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Schedule Overview

Daily Schedule for Friday March 27, 2020

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 Key Items to Start Any Wardrobe Mrs. Lindsey Taub Birch

Mrs. Lindsey
A working wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that flatters you, won’t go out of fashion, and can be updated with seasonal pieces. Whether you’re wondering how to build a cohesive wardrobe or would like to add cohesive pieces, I’d like to help. Staple items offer clean lines, versatility, and may be worn multiple times in a week – WITHOUT ANYONE NOTICING! In this interactive workshop you will learn what are some of the key pieces and how to wear them with confidence. We will discuss the nuances of patterns versus solids, accessories from scarves to belts, and anything in between!
9:00A Hiding in Plain Sight - Poetry from Transition Ms. Catherine Glenn Chestnut

Ms. Catherine
Who do you talk to when there is no one who will listen? How do you express desire or frustration or rage when normal conversation won't do or your world won't let you say what you absolutely need to say? While many have turned to journaling, I found poetry and then the fortitude to take my words public, battling the fear born not in what I wanted to say but, given I had no formal training in poetry, how I was saying it. I learned we all have a voice, our own voice. Some are stronger than others but all are valid and deserve a place to be heard. My poetry helped me voice difficult admissions to myself, privately scream about what I saw in the world around me and in many instances provided a springboard from which to begin conversation when I came out to friends. While I will read and discuss several of my own poems, I ask attendees to consider bringing one or two poems of their own to share with the group.
9:00A Couple's Therapy Dr. Michele Angello Elm

Dr. Michele
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.
9:00A Transgender Personalities in History (from the 1860s to the Present Day) Melissa Morton Fir

Since humankind began to define the boundaries of gender behavior, there have been people who have defied or crossed over those boundaries. Hear about some of these individuals, from the 1860s to the 21st century. Some of them were male to female, others of them were female to male. Some of them lived as transgender for most of their lives, others for only brief but significant periods in their lives. The deeds of some of these people have inspired books, plays, movies, and even operas. All of them left a legacy of some sort. Although this seminar has been presented before, the roster of historical figures Melissa talks about changes each time out. Brief biographies of each individual profiled are available upon request.
9:00A Body and Brain Yoga Ms. Emelda Nim Hemlock

Ms. Emelda
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 Voice and Gender Identity: Unlock Your TruVoice! Ms. Anna Lantry Salon A

Ms. Anna
The purpose of this workshop is to cover the difference between masculine and feminine voices, and how a voice can be trained to change from a masculine quality to a feminine quality or vice versa. We will explore the anatomy/physiology of the human voice, individual elements of a masculine or feminine sound, and how those elements can be changed healthily to retrain the voice to a quality that the individual is happy with. The goal is not necessarily to have a passable voice (as that is not everyone's goal), but rather to train the voice to a point that the individual is able to alleviate dysphoria and be happy with the sound they use to interact with others. We recognize that people of diverse genders have diverse goals, hence the reason our slogan is Unlock Your TruVoice!
9:00A Transmasculine: Choosing a Surgeon Continuing Education Dr. Christine McGinn Salon C

Dr. Christine
This talk will discuss some important issues to consider when choosing a surgeon.
10:30A US Department of Veterans Affairs - Proudly Serving All Who Served Continuing Education Ms. Maureen Brackey
Rebecca Sanders

Ms. Maureen

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 Wigs and more.... Donna Miller Birch

Learn the different types of wigs available and find the type that fits your specific needs. Try a new shade or style for the spring. If you’re in transition `maybe a top piece is all you need at this time. Extensions can create the look of long luxurious hair, or. just thicker hair. we will also be going over the maintenance of your new wig as well as any others you have. The correct products can give them extra life.
10:30A Breaking the Binary between Studs and FTMs Mr. Mikah Thomas Chestnut

Mr. Mikah
Masculinity is not a limited resource: What separates butch masculinity from trans masculinity?? Where do they overlap? In the lesbian community of color there is a lot of stigma between butch women and butch women who decide to medically, legally or physically transition. Could it be the shift in one’s body and social identity or being comfortable being boyish and masculine? When one chooses to become a man instead of being perceived as a masculine butch/stud. How does dating look for both sides? Let's talk about how we can support each other instead of dividing ourselves within our own community.
10:30A How To Look Good & Feel Great By Embracing Your Feminine Essence Ms. Helena McIntyre Dogwood

Ms. Helena
The Transgender journey is not easy. Too often transgenders get stuck and feel confused on their courageous journey because they have only “fixed” the obvious by focusing on making changes to their outer appearance. The solution? Inner work is required to match the outer transformation, that of Self Love. This means fully embracing and celebrating ALL aspects of yourself, including all your quirks and human flaws (we all have them!). Because when you align your unique fashion style to your personality and authentic expression and you truly embrace your feminine essence then this is where the WOW factor kicks in. You start shining. Your confidence increases. You feel comfortable in your own skin. Your whole life is impacted as you start radiating confidence from the inside out. You will really shine your feminine light! It is a powerful combination that will completely transform your life and as an expert Empowerment & Stylist Coach, Helena McIntyre aka Lady H is here to help you do just that so you can look good, feel great and embrace your feminine essence. This empowering workshop will cover: Got It Wrong; Get It Right Stop wasting time and money: Discover your unique signature style that works for you Embracing Your Feminine Essence: Transforming to the new YOU How to confidently navigate your new life as an empowered transgender woman The Subtle Nuances of Being a Woman Discover the art of movement, pose and grace by showcasing femininity in the way you behave, talk, walk and dress
10:30A Transgender in Faith Ms. Jennifer Lehman
Ms. Lilia Weber
Ms. Christine Zuba

Ms. Jennifer

Ms. Lilia

Ms. Christine
In this interactive workshop, Ms. Jennifer Lehman, Ms. Lilia Weber and Ms. Christine Zuba will share their faith stories and explore the role that faith played in our transgender journey. 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 Bodies and Barriers: Understanding Barriers to Healthcare for Trans Americans Continuing Education Adrian Shanker
Preston Heldibridle


Transgender Americans, and all LGBT people, pervasively experience health disparities, affecting every part of their bodies and lives. Yet many are still grappling to understand the mutually reinforcing healthcare challenges that lead LGBT people to experience worsened health outcomes. In his new book, Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health, Adrian Shanker presents first-person narratives to share the experiences LGBT people have had when trying to access healthcare. In this workshop, which will focus specifically on Transgender experiences with healthcare, we will discuss 1) what are the barriers to care for transgender Americans, 2) how can we as activists improve healthcare for transgender Americans, and 3) how can our stories about our own healthcare experiences be used to improve care for all of us!
10:30A FTM Top and Bottom Surgery: Superior Aesthetic Results in a Customized One-Stage Procedure Dr. Sherman Leis Salon A

Dr. Sherman
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.
10:30A Preparing for The Big Conversation Continuing Education Karla Morse Salon B

When it is time to tell a significant person about your gender concerns many people freeze. Some hope to be "caught" because they do not know how to open a dialogue. Collaborating with an ally (friend, therapist, understanding loved one) on exactly how to go about opening and navigating a difficult conversation can be very helpful. In this workshop we will work on how to say what you want to say, how to create space for a person's reaction, what happens after the person knows and how to take care of yourself during the process.
10:30A Transfeminine: Choosing a Surgeon Continuing Education Dr. Christine McGinn Salon C

Dr. Christine
This talk will discuss some important issues to consider when choosing a surgeon.
2:00P Being Dual-Gender, Exploring What It Means to Be Bi-Gender Ms. Linda Mills Ash

Ms. Linda
A discussion of what Bi-Gender means, the positive joys of being Bi-Gendered, and how this (he/she) duality can enrich and inform our lives. Bi-Gender denotes or relates to an individual whose sense of personal identity encompasses two genders. It’s especially used by people who identify as both male and female, though it may include other gender identities as well. Afterwards we’ll have a group discussion, with audience members sharing their own thoughts and experiences.
2:00P Meet The My Feminine Heart Team Mrs. Cassandra Storm
Mrs. Lindsey Taub
Haley Rohrbaugh
Angela Stever

Mrs. Cassandra

Mrs. Lindsey


Cassandra Storm's video podcast series, My Feminine Heart, features some amazing recurring guests who have incredible insight into all the facets of life that surround transition from health, beauty and fashion to finance and employment. These guests have frequented My Feminine Heart and will be joining Cassandra for an open Q&A panel during the Keystone Conference. Come get your questions answered and meet the MFH team. If you haven't had a chance to watch or listen to MFH, you can view the video podcasts at https://www.patreon.com/myfeminineheart and YouTube as well as listen to them for free on Apple, Google, Spotify and Anchor Podcasts.
2:00P Healthy Binding Practices and Self-Massage and Stretching Mr. Eli Shumaker Chestnut

Mr. Eli
Chest binding is a common practice among Trans and Gender Non-Conforming folx. Binding as a practice causes compression of the chest and can create patterns of tension in the body over time, causing pain, discomfort, difficulty breathing, and nerve compression. Learn safe and healthy binding practices as well as self-massage and stretching techniques to help mitigate the effects of chest binding.
2:00P One Size Does Not Fit All – Building A Better Support Group Corinne Goodwin Dogwood

Have you ever wanted more from your local support group? Would you like to start one in your area? One size does not fit all in the trans community and whether it is information, social activities, activism or access to resources, nowadays, many trans people are looking for more than a monthly meeting when they join a transgender support group. Lehigh Valley Renaissance has seen rapid growth over the past few years and that has created new challenges and opportunities. In this interactive seminar, participants will learn how LV Renaissance undertook its effort to expand its services to include trans women, trans men, queer folk, trans youth, parents of trans children and the Cis community. We will also share and discuss the challenges support groups face for the future, best practices and opportunities. Why not join us!
2:00P GenderCat: All Hands on Breasts! Joey Mudge Elm

Get a hands-on demonstration of GenderCat's breast forms and prosthetic nipples in this interactive workshop. With over 100 skin tones available, Joe will color-type and size participants to find the right size, style and color for you. Take advantage of this group setting where questions you never knew you had may be asked by someone else.
2:00P MTF GCS Experience - Panel Discussion Ms. Christine Penn
Ms. Bree Sullivan
Miss Melissa Romanoski

Ms. Christine

Ms. Bree

Miss Melissa
Are you considering Gender Confirmation Surgery (GCS)? Take advantage of this opportunity to have an interactive discussion with people who've recently been through the process. They will provide insight into common questions like: How long does it take? What does it feel like afterward? Is it worth it? Are there hidden costs I need to consider? What questions should I be asking my doctor? What do you look for in vetting your surgeon? As they say, there is no such thing as a bad question; so be ready with the questions you were afraid to ask and come hear the truth from those who've experienced it.
2:00P my time. my place. my self. Carmelia Rameau
Gen Boynton


Soft Surroundings has created a brand that gives women a way to take a moment in their busy lives and be good to themselves. What makes us unique is:
  1. Softness & Comfort
  2. Design and DetailQuality Crafted
  3. Fabric and Washes
Everything is centered to YOU. YOU have it, that special something. You have created that inspired life. YOU nurture it. YOU enjoy it. YOU share it. YOU deserve it.
2:00P MTF Top and Bottom Surgery: Aesthetically Natural and Functional Results in a One-Stage Procedure. Dr. Sherman Leis Salon A

Dr. Sherman
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.
2:00P Transgender in Film Paige Jameson Salon B

What happens in Hollywood, shapes our society. Movies and TV have the ability to open our eyes, educate, entertain, spark discussions, create laughter and provoke tears. These emotions spurred my desire to become a filmmaker. That desire has changed to, how can I make a difference with my passion? Transgender people in film have had a rough ride. Some of the greatest films, portray TG individuals in a horrible light. This is slowly changing, but there needs to be more TG positive roles in films. This workshop will discuss how the transgender community has been portrayed in filmmaking historically. And also, the projects that I'm currently working on, and why this is so important to the TG community.
2:00P Transitions of Care Continuing Education Dr. Jarrett Sell
Dr. Katharine Dalke
Amy Keisling
Salon C

Dr. Jarrett

Dr. Katharine

This workshop will identify models for multidisciplinary transgender health care that involves mental health and medical providers in providing comprehensive and coordinated care.
3:30P Coming Out: Earning Your Master's Degree in Risk Management Bree Fram Ash

Have you ever heard of a person who came out once and was done with it? Probably not, because they don't exist. Coming out is a repeating process and for some people it may never really end. Each time someone comes out, for any reason, there's a process of risk management that occurs. In that process the person thinks about the potential reaction(s) of the person or group they are coming out to and what the consequences of those reactions may be. Then, they may attempt to mitigate either the likelihood or the consequence of those reactions. This is classic risk management. This workshop will talk a bit about classic risk management theory in the context of coming out, but will primarily focus on turning risk management into opportunity management. This workshop will attempt to give participants the skills to reverse the situation and think about the likelihood of positive outcomes and strategies to improve their odds. Audience participation, and sharing of their thought process around coming out (as anything!), is encouraged. The presenter has practiced risk management in many forms, including running the risk management process on a multi-billion dollar satellite development program, but most importantly has come out as transgender again, and again, and again.
3:30P Fashion Done Right - Don’t be a fashion blunder, be a fashion wonder! Mrs. Lindsey Taub Birch

Mrs. Lindsey
Please join Lindsey in this interactive presentation where you can learn how to create the perfect outfit for any occasion, with items that may already be in your closet. We will discuss the best fit for your body shape, including fabric types to further feminize one’s look. We will also discuss the benefits of working with an image consultant to personalize your look.
3:30P Real Conversations with the Real Me Kim Holden
Trina Jackson


Have you ever wanted to just be yourself, completely, unapologetically? Are you aware of how you hide parts of yourself from others? Join me as I share ways to communicate with the closest people in your life! You can come alone or with a significant other. This can apply to romantic or platonic relationships. Learn tools for sharing your deepest thoughts, fears and desires in a way that is loving and true.
3:30P Tell Us Your Story! Ms. Marie Lamonte Dogwood

Ms. Marie
Who doesn’t love a good story? Here’s YOUR chance to tell us a story! Inspired by the Moth live storytelling events, we’re looking for storytellers and listeners to participate in our very own “story-slam”. If you want to tell a story, just drop your name in the bowl and we’ll draw names at random. If you just want to listen, grab a seat and enjoy. Our theme for the event is TRAVELS. Prepare a 5 – 10 minute (maximum!) story about a journey in your life. Past present or future, physical, emotional or otherwise. The fork in the road, the wrong turn, the road less traveled, the first step out the door; the face on the train, the unexpected traveling companion. Where are you going? What obstacles lie in your way? Do you still recognize the face in the mirror at journey’s end? Tales of movement, adventure, discovery, peril, love, on your way from here to there. We’d love to hear from as many different facets of the trans community as possible, so don’t be shy!
3:30P Natural or Prescriptive Hormones: What You Need to Know Mrs. Petra Hayden-Wisnewski Elm

Mrs. Petra
When it comes to hormones, there are both 'natural' and prescribed hormone options for those who are considering transitioning. Both have things to consider when making an informed decisions. We will discuss hormones for MTF and FTM transition and what comes with both from a healthcare standpoint. What do you need to be mindful of? What should your healthcare professional be checking? How can hormones affect your health? What is the 411 on ‘natural’ hormones? This workshop will touch on these topics and questions.
3:30P Letter Writing for Trans & Gender Non-Conforming Clients Continuing Education Tish Weikel Fir

A very common request we get as counselors from transgender and gender non-comforting clients is that a letter is required from a counselor before they are able to forgo medical transition. This workshop is an overview of the letter writing process and will provide counselors with the knowledge and resources necessary to feel competent to be able to meet this request for clients. This workshop will also provide clients with information to know what to advocate for when finding a counselor that will be able to meet their needs of receiving a letter. We will discuss the pros & cons for writing letters, explore the gatekeeping model versus affirmative counseling model, identify ways to advocate for clients in the letter, and review ethical considerations when writing letters.
3:30P Celebrating Trans and Nonbinary Identities Ms. Ann Murdoch Hemlock

Ms. Ann
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!
3:30P Beyond the Binary: Exploring Non-Binary Healthcare Dr. Jarrett Sell
Dr. Katharine Dalke
Amy Keisling
Salon A

Dr. Jarrett

Dr. Katharine

This workshop will identify steps for exploring appropriate gender-affirming non-binary care through a discussion of current mental health and medical resources.
3:30P Female-to-Male (FTM) Gender Affirming Surgical Options - A Comprehensive Guide Continuing Education Dr. Kathy Rumer Salon C

Dr. Kathy
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.


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