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Gender Studies: 4 evening workshops in March & April

To: Clinicians and educators working with sexuality issues

On four Friday evenings (7 – 9 PM) in March and April, Seattle Institute for Sex Therapy, will explore the subject of sex and gender identity. Featuring movies about intersex, transvestism and transsexualism, we will examine the revolutionary changes that have occurred in our scientific and clinical understanding of gender in the last two decades.

These workshops will be moderated by Elizabeth Rae Larson of Seattle Institute for Sex Therapy, Education and Research. A clinician and educator who has worked with these issues for over forty years, Dr. Larson has been an eyewitness to the dramatic changes in our scientific knowledge and clinical practice.

Fri., March 8, 2013, 7 – 9 PM: MORE THAN TWO SEXES?
This workshop will begin with a brief lecture by Dr. Larson on the formation of sex and gender. It will provide an overview of gender diversity in humans and other species and an introduction to the human rights movement of gender-variant people. A Discovery Channel movie, IS IT A BOY OR A GIRL?, made in 1999, will review the upheaval in our scientific understanding of gender development and introduce the testimony of intersex people who opposed standard clinical and surgical practices of the day.

Fri., March 22, 2013, 7 – 9 PM: BEGINNING A GENDER REVOLUTION
Two short videos from the 1990s, HERMAPHRODITES SPEAK and REDEFINING SEX, document the social movement started by the Intersex Society of North America. Discussion will follow.

Fri., April 5, 2013, 7 – 9 PM: COPING WITH CROSSDRESSING
A 1993 movie featuring three crossdressers and their wives discussing how they deal with this issue in their marriages, in their families, in their lives will introduce this workshop. Dr. Larson will discuss counseling couples where this is an issue.

Fri., April 19, 2013, 7 – 9 PM: TRANS
This workshop will present TRANS, a new movie (2012) that documents the experience of transsexual people in their search for clinical services and human rights. Dr. Larson will discuss the early efforts in the 1970’s to provide social and emotional support for the transgender community.

ENROLLMENT: The workshops will be limited to 20 participants. Preference will be given first to those who enroll for all four workshops. After February 15th, those wishing to attend individual workshops will be accommodated on a space-available basis. Reserve your space by sending payment to Seattle Institute for Sex Therapy, Education & Research, 100 NE 56 St., Seattle, WA 98105 (sorry, no credit cards).

COST: $85 for the series (paid in advance); $25 per single session (space available, paid by the week preceding the workshop); $35 at the door (if space available).

CREDIT: Those wishing credit from the American College of Sexologists must be sure they sign in at the beginning of each workshop.

Please email ( or telephone (206-522-8588) us for further information, location, etc.

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