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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!

This was an open opportunity to hear a variety of experiences and perspectives. Very well facilitated, thank you. — Gender Odyssey attendee

Keynote Speakers 2017

Lei "Ray" Ming - Friday Keynote

Lei "Ray" Ming is a trans man (FTM) who lives in stealth in China, but  is currently in the U.S. to speak about his life and experiences. Life Beyond My Body: A Transgender Journey to Manhood (Transgress Press, 2016) is his first book. Read more »

Diego Miguel Sanchez - Saturday Keynote

Diego Miguel Sanchez, APR, is Director of Advocacy, Policy & Partnerships for PFLAG – the national organization committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy, uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies. Read more »

 

Special Guests

Gavin Grimm, plaintiff in G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board, US Fourth Circuit Court decision, and his mom, Deirdre.

Joey Maldonado, who successfully fought to become America’s first openly transgender Boy Scout, and his mom, Kristie.

Parents of Transgender Children - Friday Panel Discussion
A group of parents who are parenting their transgender children with a degree of public visibility will share their experiences and perspectives along the journey. Join Mike Honda and Michelle Honda-Phillips, DeShanna Neal, Kristie Maldonado, and others for an illuminating discussion!

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