While most of us have some understand the needs and obstacles for the LGBQ community related to sexual orientation, many of us are still clueless about the complexities faced by trans*, transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. We all have plenty to learn about gender identity and expression. Later this month there is an excellent opportunity to educate yourself and to get to meet some wonderful people.
TransOhio continues their tradition of educating trans* people and the community at-large about the lives and needs of trans* and gender non-conforming individuals with their Sixth TransOhio Trans and Ally Symposium. Presenters are encouraged to “think outside the box” as they develop sessions. Sessions may include presentations, panels, workshop, group discussions, arts and crafts, activities and performances. This three day educational conference will take place May 30, 31 and June 1 at OSU’s Ohio Union (1739 N. High St.).
As a community that knows the value of having allies on our side for understanding and support, we can certainly work to be stronger allies to the trans* members of our community. The cost starts at $50 for Saturday and Sunday. Registration and more information are available at TransOhio.org.
Friday, May 30:
Provider’s Day Sessions
This full day of sessions and speakers is geared toward medical, legal and social work professionals and service providers. CEUs/CLEs are available for most sessions for those with credentials seeking continuing education credits.
Provider's Day keynote speaker is Dr. Kristen Benson, Ph.D., LMFT, CFLE. She is an assistant professor of human development and family science at North Dakota State University and a licensed marriage and family therapist and certified family Life educator. Her current research explores
the experiences of parents raising transgender and gender creative children. She is committed to training therapists to create affirmative therapeutic spaces for transgender clients and their loved ones.
Saturday, May 31:
General Conference Sessions
This full day will feature the symposium’s keynote speaker
and offer a variety of sessions covering a broad range of
trans* and related topics.
Symposium keynote speaker Kyle Allum was the first openly transgender Division I athlete. He has been featured in Sports Illustrated, OUT magazine’s Out 100 and The Advocate’s 40 under 40. Allum now shares his story with athletic departments and universities across the U.S. He is the founder and creative director of Project I Am Enough that utilizes artistic projects, identity discussions and self-acceptance encouragement. The fact that the suicide rate is still very high among LGBTQ youth is a constant reminder for Allum to diligently continue his work. Allum said, “We must learn to love ourselves before we can hope for change anywhere else.”
Sunday, June 1:
General Conference Sessions
This half day will offer additional sessions on a broad range of trans* and related topics.
Here is a sampling of Saturday and Sunday sessions: Kylar Broadus will facilitate a panel entitled “Walking While Transgender” that is geared toward stopping violence and murder. Cory Chan-Frederick will educate about new policies for trans* students in public schools, anti-bullying policies and federal civil rights statutes that are now being used to protect and include them in the classroom. Andrea Schultz will present on playing sports as and with trans* athletes with a focus on how they can better accommodate trans* identified athletes. Irene Testerman and Claire Roberts will facilitate a Q& A session for partners of trans* individuals. Harper Jean Tobin and Lisa Mottet will present on ending abuse of trans* people in jails and prisons and how to advocate for fewer incarcerated trans* people .
TransOhio serves the Ohio transgender and ally communities by providing services, education, support and advocacy, which promotes and improves the health, safety and life experience of the Ohio transgender individual and community.