I am a gatekeeper: Accepting what your role is, grappling with other gatekeepers, and circumventing towards professional responsibility

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Join us, as members of the Trans and Gender Diverse Community (TGDC) and professionals in the associated fields (legal, medical, financial, behavioral health, and education) bring a framework of perspectives to identify gatekeeping effects that sustain inequity in marginalized communities. In this panel discussion we will: (1) Re-evaluate how cisgender and TGD professionals alike are marginalizing the TGDC as gatekeepers, (2) Identify and recognize internalized & horizontal oppression and normalized microaggressions, (3) facilitate change to support both TGD colleagues and community members.

Learning objectives

1-Participants will gain critical insider perspectives on the harmful and discriminatory practice of gatekeeping through the lenses of TGD professionals. 2-Participants will be able to implement changes in their practices that support equal access and opportunity for TGD colleagues and community members.

About the presenters

Manuel Greer

Manuel Greer (he/him/his) is a queer trans person and an inpatient psychiatry medical coder in Rochester, NY. He is a co-investigator for the URMC TGD research C.A.B. focused on researching the long term effects of HRT on TGD folks and a member of the Patient Experience Advisory Council for Trillium Health in Rochester, NY. Various experiences in healthcare settings have empowered Manny with knowledge and the drive to be an advocate for his community. Getting involved with the C.A.B., Patient Advisory Council and doing presentations have been the vehicles for achieving this goal.

Julia Acosta

Julia Acosta (she, her, hers) is a high school special education teacher with the Buffalo public schools. She is currently pursuing a masters degree in adolescent education with a focus on LGBT issues in the classroom. Julia completed a masters degree in 2015 with her thesis focused on Western conceptualizations of Gender in the Islamic World. She has been an active member of the Rochester trans community for several years and is the past president of the Trans Alliance of Greater Rochester.

Ryan Howles

Ryan Howles (they/them) is a queer Trans NB Therapist pursuing an NYS LMHC, MA LPC, and CTHP. They are interested in identity development, tiered minority stress, healthcare engagement practices for disenfranchised/marginalized populations and providers identifying as TGNC while working with patients in the community. Ryan appreciates working with the TGNC populations for the past 3 years in associated healthcare clinics and clinical consulting engagements. For the past 9 years, Ryan has been an LGBT health educator and consultant. Ryan is eager for future collaborative research projects.

Chris McQuaid

Chris McQuaid (they/them) is a queer Trans NB person from Rochester, NY. Born to Deaf parents, Chris is a Coda (Child of Deaf Adults) who works as an interpreter at University of Rochester Medical Center. They work mainly in a clinical setting with hearing, non-signing clinicians and their d/Deaf & hard-of-hearing patients. Chris is also involved with the local Out Alliance & travels several times a year to interpret Queer-related conferences. They are most curious about the intersection between Deafness and Queerness and hopes to work within that community in a research or counseling role.