Gender Odyssey Professional

Workshops & Presenters

At GO Pro 2014, leading experts will offer sessions covering gender identity across the lifespan. Sessions offered:

Adult Focus
Day One – August 13
Youth Focus
Day Two – August 14

Wednesday – Adult Focus

WELCOME AND ORIENTATION

This brief session is designed to familiarize attendees with key terminology and concepts that will serve as a foundation for the remainder of this seminar.

STRAIGHT FROM THE SOURCE—EXPERTISE ON TRANS LIVES: PANEL

We will launch our professional program with over a half dozen transgender-identified panelists. With a “what-we-want-you-to-know” approach, our goal is to provide attendees with a window into just a few trans* people’s lives to highlight the multifaceted, complex paths we often travel. Our goal is to broaden the framework within which you incorporate the remainder of the day’s programming.

TRANSITION Part I: THE INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL JOURNEY

So often, a gender transition is portrayed as the end result of a deeply personal exploration. While this is a strong component, there are a great deal of external factors that can impact a person’s life and subsequent gender decisions. During this session, we will examine the concept of gender identity, gender expression, gender fluidity, and the complexity involved in a person’s self-determination as well as the implications for that person’s family, career and job history, friendships, community, faith, and society as a whole. The aim of this workshop is to expand the conversation of an individual’s gender transition beyond the most basic questions of “Should I?” or “Shouldn’t I?”

Aydin KennedyAydin Kennedy, MSW, ACSW, is the coordinator for the Transgender Health Program at St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, a medical and mental health program serving trans* adults in the South Los Angeles area. He has counseled trans* youth, adults, and their families for the last five years and has been conducting in-service trainings for service providers for over ten years. He is also the founder of the Stonewall Alliance Center’s community counseling program in Chico, CA.

Susan LandonSusan P. Landon, MA, MFT, is the director of the Child and Adolescent Program at the Los Angeles Gender Center. She has worked with gender-diverse children and their families for over 25 years. She provides a welcoming and supportive environment for children, adolescents, and their families to explore the many aspects of diverse gender expression and identity. She offers in-service trainings on gender diversity for parents, teachers, and school administrators.

MEDICAL CONSIDERATIONS OF HORMONE ADMINISTRATION FOR TRANSGENDER ADULTS

This session will provide a brief overview, system by system, of the desired and undesired effects of hormone therapy. We will also examine lab markers and medications that can be affected by hormone administration. This is a lecture presentation with time allotted for Q&A.

Linda GromkoLinda Gromko, MD, founded Seattle’s Queen Anne Medical Associates, PLLC, in 1989. Following advanced training in nursing, she completed medical school and family practice residency at the University of Washington. Dr. Gromko has worked with the transgender community for 15 years. She lives in Seattle with her teenage daughter, Brita. An avid rower and writer, Dr. Gromko is a self-proclaimed zealot in the prevention of the lifestyle-related diseases of Metabolic Syndrome.

Kevin HatfieldKevin Hatfield, MD, is a family doctor at The Polyclinic’s downtown Seattle satellite. He joined The Polyclinic in 2002 and has taken care of Trans* patients since 1999. He sees a large number of gender-questioning/variant children and adolescents. Dr. Hatfield is an advocate for individualized patient care and helping patients make informed decisions regarding their health and well-being.

GENDER ON THE JOB: EMPLOYMENT LAW

Can an employer refuse to hire you 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, with an emphasis on issue spotting and assisting clients who face possible legal conflicts arising in the workplace.

Beth BloomBeth Barrett Bloom is a partner with Frank Freed Subit & Thomas in Seattle where she represents individuals in employment matters. Her practice includes advocacy for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender clients facing discrimination in the workplace, including discrimination related to gender identity, expression, and transition. Beth speaks regularly at continuing legal education seminars on GLBT employment law. AVVO.com recently recognized Beth with its 2012 Client Choice Award.

TRANSITION Part 2: MAINTAINING RELATIONSHIPS AND FAMILIES THROUGH TRANSITION

We know it is ideal to have support systems in place for anyone embarking upon a gender transition. Often, a spouse or partner is overlooked in this process, as are any children. The resulting stress can be very hard on a family—sometimes leading to misunderstandings, isolation, and even separation or divorce. Occasionally, a non-transgender parent may try to use the other parent’s transition or transgender status against them. Many courts have placed heavy restrictions on transgender parents’ rights—and even in a few cases terminated a transgender parent’s parental rights—based on misconceptions and fears about transgender people.

Providers who are knowledgeable about ways to assist a couple (and/or any children) in a time when one parent is transitioning play a vital role because, when handled properly, a parent’s transition can be an overall positive experience for both the relationship and the family. In this workshop, we will discuss ways of offering support and insight for preserving relationships as well as legal counseling strategies for resolving custody disputes should they arise.

Asaf OrrAsaf Orr, staff attorney for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, focuses most of his work on youth issues, particularly transgender youth. Asaf was the lead attorney in Student v. Arcadia Unified School District, which led to the historic resolution agreement acknowledging that Title IX protects transgender kids from discrimination in school. He coauthored a chapter on the legal and ethical obligations of school personnel to create a safe and inclusive environment for LGBTQ students, recently published in the Creating Safe and Supportive Learning Environments: A Guide for Working with LGBTQ Youth and Families.

Aydin KennedyAydin Kennedy, MSW, ACSW, is the coordinator for the Transgender Health Program at St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, a medical and mental health program serving trans* adults in the South Los Angeles area. He has counseled trans* youth, adults, and their families for the last five years and has been conducting in-service trainings for service providers for over ten years. He is also the founder of the Stonewall Alliance Center’s community counseling program in Chico, CA.

Susan LandonSusan P. Landon, MA, MFT, is the director of the Child and Adolescent Program at the Los Angeles Gender Center. She has worked with gender diverse children and their families for over 25 years. She provides a welcoming and supportive environment for children, adolescents, and their families to explore the many aspects of diverse gender expression and identity. She offers in-service trainings on gender diversity for parents, teachers, and school administrators.

NATIONAL CENTER FOR TRANSGENDER EQUALITY
PART I: MAKING RACIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE REAL

Transgender people face extraordinary levels of discrimination, harassment, and violence overall, yet trans people of color, and those with low or no income, face even higher levels of discrimination as transphobia, racism, and economic inequality combine into devastating results. As the transgender movement works toward equality for all, racial and economic justice work must be integrated throughout. Join advocates for a real discussion of what that means and how to make the commitment to racial and economic justice real and concrete in our everyday trans activism. Please come with an open and a concrete-solution-focused mind!

PART II: MAKING HOMELESS SHELTERS SAFER FOR TRANSGENDER PEOPLE

Too often, trans people find themselves homeless, with no other options than going to a homeless shelter. Though homeless shelters are supposed to be a safety net, they are usually still not safe for transgender people. Fortunately, many communities have been able to work with shelters in their area, getting good policies passed and training the staff to be respectful. Staff often want to be nice, but they just don’t know how. Come learn what folks have done throughout the country and get inspired to tackle this issue.

PART III. STANDING WITH TRANS PRISONERS: LOCAL ADVOCACY TO END ABUSE IN JAILS AND PRISON AND COMBAT MASS INCARCERATION

Come learn how to engage jails and prisons to adopt policies aimed at protecting the health and safety of trans people. Participants will learn how advocates in Houston, Denver, and other communities have advocated for these policies and monitored their implementation. The presentation will cover existing federal rules and best practices and how to get started and find resources, as well as typical advocacy strategies and challenges. Participants will also learn how to advocate for incarcerating fewer trans people in the first place.

Mara KeislingMara Keisling is the executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, which strives to eliminate discrimination and violence against transgender people by working to improve policies at the local, state, and federal level, including those related to employment, health care, housing and homelessness, police/jails, police harassment, safe schools, and identity documents.

INTERSECTIONALITY: IT’S MORE THAN JUST GENDER

While transgender people are a small percentage of the overall population, there is certainly not one single profile that can be established to describe the wide-ranging, diverse lives of the transgender experience. Trans* lives are so much more than “male” to “female” and vice versa. There are aspects of identity that greatly influence the journey to one’s authenticity. A person’s skin color can dramatically impact the ways—positively or negatively—in which society responds to that person and the resulting privilege or lack thereof. Additional aspects include one’s age; one’s level of education and class background; and one’s level of physical and/or mental ability. Understanding these components and the unique experiences they inspire will help any professional who seeks to serve individuals and understand the collective trans* communities.

Trystan CottenTrystan Cotten, PhD, is an associate professor of gender and African American studies at California State University, Stanislaus. His research and teaching focus on gender, sexuality, race, and nationalism in trans migrations and diasporas. He is also the managing editor of Transgress Press and principal architect of its focus as a social entrepreneurial publishing firm devoted to empowering trans* communities. His most recent books are: Hung Jury: Testimonies of Genital Surgery by Transsexual Men (Transgress Press 2012) and Transgender Migrations: The Bodies, Borders, and Politics of Transition (Routledge 2011).

NON-BINARY TRANSITION AND IDENTITY

More and more people are identifying outside the binary, feeling their gender does not fit into a male or female box. For these folks, as well as for the professionals supporting them, questions surrounding transition are often left unanswered. What does a non-standard transition route look like? Is this quickly becoming the norm? Does it even exist? This workshop will explore the myriad options people have, covering social, medical, and legal transition needs. It includes busting myths and clarifying misconceptions, outlining alternatives and loopholes, and developing strategies for empowering you and your clients in their transgender journey.

Micah RFueling their passion for anything trans* through online research and offline advocacy, Micah R volunteers for the San Francisco LGBTQ Speaker’s Bureau; blogs at www.neutrois.me under the pseudonym Maddox; presents at lots of transgender conferences, workshops, and panels; takes “strange and unusual” as a complement; and is a closet idealist. Micah resides in San Francisco with their lovely spouse and has a day job in the web tech industry as a product designer/developer.

KEYNOTE SESSION

GETTING IT COVERED: Expanding Access to Insurance Coverage for Transition-Related Care

Health insurance coverage for transition-related health care is expanding in workplaces and in some states across the country, but coverage remains rare in the United States. This workshop will give an understanding of the current developments in transition-inclusive coverage, including state and federal efforts to expand coverage; research on costs and benefits of transition-related health care coverage; and ways to utilize that information to more effectively advocate for transition-inclusive health plans. This workshop will give participants the opportunity to hear from experts and advocates in the field and ask pressing questions on how to expand access to transition-related health care coverage in your workplace and community.

Andrew CrayAndrew Cray is a policy analyst for LGBT Progress at American Progress. His work includes advocating for LGBT inclusion and engagement in state implementation of the Affordable Care Act; raising awareness of health insurance policies that improve coverage for LGBT families; and improving outcomes and support for LGBT youth.

Hayden MoraHayden Mora serves as Director of Strategic Relations at the Human Rights Campaign. His focus is on long-term strategic planning, systems design, and program integration. He also works to anchor the HIV, POC, Transgender, and other crosscutting priorities of the HRC Foundation. Hayden brings his experience in organizational development, strategic planning, and capacity building to support these efforts.

Mara KeislingMara Keisling is the executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, which strives to eliminate discrimination and violence against transgender people by working to improve policies at the local, state, and federal level, including those related to employment, health care, housing and homelessness, police/jails, police harassment, safe schools, and identity documents.

THURSDAY – YOUTH FOCUS

WELCOME AND ORIENTATION

This brief session is designed to familiarize attendees with key terminology and concepts that will serve as a foundation for the remainder of this seminar.

THE MEDICAL NEEDS OF TRANSGENDER YOUTH: Puberty Delay

The physical changes of puberty often bring about growing distress to gender-questioning youth, as they see an increasing discrepancy between their physical bodies and their perceived gender. Puberty-blocking agents, such as the GnRH agonist leuprolide (Lupron), have been used for a number of years in gender-questioning youth who are showing the earliest physical changes of adolescence. Delaying puberty allows the young teen a “cooling off” period, during which they can concentrate their energies on consolidating their gender identity without having to worry about the ticking clock of puberty. As well, the use of puberty-blocking agents prevents the development of adult physical changes (e.g., breast growth in natal girls and beard growth in natal boys), sometimes obviating the need for expensive surgeries or electrolysis down the road. Puberty blockers—when correctly used—have been demonstrated to improve psychosocial outcomes in transgender youth. This session will address the use of this class of drugs in gender-questioning youth.

Jo OlsonJohanna Olson, MD, is the medical director of the Center for Transyouth Health and Development at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She has been working with gender-nonconforming children and transgender adolescents for the past seven years, providing puberty blockers and hormone therapy for over three hundred youth. Dr. Olson has spoken around the country to professionals, families, and media about the importance of providing thorough, competent, and timely care for transgender youth.

ASSESSING GENDER IDENTITY IN TEENS

This session will describe the evaluation of adolescents for possible medical interventions, such as puberty-blocking medication and cross-sex hormone treatment. The protocol used by the Gender Management Service at Boston Children’s Hospital, a well-established clinic providing treatment for transgender adolescents in the United States, will be discussed. Throughout this workshop, recommendations for working sensitively with transgender children and adolescents in all medical and mental health settings will be provided. Finally, recommendations for evaluating more complex cases (e.g., co-occurring mental health issues, difficult family dynamics) will be provided.

Laura Edwards-LeeperDr. Laura Edwards-Leeper, PhD, is an assistant professor in the School of Professional Psychology at Pacific University. Previously, she worked at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. She was the founding psychologist for the Gender Management Service (GeMS) at Boston Children’s Hospital where she completed comprehensive psychological evaluations with transgender adolescents to help determine whether a medical intervention was in their best interest. Dr Edwards-Leeper was trained by the renowned Dr. Peggy Cohen-Kettenis in the Dutch clinic. She continues her involvement with GeMS research endeavors, has coauthored book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles, and has been interviewed by various media outlets. Dr. Edwards-Leeper is a member of the American Psychological Association Task Force developing practice guidelines for working with transgender individuals and has been identified as a national expert in this area.

UNPACKING & CONCEPTUALIZING GENDER: Part 1 – A Critical Step for All Who Work with Gender-Creative Youth and Their Families

Working with transgender or gender-creative youth and their families requires helping professionals to wear many hats in order to help these youth navigate the common issues that come up for them and their communities. The first part of this presentation will use interactive exercises to look closely at the experience and development of gender identity, the language we use to describe ourselves and others, how gender gets communicated, and the impact of not fitting into the binary construction of gender. We will be paying close attention to the intersections of identity and how these may be experienced by those having an identity that is marginalized on many levels.

Shawn GiammatteiDr. Shawn V Giammattei is a clinical psychologist and gender specialist in private practice in San Francisco and Santa Rosa, CA, specializing in family therapy with individuals, couples, and families in the queer and trans communities. He is a member of WPATH and Mind the Gap (a mental health team working with UCSF’s Child and Adolescent Gender Clinic), and a board member of the American Family Therapy Academy. He is the coordinator of training and affiliated researcher for the Rockway Institute and teaches graduate courses in LGBT psychology, transgender mental health, and family systems at Alliant International University.

PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES: Examining Models of Care

As children have been coming out at younger ages as gender-nonconforming and transgender, different models and ideas of treatment have also emerged. There currently exists very little research about which models are most helpful, and there is controversy among the provider community regarding which models are best, and why. Families are often unsure of where or how to seek help, and may experience confusion about the different ways that clinics and private practitioners practice. This workshop will summarize, compare, and contrast the different models of treatment for transgender and gender-nonconforming children in order to increase knowledge of the various ways of understanding and providing treatment, so consumers are able to make more informed decisions.

presenter-blankRandi Kaufman, PsyD: “My interest in working with gender issues has been longstanding, and it is a personal value to work with a group of people who are underserved and misunderstood. I have been working with gender identity issues since 1998 when I began building the Transgender Health Program at Fenway Health in Boston. I have done extensive long-term psychotherapy and consultation with over 400 individuals to help assess the nature and extent of their gender dysphoria and figure out treatment options. I work with gender-nonconforming and transgender children and youth at Children’s Hospital Boston, and have private practices in NYC and Cambridge, MA. I have assessed several inmates around the state of Massachusetts in response to a lack of knowledge and appropriate treatment for incarcerated transgender people.”

ADVOCATING FOR TRANS STUDENTS AND CREATING GENDER-INCLUSIVE SCHOOLS

Like all school-age youth, transgender youth spend the majority of their day in school. Unfortunately, for many transgender youth the school environment is either unwelcoming or overtly hostile. That negative environment significantly affects the physical and mental well-being of transgender youth, resulting in poorer academic performance and higher rates of substance abuse and suicide, among other problems. Advocates, professionals, and parents of trans youth are in a unique position to identify and address those issues whether through training and/or advocacy. This workshop will provide participants with an overview of the unique needs of transgender youth in schools and the legal tools that can be used to advocate for the needs of trans youth. Additionally, for those desiring to work with or within schools to create a gender inclusive, supportive environment, we will explore the following topics:

  • Addressing instances of teasing or bullying
  • Navigating gender-segregated spaces such as bathrooms and locker rooms
  • Creating gender-inclusive policies
  • Addressing students’ questions in an age-appropriate manner
  • Addressing concerns/questions of parents
  • Handling name changes, school IDs, and school records
  • Using gender-inclusive language in the classroom

This session will provide educators and other interested professionals important information for optimizing any transgender or gender-nonconforming student’s experience as well as a template for creating the optimal inclusive school environment. There will be time for Q&A as well as addressing specific situations you may have already encountered.

Kim PearsonKim Pearson is one of the nation’s most experienced educators regarding gender diversity in children. Her success at bringing meaningful understanding to audiences is rooted in accurately identifying and speaking to the level of awareness unique to participants. Drawing from her personal journey as the mother of a transgender child, her professional connections with leading experts, and her vast experience as a transition facilitator, Kim empowers families, educators, and others by providing the tools for success.

Asaf OrrAsaf Orr, staff attorney for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, focuses most of his work on youth issues, particularly transgender youth. Asaf was the lead attorney in Student v. Arcadia Unified School District, which led to the historic resolution agreement acknowledging that Title IX protects transgender kids from discrimination in school. He coauthored a chapter on the legal and ethical obligations of school personnel to create a safe and inclusive environments for LGBTQ students, recently published in the Creating Safe and Supportive Learning Environments: A Guide for Working with LGBTQ Youth and Families.

Aidan KeyAidan Key is the director of Gender Diversity, an organization that provides education to teachers, staff, counselors, and administrators regarding gender-inclusive schools grades K-12. Additionally, he provides support for families of transgender and gender-nonconforming children and teens through his parent support groups in Washington State. Key speaks regularly to universities and organizations seeking to expand their knowledge of issues related to gender identity in children and adults. He is also the founder and director of the Gender Odyssey and Gender Odyssey Family conferences.

UNPACKING & CONTEXTUALIZING: Part 2 – Putting It to Use with Gender-Creative Youth and Their Families

Working with transgender or gender-creative youth and their families requires helping professionals to wear many hats in order to help these youth navigate the common issues that come up for them and their communities. In the second part of this presentation, we will continue to unpack gender by examining our own biases and moving toward using the information we are learning to understand parental stages of understanding and acceptance, cultural and community issues, how to meet the needs of the family, and how to advocate for your clients in a transphobic climate. Time permitting, we will also discuss and explore affirmative approaches to treatment and creative ways communities are coming together to help these families.

Shawn GiammatteiDr. Shawn V Giammattei is a clinical psychologist and gender specialist in private practice in San Francisco and Santa Rosa, CA, specializing in family therapy with individuals, couples, and families in the queer and trans communities. He is a member of WPATH and Mind the Gap (a mental health team working with UCSF’s Child and Adolescent Gender Clinic), and a board member of the American Family Therapy Academy. He is the coordinator of training and affiliated researcher for the Rockway Institute and teaches graduate courses in LGBT psychology, transgender mental health, and family systems at Alliant International University.

WISDOM FROM PARENTS OF TRANS* CHILDREN – Panel

When a parent steps up to the task of supporting their transgender or gender-exploring child, they often find that the next step involves changing the environment surrounding that child. If negotiating their own personal fears weren’t enough, parents are now in the position of educating siblings, extended family, friends, co-workers, teachers, neighbors, providers, childcare providers, and many others. This awareness-raising extends not only to individuals, but also to systems such as school communities, insurance companies, afterschool programs, and state and federal agencies. Join us in this session as parents share the journey that begins when they tell their child “yes.”

Facilitated by Aidan Key

SUPPORTING YOUR PATIENTS: WHAT HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE LAW

The intersections between healthcare and the law are numerous. Too often, care providers are unaware of how legal issues can significantly impact their ability to effectively treat their young patients or the manner in which their treatment may have legal implications. This session will provide a solid perspective about the legal issues they will most likely encounter during the course of care they provide for a gender-expansive child or teen. Whether working with a child and family around issues at school, supporting their efforts to revise personal identity documents, navigate custody disputes, or respond to incidents of discrimination, being mindful about key legal principles is essential.

 

Asaf OrrAsaf Orr, staff attorney for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, focuses most of his work on youth issues, particularly transgender youth. Asaf was the lead attorney in Student v. Arcadia Unified School District, which led to the historic resolution agreement acknowledging that Title IX protects transgender kids from discrimination in school. He coauthored a chapter on the legal and ethical obligations of school personnel to create a safe and inclusive environment for LGBTQ students and families, recently published in the edited volume Creating Safe and Supportive Learning Environments: A Guide for Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth and Families.

TUNNEL VISION AND “THE CHECKLIST”

Many parents and providers alike have wished for the how-to book for raising a transgender child. The lack of a definitive road map can lead adults to intently focus on what is tangible—a checklist of sorts—and assume these items are the most important destination stops of this journey. Examples include name changes, puberty delay, hormone intervention, ID document changes, future surgery, and so on. This intent focus on the concrete tasks of gender transition can cause a parent or provider to develop a tunnel vision of sorts. This can sometimes obscure the less tangible but critical aspects of a trans* or gender-nonconforming child’s life; prevent typical family functioning because of the ever-present “crisis”; miss the opportunities to provide a child with resiliency-building skills; and possibly confuse a child’s wish to express gender fluidity with the desire to transition their gender identity. Join us in this workshop where we will explore these issues in greater depth.

Aydin KennedyAydin Kennedy, MSW, ACSW, is the coordinator for the Transgender Health Program at St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, a medical and mental health program serving trans* adults in the South Los Angeles area. He has counseled trans* youth, adults, and their families for the last five years and has been conducting in-service trainings for service providers for over ten years. He is also the founder of the Stonewall Alliance Center’s community counseling program in Chico, CA.

Susan LandonSusan P. Landon, MA, MFT, is the director of the Child and Adolescent Program at the Los Angeles Gender Center. She has worked with gender diverse children and their families for over 25 years. She provides a welcoming and supportive environment for children, adolescents, and their families to explore the many aspects of diverse gender expression and identity. She offers in-service trainings on gender diversity for parents, teachers, and school administrators.

THE MEDICAL NEEDS OF TRANSGENDER YOUTH: Cross Hormones

Transgender teens and their families often struggle to find appropriate, thorough, and sensitive health care services. Up-to-date, informed medical care can greatly increase the positive effects of a teen’s physical gender transition and their overall mental well-being. This workshop focuses primarily on medical intervention for transgender adolescent youth and will cover the use of cross sex hormones in this population.

Jo OlsonJohanna Olson, MD, is the medical director of the Center for Transyouth Health and Development at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She has been working with gender-nonconforming children and transgender adolescents for the past seven years, providing puberty blockers and hormone therapy for over three hundred youth. Dr. Olson has spoken around the country to professionals, families, and media about the importance of providing thorough, competent, and timely care for transgender youth.

WAYS TO BEST SUPPORT TRANS* YOUTH & THEIR FAMILIES

Trans* youth and their families experience many unique challenges during transition. Everything from dealing with peers, parents, secondary sex characteristics, and typical issues of adolescence become major impediments to development. It is imperative for healthcare professionals to take into account the relevant systemic variables—family, friends, siblings, school, spiritual affiliation, extracurricular activities, medical community—with which the young person interacts. This workshop will examine the primary clinician’s role in supporting a minor and any other family member as they navigate their way through these complex systems. We will discuss ways of offering this support to these families – there is a lot to take into consideration!

Aidan Key is the director of Gender Diversity, an organization that provides education to teachers, staff, counselors, and administrators regarding gender-inclusive schools grades K-12. Additionally, he provides support for families of transgender and gender-nonconforming children and teens through his parent support groups in Washington State. Key speaks regularly to universities and organizations seeking to expand their knowledge of issues related to gender identity in children and adults. He is also the founder and director of the Gender Odyssey and Gender Odyssey Family conferences.

Kim PearsonKim Pearson is one of the nation’s most experienced educators regarding gender diversity in children. Her success at bringing meaningful understanding to audiences is rooted in accurately identifying and speaking to the level of awareness unique to participants. Drawing from her personal journey as the mother of a transgender child, her professional connections with leading experts, and her vast experience as a transition facilitator, Kim empowers families, educators, and others by providing the tools for success.

THE ROAD TO EXPERT

Whether you are a doctor, therapist, educator, or other professional, there is no established pathway to become an “expert” on issues related to transgender care and/or experience. Existing educational courses, subjective written resources, and “current” research are inadequate to address the complexity of trans lives and the ever-increasing requests for knowledgeable care or support. In light of this, how does one begin? How did current experts gain their experience? How do you address this issue with patients, clients, students, or other peers in a responsible manner? Join us as we explore these questions, examine the current state of trans care, and learn how interested professionals might engage in this work.

Ryan SallansRyan K. Sallans, MA, is a public speaker, diversity trainer, consultant, and author specializing in healthcare and workplace issues surrounding the LGBTQIA community. For the past three years he has served as Lead Subject Matter Expert for Arms Risk Affiliate Management Inc., in the development of e-learning courses for medical providers seeking CMEs in LGBTQ healthcare and cultural competency. He also works with organizations and universities on LGBTQ social issues, and media literacy related to eating disorders and body image. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in English and Anthropology, a Master of Arts in English, and a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology.

KEYNOTE SESSION

TRANS* YOUTH PANEL

Join us for a panel discussion with trans* young people who will share their experiences, aspirations, and ideas for change. This session will include a screening of some short media by Reteaching Gender & Sexuality, a national media and education project based in Seattle. Don’t miss this powerful opportunity to hear the real life experiences of these dynamic youth.

Sid PetersonModerator: Sid Jordan Peterson has presented his media and education work with Reteaching Gender & Sexuality at festivals, conferences, and campuses worldwide. Sid has worked as an organizational trainer and consultant for human service agencies, campus groups and faculties, community groups, and centers of faith on issues of gender and sexual diversity. He currently coordinates the LGBTQ Access Project in King County, a national anti-violence demonstration project working to improve access to services for survivors.