Transgender 101: Understanding Gender Identity

Date & Time:

Tuesday, January 23
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Register by January 16


121 Cleveland Ave SW
Canton, OH 44702 United States

Who should attend: Open to anyone interested in learning more about the Transgender Community.

Description: The presentation will give an overview of terminologies in the transgender community and why the community has embraced these terms. It will prepare professionals relating to mental health and substance use to be more inclusive when engaging with the transgender community. This presentation will also include the breakdown of gender expression, gender identity, sex assigned at birth, romantic/emotional orientation, and how fluid it is through The Gender Unicorn. Understanding the basics of affirming and non-affirming language, like using pronouns, and why it is essential to use them when supporting any part of the transgender community. The last part will talk about trans allyship and how to support them regarding mental health and substance use.

Cost: Free

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About the Presenter:

Isaac Baez, M.P.H., C.D.E. (he/him/el), Director, Health Equity Center, Summa Health Equity Center

Isaac Baez is the Director of the Summa Health Equity Center since January 2023 and has been working at Summa Health since May of 2021. His responsibility is to catalyze institutional change across Summa Health and the Community. His goal is to further health equity by leading the development and management of strategic initiatives in collaboration with internal departments, community partners, and external constituents to address the complex social, economic, and structural social determinants of health. He also supports and collaborates with Summa’s Diversity Advisory Council and Employee Resources Groups, such as A+PLUs and Excel. He received his Master’s in Public Health from NEOMED and his Certified Diversity Executive (CDE) certificate through the Institute of Diversity Certification. In addition, he has conducted training throughout Stark and Summit Counties, including Cultural and Linguistic Competency, Cultural Humility, Language Access, and LGBTQ+ 101. His passion for working with those in need has been why he pursued a career in Public Health. It has also allowed him to work with different groups, such as Chair of the March for Akron Pride Festival’s Steering Committee, Akron-Canton Latino Committee, Refugee Task Force, board member of the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence (OAESV), and Chair of Outreach & Education Committee for the Board of Plexus LGBT + Allied Chamber of Commerce.

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