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Facilitated Discussions

Gender Odyssey generates in-house programming each year based on attendee feedback and word-on-the-street discussions in an effort to create sessions that are timely and relevant to our changing, growing communities. Attendees are encouraged to contribute their personal experience and workshops are facilitated by valued community members.


Caucus space is designed specifically for people who share a common identity, issue, or circumstance to come together, talk, debrief, or simply hang out. We ask that only those who feel they are personally aligned with the listed caucus topic access this space. There will not be a facilitator so please keep in mind the discussion guidelines located at the beginning of your program book.

Town Meetings

Town Meetings are a place to share our personal experiences and know that they will be heard, and to listen to others with the intent to learn from — not judge – their experiences.  Bring concrete examples from your own life to add to a larger picture of the complex and challenging ways we individually and jointly construct our lives and our culture.

People had an opportunity to speak and be heard. I appreciated different perspectives from a variety of cultures, ages, and experiences. – Gender Odyssey attendee

Attendee-Driven Workshops

Gender Odyssey is privileged to have a large number of informative sessions that come from individuals from within our own communities.  These sessions may include hands-on experiential workshops, research or informational presentations, or topical discussions.  We are deeply grateful for the contributions of our presenters and the depth and breadth they provide to the Gender Odyssey program.

In-house Programming

Gender Odyssey generates in-house programming each year based on attendee feedback and word-on-the-street discussions in an effort to create sessions that are timely and relevant to our changing, growing communities.

Conference Programming 2017

Below is the Schedule for Gender Odyssey Seattle’s Community Program. You can also download the Schedule Grid (PDF) here.

Also see: People of Color Program

Last updated: 07/28/17

Time Workshop Presenter(s)
9:00am - 10:30am Celebrating Femininity: Claiming Our Space
9:00am - 10:30am Wise Peer: How to Stay Present, Empowered and Energized All Weekend Long India Susanne Holden
9:00am - 10:30am Listen & Build: Implementing a Comprehensive Transgender Health Center in Academic Medicine James Page, Paula M. Neira, Eloiza Domingo-Snyder
9:00am - 10:30am What’s the Rush? Casey Bent-Callaghan
9:00am - 10:30am Telling Our Stories to Change Hearts, Minds, AND Policies Rebecca Kling, DeShanna Neal
9:00am - 10:30am POC and My Place in Gender Odyssey Jeanette Borunda, LCSW, Michael Peňa
9:00am - 10:30am Being Trans Doesn’t Mean I’m Crazy, Does It? Jennyfer Purswell, Lucas Hedrick
9:00am - 10:30am New Directions in Surgical Gender Confirmation for FTMs Marci Bowers
9:00am - 10:30am Boy Brain? Girl Brian? Human Brain: Neuroscience of Gender and Sexuality Dr. Atom Lesiak
9:00am - 10:30am The National Standards for TGIQ Health and Navigating Health Environments Rowan Lowden, Sarah Sloane
9:00am - 10:30am Twelve-Step Meeting
10:40am - 12:10pm Opening Film – FREE CECE!
1:20pm - 2:50pm Fasten Your Seatbelt! Diane Anderson-Minshall
1:20pm - 4:30pm Practical Safety in a Dangerous World Erika Laurentz
1:20pm - 2:50pm Constructive White Conversations Stoop Nilsson
1:20pm - 2:50pm The Ties That Bind: Coming Out, Family Acceptance, and Intergenerational Dialogue in Our Families of Color Ryannah Quigley
1:20pm - 2:50pm Advanced Identity: Credit Reports and Lexis-Nexis Brianna Schuman
1:20pm - 2:50pm New Directions in Surgical Gender Confirmation for MTFs Marci Bowers
1:20pm - 2:50pm FTM Genital Surgical Options Michael H. Safir, MD
1:20pm - 2:50pm Intersections of Trans Identity and Aging Jack Barker, Alison Davison
1:20pm - 2:50pm It’s Not Just a Phase: Gender-Diverse Realities Adriaan Dippenaar, Jennyfer Purswell
3:00pm - 4:30pm Trans-er Than Thou Adriaan Dippenaar
3:00pm - 4:30pm POC Immigrant History Henriemeliamelia (Emelia) De Souza, Neo Sandja
3:00pm - 4:30pm You’re Doing What!? Brenda Bowers
3:00pm - 4:30pm Female-to-Male Surgical Options Dr. Toby Meltzer
3:00pm - 4:30pm Gender and the Bible Rona Matlow
4:50pm - 5:45pm KEYNOTE – Engaging Activism: Parents of Trans Youth Panel Panel
Time Workshop Presenter(s)
8:30am - 10:00am Coping with Loss throughout Transition Fawn Oates
8:30am - 10:00am Shifting Identities, Expanding Desires Diane Anderson-Minshall, Christine Aramburu Alegria
8:30am - 10:00am Shaving, Makeup, and Clothing, Oh My! All-gender Grooming Fun! Rene Czerwinski, Siobhan Hildebrand, MA
8:30am - 10:00am La Familia, el Racismo, y la Aceptaciόn Familiar Jessica Rosas, Nathaniel Lukas Redekopp (interpreter)
8:30am - 10:00am How to Choose Your Gender-Affirming Surgeon: A Doctor’s Perspective Dr. Javad Sajan
8:30am - 10:00am Face and Body Transitioning Dr. Joel Beck
8:30am - 10:00am Improving Care for TGNC Survivors of Sexual Assault Dr. Paige Leigh Baker, Nadia Valdez , Tevin Giles
8:30am - 10:00am Mythbusting FTM Top Surgery: Controversies Resolved Dr. Scott Mosser
8:30am - 10:00am Trans Activism: Leadership and Organizing C. Michael Woodward, MPH, Lukas Soto
8:30am - 10:00am The Race and Gender Balancing Act Aidan Key, Kalisto Zenda Nanen
8:30am - 10:00am Twelve-Step Meeting
10:10am - 11:40am Building Alliances with Unlikely Allies Jim Ritter, Beth Rietema, Erika Laurentz
10:10am - 11:40am Grief, Loss, and Transformation Wendy Morissette
10:10am - 11:40am Spirituality and Trans Identities Arran Liddel, Kalisto Zenda Nanen
10:10am - 11:40am Fag 101 Max Skorodinsky, Lukas Soto
10:10am - 11:40am Identity & Privilege Jeanette Borunda, Nathaniel Lukas Redekopp, Stuart Brewster
10:10am - 11:40am Adventures in Dating Aleksa Manila
10:10am - 11:40am The Grand Finale: Aging, Elder Law, and End-of-Life Planning Eleanor Doermann, JD
10:10am - 11:40am Advanced Chest Masculinization Techniques: Why I Keep Returning to the Inverted-T Method Dr. Paul Steinwald
10:10am - 11:40am Insurance Approval for Surgery in Challenging Times Dr. Scott Mosser
10:10am - 11:40am MTF Facial Feminization and Body Contouring Dr. Toby Meltzer
10:10am - 11:40am Hormones 101 Tavis Taylor
12:45pm - 2:15pm Just One of the Guys, Pt. 1 Forest Bones, Max Skorodinsky
12:45pm - 2:15pm Genderqueer Sexuality Dr. Atom Lesiak
12:45pm - 2:15pm Putting on the Oxygen Mask: Self-Care for Trans Leaders and Activists Shaun Connors
12:45pm - 2:15pm Every Voice Counts! Results of the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey Mara Keisling
12:45pm - 2:15pm Fantastic Futures: Creating Narratives of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color that Transcend Occupation, Racial Violence, and Time Tai Vo, Naveed Sarikhan
12:45pm - 2:15pm Artistic Concepts in Trans-Gender Chest Masculinization Dr. Tony Mangubat, MD
12:45pm - 2:15pm Affordable Aesthetics Linda Gromko, MD
12:45pm - 2:15pm Forearm and Thigh Phalloplasty: A Microsurgeon’s Perspective Bauback Safa, MD, MBA, Andrew Watt, MD
12:45pm - 2:15pm Gloria and Grace – Film
2:25pm - 3:55pm Just One of the Gals Kristine Andersen, Jerry Andersen
2:25pm - 3:55pm Trans People of Color: A Town Meeting Jeremiah Allen, Deshanna Neal
2:25pm - 3:55pm Coming Out, Countertransference, and Community: A Workshop for Trans and Gender Fluid/Queer Clinicians Elijah C. Nealy, PhD, M.Div., LCSW
2:25pm - 3:55pm MTF Surgical Options Dr. Toby Meltzer
2:25pm - 3:55pm Vaginectomy Burt Webb, MD
2:25pm - 3:55pm Stories Beyond Gender: Social Media Storytelling as Creative Activism Son Vivienne
2:25pm - 3:55pm Creating TGNC-Specific Survivor Resources and Programming Crispin Torres
4:10pm - 5:30pm Keynote – Diego Sanchez Diego Sanchez
Time Workshop Presenter(s)
9:00am - 10:30am A Different Take on Passing: Trans Feminine Kristine Andersen, Jerry Andersen
9:00am - 10:30am Call Me by My Name: Respecting Trans Elders Mitchell C. Hunter
9:00am - 10:30am Intersex XY/XX/XO: The Facts behind the Myth Michael Kreuzer
9:00am - 10:30am Just One of the Guys, Pt. 2 Forest Bones, Max Skorodinsky
9:00am - 10:30am Chest Surgery Considerations (POC) Dr. Tony Mangubat, MD, Thomas Satterwhite, MD
9:00am - 10:30am After the Dust Settles Brenda Bowers
10:40am - 12:10pm MTF Genital Surgical Options Thomas Satterwhite, MD
10:40am - 12:10pm Unpacking Stealth Forest Bones, Max Skorodinsky
10:40am - 12:10pm FTM Hysterectomies Dr. Burt Webb
10:40am - 12:10pm Rules of Attraction Sid Justice
10:40am - 12:10pm POC Leadership Panel Jeremiah Allen, Neo Sandja, Ryannah Quigley, Aleksa Manila
10:40am - 12:10pm Seven-Year Itch Wendy Morissette
10:40am - 12:10pm Wanted: Your Stories, Your Truth Cameron Kyle Combs
10:40am - 12:10pm Twelve-Step Meeting
1:30pm - 3:00pm The Fun Art and Science of Resonance in Speaking: Laughing, Coughing, and Throat-Clearing Sandy Hirsch, MS, CCC-SLP
1:30pm - 3:00pm All-Gender Chest and Breast Surgery Show and Tell C. Michael Woodward, MPH, Laura Gardener, LMHC, Casey Bent-Callaghan
1:30pm - 3:00pm What I Don’t Usually Say about My Gender Forest Bones, Lucas Hedrick
1:30pm - 3:00pm Trans Teens and Adults: Reconciling Your Inner Child Kit Crosland, Jenn Burleton
1:30pm - 3:00pm Intersexions: Black, Queer, and Intersex Jonathan Leggette
1:30pm - 4:40pm Sexuality, Intimacy, and Our Bodies Kristine Andersen, Jerry Andersen, Dr. Atom Lesiak
3:10pm - 4:40pm In Full Bloom: Transcending Gender to Fight Stigma David Gaddas, Jazzmun Nichcala Crayton
3:10pm - 4:40pm Celebrating Your Path: Rites of Passage Arran Liddel
3:10pm - 4:40pm Some Time Ago: Trans Elders from the Heart Jude Patton, Jack Barker
3:10pm - 4:40pm The Lighter Side of Race Kalisto Zenda Nanen
3:10pm - 4:40pm Disability and Racial Justice Tai Vo