Maine Trans Wellness Summit

We’re excited to announce our 3rd annual Maine Trans Wellness Summit: “Growing up & Growing Old: An intergenerational summit on transgender aging across the lifespan.”

Stay tuned to this page for updates, requests for workshop proposals, sponsorship information, and registration.

Early Bird Discounts for Registration available until December 1, 2019!

Where?

Congregation Bet Ha’am
81 Westbrook St, South Portland, ME 04106

When?

May 20-21, 2020

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What to Expect

This Year’s Topic: Ageing across the lifespan

In 2020, we will be focused on a holistic, lifespan approach to ageing. LGBTQ+ elders, especially trans elders, are often made invisible by ageist and inaccessible movements and face unique forms of discrimination and health inequities that deserve focus and care. Trans youth experience discrimination and disrespect in their schools, homes, and healthcare settings where they are often not believed about their experiences, and not empowered to make decisions for themselves.

“Ageing” often brings to mind pictures of assisted living facilities and deteriorating quality of life. But ageing is a process all of us go through, at all points in our lives, not just when we are older adults. This summit will be an opportunity for us to address ageing at all stages in life, in a holistic, wellness focused manner, and to discuss how ageing interacts with our gender identities and gender related care needs.

Special focus will be given to experiences of those at the ends of the age spectrum- youth and elders- who are often vulnerable to the stigma and infantalization associated with ageism and adultism, yet whose experiences and perspectives have long been an essential source of fire and wisdom in our liberation movements.


Logistics and Accessibility Information

Bet Ha’am is a Reform Jewish congregation, located at 81 Westbrook St. South Portland, Maine.

Our venue, Bet Ha’am, is fully wheelchair accessible. We will have access to both Bet Ha’am’s parking lot, and the parking lot at the Thornton Heights United Methodist Church across the street. Please reserve parking close to the entrance for people with limited mobility.

Bet Ha’am is a non-smoking campus. There will be a smoking area set up near the entrance to the parking lot.

Bet Ha’am’s Library will be set aside as a Quiet Room all day for both days. This room will be available to anyone and staffed by a MaineTransNet support group facilitator.  The bathrooms will be gender neutral for the day with fragrance free soap.

Coffee, Tea, and water will be available all day. Lunch is included and will be served at noon each day, with vegetarian options available. Attendees are welcome to bring food with them into the venue, but NO SHELLFISH, PORK, BACON, or HAM. Please respect our host’s sacred space.