those who feel their identities have been underrepresented in our community to step forward and make sure the silence isn’t perpetuated at the FORGE Forward Conference.


Unfortunately, we need to move quickly so that we can finalize the whole line-up and get back to everyone who submitted proposals. Therefore, we would like to hear from people by DECEMBER 1st. If you intend to submit a full workshop proposal, we’ll give you until December 8th to complete it once you let us know of what you intend to cover.


Here are the topics we would like to see more about:
-- youth
-- people of color
-- aging
-- intersex
-- parenting (particularly, obtaining children -- including FTM/butch pregnancy issues -- and raising children)
-- family issues (i.e., parents, children, siblings, etc. of trans/SOFFA individuals)
-- disabilities
-- dating and flirting
-- living stealth and/or “post-trans”
-- heterosexual identity issues
-- living long term
-- “the first meeting” for newly-questioning or newly-transitioning FTMs/SOFFAs


If you want to submit a full workshop proposal, the form is available online at www.forge-forward.org/conference/workshops/rfp.php However, please send us an informal email by DECEMBER FIRST at workshops@forge-forward.org if you want to be on a panel, facilitate a caucus, or want until December 8 to submit a full proposal.


Don’t forget:
* Make your hotel reservations while there are still rooms available!
( www.forge-forward.org/conference/logistics/hotel.php )
* Register! Even though the Conference can host an unlimited number of registrants, pre-Conference Intensives (requiring separate sign up) will fill up early. (Also, you make the organizers’ lives a lot less stressful if you register well in advance!)
* If you like MySpace or Live Journal, keep up with current announcements and excitement at myspace.com/forgeconference and community.livejournal.com/forgeforward


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The FORGE Forward 2007 Conference’s philosophy is inclusion-focused. We value individuality, diversity, and complexity­believing that together, all of us make a stronger, more supportive and vibrant community.


For more information, contact
FORGE Forward 2007 Conference
michael munson, conference co-chair
PO Box 1272
Milwaukee, WI 53201
www.forge-forward.org/conference
conference@forge-forward.org
414-559-2123
Saturday, November 18th, 2006
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Come Out and Do A Workshop!
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www.forge-forward.org/conference
conference@forge-forward.org

October 11, 2006

Happy Coming Out Day! And what better way to celebrate your identity as a trans person and/or SOFFA (Significant Other, Friend, Family, or Ally) than by submitting a proposal to lead a workshop at the FORGE Forward 2007 Conference, which will take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on March 29 – April 1, 2007?

The deadline for workshop proposals – October 31, 2006 – is quickly approaching, and we want to hear from more of you! The theme of the Conference is "Honoring Our Complexities," and we'll be featuring more than 75 workshops on topics of interest to those on the transmasculine or FTM spectrum (born female but with some level of current masculine identification) and SOFFAs of all genders and sexual orientations. That means we are interested in workshop proposals on the "basics" for new-comers AND proposals on cutting-edge topics that will deepen our recognition of and appreciation for the diverse complexities within our communities. Share what you know or share what you're thinking about or initiate a whole new conversation. Proposals should address a standard set of questions about content, presentation style, and presenter qualifications. (Passion about a topic is a great qualification!)

The questions are available as both a webpage and a downloadable form at http://www.forge-forward.org/conference/workshops/rfp.php or a snail mail copy can be requested by emailing workshops@forge-forward.org or calling 414-559-2123 and leaving a clear mailing name and address and call-back number.

Potential presenters should note that all official FORGE Forward 2007 Conference workshops are open to all attendees, regardless of identity. The Conference co-chairs will be happy to work with potential presenters to help design presentation or discussion formats that provide comfortable space for discussion of identity-specific topics. The Conference will also offer some space for ad hoc workshops limited to participants of a certain identity. Please contact the Programming Chair at workshops@forge-forward.org for further details.

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The FORGE Forward 2007 Conference's philosophy is inclusion-focused. We value individuality, diversity, and complexity -- believing that together, all of us make a stronger, more supportive and vibrant community.

For more information, contact
FORGE Forward 2007 Conference | michael munson | PO Box 1272 | Milwaukee, WI 53201
conference@forge-forward.org | 414-559-2123 (phone)
www.forge-forward.org/conference
4:27 pm
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Last Few Days to Save on FORGE Forward 2007 Conference Registrations
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PO Box 1272
Milwaukee, WI 53201
www.forge-forward.org/conference
conference@forge-forward.org

September 18, 2006

If you plan to attend the FORGE Forward 2007 Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 29 – April 1, 2007, now is the time to send in your registration! Download a registration form today at http://www.forge-forward.org/conference/docs/registration_form.pdf/ Early registration rates -- $125 for the full 2-1/2 day conference or $115 per full-day Intensive – are only available on registrations postmarked by September 30, 2006. (Steep discounts are available for those attending both the conference and one or two Intensives.) After that, registration rates rise to the regular level.

The FORGE Forward 2007 Conference is the first national female-to-male transgender spectrum and SOFFA (Significant Others, Friends, Family, and Allies) conference to be held in the U.S. Heartland. The Conference, whose theme is "Honoring Our Complexities," features more than 75 concurrent workshops covering everything from the basics to the cutting edge, exhibits by organizations and businesses catering to trans people and SOFFAs, medical consultations, a hospitality suite, no-host receptions, and much, much more. Reflecting our community's many diverse identities and needs, accessibility features of the Conference include childcare, American Sign Language interpretation, free parking or shuttle from the airport, 12-step meetings, and limited registration scholarships for low-income attendees (some services require preregistration).

Featured keynoters and entertainers include S. Bear Bergman, Eli Clare, Imani Henry, Jay Sennett, Dean Spade, Susan Stryker, and Willy Wilkinson.

Eight full-day, pre-Conference Intensives are also available for those who want to dig deeply into any of the following topics:

> Supporting Gender-Variant Children, Youth, and their Families (Reid Vanderburgh and Andrew Forshee)
> HIV Prevention/Safer Sex for FTMs+ and Mental Health Providers (Brenda Coley, Laura Gutnecht, Molly Herrmann, Gary Hollander, Hector Torres)
> Survivor-Centered Advocacy for Trans Survivors of Violence (Diana Courvant)
> Creative Spirituality for the Third Gender Tribe (Raven Caldera)
> Building Multi-Racial, Multi-Gender, Anti-Racist, Anti-Capitalist Trans Organizations, Coalitions and Movements (Dean Spade and staff of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project)
> Beyond the Binary: Language, Longing, and Legitimacy (Shane Whalley and Heather Davies)
> Understanding the FTM Experience: 101 for Providers (Reid Vanderburgh and lore m. dickey)
> Exploring the Expansiveness of Femme (TBA)

In addition, a pre-Conference extended caucus, "Breaking Isolation, Building Community: A Gathering for Disabled and Deaf People and Our Allies," will be facilitated by Eli Clare and Sebastian Margaret on Friday, March 30. Pre-registrants for this caucus, any Intensive or the Conference itself will also receive free entrance to a plenary-style presentation by Ben Singer, "From the Medical Gaze to Sublime Mutations: The Ethics of Re-viewing Nonstandard Body Images," on Thursday, March 29, and to a pre-Conference keynote by Minnie Bruce Pratt on Friday, March 30.

Still not enough detail? There's more! Visit our website at www.forge-forward.org/conference to read about our presenters, add-on meal events, and other Conference plans, or to get more details on available volunteer jobs!

Registration forms can be printed out at http://www.forgeforward.org/conference/participate/register.php; email registration@forge-forward.org or call 414-559-2123 if you need one mailed to you.

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The FORGE Forward 2007 Conference's philosophy is inclusion-focused. We value individuality, diversity, and complexity -- believing that together, all of us make a stronger, more supportive and vibrant community.

For more information, contact
FORGE Forward 2007 Conference | michael munson | PO Box 1272 | Milwaukee, WI 53201
conference@forge-forward.org | 414-559-2123 (phone)
www.forge-forward.org/conference
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FORGE Forward 2007 Conference Requests Workshop Proposals
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PO Box 1272
Milwaukee, WI 53201
www.forge-forward.org/conference
conference@forge-forward.org

August 28, 2006

Although workshops are the core feature of nearly every conference, they are especially important when the conference's motto is "Honoring Our Complexities."

That's why the organizers of the FORGE Forward 2007 Conference and Intensives, which will take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on March 29 – April 1, 2007, are so excited to announce they are ready to accept proposals for the more than 75 workshops that will be offered at the Conference. "We certainly want to offer the basic workshops for transitioning female-to-males (FTMs) and SOFFAs (Significant Others, Friends, Family, and Allies), but the gender spectrum is so much wider than that and our identities and interests so much more complex than those letters often suggest," Conference Programming Chair Michael Munson said. "We are very much looking forward to receiving workshop proposals that dare to reach beyond the 'usual' and speak honestly of our complexities as individuals and as a community."

Workshop proposals will be accepted until October 31, 2006. Proposals should address a standard set of questions about content, presentation style, and presenter qualifications. (Passion about a topic is a great qualification!) The questions are available as both a webpage (www.forgeforward.org/conference/workshops/rfp.php) and a print-friendly, downloadable form at www.forgeforward.org/conference/docs/workshopRFP.pdf, or a snail mail copy can be requested by emailing workshops@forge-forward.org or calling 414-559-2123 and leaving a clear mailing name and address and call-back number.

Potential presenters should note that all official FORGE Forward 2007 Conference workshops are open to all attendees, regardless of identity. The Conference co-chairs will be happy to work with potential presenters to help design presentation or discussion formats that provide comfortable space for discussion of identityspecific topics. The Conference will also offer some space for ad hoc workshops limited to participants of a certain identity. Please contact the Programming Chair at workshops@forge-forward.org for further details.

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The FORGE Forward 2007 Conference's philosophy is inclusion-focused. We value individuality, diversity, and complexity -- believing that together, all of us make a stronger, more supportive and vibrant community.

For more information, contact
FORGE Forward 2007 Conference | michael munson | PO Box 1272 | Milwaukee, WI 53201
conference@forge-forward.org | 414-559-2123 (phone)
www.forge-forward.org/conference
4:26 pm
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FORGE Forward 2007 Conference Registration Opens, Speakers Announced
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www.forge-forward.org/conference
conference@forge-forward.org

August 17, 2006

It's going to be the biggest gathering of transgender persons and SOFFAs (Significant Others, Friends, Family, and Allies) Wisconsin has ever seen, and we're inviting people from all over the world to help us celebrate: registration for the FORGE Forward 2007 Conference and Intensives, taking place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 29 – April 1, 2007, has opened.

Early conference registration (before September 30) is only $125 and includes access to more than 75 concurrent workshops, exhibits by organizations and businesses catering to trans people and SOFFAs, medical consultations, hospitality suites, receptions, affinity group gatherings, and much, much more. Reflecting our community's many diverse identities and needs, accessibility features of the Conference include childcare, American Sign Language interpretation, free parking, free shuttle from the airport, 12-step meetings, and registration scholarships for low-income attendees. Additional events, including eight full-day, pre-conference Intensives, two dinner plenaries, and boxed lunches are available at an extra cost. Conference registration includes keynotes and presentations by nationally-known thinkers and entertainers:

• S. Bear Bergman -- writer, theater artist, gender-jammer, instigator, and observant Jew.

• Eli Clare -- genderqueer poet, essayist, and co-organizer of the first ever Queerness and Disability Conference.

• Imani Henry -- anti-war activist, consultant, trainer, and organizer for LGBT communities of color, and writer/performer of the acclaimed performance piece, B4T.

• Jay Sennett -- writer, filmmaker, and founding publisher of Homofactus Press, which "stakes its claim as a new space for the interpretation and criticism of longstanding beliefs about gender, transformation, and the limits of human possibility."

• Dean Spade -- trans attorney and activist and founder of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, which provides legal and advocacy services for low-income and trans people of color.

• Susan Stryker -- gender activist, and former executive director at the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco, recently co-produced the award-winning documentary, "Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria"

• Willy Wilkinson -- third-gendered writer and public health consultant specializing in organizing and researching queer and transgender communities of color.

For pictures and further biographical information on our speakers, see http://www.forgeforward.org/conference/features/keynotes.php; more about our entertainers is available at
http://www.forge-forward.org/conference/features/entertainment.php.

Although the FORGE Forward 2007 Conference is designed specifically by and for those on the female-tomale transgender spectrum (FTMs+)and SOFFAs (including professionals), transpeople on the male-to-female spectrum will find much of interest to them, including workshops and Intensives on building multigender, anti-racist coalitions; exploring the spirituality of the transgender path; legal issues; and strengthening family and work relationships. Join us at this history-making, educational celebration!

Registration forms can be printed out at http://www.forgeforward.org/conference/participate/register.php; call 414-559-2123 if you need one mailed to you.

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The FORGE Forward 2007 Conference's philosophy is inclusion-focused. We value individuality, diversity,
and complexity -- believing that together, all of us make a stronger, more supportive and vibrant
community.

For more information, contact
FORGE Forward 2007 Conference | michael munson | PO Box 1272 | Milwaukee, WI 53201
conference@forge-forward.org | 414-559-2123 (phone)
www.forge-forward.org/conference
4:25 pm
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Four FORGE Forward 2007 Conference Intensives Announced
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conference@forge-forward.org

August 1, 2006

HIV prevention and negotiating safer sex; building anti-racist coalitions; fostering a genderqueer dialogue;and training mental health professionals to work with transgender clients are four of the topics that will receive full-day attention at the FORGE Forward 2007 Conference and Intensives taking place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 29-April 1, 2007.

Selected specifically because of the topics' compelling importance to the transgender community and the reputations of their trainers/facilitators for providing high-quality, thought-provoking workshop experiences, the four Intensives are expected to draw not only those who will go on to attend the whole conference, but also professionals and other SOFFAs (Significant Others, Friends, Family, and Allies) who want to devote just one day to a specific work or personal interest.

These Intensives will take place on Thursday, March 29, 2007 and Friday, March 30, 2007 before the Conference's opening night plenary on Friday. Most of the Intensives have an attendance cap to ensure there is ample time to address individual participants' questions and needs, so early registration is highly recommended. The fee for a full Intensive is $115 (before September 30), but heavy discounts are available for those attending more than one Intensive and/or the whole conference. Scholarships will also be
available to low-income attendees. For more information on the conference or to register, go to www.forge-forward.org/conference, email conference@forge-forward.org, or call 414-559-2123.

Further information on the Intensives topics and presenters follows.


==> HIV Prevention and Safer Sex for FTMs+ and Mental Health Providers (Thursday, March 29)

This Intensive has it all: presentations of the latest data on HIV and trans people; paired, small, and whole group discussions about hot topics like negotiating sex and empowering community members; safer sex demonstrations; individual worksheets; and even a fishbowl exercise in which FTMs+ and mental health providers will discuss the best ways to incorporate HIV prevention into mental health practices. This Intensive is designed not only provide answers to the risk and safety questions trans people have about HIV, sex, and needles, but also to empower individuals to take better control of their health and wellbeing _and_ help build the community supports we need to keep all of us healthy and safe.

Five highly-experienced, Wisconsin-based HIV experts and trainers will share responsibility for keeping this Intensive lively and relevant: Diverse & Resilient founder Gary Hollander, Ph.D., and Diverse & Resilient Director of Adult Services Brenda Coley; Molly Herrmann, Community Planning Coordinator for the Wisconsin AIDS/HIV program; Laura Gutnecht, transgender HIV trainer; and Hector Torres, Ph.D., a former Fellow with the Center for AIDS Intervention Resource.


==> Building Multi-Racial, Multi-Gender, Anti-Racist, Anti-Capitalist Trans Organizations, Coalitions and Movements (Friday, March 30)

Through structured, interactive activities, Intensive participants will explore several interrelated themes: 1) How is racism often built into the structures of social justice movements, and how do we build structures for gender liberation work that have a deep commitment and lived practice of anti-racism? 2) How do we bridge cultural and community conversations between transwomen's communities, transmasculine communities, and SOFFAs to find common ground, address common misunderstandings, and move past hierarchizing our experiences of oppression? 3) How do we build organizations that focus on the needs of the most vulnerable people in our communities: prisoners, immigrants, poor people, youth, people of color? 4) How do different kinds of work such as law and policy reform, base-building organizing, media and public education work, and fundraising fit together in social movements? How can we prioritize these and work together? 5) What key issues in gender oppression are going under-addressed in current US trans activism? How can we change that context? 6) How do we envision the world we want to live in, rather than just reacting to constant attacks on our communities? 7) How do we connect gender liberation work with important social movements against racism, for immigrant rights, for workers' rights, against imperialism,and for women's liberation?

This Intensive will be conducted by staff of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP), an innovative legal collective in New York City focused on justice for transgender, intersex, and gender non-conforming people. SRLP is founded on the understanding that gender self-determination is inextricably intertwined with racial, social and economic justice. Therefore, SRLP seeks to increase the political voice and visibility of lowincome people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming, and improve access to respectful and affirming social, health, and legal services. SRLP believes that in order to create meaningful political participation and leadership, people must have access to basic means of survival and safety from violence.


==> Beyond the Binary: Language, Longing, and Legitimacy (Friday, March 30)

This Intensive will use interactive dialogue, small and large group discussion, and experiential reflective exercises to engage members of the gender community who feel they don't "fit in." In the "language" part of the Intensive, participants will have the opportunity to explore the ways in which language both oppresses and liberates different aspects of personal identity, identify and share the language they prefer, and support each other in claiming that language. In the "longing" section, participants will put words to their longings and begin empowering themselves to achieve what they want. In "legitimacy," attendees will share stories about the varied ways in which we search for legitimacy, affirming not only the hurt and pain that comes with not finding it, but also the stories of success. The day will end with a synthesizing exercise to enable participants to walk away with more language, less longing, and a feeling of legitimacy that they can then transfer back to their day-to-day lives.

Both presenters, Shane Whalley and Heather Davies, are Texas therapists and activists. Shane has lived between the boxes for over10 years and finds freedom in making space for hirself and others. Heather travels a different path around gender. She has a fluidity that means on any given day people who come in contact with her might find her flowing and more feminine or buttoned down and more masculine.


==> Understanding the Transgender Experience (From Letters to Surgery and Beyond): 101 for Providers (Friday, March 30)

Have you been thinking about working with transgender clients but don't know where to start? Then this Intensive is perfect for you. Designed especially for mental health professionals (who have specific roles to play in many transgender journeys), this 101 will also provide excellent groundwork for other types of professionals and even family and community members who are new to transgender issues. With a specific emphasis on the diversities present within the Female-to-Male (FTM) side of the transgender spectrum, the Intensive's training objectives include: 1) Helping participants understand the therapist's role in the
decision-making process surrounding gender identity issues; 2) Presenting a more holistic, developmental perspective on trans identity in general than is available through the current medical model; 3) Explaining the historic paradigm of transition, including historical information about the development of the Standards of Care, and why this paradigm does not well serve the needs of transgender individuals; and 4) Providing information about the wide range of possibilities on the gender continuum.
Nationally-known FTM therapist and trainer Reid Vanderburgh makes up half of this Intensive's facilitator team. He holds an MA in Counseling Psychology and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in Oregon. Approximately 90% of his clients are trans-identified in some way. Co-presenter lore m. dickey has completed the first year of his Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of North Dakota, and recently completed a study on the effectiveness of support groups for the FTM
community.

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The FORGE Forward 2007 Conference's philosophy is inclusion-focused. We value individuality, diversity, and complexity -- believing that together, all of us make a stronger, more supportive and vibrant community.

For more information, contact
FORGE Forward 2007 Conference | michael munson | PO Box 1272 | Milwaukee, WI 53201
conference@forge-forward.org | 414-559-2123 (phone)
www.forge-forward.org/conference
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FORGE Forward 2007 Conference Logo and Website
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April 5, 2006

The FORGE Forward 2007 Conference committee is pleased to announce the winner of its logo contest, Wolfgang Beilschmidt.

The winning logo, featured on every page of the newly-launched conference website at http://www.forge-forward.org/conference/, is a graphic embodiment of the conference theme, Honoring Our Complexities. A rainbow spiral -- an ancient symbol of journey, change, or transition -- is a very fitting image for the FORGE Forward 2007 Conference. The groundbreaking 4 day Conference is the first female-to-male (FTM+) spectrum and Significant Others, Friends, Family and Allies (SOFFA) conference to be held in the Heartland (Milwaukee, WI). The Conference and two pre-Conference days of Intensives will take place on March 29 - April 1, 2007.

Wolfgang said of his design, "For me, [the logo symbolizes] a journey outward to find a new center. I also wanted to depict the gender continuum; we all start out the same in the womb." Wolfgang is a 36 year-old FTM writer, artist, and gourd farmer from Missouri. He is currently writing his first novel, a sci-fi-fantasy adventure. He grooms dogs at a local veterinary clinic for
a living and describes himself as "kind of a country guy with a big city philosophy." A panel of seven judges, several of who are professional graphic designers, awarded second place to Jacob Anderson-Minshall, for a black-and-white design that features names of dozens of overlapping identities represented in the FTM+/SOFFA spectrum. He commented, "the number and breadth of the terms we use for ourselves and our community speak to our complexities and diversity." Anderson-Mitchell is a California artist, emerging graphic designer, author of the syndicated column TransNation, and Film Editor at LiP magazine. Third place went to Rion (Amy) Chesbro, who explained her entry this way: The Native American symbol for the Four Directions symbolizes the sacredness of all the earth and the qualities of each direction. The European-style shield symbolizes honor and the courage to follow one's convictions. It shows that regardless of the direction of transness, we honor the complexity of one another and will fight for one another. The half-face indicates male energy. "The fact that it is less than the entire male face means that you can draw in the other half of the face as masculine, feminine, or other as you prefer." She calls the "festive squiggles" the "rainbow collection," and says they show "that we are very similar, but we can locate as we like." The circular theme reinforces the sacredness of our lives. Rion (Amy) Chesbro is a jack of all trades and master of none who has bounced like a pinball from the West Coast (Alaska) to the East Coast (New York), settling finally in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her interests include creative and technical writing, teaching, interface design, psychic work, television drama, her Chihuahua Salvador, and her partner PJ, who is the magnetic force that
caused her pinball self to rest.

All three winning designs are featured at http://www.forgeforward.org/conference/aboutus/logo.php. Beilschmidt won two free registrations to the conference, plus two free t-shirts featuring his logo. Anderson-Minshall has been awarded one free registration and two t-shirts; Chesbro will receive two t-shirts.

FORGE also thanks the three other artists who designed and submitted logo designs. We are deeply grateful for your effort and interest.

The FORGE Forward 2007 Conference's philosophy is inclusion-focused. We value individuality, diversity, and complexity -- believing that together, all of us make a stronger, more supportive and vibrant community.

For more information, contact
FORGE Forward 2007 Conference | michael munson | PO Box 1272 | Milwaukee, WI 53201
conference@forge-forward.org | 414-559-2123 (phone)
www.forge-forward.org/conference
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FORGE Forward 2007 Conference Intensives Request for Proposals
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conference@forge-forward.org

March 24, 2006

Calling all trainers and organizers on transgender/SOFFA (Significant Others, Friends, Family, and Allies) topics: the request for proposals for FORGE Forward 2007 Conference Intensives

has been issued, and is available at http://www.forgeforward.org/conference/intensives/basicinfo.php. The proposal deadline is May 31, 2006.

Beginning on the evening of Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1, 2007, FORGE (For Ourselves: Reworking Gender Expression) will sponsor the first national FTM+ (female-to-male

spectrum) and SOFFA (Significant Others, Friends, Family, and Allies) conference to be held in the Midwest (Milwaukee, Wisconsin). This Conference, which is expected to draw more than 500 attendees from across the country, will feature seven tracks of programming, nationallyknown keynoters and entertainers, and much, much more.

FORGE has set aside Thursday, March 29 and Friday, March 30 for eight full-day Intensives. The Intensives are designed to provide in-depth training on topics of particular interest to FTMs+/SOFFAs, professionals who provide services to individuals in the transgender community, and/or other key audiences. We expect these Intensives to draw a mix of conference attendees and individuals who may only attend one particular Intensive. The Intensives will be advertised both through the general conference publicity and through targeted advertising directed specifically at the audiences most likely to be interested in the particular Intensive topic.

FORGE Forward 2007 is seeking trainers/organizers to design and run Intensives on the following four topics:

- HIV and safer sex for transfolk and/or providers

- Sexual violence healing for the trans/SOFFA community

- Intensive for service providers and therapists

- Exploring the expansiveness of femme

In addition, we have four slots open for presenter-generated Intensive topics. This Request for Proposals (RFP) is designed to be used by those who wish to organize an Intensive on

either one of the pre-designated topics or a topic chosen by the applicant. Applicants are asked to design a day that includes a mixture of presentations, small-group exercises, discussions, and other activities designed to present the material in a variety of engaging ways. Intensives can be presented by one person or by a group of individuals presenting in tandem or sequentially.

Although there are no formal judging criteria, we are looking for Intensive proposals that:

• Are likely to be of interest to a range of participants based on the topic, the credentials of the presenter/s, the style of presentation/s to be used, and any other unique features we can advertise to possible attendees.

• Show the presenter/s have experience designing and conducting engaging workshops on the topic and can sustain attendees' interest for a full day.

• Honor the diversity of the trans/SOFFA community (through the diversity of the presenters themselves, specific diversity discussions, diverse case studies, or through other means).

• Indicate the presenter/s are willing and able to work with FORGE to reach potential audiences and pursue funding possibilities.

To propose an Intensive, please address the 13 questions listed at: http://www.forgeforward.org/conference/intensives/rfp.php. Please submit your proposal by email (intensives@forge-forward.org) or mail (FORGE, P.O. Box 1272 , Milwaukee , WI 53201 ) by May 31, 2006. (Note that if you mail a proposal, it would be helpful to tell us by email or phone – 414-559-2123 – that you have done so.) We will notify applicants whether their Intensive was selected by June 15, 2006.

The FORGE Forward 2007 Conference's philosophy is inclusion-focused. We value individuality, diversity, and complexity -- believing that together, all of us make a stronger, more supportive and vibrant community.

For more information, contact

FORGE Forward 2007 Conference | michael munson | PO Box 1272 | Milwaukee, WI 53201

conference@forge-forward.org | 414-559-2123 (phone)

www.forge-forward.org/conference
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CONTACT INFORMATION: FORGE FORWARD 2007 Conference
PO Box 1272
Milwaukee, WI 53201
www.forge-forward.org/conference
conference@forge-forward.org


September 1, 2005

FORGE -- an 11 year old national advocacy, educational and support organization -- is pleased to announce the first annual FTM+/SOFFA conference to be held in the Heartland (Milwaukee,WI) on March 29 - April 1, 2007.


The FORGE Forward 2007 Conference will include two full days of pre-conference institutes; over seventy-five concurrent, multi-threaded workshops and caucuses, keynote addresses by leading transgender and SOFFA leaders and innovative thinkers; sizzling entertainment; socializing, networking, 12-step recovery, and support activities; free consultation with respected transgender surgeons; and an exhibit hall packed full of your favorite vendors and organizations.

To complement the progressive programming, the FORGE Forward 2007 Conference will also include singles events, a logo contest, childcare, a film festival, a hospitality suite and other social activities, a clothing swap, film festival, and many other non-workshop activities to meet the needs of all participants.

Get involved early by letting others know about this exciting event. Print out the "save the date" flyer (www.forge-forward.org/conference/flyer.pdf) and distribute it at your local support group or to friends or clients who might benefit.

A request for proposals -- both for workshops and intensives -- will be available soon. Sign up to receive email updates (conference@forge-forward.org) or bookmark our website -- www.forge-forward.org/conference -- and check back frequently for Conference updates and announcements.

The FORGE Forward 2007 Conference's philosophy is inclusion-focused. We value individuality, diversity, and complexity -- believing that together, all of us make a stronger, more supportive and vibrant community.

For more information, contact
FORGE Forward 2007 Conference | michael munson | PO Box 1272 | Milwaukee, WI 53201
conference@forge-forward.org | 414-559-2123 (phone)
www.forge-forward.org/conference
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