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Next #AEDchat

“Eating Disorders in the Trans Community”

Sunday, March 22, 2015
7:00 p.m. ET / 4:00 PM PT


With Dagan VanDemark and Jaden Fields

Dagan VanDemark is the Founder of the organization T-FFED: Trans Folx Fighting Eating Disorders, based in Los Angeles but quickly gaining national reach. Dagan, a genderqueer trans boi, battled bulimia/EDNOS for fifteen years. They have a B.A. in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, a deep love for building community interdependence and grassroots power, and three neurotic dogs. They are staunchly committed to an active, dynamic and nuanced practice of intersectional/transnational feminism, body and sex positivity, prison abolition, anti-capitalism & anti-racism. T-FFED works to make visible, interrupt and undermine the disproportionately high incidence of eating disorders in trans and gender-diverse communities through radical community healing and recovery institution reform.

Jaden Fields is a transgender activist and poet. He graduated from USC with a Master's in Psychology with a focus on PTSD in survivors of sexual trauma. He currently works as a teaching assistant for third grade at Endeavor College Prep. He got involved with TFFED because of the focus on providing support to trans* folx struggling with disordered eating and helping ED professionals have a more intersectional approach to treatment, so that their services are more accessible.

It's easy to join in the #AEDchat! - Try it!

1. Login to Twitter with your Twitter account.*

2. With your Twitter account already running, you'll open up Twubs at: ("Twubs" is the site you can login to and use during the chat. It will allow you to participate and watch all the action!)

3. At the bottom of the page, click the Twitter badge that says “Log in with Twitter,” and then click “Authorize app” to allow Twubs to read/send your #AEDchat tweets.

Note: Twubs will automatically add the #AEDchat hashtag at the end of everything you tweet, so no need to do this. However, you will need to check the length of all of your prepared responses to make sure there is room for Twubs to add the #aedchat hashtag at the end (in other words, Twitter allows you 140 characters for each tweet, so you’ll have to subtract eight characters for "#AEDchat" hashtag in order to be under the limit for your tweets).

*Don't have Twitter account yet? You can create one here. #AEDchat

Save the date for these upcoming chats:

Sunday, March 22 at 1:00 pm ET
Eating Disorders in the Trans Community
With Dagan VanDemark & Jade Fields 

Friday, April 10th at 12 noon EST
Pregnancy and Eating Disorders 
With Maggie Baumann
June 2015, date TBD
Eating Disorders & the Orthodox Jewish Community
With Judy Krasna et al.
Thursday, July 16, 4:00 p.m. EST
Progress and Process: The Complexity of Eating Disorder Recovery
With Aimee Liu and Andrea Lamarre


Past Twitter chats offer all the information without the real time pace. Just click to read.

What exactly is a "Twitter Chat?"

A Twitter chat is a pre-arranged chat that happens on Twitter through the use of Twitter updates (called tweets) that include a hashtag (in our case, #AEDchat) to link those tweets together in a virtual conversation. These Twitter chats are scheduled on a particular day and time to enable participants to join the conversation in real time.


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