Do you remember the first time you heard Trystan Reese speak?
Maybe it was on The Moth Radio Hour, which aired on NPR stations across the globe. Maybe it was when his storytelling video went viral and over 2.5 million people watched it. Or perhaps you were at a conference when he gave a stirring keynote— Out & Equal, Postpartum Support International, the World Domination Summit, Columbia University… or any of his storytelling events around the country.
Or maybe you attended one of his engaging, transformative sessions on trans competency. Staff at the powerhouse law firm Lane Powell called his training “the best thing this firm has ever done.” Monmouth College hosted him and had this to say: “he had each participant at the edge of their seat, attentive, engaged and enraptured.”
Trystan has extensive experience developing curriculum for groups of all sizes and experience levels-- traditional corporations with no previous discussion of transgender issues, high school students eager to learn about identity, or radical nonprofits working to sharpen their analysis around trans justice. As a transgender man himself, he weaves his personal story into his sessions as he teaches basic vocabulary and terms, facilitates conversations around specific issues an organization is facing, and provides concrete tools designed to equip teams to grapple with an array of trans issues.
Trystan has worked with staff at prisons and homeless shelters, foster care volunteers and city employees, high school teachers and theatre companies. He can teach you how to successfully use gender-neutral pronouns, intervene in a moment of tension around trans identities, and handle a mistake with grace and ease. His trainings come in hour-long, 90-minute, and 3-hour sessions, and can be tailored to your organization's specific needs or pulled right out of the box for a more cost-effective partnership.
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Keynote speeches. Based on your audience, Trystan will curate elements of his own trans coming-out story, his adoptive parenting journey, his pregnancy adventure, and how he survived all of it. Whether you’re hoping to create an event that offers CME or CLE credits, want to sell tickets or raise money for your organization, Trystan will work with you to build an event that will keep your community on the edge of its seats. Suitable for conferences, universities, non-profits, or larger communities.
Trans 101: Beyond the basics. An intro to common terms and definitions used within the trans community. This session includes Trystan’s three-step process for learning gender-neutral pronouns, and is tailored for each organization’s specific needs. Suitable for any nonprofit, religious organization, small business, major corporation, or government entity.
Advanced Trans Justice: Transforming our Daily Lives. Dig deep into how you can integrate trans solidarity into your everyday life, infusing gender justice into everything you do. Suitable for organizations that have already gone through an education process around trans issues, such as a law firm specializing in trans cases, a nonprofit dedicated to social justice, or health professionals with past training.
Seahorses and Unicorns: Trans fertility for the people. As the trans community gains greater acceptance and moves from surviving to thriving, more and more providers want to support their efforts to build their own families. Trystan will cover his personal trans pregnancy story while weaving in data and practical tools for supporting trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming prospective parents. Suitable for health care providers such as nurses, doctors, midwives, social workers, health conferences, or other learning environments comprised of individuals or teams working to support family-building and reproductive justice.
Storytelling as Revolution. Hear the behind-the-scenes story behind "the pregnant man," as Trystan explains exactly how he secured trans-competent journalists from CNN to Buzzfeed who were willing to tell his story the way he wanted-- with fairness, integrity, and humor. Suitable for media trainings, LGBT organizations working on trans messaging, or communications conferences.