Meditation for Queer Resilience – Workshop on Oct 20th

Meditation for Queer Resilience I Please join us for a talk, discussion, and meditation instruction on practices for queer resilience. LGBTQIA2S+ folks experience everyday micro- and macro-aggressions, as well as the hostility of the current political climate. As such, everything we can do to keep our nervous systems calm, aligned, and resilient grounds us and connects us to ourselves, to …

New Cycle of Non-Binary/Genderqueer Group Starting

We’re starting a new cycle of our Gender Unicorns group this week, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. While all the spots for the group are currently taken, a new cycle will open in about 12 weeks. We hope to add more services for the NB/GQ and gender-expansive communities soon! Feel free to be in touch if you’re interested in …

Presented at Gay and Grey Expo in Portland

This weekend Kaden and I presented at SAGE Metro Portland’s 2018 Gay & Grey expo, held at Friendly House. This biannual expo offers workshops and resources for LGBTQIA+ elders. Sasha presented on Mindfulness Skills for Stress Reduction, and Kaden presented on Non-Binary Gender Identities and Language. It was great to share our expertise with queer elders & we enjoyed learning …

Completed the WPATH GEI 2018 training in Portland

Sasha and Kaden just finished a busy weekend at the WPATH Global Education Initiative in Portland. We spent September 7-9 at the Collaborative Life Sciences Building on the OHSU Campus, hearing the latest from experts on gender affirmative medical procedures and supportive mental health and counseling. In addition to learning more about HRT, gender affirming surgery, and comprehensive clinical assessment, …

Beyond Gender podcast

Sasha was recently featured on a podcast at Beyond Gender, where they talked about their own gender location and how they help folks figure out theirs. Beyond Gender: Episode 75— A Gender Perspective with Sasha Strong The show is looking for new interviewees regularly, so if you’d like to share your story, reach out the producers at beyondgenderpod@gmail.com.

Return from Gender Odyssey 2018

We got back from Gender Odyssey in Seattle earlier this month, where we had a good time presenting our research on cultural competency with non-binary and genderqueer folks. Kaden and I also had the opportunity to attend lots of other cool workshops, and we networked with folks in the Professional and Youth tracks, from all over the region. On Friday …

Grieving Gendered Selves: The Cycle of Death and Rebirth in the Gender Journey

Finding out who I am as a person is an unfolding journey that has taken me through the uncharted waters of gender, identity, sex, power, and privilege (Bornstein, 2013). During this process, I have felt trapped, stuck, confused, angry, overwhelmed, powerless, ashamed, despairing, and joyful. Similarly, my trans* clients have experienced waves of confusion, disorientation, anger, grief, sadness, loss, and …

Mindfulness Practices for Working with Fear and Trauma

Mindfulness practices can help us work with fear and trauma to cultivate safety, stability, and a sense of inner relationship. Because fear and trauma both involve turning away from present-moment experience, they present specific obstacles to life and mindfulness. Based on my own experience as a therapist, a meditator, and a survivor of trauma, I’ve put together some thoughts and …