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 Seattle: Kate O'Hanlan and Michelle Enfield!
Also be sure to catch our other featured guests, including Dr. Jamison Green.
Friday, Aug. 10: MICHELLE ENFIELD
Michelle Enfield is of the Red Running Into the Water people Clan (Tachii’nii), born for the Black Streak Wood People clan (Tsi’naajinii), her maternal grandfather’s clan is of the Near The Water clan (Tó’áhaní), her paternal grandfather’s clan is of the Bitter Water clan (Todich’ii’nii), this is how she is Navajo, Dine. She is originally from Lukachukai, Arizona but now resides in Los Angeles, California.
Ms. Enfield has attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Diné Community College in Tsaile, Arizona studying Fine Arts. Currently, she is at Antioch University Los Angeles studying psychology and business.
Working with the Los Angeles homeless youth since 2008 has given her a first-hand experience of working with underprivileged populations. In 2009, she began volunteering as an HIV test counselor and began her career working with underserved populations at risk for HIV infection. Currently, she is Program Coordinator of Special Initiatives at APLA Health & Wellness and manages three programs that target the Native American population as well as the broad transgender population by providing HIV education, support and referrals.
She is also a member of the Transgender Service Provider Network (TSPN); Co-chair of the Asian Pacific Islander/Native American Coalition; and Co-chair of Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health’s Underserved Cultural Communities, Native American group.
Saturday, Aug. 11: KATE O'HANLAN, MD
Dr. Kate O’Hanlan is a Gynecologic Oncologist and surgeon, with 62 peer-reviewed journal articles in her field. She is past President of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, author of "Homophobia As a Health Hazard: Report of the GLMA", "Anti-Gay Discrimination in Medicine: Results of a National Survey of LGB Physicians", "Lesbian Health Perspectives for the Treating Obstetrician/Gynecologist," and the first chapters on lesbian health in a gynecologic textbook, and the first published evidence of HPV transmission by lesbian sexual activity.
She has been an invited presenter on LGBT health issues at the National Institutes for Health, the President's Cancer Panel, the Office of Research on Women's Health, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She wrote an amicus brief for the Supreme Court about the biological rationale for why there should be civil marriage for all couples. She recently wrote this compendium of published literature that proves that sexual orientation and gender identity are biologically conferred well before birth.
Jamison Green (PhD - Equalities Law) is an author, educator, public speaker, and independent legal scholar, as well as a consulting expert in transgender health and employment discrimination litigation; diversity trainer and policy consultant for business, educational, and governmental institutions; former corporate publications director; and award-winning global trans activist. He is the immediate past-president of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), and author of Becoming a Visible Man. He also identifies as a competitive skier, construction cable splicer, voice actor, singer, and Afro-Brazilian percussionist.