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An online gathering of professionals from a range of disciplines committed to the affirming care and support of transgender youth and their families.
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Thursday, July 14
 

8:30am PDT

Beyond 101: A Deeper Look at Sex, Gender and Identity
This workshop will feature interactive, small group discussions on thornier questions and issues.   Using a combination of presentation and case studies, we will explore the impact of race, ethnicity and class on identity, the unique needs of BIPoC transgender youth, social worker identity in working with adolescents, and more. [Advanced]

Presenters
avatar for Robin Mchaelen

Robin Mchaelen

Consultant
Robin P. McHaelen, MSW is the founder and former Executive Director of True Colors, Inc. She has co-authored two books, a book chapter and several articles on LGBTQ+ youth and is a nationally recognized thought leader. She is the recipient of numerous State and National awards. Robin... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Tieu

Ryan Tieu

Gender Spectrum


Thursday July 14, 2022 8:30am - 8:30am PDT

8:30am PDT

Rainbow Clubs K-5 for Community and Connection
Elementary School GSAs, or Rainbow Clubs, provide spaces for community and connection among young students. This session will be led by the co-creators of Gender Inclusive Classrooms, an organization dedicated to serving LGBTQ+ elementary school students. We’ll share tips for creating and sustaining Rainbow Clubs, ideas for how to structure meetings and follow students’ leads, and anecdotes of club success stories. We hope that this will provide a space for educators looking to support children of LBGTQ+ families as well as trans, nonbinary and gender expansive students at their schools.

Presenters
avatar for Katy Butler

Katy Butler

Co-creator, Gender Inclusive Classrooms
Katy Butler (she/her) is a white queer cisgender woman teaching second grade at a California public school. She has taught in California and Massachusetts for ten years and leads a Rainbow Club for students in grades K-5. She is a co-creator of Gender Inclusive Classrooms.
avatar for Kieran Slattery

Kieran Slattery

Co-creator, Gender Inclusive Classrooms
Kieran Slattery (he/him) is a white queer transgender man who has taught fifth grade at a public school in Northampton, Massachusetts for seven years. He holds a Masters in Teaching and Masters in Children's Literature. He is a co-creator of Gender Inclusive Classrooms.


Thursday July 14, 2022 8:30am - 8:30am PDT

8:30am PDT

Supporting Young Children’s Gender Development
Do you feel ready to talk about gender when young children ask questions or bring it up? How are children developing their own gender identity? How can we support children to grow and expand across all domains of development during this process?  We will explore how to create inclusive school communities where all children are supported to grow and expand in their authentic gender selves. Participants will take home tips and strategies to attune to children in their gender journeys, respond to moments of gender bias as they arise in our programs, and connect to the ever expanding understanding of gender diversity. This presentation is geared toward caregivers, teachers and administrators at all levels of the profession who wish to support gender diversity in their programs.

Presenters
avatar for Nathanael Flynn, MA

Nathanael Flynn, MA

Gender Justice in Early Childhood
Nathanael Flynn has been teaching young children for over a decade and focuses on partnering with children and families to bring children's interests, current research, and the joy of learning into focus in the classroom. He is co-author of Supporting Gender Diversity in Early Childhood... Read More →


Thursday July 14, 2022 8:30am - 8:30am PDT

8:30am PDT

Working with Families - Building Connected Early Learning Communities
How do I respond when parents have questions or concerns about young children’s gender exploration? How do I let families know that their child has been excluding or teasing on the basis of gender? How do I welcome and engage gender-expansive family members? We will share key approaches to partnering with families to support their children’s gender health. Participants will come away with a framework for communicating with families across different understandings of gender and experience practicing these conversations in a supportive environment. Participants will also be given take-home tools and resources to inform their future work with children and families. This workshop is presented by members of Gender Justice in Early Childhood Education and is geared toward caregivers, teachers and administrators at all levels of the profession who wish to support gender diversity in their programs.

Presenters
avatar for Nathanael Flynn, MA

Nathanael Flynn, MA

Gender Justice in Early Childhood
Nathanael Flynn has been teaching young children for over a decade and focuses on partnering with children and families to bring children's interests, current research, and the joy of learning into focus in the classroom. He is co-author of Supporting Gender Diversity in Early Childhood... Read More →


Thursday July 14, 2022 8:30am - 8:30am PDT

8:30am PDT

Leading for Gender Inclusive Schools
School leaders committed to creating gender inclusive environments frequently face a variety of opportunities and challenges from many directions. Join us for this panel of experienced educators working in schools of all sorts throughout the country. They will reflect on how they have worked to establish more gender inclusive conditions for all students and supported the unique needs of their transgender and other gender expansive young people at the same time. What has surprised them? What has proved especially challenging? What advice would they give other educators seeking to deep in their own capacity as gender inclusive leaders? 

Presenters
avatar for Lark Doolan

Lark Doolan

Executive Director, Queer Humboldt
Lark Doolan is a school superintendent and the Executive Director of the nonprofit Queer Humboldt. He also works with Open Door Community Health Centers in supporting gender expansive youth in accessing gender affirming medical care in rural settings. He started teaching gender inclusive... Read More →


Thursday July 14, 2022 8:30am - 8:30am PDT

8:30am PDT

Potentials and Challenges for Gender and Sexual Diversity in Higher Education: A Comparative Perspective from the USA and Turkey
In this workshop, the participants will have an opportunity to gain insights into the particular perspectives of and challenges faced by trans and non-binary teachers and students in the context of Turkey. The session will open up a space for cross-cultural dialogue through the presenter’s observations and perspective on the efforts towards inclusivity and equity in a US higher education institution. Participants will be invited to consider and discuss how people from these two different contexts can learn from one another and if and how studying these two countries side-by-side can offer a potential for learning, capacity building and trans-national solidarity among teachers working in different parts of the world to better support and uplift gender-diverse youth. [Advanced]

Presenters
avatar for Billur Kaya

Billur Kaya

Instructor of English, Istanbul Technical University School of Foreign Languages
Billur Kaya is a 2021-22 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow at Penn State University. She is an English language instructor and a level coordinator in the Curriculum Development Unit at Istanbul Technical University School of Foreign Languages, Turkey. She is responsible for designing the... Read More →


Thursday July 14, 2022 8:30am - 8:30am PDT

8:30am PDT

Safe at School: A Panel Discussion
We know how influential a supportive school environment is on the well-being of our
trans and nonbinary students, but what does that actually look like in practice? Once
you’ve got the basics down, where do you go from there?

The experience of every trans person is unique, so we aim to help equip you with
stories from our community that are there to provide answers and education. Join us to
hear directly from a panel of trans and nonbinary students and their parents about what
their schools have done wrong, what they’ve done right, and what they wish they had
known when they started their journey together.

Presenters
avatar for Evan Johnson

Evan Johnson

Community and Youth Programming Manager, TransFamily Support Services
Evan Johnson (they/them/theirs) is the Community and Youth Program Manager for TFSS. They’ve fostered connection and understanding over the past six years by sharing their own journey as a nonbinary youth, student, and young professional with many audiences, from national conferences... Read More →
avatar for Kathie Moehlig

Kathie Moehlig

Executive Director, TransFamily Support Services
Kathie Moehlig (she/her/hers), Executive Director and Founder of TransFamily Support Services (TFSS), is committed to supporting transgender and gender non-conforming people and their families, and to growing continually in her understanding of the diversity within this population... Read More →


Thursday July 14, 2022 8:30am - 8:30am PDT

8:30am PDT

Using Gender Support Plans
For many caregivers and educators, even the possibility of a young person announcing a change in their gender status at school seems overwhelming if not impossible. However, some transgender students are taking this courageous step and successfully doing so while remaining enrolled in their educational institution. What are the key elements of a positive experience? What preparation, training and conditions need to be considered as students and their families make the difficult decision to support a child's authentic gender in the classroom? After exploring key principles that must be considered when a student shares their gender with their school community, the session will present specific tools and resources for supporting a student to safely and successfully do so.

Presenters
avatar for Joel Baum

Joel Baum

Senior Manager, Professional Development, Gender Spectrum
Joel Baum is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Gender Spectrum’s professional development programs. He facilitates trainings, develops curriculum, consults with caregivers and professionals, and provides resources in service of a more compassionate understanding of gender... Read More →


Thursday July 14, 2022 8:30am - 8:30am PDT

8:30am PDT

A Case Study for Trans-Affirming Ritual and Learning: They Mitzvah or B'nai Mitzvah
Core milestone rituals can be a way that spiritual communities honor individuals and connect them to community, history, and the sacred. In many traditions, these milestone moments are often arranged with a binary and cisgender framework. When this is the case, rather than moments of affirmation and connection, these rituals can be barriers for transgender and nonbinary individuals. In this workshop, we will use the Jewish emerging adult ritual of B’Mitzvah to explore questions, tools, and innovations to make these rituals gender-affirming and celebratory of participants of all genders. [Advanced]

Presenters
avatar for Jackie Maris

Jackie Maris

Chicago Education & Training Manager, Keshet
Jackie Maris (she/her) is a queer, South African Pisces who has worn various facilitator hats throughout her career in education and community-building. She served as madricha (camp counselor) and Rosh Chinuch (Head of Education) with Netzer South Africa, taught as a cheder teacher... Read More →
avatar for Rakhel Silverman

Rakhel Silverman

New York Education and Training Manager, Keshet
Rakhel Silverman (they/them) is Keshet’s New York Education and Training Manager. They double majored in Religious Studies and Sociology at Bryn Mawr College. Rakhel then served in the Avodah Jewish Service Corps in DC, working as a Community Organizer at Jews United for Justice... Read More →


Thursday July 14, 2022 8:30am - 8:30am PDT

8:30am PDT

God, Teens, and Gender Diversity
This workshop will focus on traditional texts from a variety of faith sources that express values of gender diversity and inclusivity, as well as interpretive processes and theological innovation. Participants will engage in various learning modalities to examine how faith-based study can be liberating and gender expansive rather than restricting and/or hostile to gender diversity. Attendees will have opportunities for self-reflection, group interaction, and practice in creating safe space for religious education for adolescents and teens.

The workshop will also provide conversation points and specific texts for addressing the repressive claims of religious bigots. Participants will be empowered to claim the positive aspects of religious faith and identity, while rejecting devaluing messages. This combination of lifting up the positive and setting boundaries on oppression will provide a good foundation for further work in religious settings.

Presenters
AL

Asher Litschwartz

Program Director, Midrasha
Asher Litschwartz is the Program Director of Berkeley-Oakland Midrasha, a supplementary school for Jewish teens. Asher has been a Jewish educator for over a dozen years in both formal and informal settings. Asher majored in Education at UC Santa Cruz, and is particularly committed... Read More →


Thursday July 14, 2022 8:30am - 8:30am PDT

8:30am PDT

Test Session for Presenter Information Video
This session has been created to allow us to demonstrate how Presenters can edit their own workshops by adding materials

Presenters

Thursday July 14, 2022 8:30am - 8:30am PDT

8:30am PDT

Black & Trans: Moving Through the Diversity of Gender Journeys
Gender has historically been seen as a binary and unchanging part of one’s identity. Even within the transgender community, transitioning is often seen through a binary lens and thought of as a one size fits all journey with a definite end. However, Gender and one’s desire for exploring their gender identity is far more complicated, especially when we look at the ways intersecting identities impact a person’s gender journey. This workshop will explore how there are many ways in which a person can come to starting a journey through gender discovery and the ways in which racism, sexism, and colonialism can have deep impacts on the journeys we take. This workshop is intended to help participants explore and understand the impacts of intersectional identity on gender journeys for People of Color. [Advanced]

Presenters
avatar for Judah Joslyn

Judah Joslyn

Executive Director, Trans and Queer Youth Collective
Judah Joslyn is a Black, Trans, Queer person from Sacramento, CA. Judah graduated with a Bachelor‚Äôs in Psychology and a Minor in Education from the University of California, Davis. After graduating from university, Judah was accepted into Oregon State University Master‚Äôs... Read More →


Thursday July 14, 2022 8:30am - 8:30am PDT

8:30am PDT

Elle, Ella, y Yo: Embracing Gender Expansive Latinx Youth
This presentation is focused on learning more about the history of gender expansive identities in Latin America and the growth of language to support gender expansive youth, as well as the challenges facing our youth, and interventions and resources to support them in the challenges they may face. [Advanced]

Presenters
DV

Dani Villalobos

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Arcoiris Therapy


Thursday July 14, 2022 8:30am - 8:30am PDT

8:30am PDT

How We are Filling Sex Ed Gaps Among Intersectional Identities
In the last few years a lot has been happening socially that has impacted the way we live, the way we work, and the way we interact. Our job as sexual health educators has not been the exception. As we move forward, we’ve had to reflect not only on our successes, but also on the things in need of work. That includes:
  1. How we incorporate an intersectional and inclusive approach into the classroom, especially when addressing LGBTQ+ youth populations
  2. How we make sure that we are using a trauma-informed lens
  3. How we are building and sustaining our team
  4. How we build partnerships with our community (LGBTQ+ orgs; parents of children with disability; Faith Communities; Black, Latinx, and people of color; Spanish speaking communities; etc.)
(Advanced)

Presenters
avatar for Myr Olivares Bonilla, CHW

Myr Olivares Bonilla, CHW

Bilingual Health Educator, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast
Myr Olivares Bonilla, CHW (they/elle; she/ella) is a bilingual health educator at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, based in Houston, Texas. They are a sexual health education content and curriculum advisor and creator. Prior to working with PPGC, Olivares was a youth representative... Read More →
avatar for Janece Gough, MPH, CHW, CHES (she, her, hers)

Janece Gough, MPH, CHW, CHES (she, her, hers)

Education Program Manager, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast
Janece Gough is a proud member of the Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast Education Department and serves as the Education Program Manager. Since her start with PPGC in 2016, she has helped build systems and partnerships that have become critical elements of the current operations of Education... Read More →


Thursday July 14, 2022 8:30am - 8:30am PDT

8:30am PDT

Multidisciplinary Lessons Learned from the Care of Transgender and Gender Expansive AAPI Youth and Adolescents
As we are amassing more data examining how to meet the varied needs of gender diverse youth, we are only beginning to understand the unique needs of gender diverse youth who are also ethnic/racial minorities. We aim to highlight some of the medical, mental health and legal considerations when working with Asian American and Pacific Islander families (AAPI). We will report on preliminary data collected in our clinic as well as provide resources and recommendations specifically tailored to meet the needs of AAPI gender diverse youth.
(Advanced)

Presenters
avatar for Asaf Orr, JD

Asaf Orr, JD

Senior Attorney, Transgender Youth Project, National Center for Lesbian Rights
Asaf Orr, JD Developing a passion for social justice at a young age, Asaf joined NCLR in 2012 after years of representing students with disabilities and people living with HIV/AIDS. As a Senior Staff Attorney and Director of NCLR’s Transgender Youth Project, Asaf works to safeguard... Read More →
avatar for Tandy Aye, MD

Tandy Aye, MD

Professor of Pediatrics, Stanford
Tandy Aye, MD, Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine, is a Pediatric Endocrinologist. She serves as Medical Director of the Stanford Children’s Health Pediatric and Adolescent Gender Clinic. Her clinical research focuses on changes in the brain, bone... Read More →
avatar for Chris Brady

Chris Brady

Assistant professor, Stanford University
Christine "Chris" Brady, PhD is a Clinical Associate Professor and Pediatric Psychologist at Stanford University School of Medicine, Pediatric and Adolescent Gender Clinic. She has seven years of clinical experience providing education, assessment and therapy to gender diverse youth... Read More →


Thursday July 14, 2022 8:30am - 8:30am PDT

8:30am PDT

Nothing for Us, Without Us: Creating Trans Affirming Environments
LGBTQ students, especially Trans and Gender Non-Binary students of color, continue to lead the charge in amplifying the need for safer, braver, and affirming spaces. However, most students and adult allies are not provided the support needed to promote policies that protect Trans and GNB students. Through the lens of a newly developed curriculum centering on how to promote trans affirming schools, this interactive workshop will share how using a youth-adult partnership model as a framework can ensure that young people are intentionally involved in the design, creation, and implementation of school policies.

Presenters
DJ

Dr. Jaymie Campbell-Orphanidys

Associate Director, Trans Health & Rights, Advocates for Youth
Dr. Jaymie Campbell (he/him) is first and foremost a human being – worthy, whole, deserving, and free. Dr. Campbell is described as Black, mixed, queer, and transgender. He has a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Community Mental Health, a Master’s... Read More →


Thursday July 14, 2022 8:30am - 8:30am PDT

8:30am PDT

Peer Support and Mutual Aid Models for Trans Wellbeing
In this workshop, we will discuss the work The Trans Advocacy and Care Team (TACT) is doing to build a Peer Counseling model for trans wellness. Peer Counseling is effective because it is led by trans and gender diverse individuals helping other trans and gender diverse individuals thrive. After introducing our Peer Counseling model, we will learn about the ways marginalized communities have historically organized around collective needs. We will present three key elements of mutual aid and learn a few examples of collective action, such as the Survival Programs established by the Black Panther Party. Finally, we will present the impact of our Peer Counseling model to date. We believe that by implementing a trans-led peer support system, trans and nonbinary folks will have access to the mentorship, understanding, and resources they need to thrive and achieve a sense of gender congruence.

Presenters
avatar for AJ Schaerer

AJ Schaerer

Founder/Director, TACT: Trans Advocacy & Care Team
AJ Schaerer (they/them) is a trans-masculine, non-binary advocate, educator, speaker, and community organizer. They founded the Trans Advocacy & Care Team in 2021 because of their commitment to fostering a world where trans individuals can thrive and feel a sense of belonging. Using... Read More →
avatar for Juju Martinez

Juju Martinez

Training Coordinator, TACT: Trans Advocacy and Care Team
Juju Martinez (they/them) is a trans and nonbinary educator and instructional designer. They envision a world where trans and nonbinary individuals thrive in their daily lives and in the workplace. Juju is passionate about social justice, disability justice, and helping businesses... Read More →


Thursday July 14, 2022 8:30am - 8:30am PDT

8:30am PDT

TherActivist: They/ Them/ Theirs (documentary screening and talkback)
TherActivist: They/ Them/ Theirs documentary screening & community conversation workshop will embrace the core values of Identity, Intersectionality, and Inclusion. TherActivist: They/ Them/ Theirs book and documentary project shines light on the intersections of identity, diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging; gender expression and social justice activism against the backdrop of anti-Black racism, anti-LGBTQIA violence, and social exclusion. A combination of Black Lives Matter, LGBTQIA+ rights, equity and more! The TherActivist embodies a “therapeutic activism” approach, while servicing and empowering people of color, LGBTQIA+ communities, and marginalized populations.

Presenters
avatar for Khalid White

Khalid White

Khalid White, EdD (He/Him/His) is an award-winner in the fields of Education, Film and Literature. He is an African American Studies Professor at San Jose City College. A career educator, Khalid began teaching in CA public schools in 2005. As an entrepreneur, Khalid owns the multi-media... Read More →
avatar for Dana Johnson

Dana Johnson

Community Activist, Queer Author & Filmmaker, TherActivist
Dana TherActivist Johnson, MSW (They/Them/Theirs) is a masculine of center gender non- binary community activist, Author, documentary filmmaker, DEI&B specialist, and Professional Development trainer. Dana’s an Author and Filmmaker of the memoir, TherActivist: They/ Them/ Theirs... Read More →


Thursday July 14, 2022 8:30am - 8:30am PDT

8:30am PDT

Gender, Legislation and Law: What Professionals Should Know
The degree to which professionals must be aware of various legal issues related to their work with gender diverse youth has never been higher. Supreme court rulings, high profile cases and anti-transgender legislation seem to be in the news on an almost daily basis. Join NCLR attorney Asaf Orr in a conversation about the implications for the work you do as a provider working with transgender and other gender-expansive young people, along with their families and other caring adults.

Presenters
avatar for Asaf Orr, JD

Asaf Orr, JD

Senior Attorney, Transgender Youth Project, National Center for Lesbian Rights
Asaf Orr, JD Developing a passion for social justice at a young age, Asaf joined NCLR in 2012 after years of representing students with disabilities and people living with HIV/AIDS. As a Senior Staff Attorney and Director of NCLR’s Transgender Youth Project, Asaf works to safeguard... Read More →


Thursday July 14, 2022 8:30am - 8:30am PDT

8:30am PDT

How to Get Invited to the Cookout
Domestic and sexual violence is understood differently in the communities we serve. Understanding how neighborhood, communities, and cultural norms come into play allows Centers to work more effectively and serve people better. In this session, we will learn, discuss, and practice different communication styles and adapting of materials to expand our knowledge of how domestic and sexual violence is perceived and perpetrated in different communities.
[Advanced]

Presenters
avatar for Traci Simmons

Traci Simmons

Sexual Assault Outreach Coordinator, The Center for Women and Families
Traci Simmons is a Louisville native with International ambitions. She is a University of Kentucky graduate with a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management with a minor in Business and a Master's in Divinity from Louisville Theological Presbyterian Seminary. Currently, her passions... Read More →
avatar for Amy Turner

Amy Turner

Amy Turner is a Louisville native, but has lived in four countries and three states. She is a therapist by trade, but over the last seven years, she has given a lot of attention to program development. Her passion is in community program development, connectedness, and giving people... Read More →


Thursday July 14, 2022 8:30am - 8:30am PDT

8:30am PDT

Medical Options for Transgender and Nonbinary Youth
This workshop will focus on medical care for transgender and gender diverse youth from childhood to early adulthood. Among topics discussed are finding affirming information for pre-pubertal children, timing and types of puberty blockers, along with risks and benefits of puberty blockers. Hormone regimens for feminizing and masculinizing therapies, along with risks and benefits will be discussed. Current and future options for fertility preservation will be discussed. An overview of guidelines and areas for future research will be presented.

Presenters
avatar for Elyse Pine

Elyse Pine

Trans Youth Lead Physician, Chase Brexton Health Care
Elyse Pine, MD received her medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis, completed pediatrics residency training at Mount Sinai in NY and completed fellowship training in pediatric endocrinology at Johns Hopkins. She began serving transgender patients in 2011, and she has... Read More →


Thursday July 14, 2022 8:30am - 8:30am PDT

8:30am PDT

Our Transition: Supporting Trans Patients
Navigating transition involves not only endocrinologists and the patient, but PCPs,
pediatricians, gynecologists, urologists, nurses, physicians assistants, and every other
staff member that will interact with the patient, as well as— potentially— parents and
guardians. How do I talk about risk of pregnancy with my trans masculine patients? How
do I tell my patient’s parents that their trans child is safe with me and my team? What
are the common mistakes that I haven’t prepared for, and how can I make sure my
office is as affirming as possible?

Hear from a panel of transgender and nonbinary folks and their parents as they share
about navigating their identities with their medical providers. This is an opportunity for
folks to learn about how all providers (not just those providing gender affirmation
treatment) can help their trans and nonbinary patients feel safe, seen, and supported in
their practices.

Presenters
avatar for Evan Johnson

Evan Johnson

Community and Youth Programming Manager, TransFamily Support Services
Evan Johnson (they/them/theirs) is the Community and Youth Program Manager for TFSS. They’ve fostered connection and understanding over the past six years by sharing their own journey as a nonbinary youth, student, and young professional with many audiences, from national conferences... Read More →
avatar for Kathie Moehlig

Kathie Moehlig

Executive Director, TransFamily Support Services
Kathie Moehlig (she/her/hers), Executive Director and Founder of TransFamily Support Services (TFSS), is committed to supporting transgender and gender non-conforming people and their families, and to growing continually in her understanding of the diversity within this population... Read More →


Thursday July 14, 2022 8:30am - 8:30am PDT

8:30am PDT

"Am I Trans Enough?" Supporting Nonbinary and Gender Nonconforming Trans Youth to Face Internalized Oppression, Microaggressions, and Systemic Binarism
"Am I trans enough?" This workshop will support mental health professionals in their work with nonbinary and gender nonconforming trans youth who are facing self doubt as the result of binarist oppression. Young trans and nonbinary people are not only navigating the confusing developmental stage of identity formation, but in environments that are often invalidating, pathologizing, and dismissive of their exploration and expression. Here, we will learn more about these insidious forms of oppression and discuss ways to support nonbinary and gnc trans youth to lean into their felt sense, trust themselves, and stay grounded in their identities and gender journeys.

Presenters
avatar for Rey Byrne, LMFT

Rey Byrne, LMFT

LMFT, Roots and Roses Therapy
Rey Byrne (they/them) is a white, nonbinary, trans therapist currently focusing on queer and trans care. Rey also trains on LGBTQIA+ identity, intersectionality, and microaggressions, and has facilitated consultation groups focusing on white anti-racism and LGBTQIA+ therapist mutual... Read More →


Thursday July 14, 2022 8:30am - 8:30am PDT

8:30am PDT

Deconstructing Gender: Trans & Non Binary Identities
Gender is a societal construct that has negative emotional, physical &/or psychological impact, especially those who fall outside of what is constructed as “normal.” In this training, we will deconstruct gender constructs through a trauma informed lens, while learning how to identify & eradicate our own internalized biases, in order to create safer spaces for clients who identify within &/or are exploring their trans identity.

Presenters
avatar for Van Ethan Levy

Van Ethan Levy

LMFT, LPCC, Author, Educator, Activist, Producer, Van Ethan Levy
Van Ethan Levy (they) is a queer, non-binary, trans, socialized as female, nBPOC (not Black Person of Color), who is autistic and has dynamic disabilities. They are dually licensed as an LMFT & LPCC. Van believes it is vital to cultivate an awareness of our own internal strengths... Read More →


Thursday July 14, 2022 8:30am - 8:30am PDT

8:30am PDT

Introduction to Gender Dysphoria
Join us for a presentation and panel conversation on gender dysphoria. We will be covering topics such as: what is gender dysphoria and how does it impact transgender, non-binary and gender expansive youth? What are ways for youth themselves to navigate gender dysphoria? What are best practices and approaches for providers and professionals to support someone navigating gender dysphoria? 

This program will be a hybrid of both a presentation as well as a conversation and Q&A with gender expansive young adults!

Presenters
avatar for Jenna Redmond

Jenna Redmond

Director, Family Programming and Education, Gender Spectrum
Jenna Redmond is the Director of Family Programming and Education at Gender Spectrum and has been involved with the organization since 2014. They are non-binary, queer, and a parent to a three year old! Jenna is passionate about social justice and creating online spaces and resources... Read More →


Thursday July 14, 2022 8:30am - 8:30am PDT

8:30am PDT

The Speech-Language Pathologist's Role in Working with Trans and Nonbinary Youth
For some trans and nonbinary youth, their voice may not be congruent with their gender identity and gender expression. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) specializing in gender-affirming voice and communication can play an important role in helping their clients reduce vocal dysphoria. Jordan will cover the roles and responsibilities of the SLP related to the assessment and treatment of voice and communication for trans and nonbinary youth. He will also teach participants voice exercises and counseling activities that he incorporates in sessions with his clients.
(Advanced)

Presenters
avatar for Jordan Jakomin

Jordan Jakomin

Speech-Language Pathologist, Jordan Ross Communication
Jordan Jakomin (he/him), is a queer speech-language pathologist. He's the owner of Jordan Ross Communication, an online private practice dedicated to making voice and communication training safe, affirming, and empowering for trans and nonbinary people.Jordan's career and love for... Read More →


Thursday July 14, 2022 8:30am - 8:30am PDT

8:30am PDT

Understanding Code-switching and Masking in Multiple Marginalized Communities: BIPOC, Trans, and Autistic Experiences
Presenters from a variety of backgrounds will highlight how "code-switching" and "masking" become a form of survival and self-care, helping BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and neurodivergent people live authentically and tell their stories. This session will feature the voices of BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ and neurodivergent mental health providers, talking about their lived experiences and how to support self-discovery, commitment to self-care, and survival in a world still learning about the BIPOC, gender spectrum and neurodiversity. This session presents strategies for incorporating self reflection, artistic forms of expression and/or embracing the geeky into our work with BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and neurodivergent youth in an effort to help affirm who they are and guide them in finding their voice.
(Advanced)

Presenters
avatar for Lorran Garrison

Lorran Garrison

School Psychologist, Little Brainstorm
Lorran "Lorraine" Garrison (she/her), geeky School Psychologist, PPS (author and co-founder of Little Brainstorm).


Thursday July 14, 2022 8:30am - 8:30am PDT

8:30am PDT

BIPOC Families in Transition: Aligning the Heart and Head
Families are a child's first introduction to the world. The BIPOC experience adds nuanced factors that add much joy and group affiliation. When a begins a gender journey they take that family along with them. BIPOC families desire to celebrate their children and deserve the space and tools to participate in the fullness of that experience. If you are feeling overwhelmed in the transition, this course offers an island of hope that you are not alone. Come learn about this transition and adopt tools to add your unique cultural experience to the process.

Presenters
avatar for L.Frances Brown, MEd

L.Frances Brown, MEd

L.Frances Brown, MEd contends the intersectionality of her life experiences include Black Woman; Parent of a Trans Adult; Graduate of a Historically Black College and University; Registered Voter and School Psychologist formerly assigned to an urban school district. My career in... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Kimberly H. Lemite, NCSP

Dr. Kimberly H. Lemite, NCSP

Licensed School Psychologist, Aligned Clinical and Educational Services
Dr. Kimberly H. Lemite, NCSP started as an elementary school teacher in NYC and Long Island NY.  She graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University earning a PhD in School Psychology.  She has worked in Henrico County Public schools and Chesterfield County Public Schools... Read More →


Thursday July 14, 2022 8:30am - 8:30am PDT

8:30am PDT

Clinical Considerations When Treating Parents of Transgender / Non-Binary Children
Parents of Trans*/NB children experience significant emotional distress, secondary stigma related to trans negativity, and feel reluctant to seek support outside their immediate family due to fear of rejection. These negative psychological states are problematic due to the fact that no matter the age of the Trans*/NB loved one, parental support is one of the most important protective factors reducing risks of depression, anxiety, substance use and suicide.

As a result, therapists treating the Trans*/NB population should be knowledgeable of the psycho/social/emotional factors that contribute to parental distress, understand the reasons why parents should also be a focus of treatment, and be familiar with different treatment approaches and appropriateness depending on whether parents are accepting or unaccepting of their loved ones Trans*/NB gender.

This course provides an overview of the parent transition experience and how clinicians can best support that journey.

Presenters
avatar for Linda K. Reeves, LMFT

Linda K. Reeves, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, WPATH GEI Gender Specialist, Beach Cities LGBT Therapy
Linda K. Reeves is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, speaker, and professor. Linda received a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Los Angeles with a specialization in LGBTQ+ Affirmative Psychotherapy, and is WPATH GEI Certified as a Gender... Read More →


Thursday July 14, 2022 8:30am - 8:30am PDT

8:30am PDT

Doing Gender Work as a Gender-Expansive Professional Working with Gender-Expansive Clients
This workshop is hosted by gender-expansive individuals and is specifically for gender-expansive professionals. Please respect the intentional creation of this safe space. The session will explore a variety of topics, which may include: being out in the workplace, transitioning, working with gender-expansive clients (in the mental health, medical, advocacy, and other fields), working with cisgender managers/supervisors, the highs and lows of doing gender work as a gender-expansive professional, and others. Depending on group size, breakout discussion sessions may take place to maximize engagement and participation.

Presenters
avatar for Carla Peña

Carla Peña

Manager, Professional Development, Gender Spectrum
Carla Peña is a queer, non-binary writer, educator, and activist. Committed to equity andsocial justice, they have focused their life’s work on LGBTQ+ rights, inclusiveeducation, youth work, and community organizing.Born and raised in Queens, New York (the unceded land of theMatinecock/Munsee... Read More →


Thursday July 14, 2022 8:30am - 8:30am PDT

8:30am PDT

Born in the Right Body: Body as Ally in Embodied Transitions
The idea that trans people were “born in the wrong body” is outdated. New narratives are needed that can more accurately capture the complexity of the trans experience, while also providing a way forward for those who transition both medically and socially. This workshop provides an introduction to the “Body-As-Ally” model, which I have developed through my work as a gender doula and through my own healing journey. This workshop will cover what trans dissociation is and how it functions in the trans body and experience, how the body can be reconceptualized as an ally in transition, trauma-informed approaches to encouraging embodiment, using gender euphoria as a North Star in Gender transition, and an exercise to help folks access their embodied “yes” and “no.”
(Advanced)

Presenters
avatar for Elias Lawliet

Elias Lawliet

Gender doula, The Gender Doula
Elias A. Lawliet is a The Gender Doula and a PhD candidate at Berkeley. In his doula role, he brings a unique mix of academic research and training, personal experience, spiritual care, and empathetic understanding to help those who are exploring, questioning, or transitioning their... Read More →


Thursday July 14, 2022 8:30am - 8:30am PDT

8:30am PDT

Cultivating Queer Joy
What brings you joy? This question may seem simple, but it can be very complex. In a time where anti-LGBTQ+ legislation is rampant in the news, joy can seem so far away. However, intentionally cultivating joy - including queer joy - is paramount to combatting the trauma occurring across the country and world. In this session, participants will define what joy means to them, learn how to cultivate joy and dismantle barriers that exist within joy, and develop their own joy plan. Participants will be able to take these skills back to their groups and help youth define and cultivate queer joy for themselves.

Presenters
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Davi Mühlinghaus- Anderson

Davi Mühlinghaus- Anderson (they/them/theirs) is in school to do something involving healthcare! They also work closely with Gender Spectrum, facilitating the pre-teen and teen groups for gender expansive youth. They also help out with the National Parents group with Gender Spectrum... Read More →
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Ace Schwarz

Mx, The Shipley School
Ace Schwarz is a trans/non-binary middle school science teacher. They have been teaching science for seven years and love incorporating social justice elements within the science classroom. Ace uses social media platforms like Instagram to help educators, caregivers, and administrators... Read More →


Thursday July 14, 2022 8:30am - 8:30am PDT

8:30am PDT

Gender-Related Research: Critical Knowledge for Professionals
In settings ranging from social media to school board meetings, contradictory facts and figures are often cited related to transgender and nonbinary youth. It can be challenging to assess the validity of these claims, some of which have implications harmful to young people. This session will help participants assess, understand and respond to some of the most often-cited research used to block gender-inclusive initiatives such as so- called “rapid-onset gender dysphoria” and “desistance.” In addition, research on the positive impact of support from parents/caregivers, educators and other professionals, and peers will be highlighted. This workshop is designed for any professionals seeking to increase their own understanding of gender and gain tools to support their work with gender diverse youth. The presentation assumes a basic understanding of gender diversity.
(Advanced)

Presenters
avatar for Kim Westheimer

Kim Westheimer

Director Research, Policy and Practice, Gender Spectrum
Kim Westheimer is the Director of Research, Policy and Practice for Gender Spectrum where she leads programming related to partnerships and research. Gender has been a recurring thread in her work: whether encouraging students to examine their own gender stories or developing systemic... Read More →


Thursday July 14, 2022 8:30am - 8:30am PDT

8:30am PDT

The Pressure of Coming Out
In this workshop the pressure of defining yourself will be discussed. In addition to this inicial subject, we will dive into some other topics related to figuring out your gender identity, such as understanding the fluency of gender and how it is possible for it to change as the time goes by.

The workshop will dive into the process of discovering your gender identity and how to come to terms with it in the healthiest and safest way possible, providing those who attend it with information about the wide array of gender identities, advice on how to come out safely, and of course a space for everyone to discuss and share their experiences on this topic.

Presenters
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Jimena Mudryk

My name is Jimena Mudryk. I identify as gender fluid and my pronouns are she/they/he.I am a college student from Buenos Aires, Argentina who has found interest in understanding more about the vast gender spectrum and thus raising awareness about the importance of validating everyone's... Read More →


Thursday July 14, 2022 8:30am - 8:30am PDT

8:45am PDT

Settling in...
Thursday July 14, 2022 8:45am - 9:15am PDT

9:15am PDT

Symposium Opening
Thursday July 14, 2022 9:15am - 9:30am PDT

9:30am PDT

Opening Keynote
Thursday July 14, 2022 9:30am - 10:15am PDT

10:30am PDT

WORKSHOP BLOCK #1
Thursday July 14, 2022 10:30am - 11:45am PDT

12:00pm PDT

Self Care Block (Thursday)
Thursday July 14, 2022 12:00pm - 12:45pm PDT

1:00pm PDT

WORKSHOP BLOCK #2
Thursday July 14, 2022 1:00pm - 2:15pm PDT

2:30pm PDT

WORKSHOP BLOCK #3
Thursday July 14, 2022 2:30pm - 3:45pm PDT
 
Friday, July 15
 

8:45am PDT

Settling in...
Friday July 15, 2022 8:45am - 9:15am PDT

9:15am PDT

Symposium Opening
Friday July 15, 2022 9:15am - 9:30am PDT

9:45am PDT

WORKSHOP BLOCK #4
Friday July 15, 2022 9:45am - 11:00am PDT

11:15am PDT

WORKSHOP BLOCK #5
Friday July 15, 2022 11:15am - 12:30pm PDT

12:45pm PDT

Self Care Block (Thursday)
Friday July 15, 2022 12:45pm - 1:30pm PDT

1:45pm PDT

WORKSHOP BLOCK #6
Friday July 15, 2022 1:45pm - 3:00pm PDT

3:15pm PDT

Closing Keynote
Friday July 15, 2022 3:15pm - 4:30pm PDT