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Kimberly Sue Griffiths, BA, MLIS, JD, OCTOPUS LLC Organizing Communities Transgender Outreach Promoting United Support. She is a woman who is transgender, living authentically full-time since the start of 2015. She is fortunate, receiving incredible family and outside support, kindness, and respect, with a wife of 20 years, two children, a daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren. She is a co-facilitator or facilitator with trans peer support groups, including for: incarcerated prisoners; a Stonewall Columbus every Monday group; and a TransOhio third Sunday group. Her dream is to initiate additional peer groups statewide. As an attorney, she continues to participate with many successful Name and Gender Change Legal Clinics throughout Ohio. She has participated in numerous community building discussions focusing on healthcare, racial, prison, immigrant, and LGBTQ inequities, marching against police brutality and in supporting Black Lives Matter. She has helped to train corrections officers and the VA to respectfully and appropriately handle encounters with transgender individuals. She hopes to continue raising awareness through: OCTOPUS Weekly Bulletin, education, outreach, and public speaking to organizations seeking applicable diversity training. She views herself as an advocate, immersed and in love with the transgender community, living life’s journey as a very diverse and personal adventure.
Presentation: The Intersections of Trans Migration: A Journey Toward Trans Community Well Being
Time: Breakout Session 4
The plan is to have the moderator and panel engage the audience in a lively discussion going beyond merely talking about transgender issues in order to deal with confronting the compounding barriers experienced by those who live with the intersections or more complex circumstances such as racial, non-binary, disability, incarceration, geographic disparity, and mental and physical health. Plans include audience participation working with a panelist to present their feelings on how it might be to live both as transgender and as someone representing a particular intersection, projecting lifespan issues and the applicable challenges that might apply. The discussion will be planned to include the successful achievements and challenges involved with using advocacy and engagement in order to attain vitally needed services, both for those on their personal journey and for the overall journey of the community itself, as well.
The learning objectives are to instill critical ways to think about the lived experience of others and to thereby (a) build support, (b) break down barriers, (c) create empathetic understanding, and (d) enhance the skills and capabilities of those who advocate for others and who can build a more inclusive, diverse, and cohesive community.