Building Beloved Community Beyond the Binary

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j mase iii standing in front of a treeFirst Unitarian Universalist Society of Syracuse is once again hosting a Building Beloved Community Beyond the Binary conference on February 9, 2019. Registration starts at 8:30. The day begins at 9:00 am with our keynote and will be over at 4:30 pm. This conference is focussed on transgender and non-binary identity issues and concerns. As a congregation it is our hope that this one-day conference will be both a place where trans and gender non-conforming folk can gather, connect and learn and where cisgender folk can learn about being better allies.

We are so excited to have J Mase III as our keynote speaker. J Mase III is a Black/trans/queer poet & educator based in Seattle by way of Philly. As an educator, Mase has worked with community members in the US, UK, and Canada on LGBTQIA+ rights and racial justice in spaces such as K-12 schools, universities, faith communities and restricted care facilities. He is founder of awQward, the first trans and queer people of color talent agency.

His work has been featured on MSNBC, Essence Live, Everyday Feminism, Black Girl Dangerous, the New York Times, Buzzfeed, the Root, theGrio, Teen Vogue and more.

His current projects include being the head writer of the theatrical production, Black Bois and being co-editor of the #BlackTransPrayerBook.

We will also be offering the following workshops:

I’m new to all this – Trans/Nonbinary/Gender Non-Conforming 101

How to be a Trans Ally Activist

Transitioning and health issues

On Faith and the Criminalization of the Black Trans Body, De-escalation,

Radical hopsitality

From there to here.. stories from parents of Trans Youth on their journey supporting their child’s transition


Transgender Law & Policy


Creating a Welcoming Environment for Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Children

Writing Where it Hurts

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