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Transgender 101

With Adrien Lawyer and Maria Laquerre LMFT, RPTS

November 13, 2020

9:00 - 12:00

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Adrien co-founded TGRCNM in 2008 with Zane Stephens to be a clearinghouse of service provision, education, and advocacy for the transgender community in New Mexico. He has facilitated over 1,300 Transgender 101 training sessions throughout New Mexico, including training every corrections department in the state, numerous district attorney offices, police departments, public and private schools, healthcare and social service facilities, and countless businesses, nonprofits, and other entities. Adrien has led successful advocacy efforts for model transgender student policies, gender-neutral restrooms, trans inclusion in social service facilities, statewide bullying prevention, and most recently, birth certificate gender marker change.

On a national level, Adrien presents and consults on many issues impacting the trans community, including TGRCNM as a successful model for local service provision. He has been recognized with the Jose Sarria Into the Light Award for community service and the Vincent R. Johnson Model of Hope Award for LGBTQ role models. In 2019, Adrien won the Advocacy In Action (AIA) Professional Innovation in Victim Services Award presented by the New Mexico Crime Victims Reparation Commission (CVRC).

Adrien is a trans man and father. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar with A Band Named Sue.

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Maria Laquerre is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, who specializes in addressing trauma with clients of all ages. Maria has practiced therapy in New Mexico since her return in 2008. Maria's current passion is supporting therapists in doing their best clinical work, which she pursues through offering supervision, consultation and trainings.


In her clinical experience, Maria has found a calling working with the transgender community. There is an increasing need for clinicians to have an understanding and level of comfort when working with transgender and queer individuals, which is why she is very excited to have Adrien join her for this presentation and conversation. 

Maria enjoys spending time with her family, watching Star Wars and Marvel movies, discussing the psychology of pop culture and loves a good book!


  • This training is geared towards clinicians who would like to gain a foundational understanding of assigned sex, gender, and sexual orientation.  

    • ​$30 - Includes CEUs.

    • $20 - Current College/University Student in a clinical program. 

Of Note:

  • This is an online training. You will receive an email with the Zoom link and any handouts the day prior to the training. 

  • This training will provide 3 CEUs (pending NASW-NM cultural approval). ​NM Counseling and Therapy Practice Board Provider Number CCE0209081

Training Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to identify an appropriate definition of transgender.

  2. Participants will be able to differentiate between an individual's gender and their sexual orientation. 

  3. Participants will be able to verbalize the appropriate way to address someone who is transgender.