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Jason Soules

Currently has availability

Provides services in CCS

 

LGBTQIA+ Peer Mentoring

Independent Living Skills

Individuals and Families

Youth through Adult

Mental Health and Substance Use Challenges

Born as “Theresa”, Jason grew up in Menomonie with 9 siblings, two of which were his identical triplet sisters. He developed a love for music in high school and after graduating from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire in 2008 with a Bachelor of Music Education- Instrumental and General Music he spent 12 years in the classroom teaching students of all ages, from rural towns and urban cities. He came out as transgender to his students, school community, and the rest of the world on January, 5th 2017 at the age of 31 and began the physical process of transitioning from female to male. Throughout that process he began to learn a ton about the trans community and himself.

 

In the years since coming out he has become more and more of a voice for the local transgender community has since resigned from teaching full time to allow time to work as an LGBTQ advocate, mentor, and speaker. He strives to help bridge the gap between cisgender and transgender people in our area by helping to “trans-late” for each other and hosts a podcast called, "Allow Me to Translate", which addresses a wide variety of gender related topics and questions. In the summer of 2021 Jason announced he was founding a new advocacy organization called, "Transforming the Valley", an umbrella organization with the Chippewa Valley LGBTQ Center. The group hopes to help our local trans and gender non-conforming citizens have a happier life and healthier environment as well as educate and motivate the cisgender community around us. 

 

 With a knack for drawing relevant comparisons, using common sense language and humor, and breaking down common myths and stereotypes he is able to help parents, youth, school teachers, community members, etc. as we all learn about this growing topic of gender identity.  Jason is thrilled to bring these skills to milkweed as a mentor. He has a passion for helping others and wants to help share what he's learned throughout his life experiences.