Transgender Health Advocate

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OutReach LGBTQ+ Community Center has different advocate positions to assist the community in a variety of ways.

The current Transgender Health Advocate is Ginger Baier (pictured left).

While Ginger knew she was a girl as early as Age 5 she lived most of her life as a male. Not starting her transition until 2010.

 

Since her transition she has worked as an advocate for the Transgender Community, facilitated meetings of the Madison Area Transgender Association, and served on the board of Outreach Inc.

 

Ginger has worked for the past nine years to improve the access to health care for members of the transgender community here in Wisconsin. Ginger has provided Transgender Cultural Competency trainings to medical students at UW School of Medicine, UW nursing students, Federal judges, Sun Prairie Police Department, Madison police department new recruits, Dane County 911 operators, Sun Prairie city employees.

 

Ginger served on Sun Prairies Ad-hoc committee on diversity and helped Sun introduce and pass non-discrimination ordinances in Sun Prairie that cover gender identity.

 

Ginger is involved in the Sun Prairie community serving on the Transportation Commission and the Sun Prairie library Board.

For more on the Advocate position, please contact Ginger at gingerb@lgbtoutreach.org or call M-F 608.255.8582.

Services Provided by the Transgender Health Advocate

There are 4 Key areas that the Transgender Health

Advocate provides:

1) Peer Counseling

2) Advocacy

3) General Support

4) Education Services

  • Transgender Cultural Competency Training

Peer Counseling

In this role, the Trans Health Advocate offers individual peer counseling for a variety of transgender and gender identity issues. Whether it’s coming out, relationships, self-esteem, transitioning, linking to area resources, etc --- The Peer Counseling services are a great way to connect for help.

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Advocacy

The overarching goal of advocacy is to address the societal barriers that interfere with client's functionality and well-being and an important part of the Transgender Health Advocate's work. 

This can be advocacy for a single client to working with lawmakers or other advocacy groups to provide nondiscrimination protections for the entire transgender community.

General Support

The Transgender Health Advocate also provides services that can help benefit clients like referrals to local agencies or business that are friendly to trans* folx, education on medical and social transition, attend festivals and events distributing information, provide safe sex condom distribution to local bars and nightclubs, etc.

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Educational Services

The Transgender Health Advocate provides education and trainings for agencies, organizations, and groups that serve or have members of the the transgender community working with them throughout Dane County and across the state of Wisconsin Among those trainings is the Transgender Cultural Competency Training which you can scroll down to view more.

The trainings and education provided are designed to enable these groups to become more inclusive, more culturally competent, and understand the discrimination and life concerns faced by the members of the transgender community.

The Advocate also provides education for families, friends, and loved ones of transgender clients.

Transgender Cultural Competency Training

The trainings are available by contacting OutReach Program Director, Mark Hargrove or the current Trans Health Advocate, Ginger Baier.

Trainings can be adapted to the interest and length of time determined by the requestor.

Topics include, but not limited to:

  • Talking Transgendered: Get to Know Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming People

  • Talking Transgender Healthcare

  • Talking Transgender Discrimination

  • Talking Transgender: How to be an Ally

  • Talking Transgender: Terminology and Culture

Trainings are available in different formats:

  • In person trainings

  • Online Trainings

  • Smaller groups using Zoom Meeting

  • Webinars for Large Groups

  • Our Individual Webinar series available to one or more people.

Contact:

Ginger Baier, OutReach Transgender Advocate

gingerb@lgbtoutreach.org

(608) 255-8582 (Monday-Thursday 12pm to 7pm)

Mark Hargrove, OutReach Program Director

markh@lgbtoutreach.org

(608) 255-8582 (Monday-Thursday 12pm to 7pm)