Hopefully this informational will help with my credibility as a public speaker. If you have further questions regarding resources or training I’ve had. Please reach out to me.
Prior to my solo projects as a public speaker I gained a lot of experience from my yearlong internship. This internship was done at California State University at Monterey Bay. The internship gave us tools on leading workshops, panels, and events around different identities. A large part of the internship included weekly meetings exploring our own personal identities. Along with giving us tools for analyzing identity structures, discrimination faced by different ethnicities, looking privilege, positional powers within gender/sexuality/ethnicities, and how to handle discourse within an educational setting. A large part of the internship was setting up events, marketing events, handling outreach and planning the events. I have taken, and done, 400+ level classes and research in Sociology.
- I have been a public speaker at an academic level for three years now. I try to emphasize education through personal anecdotes and experiences. I do so, by allowing for follow up dialogue and discourse. I learned the skills and techniques for this through my internship for the CSUMB Cross Cultural Center. I’m a comfortable in a variety of settings, but my specialties include a focus on Transgender issues and the Video game industry.
- Typically my roles focus on : Trans Topics [ Gender Variance, Transgender Issues Internationally, Cultural Explorations, Identity exploration and The Intersectionality of Disabilities and Transgender variance.], Cultural explorations of Gender, The Video Game Industry [What can you do within the industry, Diversity within Video Games, Trans individuals within the game industry, and Toxicity within Gaming.]
- I am strongest when speaking from a position I can readily pull from. However, as with topics such as law, I thoroughly seek to explore as much information as possible. Maintaining a level of engagement within the topic so as individuals can feel welcomed to the dialogue within. I’ve managed these talks primarily at an academic level. I’ve often assisted faculty members in facilitating the dialogue/education around these topics.
[Fall 2015 – Current]
I continue to remain a leader in my own Schools Pride Organization. Due to a larger student membership, we’ve begun holding weekly discussions. As designated moderator, I work to establish these topics. I also look to handle how the discussion progresses. I do so by offering ways to expand upon the topic, and also allow engagement from the members. I also handling community handling and help with making sure our organizations space remains safe and inclusive.
Western NY’s Trans* Wellness Conference – October, 17th, 2015 [Further information availible upon request.]
Intersectionality of Trans* Identities: “A closer look at passing within the Trans* and why this goal is changing as the movement evolves. This workshop will examine why some Trans individuals do not want or are unable to pursue hormones/surgery. This workshop will explore how disabilities, genderqueer and non-binary identities, and other trans* concepts play a role in the passing continuum. A brief history of the trans* identity will be covered to help with comprehension.”
- This workshop was really fun for me, as it combined a lot of my general knowledge base into one talk. I was able to explore the issue of passing in pop culture when reference Trans individuals such as Caitlyn Jenner. More, I was able to explore passing in relation to individuals with medical concerns, disabilities, and various other personal choices.
- More, I explored the complex history of Trans identities, and identities that exist outside the western concept of binary genders/sex. Using reference points dating to Mesopotamia.
- I used the larger LGBTQ+ movement’s history in my discussion, looking at the sparks of The Stonewall Riot. The place that passing had in the sparks of the riot, moving into more recent years. Exploring the erasure of Trans identities to simply “the curiosity of being Trans”, denying the complexity that individuals have.
- Over 90% approval, with comments such as:
- “This was the best presentation of the conference! It was eye opening, the most helpful, and the most inspiring.”
- “I loved that Raine talked about the intersection of [dis]ability and gender because it’s an extremely important issue that isn’t talked about enough even in social justice communities.”
- “Extremely informative, relatable.”
- More information available upon request.
Speaker at GX3 – A combined look at my WNY Trans Wellness Talk and a Game Identity relfection [A write up is being done currently, with a video of panel being up soon]
GDC ’16 IGDA LGBTQ+ Sig Roundtable
October, 2013 – Otter Cross Cultural Center
- Two Spirit Movie Screening, and Discussion – We used the PBS Documentary called “Two Spirits“, as a lead in to the discussion surrounding my personal identity as Two-spirit. The movie itself, explores the life of Fred Martinez until his tragic death at age 16 due to a hate crime. I discussed how I handled my own gender variation and explored some of the issues faced within that. This was my first large scale public discussion with over 30 individuals coming to see me speak.
- November, 2013 – Gender and Diversity Week – This was done in part with several of the schools Sororities, Psychology department, Cross Cultural Center, and Both of its Pride organization [Out and About and Transgender, Allies and Advocates.] Attendance varied from event to event from 15 to over 50.
- Beyond Marriage – My role for this panel was looking at international laws, and cultures. Exploring how different cultures both historical and presently handled gender variance. This included a short look at Hijra, and Two- Spirit individuals. While also looking at which countries handled third sex/gender birth certificates and other gender variant accessibilities [bathrooms, how universities handled them, etc.] This was done as a way to explore these options for use within the United States. Some examples included Pakistan, India, Mesopotamia, and Hollywood’s West Village.
- Gender, and Diversity – Three times for varying classes. This dialogue discourse varied slightly depending on the class. I did it with three other students of various heritages/ethnicities, and identities. Primarily done at CSUMB. The stories primarily covered our personal histories, struggles, and experiences we had on our journeys to our identities.
- Fall 2014/Spring 2015 – Several different professors had me speak to their class about different concepts. Some of the topics with a short informational after which explain the dialogue within the topic. For further information, please reach out to me. However, many of the final works I lost when my portable hard drive wiped. Many of these speaking roles for classes come about from my leadership within my schools Pride organization.
- Trans History – I originally did this for a public speaking course. I’ve used much of this in my other discussions around Trans identities. For this project I looked at the intersectionality of the Trans movement within the large LGBTQ+ movement. The focus was to look at the problematic history shared by the communities. I also used for a larger Intercultural Communication project. I looked at the movement critically and explored the issues that were faced within the movement. I used examples from the Irish/Black workers movement in the industrial revolution to highlight a problem. The problem I identified was how movements can highlight specific voices, and deny the voices of others within them.
- More so, looking at how the Irish began to achieve “whiteness.” I looked at how their positional power increased and they denied power to others to keep it. A similar process occurred within the LGBTQ+ movement following Stonewall. Where the G, followed by years later, led by primarily white homosexual males began to game prominence and power. This allowed for them to achieve more and more privileges that were entitled to their straight counter parts.
- Resources used include several books, and blog statements.
- Books : “Reproducing Racism”, by Daria Roithmayr. New York University Press.
- Further Sources available upon request. Primarily used texts from Upper division classes in Sociology, and Communication
- Blogs included: Why the Trans community Hates HRC, Why the Trans community Loathes Hrc [This was a follow up to the first statement. I used these sources due to their look at the Trans history and very detailed look into current issues.]
- The Game Industry – My Media Literacy professor asked me to explore, and explain, the current video game industry. I explored difference between game types, the rising popularity of e-sports, and the current shift away from MMORPG’s. I also explored how organizations such as the IGDA offer amazing opportunities for student.
- I repeated a variance of this for his class the next semester. I also changed the topic a bit for my Visual Media within marketing course. Analyzing how games have taken a more movie-esque approached to games. I explored how they had to innovate a bit to make games such as PGA Golf more appealing to current gamers. I also explored on some level how Indie games used less high budget means to still create engaging visuals. [Both Classes had more than 40 students]
March, 2015 – GDC ’15 IGDA LGBTQ+ Round table
- At the last minute I was asked to moderate this panel. Due to me being the only representative at the time from the IGDA LGBTQ+ SIG. I felt very comfortable leading the round table as we looked at new tactics for the SIG to try. Exploring better opportunities for the SIG to expand, and how to revitalize the SIG. Currently I handle the community side of the SIG, looking at handling the Newsletter and other opportunities for the SIG to explore.
- Buffalo State Ethic’s and Diversity – Beyond Marriage panelist:
- This panel was moderated, and each panelist was asked several questions within each topic. The topics were focused within the LGBTQ+ community but we answered questions LGBTQ+ youth homelessness, Hiv/Aids, LGBTQ+ issues in sports and domestic violence within the LGBTQ+ community.
- I felt very comfortable within this group of panelist. Other individuals on the panel included an out Trans Business owner, Local Pride center representative, and A faculty member from the school.
April 2015 – University of Buffalo – Pride U Conference:
- This conference was aimed at uniting local Pride student run organizations. Lead by the University of Buffalo’s Pride Organization. The focus of the conference was to highlight rising voices within our community. It also explored at ways to expand org membership.
- My specific panel was a look at Activism and Legal Issues. It explored ways to handle activism and how to reach communities outside of school. We looked at ways to continue activism once graduating, and ways to find success in your career after graduating. This looked at various different organizations that had LGBTQ branches. We also looked at successes had within the LGBTQ+ community to current issues, such as gender neutral bathroom, and GENDA bills.