Workshop Schedule

Please note that this listing is subject to change. Please refer to the printed program.


Queering Arizona Conference 2017

Conference Schedule




 9:15 am - 10:00 am

 Outside Cooley Ballroom

Networking and Check-in

 10:00 am - 11:00 am

 Cooley Ballroom

Opening Program and Keynote Speaker

 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

 Various locations

Workshop Block I

 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

 Cooley Ballroom


 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

 Various locations

Workshop Block II        

 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm    

 Various locations

Workshop Block III

 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm    

 Various locations

Workshop Block IV

 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm

 Outside (weather permitting)

Closing Program


Free HIV Testing: Workshop Blocks 2-4

Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, Tucson

Santan room 335

SAAF is bringing free HIV testing to Queering Arizona for the first time ever! The testing is confidential and open to everyone, and results are available in approximately 20 minutes. Everyone should know their status, so take time now to find out for free.


Quiet Space: Workshop Blocks 1-4
Santan room 339

 For decompressing, quiet contemplation, or just a snack! 

Workshop block 1 

Queer Environmentalism: LGBTQ+ Liberation and the Environmental Movement
Idrian Mollaneda, University of Arizona
Santan room 131 

This program will encourage participants to engage with the confluence of queer and environmental advocacy. The goals of the workshop include: to identify and challenge mainstream notions of the environment/environmentalism and why they may be harmful to queer and trans folks; and to introduce and cultivate a sense of connection between queer identity and the environment.


Seeing Me in White Spaces: QPOC Struggle for Representation in Mainstream Media
Rivkah Gamble, Northern Arizona University
Santan room 130

This workshop will focus on the importance of representation in forming positive self-identities and tactics which can be used to encourage more inclusivity and diversity in mainstream media. As this is an interactive workshop, there will be a short lecture followed by an activity and a group discussion/brainstorming session. Participants will be provided with a notecard for any take-aways.


"Can I touch your..." How to navigate sex, bodies, & consent with Trans people
Jack Nguyen, Northern Arizona University

Santan room 132

If we were ever taught sex education, chances are, it was terrifying, non-inclusive, or just incorrect (e.g.: “Don’t have sex or you will get chlamydia and die”). Get the sex education you never got and learn how to safely and comfortably take things to the next level in the bedroom, whether you or your partner identifies as trans, gender non-conforming, or queer.


Showing Up for the Revolution: An Embodied Practice of Paying Attention

Jen Hoefle-Olson and TC Tolbert, University of Arizona and Tucson Community Member
Santan room 122

In this experiential workshop, we’ll use Compositional Improvisation (an experimental, risky, playful, vulnerable, and generative movement practice) to deepen our ability to pay attention to, and work with, exactly what is happening in any given moment so that we can respond more creatively and collaboratively without rehearsal or planning to current and evolving political and social realities. While Compositional Improvisation has its foundation in the arts, we actually believe it is cross-training for the Revolution! In fact, we encourage non-dancers and non-artists to attend – this workshop is open to all movement interests and abilities. We just ask that you come prepared to experiment with what you know yourself to be capable of – literally and metaphorically. Let’s have some fun breaking down all the hierarchies of attention and practicing a radical expression of individual and collaborative choice-making. 

Asexual/Aromantic caucus*         
*please note that this session is a closed caucus
Gretchen Ayub, Arizona State University
Santan room 135

This is a closed space for asexual and aromantic identified people to come together and discuss related topics. There will be opportunities for participants to bring up topics they would like to talk about or address. This is also a great opportunity to form community with other asexual and aromantic people in the state.


Workshop block 2


“Who Invited Jesus?”: Navigating Christian Intersections in LGBTQ Spaces

Katie Kilby, Pacific School of Religion
Santan room 132

This workshop will explore Christian intersections in LGBTQ campus spaces, and provide tips on how to navigate holding space for a religious identity that is a source of strength for some LGBTQ folks and a source of trauma for others.


Transgender & Nonbinary Caucus*    
  *please note that this session is a closed caucus
AJ Born, Tucson Community Member
Santan room 135

This is a space for transgender and nonbinary identified people to come together and discuss gender related topics. There will be opportunities for participants to bring up topics they would like to talk about or address. This is also a great opportunity to form community with other trans and nonbinary people in the state.


Queer-ative : Creating our own Self-Portraits
Elsa Gebreyohanes, Cynthia Carvajal, and Shevonda Joyner, Common Ground Alliance at University of Arizona
Santan room 130

QTPOC + Two Spirit discussion groups are weekly conversations with undergraduate and graduate students about their experiences at the University of Arizona. With the work of Gabriel Garcia Roman (creator of Queer icons) in mind, students worked on ways to express their narratives in a visual format. They practiced movement and writing as a form of art to express their identities and stories. Students were shown how to create videos, gifs, and visuals to incorporate in their portraits. 

The collaboration between art and media can be a powerful and easily shareable tool for students on social media platforms. In this workshop, we will share the steps that went into collaborating with students to create these portraits and how they can be used for activism in the university and community.


Encouraging Pronoun Use for Trans People: Attitudes of RAs and How to Respond
Tyler True and Noah Brinker, Northern Arizona University

Santan room 131

What keeps people from using pronouns for trans people – grammar? tradition? practice? Learn about attitudes against pronoun use from our survey of Resident Assistants (RAs) and strategies to encourage proper pronoun use in campus residence halls. We will discuss the survey’s purpose, results, and importance, offer suggestions in response, hear your own ideas, and share plans for future work.

Workshop block 3

QTPOC Caucus*                 
*please note that this session is a closed caucus
Rivkah Gamble, Northern Arizona University
Santan room 130

This is a space for Queer, Trans, and Two Spirit People of Color to come together and discuss race, gender, sexual orientation and other related topics. There will be opportunities for participants to bring up topics they would like to talk about or address. This is also a great opportunity to form community with other QTPOC in the state.



Reclaiming Queer Representation: Strategies for Digital Storytelling as Activism
Cole Eskridge, Catherine Hilbert, and Brigette Villaseñor,  University of Arizona
Santan room 131

Tired of seeing LGBTQIA+ folx misrepresented in media and in our daily lives? In this workshop, we will discuss how digital storytelling can be used to center LGBTQIA+ folx and their lived experiences in our movements. Participants will leave with resources highlighting necessary considerations when incorporating digital storytelling into their advocacy, as well as free tools for creating, editing, and sharing our stories with the world.



Gayatri Girirajan, Arizona State University
Santan room 135 

In the face of today’s political climate, community organization is top priority in ensuring the success and safety of the queer student community. It is our aim to establish a cross-university network of queer organizations to foster communication between organization leaders. This caucus looks to brainstorm the network’s format, leadership, breadth, and initial goals.


Queering Domestic Violence: Moving Past Abuse in Our Communities
John Costello and Taylor Strelevitz, Arizona State University
Santan room 132

Do you know how queer sexuality and gender non-conformity affects domestic violence? This workshop will challenge the heteronormativity of domestic violence research and services by addressing how power and control operates between intimate partners and within societal structures. We will engage in a conversation around what abuse in the LGBTQA+ community looks like and how you might be able to help someone experiencing an abusive relationship.



Workshop block 4

Still Fat, Still Femme, Still Black: Stop F*cking Fetishizing Me

Karlyn Bradley, University of Arizona
Santan room 130 

"Stop Fucking Fetishizing Me" aims to explore how Queer and Trans People of Color often have their identities festihized when navigating Romatic, Sexual and even Platonic relationships. We will explore how these ideas are oppressive and dehumanizing and keep people in the margins.



Reducing border violence with Queer voices
Gabriel León, Arizona State University Rainbow Coalition
Santan room 132

In Southern Arizona, thousands of migrants and refugees have lost their lives attempting to cross the militarized border in the Sonoran Desert in search of a better life in one form or another. One organization, No More Deaths, is a very queer group that provides aid in the form of water and food deep into the complex desert region near Ajo and Arivaca.

The session will tell the backstory of the humanitarian crisis on the border, describe what No More Deaths is and does, and what we as Queer people can do, include weaponizing white privilege, transforming Ajo into a safe haven for migrants and refugees, and strengthening our bonds by working in another political realm. This workshop would describe what the work is, and how everyone can play a role, as well as handing out information.


Breaking the Stigma: Mental Health in the Queer Community
AJ Born, Tucson Community Member
Santan room 135

Mental health is an often untouched and stigmatized topic, but LGBTQ+ individuals are 3 times more likely to experience a mental health condition than the general population. So why aren’t we talking about it more? This is a space for LGBTQ+ people with mental illness to discuss their experiences with mental health and how we can all work to destigmatize the subject. Everyone is welcome.



I’m here. Where are you?  - Letter Writing and Radical Queer Time

TC Tolbert, Tucson Community Member
Santan room 131

In this writing and reading workshop, we’ll consider letter writing as a queer and trans art form. We’ll explore the ways letters radically alter time against the current context of instant everything. We’ll swim in the furious fast and slow as we send missives to our former and future selves. We’ll create ourselves on the page and then give that self away.

You will not be required to share what you write. All interests and abilities are welcome! I love you. Let’s spend time together and see what we write and say.