This training, in collaboration with the Lavender Rights Project, will address our society’s deeply held beliefs in the gender binary, i.e. that there are only two genders, male and female, and these genders are predicated upon sex as assigned at birth. The purpose of the training is to address these beliefs, and learn skills and information about working with people, either in our professional capacity as mediators, or in our capacity as human beings, who are living outside the gender binary. This training will encompass the practical and legal aspects of working with transgender and gender nonconforming people, and is designed to be an informative and interactive session.
Cost to attend the training is free for active KCDRC volunteers** and $20 for the general public.
**Please Note: We define active volunteers as those who have donated their time to supporting the KCDRC through volunteering or otherwise substantially contributing to our family and community mediation services, Small Claims Court mediation services, or presenting/coaching at one of our trainings in the past 1 year.** For questions, please contact our Training Coordinator or call 206-443-9603 ext. 106.
Dusty Weber LaMay first began his professional training career in 2001 working with the National Resource Center for Youth Services as a trainer. In the nearly two decades since that time, he has had the privilege of acting as a professional trainer for the issues of transgender, youth and LGBTQIA competency for numerous organizations, groups and government bodies. Dusty earned his Juris Doctorate from UC Davis and has many years of experience as a social worker and non-profit Executive Director as well. In addition to working for Lavender Rights Project, he also currently serves as the Interim Board Chair for the Transgender LifeLine, a national transgender support organization. Dusty has been a transgender person his whole life and came out as trans over 15 years ago.
Morgan Mentzer, co-founder of Lavender Rights Project, holds a Juris Doctorate from the City University of New York, and a Bachelors of Arts in Human Rights from the University of Washington. Morgan has a longstanding commitment to social justice including LGBT rights, anti-racism work, foreclosure defense, and access to justice through the legal system. While in New York Morgan worked as a foreclosure defense community organizer at Common Law and with Organizing for Occupation, where she led successful direct action campaigns placing families in unoccupied housing, and preventing foreclosure auctions through peaceful protest during the legal auctions. Throughout her career as an attorney Morgan has provided low and pro-bono representation to the queer and trans community in family law, civil rights, and representing youth in foster care. She currently resides in Seattle, Washington.
Information about Lavender Rights Project
The Lavender Rights Project (LRP) was started in 2016 born of the vision of two young attorneys seeking to meet unmet needs for their under-served communities. LRP is a social justice civil legal support non-profit. With their work and services, LRP seeks to interrupt and improve the systems of oppression that impact the lives of their clients. LRP’s Mission is to advance a more just and equitable society through the provision of free and low cost civil legal services and community support, centered in values of social justice and intersectional awareness, for trans and gender diverse peoples, people of color, low income people and other marginalized communities. In furtherance of this Mission, LRP offers sliding scale direct legal representation, community based supportive services like Know Your Rights workshops and legal issue clinics, cross issue coalition building and model competency trainings.