National Trans Health Conference 2023

SVENSKA

To the right you can find a reading of the program pamphlet.

Time stamps:

  • 0:00 – 4:00: participants biographies
  • 4:00 – 5:37: practical info
  • 5:38 – 10:50: program for Saturday
  • 10:50 – 14:00: program for Sunday

Here you can find a .pdf of our program for our first National Trans Health Conference, held the 11th and 12th of November 2023, at Blå Stället Kulturhuset, Angered, in Gothenburg. Feel free to download & share!

You can also scroll down to find a breakdown of alll the info here on our website.

Saturday 11th of November

Lecture: “Trans Lives: from guardianship to self-management”, Lina Mulero

🕚: 10:15 to 11:30 (10min break included)

Overview about the origins of the Biomedical Model, the Standards of Care (SOC), the Gender Identity Units (GIU), brief history of the activist movements in Catalonia. We’ll also discuss about the APA (DSM V) / WHO (ICD 11), the New Health Model approved (“CatSalut Instruction 14/2017”), Decentralization (territorial deployment in Primary Care), WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health) / SOC 8, and Gender self-determination and self-management of medical processes.

Lina (she/her) is the Reference person for the Management and Service, and for the Attention to Citizens in Trànsit: Healthcare and Promotion service of the “Catalan Health Institute”. She is also a collaborating teacher in the course “Training in gender diversity: trans people”, in the fourth year of the Medicine Degree, at the University of Barcelona. Lina has many years of experience, both as a healthcare provider and as an activist for trans people’s rights, and she is the spokesperson for the Platform Transforma la Salut (“Transform the Health”), Barcelona. Lina is also a member of the “Observatory against homophobia”, in Camp de Tarragona, Catalonia. (Trànsit)

Panel: “Black non-binary & trans in the Swedish healthcare system”, Ese, Andi Malm; moderated by Kesiena Opal Boom

🕚: 11:35 to 12:20

This panel takes its starting point in what being black and trans or non-binary means in healthcare in general as well as gender affirming care. We will explore what changes need to be made to reduce barriers to access and interrogate racist structures within the healthcare system in Sweden.

Ese (they/them) is a Nigerian-Swedish multidisciplinary artist and cultural worker based in Gothenburg. Ese works with text and video installations. Their work engages with topics that are LGBTQIA+ related and mental health issues. Ese has a BFA degree in Film Composition from HDK-VALAND- Academy of Art and Design, University of Gothenburg.

Andi Malm (he/they), aspiring nurse and Afro-political trans activist. Has worked with health initiatives for the trans/queer target groups for many years, including through RFSL, the former organization Transhälsan and as a consultant. Started ‘Queer Kallis’ at the Ribersborg open-air bath in Malmö 2018-. Produced the photo calendar ‘Transkalendern’ (2021) picturing Swedish transgender athletes, and as an exhibition in public spaces. Is now working with different art projects and trans visibility.

Kesiena Boom (she/her) is a trainee social worker with previous degrees in sociology and gender studies. She has worked for a decade as a writer covering sex and relationships, feminist theory and praxis and race and anti-racism. She has also been active as a queer youth leader within RFSL and is the creator of Tamam Luna, a separatist meeting place for queer and trans people of colour aged 13-19 in Malmö.

Lunch break: Enjoy our art exhibition!

🕚: 12:20 to 13:20

Enjoy your lunch, wander the art exhibition, created in collaboration with SAQMI, & use this time if you want to record a testimonial about your experience within healthcare.

More about the exhibition here.

“What is Trans Hälsoplattformen?”, Trans Hälsoplattformen

🕚: 13:20 to 13:30

Come learn more about us, why we exist, what our goals and values are, & how you can join us in our fight for better trans healthcare! Presented by Max.

The Trans Health Platform is an initiative which brings together trans people, health care providers, and organizations. The goal of this platform is to depathologize trans and non-binary identities and to improve trans health care in Sweden.

Max (they/he) is a LGBTQIA+ activist and a board member of THP. Max studies Gender Studies at Gothenburg University and focuses academically on queer life and activism. Their current research project revolves around same-sex intimate partner violence in Namibia.

Voices from the community

🕚: 13:30 to 13:45

Coming soon!

Voices from organizations

🕚: 13:50 to 14:20

Representatives from organizations in Sweden working on issues affecting transgender, non-binary and intersex folks reflect on how the work has been done historically, what they are doing today, and what their future visions are for our health and our lives.

Johannes Edenteg (he/him) is the chairperson for FPES.

Signe Krantz (she/her) is the chairperson for Transammans.

Paloma Halén Román (she/her) is the chairperson for Patientförening för transpersoner.

Jacob Lidman (they/he) is the vice chairperson for RFSL Ungdom.

Katarina Bergehed (she/her) is senior policy advisor, SRHR, women’s & LGBTI people’s rights.

Panel: “Re-transitioning: the importance of naming ourselves”, Orlando Deya, Siri Landgren, Sam Lindskog; moderated by Sam Message

🕚: 14:45 to 15:30

As the moral panic around trans people continues to strengthen, we take a moment to discuss an often taboo subject – Re-transitioning. Where many choose to weaponise the idea that trans people will regret their transition, we explore some of the nuances, myths and sensitivities around this unfortunately controversial subject. In doing so we’ll also question the concept of identity and its relation to binary thinking as well as delving into transitioning as a fluid, changing and continuous process.

Orlando Deya (they/them/she/her) from TDoR Committee Göteborg is a visionary non-binary forever changing gender fluid burnt out trans activist. A bicycling poet, a radical mental health activist and a flower loving performer. (TDoR Kommittén Göteborg)

Siri Landgren (she/they) is an artist and writer. Her most recent project Failing Identity is an investigation and critique of the concept of identity and its application to politics and existential issues.

Sam Lindskog (they/them) is occasionally a community organiser but mostly just tired. They have resigned to never finding their true gender but still forage for gender euphoria, deeper connection and wild foods.

Sam Message (they/them) is an artist and community organiser based in Gothenburg. In their work they explore how art & culture can be used to weave new connections between people in order to build a more diverse, inclusive and sustainable LGBTQ+ movement.

Sunday 12th of November

Workshop: “Why depathologization?”, Lina Mulero

🕚: 10:10to 11:00

This workshop will recap what depathologization of trans & non-binary identities looks like when put into practice, & open up a discussion about the importance of depathologization in bettering trans health-care, & how we can reach that goal in the current Swedish context.

Lina (she/her) is the Reference person for the Management and Service, and for the Attention to Citizens in Trànsit: Healthcare and Promotion Service of the “Catalan Health Institute”. She is also a collaborating teacher in the course “Training in gender diversity: trans people”, in the fourth year of the Medicine Degree, at the University of Barcelona. Lina has many years of experience, both as a healthcare provider and as an activist for trans people’s rights, and she is the spokesperson for the Platform Transforma la Salut (“Transform the Health”), Barcelona. Lina is also a member of the “Observatory against homophobia”, in Camp de Tarragona, Catalonia. (Trànsit)

Workshop: “Alternatives to centralized healthcare (NHV)”, Megan Norris

🕚: 11:10 to 12:00

This workshop opens with an introduction in how centralized healthcare (NHV), especially in countries with large land masses, creates systemic deficits in terms of accessibility for our community, whereas a decentralized system would enable and empower different medical settings and locations to serve the general trans and gender diverse population.

Megan (they/them) is a PhD candidate in Education at University of Waikato. They are a non binary individual originally from Canada, now based in Hamilton, New Zealand. Their current doctoral project focuses on improving the accessibility of inclusive healthcare provided to trans communities by educating healthcare professionals. (University of Waikato)

Lunch break: Enjoy our art exhibition!

🕚: 12:00 to 12:45

Enjoy your lunch, wander the art exhibition, created in collaboration with SAQMI, & use this time if you want to record a testimonial about your experience within healthcare.

More about the exhibition here.

Workshop: “Caring for ourselves and our community”, Benzo Canela; LIMITED SPOTS

🕚: 12:45 to 14:15

We all know that self-care for ourselves and our community is a must in order to keep going. This workshop will be a space to gather and relax while centering our wellbeing. We will look at some common symptoms such as anxiety, insomnia, mental hyperactivity, fatigue or back pain from a Chinese medicine perspective and learn some simple treatments to help us to take care of ourselves.

We will prioritise trans, racialised, burn out, and non-binary folks.

Benzo Canela (any pronouns) is an acupuncture practitioner, currently based in Barcelona where they have their Chinese medicine consultation. They are involved in Zhong as well, a self-managed teaching clinic association. Currently, they carry out the TransAcupuncture project, a Chinese Medicine consultation for the attention of trans and gender diverse people settled in Barcelona. (TransAcupuncture)

This conference was made possible with the help of:

Logo for ABF, Arbetarnas Bildningsförbund.
Logo 'med stöd från Västra Götalandsregionen'.
Logo of SAQMI, the Swedish Archive for Queer Moving Images.
Logo for FundAction.
Logo of Göteborgs Stad.