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Episode 36: Trans-Inclusive Healthcare, Trans Justice Project at Basic Right Oregon

Gendercast Episode 36: Trans-Inclusive Healthcare, the Trans Justice Project at Basic Rights Oregon

Join Gendercast for a live recording of a presentation they did in Seattle by Tash Shatz and Joe LeBlanc from Basic Rights Oregon on their wins in obtaining trans inclusive healthcare in Oregon. Learn about their process through identifying this as a community identified need, their organizing and political approaches and hear about the toolkit they created so you can do the same in your local area.  

Thanks to Ingersoll Gender Center for hosting this event and offering the space to learn and record.

Guest Bios

tash shatz, Trans Justice Manager.  

tash loves cooking, the night sky, spoken word, and organizing. tash began working with BRO as a volunteer in 2007 through a partnership with the Oregon Student Association. After two cycles as a New Roots youth fellow, tash now co-coordinates the Trans Justice work at BRO by collaborating with community leaders to increase access to health care, legal rights, and safety in legal custody for trans, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming folks in Oregon. tash is honored to work every day for trans justice, racial justice, and basic rights for all.

Joe LeBlanc, Development Coordinator.  Joe is a Cajun Genderqueer Poly Butch who believes in personal story-telling as a significant method for people to share experiences and solidify a better understanding about LGBTIQ identities, issues, and concerns. Joe is the Founder and Board Chair of BUTCH Voices. He has served as a member of the University of Michigan’s Spectrum Center Speakers’ Bureau and TransGender Michigan.  A graduate from the Out in Front Seattle LGBTQ leadership program, Joe has served as an Advisory Board member for TransActive, a founder and coordinator for Q Patrol PDX, and currently serves as Assistant Citizen Co-Chair for the Alliance for Safer Communities. He has developed and presented workshops at various conferences on issues around identity, community building, event planning, and advocating for trans-inclusive health care. Joe is currently working as the Development Coordinator for Basic Rights Oregon and was awarded the 2011 Pride In Action Award by Pride NW. He also enjoys writing poetry, road trips, coffee, taking way too many pictures, and a wide variety of music.


Benefits of Equality Toolkit (full name:The Benefits of Equality: A Blueprint for Inclusive Heath Care for Transgender Workers) by Basic Rights Oregon Trans Justice Team

Faces of Trans-Inclusive Healthcare video on Basic Rights Oregon youtube channel

I Am: Trans People Speak by the Massachusettes Political Coalition

Check-in Links

Gender Failure with Rae Spoon and Ivan Coyote, Translations opening night

Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival facebook event here

QCenter at the University of Washington, survey here

Direct download: ep_36_trans_inclusive_healthcare_edited.mp3
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