Gender Odyessy: Height Oppression Panelists Needed


Call for Speakers at Gender Odyssey Seattle Conference Workshop and Panel Presentation on Height Oppression.

Sam Davis, a genderqueer transguy from the San Francisco Bay Area, will be presenting a workshop at the Gender Odyssey conference on Friday 8/3, including a panel presentation and group discussion on height oppression. His aim is to create a dialogue strategizing ways that short people who pass as male can use language to empower themselves when being disrespected, bullied, or looked down on (in every sense of the word) for being short.

He is looking for short cis men and trans people who pass primarily as male, who might consider speaking about their experiences dealing with both the overt and the more subtle, pervasive forms of height discrimination we experience. As a progressive community, we have found creative ways to use language and empowering rhetoric to respect ourselves as queer and as trans and as feminists and anti-racists and disability rights activists.

Using these models and other examples of movement-building as a starting point, the workshop aims to articulate what height oppression means, deconstruct how it manifests in everyday interactions, and identify ways to challenge it. Sam is looking for a panel of speakers, including both non-trans men and trans-identified people who typically pass as male, straight and queer, as diverse a panel as possible, to share experiences of height oppression throughout our lives, and name examples of ways different people have found to stand up against it.

Amazingly, it is commonly taken for granted that saying,”Wow I feel so tall around you!” is acceptable, while any other similar comment asserting one’s privilege over another person with a visibly less-valued aspect of physical appearance would be immediately challenged by anyone who considers themselves progressive-minded.

Sam is looking for a panel of speakers who are comfortable talking about what kinds of discrimination they have dealt with over the course of their lives, and how they have survived it with dignity. The panel presentation will be followed by group dialogue brainstorming possibilities to create empowering language for short male-presenting people, and empowering responses to different situations involving discrimination, disrespect, patronizing, bullying, and subtle indicators of being viewed as inferior.

Please contact Sam Davis if you would consider speaking as part of the panel.

He can be reached by email at: He will then arrange a phone conversation to talk more about the particular experiences you might like to bring up, and ways this form of discrimination intersects with different sources of oppression in our culture.


JobSearch Thursday: Communities

Everyone belongs somewhere. You might be a stay at home mom, a returning veteran, or a transgender person. A disability or two could be hindering your ability to find full time employment, or short term temp work may be your best fit.

For this JobSearch Thursday, we’ll focus on sites geared to specific communities. As the list of sites grows, I’ll create a job search page that will be updated.

Good Luck!

Latina/o community:

African American: Black Enterprise CareerSearch

Transgender: Transgender Job Bank

Deaf Community:

Disabled community: JobAccess

Working Moms: Simply Hired Moms Search

Nonprofit Jobs:


That’s a few sites…I’ll bring up more later…just about out of battery power.

$20,000 Needed to Save Trans Housing Program

Phoenix, Arizona —  A local charity, This is HOW, has launched a new project “Life Made Better – Our Own Place” to raise $20,000.  These funds will be used to purchase a permanent home for their Crisis Intervention Center. Their current property, which was leased, recently received a notice of foreclosure.  This property is home to 8 residents who are members of the most underserved population in the Phoenix metro area.

Life Made Better: Our Own Place project is raising funds seeks to raise the funds to purchase one or more properties that will be can be used to house the individuals in crisis that are served by This Is H.O.W.  The organization must raise a minimum of 20K to ensure their current level of service to the community.  Through their housing, education and empowerment programs they have helped over 500 individual since their launch 6 years ago, including the current Executive Director, Antonia D’orsay, who was rescued from homelessness and given a chance during a deep crisis period in her life.  She has also served as the House Manager, and the Chair of the Board before stepping into her current position a year ago.  Her ambitious efforts have resulted in the creation of model programs that are highly sought after by social service agencies.  She and all of the staff at TIH are volunteers.

The organization’s goal is to ensure that the needs of their constituency are served in the most efficient, cohesive and cost effective manner.  The current foreclosure on the leased property has highlighted the need for the organization to own their facility thus ensuring their future ability to be of service to the entire community.

Board member at large, Kim Pearson said, “This project is very important to the community. It helps folks who are homeless by providing a safe haven while they heal from their life crises.  We provide opportunities for them to learn the skills they need to move out into the larger community in healthy and empowered way.  This is HOW provides a hand up, rather than a hand out!”

Executive Director Antonia D’orsay said “’Life Made Better’ is our motto, and I live by it”, she says.  “This place saved my life, gave me purpose and direction when I had lost all confidence in myself, and made possible changes in my life that could never have happened without it.  The thought of our current residents not having those same life saving opportunities terrifies me.  We can’t do it alone, though.”

This Is H.O.W. (TIH) is a six year old 501(c)3 organization that works to reduce homelessness, aid victims of domestic violence, teaches skills to help lift people out of poverty, teaches general life skills, performs advocacy, and handles crisis moments for a segment of the population that is usually ignored, looked down on, or outright denied services by other organizations.  Led by Executive Director Antonia D’orsay, it began an extensive expansion of services and dramatically improved its ability to provide services to the men and women it assists while establishing itself as the local expert in their field.




Antonia D’orsay, Executive Director