MeTooLGBTQ Program

Conference Structure & Schedule

NOTE: This conference is hosted in the PDT zone.

Presenter Bios

Thursday, October 15, 2020 / General Audiences

*Youth Track* Welcome

Time: 9:30am-10:00am PDT
Sabrina Van Zuiden and Fin Burgess
Description: Warm welcome, introductions of Youth Track Leads and crisis-intervention volunteers, and introductions of youth track attendees.


Time:10:00-10:15am PDT
MeTooLGBTQ Coordinating Committee
Description: Welcome from the MeTooLGBTQ Coordinating Committee, In memoriam: Christopher Sheehan (founding member of LGBTQ Survivor Task Force), Virtual Performance from San Diego Women’s Chorus

State of the Issue

Time: 10:15-10:45am PDT
Speaker: Kathleen Thomas & Jen LaBarbera
Description: Since Tarana Burke started the Me Too movement in 2006, and even since the #MeToo hashtag went viral in 2017, the world has shifted. This conference was founded in an attempt to ensure that LGBTQ+ survivors had a place in the narrative – in the stories told from survivor to survivor and in the services sought by LGBTQ+ survivors. In this year of global pandemic, social upheaval, a turning tide in the long reckoning of white supremacy and anti-Black racism, a questioning of the status quo in so many different areas of life, what does #MeTooLGBTQ mean? Are we seeing a turning of the tide? Where have we witnessed growth? Where do we still need to go? The State of the Issue will set the stage for the 2020 virtual conference.

Keynote Speaker

Time: 10:45am-11:15am PDT
Speaker: Jaden Fields

Plenary Panel: Artivism: Connecting Art to Activism & Healing

Time: 11:45am-12:45pm PDT
Moderator: K (Kathleen) Thomas (they/she)
Panelists: Cameo Adele (she/they), Jax Spurgeon (he/him), Erik Benson (he/him), Robyn Alcantar (he/they)
Description: This panel will explore the intersections between healing from sexual/relationship trauma and utilizing art to advocacy for community change and personal empowerment. Panelists represent a wide range of art expression including, traditional mediums like painting or song, as well as queer-specific expression like drag and ballroom culture. We will be centering the experiences of QT BIPOC community members.

Youth Track* Debrief and Closing

Time: 12:45-1:00pm PDT
Presenters: Sabrina Van Zuiden and Fin Burgess
Description: Debrief and closing circle for youth track attendees.

Friday, October 16, 2020 / Providers & Students

Plenary Panel: Supporting Queer & Trans BIPOC Survivors: Anti-Racist Considerations for Care

Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm PDT
Moderator: Jessica Williams, PhD (she/her)
Panelists: Reverend Adam Dyer (he/him), Nora Alwah MA LPC (she/her), Victoria Pickering (she/her)
Description: This panel will explore the intersections of sexual/relationship trauma with historical and systemic racism within the mental health field and other areas of professional support. Panelists will discuss experiences of exploring and working to dismantle racial biases within their own practice and selves. A facilitated discussion will explore how LGBTQ+ community members with BIPOC identities experience sexual/relationship trauma in unique ways. Panelists will also discuss practical steps providers can take to explore personal biases and their impact of queer survivors within BIPOC communities.

Providing LGBTQ Affirmative Mental Health Care for Survivors: Interventions and Best Practices

Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm PDT
Presenter: Tasha Colin
Description: This workshop will provide an overview of the importance of LGBTQ affirmative practices in mental health care for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. It will also address various interventions, treatment approaches and best practices from a trauma informed lens that promote resiliency building and provides different ways in facilitating the process of healing.

Envisioning New Worlds: QT Arts Practice as Intervention within the Movement to End Sexual Assault

Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm PDT
Presenter: Jadelynn St Dre
Description: Choreographies of Disclosure: What the Mind Forgets is a socially engaged, long-form project, organized and curated by performance artist Jadelynn St Dre in collaboration with LGBTQ multidisciplinary artists, predominantly people of color, who have been impacted by sexual violence. The project seeks to create tangible, visionary spaces which incite dialogues surrounding the impact of sexual violence as it intersects with queer and trans identities, reflecting LGBTQIA+ assault survivor’s stories in a different way: through the ways our bodies speak when our words are not enough. In this session, St Dre will present documentation of the project’s premiere residency at Pro Arts Gallery, which occurred in January of 2019. Together, participants will discuss the methodology of this collaborative work, exploring the intersections of art practice, transformative healing intervention and community direct action. Participants will be invited to contribute to the work’s growing archive of LGBTQIA+ resistance and resilience, which centers queer and trans visions of a world without the ever-present threat of sexual assault – a world in which LGBTQIA+ communities are the architects of their own healing and liberation.

Saturday, October 17, 2020 / Survivors and Youth


Time: 9:30am – 10am PDT
Description: Join us for a welcome, intention-setting, and guided breathwork/meditation as we begin our survivors-only day of the MeTooLGBTQ Conference. Come together with fellow LGBTQ+ survivors as we create a warm community welcome before heading off for the 10am breakout sessions.

Mirror Memoirs: LGBTQI+ Child Sexual Abuse Survivors Ending Rape Culture

Time: 10am-11:30am PDT
Presenters: Ducky Jones (they/them/theirs), Jaden Fields (he/him)
Description: In this workshop, core members Jaden and Ducky will present Mirror Memoirs, a national storytelling and organizing project intervening in rape culture by uplifting the narratives, healing and leadership of LGBTQI+ people of color who survived child sexual abuse. Our initial audio archive contains 58 stories across 15 states. Participants will engage in dialogue about the epidemic nature of this violence, share strategies for intervention and prevention, hear an audio clip from our archive, and share visions of a world without child sexual abuse. This is a closed space for folks who are LGBTQI+ AND Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color AND who survived sexual violence before age 18. Participants will NOT be hearing or sharing details of any violence they’ve experienced. Rather, the focus is on healing together and strategizing about how to alchemize our survival and resilience into wisdom that can guide all movements for collective liberation.

Deconstructing Gender and Mental Health: Trans and Non Binary Identities

Time: 10am-11:30am PDT
Presenter: Van Ethan Levy (they/them)
Description: Gender is a societal construct that can be toxic and can have negative emotional, physical, and/or psychological impact on people, especially those whose identity(ies) fall outside of what has been constructed and labeled as “normal”. Trans/nonbinary/non-conforming and/or more identities, specifically folx of color and more specifically Black folx who hold multiple identities that have been othered are overly misdiagnosed with mental health issues due to lack of cultural competency. In this presentation, we will deconstruct gender constructs through a trauma informed lens, to create safer spaces for folx whose identity(ies) are outside these constructs and/or for people are exploring ones identity(ies), while learning how to identify and eradicate our own internalized biases.

Self-Love, Self-Touch: Rediscover Your Body Through Dance

Time: 12pm-1:00pm PDT
Presenter: Elizabeth Wong (she/her/hers)
Description: The workshop is proposed because trauma disrupts our body-mind-soul connection, and regaining a healthy, loving connection with your body takes time, support, and sometimes, a creative route. Here, I’m interested in meeting participants where you’re at, and gently introducing new ways to thinking about your body and guide you through lyrical and sensual movements in a safe, judgement-free space. The hope is to provide room to attend and rediscover the contours of your body and sensuality that’s structured, yet self-paced. Some survivors express difficulties with sex, sensuality, and self-touch after trauma. Dance is one way for participants to rediscover their sensual and physical selves in ways that can affirm their strength, resilience, creativity, beauty, sensuality, and expression, in a supportive, body-positive environment.

Conscious Communication: The Language of Feelings

Time: 12pm-1:00pm PDT
Presenter: Rise Diamond (she/they)
Description: Self-expression is a healing tool that cultivates resilience and sustains resistance. As survivors, language for self-expression can be difficult to harness. This interactive workshop engages verbal and nonverbal self-expression by exploring the most effective body language and vocabularies available to convey complex feelings.