March 20th - 24th, 2024

2024 Workshops & Seminars

 
​​Trans in Athletics - Inclusion & What Does It Mean to Be 'Fair?’
11:00 AM on Thu, Mar 21 in Lochiel


Lex
Horwitz
(Biography)
Misinformation and disinformation are driving fear and discrimination of non-binary and trans athletes, primarily transfeminine people. We will understand how to approach the “debate” based on current legal, medical, and scientific knowledge, dismantling two core misconceptions, which are rooted in transmysogynoir and cissexism. Participants will leave with tools to engage in dialogue on the “debate”, in addition to best practices for supporting and advocating for non-binary and trans athletes at individual and institutional levels. Presented by Lex Horwitz, a queer, non-binary trans former collegiate athlete who switched from competing on the varsity women's to the varsity men’s team.

This session will impart knowledge, build skills, and share tools to make us all better advocates for non-binary and trans athletes – understanding that this is not a debate but rather a fight for equal and equitable rights for all transgender people.


AFAB - Top Surgery Show and Tell Pool Party
3:45 PM on Fri, Mar 22 in Lochiel


Mr. Mason
Luke
(Biography)

Tesla
Taliaferro
(Biography)
Join Tesla and Mason at the Hilton Pool for an informal discussion and show and tell on Top Surgery. We will share our experiences, scars, and stories with you about the process, recovery, and post-op care. Post Op folks who wish to share their experiences with the group are encouraged to show up in swim attire as well. Everyone is welcome to swim with us even if you don't wish to share.


Affirming Lingerie Solutions for Trans Women
3:45 PM on Fri, Mar 22 in Governor


Karyn
Bello
(Biography)
In this workshop we will discuss the roadblocks that trans women face in finding affirming undergarments, the lack of availability in the fashion industry and how to try to break down those walls. We will tell you the brands that are available and what they are doing to try to bring gender affirming garments to the mainstream. Finally, we will tackle tucking, the pros and cons, how to safely tuck, and the different ways to tuck: tape, gaffs and tucking underwear. There will be an opportunity to discuss these issues and answer questions.

Karyn Elizabeth Bello is the founder of ZHE by Karyn Elizabeth. ZHE is an inclusive lingerie brand that caters to the transgender community, specifically trans women and femme presenting folks. She is also the mother of a trans woman and helping my daughter shop for affirming garments highlighted the lack of options for her and the community.


All Are Welcome -- Or Are They?
11:00 AM on Thu, Mar 21 in Metropolitan B


Rev. Grace
Ferris
(Biography)
Every church pats itself on the back by exclaiming that All Are Welcome! But the truth is, this simply three-word statement holds different meanings at different churches. Some, for example, welcome transgender people but will try hard to rehabilitate them through conversion therapy. Others welcome transgender people, but limit the extent to which they can become personally engaged. Inclusive or affirming churches, on the other hand, welcome transgender people fully. In this workshop we will explore the differences in these various kinds of churches, and will discuss red flags that you can use to locate a truly welcoming church in your own community. Participants will have access to the church finder tool developed by Mother Grace specifically for LGBTQ people. The church finder includes just about every Christian denomination. As a former military chaplain, Mother Grace is well versed in all churches.


Ambassadorship as Activism
2:15 PM on Sat, Mar 23 in Lochiel


Kelly
Nelson
(Biography)

Jeri Ann
Young
(Biography)
The trans community is tiny, somewhere around ½ of one percent of the population. The general public is largely ignorant of gender issues. Many of those people have been convinced that being transgender is a choice or worse, a “perversion” or an abomination. This lack of understanding makes that public ripe for the current campaign of propaganda and disinformation being waged from certain quarters. That campaign has been so effective that 60% of those surveyed in 2022, hold the mistaken belief that one’s gender is determined by sex assigned at birth, up four percent since 2021, and up six percent since 2017. Clearly, the rights of transgender people are under active assault. In 2023 over 500 anti-trans bills were introduced in state legislatures in the U.S. Twenty-two states now have laws restricting the rights of transgender people.

Mainstream media is not exactly helping. When most television news media do cover a story about trans issues, they will almost invariably roll their stock footage of drag queens, as the reporter demonstrates his or her lack of understanding of the subject matter. It is hardly surprising then, that many people have an incomplete and inaccurate understanding of real trans issues.

The hosts of the “Trans Truth” podcast, Jeri Ann Young and Kelly Nelson believe that turning this around will call for plenty of conventional activism, to be sure. Those television viewers need to see the protest signs and impassioned parents pleading for their child’s life-saving healthcare. Historically, every major movement that has benefitted a marginalized group involved these strategies. However, there is another strategy that, in the experience of Jeri Ann and Kelly, has proven to be very effective. This strategy is what they call “ambassadorship”.

Ambassadorship requires nothing more than being “out there”, regularly active and visible in the community, “just doing life” (as Jeri Ann puts it). Encountering transgender people doing familiar things, in familiar places, in familiar ways tends to “normalize” us for those who have never even met a transgender person. Jeri Ann and Kelly will share multiple examples of what this looks like, and how powerful it is. From Jeri Ann’s high-profile volunteer activity, leading a team of volunteers for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, to Kelly’s tales of enjoying barbecue with hunters and ranchers in a small town in rural Texas, they will share many examples of how effective and how easy it is to make people smile during an encounter with something that they’ve been told to fear. Of course, being “out there” means being out. For many gender-non-conforming people, especially those early-on in their transition, this can be a daunting prospect, so Jeri Ann and Kelly will also share strategies on how to overcome such fears.


An Overview of Transfeminine Surgeries
2:15 PM on Fri, Mar 22 in Leland


Dr. Sven
Gunther
(Biography)
In this session we will be covering a brief introduction of trans feminine surgical options as well as how to best prepare for your consultation and surgery. We will focus specifically on facial feminization surgery, breast surgery, body contouring and vaginoplasty options.


An Overview of Transmasculine Surgeries
9:30 AM on Sat, Mar 23 in Leland


Dr. Sven
Gunther
(Biography)
In this session you will be covering a brief introduction of trans masculine surgical option as well as how to best prepare for your consultation and surgery. We will focus specifically on top surgery, body contouring and genital surgery options.


Anti-Trans Legislation – What Is It Really All About and How Do We Combat It?
3:45 PM on Fri, Mar 22 in Penn Harris B


Mx. Corinne
Goodwin
(Biography)
Over the past several years hundreds of bills have been introduced in state, county, and local legislatures that are specifically targeting transgender individuals with discriminatory actions that threatened the ability of gender-expansive people to thrive. In this workshop you will get the deeper story of why a small group of legislators and political operatives are pushing these bills. We will then dive into a discussion regarding tactics that have been successfully used to combat these bills and how you can get involved.


Anxiety - The Elephant in Your Room
3:45 PM on Thu, Mar 21 in Penn Harris A
*This workshop qualifies for Continuing Education Credit


Dr. Michele
Angello
(Biography)
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.


Ask a Spouse/SO
2:15 PM on Sat, Mar 23 in Leland


Mrs. Karen
Lehman
(Biography)

Ms. Susan
Bienvenu
(Biography)
This panel of spouses/significant others (SO's) provides an opportunity for transgender individuals to ask questions 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 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.


Avoiding Anti-Trans Violence
3:45 PM on Sat, Mar 23 in Lochiel


Kristin
Edwards
(Biography)
Violence against the transgender community is at an all-time high and continues to grow. In 2022 there were 38 murders of trans persons in the United States (Transequality, 2022). In 2023, There were more than 508 new anti LGBTQ bills filed across the United States (ACLU, 2023). Hate and the associated violence against us continues to grow unabated.

To avoid the rise in anti-trans violence, it is important to be able to identify attackers before they are close enough to hurt us. Behavioral detection allows us to identify potentially violent people and scenarios far enough in advance to avoid them. Behavioral detection can be used to identify both interpersonal violence and attacks on the locations that gather.

This presentation will cover typical behavioral cues, pre-attack indicators, and evaluating behavior. We will discuss how to develop plans to escape and evade once you have identified a potentially violent individual.


Basics of Make-up and Skin Care - Know Before You Buy
3:45 PM on Thu, Mar 21 in Metropolitan C


Casey
Grim
(Biography)
This class is not only for first-timers, but also for those who are frustrated or overwhelmed by finding the right makeup. Does your makeup cause you to break out? Are you using the best techniques and products for your age and style? We will delve into products, examine what they do, and demonstrate how best to use them. Tips and tricks for starting out and guidance in deciding how to develop your own, personal look.


Being Bi-Gender (Non-Binary), Exploring Gender Duality
3:45 PM on Sat, Mar 23 in Metropolitan A


Ms. Linda
Mills
(Biography)
A discussion of what Bi-Gender (Non-Binary) means, the absolute joys of being Bi-Gendered, and how this (he/she) duality can both enrich and inform our lives. Bi-Gender denotes or relates to an individual whose sense of personal identity encompasses two genders. It’s primarily used by people who have feelings of both male and female, though it may include other gender identities as well. This in-depth seminar will focus on finding balance in one’s life between two strong identities - between the girl and boy, and to find happiness in embracing who you are.


Beyond Transition - Navigating Life on the Other Side of the Rainbow
2:15 PM on Fri, Mar 22 in William Penn


Megan
Karns
(Biography)
What is life like on the other side of the rainbow? Embark on a journey with your peers to find out. This workshop is a closed-door gathering for individuals who have navigated their personal transition journey or are close to doing so. This won't be your ordinary support group; it'll be a space where transitioned individuals will come together for an authentic conversation about the diverse landscape of life post-transition. The facilitator, a seasoned transgender individual, will welcome you to a space where we can swap tales, celebrate triumphs, and openly discuss the hard parts of the next chapter.

After a short introduction, participants will dive into the heart of the workshop, openly discussing the joys and challenges that come with life post-transition. Through a series of prepared questions and discussion prompts, we'll explore the evolving drama of identity and candidly discuss the art of creating meaningful connections. It won't just be talk; it'll be a space to share stories, laughter, and a touch of insight into navigating the sometimes quiet and solitary moments post-transition.

We will focus on real-life stories of professional and personal fulfillment in post-transition life. Participants will discuss the challenges they have faced, reveal the secrets of their success, and share practical self-care strategies to navigate the highs and lows with resilience. Everyone will be encouraged to ask questions and share experiences. This will be a forum where participants can drop their wisdom, vulnerability, and insights into the sometimes quiet but meaningful aspects of post-transition life.

We will wrap it up by summarizing the experiences and wisdom of the group. Participants will be encouraged to stay connected beyond the workshop because, let's be honest, who wants to navigate the quiet moments alone?

In "Beyond Transition: Navigating Life on the Other Side of the Rainbow," we'll embrace the authentic journey, acknowledging both the good times and not-so-good that make up the tapestry of life. Come prepared to talk.

Note: This will be a closed-door session for individuals who have navigated their transition journey or reached their personal milestones, whatever they may be. Allies, professionals, and those questioning their identity are respectfully asked to choose a different workshop. Thank you for honoring the exclusivity of this space.


Body and Brain Yoga
7:30 AM on Thu, Mar 21 in Governor


Ms. Emelda
Nim
(Biography)
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, sweatpants, 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 as to why proper breathing is important everyday. You'll be taught ways to relax and meditate for every day life, and accumulation of energy. Introduction to Tai Chi to show further ways to relax and focusing on rebalancing your body.


Body Language Equals Body Confidence
2:15 PM on Thu, Mar 21 in Leland


Mrs. Cassandra
Storm
(Biography)
Do you ever misread someone else's body language? Do you communicate clearly through the way you move, stand and gesticulate? Do you feel empowered through your body movement and the way you physically present yourself through the world? Join Cassandra Storm for this brand-new workshop on correcting the way you wish to express yourself physically with how you are actually presenting yourself to the world around you. Learn the subtle cues of body language from those in your orbit to raise your social confidence to new heights. In this workshop you will have an opportunity for individual instruction (if you wish) while practicing with fellow classmates in this fun, interactive and empowering workshop.


Body Modification with Corsetry
11:00 AM on Fri, Mar 22 in Metropolitan A


Alex
Tour
(Biography)

Jo
Malave
(Biography)
Learn the basics and advanced techniques on body feminization using a corset. Learn the different shapes and fits of corset styles, what styles are best for each scenario. Learn how to safely wear a corset everyday or as a Tight-lacing garment. Learn about different quality and availability options on the market or when it might be better to go custom. Learn about bodysuit corsets and their tucking advantages. Presented by Alex Tour of Alex Tour Corsetry, she will be demonstrating corset practices and finish with a Q&A session. Open discussion of corset fits and what might be right for you.


Body Transformation Secrets with Gabbi Tuft
3:45 PM on Fri, Mar 22 in Metropolitan C


Gabbi
Tuft
(Biography)
In this workshop, Gabbi Tuft unveils how to leverage fitness & nutrition to sculpt your new body. She also will be discussing myths and solutions for body dysmorphia when it comes to transitioning. From gaining or losing muscle and body fat, shaping the body naturally, to gender-affirming surgeries, Gabbi is giving you all of her secrets. The workshop includes a Q&A session and has limited availability due to its exclusive proximity to Gabbi and the opportunity to ask direct questions.


Booty Basic Training
3:45 PM on Fri, Mar 22 in Penn Harris A


Miss Nikki
Valentine's
(Biography)
This is a workshop includes a presentation discussing the anatomy of the buttocks and hips to understand how cis- and transwomen differ in their bone structure and why women's' hips sway or swing naturally (called the Q-angle). How do we compensate for the larger hips ciswomen are born with through building our hip and butt muscles the right way for our anatomy and bone structure which we can't change no matter how many hormones we take! The second-half of the session will have participants learn and practice proper form for body weight by using resistance bands and weighted exercises. There will be an opportunity to ask questions on general fitness and body sculpting.


Building a Personal Support System and Chosen Family to Live an Authentic Life
9:30 AM on Thu, Mar 21 in William Penn


Ms. Gabrielle
Spierer
(Biography)
It's important to have supportive people in your life to move forward, be authentic, and feel good about yourself. Everyone's definition of authentic is different. Gabrielle will share her knowledge and experiences building a support system to help you find your authentic life. They will include: How to overcome fear to move ahead in our lives. Sharing about ourselves in a safe environment, Getting support from family and friends. Expanding support by developing a chosen family and making new friends. Going to counseling to build internal strength and become authentic, Joining support groups and how to find those people. Ms Spierer will talk about the use of social media, the internet and the importance of personal interaction. Gabby will also discuss building a strategy for coming out at work successfully. She'll share her experiences of coming out on the job successfully to almost 1,000 customers and management at Newsday, the 13th largest newspaper in the US, in an environment where she dealt with the public as an independent contractor serving at will, and having no protections. This will be an will be interactive workshop and held in a circular format so that participants can feel comfortable to participate.


Building and Maintaining a Crossdressing Wardrobe
3:45 PM on Sat, Mar 23 in Metropolitan C


Ms. Sabrina
Love
(Biography)
This workshop welcomes anyone interested in exploring the world of crossdressing from a male to female perspective. Whether you're just starting out, building your initial wardrobe and style, or seeking to expand your existing style. Participants will gain knowledge and confidence in building a versatile and stylish crossdressing wardrobe. They will learn how to find the right fit, style, and look for their body type. You will discover resources for shopping and accessorizing. The workshop will create a supportive and inclusive environment for participants to connect and share experiences. Handouts will be provided with workshop content, wardrobe planning guides, and resource lists.


Building Your Coming Out Plan
3:45 PM on Thu, Mar 21 in United States


Mx. Corinne
Goodwin
(Biography)
Whether you call it "coming out" or "inviting in", the process of disclosing your transgender/nonbinary identity can feel intimidating. In this workshop we will discuss the process, how to make your disclosure plan, as well as discussing special considerations for disclosure in specific environments like work, school, faith communities, medical situations, dating and more.


But You Lied To Me - A Way to Explore the Emotions (SOs Only)
11:00 AM on Fri, Mar 22 in Harrisburger A
*This workshop qualifies for Continuing Education Credit


Ms. Susan
Bienvenu
(Biography)

Mrs. Karen
Lehman
(Biography)
This is a seminar for the SOs about the emotional impact experienced as a result of the announcement by their spouse of the intention to present as, or to transition to, the opposite gender. Some SOs do not have support systems that understand both perspectives, that being, the elation of the transitioning spouse contrast with the angst of the SO. Some things that I have heard expressed is that the SO was lied to. That the transitioning spouse 'hid this from me'. Betrayal is another term used. Although I can see that perspective, I think there is a healthier point of view that can also allow the SO to process the situation and move beyond this. A lot of SOs have heard the cleansed version "I was just so upset" of the SO, but not the full-on development of the emotional state over time. At every step during the way, the SO often feels that things won't get better, can't get better and just might get worse. But as we all know, there are many outcomes and just about all of them are positive. The workshop is SOs only to allow these attendees the opportunity to discuss this aspect - the sense of betrayal - in a room without feeling the need to edit.


Celebrating Trans Joy!
11:00 AM on Sat, Mar 23 in Metropolitan A


Mx. Corinne
Goodwin
(Biography)
Trans joy is about claiming one’s identity and celebrating it - and that is one of the best things about attending a conference like Keystone. When we are in and surrounded by Community it is easy to feel joyful. But what about when we leave? This interactive workshop will explore the concept of "Trans Joy" including how we can celebrate our transness 365 days a year, what that means for ourselves/others and how it can impact our community's future. Come, celebrate, and share your stories!


Contour Like a Queen
2:15 PM on Fri, Mar 22 in Metropolitan A


Casey
Grim
(Biography)

Scarcity

(Biography)
Contouring is the ULTIMATE skill in makeup application! In this workshop, learn how to use contouring techniques to create a stunning feminine look for anytime, day or night. From natural to full glam, you'll know how to use contour to nail your look!


Counseling Trans & Non-Binary Youth What Every Therapist Needs to Know
Awaiting confirmation from presenter on date/time.
*This workshop qualifies for Continuing Education Credit


Dr. Tish
Weikel
(Biography)
This educational session will utilize Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Systems Theory to visualize the macro system and micro system experiences that trans and gender non-conforming youth experience daily. Attendees will learn about the ways trans and GNC youth are impacted within each of these systems. The session will focus on the role that a counselor has when working with trans and GNC youth within each of these systems. Attendees will leave this session with some tangible tools they can apply to their work with clients in the school, outpatient, and inpatient levels of care.


Couple's Therapy
9:30 AM on Fri, Mar 22 in Metropolitan A
*This workshop qualifies for Continuing Education Credit


Dr. Michele
Angello
(Biography)
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.


Creating Safe Spaces as a Gender Affirming Counselor
2:15 PM on Fri, Mar 22 in United States
*This workshop qualifies for Continuing Education Credit


Dr. Tish
Weikel
(Biography)
Being a Gender Affirming Counselor requires advanced education and goes beyond hanging affirming signs in the office space. Prior research demonstrates that many counselors can do more harm than good without proper education and training in affirming counseling practices. Therefore, education and advanced training are both best practice and an ethical mandate for mental health professionals. This workshop will briefly overview the research as to why this is more crucial now than ever. Attendees will be provided with education on implicit and explicit biases and will explore how they directly impact their work with clients. Examples of assessing one's current office environment and therapy practices to ensure it is safe and affirmative will be reviewed during the workshop. The workshop will close with small group activities where participants can process commitments or changes they will make to maintain a gender-affirming practice and therapy space.


Diet Despair - The Uplifting Support Group for Anyone Struggling with Weight & Body Dissatisfaction
11:00 AM on Fri, Mar 22 in William Penn


Tracy
Hess
(Biography)
Come prepared for a wave of compassion, love and support with this opportunity to share and learn real information about your health including effective tools to rediscover the joy of eating and a happier and healthier approach to loving your body. If you are worried about gaining weight from hormones, the stress of surgery and trauma of lifestyle change with transition, this is the group discussion for you led by former chronic dieter and Intuitive Eating Counselor Tracy Hess.


Discover Your Inner Diva on the Dance Floor!
3:45 PM on Thu, Mar 21 in Leland


Brittani
Young
(Biography)
Let’s dance! Dancing can be so much fun and everyone can do it! It’s a huge stress reliever and great exercise. Come join me as I teach you, in a hands on class, some basic moves to get your groove! In this class. I will teach a simple 8 count showing you how to move your hips! Bringing sexy to the dance floor. I can’t wait to have some fun!


Dual Gender, Gender Fluid, Non-Binary or Full Time? Where Do You Fit Under The Transgender Umbrella?
9:30 AM on Fri, Mar 22 in Penn Harris A


Ms. Lisa
Smith
(Biography)
Not sure where you fit? Let's talk about it. The transgender community is a beautiful bouquet of labels and identities. How do you know where you belong, and which is the right path for you? Do you align with the idea of being binary but struggle with enjoying the duality of being male and female? Do you connect less with being binary and feel more gender fluid or non-binary? Are you living a dual gender life voluntarily or because you feel you can't or shouldn't transition? In this open group discussion, led by S. Lisa Smith, all attendees are welcome to contribute their feelings and questions with the group in their journey of self-discovery. The only valid definition is the one you create!!!


Embracing Our Scars: Self-Harm 101
This workshop/seminar has not yet been scheduled.
*This workshop qualifies for Continuing Education Credit


Bree
Wiles
(Biography)
Self-harm is a topic that is not talked about enough, especially with the growing concern for the safety of LGBTQ youth in today’s society. LGBTQ youth are coming out at earlier ages, thus bringing to attention the added risks for this population. Many LGBTQ youth end up engaging in some form of self-destructive behavior from dealing with the stigma and negative socialization around them. Within the LGBTQ youth population, self-harm alongside depression and suicidality is especially common, with an alarming 40% being suicidal. This disparity shows the importance of providing LGBTQ youth with resources that affirm their identities and presentations. As professionals, it is important to know and understand the types of self-harm, average age range when it happens, populations, risk factors, self-harm in connection with depression and being suicidal, and some common causes of self-harm, all which this workshop will provide. It is also important to provide protective factors for LGBTQ youth in helping to replace self-harming behaviors with positive behaviors/coping strategies. COVID-19 has only exacerbated the concern for LGBTQ+ self-harming and dying by suicide.

In this workshop, there will be a brief activity focusing on creating an on the go coping skills list to use for youth who are going through difficulties in their lives. The idea of "printing one's scars" will be introduced as an empowering intervention for those who have self-harmed in the past. The workshop will be interactive with multiple short activities and will also entail an informative presentation to educate professionals on the basics of self-harm.


Ending the HIV Epidemic - Together, We Are Unstoppable
2:15 PM on Sat, Mar 23 in Penn Harris A


Natalie
Crouse
(Biography)

Dr. Scott
McCracken
(Biography)
This workshop will review the CDC's 4 pillars to ending the HIV Epidemic: 1) Diagnosing ALL HIV+ individuals as early as possible; 2) Treating HIV rapidly, to fully suppress the virus and prevent transmission; 3) Prevent new diagnoses through education and preventative treatments; 4) Respond quickly as a community to new outbreaks and WORK TOGETHER TO REMOVE STIGMA! This workshop will include opportunity for audience participation with the hope of inspiring everyone in attendance to take action towards ending the HIV Epidemic.


Engaging Eyes
9:30 AM on Thu, Mar 21 in Metropolitan B


Genna
Betros
(Biography)
Eye makeup is extremely important in everyday makeup. It is the first thing you notice about someone. Good eye makeup can hide any flaws in your face by it simply being the center of attention. In this workshop you will learn how to properly set your eyes for the perfect eyeshadow. You will be shown a simple and natural day time look that can easily be transitioned into a smokey night-time look. We hope you can join this workshop and remember; lashes speak louder than words!


Enhancing Beauti!
9:30 AM on Fri, Mar 22 in Metropolitan B


Brittani
Young
(Biography)
Make up is a big part of life! In this class I will show you in detail how to do a full beat! I will go over how to contour, do your brows, where to add a highlight, blush, color correction and lashes! You will be surprised in how much a full beat can enhance the beautiful features!!!! Come join me and learn all about make up!


Enhancing Your MTF Presentation
2:15 PM on Fri, Mar 22 in Penn Harris B


Michelle
Popkov
(Biography)
You have just gathered enough confidence to come out of your hotel room, and then you find yourself “Made” in less than 10 seconds! What can you do? This seminar is aimed at novices to know some basic tips on developing a feminine presentation. These tips will provide you countermeasures to take on your life in public as a woman, build your confidence, and avoid natural traps that give you away.


Equitable Healthcare for All Genders
2:15 PM on Fri, Mar 22 in Bridgeport
*This workshop qualifies for Continuing Education Credit


Nicole
LaRocque
(Biography)

Janelle
Crossley
(Biography)
Healthcare professionals have long provided gender affirming care for gender incongruence (also called gender dysphoria) and all major medical associations — including the American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, The Endocrine Society and the American Psychological Association — support this care for trans+ individuals. Unfortunately, over the past few years, lawmakers have introduced and passed legislation that limits or bans access to this medically necessary care in many states across the US. Despite very strong evidence and scientific data proving its health benefits, this care remains at risk.

In this workshop you will learn who the Research Institute for Gender Therapeutics (RIGT) is, and why RIGT exists. We will share our vision and mission for a future of equitable healthcare for all genders, and how obtaining FDA approvals for medicines used to treat gender incongruence will aid in providing increased access and protection of care.


Expectations (Spouses & Significant Others Only)
9:30 AM on Thu, Mar 21 in Bridgeport


Mrs. Karen
Lehman
(Biography)

Ms. Susan
Bienvenu
(Biography)

Peg
Fram
(Biography)

Ms. Liz
Tattersall
(Biography)
This workshop will discuss how to develop and set expectations not only for the conference, but also in your relationships. It's an opportunity to bounce your ideas off others with similar circumstances. Come share your concerns and ideas in the privacy of other spouses and SOs with Karen and our Spouse/SO Program staff. This workshop is open only to spouses and significant others of transgender/GQ individuals.


Exploring Change (and the Lack Thereof) in the Lived Experience of Transgender Individuals in the US
11:00 AM on Thu, Mar 21 in William Penn
*This workshop qualifies for Continuing Education Credit


Lisa
Fritz
(Biography)

Ms. Gabrielle
Spierer
(Biography)
As the subject of gender has moved further into the public arena, generational changes and similarities in the how individuals experience their gender outside of societal norms are becoming more evident. An increasing number of individuals are expressing their gender rather than remaining "in the closet." The definition of gender continues to expand within the community, allowing for more accurate and truer identification of Self. However, violence, hatred, misinformation, and fear remain constants across generations. The past need for individuals to hid their true Selves to survive in their homes, family, schools, and workplaces remains a reality within the population. As seen throughout generations, trauma experiences related to gender identity are enhanced and made more complex by personal traumas. This workshop will explore the lived experiences of varying generations. The presenters will share personal and professional examples of the multi-faceted and ever changing view of the transgender population in the US, it's impact on the individual, and it's impact on the community.


Exploring Gender Diversity from a Jewish Perspective
3:45 PM on Fri, Mar 22 in Bridgeport


Mx. Lila
Charap
(Biography)

Ms. Melissa
Firstenberg
(Biography)
In this session, participants will explore how Jewish texts and communities can be meaningful to transgender and gender-diverse individuals. Lila and Melissa will discuss how their own gender journeys have intersected with Jewish issues and Judaism, and invite attendees to share some of their own experiences and questions about how gender issues relate to Jewish values. We’ll discuss the surprisingly deep awareness of different gender identities in traditional Jewish legal texts. We'll explore some of the perspectives on GNC, non-binary, and trans individuals, as well as on LGTBQ+ issues generally, in modern Jewish communities. We’ll also talk about personal issues such as family acceptance, our experience with coming out to synagogues and community organizations, and considerations for when Jewish beliefs and transgender culture might conflict.

Folx of all religions, or agnostic or atheistic beliefs, are invited to attend and participate. The intent is to foster a discussion of values rather than to promote any religion or ideology. We also hope to make connections among people at the conference who share an interest in how to remain participants in the Jewish community while continuing their gender journey.


Exploring Voice Feminization
2:15 PM on Sat, Mar 23 in Metropolitan C


Mr. Aaron
Ayala
(Biography)

Ms. Christiana
Wagner
(Biography)
This workshop is geared toward transgender and/or non-binary individuals who are interested in exploring voice feminization. This session will discuss the distinct components of the voice, the effects of adjusting those components, and how we can adapt each one to create new sounds and achieve your ideal, authentic voice. Breath support, pitch, intonation, resonance, and articulation will be addressed. If time permits, participants may have an opportunity to experiment with their own voices through guided tasks. Workshop will be led by voice-specialized, transgender speech-language pathologist, Aaron Ayala.


Exploring Voice Masculinization
11:00 AM on Sat, Mar 23 in Metropolitan C


Mr. Aaron
Ayala
(Biography)

Ms. Christiana
Wagner
(Biography)
This workshop is geared toward transgender and/or non-binary individuals who are interested in exploring voice masculinization. This session will discuss the distinct components of the voice, the effects of adjusting those components, and how we can adapt each one to create new sounds and achieve your ideal, authentic voice. Breath support, pitch, intonation, resonance, and articulation will be addressed. If time permits, participants may have an opportunity to experiment with their own voices through guided tasks. Workshop will be led by voice-specialized, transgender speech-language pathologist, Aaron Ayala.


Families in Transition
11:00 AM on Sat, Mar 23 in Metropolitan B


Karyn
Bello
(Biography)
As the mother of a transgender woman, the aunt of a transgender woman and a friend to many in the TGNC community, I find it is so important for the families and friends of the transgender community to have a space for discussing how to best support our loved ones while also supporting ourselves. In this workshop, we invite families and friends of the transgender community to join us in an open and honest dialogue. "Families in Transition" aims to create a safe space for discussions on providing meaningful support to our transgender loved ones. We encourage participants to share their thoughts, concerns, and questions in a supportive and open environment. Through an open forum we can explore ways to create a more accepting and inclusive environment at home and in the community, to have a discussion about the impact of unconditional love and support on the well-being of transgender individuals.

It will also be beneficial to discuss the importance of self-care for families and friends supporting their transgender loved ones and to provide practical tools and techniques for managing stress, anxiety, and challenging emotions. Through "Families in Transition," we aim to empower families and friends to build stronger, more supportive relationships with their transgender loved ones, fostering an environment of love, acceptance, and understanding.


FDA Approvals - Accessibility and Protection
2:15 PM on Sat, Mar 23 in Metropolitan B
*This workshop qualifies for Continuing Education Credit


Nicole
LaRocque
(Biography)

Janelle
Crossley
(Biography)
In this workshop you will learn more about the Research Institute for Gender Therapeutics (RIGT) and how their mission improves health care equity for trans+ people. We discuss current research and data supporting gender affirming care in layperson terms and include information about population, prevalence and barriers to care. Further, we will explain how RIGT has initiated the process for FDA approval for estradiol for the indication of gender incongruence. We will explore the process of obtaining FDA approval and how RIGT will bring HRT from “off-label” to “on-label”. We will talk about the study design, what the clinical trial will look like, and introduce you to the team behind the mission.


Feminizing the Voice - Comparing Surgical Options
9:30 AM on Sat, Mar 23 in Lochiel


Dr. James
Thomas
(Biography)
Dr. Thomas reveals 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 voice, especially Feminization Laryngoplasty (FemLar), one type of vocal cord (laryngeal) surgery is designed to obtain a feminine sounding voice and correct complications from Tracheal Shave procedures. 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 to each other.

Not only successful interventions are covered, but complications, durability, incomplete outcomes are reviewed. Options for correcting complications of all the above laryngeal procedures are discussed. If you have experienced a voice change after a Tracheal Shave procedure, he will discuss the correction of this problem.

At the conclusion of this workshop, the listener should better understand the concepts that can help in decision-making about the roles of voice therapy as well as when, if and what type of surgeries to consider.


Financial Planning for the Transgender and Gender-Expansive Community
9:30 AM on Fri, Mar 22 in Bridgeport


Ms. Lindsey
Young
(Biography)
The transgender community faces many unique financial challenges, and the amount of resources to help transgender people create a financial plan for transition and life after transition is quite limited.

This workshop will provide a high-level overview of financial planning considerations especially relevant to the transgender community. The workshop will consist of two modules: (i) an overview of financial planning considerations for those who are considering transition or are in the middle of transition and (ii) how to approach financial planning following transition. Topics include budgeting for transition; health insurance considerations; tax considerations, and post-transition life and retirement planning.

The workshop will address topics of interest to people of all income levels and stages of life. Significant others and allies are encouraged to attend.


Finding Joy Through Journaling
3:45 PM on Fri, Mar 22 in United States


Ms. Liz
Tattersall
(Biography)
If you've shied away from journaling in the past, you'll want to join us for a fun and informative experience where you'll learn to uncover the power of journaling your vision and dreams so that you can live your best life. We'll share tips, tools, inspiration, and more to get you started with this simple self-care practice that you can build into your daily routine so that you have a place to begin designing the life you love.


From Cis to Mixed: Couples Making it after Gender Reveal
9:30 AM on Sat, Mar 23 in William Penn


Abbe
Kruger, JD, CLC
(Biography)
Long term relationships require work to survive. Over time, couples experience ups and downs, good times and bad. Partners cultivate patterns of behaviors to manage day to day and long term issues that arise. But even in the most solid relationships, those coping mechanisms can become significantly compromised once one partner comes out as transgender.

Partners in mixed orientations relationships truly love one another or they would not stay in the relationship. Nonetheless, the cis and trans partners' needs are often in direct conflict with one another. The trans partner often seeks to make changes that their cis partner may find unappealing, if not truly off-putting. The cis partner may be willing to go along with changes but not at the light speed that the trans partner seems to desire. There's an inherent juxtaposition in needs of partners who began their relationship as cis gendered and are now grappling with how to manage an entirely new set of issues surrounding gender and sexual identity, family relationships, and social norms, to name a few.

The longevity of your relationship and your ability to successfully navigate its evolution through gender transition rests squarely on R.E.S.P.E.C.T. for your self, your partner and your relationship. R.E.S.P.E.C.T. enables you to Relate to one another, maintain Empathy, cultivate Self compassion, live in the Present with open awareness, reconceive Emotional and/or physical intimacy, Communicate, address Trust issues and spend Time together. These are the necessary attributes for any healthy relationship but they become vital when couples attempt to manage the additional stress of gender transition.

Together we will examine these principals and discuss strategies that can ease the way. No, no one said it would be easy. But self examination, fearless communication and compassionate negotiation can lead the way to a closer-than-ever relationship, built on reciprocal support, love and renewed trust.


From Head to Toe & Start to Finish, A Conversation of Real Experiences from Trans Women Who Have Had Surgeries
11:00 AM on Thu, Mar 21 in Penn Harris A


Ms. Suzane
Oliva
(Biography)

Ms. Karla
Goodner
(Biography)

Ms. Jennifer
Lehman
(Biography)
This will be an open panel dialog & conversation about male-to-female surgeries. The format we follow will have a panel of three ladies who have undergone affirming surgery from facial feminization surgery to breast augmentation to the three common types of bottom surgery. Panelists will discuss how they prepared for the surgery, what happened on the day of the surgery, their recovery and beyond. They will discuss the good, the bad, the painful and the elation of having their surgeries. So if you are scheduled for or are considering surgery, or are just curious, they are willing to offer their thoughts and experiences to assist you in the best outcome. There will be an opportunity for questions during this open conversation.


Gender Affirming Care for Youth
9:30 AM on Sat, Mar 23 in Metropolitan B
*This workshop qualifies for Continuing Education Credit


Amy
Keisling
(Biography)
With the deluge of conflicting and confusing information available, it's hard for families of trans and gender-diverse youth to know where to turn. This workshop is designed to give families an overview of what gender affirming care looks like, how to access care, and how to best support youth and young adults in being their happiest and healthiest selves.


Gender Affirming Voice Therapy Workshop
2:15 PM on Fri, Mar 22 in Harrisburger A


Rachel
McShane
(Biography)
This workshop will briefly address each of the components used in Gender Affirming Voice Therapy. We will try some exercises and provide resources to help you on your journey if you wish to continue pursuing this area, either for greater knowledge, or to incorporate some of these strategies into your daily life! This workshop seeks to give an overview of the basics of what Gender Affirming Voice Therapy is and who can benefit from it. Voice therapy can help people do that in a healthy way. There are also unhealthy ways to change the way your voice sounds, so that is why it is important to do this with support.

What are the components of Gender Affirming Voice Therapy? The first thing that might come to mind is changing one’s pitch, so someone seeking to make their voice sound different is speaking at a higher or lower pitch. The following components are what we will address in this workshop, including vocal hygiene, diaphragmatic breathing, vocal relaxation strategies, pitch, resonance, as well as intonation and vocal melody variation.

Participants will receive training and background in these six areas, as well as ways to incorporate each of these strategies into their daily life. Handouts will also be provided to use as daily practice sheets, and resources where further information about how they can receive more information about Gender Affirming Voice Therapy resources will be provided as well.


Generation Z Providing the Platform for Greater Gender Identity/Expression Acceptance and Its Impact on Those Who Crossdress
2:15 PM on Fri, Mar 22 in Governor


Dr. Gennifer
Herley
(Biography)
This workshop will be a presentation as well as a group discussion regarding Generation Z's contribution to greater Gender Identity/Expression acceptance. Generation Z has the myriad of ways in which they identify or don't identify in relation to a specific gender. My name is Dr Gennifer (Genn) Herley I transitioned 6 years ago from male to female. However, I crossdressed for over 40 years and have lived experience as a crossdresser before I decided to transition. In those early days there was not even a word transgender, some 40 years language and gender identify has dramatically changed. What are those changes? How do they potentially impact you as someone who crossdresses? While the fight for transgender rights is far from over there is definitely greater awareness regarding our community whether its positive or negative. Can society become more open to individuals crossdressing? Is there an opportunity for wives and or girlfriends to have greater understanding acceptance of their partner who crossdresses as a result the way Generation Z identifies.

What will be the new lexicon for individuals' whom crossdress (Gender Expression, gender fluid). Crossdresser is fine too! Its my belief that there is a tremendous opportunity for greater acceptance of folks who crossdress. Let's discuss what that might look like! Each persons experience is different but it is my belief we all share similarities' regarding what our needs and wants are on how we identify. Come join me for this presentation and discussion!!


Getting Outside - Experiences Backpacking the Continental Divide Trail
9:30 AM on Sat, Mar 23 in Penn Harris A


Charlene
Cash
(Biography)
In April 2023, Charlene set out with the intent to backpack the Continental Divide Trail (CDT), a 3,100-mile trail that traverses the Rocky Mountains through five U.S. States. Staring this adventure early into her gender transition and with much trepidation initially, she maintained my courage to present authentically from the very start of the trail. There is a saying in the through hiking community that "the trail will provide," and that it did in so many ways. Experience the trail, as a transgender woman as she recounts her experiences with both nature and people, sharing the beauty of the CDT, and learning how by the end of her time on the CDT it gave her the confidence to be unapologetically authentic and cast out much self-doubt.


Hair Today, Hair Tomorrow
3:45 PM on Thu, Mar 21 in Metropolitan B


Ms. Shauna
Daube
(Biography)
Offering knowledge on the nature of hair and hair loss. Helping others understand the wide variety of techniques, products and services available. Whether you are interested in working with the hair you have, keeping your own hair and adding to it, using your own hair as a base for more voluminous hair or completely covering your hair to have a whole new look. Teaching that hair issues occur with every type of person no matter how they arrived to life. And that almost any look can be achieved with proper products and techniques.


Hairway to Heaven
2:15 PM on Sat, Mar 23 in Metropolitan A


Bryanna
Forsythe
(Biography)
Join us for an in-depth workshop about wigs and hair extensions, and gain knowledge about proper application, care, and styling techniques so you can feel like the best version of yourself.

#proudally #saferspace #hairhasnogender


Hello World! Taking Those First Steps Out and Maximizing Your Experience at Keystone
11:00 AM on Thu, Mar 21 in Leland


Ms. Coleen
O'Donnell
(Biography)

Ms. Telane
Jefferies
(Biography)
Are you ready to take your first trip out shopping or dining out as your authentic self? Members of the Vanity Club, the Debutante Team and the Helping Hand Program will share their trade secrets to feeling comfortable and confident when heading out into the world as your authentic self. These volunteers will also be your guides for all your afternoon activities as you venture out to shop, or dine. There is a great amount of satisfaction in being. able to actually browse the stores and actually see what the outfit or clothing will look like on you.


How is your Transition Going?
9:30 AM on Sat, Mar 23 in Bridgeport


Mx. Miranda
Lewis
(Biography)
Join Miranda Lewis, Certified Life Mastery Consultant, for a roundtable conversation in which we will share our wins and discuss challenges that we all go through during gender transition. Your win(s) might just be the encouragement that someone else needs to hear at a particular point in their journey. And someone else might have the tip, trick, or experience you need to hear right now to get over a hurdle or challenge you are experiencing in your respective journey. Your facilitator, Miranda Lewis, will keep the conversation going as she shares insights and techniques from her program of Life Mastery, and from her own experiences through gender transition. If it takes a village to be successful in transition, then come join us for this "town hall" of sorts. Your story is important and could make all the difference in the world for someone else.


How to Communicate with Just About Anyone
11:00 AM on Thu, Mar 21 in Metropolitan A


Mx. Miranda
Lewis
(Biography)
If you feel like friction is the norm when communicating with some people, you could be communicating the wrong way! Join this workshop to learn how to take the lead in aligning goals and communication styles while avoiding common traps and communication pitfalls that can lead to an endless loop of passive aggressive comments and missed connection points, putting our most important relationships at risk. This workshop is not about finger pointing on either side! It is about coming together around a common mission through understanding and purposeful tested communication strategies that lead to more powerful relationships, and that get the job done. You'll get hands-on practice in a trusting and fun environment designed to give you new communication tools and strategies for those really tough conversations, like say, who you really are…


How to Pose for the Camera
3:45 PM on Thu, Mar 21 in Harrisburger A


Mrs. Diane
Crow
(Biography)
How do models pose so perfectly for the camera? I'll teach you how to show off your best side for the camera and as a result help you to understand the feminine side of posing. We will use real world examples and help you look your very best for the camera and in life.


Increasing Empathy Towards the Transgender Community
9:30 AM on Thu, Mar 21 in Harrisburger A


Mallery Jenna
Robinson
(Biography)
Transgender Empathy Trainings are a collection of trainings from Transgender Excellence Academy created by advocate Mallery Jenna Robinson the goal for Transgender Empathy Trainings are to provide empathetic strategies and approaches that will increase a business owner, healthcare provider, or other community leader the best empathetic practices that will provide a positive and productive interaction with a member of the transgender, gender non-binary, and intersex communities. By having these empathetic approaches, strategies, and practices you are increasing your chances of having a successful working relationship with a community member of the transgender, gender non-binary, and intersex experience.


Intersex People, The “I” in The LGBTQIA+ Community
11:00 AM on Thu, Mar 21 in United States


Marg
Produe
(Biography)
Have you ever heard the word "intersex" before and wondered what it meant? About 2% of the population is intersex, and many of these individuals go through life never knowing it. The presenter at this workshop is a person living with intersex traits who will discuss aspects of living and working in the intersex community. You'll get the intersex 101 and history of key issues for the community, learn important ways you can show up for intersex community members, and hear a personal narrative of intersex experiences.


Introducing the Black Transgender Child
11:00 AM on Fri, Mar 22 in Harrisburger B


Ask
Lulu
(Biography)
"Every Black Trans adult was once a Black transgender child hiding in plain sight" - Dr. Lulu

This workshop is designed to provide valuable insights, guidance, and resources to better understand and support Black transgender children as they navigate their unique journeys.

In recent years, there has been an increasing recognition of the diverse identities within the LGBTQ+ community, including transgender individuals. Within this spectrum, Black transgender children face distinct challenges and experiences that deserve our attention, understanding, and advocacy. This workshop aims to shed light on the specific needs and experiences of Black transgender children and their families, offering a safe and inclusive space for discussion and learning.

Understanding Intersectionality: We will explore the intersection of race, gender identity, and age to gain a deeper understanding of the unique challenges faced by Black transgender children. Through thoughtful discussions, we will examine the impact of systemic racism and discrimination on their lives.

Supporting Families: This workshop will provide resources and strategies for families and caregivers of Black transgender children. We will discuss effective communication, creating affirming environments, and accessing support networks.

Fostering Inclusivity: We'll explore ways to create inclusive spaces in schools, communities, and healthcare settings to ensure that Black transgender children feel seen, valued, and supported.

Advocacy and Activism: Participants will learn about opportunities for advocacy and allyship, including supporting policies that protect the rights and well-being of Black transgender children.

Q&A and Discussion: Throughout the workshop, there will be opportunities for questions and open dialogue to foster a deeper understanding and a sense of community.


IRAs, IPAs, and Chardonnays
3:45 PM on Thu, Mar 21 in Ad Lib Restaurant


Ms. Beth
McKinley
(Biography)

Natalie
Kratzer
(Biography)
Financial topics seem to make the news every day. Should the headlines you see influence the decision you make regarding your financial strategy? Join us as Beth McKinley (she/her) of Roots Financial Group at Thrivent hosts an early happy hour in the hotel bar. We will discuss how to use the latest economic data to help you make informed decisions about your money. We know talking about finances can be difficult. We have found that difficult things are often easier with your friends over a beverage. The first 10 guests will receive a complimentary glass of wine or beer on tap. No products will be sold.


It's NOT Not Natural – The Biology of Sex and Gender
11:00 AM on Fri, Mar 22 in Penn Harris B


Dr. Brenda
Vulpes
(Biography)
The title makes reference to the frequent assertion that being transgender is not natural. Statements such as, "it goes against the laws of nature," reflect a lack of understanding of sexual expression in the natural world. This raises the question, what do sex and gender really mean from a scientific perspective? This workshop will explore how the sexes differ, how they are similar, and how sexual expression and gender identity are more naturally viewed as a broad range of forms and behaviors. We will examine mechanisms of sex determination and development, including the roles of chromosomes, genes, hormones, and the environment. The extreme diversity of sexual expression in nature provides the basis for understanding, just what is natural?


Learn about Hair Extensions
9:30 AM on Thu, Mar 21 in Metropolitan C


Brittani
Young
(Biography)
Extensions can change your whole look. Rather you want to add length or full ness, or even a new style. Come to this workshop to get a hands on experience with different types of extensions. We will learn about tape ins, clip ins, drawstring ponytails, wigs, wefts, and individual pieces. Come learn how to add to your look or completely change it. You don’t want to miss this class! See you soon!


Legally Changing Your Name in Pennsylvania
9:30 AM on Fri, Mar 22 in Harrisburger A
*This workshop qualifies for Continuing Education Credit


Mx. Corinne
Goodwin
(Biography)
Completing a legal name change can feel intimidating. It can also be expensive! The good news is that it doesn’t have to be either of those things. Eastern PA Trans Equity Project has helped hundreds of Pennsylvania residents complete their legal name change and we want to help you too!

Join us as we demystify the legal name change process and provide the guidance you need to complete your legal name change without having to incur the expense of an attorney.


Letting Go with Cass and Liz
9:30 AM on Fri, Mar 22 in Leland


Ms. Liz
Tattersall
(Biography)

Mrs. Cassandra
Storm
(Biography)
We know how easy it is to let the distractions of the past, the outside world and the future keep us from enjoying every moment of our lives. In this workshop we will focus our content and intention being centered in the present, allowing us to let go of the things that may be holding us back from, and enjoying the “Here and Now” at Keystone, and every day. Through some light yoga, guided meditation, affirmations and more, you will undoubtedly leave this session feeling more grounded, and enlightened so that you can make this conference the most empowering experience possible. Dress in comfortable clothes that you can move in, and bring your own yoga mat or towel.


LGBTQ+ and Gifted - Information and Advocacy
11:00 AM on Thu, Mar 21 in Bridgeport


Dr. Matthew
Zakreski
(Biography)
Neurodiverse individuals are more likely to be LGBTQ+, which can add complexity to parenting these children and meeting their educational and social-emotional needs. Understanding how to effectively support and advocate for the LGBTQ+ gifted/neurodiverse population (known as thrice-exceptional or 3E) is an important skill set for parents, mental health professionals, and educational systems. Understanding the needs of LGBTQ+ individuals who are neurodiverse is so important to creating environments that best support this community. A person’s identity significantly impacts how their giftedness manifests and, therefore, how to understand and connect with them. This intersectionality is vital to effectively meeting their needs and needs to be communicated effectively to all systems that they engage in, whether it is school, home, work, activities, or social life. This presentation will focus on education and then how to effectively advocate with language and connecting to outside resources and support groups.


Live Recording: Forged in Fire LGBTQ+ Leadership Podcast
2:15 PM on Sat, Mar 23 in William Penn


Bree
Fram
(Biography)

Liz
Cavallaro
(Biography)
Be part of a live recording of an episode of the Forged in Fire: LGBTQ+ Leadership Podcast! On Forged In Fire, Colonel Bree Fram and Dr. Liz Cavallaro interview LGBTQ+ superheroes. Each episode explores the nexus of LGBTQ+ identity and leadership development through interviews with leaders in business, government, academia, advocacy, entertainment and more! We'll dive into crucible moments in LGBTQ+ lives such as stigmatization, coming out, or transition. This helps us understand how leaders transformed what we often view as negative experiences into moments that accelerated their growth into leadership superheroes.

Audience members at these live recordings will have an opportunity to ask questions that may be included in the show! Forged In Fire Season 2 Launched in January 2024 and can be heard on all major podcast streaming services.


Live the Life of Your Dreams
11:00 AM on Sat, Mar 23 in Bridgeport


Ms. Liz
Tattersall
(Biography)
Are you living the same year over and over, or are you really living an authentic life that you love? In this workshop you’ll learn how to create a vision for your life that serves and inspires you each day. You will discover how being in alignment with your purpose, your passions, and your values allows you to accelerate your results and live the life you love. Listening to your longing of what you would love to be, have, and do in your life is the first step on the amazing journey, called LIFE! Come join me and take the first step!


Living with Crossdressing - Discovering Your True Identity
9:30 AM on Sat, Mar 23 in Metropolitan C


Ms. Savannah
Hauk
(Biography)
Are you living with a partner who is a crossdresser? Are you living with the knowledge that you are a male crossdresser? Are you a cis-woman partner of a man who crossdresses? Are you struggling with what it means to be in a relationship with a man who you have discovered – by accident or his own admission – enjoys wearing feminine clothing?

Join me as as we set out to uncover some of the reasons why so many men (including myself) dress as women. Discover real couples who are looking for a new balance in their relationships, including the point of views of the women who decided to stand by their... ahem... men as they learn to better understand their crossdresser and learn how to cope and thrive.

Somewhere amid the misconceptions, stereotypes, and ignorance is the truth about non-transitioning, non-fetish, crossdressing men. But more than that is the strength and care of the women who continue to love and support them.


Luscious Lips
3:45 PM on Fri, Mar 22 in Metropolitan A


Casey
Grim
(Biography)
With the right colors, products and accessories, you can turn even the thinnest of lips into fuller, defined and stunning lips. Learn what products to buy, how to properly draw your own lip line and never again will you have lipstick on your teeth or left behind on your wine glass! Learn all the trade secrets to luscious lips from Esthetician and Makeup Artist Casey Grim.


Makeup 101
11:00 AM on Thu, Mar 21 in Metropolitan C


Joshua
Robert
(Biography)
In this workshop Donna's Hair Studio's top makeover artist Wattson will guide you through the proper steps to apply color correctors, foundation, concealer and shadows to hide stubborn skin imperfections so that you can create a beautiful, natural look!


Making the Most of Masculinity: What’s in Your Tool Belt?
11:00 AM on Fri, Mar 22 in Bridgeport


Chris
Condran
(Biography)
A life in transition is nothing short of extremely challenging, especially in today's political climate. As I engage with the transgender community one word tends to resonate, "unprepared." This session will be a short exploration of the intersections of my journey toward authenticity and the tools I picked up along the way. What tools are in my belt? Where did I find them? and How do I use them? If you are looking for a session that draws on facing the real-life challenges of a life in transition and where to find the skills to succeed not just in transition but in the life challenges that occur simultaneously. This may be the session for you.


Mapping Your Transgender Journey
11:00 AM on Fri, Mar 22 in Penn Harris A


Ms. Lilia
Weber
(Biography)

Ms. Jennifer
Lehman
(Biography)
Living a full life as a transgender person is much more than transition and surgery. Sure, that can be part, but do you have a plan for your life? Maybe you are just starting out, have decided you are transgender, and you are trying to figure out what is next. Are you comfortable where your journey has taken you? Do you have a plan for something else? Are you planning for a happy and full life? In this workshop Jen and Lilia will discuss what they feel are some of the important things to consider when you plan and navigate your journey. They will share some of their experiences and also some observations. We'll talk about what has worked and what hasn’t.


Master Styling Tricks for Every Body Shape and Size
2:15 PM on Thu, Mar 21 in Metropolitan A


Lindsey
Taub
(Biography)
No woman can wear every outfit and style - there is a science to what type of clothing looks right with which body shape. Do it wrong and look like you've gained 10 lbs and aged 10 years. Do it right and look like you've lost weight and discovered the fountain of youth. Are you ready to get serious about how you present yourself to the world? If so, join Master Styling Lindsey Taub on how to successfully style for your body & shape. For the sake of your wallet and your self-confidence, you do not want to miss this class!


Master the Perfect Accessory that Fits in Your Purse & Transforms Every Outfit on a Dime!
2:15 PM on Fri, Mar 22 in Metropolitan B


Lindsey
Taub
(Biography)
The fastest way to change any outfit from day to night and drab to fab is by wearing a scarf but don't just drape it honey, there are 45 different ways to wear it! Learn 10 different ways to wear your scarf that will transform any outfit in your wardrobe in seconds!

This workshop is BYOS--so please 'Bring Your Own Scarf' (a square 2x2' and a rectangle 1x3' in size), preferably poly or silk, to try out all the styles and knots! You can find scarves on Amazon, JC Penney's, local thrift shop, etc.


Mix and Match
9:30 AM on Fri, Mar 22 in Metropolitan C


Lindsey
Taub
(Biography)
Do you know how to make an ordinary outfit stunning and stylish? Discover the secret to mixing and matching the colors and patterns of your clothing that will make everyone envious of your closet and style. A brand-new workshop by Lindsey Taub.


Money and Mimosas
11:00 AM on Sat, Mar 23 in Ad Lib Restaurant


Ms. Beth
McKinley
(Biography)

Natalie
Kratzer
(Biography)
Wake up with a mimosa and learn about SMART money habits that can help you ensure a stable financial future by aligning your money decisions with your values, discovering opportunity costs, and having a process for making wise money choices. No products will be sold.


Navigating Healthcare Systems and Workplace Support as Parents of Gender Diverse Children
3:45 PM on Sat, Mar 23 in Leland
*This workshop qualifies for Continuing Education Credit


Ask
Lulu
(Biography)

Odetta
Owen Boudreau
(Biography)
It is no surprise that the LGBTQ+ community, particularly the transgender community has a strained relationship with the healthcare community. With all of the fuss about anti-LGBTQ+ legislation, misinformation and disinformation around gender-affirming care, the rhetoric about parental grooming and attacks on our families, and parents having to move cities and across states, very little focus is placed on the mental health and well-being of parents as we navigate these spaces.

Through sharing their personal stories, the hosts of the Moms 4 Trans Kids podcast will discuss life as parents of transgender youth in today's America. They will share their experiences with self-acceptance, and affirmation of their children, learning to live with the legislation, the healthcare system, and life in general as mothers of transgender children.

Join us at the Keystone Conference for an interactive interview-style workshop where attendees will learn practical strategies for navigating the healthcare system and discover how organizations can leverage support for parents of LGBTQ+ kids as a talent attraction and retention tool.

This collaborative discussion will empower parents with valuable insights and resources while fostering a supportive community of allies for their children. Don't miss this opportunity to ensure your well-being and peace of mind along the journey of affirmation.


Non-Binary Healthcare
11:00 AM on Sat, Mar 23 in Penn Harris B
*This workshop qualifies for Continuing Education Credit


Dr. Scott
McCracken
(Biography)

Tesla
Taliaferro
(Biography)
We will review the justifcation for gender affirming healthcare, and the WPATH recommendations for nonbinary people, specifically. We will discuss best practices for gender affirming healthcare settings, and indications and options for treatment of nonbinary people. We will discuss some differences between perceived life experiences in binary versus nonbinary identifying people


Options and Expectation of Permanent Hair Removal for Transition and Getting Insurance to Pay for It
3:45 PM on Sat, Mar 23 in Penn Harris B


Mr. James W
Walker VII
(Biography)
In this workshop we will discuss the treatment process, how to get the best results and promote the fastest healing. We'll also discuss how to cover the unwanted hair between treatments while working towards completion so as to look your best. Finally, we'll provide strategies for negotiating the maze of insurance blockades between you and the insurance company approving your medical necessary hair removal.


PA Fairness Act - Mapping a Road for Victory.
11:00 AM on Sat, Mar 23 in Lochiel


Ms. Naiymah
Sanchez
(Biography)
Did you know that Pennsylvania, is still lacking Statewide laws that cover TLGBQ+ folxs from discrimination? Join us in a conversation amongst Community organizers, change agents, and the community at large to discuss the current status of TLGBQ+ rights and our fight for comprehensive protections under the law in Pennsylvania that provide us freedom from discrimination in every area of our lives.


Part 2 - Personal Safety and Defense En Femme - Engaging with Law Enforcement Officers and Navigating the Legal System
2:15 PM on Fri, Mar 22 in Harrisburger B


Miss Michelle
Blond
(Biography)
This seminar will focus exclusively on how to properly engage with Law Enforcement Officers, what the law require to justify self defense, how to defend your actions in a court of law, when and how to utilize expert witnesses, how to select proper legal representation, why you should never take a plea deal, how the legal system and the courtroom work, what to expect from the DA and the prosecution, what are legal defense organizations and how to choose one, what personal insurance coverage is appropriate, and how to avoid going to jail for a righteous act of self defense.


Perfect Your Make-up with Beautiful Skin
11:00 AM on Sat, Mar 23 in Governor


Bobbie
Basham
(Biography)

Amelia
Siders
(Biography)
Learn why your make-up only looks as good as your skin underneath, AND how to get your skin ready for make-up. Your best make-up routine begins with the perfect skin prep and we've got you covered for that. Get tips and tricks on how to apply make-up that looks glowing and natural! Because you wouldn’t paint on a less-than-perfect canvas now, would you?


Personal Safety and Defense En Femme
11:00 AM on Thu, Mar 21 in Harrisburger A


Miss Michelle
Blond
(Biography)
Avoid becoming a victim of violent crime and live your life in peace. Much needed information will be shared on best practices and most effective tools for personal defense, threat identification and avoidance, legalities of self-defense, the various mindsets surrounding violent crime, use of force and probable outcomes, and how to engage with Law Enforcement Officers. You will leave this class feeling better prepared to identify, counteract, and avoid dangerous situations and understand how to protect yourself within the bounds of the law.


Primer on Name Change: Planning for the Current Legal Process in Your State
9:30 AM on Sat, Mar 23 in Penn Harris B
*This workshop qualifies for Continuing Education Credit


Ms. Lauren
Stein
(Biography)
This seminar will introduce the general legal requirements for the formal name change process in your state. It will review the petition requirements, what additional steps may be required, whether advertising is required or avoidable, and what to expect at the hearing. Lastly, it will discuss what you need to do to update your legal documents to your new name including social security, passports, and driver’s licenses.


Protecting Trans and Nonbinary Youth Mental Health From Anti-LGBTQ Legislation
2:15 PM on Thu, Mar 21 in William Penn
*This workshop qualifies for Continuing Education Credit


Casey
Pick
(Biography)
As the nation's leading suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization serving LGBTQ+ young people, The Trevor Project has a unique perspective on the state of transgender and nonbinary young people's mental health today, and particularly the impact of the recent onslaught of legislative attacks on this community. This session will provide a brief overview of the latest data on trans and nonbinary youth mental health, the various types of legislation targeting this community and its mental health impact, and what people can do to support trans and nonbinary youth mental health today.


Queering Sex Ed
2:15 PM on Thu, Mar 21 in United States


Mx. Robin
Gow
(Biography)

Rain
Black
(Biography)
Sex education is lacking for all people but especially for us trans and queer folks. This workshop is a space to reclaim the sex education space for us. Together we will learn about the history of heteronormativity and cisnormativity in sexual health education and practice approaches for unworking that influence how we talk about sex and pleasure. Participants will leave with knowledge of how to approach sex and sexual health in healthier and more fulfilling ways.


Questions You Always Wanted to Ask at a Medical Appointment but Didn't....
2:15 PM on Sat, Mar 23 in United States


Michelle
Braucher
(Biography)

Dr. Gabrielle
Frenkel
(Biography)
Talk about general care in primary care office setting and open the discussion to participants questions that always wanted to ask but didn't ask at their doctor's office. Participants can submit questions, scenarios, etc. on paper or electronically anonymously.


Quick and Easy Hair Styling
2:15 PM on Thu, Mar 21 in Metropolitan C


Casey
Grim
(Biography)
Stuck in a styling rut? Is your hairstyle out of date and does it make you stick out like a sore thumb? Learn tips and tricks to transform your hair from day to night and casual to glam. Whether it is your natural hair or not, this class will demonstrate basic care and styling techniques to make the most of the hair you're working with!


Relationship Priorities: Using Communication and Compassion to Work Through Transition
2:15 PM on Thu, Mar 21 in Harrisburger A


Ms. Susan
Bienvenu
(Biography)

Mrs. Karen
Lehman
(Biography)

Ms. Jennifer
Lehman
(Biography)
Recreated with emphasis on couples communication and with added vignettes. Discussions often focus on the needs of the transitioning transgender individual, somewhat exclusive to the needs of the relationship with a partner. This seminar will turn the focus to the relationship between the transgender person and their spouse or significant other. Transition is a very difficult time for a couple, and can lead to the loss of the relationship. Your presenter does not believe that this has to be the inevitable outcome and hopes to offer her experience teaching communications skills as a therapist, her experience with her late spouse Jude during transition, and that of friends and acquaintances who have gone through transition of a partner, in the hope that others can find these skills and experiences useful. Aspects discussed includes "couples' transition" and skills in the use of language and negotiation, managing expectations and maintaining open lines of communication. These approaches are proven techniques in couples counseling and can help when facing difficult experiences. Please come join us for discussions and a few exercises that can help bring a new understanding to the power of language and negotiation.


Rock it Girl! Walking Confidently in Heels with Scarcity
9:30 AM on Thu, Mar 21 in Leland


Scarcity

(Biography)
In this workshop with Scarcity you will learn how to walk in heels comfortably, and how to accentuate your body movements and perfect your feminine hip swing. Please bring your favorite pair of heels and let's get to WERK!


Safe Relationships in Transition: Who Should I Share Information with and Who Don’t I Have to?
3:45 PM on Fri, Mar 22 in Harrisburger B
*This workshop qualifies for Continuing Education Credit


Dr. Michele
Angello
(Biography)
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 that you meet along your journey.


Safe Spaces, Moving Beyond Cultural Competence
9:30 AM on Thu, Mar 21 in United States
*This workshop qualifies for Continuing Education Credit


Ms. Karla
Brown
(Biography)
This workshop focuses on providing a better understanding of key terms related to the development of safe spaces for transgender and nonbinary individuals. The attendees will gain a better understating of how to create safe spaces for themselves and their communities from a trauma informed approach. This presentation also covers barriers to the development of safe spaces and how cultural competence has become a term to avoid further implementation of safe spaces in our communities.


Self Care! Extreme Queer Mode!
2:15 PM on Fri, Mar 22 in Penn Harris A


Mary
Braasch
(Biography)
Tired of the same old boring self care suggestions like "showers" and "eat food"? Feel that the simple self care suggestions just don't cut through the daily depression and anxiety? Step up your game and learn some new ideas, rediscover some old self care techniques (and why they are suggested so much), and leave this workshop feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world! Come engage in hands on examples of peaceful, fun, mindful self care activities geared towards the LGBTQ and neurodivergent communities.


SO How Do I Move Forward? Taking My Next Step (Spouses and Significant Others Only)
3:45 PM on Sat, Mar 23 in Governor


Ms. Liz
Tattersall
(Biography)

Mrs. Karen
Lehman
(Biography)

Peg
Fram
(Biography)
In the Keystone Conference Bubble, you may have experienced an emotional roller coaster as you have been flooded with new information, fresh insights and introductions to so many others who have walked a similar path. But what happens when you head home, back into everyday life? This workshop is designed to help you take your next step, not just as a partner of a transgender person but as a human being who also needs love, support and guidance. Join Coach Liz Tattersall for an opportunity to empower yourself into your next chapter and the life you envision for you and your significant other. his 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!

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Strategies for Coming Out at Work - A Panel Discussion
2:15 PM on Thu, Mar 21 in Penn Harris A


Ms. Gabrielle
Spierer
(Biography)

Ms. Billie Elizabeth
Reiss
(Biography)

Ms. Victoria
Datta
(Biography)

Ms. Ashley
Ghiron
(Biography)
Companies have varying policies and everyone's workplace is different. Every situation is different, but there is some commonality among individuals that have transitioned successfully at work. We'll have a panel discussion on the experiences of numerous people, how they planned and navigated their transition at their workplace. The panelists are Christine Zuba, Victoria Datta, Ashley Ghiron, Billie Elizabeth Reese, and Gabrielle Spierer, our moderator. This will be an interactive discussion aimed at helping those in the audience be able to think about how they can utilize the experiences of the panelists, along with other examples and strategies we're aware of, including changing company policy, to assist you in developing a successful strategy for coming out at your workplace. We will try to speak to many of today's different transgender identities including gender non conforming, gender queer and gender fluid individuals both male and female. We will leave time for Q&A so bring your questions.


Supporting TGX Clients
9:30 AM on Sat, Mar 23 in United States
*This workshop qualifies for Continuing Education Credit


Mx. Star
Peterson
(Biography)
Star Peterson, M.Ed. will guide mental health professionals in supporting and empowering TGX clients and their families. Star will discuss designing inclusive intake forms, using pronouns and neopronouns, employing gender-neutral language, avoiding common microaggressions, and unpacking cisgender privilege. The session is peppered with quotes from TGX clients about what they wish mental health professionals knew. It also shares three TGX individuals' experiences with gender dysphoria.


Supporting TGX Family Members
2:15 PM on Sat, Mar 23 in Bridgeport
*This workshop qualifies for Continuing Education Credit


Mx. Star
Peterson
(Biography)
Star will teach parents of TGX individuals the fundamentals of gender identity. Star will introduce parents to common terms used within the TGX community and will discuss avoiding microaggressions and unpacking cisgender privilege. The presentation will be peppered with quotes from TGX individuals about what they wish their parents understood.


Surviving and Thriving All Year Round While Living only Part Time in Your Preferred Gender
3:45 PM on Thu, Mar 21 in Bridgeport


Ms. Sharon
Rose
(Biography)
The conference is just one week. How do you manage to get by the rest of the year? We will discuss ways to stay connected and in touch with your preferred gender. Social media, local meetup groups, support groups, therapy/counseling, and spending time with friends at the conference. We will also discuss ways to enable yourself to get out when the people who live with you or are closest to you do not support you or do not know about this side of you. We will discuss all of these, and take suggestions from the attendees as well.


Telling Your Children and Family Members
11:00 AM on Sat, Mar 23 in Penn Harris A
*This workshop qualifies for Continuing Education Credit


Dr. Michele
Angello
(Biography)
There are many factors to consider in coming out to your children or loved ones. First, do they need to know at all, if you are not publicly transitioning? Of course, there are the how, when, what, and where issues to tell family, not to mention the developmental level of the kids in question and the knowledge/support of their other parent. These factors will all be addressed in this workshop. Let's talk about your level of comfort with yourself and your existing relationships with your children and family. What are your goals? What do you want them to feel and to understand about this part of you? How can you help them to feel safe and loved through this transition in your family? We will go over some basic recommendations to keep in mind, but also invite you to ask your own questions and share your personal experiences with telling your children - your fears, successes, disasters, and everything in between. Please join us for this discussion. I can't tell you how to deal with your children, but I'm sure that listening to others' ideas will be helpful.


The 2022 Trans Survey...finally!
11:00 AM on Sat, Mar 23 in William Penn


Rev. Joanne
Carroll
(Biography)
In 2022 the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) commissioned a study of the state of the transgender community and made it available for several months for individuals to respond. In 2015 the NCTE conducted a similar study and the results were in some cases hard to read or hear. This workshop will be an attempt to review some of the findings and contrast and compare the results of the two surveys. The attendees will be afforded an opportunity to relate the findings to their own experience or that of others they know, as well as express their reaction to the results.


The Art of Transition
9:30 AM on Fri, Mar 22 in United States


Ashley
Glennon
(Biography)
For anyone moving through the challenging stages of transitioning, one of the biggest gifts they can give themself is expressing their emotions or feelings through an outlet. In this workshop we will go over ways to recognize and express the many triumphs and pitfalls involved with gender transition. We will have an open discussion on creative ways we have dealt with or can deal with the complex emotions and challenges of transition. Examples will be shown and discussed to feed the discussion. The focus here is to help you manage the realizations, challenges and wins in a way that you can look at or listen to and be reminded of how far you've come in your journey.


The Journey of the Trans Parent: My Personal and Professional Experiences as the Parent of a Transgender Child
3:45 PM on Fri, Mar 22 in Harrisburger A
*This workshop qualifies for Continuing Education Credit


Lisa
Fritz
(Biography)
Parenting the transgender child is a complex and challenging experience, even for the accepting parent. Personal, familial, and societal norms and values impact and influence parents as they navigate the journey. While professional knowledge and experience can act as a support for the parent, they may not buffer individual emotions and responses. Statistics indicate a direct correlation between supportive parents and improved mental health in transgender children. Those interacting with parents professionally need to be prepared to interact with empathy for the parents' emotional responses, as well as, reinforcing the needs of the child. This presentation will utilize personal experience as the parent of a transgender child, direct professional experience as a therapist, and research statistics to present a picture of what is needed from and by the parents of this population.


The Latinx Experience, An Overview of the Trans and Non-Binary Experiences Across Latinx Countries and the US
9:30 AM on Fri, Mar 22 in William Penn


Ms. Karla
Brown
(Biography)
Understanding different realities is a powerful way to build on equity and integration within communities. The Latinx population in the US still growing however the lack of acknowledgement of trans and nonbinary individuals within and outside of the Latinx communities brings lots of concerns. This presentation focuses on exposing some of the challenges experience by transgender and nonbinary Latinx individuals while living in Latin-American countries as well as in the US as well as their resilience.


The Maleficent Seven - How to Handle the Clobber Passages
2:15 PM on Thu, Mar 21 in Lochiel


Rev. Grace
Ferris
(Biography)
Bible-thumping bigots and haters use seven very specific Bible passages in their attempts to prove that people like you and me will rot and burn in Hell. We call them the "clobber passages" because they are used to clobber us. Four of them are from the Old Testament (Genesis 1:29, Genesis 19, Leviticus 18:22, and Deuteronomy 23:17-18), and three are from the New Testament (Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9, and 1 Timothy 1:10).

The sad reality is that their understanding of what the holy scriptures really say is way off base. Anti-LGBTQ people cling to an incorrect understanding of what those passages actually mean. This incorrect understanding comes from centuries of bias that have found their way into Bible translation and instruction over time.

In this session we will explore each of these passages, considering their history, context, and original meaning. An accurate understanding of these passages actually affirms the fact that LGBTQ people are part of God's design for the beauty that is humanity.

Please note that it is typically impossible to argue with bigots and haters. The purpose of this session is not to provide defense in debate, but rather simply to set your own mind at ease when you find yourself on the receiving end of such hateful rhetoric.


The Ones We’re Closest to Are Sometimes the Hardest to Reach
3:45 PM on Thu, Mar 21 in Metropolitan A


Ms. Liz
Tattersall
(Biography)

Mx. Miranda
Lewis
(Biography)
Back by popular demand! How to talk to our family about our transition. Maintaining healthy communication with family members is a tough dynamic at the best of times, but when a lifelong identity has changed the dynamics of the group shift on many levels and from different perspectives. We will identify strategies to help maintain open communication to avoid the frustration, anger, and pain that can divide us. We will also talk about how to tailor your “coming out”, or discussions about gender, with different members of your family, realizing that different relationships require different approaches.


The Workplace as a Transgender Professional Panel Discussion
3:45 PM on Fri, Mar 22 in Metropolitan B


Risa
Gorospe
(Biography)

Ashley
Glennon
(Biography)

Mx. Miranda
Lewis
(Biography)

Ms. Allison Chris
Myers
(Biography)
Being a transgender professional in the workplace can be challenging. Not just coming out to the workplace, but also maintaining a professional attitude within the workplace environment. The workplace challenges can be difficult for the regular working professional. Being transgender adds a level of complexity to those challenges.

This workshop session is a panel discussion on being a transgender professional in the workplace. The panelists are transgender professionals from various industries and levels of experience. This discussion covers various topics of being a transgender workplace professional such as coming out, maintaining a professional workplace environment with your manager and co-workers, managing staff as a transgender leader, career development and other topics. The attendees will hear the experience and discussion from some of the active members of the transgender community in the workplace. We hope the discussion provides additional insight to the attendees watching.


Transcend - Building Resilient Self-Esteem
3:45 PM on Sat, Mar 23 in United States


Tracy
Hess
(Biography)
This workshop aims to empower participants in their journey towards cultivating and nurturing robust self-esteem. In a supportive and inclusive environment, we will explore what self-esteem is, what undermines it, and most importantly, how we can cultivate it within ourselves. Participants will leave equipped with practical tools and a renewed sense of empowerment to embrace authenticity and navigate their paths with resilience and confidence.


Transgender in Faith
11:00 AM on Sat, Mar 23 in United States


Ms. Lilia
Weber
(Biography)

Ms. Jennifer
Lehman
(Biography)

Ms. Melissa
Firstenberg
(Biography)

Ms. Christine
Zuba
(Biography)
In this interactive workshop, we'll explore the role that faith has played in our transgender journeys and the journeys of others in our lives. Four panelists will each share a short introduction about how their faith and connection to something higher than themselves has shaped their life journey including coming out as transgender in that community. They will also tap into how they are shaping lives in their places of worship and even the larger faith itself. We will devote the second half of our workshop to Q&A and discussion with the audience. Our panelists are: Ms. Mellisa Firstenberg, Judaism, Ms. Jennifer Lehman, Lutheran; Lilia Weber, Unitarian Universalist; and Christine Zuba, Roman Catholic.


Transgender in the Scriptures
3:45 PM on Sat, Mar 23 in Penn Harris A


Mrs. Masha-Leah
Dinah
(Biography)
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. I have updated it with new source material and I think you will leave with a greater appreciation of how you are included in the Bible even if it's hammered home that you don't.

No prior religious background is needed and agnostics and atheists are encouraged to attend to be better allies.


Transgender Personalities in History (from the 15th Century through the 1860s)
9:30 AM on Thu, Mar 21 in Lochiel


Melissa
Morton
(Biography)
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 15th century through the 1860s. 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, including a United States military installation being renamed to honor one of them. Although this seminar has been presented before, Melissa changes the roster of historical figures presented each time she does this seminar. Brief biographies of each individual profiled are available upon request.


Transgender Personalities in History (from the 1860s to the Present Day)
11:00 AM on Fri, Mar 22 in Governor


Melissa
Morton
(Biography)
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, including a United States military installation being renamed to honor one of them. Although this seminar has been presented before, Melissa changes the roster of historical figures presented each time she does this seminar. Brief biographies of each individual profiled are available upon request.


Transgender Sports Participation
11:00 AM on Fri, Mar 22 in United States


Ms. Christine
Penn
(Biography)
Another year and more research, more controversies, more changes. Come get an update on the latest news surrounding the topic. Of interest for those participating or thinking of participating in a competitive sport.


Transitioning Your Business Along Your Journey
2:15 PM on Sat, Mar 23 in Penn Harris B


Ms. Beth
McKinley
(Biography)

Ms. Holly
Evans
(Biography)
Business owners must always be strategizing for the future. But determining whether or not it is the right time in your business to make a personal transition requires a realistic look at the alignment of your business, personal, and financial needs.

Join business owner Holly Evans and Beth McKinley as they discuss challenges that must be faced and addressed as a business owner before, during, and after transition, regardless of whether you are just starting out or are considering exiting your business.

No products will be sold.


Understanding Intersectionality from a Trauma Informed Care Perspective
3:45 PM on Thu, Mar 21 in William Penn
*This workshop qualifies for Continuing Education Credit


Ms. Karla
Brown
(Biography)
This presentation explores how intersectionality theory can be applied to social justice while understanding adverse life experiences. This presentation also explores how intersectionality can be used to engage with diversity and difference in social work education and unbiased research. Intersectionality provides a theory framework for understanding the lives and experiences of socially underserved communities. Intersectional approaches provide a deeper understanding of formal and informal systems of marginalization and oppression towards the LGBTQ+ identifying populations.


US Department of Veterans Affairs - Proudly Serving All Who Served
11:00 AM on Fri, Mar 22 in Metropolitan C
*This workshop qualifies for Continuing Education Credit


Ms. Maureen
Brackey
(Biography)

Lorenzo
Singotti
(Biography)

Cheyenne
Port
(Biography)
VA Medical Centers and VA Community Clinics provide a full range of primary care, mental health, medical specialty and surgical care options for ALL qualified Veterans including members of the LGBTQ+ community. This workshop will review the most recent VHA directives regarding health care specifically 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 VHA supports healthcare for our LGBTQ+ Veterans.


US Department of Veterans Affairs - Spiritual Care and the LGBTQ+ Community
2:15 PM on Fri, Mar 22 in Metropolitan C


Rev. Joel
Risser
(Biography)

Dean
Luther
(Biography)
This workshop will share ways that VA chaplains are emphasizing outreach and spiritual care to the LGBTQ+ community. Safe, welcoming, and affirming spiritual care and religious community is becoming increasingly available, but we acknowledge that developing trust is important. We will introduce the spiritual needs that chaplains are able to address in an interfaith setting with groups and individuals. Discussion will invite participants to share how their faith experiences connect to spiritual needs and share resources, ideas and reflections. Resources on how to find safe, affirming, and welcoming religious and spiritual communities will also be shared.


Voice Feminization - Seattle Voice Lab's Inclusive Approach to Voice Transformation
2:15 PM on Thu, Mar 21 in Metropolitan B


Ms. Claire
Burgess
(Biography)

Mr. Nathan
Morgan
(Biography)
Seattle Voice Lab believes that everyone deserves to embark on a transformative voice journey. In this presentation, we will unveil our inclusive approach, and explore how our methodologies cater to individuals regardless of HRT, gender expression, background, and/or ability. We foster a supportive environment for all on their voice transformation journey.

This session will delve into the inclusive philosophy of Seattle Voice Lab, emphasizing that hormone replacement therapy is not a prerequisite for voice empowerment. Attendees will gain insights into our approach, methodologies, and success stories that showcase the effectiveness of our curriculum that is tailored to each student’s individual needs.


What to Stop Borrowing from Your Mother's Closet
9:30 AM on Thu, Mar 21 in Metropolitan A


Lindsey
Taub
(Biography)
There are some accessories, outfits and styles that NEVER go out of fashion and there are others that you should kick to the curb. In this workshop you will discover which trends to ignore and which items you can buy once and will last you a lifetime. A brand-new workshop by Lindsey Taub.


Wigs, Toppers and More...
11:00 AM on Fri, Mar 22 in Metropolitan B


Donna
Miller
(Biography)
How to select exactly what you need for the most naturally feminine look. You will learn whether you need a full wig. Or a beautifuly customed topper, choosing from one of the three best companies in the industry, as well as how to properly care for it


Yes! You Can Become an LGBTQ+ Advocate
9:30 AM on Sat, Mar 23 in Metropolitan A


Mx. Corinne
Goodwin
(Biography)
Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Lazy or ambitious? Out and loud or stealth? Queer or a queer ally? No matter how you describe yourself, there are many ways that you can take action to become a better advocate for LGBTQ+ people. In this interactive workshop we will explore what an advocate is and the actions big and small that you can take to make a difference!


Your Eternal Salvation Is Not In JEOPARDY!
9:30 AM on Fri, Mar 22 in Harrisburger B


Rev. Grace
Ferris
(Biography)
Now it's time for America's favorite game show: "Your Eternal Salvation Is Not In 'JEOPARDY!'"

Using the "JEOPARDY!" game show format, this fast-paced and fun workshop will tackle issues related to spirituality for the transgender community! People attending will take the role of contestants, selecting questions from the game board. The questions and their answers are designed to spark conversation and understanding among the group. The moderator will be everyone's favorite game show host, Mother Grace! Categories include:

--What the Bible Really Says About Queers
--The Clobber Passages
--Queer Saints
--Jesus on Love
--All Are Welcome





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