“JAC is a skilled, knowledgeable, and talented teacher who gets complex ideas across to a broad audience with warmth and a terrific sense of humor. Please do yourself a great big favor and bring this high-fashion genderqueer wonder to you as soon as you possibly can.”
– Kate Bornstein
JAC Stringer has been working as a community organizer, activist educator, and group facilitator for over ten years. He has a Masters in Social Work with a specialty in trans and queer community building, radical activism, group work, and counseling. He has been invited across the USA for his educational presentations, skill building workshops, professional trainings, keynote lectures, and more.
His academic background in Psychology, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and Social Work have made him an asset to classrooms for high school, undergraduate, and graduate level students and his workplace trainings are requested by a diverse range of professionals in human service, education, faith communities, and business. As a educator, JAC’s deepest passion lies in teaching people, especially youth and young adults, empowering tools to change their environments through activism, education, and social justice.
Lecture-Style Presentations and Workshops:
JAC’s lecture-style presentations and interactive workshops cover an array of topics surrounding trans and genderqueer identities in social, political, and academic spheres.
JAC is well known for his accessible and flexible teaching style that he tailors to diverse audiences. Each presentation is different because every community is different. JAC seeks to make each visit relevant and useful in order to support unique needs.
See below for some of JAC’s most popular presentations as well as information on how you can request a presentation or workshop specific to your event or community needs.
Trans 101 (beginner or intermediate)
Sorting out the mass of labels and theories that surround gender, specializing in how it relates to trans, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming (umbrella) communities. This workshop covers how gender relates to identities, sexuality, and society through a discussion of cultural influences on how and why we think about gender and in what ways it translates to everyone’s lives, including transgender, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming communities.
Inclusive LGBTQPIA Activist Organizing (beginner, intermediate, or advanced)
Different people may need different things, be it because of economic class, race, ability, age, identity, or ability, but all of us need to feel respected and included. This workshop discusses how to use radical activism and social justice when creating inclusive spaces in our organizations and schools, break down obstacles, and offer a Q & A to aid in organization-specific projects.
Deconstructing Systems to Establish Trans Campus Policies (intermediate or advanced)
This workshop discusses what issues trans people may face on a college campus, what policies are required to address their needs, and what tools can be used to make trans inclusive policy change a reality. Included in the session are opportunities for college organizers to discuss their own work to create a campus that is safe and accessible for all students.
Survival and Resistance: Trans and Queer Resiliency in the Flyover States
As media suggests cultural attitudes are growing more liberal and progressive, trans and queer people’s experiences with safety and resilience are much more complex. The majority of trans and queer people live in the “fly over zone,” the central, Midwestern, and southern states where we are regularly isolated from resources and each other. Living in culturally conservative areas has a significant impact on how we form relationships, attend work and school, and navigate self-care. This workshop will discuss the varying avenues of activism and community building found among us, trans and queer people, in the face of struggle and resilience.
“You look like a Freak…” Gender and Societal Recognition
Evaluating the cultural concept of normalcy and how it impacts members of trans and queer communities. This workshop evaluates historical trauma and systems of oppression in relation to trans and queer identities, who enforces the rules of legitimacy, why we feel we have to follow them, and how we can break them.
Related Histories; Commonalities between Native and Trans Activist Movements
The history of our communities have an impact on who we are today. We carry the pains and joys from those who came before us in our bodies, in our experiences, and in our identities. This is the foundation of historical trauma and it appears in all oppressed communities. The Native activist movement and the trans activist movement are full of commonalities including cultural, institutional, and medicalized violence, segregation, and normalization. This workshop is a space to hold, discuss, and understand how historical trauma takes shape within and around our communities and how we can continue to heal and grow.
Coming Out and Getting Back In
Story-telling lecture analyzing the personal experience of “Coming Out,” how we learn to know ourselves, how we find each other, and how we build community.
Who Counts? Inclusion and Allyship in Trans Communities Membership
As language and identities change, our communities must change with them. This workshop works to crack open the question of “who counts” in queer and trans communities, what identities are included, where friends, family and partners fit, and how we can promote inclusive, responsible community building where everyone has a place to call home. This workshop may be oriented towards the greater LGBTPQIA community OR specifically for trans communities.
Bending Desire: Sexual Attraction and GenderQueer Identities
In a culture where “sexy” is defined through feats of masculine or feminine perfection, how do we recognize desire that embodies all or none of these qualities? Attraction to androgyny is experienced in multiple spectra of sexualities, yet it’s still debated. Complex partnering dynamics formed by a variance of bodies, identities, and experiences make definitions for attraction difficult, if not impossible within traditional concepts of sexuality. In this workshop, we will discuss desire outside the binary including the language of attraction, gender normalcy’s influences, and how genderqueer and non-binary trans people continue to carve out spaces for sexual desire.
More than Make-Up; The Art of Drag (intermediate, or advanced)
Interactive lecture discussing a drag as we know it today; the history the gender performance, the culture surrounding it, conflicts and oppression within communities, where the community is now and what the future may hold. By request; optional drag “how-to” tips Q&A for feminine, masculine, and genderfuck performance styles.
The Power of TRANS-Formance: Trans Identities on Stage
Interactive lecture discussing trans gender performance history, culture, theory, and practice. Session discusses the unique abilities performance has to touch us and transform bodies into vessels of visibility and validation. By request; optional “how-to” tips Q&A.
Disorder or Defiance? Gender Identity “Disorder” and Pathologizing Difference
Discussion of Gender Identity Disorder and its influences and affects on the gender non-conforming community as well as discussing the history and future of genderqueerness in medical institutions.
The Binary Line: Gender and Discrimination (intermediate, or advanced)
Discussion about the foundations of oppression and discrimination and how societal gender is tied into our concepts of privilege and legitimacy in society.
Trans Cultural Competency in Human Services (intermediate or advanced)
Professional training session for educators and service providers to increase their cultural competency when working with transgender and gender variant populations. This workshop focuses on using harm reduction and radical activism as means to create comprehensive and responsive services.
“Make your Own” Topic Areas:
JAC provides sessions that involve the whys and hows of trans organizing, community building, discussing identities, and creating educational foundations. If you have specific needs or issues to address, a custom session is great for brainstorming strategies, gathering resources, creating an action plan, and learning how to put that plan into action. If your community is looking for a specific conversation, let JAC know!
- Intersections among varying identities with specialty in trans identities, femme identities, Native communities, accessibility / disability
- Introductory topics for activists and educators
- Inclusive community building through social justice
- Accessibility, ableism, and activist organizing
- Performance art and drag as activism
- Using activism towards strategic planning, project development and management
- Professional trainings on trans cultural competency
- Transgender and genderqueer education for students, faculty, staff, and/or employees
- And more!