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Unpacking Sexuality: Bringing Unconscious Bias to the Forefront

by Bethany Gehman

Interactive Workshop

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This workshop is intended to provide interpreters and interpreting students with opportunities to examine and analyze sexuality issues, explore values/attitudes/beliefs about sexuality, identify situations where skills with sexuality interpreting would be useful, and apply what was learned to interpreting practice. Participants will also learn appropriate and efficient tools aimed at making them more comfortable with interpreting sexuality content. Consent is not applicable only in sexual relationships—it is also applicable in professional relationships between an interpreter and client. (This workshop also include some LGBTQIA+ awareness training.)

Participants will be able to:

  • Provide examples of sexuality interpreting that may occur in each circle of sexuality.
  • Demonstrate effective ways to interpret sexual/reproductive anatomy parts and its functions by utilizing accurate signs during the scenarios provided by the instructor.
  • Explain the importance of a consensual relationship in a sexuality context between interpreters and clients by providing strategies to ensure clear communication in interpreting settings.

Black and white photo of a white woman with short curly hair, glasses, wearing a necklace, black shirt with a silver ring piercing in her upper left lipBethany Gehman, M.Ed., an AASECT certified sexuality educator, has more than six years of experience in providing sexuality education and professional training. She is currently working as a sexuality educator at Family Tree Clinic in St. Paul, Minnesota. Bethany provides sexual health education for people of all ages, conducts professional training, and promotes affirming and comprehensive sexuality education in Deaf K-12 residential programs. She also conducts sexuality interpreting trainings in order for interpreters to provide better access for the Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened communities. She strives to connect with the community through her videos and interactions through her workshops / training. Advocacy and education cannot happen without genuine connections. Learn more about Bethany at bethanygehman.com.