Becoming An Active-Ally

to the TGNC communities

The Becoming An Active-Ally Series is focused on the trans and gender nonconforming (TGNC) communities. This is the flagship workshop of Building Allies. Designed to help individuals, educators, professionals, and therapists learn how to become active-allies to the trans and gender nonconforming (TGNC) communities.

Through this series participants will gain and expand their knowledge of TGNC individuals and develop tools and skills to become active-allies to the TGNC community. This series guides participants through the active-ally model and learning to embody the five tenets as it relates to gender and the TGNC communities. As with all our workshops – this series utilizes the three foundational understandings of privilege, intersectionality, and implicit bias as lens through which to do this work.

Awareness Workshops

Our TGNC Awareness Workshop invites participants to implement new language and methods that expand their existing knowledge of the TGNC community. Each workshop uses multiple experiential exercises and facilitated discussion to support participants to engage in critical thinking regarding their own identities.

Are there people in your life, personal or professional, that you want to engage with differently? Becoming an Active-Ally to the TGNC communities is designed to engage participants in critical thinking regarding their own identity and experiences in relation to trans and gender nonconforming individuals. This is for anyone who considers themselves an ally and wants to expand their abilities, tools, and resources.

In this workshop participants will…

  • learn vocabulary related to the trans and gender nonconforming communities
  • explore various gender identities, roles, and expectations
  • learn to articulate questions and thoughts about allyship to the TGNC communities

Action Workshops

Our TGNC Action Workshops are designed to guide participants through the development of tools and resources to be utilized in their personal and professional lives.

Building from the knowledge gained in the Awareness Workshop this workshop offers the space to develop and try new active-ally behavior. There is an offer to take risks, make mistakes, and celebrate your learning. Together we will embrace and embody the five tenets and deeply work with utilizing an intersectional lens, engaging and challenging implicit biases, and a dismantling of privilege.

In this workshop participants will…

  • practice and learn new tools and resources
  • explore, discuss, and practice individual and community active-allyship
  • prepare for long term active-allyship in various contextual experiences

CEU Workshop for Mental Health Service Providers

This two-day experiential workshop invites participants to learn and implement new vocabulary, map and expand their understanding of trans and gender nonconforming identities, engage active-ally focused practices, and develop skills that can be used and referenced in therapeutic work. Becoming and Active Ally to the Trans and GNC communities is designed to help participants develop active-ally behavior in the context of their own lived experiences through the use of multiple experiential exercises. Each exercise within the workshop is designed to engage participants in critical thinking regarding their own identity, in relation to trans individuals, through the lens of deconstructing privilege.

Workshop Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to breakdown and name at least two personal and two cultural biases toward trans identified individuals, through experiential learning, facilitated discussions, and guided writing.
  • Participants will be able to interrogate and determine the process of “othering,” through critical thinking and application of workshop exercises, for working with trans identified individuals.
  • Participants will identify at least three challenges and three interventions through experiential learning and facilitated discussions, for working with and faced by trans identified individuals.
  • Participants will develop and integrate at least two specific tools for nurturing active-allyship and relationships through didactic and experiential learning for working with trans identified individuals
Becoming An Active-Ally