Towards a Transgender Inclusive & Gender Affirming Herbalism
Herbalists have so much to offer towards supporting transgender health. Are you wondering how you can make your herbal clinic or educational spaces more welcoming to transgender folks? Are you already working with trans clients or students and wondering how you can create more comfortable and affirming spaces for them? This class will begin with an introduction to gender and the barriers that transgender folks face in society and healthcare settings. Then, through examining how these barriers show up in herbalism, we will explore how to move towards a more gender-affirming, trans-inclusive herbal medicine culture and practice. We will cover plenty of practical tips for trans-competence as well as considerations for choosing safe and effective herbs for your trans clients. What you take away from this class will benefit all of your clients and will be one more step towards collectively creating a more liberatory, accessible and affirming herbal medicine for all.