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Daily Schedule for Saturday March 23, 2019

Click on the Activity/Event title to view the details. Click on the presenter's image for workshops (light yellow) to view their bios. Times & events are tentative and subject to change. We will post the most up-to-date information as we receive it so please check back often. The final schedule will be posted by end of February.

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9:00A Life After Transition Ms. Jocelyn Young
Ms. Janelle Crossley
Ash

Ms. Jocelyn
Young

Ms. Janelle
Crossley
This workshop will look at several aspects of life after transition. The first topic we will look at is the basics for sexual orientation and gender identity/expression for those individuals not familiar with the differences. Since we are looking at life after transition, one topic we will look at is how those of us who have transitioned can assist those women who are just beginning their journey. Another aspect we will cover is Finding Your Voice. As transgender women who have transitioned we need to stand up for ourselves and support others who are having difficulty standing up for themselves. This could be as simple as asking someone to use your proper pronouns. Another topic covered will be fitting in in public. For some of us it is easier than others. We have been involved with volunteering and other activities prior to transition. Just because you are a transgender woman, that should not stop you from developing new interests or continuing activities that you enjoy. We will also discuss the grieving process for the family. Yes, this is a process once we begin our transition that family members deal with. The final topic that is discussed is aging after transition. This topic will look at aging issues, discrimination and abuse. Questions are encouraged during the presentation.
9:00A Drug User Health in the Transgender Community Mr. Tobias Gurl Birch

Mr. Tobias
Gurl
Transgender individuals are both more likely to use substances and less able to access harm reduction or treatment measures through the healthcare system. This presentation will examine the reasons why transgender individuals use substances; their patterns of use both in Iowa and the nation as a whole; and what can be done to improve their access to care. It will also include information on general harm reduction best practices.
9:00A Everything You Want to Know About Permanent Hair Removal Ms. Irina Cardos
Mr. Daniel Rutkowski
Dogwood

Ms. Irina
Cardos

Mr. Daniel
Rutkowski
Irina Cardos, LE, CPE and Daniel Rutkowski, LE, CPE of Precision Hair Removal and Skin Care will provide an in-depth explanation of facial and genital hair removal via electrolysis and other methods. We will discuss the pros and cons and attendees will also learn about the hair growth cycle and how to maximize their hair removal results. Electrolysis is the only FDA approved method of permanent hair removal. Precision Hair Removal and Skin Care is the only electrolysis provider in North America that offers multi-hour sessions with prescription-strength topical lidocaine and physician-administered intravenous sedation ("twilight sleep") with lidocaine local nerve and field blocks during transgender MTF facial and pre-SRS/GCS hair removal. This sedation protocol offers the opportunity to clear the entire face and neck of hair in 1 to 2 days with up to a 40% reduction per clearing. So, if your lifestyle is such that you don’t want to frequently let your facial hair grow out before each visit to a traditional electrologist, this is your answer.
9:00A Celebrating Trans and Nonbinary Identities Ms. Ann Murdoch Elm

Ms. Ann
Murdoch
Participants will gain an appreciation for how inspiring many people from all walks of life find our stories of overcoming shame, stigma and discrimination to live our authentic lives as well as explore of how our personal stories both shape and are shaped by our identities. At a time when trans and GNC identities are being called into question, celebrating the strength, resilience and authenticity of the trans community is especially important. Our stories are powerful and inspirational within and beyond the trans community. Those who feel comfortable doing so will have an opportunity to share their own stories in celebration of the awesomeness of our diverse and inclusive community!
9:00A How Theology Can Aid in Transition Rev. M.C. Johnson Fir

Rev. M.C.
Johnson
In my own transition I have found strength in my personal theology: what I believe about God. There are many who feel that they have the right to tell me how they believe God feels about me. And like many I have been tempted to take what they believe to heart. What I have found is that what I know personally about my interactions with God are more important to my well being than what others may speculate about me. My purpose is not to have you think like I do, but to share how personally clarifying for myself what I believe has been a way I have found to deal with the toxic religious ideas of others. This personal work has helped me deal with internalized transphobia. My hope that my spiritual struggles may be of help to yours. My answers to my spiritual questions may not be yours, but my hope is that your answers to your questions will be just as helpful in your transition.
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 Roadmap for Getting Trans Health Care Covered by Insurance Continuing Education Mr. Noah Lewis Salon C

Mr. Noah
Lewis
Does my health insurance cover transgender-related health care? I’ve received a denial—how do I appeal it? My plan has an explicit exclusion—is there any way for me to challenge that? In most situations, denying trans-related health care is illegal, but it’s still all too common because most people don’t know their rights. Learn how you can fight back and be part of the movement for insurance equality for trans people.
9:00A FTM Top and Bottom Surgery: Superior Aesthetic Results in a Customized One-Stage Procedure Continuing Education Dr. Sherman Leis Salon D

Dr. Sherman
Leis
Options for FTM Top Surgery will be presented and variety of cases will demonstrate excellent results in masculinization of the chest. Options for Phalloplasty will also be discussed. Dr. Leis will utilize multiple case presentations to demonstrate superior aesthetic results obtainable utilizing abdominal or groin flaps for Phalloplasty, labial deconstruction for Scrotoplasty and the options of testicular and penile implants. This surgery is done in one stage and results in a sensate penis via clitoral transposition, no obvious deformity of the donor site such as occurs in the forearm flap procedure, and the ability to have sexual intercourse with erotic sensation.
9:00A Couple's Therapy Continuing Education Dr. Michele Angello Salon E

Dr. Michele
Angello
Dr. Michele Angello devotes much of her practice to counseling couples with a transgender or transitioning partner. In this workshop- open to all who are in a committed relationship that contains a transgender or gender non-conforming person- she will engage the audience in discussing typical problems and will suggest methods for their resolution. She will also serve as moderator so participants can share their own experiences and issues in a collective and supporting setting.
10:30A Don't Over Think It Ms. Karen Holmes Ash

Ms. Karen
Holmes
How to be successful with your family, friends, and on the job once you decide to transition. Building a platform for yourself so that others will accept you for who you are. Trying to get the community to understand that everyone they meet on the street are not against them once they are spotted to be transgender. How to cope with it and get pass the negative talk and/or comments, and how to carry and respond with pride once you are spotted.
10:30A Advocating for Kids in Schools Ms. Lindsey Lughes Birch

Ms. Lindsey
Lughes
This interactive workshop aims to provide practical tools parents, counselors, and educators can implement to support transgender youth in schools K-12. From making a transition plan to auditing the inclusivity of the physical building, there are many ways folks can increase support for children and young adults. Participants will leave with increased knowledge to serve as a support person and aspiring ally for transgender youth.
10:30A Spouse's Circle of Positivity (Spouse/SO only) Mrs. Peg Fram Chestnut

Mrs. Peg
Fram
With so many things stacked against us when our spouses come out as transgender we need to find a safe space to share our feelings. We will have a round table discussion and some relationship worksheets to work through. Remember why we love them, remember why we fight for our relationship.
10:30A Uncharted Waters: Navigating Gender Transition in the Workplace Ms. Stephanie Shostak Dogwood

Ms. Stephanie
Shostak
One of the scariest and most difficult things anyone can face in life is when "Your Bell Goes Off" and you move forward in living your true, authentic life. I know this as I personally experienced it! It was difficult to tell family and close friends; but the bigger challenge was working through a successful gender transition in the workplace. There is no one model that will work for everyone but key to a successful pathway is similar. This seminar will allow you to see my journey, from my eyes. I was the first Manager within the Government of Alberta and the first high level amateur sports referee in North America to transition. This workshop will recap what I personally experienced and will also include best practices so that you may gain some knowledge and on how you can set the course for a successful gender transition within your workplace.
10:30A Making Cisness Visible: Naming Cis Ideals That Shape Trans Lives Continuing Education Mr. Noah Lewis Elm

Mr. Noah
Lewis
Society is built around the needs of cis people and rarely takes into account the existence of trans people. If we are not aware of cis-centered frameworks, attitudes, and beliefs that are operating around us, we unconsciously adopt them. This workshop provides a structure for making visible hidden cis ideals so that all people—cis and trans—can stop unconsciously perpetuating the oppression of trans people (including ourselves). Identifying these systems can be freeing. You will leave with the ability to name cis supremacy when you encounter it and thus be more prepared to eliminate it. This interactive workshop explores concrete examples of cis idealism in popular culture, the media, the law and places them in a broader context. Making these systems visible can provide a sense of relief and understanding for transgender people. Participants will gain the ability to name cis supremacy when they see it and recognize ways in which they might be contributing to it so that they can take steps to become more trans-positive. We will also discuss other ways of seeing and speaking that include trans experiences and perspectives and more accurately reflect a reality in which cis and trans are equal.
10:30A Anxiety - The Elephant in Your Room Continuing Education Amy Keisling Fir

Amy
Keisling
Anxiety can be a confusing and frustrating companion. For some, it is a byproduct of gender identity issues. For others, it is an underlying condition that complicates the process of working though gender identity. This workshop is geared towards addressing some strategies for understanding and managing anxiety, as well as helping others to be aware of how to help someone who is trying to cope with this condition.
10:30A Male-to-Female (MTF) 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 male-to-female 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 (single-stage penile inversion vaginoplasty and orchiectomy), chest feminization (breast augmentation), facial feminization (brow lift, brow shave, blepharoplasty, face lift, lip shortening, tracheal shave, rhinoplasty and fat grafting), body contouring (liposuction and Brazilian butt lift) and hair transplantation (scalp and eyebrows). Illustrations and before/after photographs will be presented to support the discussion. Dr. Rumer welcomes questions and audience participation throughout her presentation.
10:30A US Department of Veterans Affairs - Proudly Serving All Who Served Ms. Maureen Brackey
Rebecca Sanders
Salon D

Ms. Maureen
Brackey

Rebecca
Sanders
There is much confusion about what services are available for LGBTQ+ Veterans through the VA Healthcare System. Department of Defense (DOD) and Veterans Affairs are not the same. Despite the Supreme Court's recent ruling concerning transgender service members in the DOD, VHA will continue to treat ALL qualified Veterans including member of the LGBTQ+ community. This workshop will review the most recent directives put forth by the VA regarding health care for LGBTQ+ Veterans and how all VHA medical centers and community clinics are prepared to treat the healthcare of qualified Veterans no matter what their gender identity is. Come hear how the VHA will support our transgender veterans.
10:30A Female to Male Surgical Options: Genital, Chest, and Revisions/Repairs Continuing Education Dr. Ellie Ley Salon E

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. She 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.
2:00P Writing Your Coming Out Letter Ms. Sophie Lynne Ash

Ms. Sophie
Lynne
Declaring your Truth to the world, also known as "Coming Out," is one of the hardest things a person will ever do in their lifetimes. Coming out affects everything and everyone in your life. Many people choose to do this via the written word, be it read in person, sent via email, or posted on social media. This workshop will cover two types of the "Coming out" letter: Personal and Professional. While each person's experiences are unique, there are enough commonalities that we share that we can learn from each other. What NEEDS to be said? How do I say it professionally? How can I write my letter to give me the maximum possibility of acceptance? These topics will be covered and more, by sharing the letters of those who have already gone through the process, as well group discussion.
2:00P Understanding Blame and Shame and How to Work through Them Glenn Koenig Birch

Glenn
Koenig
Why do we often blame each other or ourselves? Where does shame come from and why is it so often difficult to overcome? In this workshop we will look at the origin of these two feelings from a new perspective as we seek to understand the role they play in our lives. The workshop includes a brief presentation and involves some simple exercises in which you are welcome to participate. So bring your curiosity, your sense of humor, and let’s explore together. Youth are welcome.
2:00P Trans Male-Specific Health Care and Accessibility Mr. Tobias Gurl Chestnut

Mr. Tobias
Gurl
From the first hysterectomies and phalloplasties onward, trans men have always relied on innovations developed by and for cisgender people for their healthcare. This presentation contrasts our patchwork of current systems with an ideal world in which the health of trans men is treated as a priority. Exploring everything from cervical cancer screening procedures to insurance discrimination, this presentation will cover our current research and accessibility gaps that lead to an overall reduced quality of life for trans men.
2:00P WigsTalk! Be Beautiful, Be Empowered, Be YOU Ms. Katherine Cartmell Dogwood

Ms. Katherine
Cartmell
Wigs are a beautiful solution for hair loss, but these simple accessories create their own challenges. What style from a thousand choices? What color? What cap features? Then comes the hard part: what will people think? Showing wigs from her own collection, Kate answers everything you ever wondered about wig life - and teaches you to LOVE your new hair. Relax, ask questions, laugh, share your own wig journey!
2:00P Trans Youth Policy and Advocacy Jason Landau Goodman
Preston Heldibridle
Elm

Jason
Landau Goodman

Preston
Heldibridle
Young transgender and gender expansive Pennsylvanians have unique and often challenging experiences in affirming their gender under the law. Adopting effective policies, as well as ensuring their successful implementation, can be crucial for trans youth. This session will educate participants on the local, state, and federal laws, and educational programs, that have direct impact on trans youth. Participants will gain valuable skills to use in their home communities in the push toward trans youth justice. We will also examine several case studies of anti-trans discrimination involving youth in Pennsylvania.
2:00P Transgender Military Service Through The Years Bree Fram Fir

Bree
Fram
This workshop will be a panel presentation by veterans and active duty service members from the Vietnam era through today. Panelists will discuss what it meant to be transgender during their time of service, the major events leading up to open service, and where we go from here. Will open service continue or will the ban that is before the courts be implemented? Our panelists will provide their opinions and answer questions from the audience. Major topics: Service in the Closet, Don't Ask/Don't Tell Implementation and Repeal, Coming Out, Open Service The panel will be moderated by Lt Col B Fram, USAF Active Duty.
2:00P Male-to-Female (MTF) 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 male-to-female 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 (single-stage penile inversion vaginoplasty and orchiectomy), chest feminization (breast augmentation), facial feminization (brow lift, brow shave, blepharoplasty, face lift, lip shortening, tracheal shave, rhinoplasty and fat grafting), body contouring (liposuction and Brazilian butt lift) and hair transplantation (scalp and eyebrows). Illustrations and before/after photographs will be presented to support the discussion. Dr. Rumer welcomes questions and audience participation throughout her presentation.
2:00P My SO is Trans...! Mrs. Karen Lehman
Ms. Jennifer Lehman
Ms. Susan Bienvenu
Dr. Judith Bienvenu
Salon E

Mrs. Karen
Lehman

Ms. Jennifer
Lehman

Ms. Susan
Bienvenu

Dr. Judith
Bienvenu
This participatory workshop will explore issues faced by couples--married or otherwise--that contain one transgender partner. We’ll try to learn what techniques and methods can help committed relationships survive the “T storm”.
3:30P Transition and Recovery: The Balancing Act Continuing Education Amy Keisling Ash

Amy
Keisling
Are you in recovery from alcohol or drug abuse? Having a social and support group during transition can be challenging if working your program prevents you from working the available social activities. Going out publicly as who you are can be an anxiety-producing experience : lots of social events can be alcohol-centered. How can someone in recovery find support and connection without risking relapse? The goal of this workshop is to provide a place of safety and understanding for attendees in recovery. Come share and build support for yourself and others.
3:30P Feminizing the Voice - Comparing Surgical Options Dr. James Thomas Birch

Dr. James
Thomas
Dr. Thomas will demonstrate how vocal cords function using video recordings of male, female and surgically altered vocal cords. Pitch and resonance are affected by the anatomy as well as how the anatomy is used. Surgical modification of the voicebox will be discussed, including Feminization Laryngoplasty (FemLar), one type of vocal cord (laryngeal) surgery designed to obtain a more feminine sounding voice in male to female transgender patients. Several other types of procedures target the frequency or pitch of the resting speaking voice to various degrees. CricoThryoid Approximation (CTA), vocal cord webbing, laser vocal cord thinning and pharyngeal narrowing procedures will be discussed and compared. He will discuss risks and inadequate outcomes as well as successful interventions. At the conclusion of this lecture, the listener should better understanding the concepts that can help in decision-making about voice therapy as well as when, if and what type of surgeries to consider.
3:30P Living with Crossdressing: Defining a New Normal Ms. Savannah Hauk
Ms. Judy Swain
Chestnut

Ms. Savannah
Hauk

Ms. Judy
Swain
Somewhere amid the misconceptions, stereotypes, and ignorance is the truth about non-transitioning crossdressing men. But more than that is the strength and care of the women who continue to love and support them. How can they work through the initial shock, fear and stress of knowing this new side of him? What does he need to understand about and assist In the discovery process so that his crossdressing can become a positive part of their ongoing relationship? Join us as we tackle what happens after a crossdressing man reveals himself to or is discovered by his significant other and learn about the changed dynamic between a woman and her crossdressing man.
3:30P Historic Men and Moments | The FTM Community since Y2K Mr. Jason Ballard Dogwood

Mr. Jason
Ballard
What a time to be alive? Just a decade ago our only source of information for something as important as, I don't know, our gender identities? was either Boys Don't Cry or Jerry Springer and trashy day time TV. Then, we had hidden underground groups and emails loops that provided information to those looking for it. Now, Trans Men are being featured on the covers of Men's Health, in Nike Commercials, and as Actors in movies like Spider-Man. What happened in the middle?
3:30P How We Win: Advocating for LGBTQ Equality in Pennsylvania Jason Landau Goodman
Preston Heldibridle
Elm

Jason
Landau Goodman

Preston
Heldibridle
Pennsylvania remains a difficult place for many people to be openly LGBTQ under the law. Our state legislature has adopted no law currently in effect to ban anti-LGBTQ discrimination or violence in our schools and communities. To demand equality under local and state laws, we must be strategic in all our efforts. This session will provide you with a clear understanding of LGBTQ civil rights in Pennsylvania - our histories, present, and future agendas from Harrisburg. Participants will learn important tools you can use back in your communities to advance critical social and economic justice work.
3:30P Safe Relationships in Transition: Who Should I Share Information with and Who Don’t I Have to? Continuing Education Dr. Michele Angello Fir

Dr. Michele
Angello
What happens when we begin to develop new friendships or when it is time to date while transitioning or after transition? This is a discussion group about sharing and not sharing personal information and when. Should I share my transition? What are the safer practices when the time comes to start dating? What safety measures could be put in place to make sure everyone gets the best out of their relationships? Come find what is right for you and the people in your life meet along your journey.
3:30P SO What Now? (Spouses and Significant Others Only) Continuing Education Ms. Alexis Lake Hemlock

Ms. Alexis
Lake
As you come to the end of what may have been your first or tenth Keystone Conference, you may be wondering “what now?” Having the chance to talk with other significant others can be a rare and meaningful experience. This workshop will focus on sharing some of the questions, challenges and opportunities faced by anyone who is in a relationship with someone who is transgender. Particular focus will be on preparing to return home and creating a personal support network. This workshop is open only to spouses and significant others of transgender/GQ individuals. There are many wonderful things that happen at Keystone every year, one of the best is the supportive connections that are made!
3:30P Choosing Growth in Transition Continuing Education Prof. Fawn Oates Salon C

Prof. Fawn
Oates
Gender transition can be a whirlwind of emotional experiences for the person transitioning, and for their friends and family members as well. Come to a better understanding of your personal experiences by giving space and acceptance to the feelings of loss that accompany any significant life change. Gain concrete understandings of the source of our reactions and ways to gain emotional growth and resilience through difficulties, rather than getting lost in the trauma and fear. *This is written specifically for those experiencing gender transition but is applicable for friends, family members, and clinicians.
3:30P MTF Top and Bottom Surgery: Aesthetically Natural and Functional Results in a One-Stage Procedure Continuing Education Dr. Sherman Leis Salon E

Dr. Sherman
Leis
Options for breast augmentation will be discussed and demonstrated including choice of incisions, shape and size of implant, saline versus silicone, placement of implants above or below the muscle, etc. Dr. Leis will also discuss his technique of one-stage vaginoplasty utilizing the penile inversion technique, neo-clitoris construction, and scrotal skin graft to increase vaginal depth. Recent cases will be demonstrated to show the natural results obtained with these techniques.

 

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