Gender Affirming Workshop Series to Provide Resources to Wyominites

The University of Wyoming Center for Multicultural Affairs works in collaboration with Wyoming Equality offer gender affirmation workshops. The series will provide information on things like voice training, changing names and applying makeup to provide essential care for people with changing gender identities. The idea is to provide gender-affirming care to students who might not have access to the material.

Ray Kasckow is part of Wyoming Equality and they have heard of improper breast bandaging techniques leading to injuries. Bandaging consists of flattening the breast tissues in order to present them traditionally masculine. They said the incorrect binding was likely due to a lack of access to proper techniques in Wyoming.

“A lot of these small, rural towns don’t necessarily have the resources for people to have safe places to be themselves and have these gender-affirming care and resources,” they said.

Kasckow said they wanted to present many perspectives on what gender-affirming care means, and that’s why the series focuses on a different topic each time they meet next spring.

Tyler Wolfgang, the University of Wyoming’s LGBTQ+ coordinator, said he wants to bring more visibility to the community.

“So there’s this idea that there are no LGBTQ people in Wyoming and that’s just not the case. There are queer communities and pockets of queer communities everywhere you go in the Wyoming,” Wolfgang said.

Discussions began about the Gender Affirming series earlier this year, and since Wolfgang is a board member of Laramie Pride Fest, they did similar programming during Pride this summer.

“So we’re trying to fill that lack of programming and information. On a large scale with our two offices, that’s kind of like the goal here,” they said.

The first workshop focuses on hormone replacement therapy (HTS) and hormone inhibitors. Diane Bruessow is with Yale Medical School and has written over 100 articles and medical textbook chapters. She will lead the discussion at the first workshop in the series on September 26.

Wolfgang said that while gender-affirming resources are scarce in Wyoming cities, many other colleges and universities are working to provide these resources through a hybrid presentation.

One of Wyoming Equality’s priorities is suicide prevention, and this series hopes to connect LGBTQ+ people with others in hopes of creating a more visible community.

These workshops will be available on the University of Wyoming campus and online for everyone.

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