Chelsea Varnum

Chelsea Varnum

Chelsea Varnum

Chelsea Varnum, M.Ed., is a community educator with an expertise in sexual health, sexualities, and community development. Currently, she works as the Youth Wellness Manager at Columbus Public Health. She has over 7 years of experience in education with adolescents and adults, including developing inclusive programming and community-centered curricula. She specializes in creating sex education and leadership development programming for adolescents and LGBQ and Trans/Gender Non-Conforming communities. Chelsea received her Masters of Education in Human Sexuality from Widener University in 2012.

Presentation: Partners in Change: One Couple’s Experience of Transition within a Marriage

Day: Friday
Time: Breakout Session 3
Where: Delaware

Presentation Description:
While positive research and resources for trans* individuals are increasing, there is still a large gap in information about the experience of transition in the context of a relationship. Partners and couples can often feel isolated or unsupported through this process. In this workshop we will share our story as a married couple going through transition. Given from both the trans* and cisgender partner’s lens, we will explore the challenges, opportunities, and resources that we have found along the way. We will also invite conversation about reframing the social dialogue around transition and change within a relationship.

Objectives:
1. By the end of the session, participants will be able to identify common fears among couples experiencing transition.
2. By the end of the session, participants will be able to articulate common social assumptions around couples experiencing transition.
3. By the end of the session, participants will be able to articulate potential positive outcomes for couples experiencing transition.