Transgender Health Advocate

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

Currently, OutReach's Program Director, Mark Hargrove fills in for the position. 

More information on the expansion of this role will be released in the future.

If you wish to inquire about Transgender services at OutReach, contact Mark at markh@lgbtoutreach.org or call 608.255.8582 M-F from 12pm to 7pm.

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:

Mark Hargrove, OutReach Program Director

markh@lgbtoutreach.org

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