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Daily Schedule for Friday March 22, 2019

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9:00A Transgender in the Scriptures Mrs. Masha-Leah Dinah Birch

Mrs. Masha-Leah
Dinah
Much of the animus towards the LGBT and specifically transgender community is based upon Religious Teachings from the Scriptures. While the Scriptures can be interpreted in many ways partly because there are words in the scriptures which we just do not know their actual meaning, we have to infer their meaning from a context that we think existed at the time but are not sure. This issue is analogous to our Constitution; we keep running into questions as to what the text of the Constitution actually means and that's why we have a Supreme Court to opine on how to interpret such. And different Judges with different backgrounds and values don't always interpret it the same way. So, if we can't always agree on what a document written in English only a couple of hundred years ago means, then who can definitively say what Scriptures says about LGBT issues? Indeed, that's partly why some religious denominations are accepting, and others are not. If you want to be comfortable that the Scriptures didn't leave trans people out or want arguments to refute the non-accepting, this is the right session to attend.
9:00A Electrolysis and You: How Permanent Hair Removal Can Transform Your Transition Ms. Yuki Arai
Frances Velasquez
Dogwood

Ms. Yuki
Arai

Frances
Velasquez
In this presentation I will be discussing the importance and relevance of electrolysis for trans people. I'll cover the advantages and disadvantages of various forms of hair removal for the face and body, but also explain how important it is to have a thorough program of electrolysis in the run-up to GRS which applies both MTF and FTM patients. I will explain about hair cycles, how electrolysis is different to laser, preparing for electrolysis, pain management, and what results can be expected over various time-frames. I will also give suggestions on what you should look for when selecting an electrologist. Ultimately I will be detailing how hair removal - and electrolysis in particular - can be used to assist you as you transition, and help you show the world your best self!
9:00A Makeup for Blending in Elizabeth Taylor Elm

Elizabeth
Taylor
Makeup artist Elizabeth Taylor will demonstrate how to create and apply natural-looking makeup. The goal is to help transgender women across the gender spectrum blend in mainstream settings like shopping malls, restaurants, and the workplace. Beth will draw from her five years of experience working with transgender women at her Washington, DC makeover and photography studio. Audience participation and questions are encouraged.
9:00A What about Part Time Trans Women---We Are Trans, Too! Mrs. Jennifer White Fir

Mrs. Jennifer
White
What About Part Time?

“Transgender” encompasses a wide variety on the gender spectrum, including those who dress or express their femininity or masculinity “part-time”. While nearly all begin part-time, some remain “dual-gendered”, either by choice or constrained by outside factors. Exploring and sharing the reasons why, and our respective solutions, we gain greater understanding, support, mechanisms for coping, and more confidence in our lives and exploration of selves. This talk is open to all, including significant others, full time trans men and women, and those simply interested in the subject. The workshop will explore these issues as well as include an opportunity for open discussion.
9:00A Body and Brain Yoga Ms. Emelda Nim Hemlock

Ms. Emelda
Nim
This class will concentrate on light stretching, proper breathing, meditation, relaxation and an introduction to Tai Chi. Loose and comfortable clothing such as Yoga pants, sweat pants, T-shirt and socks are needed, Shorts are not recommended. The class will slowly progress from simple stretching to prepare for further exercise, instruction on proper breathing and explanation why proper breathing is important everyday. You'll be taught ways to relax and meditate for everyday life, and accumulation of energy. Introduction to Tai Chi to show further ways to relax and focusing on rebalancing your body.
9:00A Avoid Being Outed by Your Online Data Mrs. Stephanie Anne Jeffries Salon C

Mrs. Stephanie Anne
Jeffries
Data breaches, hacks of personal information, and identity theft are recurring, frightening facts of modern life. And they're especially alarming to trans people - who usually have strong and deeply personal reasons to tightly-control their online identity and data ...and yours is already far-flung around the internet and probably out of your control. If you're in stealth mode, concerned about being unintentionally outed, actively redefining yourself, or simply worried about what you might lose if hacked, then you should attend this workshop. We'll follow the advice offered and collected in Stephanie's previous session (attending it is STRONGLY encouraged). Following the 80/20 rule, we'll take the top steps to keep your online identity safe, controlled and consistent - so that you alone can manage the privacy of your identity - especially if you must keep your trans and non-trans identities separated online. Bring your laptop, tablet or smartphone!
9:00A Transgender Clinical Management- The Basics Continuing Education Mr. Dane Menkin Salon D

Mr. Dane
Menkin
In this session, we will cover the information all providers need to know about starting hormones and ongoing medical management for transgender and non-binary individuals. Dane will use vast experience teaching and providing care to walk attendees through evaluating, prescribing and monitoring ongoing care. This presentation will cover language used and that to avoid, simple changes needed within practice settings, consents, navigating minors in care and hormone prescribing options and the monitoring of progress. We will cover some of the clinical concerns common for prescribers and also some solutions for unanticipated deviations in care.
9:00A Transitioning the Whole Family Marla Meier Salon E

Marla
Meier
No one transitions alone. We all have others in our lives who are affected by the transition. For those who accept our reality, they must come to terms with the transition, and they must also deal with its impact on their own relationships. There are many sources on how to tell others about our own transitions, but too few on preparing our friends and family for the impact of the experience on their own lives.

This session explores methods, resources, and information our loved ones need in order to understand the experience and challenges of their transitioning loved one, as well as to assuage their own concerns. We also discuss ways to prepare them to share with others in their own lives, including extended family, friends, religious groups, service organizations, and co-workers.
10:30A Coming Out…..The Good, The Bad and the Indifferent Continuing Education Dr. Gennifer Herley Birch

Dr. Gennifer
Herley
This Group participatory workshop will explore the feelings and Experiences of anyone in the Trans Community who has or would like to express their identity to their spouse, girlfriend, significant other, Friends, Family, Work and the World at Large! As a group let’s hear each other’s stories so that may learn from one another. There are always similarities and differences from where we come from. Hopefully by sharing stories you will discover where you are going and where you would like to be currently or in the future. So come share your story in this workshop and let’s find some strategies and new ways to help one another communicate our Authenticity to our loved ones and the World!!
10:30A The Woman Within – Dressing Well for Who You Are Now Ms. Katherine Cartmell Chestnut

Ms. Katherine
Cartmell
By now, you’ve probably learned to dress in a consistent and age-appropriate style that makes you feel comfortable. In this workshop, we will explore the details that truly make your clothing fit well, present you at your very best and support your individual sense of style. One special focus will be looking current and on trend. Being -- and looking -- youthful in spirit is not a luxury. Today’s job market and workplace require a hip, flexible outlook – and a hip, age-appropriate wardrobe that communicates your spirit. What you’ll learn:

Balance and Line ~ For many, our bodies have unique proportions that will never align with standard measurements. So, you’ll learn to create your own rules, ones that work for your body ~ from head to toe ~ to create balance and flattering proportion in your clothes.

Fit ~ Dressing to fit your real body requires a few tricks, using tools that are many women’s best kept secrets. Learn them to look great, current and more youthful, too.

Details ~ You’ll learn how to assess your assets ~ and what you want to play down. Learn to shop with confidence knowing what colors, fabrics, necklines, sleeves, lengths and accessories work for you.

Putting it Together ~ You’ll learn how to feel truly confident in any setting, knowing that you fit in, yet stand out with vibrancy, with a style that is uniquely you.
10:30A Learn Practical Skills to Manage and Lessen Anxiety - During and After Transition Continuing Education Ms. Sherrie-An Gerhart
Ms. Magdalene Edwards
Dogwood

Ms. Sherrie-An
Gerhart

Ms. Magdalene
Edwards
Being transgender comes with an entire set of unique stressors. Family, doctors, money, even restrooms bring new worries and an undercurrent of fear. Having the courage to be true to yourself doesn’t prepare you for the daily emotional challenges of doing so. Sherrie-An will share practical skills from Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) that anyone can use, in any situation, to manage their emotional response and reduce distress. An outgrowth of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), this progressive psychological approach doesn’t focus on the ‘why’ you feel so-and-so but provides the ‘WHAT’ to do when you do. Skills for the ‘HOW’ to successfully manage distress and reduce suffering. Begin to enjoy transition, feel better about yourself and the world you live in. Having the skills to manage and accept distress while becoming your true self you can be your first step.
10:30A Black Transmen Inc: One Is Not Born A Man He Becomes One Mr. Carter Brown Elm

Mr. Carter
Brown
Black Transmen Exist and Together We Are Powerful! Black Transmen Inc creates space for Black Transmen Embracing African Heritage, Manhood and Brotherhood. This workshop will provide an opportunity to engage in discussion about living in our truth, the power of community and advancing the Black trans movement. It is a known and statistical fact that societal challenges for an African American male exist. It is also well known that negative stereotypes of Black men have overhang stagnantly for generations. The goal of this workshop is to hold open dialogue with trans-masculine people about how we can all positively contribute to ending the cycle and diminishing the stereotypes by exposing the world to another face of Black men. By helping to build stronger (trans)men, it will inevitably build stronger families, stronger communities and a stronger society.
10:30A Is 2019 the Year Pennsylvania Finally Passes Non-Discrimination Protections for LGBTQ people? Naiymah Sanchez
Julie Zaebst
Fir

Naiymah
Sanchez

Julie
Zaebst
Have you experienced discrimination? Are you eager to join the fight to strengthen discrimination protections for transgender people in Pennsylvania? Join ACLU staff for a workshop on the state of non-discrimination protections in Pennsylvania, including the latest on legislation that is moving through the Pennsylvania Senate. This year presents a unique opportunity to advance a bill that would finally give our communities comprehensive protections - find out what's next and how you can get involved!
10:30A WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health), the Standards of Care, and Counseling the Trans-Identified Patient Continuing Education Dr. Michele Angello Salon C

Dr. Michele
Angello
The presentation will identify the recommended requirements to be met prior to medical transition as well as the counselling process gender specialists use to determine the need for transitional treatment methods.
10:30A Transgender in Faith Ms. Jennifer Lehman Salon D

Ms. Jennifer
Lehman
In this interactive workshop, we'll explore the role that faith has played in our transgender journey and the journey of others in our lives. Ms. Jennifer Lehman will share her story of the role that her faith played in her transition in 2013 and how by following this faith journey it has made an impact on the faith journey for others in her congregation. The workshop will also provide time for participants to share their faith based stories. Come share your story and hear how God is working in all of our lives! Are you looking for a church service to attend after the conference? Reverend Wiant and Market Square are again inviting conference attendees to for the 11:00 Sunday service. See the Sunday Schedule for more details.
10:30A Ask a Spouse/SO Mrs. Karen Lehman
Ms. Susan Bienvenu
Ms. Kate Weber
Salon E

Mrs. Karen
Lehman

Ms. Susan
Bienvenu

Ms. Kate
Weber
This panel of spouses/significant others (SO’s) provides an opportunity for transgender individuals to ask questions of other SO’s regarding relationships, feelings, and emotions. The panel can also act as a sounding board for conversations that a transgender person may want to have with their spouse/significant other. The SO’s on this panel have asked their transgender spouses to not be in the room so as to provide an open and honest forum. This workshop may be able to offer perspective and insight on how your journey affects the ones you love.
2:00P Transition In Communities Ms. Lilia Weber Birch

Ms. Lilia
Weber
Transition is a loaded term for folx in the Transgender and Gender-Expansive world. As we each transition to expressing and living our true gender, we will discuss how connection to various communities can help. It can help support us and it can help clarify our own identities. Lilia will share some of her personal experiences and then we will have interactive activities along with group discussion. Let’s move our transition from an act of becoming to a state of being. Previous Keystone Conferences
2:00P An Unedited Life: A Couple's Journey Into The Open Bree Fram
Mrs. Peg Fram
Chestnut

Bree
Fram

Mrs. Peg
Fram
Peg and Bree/Bryan have been together for 19 years and have two children (10 and 6), but for 16 of those years no one knew the whole story. Peg described it best as living an edited life, where we always had to keep a censor in place between our thoughts and what we said or wrote. Bree revealed that there was something a bit different about her a few weeks into the relationship, but it stayed between the two of them for many years due to internal and external factors. When the military changed their policy regarding transgender service, Bree was able to come out publicly. Not without a bit of fear, the family jumped into the unknown. This workshop will cover some of our history together and the challenges we've faced along the way. It will touch on life in the closet, telling the kids, coming out, having a foot in two genders, relationship issues, and the value of visibility. Audience questions and participation is welcome.
2:00P History, Biology and Inspiration Ms. Allyson Hale Dogwood

Ms. Allyson
Hale
This workshop will acquaint participants with transgender history, the biology that makes questions of gender more complex than the binary system of traditional social norms, and the importance of owning one’s life as a transgender person. First, historical transgender individuals from 1503 BC to today will be introduced and examined. Second, the presentation will focus on chromosomal differences in our population in the context of society as well as explore the importance of hormone receptors in our development. This workshop will end with a discussion of the difficult, but important steps in our journey to accept and celebrate our true selves.
2:00P Packing, Peeing and Prosthetics for Trans-Masculine Folks (age 18+ only) Mr. Mason Luke Elm

Mr. Mason
Luke
Have you ever bought something in helps that it would relieve dysphoria? Many folks do, but unfortunately many times the items aren't what we expected or they don't work as advertised. Why throw away good money with bad products? As a product tester and reviewer, Mason has tried dozens products including binders, packers, prosthetics, and other adult items. He will speak about many of the products currently on the market. You will leave with an understanding of all the variables to picking an item that's right for you! He will also bring sample items that you can optionally touch and compare for a more hands on experience.
2:00P Sex, Gender and The Law Ms. Debra Soshoux Fir

Ms. Debra
Soshoux
As art mimics life, so does the law. For over forty years our legal issues focused on largely on employment. Now it’s toilets. Was it always destined to be so? We’ve seen greater attitudinal shift toward trans people in the last five years than in the last fifty. We’ll track the facts, the legal arguments, and look closely at the cast of characters in this drama (or is it a farce?) -- legislators, litigants, lawyers and judges. With the benefit of 20-20 hindsight, we’ll try to figure-out who got what right, who did not, why/why not, and where are we going?
2:00P Perfecting your Wig & Contour 101 Laurie Chism
Jackie Cee
Hemlock

Laurie
Chism

Jackie
Cee
Have you ever wondered if your wig is right for your face shape? Have you wondered what coloring matches your skin tone? Have you wondered how to style your wig natural hair as you transition? Have you questioned how to properly care for your hair/wig? Have you wondered what the difference is in a $60 wig and a $600 wig?  Do you struggle trying to contour and feminze your face shape? If you answered yes to any of these questions this workshop is for you.   Join style and beauty expert Laurie Chism, in this fun, interactive, and educational workshop See your confidence level soar as you learn the skills to expertly style your wig/hair. Laurie Chism will both entertain and inspire you, while teaching how to choose what wig looks best for your face, shape and color! Laurie will also demonstrate some simple and easy ways to shape & contour your face to bring out the best most feminine version of you.
2:00P The Politics of Pretense: Questioning the Motives of Those Who Cross Gender Boundaries Continuing Education Dr. Jeanine Ruhsam CANCELLED

Dr. Jeanine
Ruhsam
This workshop arises from my work as an expert consultant for the Pennsylvania and New Hampshire Departments of Corrections and also though developing policies and protocols to support transgender college students. Both the carceral and academic institutions report newly increasing evidence of inmates and students claiming to be transgender for assumed gainful motives. This behavior is referred to as “transtrending” on campuses. I begin by examining the historical accounts of those who crossed gender lines and chose to present, live and work as the gender opposite their biological birth sex. Long labelled frauds, deceivers and pretenders these people are widely perceived as cheating in order to achieve something of value that they do not deserve. But why, in American culture, have people chosen to cross gender, if not for some perceived benefit? The late current argument that transgender people are “born this way” and are becoming their “true, authentic selves” collapses in the face of historical accounts that reveal almost always a beneficial motive behind such transition. The recent surge in suspected pretending and transtrending is being used as a rationale to discredit and deny the legitimacy of all transgender people. The cultural, legal and political ramifications of this backlash affect the care and management of both the individuals suspected of manifesting it and also adversely affects the larger transgender population. I intervene in this debate on the authenticity of transgender people, looking to cultural precedents to reveal how legitimate claims to cross-gender identity were accepted long before the scalpel and hormones became de rigeur in the subject’s effort to “prove” their veracity.
2:00P Facial Feminization: Customized Evaluation and Treatment for Optimal Results Continuing Education Dr. Sherman Leis Salon D

Dr. Sherman
Leis
Dr. Leis will demonstrate and explain classic prototypes of masculine and feminine facial features. He will discuss a variety of options for feminizing facial features and demonstrate that in the majority of cases, excellent results can be obtained without extensive and expensive cranio-facial surgery. Cases are shown demonstrating excellent and natural results from selective and customized facial feminization procedures.
2:00P Advanced Care and Management of Transgender Adults and Adolescents Continuing Education Mr. Dane Menkin Salon E

Mr. Dane
Menkin
This presentation will move the conversation about medical care and management beyond the basics. It is aimed at providers with some experience in seeing and managing patients undergoing medical transition. Dane will present clinical cases which are not common but are regularly seen with higher volumes of transgender patients. In these cases, less commonly utilized medications and techniques will be discussed as well as discussion of more complex patients who present for care.
3:30P Law Enforcement, the Criminal Justice System and the Transgender Community Ms. Sarah Moore Birch

Ms. Sarah
Moore
The media is full of stories that paint law enforcement in a negative way and consequently create the perception that one should be afraid of law enforcement officers. While this is a topic of great debate amongst politicians and citizens alike the inevitable fallout is the creation of some level of fear for the average person. This fear is magnified when you are the member of a group, like the transgender community, that has historically been misunderstood, marginalized, ridiculed, abused or worse. This workshop will look at various situations in which members of the transgender community may interact with law enforcement and the criminal justice system. We will explore options for successfully navigating situations that range from traffic stops to felony level criminal investigations. Attendees will receive a quick reference card with the top five tips for interacting with law enforcement. Audience participation and the sharing of personal experiences is encouraged but not required. This is an updated version of last year's workshop that was standing room only.
3:30P Healthcare for the Transgender Population Continuing Education Mrs. Petra Hayden-Wisnewski Chestnut

Mrs. Petra
Hayden-Wisnewski
Healthcare for the Trans-gendered population can often times be a precarious and frightening experience. Healthcare professionals often times do not receive the appropriate education on how best to care for individuals who are in this sector of our society. This presentation will offer insight and information on how best to treat Trans-gendered individuals seeking out healthcare providers.
3:30P The Woman Within - Finding your Feminine Style Ms. Katherine Cartmell Dogwood

Ms. Katherine
Cartmell
Just like any girl growing up, whether you know it or not your sense of self was formed by watching the women around you. Years of watching, learning and emulating made some of those women your role models. It may be your mother, an aunt, a sister, a boss, a friend, or even a movie character. Your role models hold keys to your personal style ~ that person you‘re trying to reflect through what you wear. Finding that fundamental style will help you build a chic, workable wardrobe that gives you confidence ~ because it truly reflects you.

In this interactive workshop, we’ll help you discover those influences which, when distilled and applied, communicate to the world who you really are. Then, we’ll demystify the art of dressing well – focusing on dressing for our real age. Many of us come into our own in our “second act,” and we want – and need -- to look chic, vibrant and always appropriate. At the same time, by dressing well we can actually appear younger! Finally, we can truly embrace being the age we are, beautifully.
3:30P Making Your Voice Heard Corinne Goodwin Elm

Corinne
Goodwin
There is little doubt that trans people and trans rights are under significant pressure. But, studies show that when people either know a trans person or become informed about trans issues they are over 80% more likely to support trans inclusiveness. That means it is more important to tell our stories and advocate on behalf of trans folk than ever before. The good news is that you don’t have to be an activist and you don’t even have to be “out” to get your voice heard. In this interactive workshop we will explore a spectrum of activities – from simple and easy to more robust - that can make a difference for our community. So whether you are “in” or “out” of the closet, an introvert or an extrovert, a leader or a follower, this seminar will help to inspire you to seek out ways that you can make a positive contribution.
3:30P How to Transition Successfully on the Job Ms. Victoria Datta Fir

Ms. Victoria
Datta
This workshop gives transgender individuals who are seeking to transition on the job the necessary tools to reach their goal successfully. In the presentation, we will review 1. The Basics (you need to address when considering transition on the job), 2. The Plan (you need to create), 3. The Execution (how to realize your plan), 4. The Adjustment (it's not all rainbows and unicorns, be prepared), 5. The Integration (remember it's a journey not a single date). This Workshop has been adopted into Federal Govt., I myself along with many others who have attended my workshop in prior years have used it to successfully transition in their own workplace.
3:30P Female-to-Male (FTM) Gender Affirming Surgical Options - A Comprehensive Guide Continuing Education Dr. Kathy Rumer Salon C

Dr. Kathy
Rumer
During this workshop, Dr. Rumer will present a detailed discussion of the most common gender affirming surgical options available to the transitioning female-to-male individual. These surgical procedures will be presented from the pre-operative, operative and post-operative perspectives. The surgical procedures that will be presented include genital surgery (MLD phalloplasty, abdominal flap phalloplasty, metoidioplasty, urethral lengthening), chest masculinization (periareolar, keyhole), facial masculinization (brow lift,blepharoplasty, face lift, rhinoplasty and fat grafting), body contouring (liposuction) and hair transplantation (scalp, beard and eyebrows). Illustrations and before/after photographs will be presented to support the discussion. Dr. Rumer welcomes questions and audience participation throughout her presentation.
3:30P Male to Female Surgical Options: Genital, Facial Feminization, Breast Augmentation, Revisions/Repairs and Body Contouring Continuing Education Dr. Ellie Ley Salon D

Dr. Ellie
Ley
A PowerPoint Presentation discussing current surgical techniques, a discussion of procedures, risks and complications, before and after photos with time for questions and answers. Dr. Ley is available for brief individual one on one visits. You may contact our 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.
3:30P Understanding the Biology of Gender Continuing Education Prof. Fawn Oates Salon E

Prof. Fawn
Oates
Have you wanted to explode when hearing, “What gender are they REALLY?” or “Biologically, there are only two genders”? Understand the intricacies of how biological gender is formed. A concrete model of biological sex is given with a handout that can help you explain it to others who haven’t been exposed to these ideas and why gender is more complicated than just male and female. Intersexed conditions will be discussed to help illustrate how we understand each piece of the gender puzzle. Attendees will be left with the skills to educate others while also advocating for all gender variance and diversity.

 

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