Workshops

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.

Caucuses

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.

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.  

2013 Conference Programming

Friday

  • POC Opening Reception
  • Pelvic Health and Happiness
  • Grief, Loss, and Transformation:
  • Partners and Transition
  • Jewish Caucus
  • Beyond GID: Trans Life and Mental Health
  • Celebrating Femininity: Claiming Our Space
  • It’s Not Just a Phase
  • Creating Inclusive Resources and Services for Trans Elders
  • Navigating Families in Communities of Color
  • Non-Binary Transition: Exploring the Options
  • Metoidioplasty: Sharing the Outcome and Experience
  • On the Trans Fringe
  • Living Stealth: Partners
  • You’re Doing What? Part 1
  • Trans* Youth Activism
  • What’s Up with Intersex?
  • Fluidity of Gender
  • Feminization Laryngoplasty: Changing Male Pitch to Female Pitch
  • Don’t Sit On Our SOFFAs
  • Intersections of Bodies, Ability, and Gender
  • Open Twelve-Step Meeting
  • Genderqueer Adult In the “Real” World
  • 10 Guidelines for Peer-Led Support Groups
  • Lost at Work
  • Wellness Practices for Aging
  • Adventures in Dating
  • Trans Man In Hiding: An Eating Disorder Tale
  • Leadership and Organizing
  • Coming Out & Disclosure: Discussion for Transgender Young Adults
  • Gender On the Job
  • Understanding Suicide
  • Trans*: Choose a Powerful Perspective
  • Rural Trans Advocacy
  • KEYNOTE: Cecilia Chung – Be Yourself and Change the World

Saturday

  • What is Your Experience with Providers?
  • Financial Independence
  • Transitioning 101/Hormones 101
  • No Apology Necessary: Celebrating Masculinity, Part 1
  • Spirituality
  • Transitioning During One’s Elder Years
  • SOFFAs: Not Just for Sitting
  • Just Us
  • Gender Personal
  • Laparoscopic Hysterectomy for FTMs
  • A Gender Not Listed Here
  • KEYNOTE – Michele Angello
  • No Apology Necessary: Celebrating Masculinity, Part 2
  • I Know You Are, but What Am I?
  • Trans in the Military
  • Make a Difference
  • Showing Up:  The Pursuit of Authenticity
  • Injustice At Every Turn: The National Transgender Discrimination Survey, Part 1 of 2
  • Biological Origins of Sexual Orientations and Gender Identities
  • FTM GRS
  • Open Twelve-Step Meeting
  • Under the Radar: Unpacking Stealth
  • Get it On: Sex and Intimacy for Partners
  • Let’s Flirt
  • Wanted! Your Stories
  • How Do You Measure Up?
  • Injustice At Every Turn: The National Transgender Discrimination Survey, Part 2 of 2
  • Continuing Dr. Brownstein’s Legacy and Broadening the Horizons
    MTF Genital Reassignment Surgery
  • What’s the Rush?
  • Trans*: Writing the Impossible
  • Asexuality 101 (Have Some Cake)
  • Some Time Ago: A Conversation Between Elders
  • KEYNOTE: Transgender Families: The State of the Art

Sunday

  • Non-Binary Transition: A Community Discussion
  • Do Gender Definitions Affect Health?
  • Gender-Aware Parenting
  • Seven-Year Itch – Partners
  • It’s Never Too Late to Follow Your Dream!
  • Why Informed Consent Matters
  • You’re Doing What?!  Part 2
  • Melting Away (film)
  • Femme as Gender
  • Chest Surgery Show and Tell
  • Gender Your Pants Off: Transmasculine Sexual Health and Pleasure
  • It’s Not All Black and White
  • Transitioning 101/Hormones 101
  • Gender/Play: Telling Our Stories Through Games
  • The Race and Gender Balancing Act
  • Rules of Attraction
  • Soothing the Soul
  • Seven-Year Itch
  • Laughing Through Your Transition
  • Open Twelve-Step Meeting
  • The Believers (film)

Below are descriptions of the Workshops that will be presented at the 2013 Gender Odyssey conference.

FRIDAY 9:00am – 10:30am

POC Opening Reception
Welcome to Gender Odyssey’s exclusive programming track for trans and gender-variant people of color! Start the weekend off just right by getting to know each other in a cozy, comfortable environment. Come for coffee, pastries, and beverages to find out what’s up for the weekend. Our reception will lead into a caucus for all trans and gender variant people of color who attend Gender Odyssey. It will provide a chance for us all to meet each other, network, and begin to share our stories and our work with each other. What drew you here and what are you hoping to find? What do our communities need?
Note: Open only to POC.

Pelvic Health and Happiness
Leigh Hollowell
Do you have pelvic pain or discomfort? This workshop will address ways to maximize your pelvic floor health. We will discuss the anatomy and function of the pelvis and its muscular support for sexual health and optimal bladder and bowel function. What kinds of problems arise when the pelvic floor musculature is too tight from patterns of holding or scarring after surgery, or too weak affecting urinary and bowel control. We will cover the various pelvic pain sources, standards of care for pelvic concerns, and treatment approaches such as myofascial release, visceral manipulation, and biofeedback.

Grief, Loss, and Transformation: Partners and Transition
Facilitator: Megan Smith-Sallans
When our partners move towards being their authentic selves, many of us celebrate their transformation. However, sometimes our desire to be supportive can result in repressing 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 closed session is specifically 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.
In-house programming.

Jewish Caucus
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.

Beyond GID: Trans Life and Mental Health
Weaver, Atticus
In 2012, the APA released the DSM 5 which reclassified Gender Identity Disorder as Gender Dysphoria, but what does this mean for us? Many trans people face adversity within the mental health care system, but it’s a challenge many of us are forced to deal with head on, often alone. Share your experiences and knowledge, as well as gain insight into the universal struggles that we face as trans and gender-variant people, who often feel alone in a system well known for gatekeeping, red tape, and bias.

Celebrating Femininity: Claiming Our Space
Facilitator: Danielle Askini
Most of the time it seems like trans women are simply tolerated—or become the exclusionary exception—in women’s communities and spaces. Trans women frequently have been asked to hold their tongue, to not take up space as if to compensate for previous years of perceived “male privilege.” In a world where masculinity is seen as both the pinnacle to strive for and also the expression of the oppressor, trans women are in a catch-22 where their expression of either masculinity or femininity is suspect. There are rarely, if ever, spaces where trans women are not only accepted, but are encouraged and rewarded for being strong, empowered women—for being our diverse and beautiful selves. Trans women do take up space, trans women do have something to say, and our voices are worthy of celebration. This workshop is for trans women to collaborate with each other, discuss ways we can honor our diverse selves, and find ways to support each other within our various communities.
Note: We welcome our non-trans women allies as supportive listeners to this session focusing on trans women’s experience and voices.
In-house programming.

It’s Not Just a Phase
Facilitator: Dr. Robin Nussbaum
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. Genderfluid 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 genderqueering? Let’s find out!
Note: Open only to those who are genderqueer or gender-nonconforming in identity or appearance.
In-house programming.

Creating Inclusive Resources and Services for Trans Elders
Loree Cook-Daniels, Angie Perone, Cheryl Cristello
What programs currently exist? How do we educate thousands of service providers about the existence of transgender elders and the ways in which to appropriately serve them? Join our panel of experts and let’s explore these questions with representatives from:

  • SAGE – Services & Advocacy for LGBT Elders, the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older adults;
  • NCLR – - The National Center for Lesbian Rights, a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of LGBT people through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education; and
  • TAN – - The Transgender Aging Network, existing to improve the lives of current and future transgender elders.

FRIDAY 10:40am – 12:10pm

Navigating Families in Communities of Color
Facilitator: Kory Martin-Damon
In many ethnic minority communities, our families are an important source of strength. Perhaps we always knew they would love and support us no matter what…until we began to consider transition. We may feel we have to move away from home, family, and friends, or wait for a parent to die, before exploring or beginning a transition. Is the risk of losing family and community too high of a price for the pursuit of our personal authenticity?  How do our race, our communities, and our families affect the choices we make regarding gender?
Note: Open only to POC.  
In-house programming.

Non-Binary Transition: Exploring the Options
Micah R
When you’re outside, in the middle, or on the edge of the binary, questions surrounding transition are often left unanswered. This presentation explores the myriad of options people have when taking a non-standard route to transitioning, covering social, medical, and legal transition needs. It includes busting “myths” and clarifying misconceptions, outlining alternatives and loopholes, and empowering people to know where and how to seek out professional resources. While nobody but you can say what’s best for you, there ARE a lot of options to pick and choose a transition path that is right for you.

Metoidioplasty: Sharing the Outcome and Experience
Ryan K. Sallans
This workshop will be a combination of exploring one trans man’s metoidioplasty experience, as well as what a person should think about/explore before making their own decision regarding what lower surgery technique they want completed and which surgeon they feel most comfortable going to. Ryan will cover his decision-making process, financing the surgery, preparing both mentally and physically for the surgery and the recovery process. Audience questions are strongly encouraged.

On the Trans Fringe
Facilitator: Cory Silverberg
Most people would agree that, when you are the partner of someone exploring or pursuing a gender transition, your life changes as well.  Challenges to personal identity can come from within ourselves or may be put upon us by others.  What happens when your identity as a gay man is called into question because you are dating a trans women or a trans man?  Are you a straight female partner of a transwoman and now wondering how you suddenly became a lesbian?  Are you someone who’s never been part of LGBTQ community and suddenly find yourself thrust into LGBTQ culture replete with all the stigma, challenges, and politics? Even in conferences like these, there are partners like us whose experiences and identities seem relegated to the sidelines.  Join us in this session where we will explore these questions and more.
Note: This closed session is specifically for 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.
In-house programming.

Living Stealth: Partners
Facilitator: Megan Smith-Sallans
Does your partner keep their gender identity/history under wraps?  Only at work?  With everyone? Are you and your partner in agreement?  Sometimes it seems as if the only options are to be all the way “out” or all the way “in.” What is your experience of being seen as a straight couple?  Do you struggle with when and where it’s OK to tell family or friends your partner is trans? Join this partner’s-only session and let’s discuss how a partner’s living stealth plays out in our lives.
Note: For non-trans partners only.
In-house programming.

You’re Doing What?  Part 1
Facilitator: Patricia Brown Peterson
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.
In-house programming.

Trans* Youth Activism
Josh Lowe
Calling all trans* youth and young adults! Join us for a skill-share about self-advocacy in everyday situations and gain skills to become a stronger community activist for gender justice! Trans* youth panelists will be sharing how they have advocated for themselves in past instances of discrimination and their current strategies for social justice activism. The workshop includes break-out sessions discussing how to address discrimination faced by trans* youth both in the moment and through community organizing.

What’s Up with Intersex?
Jane Goto
Within pop culture, the media, and gender studies, both transgenderism and intersex have become the cause celebre. Despite this new found interest, many people have little understanding or have 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.

FRIDAY 1:20pm – 2:50pm

Fluidity of Gender
Facilitator: Ignacio Rivera
Are you a person of color whose gender identity falls outside the binary? Are you genderqueer, two-spirit, or in some other way gender-nonconforming? What sort of challenges do you encounter when your gender and your race or ethnicity intersect? Do you find support or resistance from your friends? Your family? Your community(ies)? Join us for a revealing discussion in which we can share our victories and trials related to navigating our cultural, racial, and gender identities.
Note: Open only to POC.
In-house programming.

Feminization Laryngoplasty: Changing Male Pitch to Female Pitch
Dr. James Thomas
Feminization laryngoplasty is a type of vocal cord (laryngeal) surgery designed to obtain a more feminine sounding voice in the male-to-female transgender patient. Several types of procedures target the frequency or pitch of the resting speaking voice to some degree. Feminization laryngoplasty changes the pitch as well as some of the resonance characteristics of the speaking voice by changing the configuration of the vocal tract and not just the vocal cords themselves. Vocal cord tuning performed with a KTP Laser will be discussed. Video and audio recordings of normal vocal cords, as well as recordings of patient voices undergoing the various procedures, should offer the audience a better understanding of the voice and the results of these procedures.

Don’t Sit On Our SOFFAs
Eleanor A. Hubbard, Cameron T. Whitley
Transgender people often encounter lifelong difficulties in explaining their transitional journeys. However, few trans people consider the lifelong challenges that significant others, family members, friends and allies (SOFFAs) experience when coming to terms with, and explaining their connection to, a transgender loved one. This workshop will engage trans folk and SOFFAs by discussing how we all can be better equipped as allies to provide support not just for our trans people, but also for their SOFFAs.

Intersections of Bodies, Ability, and Gender
Facilitator: Cory Silverberg
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.  This session is open to people of all abilities and all gender presentations as well as their partners, friends, and allies.

Open Twelve-Step Meeting
This is an open meeting for all conference attendees currently working a twelve-step program. Meet with others to find support and make connections for the conference weekend. In addition to this session, we’d like to encourage you to proactively set times and places for any additional meetings desired throughout the conference weekend.

Genderqueer Adult In the “Real” World
Sam Davis
Gender nonconformity is becoming more accepted among queer youth communities, but what happens when we become “adults” and have to live in the “real” world? What exactly is a genderqueer “adult”? How can we confront the challenges society presents, and the pressure to conform to male or female norms? Have you found ways to maintain your authentic self as an adult? Looking for others who have been able to express their gender nonconformity beyond youth spaces? This workshop will provide examples for living as a genderqueer adult in society, aim to build sustainable connections with others living in their authentic nonconforming identities, and promote a dialogue generating alternatives to either “going stealth” or becoming isolated.

10 Guidelines for Peer-Led Support Groups
Jeff Brody
This workshop provides practical guidelines for creating and maintaining a peer-led support group for TS/TG/GV people. It can be a challenge to develop a group that is structured enough to be productive but flexible enough to adapt to the needs of members with a wide range of identities, needs and experiences. How does one keep a group safe, welcoming and inclusive, often while managing our own personal transition and stress? In this workshop, facilitators will learn strategies to prevent conflict, manage it calmly and openly when it occurs, avoid burnout and resentment, and lead without caretaking or dominating.

Lost at Work? Navigating Your Employment Rights from the Application Stage Through Termination
Angie Perone
Can a prospective employer ask you questions about your gender identity?  What can you do if a coworker or supervisor harasses you at work?  What are your rights if an employer terminates you because of your gender identity?  The law provides various levels of protection for gender-nonconforming and transgender job applicants and employees.  Come to this workshop to learn your employment rights from the application stage through termination.  Through a facilitated discussion, we will also discuss practical approaches for responding to workplace harassment and employment discrimination.
Note: Open only to trans-identified teens and young adults.

Wellness Practices for Aging
Dr. Cristopher Bosted, Michael Huffington
Growing older is inevitable, but how we embark upon this season of life is up to us. Successful aging for elders in general has been identified by three important issues:  avoiding disease, staying engaged in life, and maintaining high cognitive and physical functioning. What steps can trans elders take to be proactive about their aging process?

FRIDAY 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Adventures in Dating
Facilitator: Yadiwa Cain
People of color (POC) can face many race- or ethnicity-based myths, stereotypes, or preconceptions that can complicate the dating process. When the complexity of a diverse gender identity or expression is factored in, the issue becomes that much more layered.  Join other trans people of color in this session exploring the world of dating and relationships.  Share your experiences—good, bad, or confusing—and let’s get to the heart of the matter.  
Note: Open only to POC.
In-house programming.

Trans Man In Hiding: An Eating Disorder Tale
Ryan K. Sallans
This workshop will address the issue of body image and the transgender body. It will explore the effects and limitations of hormones, surgery, and the beliefs we have formed about appearance due to the media. Ryan will also share his own story of being an eating disordered female who nearly died from anorexia, to a healthy male. His story will include his own struggles with body image today, and what hormones and surgery have done to help him find peace. Audience questions and discussion are strongly encouraged.

Leadership and Organizing
Facilitator: Jamison Green
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, listen to the successes and pitfalls of others, and let’s learn from each other.
In-house programming.

Coming Out & Disclosure: Discussion for Transgender Young Adults
Facilitator: Kyle Jones
The question of when and how to tell friends and family (not to mention those at school, work, or in your neighborhood) that you are trans is a difficult one for anyone at any age. It can be especially difficult for young trans people. We may still rely on our families for housing or support and we’ve likely heard the stories of others who’ve lost this support because they disclosed their trans status. How do we navigate this issue? Do we come out to one parent only? Some friends, but not at work? Do we tell everyone in a letter after the fact or invite them in to our day-by-day exploration? What are ways we can find support for ourselves? How much can we expect from others and in what time frame? Come share your stories and hear the experiences of others as we seek to find the best path for ourselves as we navigate this difficult topic.
Note: Open only to trans-identified young adults.
In-house programming.

Gender On the Job
Beth Barrett Bloom
Can an employer refuse to hire or fire you because of your gender expression or identity? What if you are the subject of harassment at work? What about gender-based dress codes? What is an employer’s responsibility when an employee transitions on the job? This workshop highlights equal employment laws and provides strategies to protect your rights while preserving your job.

Understanding Suicide
Evan
Whether we talk about it or not, suicide is a prevalent issue within the trans*/gender variant community. An estimated 41% of trans* adults are reported to have attempted suicide at least once in their lives. This workshop is for anyone who is interested in learning more about the common myths surrounding suicide and ways to get help for themselves or others. We will also explore available resources and how to practice good self-care.

Trans*: Choose a Powerful Perspective
Kris Gleason, Fresh! White
In this experiential workshop, we will explore the energetic impact of the perspectives we each hold about being transgender. The purpose of this exploration is to gain greater freedom to mindfully choose and/or create a resonant perspective that will fully serve you on your path. In a brief and powerful, guided visualization you will access your inner wisdom and connect with your future self. You will then have an opportunity to write and capture the experience.  Anchored to your core wisdom, you will look at different perspectives and experience the impact on your posture and mood. We want you walking away with new resources to take into any area of your life, feeling inspired and deeply connected to your mind, body, spirit and soul.

Rural Trans Advocacy
Catherine Mateo
Rural advocacy – while challenging – can be very rewarding as it allows a small number of people to make an enormous change in the quality of life and availability of care for trans* people. Working as an advocate outside of major cities can present unique difficulties, notably the lack of existing local resources, but also the lack of support for those providing it. Topics such as the financial benefits of resource compilation, financial issues, self-care, “when to recommend travel”, grooming advocates, resources available to practitioners, networking and provider advocacy will be discussed along with a model that can be used to ease friendly yet cautious providers into becoming better supporters of trans* people.

FRIDAY 4:50pm – 5:45pm

Cecilia ChungKEYNOTE: Be Yourself and Change the World
San Francisco Health Commissioner, Cecilia Chung, is a nationally recognized civil rights leader who advocates for HIV/AIDS awareness and care, LGBT equality, and social justice, and has dedicated herself to ending stigma, discrimination, and violence in all communities. An immigrant from Hong Kong, Cecilia has lived in San Francisco for over 20 years and has worked locally and internationally to advance equality and justice. As an Asian transgender woman living openly with HIV, she  led the board of directors of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration; chaired the San Francisco Human Rights Commission; and designed the nation’s most ambitious publicly funded program addressing economic justice within the transgender community. She has served on San Francisco’s Transgender Discrimination Taskforce; as president of the SF Pride Board; on the board of the Asian Pacific Islander Wellness Center; as a founding producer of Trans March; as the first deputy director of the Transgender Law Center; and on California Attorney General Kamala Harris’s Civil Rights Enforcement Working Group. In late 2012, Cecilia was presented with the Levis Strauss & Co. Pioneer Award, among many recognitions and accolades she has received throughout the years.

SATURDAY 8:30am – 10:00am

What is Your Experience with Providers?
Linda Gromko
Trans clients report many barriers to finding health care providers who serve them effectively. This facilitated workshop will provide the opportunity to share experiences in seeking and “getting” health care. Dr. Gromko will share a model on “The Types of Health Care Providers,” and gather suggestions from Trans clients on how care may be provided more respectfully. Information gathered may, in turn, be used to educate health care providers.

Financial Independence
Marcus Waterbury
Are you ready (or almost ready) and willing to explore your values in relation to money?  Set goals, both short term and long term?  Join Marcus and learn about day-to-day choices you can make to achieve these goals.  This presentation will offer instruction on how to reach your financial goals and will provide time for Q&A.

Transitioning 101/Hormones 101
Dr. Carolyn Fuller
This workshop will detail the step-by-step process of medically transitioning. Why are labs needed? Why is a letter from a therapist required? What can I expect to happen once I start hormones? Can I take more hormones so I can transition more quickly? Do I have to get up to the maximum dose of hormones? These questions and more will be answered.

No Apology Necessary: Celebrating Masculinity, Part 1
Facilitators: Trystan Cotten, Jeff Brody
Many trans people feel that there is no distinct, definitive line between genders.  Numerous others find, however, that we’re perceived as having crossed a line once we are fully recognized as male.  Many of us, having lived as male for several years, experience unjustifiable targeting for being the embodiment of patriarchal culture. This shows up in accusations of misogyny, and in demands that we become the model man, apologize for our masculinity, or deny any claim to manhood at all. How do we come to terms with our own maleness in light of feminist messages that men are the enemy? What happens when we seek to empower ourselves as whole human beings and are judged as trading oppression for privilege? How easy is it, really, to be a man in this culture? Having overcome many hurdles to live authentic lives, often at great personal expense, how do we deal with being criticized and objectified yet again?

In this two-part discussion with break-out groups, we will share our experiences as we’ve explored these questions and our answers/non-answers that have resulted from this process.  Ultimately we hope to answer the question:  In what ways can we/do we truly celebrate and embrace our masculinity? 
Note: This closed session is for trans men who have been fully and intentionally recognized as male.
In-house programming.

Spirituality
Facilitator: Arran Liddel
Some sense of spirituality has been intrinsic in 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 either 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 and 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.
In-house programming.

Transitioning During One’s Elder Years
Aaron Devor
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 the 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 race or our economic status affect these options? What about our families? Our place in community? Do we have any role models?  This interactive, facilitated discussion will allow us to hear each others’ stories and share our individual experiences with this complex decision.

SOFFAs: Not Just for Sitting
Abigale Ada Grace
This workshop focuses mainly on the idea that having someone trans* in your life can be a hugely rewarding experience and support our own personal growth and empowerment. Whether you have been in the SOFFA (Significant Others, Friends, Families and Allies) category for years or days you might find yourself sometimes feeling a little threadbare. Come join the discussion and participate in inspiring activities. Get ready to dive into your own creative self and explore what personal empowerment can look like and FEEL like! We will cover the pitfalls of being a hero and/or martyr, the challenges and joys of un-chartered territory, and process of self-discovery. Walk away feels invigorated, energized and supported in your process of being your most amazing self.

SATURDAY 10:10am – 11:40am

Just Us
Facilitator: Chris Burns
This workshop is designed to create a space specifically for anyone on the gender spectrum who identifies as African, African-American, or as any part of the African Diaspora.  You’ve imagined this space, you’ve asked for this space, now let’s show up and get real.  Let’s engage each other openly and freely in this session that is just for us.
Note: Open only to those whose identities align with the above description.  
In-house programming.

Gender Personal
Jacqui Beck
Gender Personal is a project that explores and celebrates gender variance through art and poetry. I have interviewed eight people who are gender variant (one of whom is my son) and have then created paintings and poetry in response to what they have shared with me. The interviews are absolutely amazing. All the participants have their own unique way of expressing their experience of their gender and how they interface with the world they live in. In this workshop, I will read excerpts from my interviews. I will also show slides of my paintings and will read some of the poems I have written to celebrate what these people have shared with me. Following this presentation there will be an open discussion about the interviews, the art, and the poetry.

Laparoscopic Hysterectomy for FTMs
Dr. Kate O’Hanlan
Hysterectomy with removal of ovaries is part of the transition for FTM men, but it carries risks, and should be undertaken by men who do not desire any further use of their fertility potential. Laparoscopic incisions can be made nearly invisible with needlescopic instruments and direct trocar apical umbilical entry. Appendectomy is also possible. Complications are very rare.

A Gender Not Listed Here
Jack Harrison-Quintana, Ignacio Rivera
Join the authors of “A Gender Not Listed Here: Genderqueers, Gender Rebels, and OtherWise in the National Transgender Discrimination Survey,” for a presentation of the findings and a community conversation about what to do with it.

Michele AngelloKEYNOTE
Dr. Michele Angello offers individual, couples, group, and family therapy, as well as corporate education and training on a variety of issues concerning sexuality. She has presented internationally on her work with transgender, gender-variant, and gender-nonconforming youth. She facilitates several monthly support groups for transgender adults, youth, and parents and offers sessions to people around the world via webcam. Dr. Angello has appeared as a guest expert on Dr. Phil, Larry King Live, The Tyra Banks Show, ABC Primetime, Dr. Oz, and many more shows and documentaries.  She is also an adjunct professor at Widener University and has developed the first graduate course in the U.S. that focuses on clinical issues in transgender communities. Her private practice is in Pennsylvania.

No Apology Necessary: Celebrating Masculinity, Part 2
Facilitators: Trystan Cotten, Jeff Brody
Many trans people feel that there is no distinct, definitive line between genders.  Numerous others find, however, that we’re perceived as having crossed a line once we are fully recognized as male.  Many of us, having lived as male for several years, experience unjustifiable targeting for being the embodiment of patriarchal culture.  This shows up in accusations of misogyny, and in demands that we become the model man, apologize for our masculinity, or deny any claim to manhood at all. How do we come to terms with our own maleness in light of feminist messages that men are the enemy? What happens when we seek to empower ourselves as whole human beings and are judged as trading oppression for privilege? How easy is it, really, to be a man in this culture? Having overcome many hurdles to live authentic lives, often at great personal expense, how do we deal with being criticized and objectified yet again?

In this two-part discussion with break-out groups, we will share our experiences as we’ve explored these questions and our answers/non-answers that have resulted from this process.  Ultimately we hope to answer the question:  In what ways can we/do we truly celebrate and embrace our masculinity? 
Note: This closed session is for trans men who have been fully and intentionally recognized as male.
In-house programming.

I Know You Are, but What Am I?
Facilitator: Michele Pratt
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 a new smell, look, or changing parts? Is being with your partner opening you to new sexual desires? Are your ideas about your sexual orientation shifting?  Depending on numbers, there may be break-out groups for lesbian-identified, bi/queer-identified, straight, and gay male partners.  This workshop will provide a confidential space for non-trans-identified people to talk frankly about fears, challenges, pleasures, and desire.
Note: Open only to non-trans-identified partners.
In-house programming.

Trans in the Military
Adam Yerke
This workshop will focus on the topic of transgender people and the military. It will begin with an overview of current US military policies related to transgender citizens and the ways in which these have proven problematic for our community. In addition, this workshop will discuss theory and research which is indicating that transgender people may be drawn to the military more than the general population. The second half of this workshop will serve as an open discussion forum to explore these topics further. In particular, participants will be invited to share their own interests, concerns, and experiences about being transgender and in military; and ideas will be generated about how to change policies in order to insure a safer environment for transgender service members.

Make a Difference from a Place of Difference!
Misty Blue
This is an invitation, indeed a challenge, to work for change in our society by drawing on our strength – really, our gift – of personal difference. We have the potential, the opportunity, and even a responsibility to do so. How have you used your gift in the past? How might you use it in the future? Beyond creating greater acceptance for our lives and the lives of those who follow us, three additional paths of activism will be explored.  These include the struggle for economic justice and inclusion of diversity into all our gender work; creating a compassionate, inter-generational model of trans elder care; and challenging the oppression of sexism from any and all points on the spectrum of gender.

SATURDAY 12:45pm – 2:15pm

Showing Up:  The Pursuit of Authenticity
Facilitator: Johnnie Pratt
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? Let’s share our stories in a nonjudgmental way—in a way that comes from our hearts.
Note: Open only to POC.
In-house programming.

Injustice At Every Turn: The National Transgender Discrimination Survey
Part 1 of 2
Jack Harrison-Quintana, Ignacio Rivera
In 2011, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality published a groundbreaking report based on the first national survey research project focused on anti-trans discrimination.  With respondents in all 50 states, the findings revealed the first full 360-degree picture of anti-trans bias in the US and has since become required reading for all those working with and for trans and gender-nonconforming people.  Please join the authors of this report for a presentation of the findings spanning the domains of health, housing, education, employment, police and prisons, ID documents, and family life.

Biological Origins of Sexual Orientations and Gender Identities
Dr. Kate O’Hanlan
This scientific presentation reveals the chemistry of interactions of genes, proteins, enzymes, hormones, and immune reactions that interact during fetal gestation to engender a child with many features along a spectrum of natural presentations.

FTM GRS
Dr. Toby Meltzer, Dr. Burt Webb
In this session, we will examine many procedures including FTM genital reconstructive surgery, chest surgery, revision/repair surgery, body contouring, hysterectomy, oophorectomy, and vaginectomy.

Open Twelve-Step Meeting
This is an open meeting for all conference attendees currently working a twelve-step program. Meet with others to find support and make connections for the conference weekend. In addition to this session, we’d like to encourage you to proactively set times and places for any additional meetings desired throughout the conference weekend.

Under the Radar: Unpacking Stealth
Facilitator: Adam Yerke
Where are you out about your gender identity or history? How do you draw the lines about whom you’ll tell? When and how much? How does this impact your life, your relationships? Does it provide relief? Stress? Both? This workshop 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.
In-house programming.

Get it On: Sex and Intimacy for Partners
Facilitator: Dr. Robin Nussbaum
Have you been with your partner through transition and noticed shifts in your sexual connection or chemistry? Want to have great sex with your trans partner but feel awkward when the lights go out? How do you choose words to describe your sex and body parts?  Does the equipment you use for sex and play take on different meaning if your partner has transitioned? Do you wonder how to sustain sexual intimacy in the face of obstacles such as trauma and body shame?  Share your own experiences and questions in this confidential workshop. 
Note: Open only to past, present, or future partners of trans people.  You do not need to be in a relationship to attend.
In-house programming.

Let’s Flirt
Tobi Hill-Meyer
How can you tell when someone is interested in you? How can you let someone know you are interested in them? How does this differ in gay, lesbian, straight, and other spaces? Learn the basics of body language, common approaches, and share your own experience in a group discussion about how we flirt.

Wanted! Your Stories
Kyle Jones
We hear stories about transgender and gender non-conforming 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. And we’ll brainstorm about getting our stories into the world and how to network to find mentors and role models, allies and co-conspirators.

SATURDAY 2:25pm – 3:55pm

How Do You Measure Up?
Facilitator: Yadiwa Cain
This workshop is designed for trans men and trans women of color to share their experiences and discuss the sexual stereotypes imposed by society and ourselves and how this impacts our journey. We will discuss our personal perception of self and how it affects our self-esteem, comfort with our bodies, and sexual intimacy. How do we measure up to cisgender men and women? We will discuss topics including sex, intimacy, dating, and more. Learn and share tips on presenting and projecting the image that best represents who you are.
Note: Open only to trans men of color.
In-house programming.

Injustice At Every Turn: The National Transgender Discrimination Survey
Part 2 of 2
Jack Harrison-Quintana, Ignacio Rivera
In 2011, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality published a groundbreaking report based on the first national survey research project focused on anti-trans discrimination.  With respondents in all 50 states, the findings revealed the first full 360-degree picture of anti-trans bias in the US and has since become required reading for all those working with and for trans and gender-nonconforming people.  Please join the authors of this report for a presentation of the findings spanning the domains of health, housing, education, employment, police and prisons, ID documents, and family life.   

Continuing Dr. Brownstein’s Legacy and Broadening the Horizons
Dr. Curtis Crane
On January 1, 2013, Dr. Brownstein, a trusted name within the trans community, retired after more than 35 years of performing chest masculinizing surgery. To continue his legacy, he trained Dr. Crane in his exact technique. Dr. Crane, being a fellowship-trained plastic surgeon and urologist, is offering the full spectrum of transgender surgeries to help align body with mind. This focus of this workshop is to educate the community on the most advanced surgical techniques used today.

MTF Genital Reassignment Surgery
Dr. Toby Meltzer
Provide an understanding of current surgical techniques for male-to-female surgery including but not limited to: GRS, facial feminization, breast augmentation, and body contouring. PowerPoint Presentation discussing current surgical techniques; discussion of procedures, risks and complications; before and after photos; question and answer time. Dr. Meltzer is available for brief individual one-on-one visits. You may contact his office at 866-876-6329 if you wish to schedule a one-on-one visit. Formal or longer consultations need to be scheduled at our Scottsdale office at 866-876-6329.

What’s the Rush?
Facilitator: Kory Martin-Damon
How can I transition now that I’m 65?  I love living in the middle of gender, why can’t people be okay with me just 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.  If you have these or other thoughts about a physical transition, come share them in a supportive and nonjudgmental environment.  This is a panel discussion dealing with the imperfect process and experience of a physical transition.  Join our panelists for what is sure to be a thought-provoking discussion and we’ll think outside the box of “Should I… or Shouldn’t I…”? 
In-house programming.

Trans*: Writing the Impossible
Cole Arden Peake, Finn Cottom
Let’s write together. Let’s read the things we must say, even if only to each other. Let’s write the detailed nuance of our joy and its complicated conversation with our grief. Let’s know our own stories and each other’s. This workshop is for trans* folks who consider themselves writers or are just plain curious about how writing with others could deepen their relationship to trans* community and to their own experience. The facilitators will lead discussion, provide readings and facilitate writing. There will be opportunities to share but no requirements to do so.

Asexuality 101 (Have Some Cake)
Micah R
“An asexual does not experience sexual attraction.” This short definition changes people’s lives as they learn of the existence of a sexual orientation distinct from gay, straight, or bi. The asexual community is varied and diverse, with many “aces” identifying as transgender themselves. Struggling to make sense of sexual attraction (or lack thereof) while navigating romantic relationships different from the norm on top of figuring out one’s own gender can seem extremely daunting. With a short introduction to the concept of asexuality, and a break down of the different dimensions of sexuality and gender, we’ll construct a valuable framework with which to understand our identity. Then featured panelists will share personal experiences, as well as discuss the intersection of asexuality and gender-diverse identities. Through questions from participants, they’ll address common concerns and fears such as invisibility, discrimination, and relationships.

Some Time Ago: A Conversation Between Elders
Jude Patton
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 got 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 to listen to/witness what is sure to be a powerful conversation.

SATURDAY 4:10pm – 5:20pm

Jamison GreenKEYNOTE: Transgender Families: The State of the Art
Dr. Jamison Green is widely considered one of the best educators and policy advisors on transgender and transsexual issues.  As a transsexual man, he has shared his own experience and expertise through numerous speaking engagements, publications, and media appearances. He is president-elect of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), and is a founding director of the Transgender Law and Policy Institute. He has also served on the board of directors of FTM International, TransYouth Family Allies (TYFA), and several other leading trans-related organizations. He earned his doctorate in law in 2011 at Manchester Metropolitan University (England).  Dr. Green’s inspiring and informative book, Becoming a Visible Man, received the 2004 Sylvia Rivera Award for Best Book in Transgender Studies; was a Lambda Literary Award finalist; is used as a text in numerous Universities; and remains one of the most popular books on the subject of trans experience.

SUNDAY 8:50am – 10:20am

Non-Binary Transition: A Community Discussion
Micah R
When you’re outside, in the middle, or on the edge of the binary, questions surrounding transition are often left unanswered. Join others in this open discussion about common questions, fears, and concerns surrounding non-binary transition. Share personal experiences, be empowered by others’ journeys, and gain knowledge from the community. This workshop is geared towards those who identify as genderqueer, non-binary, or are simply considering a non-traditional route, or those who are starting to think about transition and want to gather all the information that’s harder to get. The entirety of this workshop is dedicated to conversation and discussion of non-binary transition. For an informational approach, attend “Exploring the Options” presentation beforehand.

Do Gender Definitions Affect Health?
Kevin Jefferson
As people who have transitioned, genderqueer, and trans* people, we think about and navigate gender in many ways. Some of us who were assigned female at birth like to describe ourselves as female-bodied; others of us assert that we simply have a different type of man’s body. What does this diversity within our communities mean for the creation of health resources? In this workshop we’ll discuss this question while we examine results from a gender and health interview study with trans* people assigned female at birth, and men who have transitioned. Emerging themes from the study include ways interviewees celebrate their gender whether or not others around them do, and techniques interviewees use to negotiate sexual safety and disclosure. Together we’ll review these findings to create guidelines on what researchers should take away from the interviews, and how we can use the data ourselves to create health resources.

Gender-Aware Parenting
Kyle Jones
Parenting is amazing, challenging, exhausting, satisfying, frightening… all that and more. For transgender and gender non-conforming parents, all of the usual parenting challenges exist, plus additional ones that relate to teaching our children to be gender intelligent and open-minded about sexuality in an overwhelmingly rigid, gender binary world. Whether you’ve been parenting for years, have just started or hope to be a parent in the future, come to this workshop to share your hard won parenting wisdom or take advantage of the experienced folks in the room and ask questions. In addition to what we share in our discussion, there will be printed materials with some pointers on becoming a parent, as well as some of the online resources you can make use of along the way. Open to transgender and gender non-conforming parents and parents to be, their partners, co-parents and others interested in gender aware parenting.

Seven-Year Itch – Partners
Facilitator: Yolanda Cain
Many years have passed since your loved one physically transitioned, and the impact it had on your immediate family, relationship, and the like has faded a bit. Your loved one’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 loved one out on the front lines of defending gender? How are you affected now by your loved one’s choice to live stealth or out? This workshop focuses on the experiences of those who’ve had five or more years beyond their loved one’s transition.
Note: Open to non-trans-identified partners.

It’s Never Too Late to Follow Your Dream!
Susan Golightly
Many of us have found ourselves arriving at middle age or beyond, and discover we are not living our dream–our truth.  Are we sure we even know what that is?  Ask yourself the following questions: What does my dream–my truth–look like?  Have I actually articulated to myself what my dream is?
This workshop is for those people who feel they waited too long, and now feel they are “too old” or they feel they could never “pass” or that it’s simply too late to transition, live androgynously, be gender queer, or come out as some aspect of LGBTQ. We will explore how to find answers to these and other questions, through drawing, dialogue and small group sharing. This workshop is designed to help us re-frame how we see ourselves, and own our self-identity.

Why Informed Consent Matters
Kristen Knapick
Has it been your experience that the choices about your own body are at the mercy of your doctor or therapist? Trans people are often at a loss of power or support to make medical decisions about their bodies, beholden to mental health and medical providers as gatekeepers for when and how to access hormones and surgery. The Informed Consent model takes the power out of the hands of medical professionals and redistributes it, keeping at the core the personal needs and desires of the transgender patient. Come discuss what Informed Consent is and how to use policy to shift the power of self-actualizing into the hands of trans people and out of the hands of medical providers.

You’re Doing What?!  Part 2
Facilitator: Patricia Brown Peterson
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 include feeling a sense of loss or confusion (i.e., 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.  
In-house programming.

SUNDAY 10:40am – 12:10pm

Melting Away (film)
Doron Eran; 2011; Israel; 86 min.; in Hebrew, with English subtitles
Melting Away is a powerful, groundbreaking Israeli film about a teen and her family’s struggle to find understanding and acceptance as she searches for gender authenticity.  The film stars Hen Yanni, nominated for an Israeli Oscar, and has been the winner of the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature at the 2013 Seattle and Boston Jewish film festivals. This groundbreaking drama explores the depths of family ties and the meaning of forgiveness.  Contains scenes of violence.

Femme as Gender
Kristen Knapick, Co-facilitator: Yolanda Cain
Do you identify as femme when asked about your gender? Maybe “female” isn’t sufficient to describe you, but you find other labels (such as male, genderqueer, gender nonconformist, etc.) equally limiting? Let’s share our power as femmes with one another and discuss what makes “femme” our gender identification. We’ll find common ground, areas of glorious difference, and countless reasons to support and encourage each other as femmes!
In-house programming.

Chest Surgery Show and Tell
Facilitator: Jack Alcantara
Contemplating chest surgery and don’t know where to start?  Do you have some great surgery results you want to share with others?  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.
In-house programming.

Gender Your Pants Off: Transmasculine Sexual Health and Pleasure
Kristopher, Jackson
Many of us depend on what we’re wearing to convey our gender identities/expressions. So, how can we continue to present our desired gender when we’re having sex? This participant-driven workshop presents information about navigating gender presentation while naked, relearning the body during and after transition, and maintaining or regaining sexual intimacy with yourself and partner(s). Get advice on sexual pleasure and health during all stages of transition (including hormonal and pre, post or non-operative). Learn from the experiences of fellow FTMs and trans-masculine people. Partners and friends welcome!

It’s Not All Black and White
Facilitators: Johnnie Pratt, Michele Pratt  
Interracial relationships can be challenging and complicated, especially when your partner is transgender or gender-nonconforming. Do racial dynamics sometimes impact your relationship in unanticipated ways?  Has the dynamic between you and your partner changed as your partner’s gender shifts or evolves, or as their presentation changes?  How comfortable are you with the ways you are perceived by the outside world?  Are there things you like about it?  Things that make you crazy? Let’s examine the added dimension that race brings to trans/non-trans relationships. This workshop is designed for each of us to bring our own experience(s) to share with others.  Please respect this space and share from your heart and from your experience only. 
In-house programming.

Transitioning 101/Hormones 101
Dr. Carolyn Fuller
This workshop will detail the step-by-step process of medically transitioning. Why are labs needed? Why is a letter from a therapist required? What can I expect to happen once I start hormones? Can I take more hormones so I can transition more quickly? Do I have to get up to the maximum dose of hormones? These questions and more will be answered.

SUNDAY 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Gender/Play: Telling Our Stories Through Games
merritt kopas, Tobi Hill-Meyer
Digital games are made of rules and systems, so they’re uniquely suited to exploring the dynamics of our communities and the systems of oppression against which we struggle. But the skills to make videogames are notoriously gatekept, and games have often represented trans people in extremely negative ways. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the history of trans representation in games and explain how to use a tool called Twine to make games that tell personal stories. By the end of the workshop, everyone will have made a personal videogame.

The Race and Gender Balancing Act
Facilitator: Trystan Cotten
A gender transition can result in new experiences of privilege—both lost and gained—but that experience may be nowhere 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.
Note: Open to all.
In-house programming.

Rules of Attraction
Facilitator: Dr. Robin Nussbaum
Homosexual, heterosexual, bisexual, … transsexual?  There is no word for people who are specifically attracted to trans people.  For trans people, how does this affect our ability to feel sexy and desirable?  How do we know if someone’s attraction to us is based on a gender fetish?  Do we ourselves fetishize non-trans bodies?  For non-trans people, are our motives questioned when we prefer to date trans people?  How do we deal with language that assumes we’d rather date non-trans people?  Join us for an in-depth discussion of navigating dating, sex, and intimacy with bodies that aren’t recognized by the current language of sexual orientation.  Let’s talk about getting confident in our own sexiness, and making room for trans-specific desire.
Note: This workshop is open to all.
In-house programming.

Soothing the Soul
Loree Cook-Daniels
This workshop is a dynamic, interactive, experiential, and reflective space that encourages and allows participants to transform feelings about personal or global loss, trauma, or life-hardships into empowered hope. Attendees – in a structured, safe, creative setting – will use writing, art, and movement exercises to address topics that impact us all. Participants will leave with a renewed sense of hope, community, and connection with themselves and with others. All materials provided, but feel free to bring your favorite healing journals and tools. No experience necessary.

Seven-Year Itch
Facilitator: Adam Yerke
Many years have passed since you physically transitioned, and the impact it had on job, family, relationship, medical issues, and the like has faded a bit into the past. What’s going on in your world now? Your gender may no longer be an issue in most of your personal relationships, but where does it pop up? Are you back in the dating pool with no idea how to begin? Re-entering school, and the financial aid administrator wants to know why you aren’t registered for selective service? Are you living stealth, or out? Where do you disclose your gender, and where do you find it to be irrelevant?  
Note: The focus of this workshop is on people who are five or more years post-transition. All are welcome to listen, but we ask that you respect the intent to create a focused conversation relevant to this particular subset of trans community.
In-house programming.

Laughing Through Your Transition
Al Stafford
This workshop will discuss the lighter, funnier side of transitioning. How do we remember through our struggles to laugh and stay positive? When is a trans* joke or social portrayal “too much” and when is it just enough? How do we as trans* individuals and allies tell our story in a way that mirrors the happiness we’ve found in becoming ourselves? This open discussion will be lead by Al Stafford, an FTM comedian whose material focuses on the funny side of transitioning, from puberty round 2 to parental fun with pronouns. It will be an opportunity to not only discuss how we tell our stories and how we share our joy in transitioning, but also an opportunity to share your own hilarious story about your trans* experience, allowing all of us to enjoy a moment of laughter together.

Open Twelve-Step Meeting
This is an open meeting for all conference attendees currently working a twelve-step program. Meet with others to find support and make connections for the conference weekend. In addition to this session, we’d like to encourage you to proactively set times and places for any additional meetings desired throughout the conference weekend.

SUNDAY 3:15pm – 4:30pm

The Believers (film)
The Believers is an unprecedented feature documentary that shatters assumptions about faith, gender, and religion. Built around the world’s first transgender gospel choir, the film portrays the choir’s dilemma – how to reconcile their gender identity with the widespread belief that changing one’s gender goes against the word of God. The film takes us from the Transcendence Gospel Choir’s shaky beginnings – a heartwarmingly chaotic, cacophonous group unable to agree on much of anything – through their transformation into the polished, award-winning choir and close-knit family they are today, garnering major performances and winning an Outmusic Award in 2004 for the album Whosoever Believes. The intimate personal stories shed light on the complexity of balancing social change, family history, religion and identity. At the heart of their dilemma is a struggle for acceptance within two worlds historically at odds with one another.