Applying the be body positive model to the lgbtq+ community

Our society is a colorful tapestry of experiences, identities and bodies. including gender identity and sexual orientation. The LGBTQ+ umbrella is vastly shaping history, bringing light to issues and experiences across the spectrum. One issue at the forefront of this history is queer body positivity.

According to a growing body of research, those under the LGBTQ+ umbrella are among the highest populations struggling with eating disorders and body image disturbances, especially transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. What if there was a model that taught us how to embrace who we are in this moment, and resource us to become the best version of ourselves, without holding onto shame and stigma?

This workshop invites participants to consider gender identity and sexuality from a body positive perspective. Together we will apply the Be Body Positive Model to gender identity and sexuality, and look deeper at how social expectations affect day-to-day life for LGBTQ+ people. Participants will learn about activities and resources that support the LGBTQ+ community in ridding ourselves of body shame, stigma, and self-deprivation for simply being, or trying to become, who we are.

Recommended for professional therapists, educators, and activists who work with, or would like to work with LGBTQ+ communities. There is no right or wrong way to enter this workshop. We will learn from one another in an open and accepting environment. 6.5 CE hours are available upon request. A limited number of scholarships are also available for community organizers and agency workers. Please email md@thebodypositive.org for more information.

Your Instructor

MD Spicer-Sitzes is Associate Director for The Body Positive, and a volunteer with Building Allies, an organization that conducts workshops and trainings for professionals working with transgender and gender non-conforming communities. They hold a Master’s degree in Urban Sustainability; and a B.A. in Urban Communities and the Environment with focuses in Psychology and Queer Studies. Before working with The Body Positive, MD served on faculty at Antioch University Los Angeles as a Site Director for The Bridge Program, a free college program for low/no income adults. While working with Bridge, MD helped to remove male/female check box on applications, and saw identity expressions in the classroom expand greatly over the course of several years. MD has a brilliant wife named Cathy, and a bunny named Bowie. It is MD’s professional goal to provide accessible resources and tools to people working with LGBTQ+ communities.

october 20, 2018
9am - 5 pm
Rudramandir center
830 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94710
(wheelchair accessible)
(includes 6.5 ce hours)
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This workshop is limited to 25 people so reserve your spot soon!

MD Spicer-Sitzes

Associate Director,