“JAC is a skilled, knowledgeable, and talented teacher who tirelessly serves trans people every day. He 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 fifteen 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
No two presentations are alike! JAC tailors each to fit the people in the room. He’s well known for his down to earth teaching style that meets people where they are regardless of experience. JAC prioritizes creating a safe, transparent space that is accessible for all types of learners and levels of familiarity. Custom presentations are also available.
All presentations are designed to be a minimum of two hours. Shorter length can be requested, depending on the training.
Deconstructing Systems to Establish Socially Just Trans Campus Policy
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
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.
Disordering Gender Defiance: Gender Dysphoria and the Pathologization of Trans Lives
The past 95 years have marked the modern age for transgender people, where modern medicine and forward civil policies have slowly carved out a safer place in society. And western medicine’s effort to move human differences from criminal to cultural resulted in a global pandemic of gender pathologization. While the impact it’s had on transgender populations is generally perceived as positive, it is also at the root of trans oppression and trans exclusion from resources. We see the impact of pathology spreads beyond medicine into every aspect of society at oppresses transgender and gender non-conforming people. As the transgender health field rockets to futuristic levels so has people’s awareness of our pathologization and its obstacles. The question remains on how trans needs can be met, and if pathologization is a required trade off.
Unable to do Without: Ableism in Activism
More and more, people recognize that trans and queer identities, and their oppression are multi-faceted and complex. Our communities’ activism is diversifying but the growth of a movement does not entirely depend on the success of its members. Every uprising sees the its most marginalized fall to the bottom with the phrase, “We’ll come back for you,” and it always has a greater influence than what is easily seen. Such is the impact of ableism on trans and queer communities, historically and today. This workshop addresses the role ableism plays within the trans and queer movements, its impact on their members, and its involvement in what we consider progress.
Trans, Queer, and Broke
Financial marginalization, or what the real world calls “being broke,” applies to a disproportionate number of trans and queer people, especially youth. Society teaches a narrow view of poverty that keeps us from recognizing the experience in ourselves or feeling able to ask for help. As a result, we are left wondering why we feel insecure, anxious, scared, and/or depressed about money. There is an unseen impact when groceries are too expensive or you feel guilty buying something for self-care like make-up, binders, or clothes. Money limits our access to community, leaves us vulnerable to unhealthy relationships, and can trap us in unsafe environments. And, the idea of “going without” is romanticized, sending mixed messages about what it truly means. This discussion group is a space to share how it feels to cope with a lack of money, validate our experiences, and gain support.
“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!
- Information for students, activists, health care providers, and educators working with trans and queer populations.
- Informational practices for education professionals when working with trans and queer students.
- Survivors of violence and trauma and specific socio-cultural and wellness related impacts within trans and/or queer populations, or Native populations.
- Using activism towards strategic planning, project development and management and challenging the non-profit industrial complex.
- Intersections of poverty, financial violence, and economic social justice in trans and queer populations.
- Accessibility, ableism, and activist organizing; creating accessible resources and programming.
- Performance art, artistic expression, and drag as a form of trans and queer activism.
- And more!