BI4J Presents: Healing Touch Focus Group

Are you curious about how massage, Reiki, and other healing touch therapies can benefit trans people? Are you a healing touch therapist who is interested in serving members of the trans community? Are you a trans or genderqueer person who wants to experience massage in a safe and comfortable environment?

The Healing Touch Focus Group for Trans Awareness will bring healing practitioners, trans people and allies together for a dynamic discussion on topics of concern to clients and therapists alike. Learn more about the benefits of massage and healing touch for people at all stages of transition, how therapists can create a welcoming environment for trans clients, and how we can work together to make healing touch more accessible.

Following the discussion session, attendees will have an opportunity to experience sample massage and healing touch sessions from professional therapists.

Refreshments will be provided courtesy of Ula Cafe. Co-sponsored by BodyImage4Justice, HBGC Boston, Heidi Stucker Massage Therapy, Pathways to Wellness, and The Meeting Point.

BI4J Heads West!

BodyImage4Justice is pleased to announce that we are expanding into western Massachusetts! Please join us for dinner and an introductory meeting, where we will brainstorm ideas for local programming and discuss how BI4J can best serve members of the trans community west of Boston and Worcester. We believe that trans communities everywhere deserve the resources and support that they need to stay as healthy as possible, and we especially want to help people who live in areas that lack such resources. Please help us do this work by coming out to meet us and let us know your needs, ideas, and dreams for the kind of community health support you’d like to see!

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 8th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Location: South Congregational Church, 45 Maple Street, Springfield, MA

This event is free, and dinner will be provided. If you live in western MA and are on the transfeminine or transmasculine spectrum, or are outside/beyond the gender binary, you are invited to attend. We look forward to meeting you and sharing food for the body and the mind together!

Transfeminine Show and Tell a Big Success!

Our organizers, facilitator, and participants at the Transfeminine Show and Tell program

Our organizers, facilitator, and participants at the Transfeminine Show and Tell program

On Saturday, March 22nd, BodyImage4Justice held its first Transfeminine Show and Tell event at Fenway Health. Our wonderful facilitator, Ms. Kim Watson of CKLife in New York City, presented an engaging and informative session. Ms. Kim was joined by Daisey Lopez from Queens and nearly 20 participants. There was a powerful feeling of community in this gathering of trans women that was truly inspiring. We thank Ms. Kim for sharing her empowering and affirming messages, experience, and information with us, and we look forward to having her return to Boston for a future event!

We also thank CKLife, the LifeSkills program at the Fenway Institute, and the Fenway Trans Health Program for partnering with us to make this event possible.

Daisey Lopez and Ms. Kim with a new friend

Daisey Lopez and Mrs. Kim with a new friend.

Ms. Kim and Daisey say goodbye to Boston

Ms. Kim and Daisey say goodbye to Boston… (Photo courtesy of Daisey Lopez)

Deconstructing Masculinity — Body Image as Armor: Upacking How Masculinity Masks Us

BodyImage4Justice invites you to join us for an in-depth participatory workshop on masculinity, body image, and identity as we explore what masculinity represents, how it impacts different communities, and how we relate to and define masculinity for ourselves.

Masculinity is a social construct that often has the impact of oppressing and dividing both women from men and men from each other. We hope you will join us for this thoughtful discussion on redefining and reclaiming masculinity as a human quality that honors and reflects all of our lives.

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Date: Saturday, March 29th, 2014
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Location: Simmons College
Linda Paresky Conference Center
300 The Fenway, Third Floor, Boston, MA
The nearest T stops are Museum of Fine Arts (Green Line – E) and Fenway (Green Line – D).

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP for this event at the Deconstructing Masculinity Event Page on Facebook.

Many thanks to our co-sponsors for this event:
Simmons College Office of Residence Life
Simmons SWAG (Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Center)
The Hispanic Black Gay Coalition
Black and Pink

Transfeminine Show and Tell at Fenway Health

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BodyImage4Justice and Fenway Health are collaborating to present a two-hour workshop exclusively for people on the transfeminine spectrum. This will be an accountable, non-competitive space where you can share your body challenges and experiences as a trans woman or feminine/femme-identified genderqueer person, and receive information and resources in a supportive, confidential environment.

Date: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Time: 10:00 am – Noon
Location: Fenway Health, 9th Floor, Meeting Room 1

We wish to thank and acknowledge all of our wonderful partners for this event: The Fenway Instutite, The Fenway Trans Health Program, CKLife, and LifeSkills. Thanks to their support, this will be an event full of useful information and resources for those on the transfeminine spectrum.

Admission to this event is free, but space is limited. Please register online now to reserve your seat!

BI4J Presents a Discussion on Intimacy and Body Dysphoria

BodyImage4Justice presents the next event in our Conversations series: Transmasculine Body Image, Relationships, Sex, and Intimacy. This will be a facilitated conversation for transmasculine people on the issue of body dysphoria and intimate relationships, focusing on sharing our experiences and exploring strategies for moving towards a healthier self and stronger, more connected relationships. This workshop offers transmasculine participants an opportunity to engage with issues around body image, dysphoria, and intimacy in a supportive and non-judgmental, confidential space. Please join us for this special event!

Location: The MALE Center, 571 Columbus Ave., Boston, MA 02118
Nearest T stop is Mass. Ave. Station on the Orange Line

Date/Time: Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 from 6-8 pm

Transmasculine Show and Tell at Fenway Health

BodyImage4Justice and Fenway Health are collaborating to present a two-hour workshop exclusively for people on the transmasculine spectrum. This will be an accountable, non-competitive space where you can share your body challenges and experiences as a transmasculine person, and receive information and resources in a supportive, confidential environment.

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2014
Time: 10:00 am – Noon
Location: Fenway Health, 9th Floor, Meeting Room 1

We wish to thank and acknowledge all of our wonderful partners for this event: The Fenway Instutite, The Fenway Trans Health Program, CKLife, and LifeSkills for Men. Thanks to their support, this will be an event full of useful information and resources for those on the transmasculine spectrum.

Please RSVP at the Facebook Event page or contact us via e-mail at embodyingjustice@gmail.com to reserve your seat, as there is limited space at this event.

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