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.

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.

2016 Conference Programming

View the complete Schedule grid here.


9:00am – 10:30am

The Grand Finale: Aging, Elder Law, and End-of-Life Planning
Eleanor Doermann, JD
Aging isn’t easy, but ignoring the inevitable sure can be. Regardless of your financial or support situations, it’s important that you be prepared for that unknown time in the future when you might not be able to take care of or make decisions for yourself. How can you ensure your identity is respected in dying and death? What happens if you haven’t changed your gender marker or name in court? What other kind of documents should you prepare? What kind of conversations do you need to have and with whom? A Washington attorney and LGBT elder law specialist will share important tips and information everyone should know about regardless of your age or income.

What’s Up With Intersex?
Jane Goto
Within pop culture, the media, and gender studies, both transgenderism and intersex have become the cause célèbre. Despite this newfound interest, many people have little understanding of or misconstrued ideas about transgenderism and intersex, sometimes confusing one for the other. This session will briefly discuss the history of the intersex movement and help participants better understand the needs of intersexed people. We will spend some time deepening the understanding of the institutional similarities and differences between transgender and intersex people.

Head-to-Toe Health
Linda Gromko, MD
What are the common health concerns you should keep in mind during and after transition? Let’s discuss guidelines for staying healthy, including monitoring hormone levels and changes in blood values, accessing important screening tests and exams, protecting your liver/heart screening exams, and managing post-surgery care. Bring your questions, and empower yourself to take charge of your healthcare.

Transitioning on the Job
Ridley Williams
This roundtable discussion is a chance for everyone (across all stages of transition) to discuss transitioning in the workplace. If you have already/are currently transitioning openly at your place of employment, share your process and experiences. How has the response been? Would you change your approach if you were to do it over again? If you are still planning your coming out, bring your questions/thoughts/concerns and get feedback.

Engendering the Bible: A Radical Approach to Traditional Commentaries
Rona Matlow
There is far too much negative information given to people regarding Hebrew Bible verses and gender. This information results in huge amounts of guilt, sorrow, shame, and self-harm. My goal is to present traditionally misunderstood Biblical verses in the Hebrew and translation, along with traditional and modern commentaries. This will paint these verses in a new light, allowing people grappling with gender to understand their Western religious traditions in a way which supports their gender expression. By using classical texts, I hope to show that you can be both religious and engendered.

Artistic Concepts in Trans-Gender Chest Masculinization
Dr. Tony Mangubat, MD
Creating a male chest from a female breast is challenging and requires an understanding of the physical proportions that create the male chest appearance.   Removing gland and skin are only part of chest masculinization process.  Sculpting the surrounding tissue to accentuate the visual appearance of the chest is critical.  This is not an oncologic (cancer treating) procedure so removal of 100% of breast tissue is not the primary goal; the goal is to transform feminine breast into a masculine chest. 

Wanted: Your Stories
Cameron Kyle Combs
We hear stories about trans, non-binary and gender-nonconforming people, sexual outlaws, and line-crossers of all kinds through media and social interactions almost every day. Sometimes, we can find glimmers of truth in those stories, more often those people and experiences are packaged and polished, told through the lens of bias, ignorance, and scandal. That’s what we’re getting, but what we crave is authenticity and connection—we want stories about people we can relate to, told by those people. That’s why somewhere in the world, right now, someone is looking for you and your stories. This session is part writing workshop, part call to action. No writing experience necessary! We’ll do a couple of casual writing exercises, with very few rules. Please bring your writing medium of choice—pen or pencil and paper, laptop or mobile device.

PrEP and HIV Status Management for Trans Communities: Transcending Barriers
Brandyn Gallagher
This presentation opens up discussion of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention and how it impacts Trans lives. With current scientific findings, this workshop clarifies common myths and stereotypes, reasons for, and barriers around uptake and adherence to anti-retrovirals, and implications of recent research for the Trans community and providers. The presentation will share existing, trans-centered sexual health resources and emphasize concrete, achievable steps in building partnerships between community members, policy makers, and health professionals. Participants will have an opportunity to ask specific questions, share their own stories, and explore new tools for self-advocacy and discussing PrEP with peers, prescribers, and colleagues.

Fasten Your Seatbelt
Julie Turner, Jean Myers
A gender transition isn’t just about pronouns, hormones, and surgery. It’s also about subtle and not-so-subtle shifts in family dynamics, relationship balance, sexual practice, and sometimes the very ground under our feet. In this session for partners, we will look at what changes, what stays the same, and how sometimes the expected changes can manifest in unanticipated ways.
Note: This session is open to all partners of trans/gender-nonconforming people. 

10:40am – 12:10pm

What’s Wrong with Rights?
Eli Erlick, Landyn Pan
Isn’t equality what we’re aiming for? Many activists say no! What’s Wrong with Rights? looks at the ways in which the mainstream transgender movement can leave out many people with intersecting identities and how we can make this a movement that works to liberate all marginalized communities. Participants will discuss their own experiences as activists and how their work fits into a services/rights/justice organizational framework. We intend to build off of the collective knowledge of the audience to broaden attendees’ understandings of activism within their communities. We will examine the nonprofit industrial complex and the ways in which pink-washed change may be disrupting transgender-justice-based activism in critical areas of concern such as marriage equality, education, hate crime legislation, police, and the military.

Authenticity: Reconciling Past and Present
Kory Martin-Damon
How do you stay in your skin? What helps you be your truest self? How do you integrate your past with your present and still stay sane? What happens to you when you are your most authentic self? What happens to those around you? Do they move in closer or take a step back? Let’s share our stories in a nonjudgmental way—in a way that comes from our hearts.
Note: This conversation will be centered on the experiences of people-of-color but is open to all who wish to listen, learn, and grow.

Stepping into the Media Spotlight
Cathy Renna
Sharing one’s story publicly has proven to be one of the most powerful ways to change hearts and minds.  It can also feel scary and exposing, and the outcome is sometimes unpredictable.  Today’s print, web, and radio reporters are clamoring for stories.  Should you engage?  Will reporters honor your specific requests? Can you share your story and protect your privacy at the same time?  What about the impact on others who are close to you?  How do you keep yourself safe—physically, socially, and psychologically—while putting yourself in the spotlight?  Join us as we dig into these questions and much more.

Buddy Up
Gavin Wyer
Is this your first time at Gender Odyssey? Perhaps you are a seasoned veteran wanting to meet new people? Or looking for others who share a particular interest? It can be challenging to find ways to connect with folks from across the country and beyond as you are hustling from one workshop to the next. If one of your goals for the weekend is to make some solid connections, this is your chance to get started. Get a jump on meeting folks in this session designed for just that purpose, and find buddies to hang with for the weekend, or perhaps even a lifetime.

Female-to-Male Surgical Options
Dr. Toby Meltzer, Dr. Ellie Zara Ley, Dr. Burt Webb
This presentation will provide information on current surgical options for transmen including FTM genital surgeries, chest surgery, revision/repair, body contouring, hysterectomy, oophorectomy, vaginectomy and masculinizing procedures.

Face and Body Transitioning (MTF and FTM)
Joel Brian Beck, MD, FACS
Has feminizing your face to a softer more feminine appearance ever crossed your mind?  Better yet, how about getting that body shape you’ve always wanted?  Larger breasts, a tighter waist, and a more round heart-shaped butt?  If these thoughts ever crossed your mind and you’re ready to transition, then this workshop will provide insight on not only feminizing your face, but also details of creating a whole body transformation into a more feminine you!  Dr. Beck’s philosophy of feminizing will be shared, photos will be reviewed, and techniques will be addressed.  He will also be addressing surgical options for female-to-male top surgery.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

Making Our Way through GO: Partners
Yolanda Cain
Welcome to Gender odyssey. Is this your first time attending conference or have you been here since the beginning? Why are you here? What do you expect to gain as a partner from this weekend? How will you gauge success in this experience? Join us to meet and greet with other partners—you are not alone.

Getting the Grade
Jen Self, PhD, MSW, Trystan Cotten, PhD
College is for everyone . . . isn’t it? Come to this workshop and learn more about ways to apply, attend, and succeed in college with both your identity and sanity intact. We’ll look at some ways to deal with administrative barriers, handle instances of harassment, gain access to gendered spaces, and how to evaluate which campus communities are safe and welcoming for you. We’ll allot plenty of time to addressing individual questions and circumstances.

You’re Doing What?!
Brenda Bowers, Lisa MacLeod
What do you say when your son says he’s really your daughter, or your sister says she’s really your brother? Or any other mind-bending “switch” for that matter? For many of us, understanding gender identity and our loved one’s decision to transition is uncharted territory. The “whys” we have in our heads can be scary and overwhelming. We sometimes make desperate attempts to understand the complexities of their new gender identity. In this first of two workshops, we will share our feelings, listen to each other’s experiences, and ask questions in a comfortable, confidential environment.
Note: This is a closed, facilitated discussion for those of us who would like help, support, or simply a friendly ear in a confidential environment. The focus of the discussion will be on issues related to non-trans-identified parents, siblings, children and friends of trans people.

1:20pm – 2:50pm

Balancing Trauma: Building a Trauma-Informed Artist’s Life
Katie Taylor, Leigh Houghtaling
Trauma, whether it is from childhood abuse, losing a job, sexual violence, ableism, compassion fatigue, etc., can inform the ways in which we structure our lives. We build coping techniques that may or may not be helpful and we do so in order to protect ourselves from future and/or past traumatic experiences. Trauma-informed art practices can provide new coping techniques that may help reduce the effects of trauma. In this art-therapy-style workshop, we will discuss the many ways you can reduce trauma by building a life of art and mindful practices. We will include some of FORGE’s most recent self-help and therapy publications as well as other resources and guides. Participants will leave with a plan of action that will get them started on their journey as well as a few art goodies to keep them inspired! Both survivors and non-survivors are welcome to attend.

API Trans Folks in Community
Willy Wilkinson, MPH, Kiyomi Fujikawa
This workshop will engage participants in meaningful dialogue about issues that impact Asian and Pacific Islander trans and gender-expansive folks. Topics include identity, culture, family (those we create, as well as our families of origin), and the expectations of larger society. We will discuss how we identify and celebrate our gender identity and expression despite a societal and cultural framework that does not necessarily reflect or honor our full selves as API trans and gender-expansive people. We will also explore culturally relevant issues that arise in our relationships with friends, partners, and family members. For all individuals who identify as Asian and/or Pacific Islander (including immigrant, mixed heritage, and adoptee), and locate their gender on the trans or gender-expansive spectrum. Come as you are.

To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender Older Adults
Jess T. Dugan
Representations of older transgender people are nearly absent from our culture and within artistic realms, and those that do exist are often one-dimensional. To Survive on this Shore is an ongoing national project that combines photographs of transgender and gender-variant people over the age of fifty with interviews about their life experiences in regards to gender, identity, age, and sexuality and provides a nuanced view into the complexities of aging as a transgender person. Photographer Jess T. Dugan will speak about this series in depth, sharing photos and quotes from previous participants as well as addressing the creation of the project, how it has evolved and progressed, and plans for its future.

Grief, Loss, and Transformation
Mary Lasher, Julie Turner
When our partner moves towards being their authentic self, many of us celebrate their transformation. However, sometimes our desire to be supportive can result in the repression of our own emotions. We may feel guilty for not always being the compassionate partner we “should” be. Our own feelings of grief and loss may be hard to articulate. We may have trouble finding the support and understanding we need. In this closed, partners-only session, we’ll be able to make room for some of that grief, let some go, and find ways to support one another. 
Note: This is open only for non-trans partners of people who are physically or socially transitioning, have transitioned, or are considering transition. You do not need to currently be in a relationship to attend.

Sexuality, Intimacy, and Our Bodies (Double session)
Dr. Liam “Captain” Snowdon, Andi Grace, Kori Doty
Did you have a strong foundation in your sexuality only to find it shifting as you began transitioning? Do you find yourself in a new “brand” of sexual orientation without the rule book? Are you afraid your partner’s interests will shift with his transition? Sometimes a gender shift puts us into a new category where the social cues and behaviors are unfamiliar. Have you experienced a shift in relation to whom you date or partner with? Was this exciting for you, scary, or difficult?

When non-trans people are attracted to us, are they redefining their sexual orientation to include us, or simply objectifying us? Neither? How do we know if someone’s attraction to us is based on a gender fetish? Might we mistakenly question someone’s desire for us because of our lack of confidence in our own bodies? Is the legitimacy of your love for a trans person questioned because you are non-trans?

Speaking of bodies, how comfortable are you sharing yours with someone else? Has your ability to express yourself intimately changed with your transition? In what ways? If you haven’t gone through a physical transition, how does this affect your relationship(s)? Note: As you consider what to say during—and after—this discussion, please be respectful of its intimate nature and aware that it is taking place in a public forum. Share only what you feel comfortable sharing.

MTF Genital Surgical Options
Dr. Toby Meltzer, Dr. Ellie Zara Ley
A PowerPoint presentation discussing current surgical techniques, a discussion of procedures, risks and complications, and before-and-after photos with time for questions and answers.

Self Defense: Part 1
Erika Laurentz
On a per capita basis, transgender people are more likely to be bullied, seriously assaulted or killed than any other minority in America. Your attitude and your level of preparedness can significantly tip the odds of not being a victim, or of surviving an attack, in your favor. Part 1 focuses on the laws on self-defense, the pros and cons of various techniques to self-defense ranging from lethal force to non-lethal, and the role that intuition plays in staying safe. Attending Part 1 is a NECESSARY PREREQUISITE to those wishing to attend Part 2 of this series. You are welcome to attend Part 1 without planning to attend Part 2. If you are under 18 and plan to attend Part 2, please bring a parent or guardian with you to this presentation. You will need that person to sign a release form before you may attend Part 2.

Just One of the Guys
Lucas Hedrick
How many of us, assigned female at birth, have felt robbed of the opportunity to bond with other men? Without this camaraderie of male friendships, we may feel that our social circles were, or perhaps still are, incomplete. Some of us have been able, as transgender adults, to find the male friendships we longed for in our youth. For transmen, moving from one experience to a completely new one—becoming “one of the guys”—can be a transition within a transition. Join us as we explore what it means to be a man in relationship to other men, and to experience our masculinity with other guys whose background and socialization differ from our own.
Note: This conversation will be centered on the experiences of trans men but is open to all who wish to listen, learn, and grow.

Transitioning and Chronic Illness
Lane Kaiser, Quinn Sowers
Transitioning is hard enough on its own, but for folks with chronic illness it can be even more complicated. From Parkinson’s to chronic pain syndromes, multiple sclerosis to mental illness: chronic illness creates unique barriers to transitioning. Join Lane Kaiser and Christie Quinn Sowers as they share their experiences transitioning with chronic illness. Share your narrative around being chronically ill and trans in an understanding space. Get tips and advice on transitioning with a chronic illness as well as resources specifically tailored for trans folks with chronic illness.

3:00pm – 4:30pm

What I Don’t Usually Say about My Gender
Stephan Thorne
It isn’t surprising that any of us as trans people may have to modify our stories for a variety of reasons. Some people are unfamiliar with the subject as a whole. Some may still be navigating their feelings of confusion, anger, grief, and so on. But what about when we are with each other? Are there things we don’t share? Perhaps you feel like you are the only one who thinks/feels/expresses themselves in a certain way. Maybe your reasons for transitioning are different than what you’ve heard others express. There may be concern that others won’t understand. Perhaps you’ve encountered unexpected transition-related repercussions that no one else seems to experience. Chances are your experiences/thoughts/views are not as unique as you think. We’ll never know unless we share our truths with each other. Please join us in creating a nonjudgmental space and, as a reminder, please share from your own experience only.  

Migrant Justice for Trans and Gender-Nonconforming Communities
Kory Martin-Damon, Tess Vo
Trans and gender-nonconforming non-status people, immigrants, and refugees are often inadequately supported in service settings and rendered invisible. This is often due to multiple forms of intersecting oppressions including racism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, and ableism. This workshop explores the needs of trans and gender-nonconforming non-status people, immigrants, and refugees and will work with participants to develop concrete strategies to support the creation of affirmative spaces and services. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue exploring the violence of borders, displacement, economic exploitation, and the criminalization of community members. Historical and contemporary activisms and advocacy efforts to promote migrant justice and forms of community resistance will be highlighted.

US Trans Survey: What We Learned
Mara Keisling
In 2015 the National Center for Transgender Equality conducted the largest survey specifically for transgender, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming individuals. It was the follow-up to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, which was developed and conducted by the National LGBTQ Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality. The report of the results from that first survey, Injustice at Every Turn, has been cited by the media over 15,000 times and allowed those pushing for transgender rights to have concrete numbers with which to advocate. The 2015 US Trans Survey will allow advocates to continue to push forward for transgender rights with fresh insights into what the community is facing in 2016 and beyond.

Making Sense of FTM Top-Surgery Techniques
Dr. Scott Mosser
There are so many types of FTM top surgery described that it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle and overwhelmed with decisions. Though the double incision remains the most common, other procedure types include keyhole, periareolar (donut), inverted T, fishmouth, lollipop, and buttonhole. Each of these techniques has pros and cons, and reflects different body types and patient priorities. Dr. Scott Mosser performs all of these procedure types regularly and will make it easy to understand what is involved with each procedure in terms of technique and results, and why patients might choose one over the others.

Self Defense: Part 2
Erika Laurentz
On a per capita basis, transgender people are more likely to be bullied, seriously assaulted or killed than any other minority in America. Your attitude and your level of preparedness can significantly tip the odds of not being a victim, or of surviving an attack, in your favor. Part 1 focuses on the laws on self-defense, the pros and cons of various techniques to self-defense ranging from lethal force to non-lethal, and the role that intuition plays in staying safe. Attending Part 1 is a NECESSARY PREREQUISITE to those wishing to attend Part 2 of this series. You are welcome to attend Part 1 without planning to attend Part 2. If you are under 18 and plan to attend Part 2, please bring a parent or guardian with you to this presentation. You will need that person to sign a release form before you may attend Part 2.

Trans Family Forum
Join Willy Wilkinson (a trans father of three young kids) for a compelling discussion about the joys, challenges, and successes of trans-headed families. Topics include: varying routes to parenthood and trans identity; how our kids understand our trans statuses; how our experiences of race, gender, class, disability, and transition impact our families; the benefits of having a trans parent; and how providers, educators, and community members can support trans families. Everyone is welcome.

Hysto Stories
Ryan Sallans
Hysterectomies are common, but information about these procedures as they relate to transmen is difficult to find. Are there unique considerations to know about? Are there factors that change depending on whether you’ve been on testosterone for 5 years? 10 or 20? What about sex and orgasm—does that change after surgery? Was it difficult to find a surgeon who would perform the surgery for you? If you had insurance, was it covered? What was your recovery like? In this session, we’ll explore these questions and more. We’d like you to share your experience with others so that we can learn from each other—whether your experience was good, bad, or somewhere in between. Until there is more research, we still have each other! Open to all.


8:30am – 10:00am

Leadership and Organizing
Facilitators: Erin Russ, Andrea Zekis, Diwa Cain
If you have chosen a leadership role, what attracted you to lead? Or, did leadership find you by default? If you have been a leader
or activist in your city/hometown, have you changed your point of view about leading as time passed? What pitfalls or limitations have you found in how you’ve chosen to lead and/or organize? What methods have been successful and lasting? How do you prevent burnout? Has your style of leadership conflicted with others in your community? Have you received support from unexpected places? Come share your experiences, hear about the successes and pitfalls of others, and learn from each other.

Trans Identities and Migrant Existences
Chaminda Weerawardhana
When “leave to remain” in a country, with restricted rights inscribed, is pasted on your passport, and you happen to be trans/gender-plural, how can you reconcile practical restrictions imposed by your immigration status and your trans identity? This workshop delves specifically into the cases of international students and other migrants who are trans, and the challenges involved in affirming their gender identities, and especially in accessing care and support services. The workshop will take a comparative approach, sharing experience form the UK system, and delving into several core specificities pertaining to the U.S. context.

What’s the Rush?
Casey Bent-Callaghan
How can I transition now—I’m 65? I love living in the middle of gender, so why can’t people be okay with me being the way I am? My family will NOT accept this—it’s completely outside of our culture and how can I risk losing them? I don’t think my education or career will survive a gender transition. I want surgery but no hormones, is that okay? Can I take just a small amount of hormones? If you have these or other thoughts about a physical transition, come share them in a supportive and nonjudgmental environment. This discussion is designed to explore the imperfect process and experience of a physical transition. Many of us have explored or considered variables that don’t fit within the “traditional” trans narratives. Let’s share them with each other and think outside the box of should I… or shouldn’t I…?

Shining Stars: Film Shorts
These youth remind us that no matter what age, everyone can define their own identity and be proud of who they are.

  • “Kids On Gender”, Jasmine Doyle Pitt & Alexa Sidor; 2014; UK; 9 min.
  • “Viktor”, Ann Prim; 2016; US; 11 min.; in Russian and English with English subtitles
  • “Raising Owen: A Genderqueer Love Story”, Meg Brown; 2015; US; 9 min.
  • “Stealth”, Bennett Lasseter; 2014; US; 21 min.
  • “How To Be a Girl”, Marlo Mack; 2014; US; 7 min.

Trans Fertility and Family Building
Kristin Kali, LM, CPM
Learn about options for fertility, conception, and infant feeding from a gender-inclusive, trans-centered perspective with midwife and fertility expert Kristin Kali, LM, CPM. Whether you are delaying hormonal transition until after conception and/or pregnancy, would like to preserve your gametes prior to hormonal transition, or are planning to go off hormones in order to regain fertility, there is information here for you. We will also discuss options for lactation induction and breastfeeding or chestfeeding, as well as connecting with sources of donor milk. The decision to parent, and all the choices that come up in the process, are very personal and intricately linked with gender identity and expression. What’s it like to be a trans man during pregnancy? What’s it like to breastfeed as a trans woman? There will be ample time for discussion and Q&A following the presentation.

A Decade of Winning, Losing, and Fighting Like H*ll
Mara Keisling
Since 2000, our movement for equality has grown larger and larger, from all volunteer to more fully staffed organizations throughout the country. We have gone from being ignored by Congress to being included in two national laws, and from being ignored and mistreated by the federal government to having over 100 policy wins during the Obama administration. Join NCTE founder Mara Keisling for a fun overview of the movement for trans equality from a national perspective, and a group conversation about where we need to go from here.

Insurance Approval for Top Surgery
Dr. Scott Mosser
The process of seeking insurance coverage for top surgery can seem difficult, confusing, and sometimes antagonistic. What rights do patients have to get coverage? What are the basic steps which can lead to insurance approval, and how do you troubleshoot the common things that can go astray in the process? Dr. Mosser regularly performs top surgery on insurance patients, and has helped patients from ages 14-65 make their way through the insurance system to a successful approval process. This workshop will take you through the process, dispel myths, and help you get the information you need to maximize your chances of getting your top surgery covered.

Creating Your Gender Toolkit
Mary Irons
What can I get for you ladies? Hey, this is the men’s room! Are you a drag queen? Many of us have been misread and/or challenged based on the false assumptions or perceptions of others, and then had to stumble or stutter our way out of it. The perfect response or comeback usually arrives . . . but hours or days too late. Educating others can be exhausting, and sometimes having the right thing to say worked out in advance can bypass an awkward moment and/or be more effective than an off-the-cuff response. In this workshop, we will examine how to effect positive change by responding in gentle, humorous, or matter-of-fact ways rather than pushing back. Let’s brainstorm and share ways to let people know that they need to look beyond their initial assumptions . . . without doing so at our expense. Bring your own stories, listen to those of others, and then take home a toolkit of humorous deflections, snappy comebacks, and other responses we can use to change the world, one encounter at a time. Bring your notebooks!

Advocating for Yourself in Medical Settings
Dr. Jessica E. Wilson
It’s quite common for transgender patients to feel powerless in medical settings; however, by understanding the actual criteria that needs to be met, who determines that criteria, and how much room for variation there is with that criteria, the patient becomes less powerless to gatekeepers. This workshop will teach current and past criteria outlined by different models for medical transition, how to advocate for yourself in these settings, and a discussion where attendees will share what personally has and has not worked within these settings.

Trans Justice in Schools
Paulina Angel, Kai River Blevins
As students in either middle school, high school, or college/university, we find ourselves trying to get an education, but always being distracted by harassment from classmates, and even faculty and staff, even more so, having our rights violated. What’s a trans student to do? In this workshop, we will provide you with the knowledge and tools to advocate for your rights as students and increase visibility and understanding on campus, as well as work with other community organizations to plug into existing events, networks, and resources.

10:10am – 11:40am

Intersections of Bodies, Ability, and Gender
Tess Vo, Chris Burns
Have you ever felt that you were made invisible by the very visibility of your different physical ability? Perhaps you’ve felt your body’s lack of outward cues of difference leaves you out in the cold. How do varying levels of ability affect our experience of our gender? In this town meeting, we will discuss how we embody gender in a society that often overlooks, ignores, and stigmatizes people with different bodies and different capacities. Note: This session is open to people of all abilities and all gender presentations as well as their partners, friends, and allies.

Talking about the Sex You Want, Need, and Desire
Katie Taylor, Leigh Houghtaling
Getting the sex you want often starts with being able to express what you want — verbally or non-verbally. Many people are concerned about how to disclose (or not disclose) not only their trans status, history, or body but also other aspects of who they are (disability, self-image concerns, HIV status, abuse history, etc.) Figuring out strategies about what to tell, who to tell, how to tell, how much to tell, when to tell, if to tell can be challenging and sometimes daunting. In this workshop, the facilitators will guide discussion activities that explore communication techniques to getting the safe, consensual, and hot sex you are seeking.
Note: Due to the conversational nature and activities of this workshop, seating is limited to 40 participants (so come early!).

La Familia, el Racismo, y la Aceptaciόn Familiar
Jessica Rosas

Hormones 101
Tavis Taylor
This workshop presents a general overview of hormonal therapy. Testosterone, an anabolic steroid, is a powerful drug that can give desired masculinizing effects while estrogen has feminizing effects. It is important that you know the details about the types of hormones, timing, dosing amount, adverse side effects, etc., to protect your health and maximize the desired effects. Come to this informative workshop and learn more about hormones and their administration.

Father Stories
Dr. Liam “Captain” Snowdon
Is your father your biggest hero? Was he absent or unsupportive? How has your gender identity affected your relationship to your own parenting? Let’s share our stories of having a father, not having a father, wanting to be a father, being (or not being able to be) a biological father, and learning to be a father.
Note: We may limit the time any single person can share so as to optimize the greatest amount of participation.

Intersections of Trans Identity and Aging
Alison Davison, Stephan Thorne
As we age, things change—physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually! We live in a culture that stigmatizes getting older, despite that it’s a reality for us all. The subject of aging in general is often swept under the rug, and trans elders face significant additional challenges that only add to our fears and concerns. As aging AND transgender people, we need to be prepared. This interactive, facilitated discussion will allow us to hear each other’s stories and share our individual experiences, with the goal of attaining strategies, tips, concerns, and camaraderie for this uncharted path.
Note: This conversation will be centered on the experiences of who are of the baby boomer generation and older but is open to all who wish to listen, learn, and grow.

FTM Genital Surgical Options
Mang L. Chen, MD
The surgeons of Brownstein & Crane Surgical Services will discuss the advances in FTM genital surgeries including metoidioplasty and phalloplasty. Drs. Crane, Satterwhite, and Chen all offer the full spectrum of gender surgery procedures for trans and gender-nonconforming individuals.

After completing more than 10 years of post-medical-school surgical training in urology, reconstructive urology, and plastic surgery, and a fellowship in transgender surgery in Ghent, Belgium, with Dr. Monstrey, Dr. Curtis Crane joined the world-renowned Dr. Michael Brownstein in San Francisco to form Brownstein & Crane Surgical Services. Dr. Brownstein instructed Dr. Crane in his unique FTM top surgery technique which he has perfected during his more than 35 years of practice. Dr. Crane recruited Dr. Thomas Satterwhite to join the practice in 2014 and Dr. Mang Chen in 2015.

Avery Erickson
Some sense of spirituality has been intrinsic to many of our lives, either in our childhood upbringing or as a path we are currently pursuing. Others may feel that our trans identities preclude us from having any spirituality or that our identities are in conflict with moral laws, and therefore we are not welcome in some places of worship. Have you left behind an expression of faith that was once very important to you? Do you continue to be part of a congregation where others are unaware of your trans identity? Many of us have embraced alternative beliefs or developed our own sense of spirituality that serves us in a more holistic way. Have you worked within a religious community to create a more inclusive environment? How successful were you? How does your spirituality intersect with your work for social change? Let’s share our experiences with regard to our search for fulfillment.

Trying on New Identities
Jeanette Borunda, LCSW, MHP, Stuart Brewster
As one part of our identity changes our other identities may shift, creating new spaces and experiences. These new spaces may include different areas of privilege or the lack thereof. For example, what does it mean to be a female-identified person of color in a male-dominated space, or vice versa? In this workshop we’ll begin to dissect and recognize the new identities that are either taken on or allowed as our gender shifts. Let’s discover how race, gender, class, and other identities are evolving and how we can consciously step into these new roles.

How to Herd a Pride of Lions
Abby Louise Jensen, C. Michael Woodward, MPH
Beyond the basic understanding of differences between sexual orientation and gender identity, unique challenges arise for organizers and advocates working in the transgender community. In this workshop, two seasoned trans advocates provide tips and insights for allies and trans people alike—anyone who wants to know more about the unique legal, health, and economic disparities that trans people face; and how those issues may present unfamiliar challenges for community organizers.

12:45pm – 2:15pm

The Race and Gender Balancing Act
Stephan Thorne, Trystan Cotten, PhD
A gender transition can result in new experiences of privilege – both lost and gained – but that experience may be no where near the same for trans people of color as it is for white trans people. Has your relationship to race transitioned along with your gender? What was expected and what has taken you by surprise? How does acquiring male privilege balance with the losses that come with living as trans? Or, have you transitioned to female and discovered a far less friendly world? More friendly? Come share your experience and hear the stories of others as we explore the inextricable relationship between our gender and skin color.

Gender, Race, and Self-Determination
Sé Sullivan
What does it mean to have a Raced Gender? And how do we navigate Self-Determination with so many cultural differences? Join in a conversation that explores how Racism, White Supremacy, and Administrative Violence impact our bodies, health, and choices in relation to Self-Determination.

Transitioning during the Elder Years
Allison Jansen
Many of us elders came of age in a time when transgender people were severely stigmatized. We kept our identities hidden for decades and are only now coming out and transitioning—right when the aging process is ramping up! What are our reasons? What are our special health, social, and other concerns that come with a transition decision or even an exploration of whether to transition? How do issues of our ability, race, or economic status affect these options? What about our families? Our place in our communities? Do we have any role models? This interactive, facilitated discussion will allow us to hear each other’s stories and share our individual experiences with this complex decision.

“Her Story” (Film)
This sweet six-episode web series directed by Sydney Freeland (“Drunktown’s Finest”, Translations 2015; Honorable Mention, Narrative Feature, SLGFF 2013) showcases the complex up-and-down dating lives of trans women living in LA. Paige (Angelica Ross), a successful human rights lawyer, thinks she’s found something special in James, the first guy she’s opened up to in years, but can this new relationship withstand all the pressures she faces? The magnetic chemistry that grows between love-shy Violet and reporter Allie (co-writers Jen Richards and Laura Zaks) will leave your heart full. With many queer and trans women behind and in front of the camera, “Her Story” entertains with three-dimensional characters, who do not shy away from difficult topics.

Supporting Our Partners as We Transition
Julie Turner, Erica Worthington
A gender transition can be overwhelming, exciting, and even liberating for us as trans people, but our all-consuming journey can result in a tunneled-vision kind of experience that is extremely difficult for our partner or spouse. In this workshop, we will discuss ways of not losing sight of, and giving back to, our relationship partners so that we are proactive in the preservation of our relationships through this challenging and exciting time.

Chest Surgery Show and Tell
Jude Patton, Ryan Sallans
Contemplating chest surgery and don’t know where to start? Do you have some great surgery results you want to share with others? Do you wish you had done something different and want to let others know? Join this facilitated show and tell and listen to the stories of others as they discuss which surgeons they chose and why, their experiences with surgeons and staff, how much they spent, how pleased/displeased they are with the results, and more.

MTF Facial Feminization and Body Contouring
Dr. Toby Meltzer, Dr. Ellie Zara Ley
A PowerPoint presentation discussing current surgical techniques, a discussion of procedures, risks and complications, and before and after photos with time for questions and answers.

The Bathroom Culture War
Mara Keisling, Danni Askini, Seth Kirby
What a year it has been! Transgender rights has seemed to permeate every part of society as the entire nation was openly discussing bathrooms and safety, but underneath it all, we are discussing the basic dignity and humanity of trans people. We fought back over 50 anti-trans bills in 18 states including Washington– so far – though with a huge loss in North Carolina. And anti-trans forces in Washington have sought to put a ballot initiative up for a vote to take away trans people’s access to facilities in schools and other places. These attacks are likely to continue for several years. We will talk about what this all means for us and how we can all shape the conversation with America to make us stronger in as a community in the long run.

Trans-er Than Thou
Susan Golightly
It may not be hard for those of us at this conference to reach a consensus regarding the outside world’s view of transgender people. We might easily agree that trans people are discriminated against and misunderstood by many in the outside world. But what happens when we, ourselves, look at the differences within our collective gender communities? Are we just as uninformed and biased in our own thinking as those we consider “outside”? Do we make our own rigid determinations about the “real” ways of being trans? How do we make those determinations? Is it along class lines (e.g., financially inaccessible surgeries being considered markers for “real” trans people)? Whether we’re living as trans full time? By appearance, or who’s queerest? This session is not about assigning blame. It’s about creating conversations wherein we can each examine our own discomfort with difference. We’ll look at these differences with a goal of gaining a fresh perspective and a chance to celebrate our unique lives together.

The Lighter Side of Race
Trystan Cotten, PhD, Kory Martin-Damon
Frequently, when someone mentions the word race, the conversation centers on the experiences and challenges of those who are black. While this examination is crucial, the voices of other people-of-color who may be of Asian, Latin@, indigenous, Middle Eastern, or mixed-race descent are also in need of being heard. Navigating our gender in a society that ascribes to a two-gender system and still contemplates race most often as a black/white issue can leave us on the sidelines saying: “Well, that’s not my experience.” Let’s share our experiences with each other and create the dialogue we strain to hear. Note: This conversation will be centered on the experiences of people-of-color but is open to all who wish to listen, learn, and grow.

Gender and Queerness: A Nigerian Filmmaker’s Exploration
Seyi Adebanjo
How are we self-expressed and courageous in the face of oppression using arts/politics/spirituality? We will explore art, Queerness, & Gender-Nonconformity/Trans as a transformative space informed by film. Seyi Adebanjo will facilitate the post-film discussion. The discussion and activities will be based on emerging research and their films on Queer African Cinema & Queer Black Trans Cinema.

Ọya: Something Happened on the Way to West Africa!
Follow my journey as a queer, gender-nonconforming Nigerian as I connect with Òrìṣà tradition (African God/dess) and the powerful legacy of my great grandmother, Chief Moloran Ìyá Ọlọ́ya. I vibrantly investigate mythology, gender fluidity, and the hidden truth behind the power of indigenous Yorùbá spirituality.

Trans Lives Matter! Justice for Islan Nettles!
A powerful and intensely moving document of a community vigil for Islan Nettles, a transgender Womyn of Color, concerning her spirit and life.

Celebrating Femininity from Non-binary Perspectives
Avery Erickson
Many non-binary people find that expressing qualities traditionally associated with masculine or feminine can lead to an erasure or overlooking of their identities. Also, we may not feel totally at home in trans spaces that are rooted in the binary. We will use the loveliness that is femininity to explore what it means for different people to manifest traditionally gendered qualities while maintaining their identities. Please sit with the following questions beforehand:

  • As a non-binary person, what is your relationship to femininity?
  • What does it mean or look like for you to experience and/or express femininity?
  • Do you have other terms or associations that you find more useful?
  • How much influence do the perceptions or responses of others have on your ability to express femininity?
  • Do your own ideas about gender limit you somehow?
  • What tools do you use to maintain your non-binary-ness in a strongly binary-ed world?

Know Your Housing Rights
Danni Askini, Shannon Bedard, MSW
This workshop will inform you of your housing rights under the Federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD). Learn how to protect yourself and other trans persons from threats of eviction. Become aware of your rights to access temporary shelters, participate in transitional housing programs, apply for a section 8 voucher, live at a HUD subsidized property, rent from a private landlord, or acquire a home loan. Discover what actions you can take, how you can make a difference, and where to file official complaints in order to hold a discriminatory housing program/provider accountable, and find a local housing rights movement.

Fag 101
Dr. Liam “Captain” Snowdon, Max Skorodinsky
Gay male culture can hold particular challenges for trans and genderqueer people. Gay masculine and feminine norms may still leave us on the outside looking in. In the world of jocks, bears, twinks, and queens, where do we fit in?  How do we get other guys to read our gender correctly and see us as the awesome dating material that we are? How do we find—or build—social spaces that are inclusive to trans and cis men? Let’s share our experiences of navigating oh-so-fabulous gay space while we find ways to increase our dating confidence.
Note: This workshop is for those navigating (or wanting to navigate) gay male space.

Hormones 101
Kevin Hatfield, MD
This workshop presents a general overview of hormonal therapy. Testosterone, an anabolic steroid, is a powerful drug that can give desired masculinizing effects while estrogen has feminizing effects. It is important that you know the details about the types of hormones, timing, dosing amount, adverse side effects, etc., to protect your health and maximize the desired effects. Come to this informative workshop and learn more about hormones and their administration.

Selecting a Surgeon
Dr. Javad Sajan
This session will be led by Dr. Sajan and we will focus on important questions to ask your provider about gender-affirming surgery. Dr. Sajan will discuss key aspects about board certification, experience, results, and competency in transgender care. In addition, Dr. Sajan will review an evidence-based approach on how to minimize scars after surgery utilizing prescription creams and self-care. During this session Dr. Sajan will address what steps a surgeon can take intraoperatively to minimize scars, in addition to post-surgical care.

Seven-Year Itch: Partners
Kristin Roberts
Many years have passed since your loved one transitioned, and the impact it had on your immediate family, relationship, and the like has faded a bit. Your partner’s gender—and your relationship to them—may no longer be a day-to-day issue. But, where else does it pop up? Are you finding ways to be proud of your loved one’s gender while still claiming your own unique identity? Has a health issue come up that again puts you or your partner out on the front lines of defending gender? How are you affected now by your partner’s choice to live stealth or out? We’ll discuss this and much more in this session for partners.
Note: This workshop focuses on the experiences of those who are five or more years beyond their partner’s transition.

Creating Resources for Transgender Elders: Panel
Moderators: Kathleen M. Sullivan, PhD, Alison Davison, Mitchell Hunter
Transgender older adults need and deserve respectful, accepting, and competent care and services. Unfortunately, it is often hard to know if a provider is knowledgeable or accepting. Learn how you can be part of a movement in Seattle/King County (or create one in your town) to access and train providers—from long-term care facilities to in-home social service providers. Let’s work together to ensure that all trans older adults get great care from great providers. In this interactive workshop, local leaders in the field will discuss needs, tools to improve access, and evidence-based training by Generations with Pride.

The Art and Science of Shaping Resonance in Voice Communication Transition
Sandy Hirsch, MS, CCC-SLP
Pitch, resonance (tone), and inflection (the rise and fall of the voice in speech) are all components of voice and speech. Developing a resonance that is congruent with a person’s gender identity is perhaps the most elusive, but also most important of the three. This workshop will provide the speech and voice science behind resonance, as well as practical exercises and analysis based in science and performance voice that will allow participants to investigate how to manipulate and change their own resonance.


9:00am – 10:30am

After the Dust Settles
Brenda Bowers, Lisa MacLeod
This is a continuation of the closed, facilitated discussion for those whose family member (child, parent, sibling, or other family member) is transitioning. In this workshop, we will examine some of the issues and feelings that may arise as we, and our loved ones, reexamine the concept of gender identity. Some of these feelings may include a sense of loss or confusion (e.g., losing a daughter even though you now have a son, or trying to understand concepts like “genderfluid”). What happens when we disclose too much to others, or perhaps not enough? How will we deal with others’ reactions or questions? How does our background or culture affect our feelings and views? Most importantly, we’ll examine the need for compassion and patience for ourselves and our loved one while we make this journey of discovery and change. Come join us for help and support in a confidential environment.  
Note: You do not need to have attended the first session to participate in this workshop. This is a closed session for non-trans identified people.

Shifting Identities, Expanding Desires
Shannon Solie, MA, LMHCA, Christine Aramburu Alegria
Whether our partners are post transition, just beginning to question their gender, or negotiating an identity somewhere in the middle, their journeys can have major implications for our feelings about sex and attraction. Were you involved primarily with women and never expected to be having sex with someone trans or male-identified? How do you feel about your partner’s body—including their new smell, look, or changing parts? Is being with your partner opening you up to new sexual desires? Are your ideas about your sexual orientation shifting? Depending on numbers, there may be break-out groups for lesbian, bi-/queer-identified, straight, and gay partners.
Note: This workshop will provide a confidential space and is open only to non-trans-identified people to talk frankly about fears, challenges, pleasures, and desire.

Holistic Self-Care Techniques for All Life Transitions
Todd Garrity
Physical and emotional stress throws the body and mind out of balance by activating the sympathetic nervous system to kick into “fight or flight” mode. Learn how to use ancient healing theories to return to the parasympathetic nervous system, where “rest and healing” can occur and balance can be achieved for body, mind, and soul! This introduction to holistic healing will provide you with self-care techniques you can utilize to stay out of stress and improve your health and well-being through all the stressors of life.

Male-to-Female Surgical Options
Dr. Thomas Satterwhite
The surgeons at Brownstein & Crane Surgical Services will present the most recent surgical techniques for transwomen including facial feminization surgery, breast augmentation, vaginoplasty, and all cosmetic-surgical procedures. Drs. Crane, Satterwhite, and Chen all offer the full spectrum of gender surgery procedures for trans and gender-nonconforming individuals.

After completing more than 10 years of post-medical-school surgical training in urology, reconstructive urology, and plastic surgery, and a fellowship in transgender surgery in Ghent, Belgium, with Dr. Monstrey, Dr. Curtis Crane joined the world-renowned Dr. Michael Brownstein in San Francisco to form Brownstein & Crane Surgical Services. Dr. Brownstein instructed Dr. Crane in his unique FTM top surgery technique which he has perfected during his more than 35 years of practice. Dr. Crane recruited Dr. Thomas Satterwhite to join the practice in 2014 and Dr. Mang Chen in 2015.

It’s Not Just a Phase
Casey Bent-Callaghan
When it comes to gender-nonconforming people, we often hear: “It’s just a phase.” Old assumptions insist that gender transitions move seamlessly from “point A” to “point B.” Gender-fluid identities are dismissed as being temporary placeholders while we look for our “real” identities. Lately, the rediscovery of androgyny in popular culture has opened the door to accusations that gender-benders are just trying to be hip. Either way, we’re not taken seriously! The truth is, genderqueer—by whatever name we call it—is a legitimate and meaningful personal identity. In this workshop, we’ll explore the multifaceted nature of gender and how our expressions of gender can change—even from day to day. How do you name, construct, and express your gender-queering? Let’s find out!

Legal 101
Melville Petrosky, Andrea Zekis
If you have questions about how to take care of your identity changes in transition, we’ll provide some answers. We’ll cover basic items such as name change, driver’s license, birth certificate, passport, and social security as well as other how-to information for taking care of your identity before and during transition.

Below the Belt: Lower Surgery Show and Tell
Mister Cris
This workshop will provide a safe space for trans men and female-assigned individuals who have had genital surgery to share their bodies and experiences with those pursuing genital surgery. There will be photos from people who have gone to surgeons all around the world; these have been obtained with consent from the individuals. Wet wipes will be available to keep things sanitary after “showing.”
Note: For ages 18 and over.

10:40am – 12:10pm

Transgender Parents: Panel
Mary Irons, Kane Assata
This session presents a panel consisting of trans men and women with children of different ages. Topics to be covered include: our road to parenthood, conversing with ours kids about gender and being transgender (the importance of this discussion); a strengths-based perspective of being a trans parent; having trans parental status used against parents within the court system during child custody procedures; and kids being bullied because of a parent’s gender and different approaches and solutions to handling this. There will also be time for questions and answers from workshop participants.

An Immigrant History and the Tran Experience
Kory Martin-Damon, Max Skorodinsky
What is it like to come from an immigrant experience and simultaneously identify as trans and/or queer? Has your family been accepting? Does that acceptance, or lack of it, vary inter-generationally? Oftentimes, 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-generation immigrant families live in close proximity with each other—in barrios, for example, and other culturally-constructed communities. Sometimes there is little to no cultural language to describe a trans experience. Or, if there is, that language is borrowed from Western European culture and perhaps considered suspect as a result. A trans person is often placed in the position of having to choose between their family/community and their personal trans identity. Bring your heart and thoughts to this important discussion and we’ll make space for this unique experience.
Note: This conversation will be centered on the experiences of people-of-color but is open to all who wish to listen, learn, and grow.

Transition YOUR Way: The Gender Playbook
Micah R
Its practical approach (chock-full of cookie metaphors) helps answer the question that follows the life-altering discovery of a transgender identity: now what? In an actionable manner, this workshop fills a gap in awareness about the myriad of options that exist. On the way, we’ll outline specific social, medical, and legal transition needs, addressing particular challenges faced by non-binary identities, or anyone who doesn’t fit the expected mold. We’ll bust myths, clarify misconceptions, highlight alternatives, and develop strategies for empowering people in their journey. This framework paints a holistic map—each concept is a tool that provides directions on how to get to each place, making it easier to choose where, why, and how YOU want to travel.

Let’s Talk about Sex: Intimate Conversations for Cisgender Partners, Pt. 1
Shannon Solie, MA, LMHCA, Carla Whitehurst
Conversations with our partners about sex can sometimes be difficult. We may have uncertainties about their changing bodies or be unsure how to touch them in way that feels good for both of us. Maybe we don’t even know what to call their parts any more. This workshop is a chance to put forth our thoughts, questions, and challenges in such a way that we can discover shared experience as well as gain answers in a structured anonymous format which can be further explored in the 2nd half of this two-part workshop.
Note: Open to cisgender partners only.

Let’s Talk about Sex: Intimate Conversations for Trans-Identified Partners, Pt. 1
Diwa Cain, JJ Whitehurst
Sometimes having conversations about sex can feel overwhelming. We may feel guilty for being unable to explain what’s going on for us or why it’s happening. Like so many other conversations we have to have with others about our lives and bodies, we can feel like this one is just too much. This may be especially so if we don’t really understand everything for ourselves. How and when do we articulate that what was okay last week may not be this week? What do we call our parts, or do we just know you can’t call them “that”? Come talk to other trans-identified people and help us formulate a conversation, including anonymous questions and answers, which we can bring to our partners in the second half of this two-part workshop. Note: Open to trans-identified people only

Making Trans Lawyers (and Transitioning Law School along the Way)
Prof. Diane Klein, Spencer Bergstedt, Esq., Lisa Gilinger, Esq., Lee Maranto, Esq.
Law is a huge, often misunderstood, force in the lives of trans people. Lawyers are deeply involved in the battle for trans civil rights, as are legislators, most of whom are lawyers. But the idea of going to law school may be very daunting to trans folks. Come hear about the experiences of several trans lawyers (who transitioned at different stages of their legal education and careers), and help brainstorm the ways to make the American law school a more attractive, supportive, safe space for trans future lawyers. Trans embodiment and trans perspectives inside the law school (and not just in the pages of books) are essential for training the next generation of lawyers (whether trans, cis, GNC, etc.) to understand and be responsive to the needs and goals of trans people. Help make it happen!

Under the Radar: Unpacking Stealth
Lucas Hedrick
Where are you out about your gender identity or history? How do you draw the lines around whom you tell? When and how much? How does this impact your life, your relationships? Does it provide relief? Stress? Both? In this workshop we will investigate the complex topic of living stealth. Many times we consider stealth to be all or nothing, but there are many questions to ponder when considering disclosure. We’ll discuss why we live stealth, the ways in which we do it, how it plays out, and how we can empower each other in our own personal choices.

1:30pm – 3:00pm

Fantastic Fags: A Deeper Conversation
Dr. Liam “Captain” Snowdon, Max Skorodinsky
Gay male culture can hold particular challenges for trans and genderqueer people. Gay masculine and feminine norms may still leave us on the outside looking in. In the world of jocks, bears, twinks, and queens, where?do we fit in? How do we get other guys to read our gender correctly and see us as the awesome dating material that we are? How?do we find—or build—social spaces that are inclusive to trans and cis men? In this second session, we will continue the conversation from Fag 101 and dig in a little deeper.  Let’s share our experiences of navigating oh-so-fabulous?gay space while we find ways to increase our dating confidence.
NOTE: This workshop is for those navigating (or wanting to navigate) gay male space. Attendance at Fag 101 is NOT required to attend this session.

A Different Take on Passing
Erika Laurentz
Trans women are often held to very rigid and demanding standards of femininity—the slightest deviation from “ideal” femininity can be read as failure. How does our desire to have our gender read correctly interplay with our desire to be authentically ourselves? How can we avoid buying into a regressive and unrealistic version of what constitutes “real” femininity? In what ways does the mythic ideal of femininity change depending on factors such as our class, race, where we live, our age, and level of ability?
Note: This conversation will be centered on the experiences of trans women but is open to all who wish to listen, learn, and grow.

Viewing Trans Justice through an Intersectional Lens
Willy Wilkinson, MPH
What is intersectionality and why is it important? How can we expand the rules of community membership to ensure that we all feel supported and have equal access? Join us for a lively and thought-provoking discussion about the impact of structural inequality and limited health care access on trans lives. We will highlight discrimination protections based on gender identity and expression, and explore transgender cultural competency issues as they intersect with racism, ableism, classism, and mixed heritage oppression. Everyone is welcome.

Let’s Talk about Sex, Pt. 2: For Everyone
Seattle Partners
We have explored the topics of sex and intimacy individually—now let’s come together.  We will be bringing our conversations and questions from the previous session to this second-half session to get some answers and insights. Come to listen, learn, and provide your input so that we can improve our sexual relations.
Note: Open to trans and cis partners who’ve attended the first part of this two-part session.

Some Time Ago
Jude Patton, Alison Davison
Trans elders are invited to share our “from-the-heart” stories with each other in this “fishbowl” format. We’ll share our stories of courage and fear, hardship and success, where we’ve fallen down and how we’ve gotten back up. The goal of this workshop is not only to connect with each other but also to share our stories with younger generations as we explore our desire to create a future that is both nurturing and safe.
Note: Elders are invited into the circle but all others are invited just to listen to/witness what is sure to be a powerful conversation.

Small Town, Big Change
Robin Gray, Andrea Zekis
A gender transition can be a tremendous undertaking for anyone. It can feel magnified for those who live in small towns where your personal business can be the business of everyone else, too. What if you’ve lived in the same town for the past 20 years? You know everyone and everyone knows you. Navigating everyone’s reaction is one thing but feeling like you are out there wearing the emperor’s new clothes is another! What about other trans people in town—how do you find them? What if they are living stealth (but, for various reasons, you think they might be trans)—are there reasonable ways to broach the subject or do you just wait and hope that they’ll come to you? How do you go about finding a therapist that is supportive, much less knowledgeable in trans-related care? What about your main squeeze, how will it be for them? Your friends, family, coworkers? Will you even be able to keep your job? Is there a way to be anything other than the town “freak” or is a move to a new town the only option? This session is for those who’ve navigated or are considering navigating the complex path to gender authenticity while under the small town microscope. Let’s share our thoughts, experiences, and tools with each other and gain support along the way.

Empowering and Celebrating Bodies Outside the Norm
Sam Davis
How have we been affected by the recent proliferation of idealized trans people in the media, including “perfect” passing MTF transwomen, masculine bodybuilder FTMs, and andro supermodels spotlighted in underwear ads? Are trans and gender-nonconforming folks subject to pressures to conform to unattainable ideals of the perfect body, the same pressures which have damaged the self-esteem of cis people for decades? How can we challenge the ways in which some trans bodies are celebrated in the media, while others are viewed as inferior? Let’s find ways to break apart the assumptions about what constitutes an “attractive” trans body, and learn to empower and celebrate the array of unique bodies we have! This workshop will also consider aspects of neurodiversity, dis/ability, race, size, and physical appearance that have traditionally been viewed as desirable vs undesirable, and take us to a new, radical re-evaluation of what constitutes beauty.

3:15pm – 5:00pm

MAJOR! (Film)
MAJOR! explores the life and campaigns of black transgender elder and activist Miss Major Griffin-Gracy. Commonly known as “Mama,” she has been fiercely advocating for her girls—trans women of color who have survived police brutality and incarceration in men’s prisons—for over 40 years. A veteran of the Stonewall Rebellion, a survivor of Attica State Prison, and a former sex worker, Miss Major is a living library of the queer rights movement. Both a condemnation of the prison-industrial complex and a historical portrait of diverse LGBT communities, MAJOR! uses first-person narration and innovative storytelling to personalize this vibrant and charismatic woman with love and humor.

Last updated: 07/06/16