The expertise available within the Gender Odyssey conference is among the best in North America. Our experts come primarily from within our own gender communities. The many trailblazers who contribute their time and knowledge are the most valuable resource Gender Odyssey has to offer. The amazing presenters who are a part of Gender Odyssey’s programming each year make up a collective powerhouse of informed, dedicated, and history-making people. You won’t want to miss this powerful life-changing conference!
Gender Odyssey is excited to announce our keynote speakers for GO Los Angeles: Arcus Foundation's Andy Marra on Friday; on Saturday, US Navy veteran and trans advocate Brynn Tannehill, along with a special performance by the Trans Chorus Los Angeles!
Both events are free and open to the public, too! (Donations appreciated)
Friday, June 22: ANDY MARRA
Andrea Hong Marra has worked with LGBTQ organizations worldwide, having been active in the field for almost fifteen years. Prior to working at the Arcus Foundation, she oversaw public relations at GLSEN, a national organization focused on LGBTQ issues in K-12 education; was co-director at Nodutdol for Korean Community Development; and served as a senior media strategist at GLAAD.
Andrea currently serves on the board of directors for Freedom for All Americans and Just Detention International. She has previously served on the boards and advisory councils of Chinese for Affirmative Action, the Funding Exchange, Human Rights Campaign, and the National Center for Transgender Equality.
Andrea has been honored by the White House and the City of New York for her contributions to the LGBTQ community, profiled in The Advocate's “Forty Under 40,” and listed as one of The Huffington Post's “Most Compelling LGBTQ People.” She is also a past recipient of the GLSEN Pathfinder Award, the National LGBTQ Task Force Creating Change Award, NQAPIA Community Catalyst Award, and the Colin Higgins Foundation Courage Award.
Saturday, June 23: BRYNN TANNEHILL
Over the past 20 years, Brynn Tannehill has held positions of leadership over diverse teams of people as a Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) in the United States Navy, a board member of LGBT organizations, and as a senior research scientist and project manager at the RAND Corporation and others in private industry. As an officer she was responsible for 28 people as administrative department head to a squadron of over 430 sailors.
She was the lead author on the definitive study on transgender military service implementation for SPARTA, an LGBT service member’s organization. The policy currently being implemented by the DoD closely mirrors what our organization researched and recommended. While working for L-3 Communications she researched, documented, and presented the case for inclusion of transgender health benefits in the self-insured health plan. When L-3 added these benefits, it was the first time a Fortune 500 HRC CEI non-responding company had added health benefits for transgender employees.
Her writing credentials can be found in the nearly 300 pieces she has written for the Huffington Post, The New Civil Rights Movement, USA Today, The Advocate, The Bilerico Project, Slate, and Salon. She has presented her research and policy recommendations to audiences as diverse as Harvard, Yale, the United States Naval Academy, WPATH, Creating Change, the Philadelphia Transgender Health Conference, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Her upcoming book, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Trans* (*but Were Afraid to Ask) will be published in November of 2018.
Brynn previously served on the boards of Dayton PFLAG and Equality Ohio, and is currently on the boards of SPARTA and the Trans United Fund. She lives in Northern Virginia with her wife Janis and their three children.
Saturday, June 23: TRANS CHORUS OF LOS ANGELES
Trans Chorus of Los Angeles is the first, and one of the largest, groups of trans and gender-nonconforming people in the country that gathers regularly to create music. TCLA strives to empower trans and non-binary people to embrace their voices while changing hearts and minds along the way. It has been featured in LA Weekly, The Advocate, MSNBC and the Los Angeles Times, the last of which credited TCLA with “providing an essential voice for the community.” TCLA has continued its trailblazing path in 2018 by performing on stage with Grammy-nominated artists including Demi Lovato and acclaimed singer songwriter Justin Tranter.