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Friday, July 25
 

8:00am

Gender Basics
This optional pre-conference session will ground participants in a common, multi-dimensional framework and vocabulary for understanding gender diversity. Designed for professionals interested in a refresher, or those just beginning to work with gender diverse young people, the workshop will touch upon key aspects of gender, including the relationship between sex and gender, cultural and historical perspectives of gender expression, and the difference between gender identity and sexual orientation.

Speakers
avatar for Joel Baum, MS

Joel Baum, MS

Senior Director, Gender Spectrum
Joel Baum, MS Senior Director of Professional Development and Family Services, is responsible for all programmatic aspects of Gender Spectrum. He facilitates trainings, conducts workshops, develops curriculum, consults with parents/ professionals, and provides resources in service of a more compassionate understanding of gender. He works with a wide range of organizations, including schools, medical professionals, therapists, universities and... Read More →


Friday July 25, 2014 8:00am - 8:30am
Soda Center – Moraga St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

8:40am

Opening & Keynote
Friday July 25, 2014 8:40am - 9:20am
Soda Center – Moraga St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

9:30am

Creating Gender Inclusive Schools
This presentation will provide an overview of Gender Spectrum’s model for establishing Gender Inclusive School Climates. Using a strategic and sequential process for building staff, community and student understanding of gender’s complexity, Gender Spectrum has developed a comprehensive program of professional development, curriculum and resources designed to create more accepting conditions in schools at all grade-levels. Participants will be introduced to many of the tools and best practices for creating an accepting school culture, including training materials for school leaders and staff, examples of parent and community education, student curriculum, and various policy documents.

Speakers
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Morgan Darby, MA, MAT

Education Program Director, Gender Spectrum
Morgan Darby, MA, MAT is the Education Program Director for Gender Spectrum, and is responsible for deepening the curricular, programmatic, and outreach efforts in order to make issues related to gender accessible to those who work with children and teens. Previous to this, she taught middle school English and history and served as an advocate for youth of color and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender... Read More →


Friday July 25, 2014 9:30am - 10:55am
Soda Center – Orinda St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

9:30am

Improving Child Welfare Services for Gender-Expansive Children, Youth and Families
A prevalence of gender-expansive children and youth involved with child welfare systems is one of the sobering realities of a binary gender system. A combination of family misunderstanding, school push-out, and social isolation, along with ensuing mental health challenges results in a familiar pathway for these vulnerable young people. The presenters will provide an overview of efforts to support gender-expansive children and youth and their families in the child welfare system. Presenters and participants will discuss their experiences with the system and its partners, as well as local policy and practice. The dialogue will inform local, state and national system reform efforts.

Speakers
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Bill Bettencourt

Bill Bettencourt, MA is Senior Associate, Center for the Study of Social Policy.  He leads the get R.E.A.L initiative – to improve healthy sexual and identity development for children and youth involved in the child welfare system. Bill has 40 years of experience working in the social services field, including 26 years at the City and County of San Francisco, the last four as the Director of Child Welfare. He has led efforts in... Read More →
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Jill Jacobs MS

Jill Jacobs MS brings over 30 years of experience in multi-cultural community based health and social services organizations. She has a Masters degree in Health Services Administration. She has been the Executive Director of Family Builders since 1996. Jill is a national leader and advocate on issues affecting LGBT adoptive families and LGBTQ youth in foster care. Jill has created innovative programs to meet the needs of underserved and... Read More →
avatar for Shannan Wilber, Esq

Shannan Wilber, Esq

Youth Policy Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights
Shannan Wilber, Esq. joined the National Center for Lesbian Rights in 2013 to direct the Youth Project, bringing over 25 years of experience advocating for vulnerable children and youth. She represented individual children at Legal Advocates for Children and Youth, engaged in policy advocacy and impact litigation to reform child welfare and juvenile justice systems at the Youth Law Center, and served as the Executive Director of Legal Services... Read More →


Friday July 25, 2014 9:30am - 10:55am
Soda Center – Claey's Lounge St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

9:30am

Supporting Gender-Expansive Patients: What Healthcare Professionals Should Know
In the effective care and support for gender-expansive young people, the intersections between healthcare and the law are numerous. Too often, care providers are unaware of how legal issues can significantly impact their ability to effectively treat their young patients or the manner in which their treatment may have legal implications. This session will provide a solid perspective about the legal issues they will most likely encounter during the course of care they provide for a gender-expansive child or teen. Whether working with a child and family around issues at school, supporting their efforts to revise personal identity documents, navigate custody disputes, or respond to incidents of discrimination, being mindful about key legal principles is essential.

Speakers
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Elizabeth Gill, Esq.

Elizabeth Gill, Esq. is a staff attorney with the ACLU of Northern California and the ACLU’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & AIDS Project. Elizabeth works around the country on litigation and public policy advocacy that aim to ensure equal treatment of LGBT people by the government; equal rights and protections for LGBT couples and families; protection from discrimination in jobs, schools, housing, and public accommodations; and fair... Read More →
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Danny Kirchoff

Danny Kirchoff is currently the Helpline Manager at the Transgender Law Center. He graduated from Antioch College in 2000, after which he moved to San Francisco, California, where he worked at Horizons Foundation & Equality California and served on the LGBT Advisory Committee of the SF Human Rights Commission and Board of Directors of Transgender Law Center. Danny attended the City University of New York School of Law where he was both a... Read More →
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Asaf Orr, Esq

Asaf Orr, Esq. is a staff attorney at the National Center for Lesbian Rights. The majority of his work focuses on youth issues, particularly transgender youth. Asaf was the lead attorney in Student v. Arcadia Unified School District leading to the historic resolution agreement acknowledging that Title IX protects transgender kids from discrimination in school. He is a lead co-authored on recently released publication entitled "Schools in... Read More →


Friday July 25, 2014 9:30am - 10:55am
Dante 114 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

9:30am

The Biology of Gender Identity: Emerging Understandings
This session will highlight new understandings about the relationship between biology and gender identity. Influenced by work across multiple aspects of medical science, we are coming to an ever more nuanced recognition of gender’s complexity. Grounded in ongoing research as well as evolving practices from gender and Disorder of Sex Development clinical work, the workshop will explore cutting edge ideas about the physical aspects of gender. The workshop will also review the prevalence of gender-expansive/transgender youth, and current concepts of endocrine care and the implications for integrating medical, mental health, and advocacy services.

Speakers
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Stephen M. Rosenthal, MD

Stephen M. Rosenthal, MD is Professor of Pediatrics, Director of Pediatric Endocrine Outpatient Services at UCSF, and Director of the recently created UCSF Pediatric Gender Program, in collaboration with the Child and Adolescent Gender Center (CAGC). A nationally and internationally sought after speaker, Dr. Rosenthal has co-chaired a steering committee leading to the creation of the CAGC, a University and community collaborative.  Dr... Read More →


Friday July 25, 2014 9:30am - 10:55am
Soda Center – Lafayette St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

9:30am

When Worlds Collide: Autism and Gender
There are many overlaps between the gender spectrum and the autism spectrum. This talk is focused on parents and family members and the challenges confronting the mental health care professional supporting them. Parents are trying to identify the right things to do for their child in the midst of great uncertainty, lack of knowledge and a lot of social pressure. Parents experience a great deal of ambivalence and confusion about how to parent their child who is on either of these spectrums. When a child is living along both of them there can be an immobilizing effect on the ability of the family to take action in either regard. This presentation will go over the research and anecdotal information and contextualize the research as well. It will also touch on the major controversy of whether to permit a child to transition if they are on the spectrum.

Speakers
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Julie Graham, MS, MFT

Julie Graham, MS, MFT is a Gender Specialist and the Mental Health Coordinator for Transgender Health Services and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. More importantly, she is the parent of a son on the autism spectrum who was a gender non-conforming child, and, who has just turned 21. She has offered trainings to professionals regarding the overlapping spectrums of gender and autism as well as many trainings on various clinical aspects... Read More →


Friday July 25, 2014 9:30am - 10:55am
Dante 113 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

9:30am

Working Toward a Gender Affirming Assessment Tool
The Child and Adolescent Gender Center-Mind the Gap Mental Health Collaborative has pulled together a team dedicated to developing gender affirmative mental health assessment protocols for children, youth, and their families with the goals of 1) transcending a binary model and replacing it with assessment tools that reflect the multiplicity and diversity of gender; and 2) facilitating open communication and improving collaboration with children, families, and allied professionals in treatment planning. Our team has created new and updated existing gender-focused interview questions, developed assessment protocols, and compiled suggested tools that may be helpful in gathering information about 1) your client's gender identity and gender expressions; 2) relationship to their body and their social, familial and cultural experience of gender; and 3) levels of support in the family and social environment.  Our session will first present our working model and tools and then invite the participants to discuss and give the team input and feedback on this complex and delicate, yet much needed, assessment development process. 

Speakers
avatar for Diane Ehrensaft

Diane Ehrensaft

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of California San Francisco
Diane Ehrensaft, PhD is an associate professor of Pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco and a developmental and clinical psychologist with a private practice in Oakland, California. She is Director of Mental Health of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center and attending psychologist at the CAGC Gender Clinic at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. She specializes in research, clinical work, and consultation related to gender... Read More →
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Joy Johnson, PsyD

Joy L. Johnson, PsyD is a bilingual child and family psychotherapist. Dr. Johnson is an active member of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center’s Mind the Gap Consortium and has been an integral contributor to the development of the Center’s gender affirmative youth assessment guidelines and protocols. She practices in Hayward with La Familia Counseling Service. Working with gender non-conforming children and families from a gender... Read More →
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Lisette Lahana, LCSW

Lisette Lahana, LCSW has a private practice in Oakland, California and is a clinician at Kaiser Permanente in Union City, California.  Licensed since 1999, she is a Gender Specialist who works with transgender and gender-expansive teens, adults and their families.  She provides clinical trainings on developing advanced skills for working with trans* clients.  She currently runs consultation groups... Read More →
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Shane Hill PhD

Shane Hill, PhD is a clinical psychologist with a private practice in Santa Cruz, California.  He specializes in family and child therapy, couples therapy and gender identity.  He founded the Santa Cruz Trans Therapist Team and co-founded the Santa Cruz Trans Parent Support Group for parents with Trans* youth. He has also worked as the clinical director at Youth Services (non-profit for at-risk youth) and a clinical supervisor for Santa... Read More →


Friday July 25, 2014 9:30am - 10:55am
Soda Center – Moraga St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

11:05am

Legal Aspects of Creating Safe Schools for Gender-Expansive Youth
Increasingly, schools are being called upon to meet the needs of transgender and other gender-expansive students. Across all grades and in virtually every aspect of a student’s life, educational institutions face new challenges to ensure that every child has full access to learning. This workshop will examine evolving legislative and policy requirements that are impacting everything from student records to athletic participation. What specific protections are in place for students? What if state or local districts do not explicitly have such protections in place? Where do anti-bullying laws fit in? In addition to these and other topics, the workshop will also include discussions about first amendment speech and expression issues, protections for teachers and schools, and legal implications in private school settings.

Speakers
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Kendra Fox-Davis, Esq.

Kendra Fox-Davis, Esq. is an attorney at the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the San Francisco Regional Office.  Kendra’s work includes investigating and resolving complaints of sex-based harassment and discrimination, including peer harassment of gender nonconforming students and discrimination against transgender students.  Prior to joining OCR, Kendra worked as a Staff Attorney at the... Read More →
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Amanda Goad, Esq.

Amanda Goad, Esq. is a Los Angeles-based Staff Attorney with the national American Civil Liberties Union’s LGBT & AIDS Project.  At the ACLU, Amanda has advocated for transgender and gender-nonconforming youth from Georgia to Idaho, in addition to working on a range of other issues on behalf of queer, trans*, and HIV-positive people.  Amanda is an alum of Rice University, Harvard Law School, and Teach for America.
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Asaf Orr, Esq

Asaf Orr, Esq. is a staff attorney at the National Center for Lesbian Rights. The majority of his work focuses on youth issues, particularly transgender youth. Asaf was the lead attorney in Student v. Arcadia Unified School District leading to the historic resolution agreement acknowledging that Title IX protects transgender kids from discrimination in school. He is a lead co-authored on recently released publication entitled "Schools in... Read More →


Friday July 25, 2014 11:05am - 12:30pm
Dante 114 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

11:05am

Navigating Gender and Other Differences: Bringing Cultural Humility to Work with Families
What are some of the complexities of working with families of color and mixed-race families with gender-expansive children? How do racism and other “isms” shape their experience of gender? How can educators and providers practice cultural humility – bringing a stance of lifelong learning, self-reflection and attention to power to their work with families? Two mothers of gender-expansive children will share their experiences as parents and community educators to kick off an interactive workshop with self-reflection, sharing and discussion. Participants will gain important perspectives as they the reflect on their professional practices, including an awareness of themselves and the culture and power they bring into interactions with families; a deepened appreciation for the complexities that mixed race families and families of color must navigate when raising gender-expansive children; and ideas for applying principles of cultural humility to their professional contexts when working with families.

Speakers
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Laurin Mayeno, MPH

Laurin Mayeno, MPH is the proud mother of a multiracial gay son who uses her voice to build support for children and youth of all gender expressions, gender identities and sexual orientations. She uses personal storytelling and interactive approaches to explore various dimensions of difference, reach hearts and minds, invite self-reflection and build connections. She is a long time community educator, facilitator and consultant working to support... Read More →
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Mirna Medina

Mirna Medina is a Co-Founder of Somos Familia, a community organization that engages Latino families of LGBTQ youth to build family and community acceptance.  As the mother of a bisexual son, she shares her own story of learning to accept and celebrate her son to spark community dialogue and build bridges of understanding. Mirna was born and raised in El Salvador and has extensive experience with community organizing and popular... Read More →


Friday July 25, 2014 11:05am - 12:30pm
Dante 113 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

11:05am

Not In Our School: Tools to Create Safe and Inclusive Schools for Gender-Expansive Youth
Words Hurt! Gender-expansive students and children who do not fit gender stereotypes are often teased and bullied on a daily basis. Not In Our School (NIOS) is a model offering tools and resources for student-led initiatives to eliminate bullying and all forms of intolerance. The NIOS website offers an array of free films and lesson guides to help educators support students, address homophobia, and create safe spaces for gender-expansive students. Learn strategies that build bridges of understanding across gender, race, and religious differences. Leave this session with a set of tools to help educators bring students together to identify issues at their schools and to launch a student-led Not In Our School campaign.

Speakers
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Cassandra Belson, MS

Cassandra Belson, MS is the Executive Assistant at Not In Our Town. Cassandra worked as a community organizer for migrant rights in Arizona before earning a Master of Science in Community Development in 2013 from UC Davis for a project titled "La Resistencia: Living Resistance in the Arizona Borderlands." In 2008, she co-founded a non-profit that worked with the Alianza Para Desarrollo Autogestivo cooperative in Juárez, Mexico to provide... Read More →
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Letitia Burton, MA

Letitia Burton, MA is a veteran educator with over 25 years of experience working with diverse populations of students.  Throughout her career, Letitia has been a champion for classroom inclusion, creating identity safe and inclusive learning environments in which all students can thrive.  In addition to her work inside of the classroom, Letitia has worked on a district and community level, engaging fellow teachers, district level... Read More →
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Becki Cohn-Vargas, EdD

Becki Cohn-Vargas, EdD is the Director of Not In Our School (NIOS), and is a mother of two lesbian daughters and a straight son. She has spoken on preventing bullying across the United States. Becki's book, “Identity Safe Classrooms: Places to Belong and Learn,” co-authored with Dr. Dorothy Steele was published by Corwin Press. Becki spent over 35 years in public education in California. She was a preschool director, principal... Read More →


Friday July 25, 2014 11:05am - 12:30pm
Soda Center – Orinda St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

11:05am

Outside of the Gender Binary: Defining and Caring for Non-Binary Identified Youth
The gender binary is limiting in both describing the experience of gender, but also in the development of medical and mental health care protocols. This workshop will primarily be a discussion of the approach to caring for non-binary identified youth in the mental and medical health care domains. Led by three experienced clinicians, we will explore the challenges of development, societal integration, language, privilege, and medical decision making for non-binary youth. Additionally, this workshop will introduce a new tool for visual depiction of gender experience that is richer and more complete than the simplistic binary.

Speakers
avatar for Susan P. Landon, MA, LMFT

Susan P. Landon, MA, LMFT

Susan P. Landon, MA, LMFT is the Director of the Child and Adolescent Program at the Los Angeles Gender Center with over 30 years of experience counseling children and their families.  She is on the Advisory Board of Transforming Family and a facilitator for the parent groups.  Susan has prepared many schools in the LA area to meet the needs of gender non-conforming children and transgender youth.  Recently, Susan... Read More →
avatar for Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD

Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD

Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD is a full time faculty member of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles since 2006. In 2012, she became the Medical Director of the Division’s Center for Transyouth Health and Development, specializing in the care of gender nonconforming and transgender children and adolescents. Dr. Olson-Kennedy spearheads a program of research at CHLA that aims to understand the experience of... Read More →
avatar for Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW, ACSW

Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW, ACSW

Director, Los Angeles Gender Center
Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW, ACSW is an Associate Clinical Social Worker with the Los Angeles Gender Center where he provides therapy for gender non-conforming and transgender youth, young adults, adults and their families. As a transgender man and mental health provider, he brings a dual perspective into his advocacy and education work. He has spoken around the country about the importance of rights for gender non-conforming and transgender... Read More →


Friday July 25, 2014 11:05am - 12:30pm
Soda Center – Moraga St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

11:05am

Supporting Gender-Expansive Youth in Navigating Media, Sexuality and Body
Many of the challenges that adolescents face become more difficult when the lens of gender diversity is added to the mix. Sexuality, body image, eating disorders, relationships with parents and other adults are just some of the areas that prove difficult enough for young people coming into adulthood. For gender-expansive youth, working around these issues can become even more complicated. This session will explore how gender intersects with the many medical and mental health challenges adolescents encounter, and specific strategies for approaching them.

Speakers
avatar for Jessie Rose Cohen, LCSW

Jessie Rose Cohen, LCSW

Jessie Rose Cohen, LCSW is a Clinical Supervisor on the Management Team at A Better Way serving children and families primarily in foster and adoption care. In addition, she is a Gender Specialist in Private Practice in Oakland, California and a Contract Supervisor for Rainbow Community Center in Concord, California. Jessie serves on the Steering Committee of the Gender Spectrum Conference and is a founding member of the Mind The Gap Group... Read More →
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Desiree Skye Gonzales

Desiree Skye Gonzales works as a Peer Counselor with RAMS Inc. at the PAES Counseling & Pre-Vocational Services program. Skye provides case management, group facilitation and curriculum development. Skye is on the Advisory Board for the Castro Country Club (a sober safe space for the Queer Community) and is a CAG Member for HIV Medical Research & Trials for SFDPH.  Skye volunteers with Healing Waters Wilderness Adventures where... Read More →
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Ilana Sherer, MD

Ilana Sherer, MD, FAAP is a pediatrician in California. In addition to seeing patients at Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Dr. Sherer is a founding member of the UCSF Child and Adolescent Gender Center and serves as its Assistant Medical Director and Director of Primary Care.  She has received various awards for this work, developed health care provider modules related to caring for GLBT and gender variant youth, and... Read More →


Friday July 25, 2014 11:05am - 12:30pm
Soda Center – Claey's Lounge St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

11:05am

The Socially Transitioning Family: Lessons from Mine and Theirs
This presentation will cover the multi-faceted wonders involved in identifying, understanding and taking care of gender-expansive children and their families, especially those who go through a social transition. Early social transitions are centered around the health and well-being of the child yet are a profound experience for everyone involved. With hopes of spreading the good news about kids who are supported to live authentically, Kelly shares her deep clinical experience in tandem with her ever-unfolding experiences as a mother of her own awesome gender-expansive child. Delivered with heart, humor and helpful insights, this conversation aims to help all of us understand the rich and profound experience of raising, transitioning, supporting, and championing these incredible kids and families.

Speakers
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Kelly Storck, MSW, LCSW

Kelly Storck, MSW, LCSW is a therapist in private practice with a passion for working with gender-expansive clients. A WPATH member since her first symposium in 2011, Kelly has actively pursued educational and clinical opportunities to strengthen her knowledge and support of people who live beyond the gender binary. Along with seeing individuals and families, Kelly is working with several groups in the St. Louis area to support a thriving... Read More →


Friday July 25, 2014 11:05am - 12:30pm
Soda Center – Lafayette St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

1:40pm

Building Bridges: Working with Families of Gender-Expansive Youth in Child Welfare Contexts
Frequently, families of gender-expansive youth struggle with their child's gender expression or identity. In some cases, this may be the reason the child has entered the system to begin with. Child welfare providers are often challenged by the need to support a child's authentic experiences of gender while at the same honoring a family’s own struggle with the issue. This session will examine ways in which child welfare professionals can balance these two aspects, developing language, resources and tools for helping both the young person and their caregivers move towards a closer understanding of one another's needs and perspectives. The session will also examine the degree to which differing levels of family acceptance, or lack thereof, can impact the ultimate health and well-being of a gender-expansive child.

Speakers
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Amy Cipolla-Stickles

Amy Cipolla-Stickles has long been involved in struggles for equity and justice for children and families impacted by the foster care system, transracial adoptees, teenage parents, LGBT and people who are financially unstable. Amy has more than 15 years’ experience in multicultural leadership and facilitation. She has led trainings in a variety of settings including schools, social service agencies, health care organizations, and... Read More →
avatar for Jessie Rose Cohen, LCSW

Jessie Rose Cohen, LCSW

Jessie Rose Cohen, LCSW is a Clinical Supervisor on the Management Team at A Better Way serving children and families primarily in foster and adoption care. In addition, she is a Gender Specialist in Private Practice in Oakland, California and a Contract Supervisor for Rainbow Community Center in Concord, California. Jessie serves on the Steering Committee of the Gender Spectrum Conference and is a founding member of the Mind The Gap Group... Read More →


Friday July 25, 2014 1:40pm - 3:05pm
Soda Center – Claey's Lounge St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

1:40pm

Fertility Issues for Gender-Expansive Youth: What Professionals Need to Know
Providers are often asked to support parents and youth around fertility questions. Both are often concerned about youth who physically transition being able to have biological children. This session will explore in detail different options for future biological children for those who have had or are thinking of medical interventions including puberty blockers and cross hormones. This will include some of the medical basics of what and why there are issues with fertility for youth who transition, and the impact of timing of transition on those issues. The session will also provide time for Q&A, as well as acknowledgment of the emotional difficulties that are particularly acute with this topic.

Speakers
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Jennifer Hastings, MD

Jennifer Hastings, MD is a family practice physician who started the Transgender Health Care Program at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte Santa Cruz and has been actively involved in supporting Transgender Health Care Services around the country. An Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Jen works closely with the Santa Cruz Transgender Therapist Team, and is involved in the integration of Behavioral Health... Read More →
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Katherine Hsiao, MD

Kathy Hsiao, MD is a GYN pelvic surgeon and LGBTQ health advocate. She testified as a medical expert witness for the May 2014 landmark appeal of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Medicare NCD 140.3 for transgender affirming surgery. Dr. Hsiao has lectured internationally at WPATH, Gender Spectrum and the UCSF National Transgender Health Summit on fertility-sparing FTM hysterectomy and reproductive options for trans*men and the... Read More →


Friday July 25, 2014 1:40pm - 3:05pm
Dante 113 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

1:40pm

Just a Girl, Just a Boy
"My child will not talk about anything transgender. She just wants to be a girl.” Integrating transgender experience into core self is an important element of development for transgender youth, and can be incredibly difficult when transgender identities are not celebrated in their social environments. This integration seems to be more challenging for those who are transitioning early in life. This workshop will present strategies for helping youth to include their transgender selves into their identities. Case examples will be presented for assistance in illuminating the pros and cons of the “just a girl, just a boy” phenomenon. We will discuss the importance of parent/caregiver language that celebrates transgender, and encourages youth to embrace this part of their experience.

Speakers
avatar for Susan P. Landon, MA, LMFT

Susan P. Landon, MA, LMFT

Susan P. Landon, MA, LMFT is the Director of the Child and Adolescent Program at the Los Angeles Gender Center with over 30 years of experience counseling children and their families.  She is on the Advisory Board of Transforming Family and a facilitator for the parent groups.  Susan has prepared many schools in the LA area to meet the needs of gender non-conforming children and transgender youth.  Recently, Susan... Read More →
avatar for Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD

Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD

Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD is a full time faculty member of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles since 2006. In 2012, she became the Medical Director of the Division’s Center for Transyouth Health and Development, specializing in the care of gender nonconforming and transgender children and adolescents. Dr. Olson-Kennedy spearheads a program of research at CHLA that aims to understand the experience of... Read More →
avatar for Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW, ACSW

Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW, ACSW

Director, Los Angeles Gender Center
Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW, ACSW is an Associate Clinical Social Worker with the Los Angeles Gender Center where he provides therapy for gender non-conforming and transgender youth, young adults, adults and their families. As a transgender man and mental health provider, he brings a dual perspective into his advocacy and education work. He has spoken around the country about the importance of rights for gender non-conforming and transgender... Read More →


Friday July 25, 2014 1:40pm - 3:05pm
Dante 114 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

1:40pm

Puberty Blockers and Cross Hormones
This session will focus on the needs of children who are beginning the road to medical support around their gender. The mechanism of puberty blockers (GnRH analogues) and cross hormones, including timing, dosing, and follow up care will be presented. A discussion of the Dutch protocols, the Endocrine Guidelines and WPATH Standards of Care will be presented. The presenters will discuss and debate newer recommendations and timelines for improved care for gender-expansive children and the challenges of providing support for children and families who do not have access to care.

Speakers
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Meredith Russell, PNP

Meredith Russell, PNP is a provider at UCSF’s Division of Pediatric Endocrinology dedicated to designing and delivering high quality services for transgender children and adolescents. As part of a multidisciplinary team, Russell helped launch the UCSF Child and Adolescent Gender Center Clinic in 2012, and continues to provide medical care, advocacy, complex care coordination, research design, and development of best practices and... Read More →
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Ilana Sherer, MD

Ilana Sherer, MD, FAAP is a pediatrician in California. In addition to seeing patients at Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Dr. Sherer is a founding member of the UCSF Child and Adolescent Gender Center and serves as its Assistant Medical Director and Director of Primary Care.  She has received various awards for this work, developed health care provider modules related to caring for GLBT and gender variant youth, and... Read More →


Friday July 25, 2014 1:40pm - 3:05pm
Soda Center – Lafayette St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

1:40pm

Safe and Supported: Gender Transitions at School
For many caregivers and educators, even the possibility of a young person transitioning at school seems overwhelming if not impossible. However, some transgender students are taking this courageous step and successfully transitioning while remaining enrolled in their educational institution. What are the key elements of a positive experience? What preparation, training and conditions need to be considered as students and their families make the difficult decision to support a child's authentic gender in the classroom? After exploring key principles that must be considered when a student transitions, the session will present specific tools and resources for supporting a student to safely and successfully transition within the school community.

Speakers
avatar for Joel Baum, MS

Joel Baum, MS

Senior Director, Gender Spectrum
Joel Baum, MS Senior Director of Professional Development and Family Services, is responsible for all programmatic aspects of Gender Spectrum. He facilitates trainings, conducts workshops, develops curriculum, consults with parents/ professionals, and provides resources in service of a more compassionate understanding of gender. He works with a wide range of organizations, including schools, medical professionals, therapists, universities and... Read More →


Friday July 25, 2014 1:40pm - 3:05pm
Soda Center – Orinda St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

1:40pm

Tough Cases: What We Are Learning (and didn’t learn in school)
Gender affirmative child gender programs have been up and running for some time now. Mental health professionals from three of these programs across the U.S. will each present for discussion one of their tough cases that challenge theoretical knowledge, clinical thinking, and/or assessment and direction of mental health interventions with gender-expansive children and their families. Using an advanced clinical case conference model, we will then invite the session participants to join with us in consultation about insights and recommendations for each of the three cases, with opportunities to make connections with their own challenging cases.

Speakers
avatar for Diane Ehrensaft

Diane Ehrensaft

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of California San Francisco
Diane Ehrensaft, PhD is an associate professor of Pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco and a developmental and clinical psychologist with a private practice in Oakland, California. She is Director of Mental Health of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center and attending psychologist at the CAGC Gender Clinic at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. She specializes in research, clinical work, and consultation related to gender... Read More →
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Randi Kaufman, PsyD

Randi Kaufman, PsyD is a clinical psychologist who has been serving the transgender and gender-expansive community for over 15 years.  She was the founder and coordinator of the Transgender Health Program at Fenway Health in Boston.  Currently she evaluates transgender and gender-expansive youth for medical intervention through the Gender Management Services Program at Boston Children’s Hospital.  She is a supervisor at the... Read More →
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Jean Malpas, LMHC, LMFT

Jean Malpas, LMHC, LMFT is a psychotherapist in private practice and a faculty member of the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York City. For the past 10 years, Jean has provided psychotherapy to individuals, couples, families and groups. His expertise includes family and relationship issues, substance abuse and recovery, sexual and gender identity, depression, anxiety, chronic illness and cultural adjustment. In addition to teaching... Read More →
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Amy Tishelman, PhD

Amy Tishelman, PhD is a clinical psychologist with expertise in gender and sexual development of youth, trauma and child maltreatment, and pediatric psychology. She is the Director of Clinical Research and a senior staff psychologist for the Disorders of Sexual Development-Gender Management Service at Boston Children's Hospital, and the Director of Psychological Services for the Urology Department. In addition, Dr. Tishelman is Research... Read More →


Friday July 25, 2014 1:40pm - 3:05pm
Soda Center – Moraga St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

3:15pm

Complex Cases and Challenging Questions: What’s New?
This workshop will feature clinical examples that provide insights into some of the difficult questions facing care providers as they seek to support gender-expansive children and youth. What do we know about and how do we characterize "persisters" and "desisters?" What are we learning about the timing for starting blockers on children who have asserted a consistent transgender identity throughout childhood? Where do considerations of future fertility fit into the medical care of a gender-expansive patient? Using specific cases, the session will highlight how practitioners are grappling with these questions, as well as how a growing body of research from gender clinics throughout the world are influencing their answers and approaches.

Speakers
MD

Maddie Deutsch, MD

Maddie Deutsch, MD is an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF where she is the Clinical Lead at the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health.  She has conducted research and published on a range of transgender health issues, has written several text chapters and has lectured internationally on transgender health. She has had a key role in the development of transgender services at five institutions. Since 2007 she has cared for... Read More →
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Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD

Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD is a full time faculty member of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles since 2006. In 2012, she became the Medical Director of the Division’s Center for Transyouth Health and Development, specializing in the care of gender nonconforming and transgender children and adolescents. Dr. Olson-Kennedy spearheads a program of research at CHLA that aims to understand the experience of... Read More →


Friday July 25, 2014 3:15pm - 4:40pm
Soda Center – Moraga St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

3:15pm

Gender-Expansive Children and Youth: New Frontiers in the Legal Landscape
As issues of gender diversity continue to become more apparent, a complex array of social, cultural, medical, and other dynamics are unfolding, resulting in profound impacts on the field of law. This workshop will explore this shifting legal context and the growing disconnect between systems grounded in strictly binary notions of gender in a world where gender’s complexity is being increasingly recognized, particularly among young people. Legal professionals are employing case law from emerging from issues such as privacy, free speech and sex stereotyping to assert and protect the rights of gender-expansive children and youth. Additionally, various international perspectives and movements are further influencing this process. After briefly outlining this legal landscape, the workshop will engage participants in a discussion about what a multi-disciplinary, constructive approach for asserting and protecting the rights of gender-expansive youth will look like in the midst of this melting pot of change.

Speakers
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Sasha Buchert, Esq.

Sasha Buchert, Esq. is a Staff Attorney with Transgender Law Center where she works to remove barriers to health care, employment and accurate identity documents for transgender and gender nonconforming people.  Before joining Transgender Law Center, she worked at Basic Rights Oregon where she served as Communications Manager and was a member of their legal advisory group.  Sasha also served as a board member of OGALLA, the LGBT Bar... Read More →
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Amanda Goad, Esq.

Amanda Goad, Esq. is a Los Angeles-based Staff Attorney with the national American Civil Liberties Union’s LGBT & AIDS Project.  At the ACLU, Amanda has advocated for transgender and gender-nonconforming youth from Georgia to Idaho, in addition to working on a range of other issues on behalf of queer, trans*, and HIV-positive people.  Amanda is an alum of Rice University, Harvard Law School, and Teach for America.


Friday July 25, 2014 3:15pm - 4:40pm
Dante 114 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

3:15pm

Supporting Gender Creative and Transgender Youth in K-12 Schools: What We Can Learn from Their Teachers
This workshop will address how to help education professionals identify barriers and supports to creating safe and inclusive school climates. With an emphasis on gender and sexual diversity issues, participants will learn about strategies, long-term interventions, legal guidelines and resources to help you advocate more effectively for transgender and gender-expansive youth in schools. Interactive activities and group discussions will provide participants with experience and practice advocating for the needs of their students and various approaches that are preventive in nature.

Speakers
EJ

Elizabeth J. Meyer, PhD

Elizabeth J. Meyer, PhD is a former high school teacher and an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at California Polytechnic State University. She completed her PhD in Education at McGill University and is the author of two books: Gender, Bullying, and Harassment: Strategies to End Sexism and Homophobia in Schools (2009) and Gender and Sexual Diversity in Schools (2010) and two edited collections, one titled Supporting Transgender... Read More →


Friday July 25, 2014 3:15pm - 4:40pm
Soda Center – Orinda St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

3:15pm

Surgical Options for Transgender Adolescents and Beyond
The focus of this workshop is to educate the community on the most advanced surgical techniques used today for sex reassignment surgery (SRS). Dr. Crane will discuss current approaches and options for various MtF and FtM procedures, including examples of recent outcomes. Dr. Crane also will answer specific questions after his presentation. The session will include some of the current dilemmas individuals and caregivers must navigate as they consider these approaches for helping to align one’s body and one’s sense of self.

Friday July 25, 2014 3:15pm - 4:40pm
Soda Center – Lafayette St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

3:15pm

Taking a Closer Look: Children and Youth in Varied Systems of Care
Building on the issues raised in the session above, this workshop will feature an exploration of the challenges of providing comprehensive and coherent care for gender-expansive kids in community-based and child welfare contexts. How does trauma impact care priorities and approaches? What role does cultural humility play in working with gender diversity issues? What are strategies for engaging caregivers in the gender-related care and support of a child? What are the challenges of accessing a full range of services on behalf of a client? Bringing together experienced professionals from multiple disciplines and child welfare contexts, the workshop aims to give attendees practical tools and resources for working with some of our most vulnerable young people.

Speakers
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Bernadette Ebony Brown

Bernadette Ebony Brown is a senior program specialist at National Center on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) and the project manager for Improving Permanency for LGBT Youth. This project seeks to strengthen the connection between out-of-home LGBT youth and their families, so that these children will stop cycling in and out of the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Additionally, because the majority of LGBT youth in the juvenile justice... Read More →
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Kellen R. Grayson, LMFT, PsyD

Kellen R. Grayson LMFT, PsyD is a Doctor of Psychology and also a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Dr. Grayson is currently a clinician at WestCoast Children’s Clinic working with youth placed in foster care or residential settings. He also has a private practice in Old Oakland where he works with adults with Complex Trauma Disorders. He is also a professor of clinical psychology teaching cultural diversity and sexuality courses.
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Amber Merziotis

LGBTQ Family Advocate, Family Builders
Amber Mertziotis joyfully joined Family Builders in April 2013 as the LGBTQ Family Advocate for the Youth Acceptance Collaborative. Amber studied Counseling Psychology with a specialization in somatic psychology from John F. Kennedy University. Amber is passionate about using a holistic approach when working with clients. She combined her passion and training by completing her traineeship at the Center for Holistic Counseling, where she chose... Read More →
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Captain Young

Captain Young is the LGBTQ Youth Advocate at Our Space, a queer/trans youth center in the East Bay.  Our Space a Bay Area youth center which holds the experiences, strengths and needs of youth impacted by institutions at its core, and recognizes these youth as fierce love change agents in our communities.  Captain was one of these young people who made it through some of these institutions and is compassionate about giving back and... Read More →


Friday July 25, 2014 3:15pm - 4:40pm
Soda Center – Claey's Lounge St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

3:15pm

What Do 925 Youth Have to Say About Gender?
The Human Rights Campaign, in collaboration with Gender Spectrum, has released it’s groundbreaking report Supporting and Caring for Our Gender-Expansive Youth: Lessons from the Human Right’s Campaign’s Youth Survey. This report provides data from 925 youth aged 13 through 17 who identify as “transgender” or an “Other gender“ (other than transgender, female, or male) about personal well-being, family support, community connection, extent of being “out,” and their hopes for the future. Suggestions for what parents, caregivers, educators, and other professionals can do as allies to all youth will be part of the discussion, and copies of the report will be available to workshop attendees.

Speakers
avatar for Johanna Eager, EdD

Johanna Eager, EdD

Director, Welcoming Schools, Human Rights Campaign
Johanna Eager, EdD is the Director of Welcoming Schools. Johanna is a professional educator that has been involved in addressing equity issues in E/K-12 education for over 20 years. Johanna provides national leadership and expertise in addressing identity-based bullying in schools with an emphasis on intersectionality and gender- and LGBT-inclusive schools. Johanna facilitates trainings, presents at national conferences, and guides the... Read More →
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Anne E. Nicoll, PhD

Anne E. Nicoll, PhD provides research consultation to child welfare organizations throughout the country. She oversees the secondary analysis of the data from Human Rights Campaign’s Youth Survey: Growing Up LGBT in America. She has an extensive background working on issues related to LGBT youth and families and has clinical training related to gender identity Issues. Her expertise in research methods guides this work on transgender youth


Friday July 25, 2014 3:15pm - 4:40pm
Dante 113 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

4:50pm

Closing
Friday July 25, 2014 4:50pm - 5:50pm
Soda Center – Orinda St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556
 
Saturday, July 26
 

8:30am

Conference Welcome
Welcome to the 2014 Gender Spectrum Conference. Our opening session will set the stage for a weekend dedicated to examining gender in all of its diversity. Building on our theme, Expanding Understandings of Gender, the conference will explore how a wide range of forces are shifting notions of gender. We will also highlight some of the weekend’s activities and resources designed to maximize your time while at the conference. Here’s to a great weekend of learning together!

Saturday July 26, 2014 8:30am - 9:00am
Soda Center – Moraga St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

8:30am

Teen Conference Opening
Welcome to the 2014 Teen Conference! We’ll go over a few guidelines to help make this a special weekend for each of you. We’ll also provide you with a few tips on how to navigate the workshops and this program. Make sure to arrive on time to hear everything you need to make the most of the conference!

Speakers
CB

Celan Beausoleil

Assistant Teen Conference Coordinator
Celan Beausoleil [she, her] is Assistant Teen Conference Coordinator and volunteering with Gender Spectrum for the second year in a row. In August, she will be graduating from California State University East Bay with her Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Community Mental Health and trauma informed practice/intervention. Celan has spent the last two years as a school counselor at the middle and high school level.
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Adam Chang

Teen Conference Director
Adam Chang, Esq., Community Outreach Coordinator, works with individuals, agencies, and organizations that serve children, families, and communities of color. Through collaborative and mutually beneficial partnerships, he aims to promote increased understanding and awareness of gender diversity. Prior to Gender Spectrum, Adam was an Outreach Coordinator for Upwardly Global, connecting immigrant professionals with U.S. based employers. He also... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 8:30am - 9:15am
Soda Center – Claey's Lounge St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

9:15am

Dads Group 1
How do dads meet the societal expectations of fatherhood while simultaneously meeting the unique needs of their gender-expansive child? What personal experiences, successes, fears and triumphs are unique to this complex role? This two-part workshop is designed to create an environment where dads can express themselves freely about the issues, concerns, strategies and ideas they have regarding being a father of a transgender or gender-expansive child. Through open and honest dialogue, fathers will be reminded that they are not alone and need to request and offer assistance and understanding to one another in order to better succeed in fulfilling the fatherhood role. This workshop will be held in two parts: an initial session Saturday morning followed by a chance to reflect on the entire conference at the end of the day Sunday.

Speakers
EP

Enrique Perez Grovas

Enrique Perez Grovas and his wife Isolda are parents of a seven year-old transgender girl. Before moving to New York, they lived in Mexico where they faced all kinds of issues regarding their daughter’s gender identity, including difficulties in school, society, family, etc. They also took various legal steps regarding discrimination they and their child suffered and facilitated a seminar in Lima, Peru specifically directed to Latin/Hispanic... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
Dante 220 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

9:15am

Gender 101: A Conference Primer / ¿Qué es el género?
This session is designed to give participants a foundational understanding of some of the terms and concepts about gender that they will encounter during the conference. Intended for individuals who may be grappling with some of these ideas for the first time, as well as for more experienced participants who may be seeking to hone their own use of gender terminology when speaking with or presenting to others. Workshop will include key terminology, examples of various forms of gender diversity across cultures, and perspectives from gender-expansive youth and their families.

Speakers
avatar for Joel Baum, MS

Joel Baum, MS

Senior Director, Gender Spectrum
Joel Baum, MS Senior Director of Professional Development and Family Services, is responsible for all programmatic aspects of Gender Spectrum. He facilitates trainings, conducts workshops, develops curriculum, consults with parents/ professionals, and provides resources in service of a more compassionate understanding of gender. He works with a wide range of organizations, including schools, medical professionals, therapists, universities and... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
Dante 215 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

9:15am

Not What I Signed Up For: Parents in Process
When a child comes out as gender-expansive, parents often begin a parallel coming out process of their own. What does it mean to be the parent of a gender-expansive child? We want to support our children, and we also must figure out what this means for us. In this session we will discuss some of the common emotional landmarks of coming out and transitioning – for parents as well as for children. There will be opportunities to share and to listen, as well as the chance to consider where you are on your own journey.

Speakers
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Laura Caghan, PsyD, PsyD

Laura Caghan, PsyD, PsyD is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in southern California. She specializes in gender care and is the mother of a transgender child. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Caghan teaches and supervises psychoanalytic candidates, speaks on gender issues at conferences, and has led a gender consultation group for therapist members of WPATH. Other clinical interests include trauma, sexuality, and creativity. 


Saturday July 26, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
Dante 204 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

9:15am

Public vs. Private: Exploring the Complexities of Discloure
In what contexts should a child’s gender status be revealed? What are the trade-offs between open acknowledgment and “going stealth” about your child’s gender identity? We face numerous situations where we are called upon to advocate for our children and must decide whether disclosing information will create more safety and inclusion or more difficulties. In this workshop, we will create an open and supportive setting for parents to share with each other about issues of disclosure and non-disclosure in a variety of settings. This is Phyllis’ sixth year running this workshop, and each year brings something new. This year will be more of an open forum, with less didactic information, although handouts to help families navigate decisions about whether to remain private or become more public will be given out. Both new and returning families are welcome to come and share your experiences.

Speakers
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Phyllis Rothblatt, MFT

Phyllis Rothblatt, MFT is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has been in private practice in Oakland for twenty -five years, and specializes in working with LGBTQ clients, as well as families with gender-expansive and transgender children and youth. Phyllis has been affiliated with Gender Spectrum since it was first conceptualized and contributed her skills over the years in many ways- as a consultant, a conference presenter, a... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
Soda Center – Orinda St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

9:15am

Supporting Gender Creative and Transgender Youth in K-12 Schools: What We Can Learn from Their Teachers
This workshop will address how to help education professionals and supportive family members identify barriers and supports to creating safe and inclusive school climates. With an emphasis on gender and sexual diversity issues, participants will learn about strategies, long-term interventions, legal guidelines and resources to help you advocate more effectively for transgender and gender-expansive youth in schools. Interactive activities and group discussions will provide participants with experience and practice advocating for the needs of their students/children and various approaches that are preventive in nature.

Speakers
EJ

Elizabeth J. Meyer, PhD

Elizabeth J. Meyer, PhD is a former high school teacher and an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at California Polytechnic State University. She completed her PhD in Education at McGill University and is the author of two books: Gender, Bullying, and Harassment: Strategies to End Sexism and Homophobia in Schools (2009) and Gender and Sexual Diversity in Schools (2010) and two edited collections, one titled Supporting Transgender... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
Soda Center – Lafayette St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

9:15am

Transitioning Teens and the Adolescent Experience
What does it mean for a teenager to undergo gender transition in adolescence? During this precarious developmental stage in a young person’s life, there are a number of processes occurring that must be given additional consideration in youth who are going to undergo gender transition. This workshop will include a review of adolescent developmental tasks, as well as the additional challenges faced by transgender youth presented by Susan Landon, of the Los Angeles Gender Center. Dr. Johanna Olson, the Medical Director of the Center for Transyouth Health and Development, will review adolescent brain development, and discuss how this development interacts with gender transition.

Speakers
avatar for Susan P. Landon, MA, LMFT

Susan P. Landon, MA, LMFT

Susan P. Landon, MA, LMFT is the Director of the Child and Adolescent Program at the Los Angeles Gender Center with over 30 years of experience counseling children and their families.  She is on the Advisory Board of Transforming Family and a facilitator for the parent groups.  Susan has prepared many schools in the LA area to meet the needs of gender non-conforming children and transgender youth.  Recently, Susan... Read More →
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Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD

Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD is a full time faculty member of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles since 2006. In 2012, she became the Medical Director of the Division’s Center for Transyouth Health and Development, specializing in the care of gender nonconforming and transgender children and adolescents. Dr. Olson-Kennedy spearheads a program of research at CHLA that aims to understand the experience of... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
Soda Center – Moraga St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

9:15am

¿Qué es el género?
Esta sesión está diseñada para dar a los participantes las bases para el entendimiento de algunos de los conceptos y términos acerca del género con los cuales se encontrarán a lo largo del congreso. Está dirigida a individuos que quizá se encuentran luchando con algunas de estas ideas por primera vez, así como también para participantes un poco más experimentados que quizá estén buscando perfeccionar su propio lenguaje en términos de género cuando estén conversando con o presentando a otros. El taller incluirá terminología clave, ejemplos de varias formas de la diversidad de género de una cultura a otra y, perspectivas de jóvenes género-expansivos y sus familias.

Speakers
avatar for Joel Baum, MS

Joel Baum, MS

Senior Director, Gender Spectrum
Joel Baum, MS Senior Director of Professional Development and Family Services, is responsible for all programmatic aspects of Gender Spectrum. He facilitates trainings, conducts workshops, develops curriculum, consults with parents/ professionals, and provides resources in service of a more compassionate understanding of gender. He works with a wide range of organizations, including schools, medical professionals, therapists, universities and... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
Dante 215 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

9:30am

Exploring Every Spectrum: Sex, Gender, Expression, and Orientation
So many spectrums, so little time! Come talk with me about the differences as well as the connections between biological sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. By the end of this workshop you’ll likely understand more about where you “land” on each spectrum, as well as how to explain these concepts to others

Speakers
avatar for Darlene Tando, LCSW

Darlene Tando, LCSW

Gender Therapist, Darlene Tando, LCSW
Darlene Tando, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in San Diego. She has been working with the transgender community since 2006, and the majority of her practice is dedicated to working with gender expansive/transgender youth and adults. Darlene believes the individual is the “expert” on one’s own gender identity. For more information about her work in the gender field, please visit her blog at... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 9:30am - 10:45am
Dante 120 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

9:30am

Having Hard Conversations
Having a difficult time talking with loved ones? With friends? How about with teachers? Is there a topic that makes you nervous just thinking about it? A conversation that you have tried to have but ends in a screaming match every time? Join us in an interactive workshop to discuss what hard conversations you have had or are planning to have. Explore what makes these discussions so challenging and learn strategies to help you along the way. Topics include preparing for conversations, self-awareness in the moment, and communication techniques such as reflective/active listening and knowing when to take a break. Make this workshop exactly what you would like it to be by sharing personal experiences and practicing in an interactive format with others.

Speakers
JB

Jonathan Barnett

Jonathan Barnett [he, his] is a Marriage and Family Therapist who has been working with Bay Area children and families since 2008. Originally from Chicago, Jonathan moved to California to work for Seneca Family of Agencies and pursue his passion for working with youth. In his work with Seneca, Jonathan provides school-based therapeutic services, consultation for school staff around behavioral and socio-emotional concerns, and training in the area... Read More →
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Sonya Benavides

Sonya Benavides [she, her] works for Seneca Family of Agencies, a nonprofit mental health agency that serves youth and their family's across the state of California. Sonya is a School Climate and Culture Coach at a K-8 school in Oakland. She will graduate in August with a Masters in Social Work. This is Sonya's second year volunteering with Gender Spectrum.


Saturday July 26, 2014 9:30am - 10:45am
Dante 114 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

9:30am

My Perfect Outfit
Participants will make anonymous collages of their perfect outfit — clothes, accessories, etc. — from magazines that express who they are, how they appear both to themselves and want to express themselves to the world. After collages are completed, there will be an optional sharing session where participants can volunteer to post their collage. Others participants will have the chance to guess the artist of each collage. We will have a discussion about why participants chose each other and vice versa.

Speakers
DC

Danny Chung

Danny Chung  is a digital art director at Wikia, with a keen interest in convergent technologies, latent motivators, and Mariah Carey. He was born in Taipei, raised in California, and now works in San Francisco. Danny speaks Mandarin and conversational Spanish. Danny loves to think and loves to work. 


Saturday July 26, 2014 9:30am - 10:45am
Soda Center – Claey's Lounge St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

9:30am

Sibling Gathering
Talking about your sibling’s gender can be difficult. Do you feel like your family spends too much time talking about gender? Or do you find yourself missing the old sibling you used to know? You may even feel left out at times. Here is a confidential and safe space to connect with other siblings and hear about how others cope with these feelings.

Speakers
AC

Adam Chang

Teen Conference Director
Adam Chang, Esq., Community Outreach Coordinator, works with individuals, agencies, and organizations that serve children, families, and communities of color. Through collaborative and mutually beneficial partnerships, he aims to promote increased understanding and awareness of gender diversity. Prior to Gender Spectrum, Adam was an Outreach Coordinator for Upwardly Global, connecting immigrant professionals with U.S. based employers. He also... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 9:30am - 10:45am
Dante 117 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

10:55am

Becoming an Ally: Interrupting Name-Calling and Bullying
Everyday teens are targeted on the basis of their race, religion, social class, sexual orientation, or other aspect of their identity. In the "Becoming an Ally" workshop, middle and high school students will explore how name-calling and bullying have the potential to escalate into more serious incidents of violence when they go unchecked. Many teens (and even adults) often report not knowing how to respond. This workshop will support teens as they practice strategies to address real-life scenarios of name-calling and bullying. Participants will gain confidence as they acknowledge their own power to be an ally for themselves, their families and anyone who has been a target of bullying in their personal life, at school and in their communities.

Speakers
MD

Melia Dunn, B.A. Liberal Arts, Speech Communications

Melia directs the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute anti-bias programming, including educator and student programs addressing the intersection of bias and bullying in the Bay Area. Prior to ADL, Melia served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Albania where she focused on youth leadership development and was enlisted as a facilitator for culture and communications training. She also spent 10 years in nonprofit management in... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 10:55am - 12:10pm
Dante 114 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

10:55am

beFIERCE!
Facts, Intersections, Educate/How to be Visible Ally, Respond, Critical Connections/Building Relationships, Engaging in Self-Reflection (F.I.E.R.C.E.). Join in the dialogue between youth across various identity spectrums to inform what families and service providers should focus on when it comes to the needs of gender-expansive youth. Your voice will help shape national conversations on gender.

Speakers
RG

Rozayy Grace

Razayy Grace [she, her] is a beFIERCE! Intern and Gender Justice activist and educator. She is currently a foster youth.
MP

Madison Precious

Madison Precious [she, her] is a beFIERCE! Intern and Gender Justice activist and educator. She is all about overcoming challenges in order to heal yourself.
CY

Captain Young

Captain Young is the LGBTQ Youth Advocate at Our Space, a queer/trans youth center in the East Bay.  Our Space a Bay Area youth center which holds the experiences, strengths and needs of youth impacted by institutions at its core, and recognizes these youth as fierce love change agents in our communities.  Captain was one of these young people who made it through some of these institutions and is compassionate about giving back and... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 10:55am - 12:10pm
Soda Center - Claey's Lounge St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

10:55am

Coming of Age and Creating Change
Ryan Cassata released seven studio albums and has performed for tens of thousands of people at the age of 20. He will be sharing his experience growing up as the only transgender person in a conservative suburban community, describing how he overcame adversity in high school to later become a national activist for gender issues. This workshop includes open and honest questions and answers, live music performed by Ryan, and plenty of opportunities for you to share your experiences!

Speakers
RC

Ryan Cassata

Ryan Cassata [he, him] is a nationally touring singer/songwriter activist whose passionate lyrics and powerful videos have touched the lives of thousands all over the world. Ryan speaks at conferences, universities, high schools, and LGBT centers from coast to coast, advocating for equality among all people, regardless of gender identity or expression. 


Saturday July 26, 2014 10:55am - 12:10pm
Dante 120 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

10:55am

You Have the Right to Be Yourself: Laws Affecting Gender-Expansive Youth in School
Every youth deserves to go to school in a safe and supportive environment. The law can be an important tool for making this a reality in your school. This workshop will answer your questions about how the law protects you in school. For example, does your school have to respect your chosen name and preferred pronouns? Can you use the bathroom that is consistent with your gender identity? What about playing school sports? Does your school have to keep information about your gender identity confidential? Learn the answers and share your experiences in this workshop, led by experts from the ACLU and National Center for Lesbian Rights.

Speakers
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Amanda Goad, Esq.

Amanda Goad, Esq. is a Los Angeles-based Staff Attorney with the national American Civil Liberties Union’s LGBT & AIDS Project.  At the ACLU, Amanda has advocated for transgender and gender-nonconforming youth from Georgia to Idaho, in addition to working on a range of other issues on behalf of queer, trans*, and HIV-positive people.  Amanda is an alum of Rice University, Harvard Law School, and Teach for America.
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Joey Hernandez

Joey Hernandez [he, him] is the Community Engagement & Policy Advocate at the ACLU of Southern California, working primarily on the LGBTQ Student Rights Project. Joey has educated over 10,000 people, empowering the community through education about their rights. Joey also works on Economic Justice, Criminal Justice Reform, and Immigration Reform. 
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Asaf Orr, Esq

Asaf Orr, Esq. is a staff attorney at the National Center for Lesbian Rights. The majority of his work focuses on youth issues, particularly transgender youth. Asaf was the lead attorney in Student v. Arcadia Unified School District leading to the historic resolution agreement acknowledging that Title IX protects transgender kids from discrimination in school. He is a lead co-authored on recently released publication entitled "Schools in... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 10:55am - 12:10pm
Soda Center – Claey’s Lounge St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

11:00am

Changing Identity Documents
More than ever before, identity documents, such as birth certificates, driver’s licenses, and passports are being scrutinized in a wide range of situations. Whether traveling abroad, obtaining various governmental benefits, or enrolling in school, these legal papers play a key role in one’s ability to access rights and services. Furthermore, for young people in school, on a team, or engaged in other activities, the importance of one’s name and sex aligning with gender identity carries particular significance and can undermine privacy. This workshop will provide an overview of the current issues, challenges, and requirements for modifying such documents. With greater recognition of the gender diversity of young people, there have been a number of positive changes in what this process looks like. In addition, we will hold an Identity Documents Clinic all day Saturday in which legal providers will be available to help clarify and fill out paperwork as well as speak about individual needs and situations.

Speakers
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Danny Kirchoff

Danny Kirchoff is currently the Helpline Manager at the Transgender Law Center. He graduated from Antioch College in 2000, after which he moved to San Francisco, California, where he worked at Horizons Foundation & Equality California and served on the LGBT Advisory Committee of the SF Human Rights Commission and Board of Directors of Transgender Law Center. Danny attended the City University of New York School of Law where he was both a... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Soda Center – Orinda St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

11:00am

Ho'onani: A Place in the Middle
This workshop will feature a new film and discussion with award winning directors Dean Hamer. Ho'onani: A Place in the Middle is the story of a ten-year old girl who becomes the leader of a group of older boys in a Hawaiian dance traditionally led and done by men. While born female, Ho'onani has long known that she is “in the middle” between male and female. She is fortunate to have the support of a teacher who herself is māhū (an individual in Hawaiian culture who represents a “third gender” identity). As with many cultures, in Hawaii gender is seen as a more nuanced aspect of a person’s identity, rather than simply a binary notion grounded in biology. This wonderful film is yet another example of both how binary understandings about gender are far from fixed or universal, as well as how easily a young person’s peers can recognize and appreciate someone living authentically.

Speakers
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Joel Baum, MS

Senior Director, Gender Spectrum
Joel Baum, MS Senior Director of Professional Development and Family Services, is responsible for all programmatic aspects of Gender Spectrum. He facilitates trainings, conducts workshops, develops curriculum, consults with parents/ professionals, and provides resources in service of a more compassionate understanding of gender. He works with a wide range of organizations, including schools, medical professionals, therapists, universities and... Read More →
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Dean Hamer

Director, Qwaves
Dean Hamer, PhD is an educator, scientist emeritus at the National Institutes of Health, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and New York Times Book of the Year author with a long history in communicating complex and controversial ideas to diverse publics. He formed Qwaves with partner Joe Wilson to produce insightful and provocative documentaries about frequently overlooked social issues. Their films have been supported by PBS, Sundance and Pacific... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Dante 220 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

11:00am

Ideas Médicas Básicas en Español
Al estar tratando de entender el género de su propio hijo(a), muchos padres se preguntan acerca de la variedad de decisiones médicas que su hijo(a) pudiera enfrentar. ¿Cuáles son las diferentes opciones que un niño(a) transgénero puede aspirar? ¿Algunas de estas intervenciones son reversibles, y otras permanentes? ¿Qué sabemos acerca de los riesgos a largo plazo asociados a estas intervenciones? ¿Cómo las familias toman decisiones acerca de qué camino es el correcto para su hijo(a) y cuándo tomarlo? Esta sesión será dirigida por profesionales médicos experimentados que han atendido a niño(a)s y adolescentes género-expansivo, en distintos escenarios. Sin importar la edad de su hijo(a), este taller le proporcionará un base sólida para pensar y tomar decisiones relacionadas a estos cuestionamientos y posibilidades desafiantes.

Speakers
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Jennifer Hastings, MD

Jennifer Hastings, MD is a family practice physician who started the Transgender Health Care Program at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte Santa Cruz and has been actively involved in supporting Transgender Health Care Services around the country. An Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Jen works closely with the Santa Cruz Transgender Therapist Team, and is involved in the integration of Behavioral Health... Read More →
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Ilana Sherer, MD

Ilana Sherer, MD, FAAP is a pediatrician in California. In addition to seeing patients at Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Dr. Sherer is a founding member of the UCSF Child and Adolescent Gender Center and serves as its Assistant Medical Director and Director of Primary Care.  She has received various awards for this work, developed health care provider modules related to caring for GLBT and gender variant youth, and... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Dante 215 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

11:00am

Parenting Children and Youth on the Autism Spectrum and the Gender Spectrum: What is the Overlap?
There are many overlaps between the gender spectrum and the autism spectrum. Parents are trying to identify the right things to do for their child in the midst of great uncertainty, lack of knowledge and a lot of social pressure. They experience a great deal of ambivalence and confusion about how to parent their child who is on both spectrums. Parents may feel pulled by what can feel like one camp or the other, limiting their child. Much of the energy around these spectrums disempowers parents, and parenting a child who is on both spectrums can be very challenging. This presentation will go over the research and anecdotal information and contextualize the research as well. It will also touch on the major controversy of whether to permit a child to transition if they are on the spectrum.

Speakers
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Julie Graham, MS, MFT

Julie Graham, MS, MFT is a Gender Specialist and the Mental Health Coordinator for Transgender Health Services and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. More importantly, she is the parent of a son on the autism spectrum who was a gender non-conforming child, and, who has just turned 21. She has offered trainings to professionals regarding the overlapping spectrums of gender and autism as well as many trainings on various clinical aspects... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Dante 204 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

11:00am

Seeking Support: Families with Youth Ages 13 – 19
Do you simply want to meet and talk with parents and caregivers with kids the same age as your own? Are you looking to share your own story and hear those of others? This workshop will give participants a chance to meet in small groups with others who may be facing similar challenges, asking similar questions, or seeking similar resources. Doesn’t this all seem to be happening too fast? What do I tell my child about dating? How can I make sure they are being safe with social media? While experienced facilitators will lead these discussions, these sessions will be open and informal spaces for sharing and connecting with others. An excellent way to build your own network of support, both during the weekend and beyond


Saturday July 26, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Soda Center – Lafayette St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

11:00am

Seeking Support: Families with Youth Ages 8 – 12
Do you simply want to meet and talk with parents and caregivers with kids the same age as your own? Are you looking to share your own story and hear those of others? This workshop will give participants a chance to meet in small groups with others who may be facing similar challenges, asking similar questions, or seeking similar resources. How are you handling moving into middle school? Why are friends from kindergarten suddenly unwilling to play with my child? What about sleepovers? While experienced facilitators will lead these discussions, these sessions will be open and informal spaces for sharing and connecting with others. An excellent way to build your own network of support, both during the weekend and beyond.


Saturday July 26, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Soda Center – Moraga St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

1:30pm

Gender-Expansive Young Adult Panel
This panel features five young adults between the ages of 19 and 23 years old. Hear from Ryan, AJ, Frank, Alice, and Woon. Each person has a unique gender identity, from genderqueer to gender nonconforming. Our panelists will talk about how their race, ethnicity, sexuality, and other identities impact their gender. The audience will also have a chance to write down questions for our panelists to answer.

Speakers
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Karishma Bendale

Karishma Bendale [she, her] works at the LGBTQ Youth Space in San Jose. She is a recent graduate of San Jose State University entering the field of nursing. Karishma loves being an ally and empowering others. 
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Cassie Blume

Cassie Blume [she, her] works at the LGBTQ Youth Space in San Jose. She loves youth development, truth and community. 
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Helen Chen

Helen Chen [she, her] works at the LGBTQ Youth Space in San Jose. She has a Bachelors in Health Sciences from San Jose State University and plans for a great future in social work with diverse communities.


Saturday July 26, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Soda Center – Claey’s Lounge St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

1:45pm

A Mother, Her Transgender Son, Their Journey to Love and Acceptance
Sharing both the ordinary and extraordinary moments of their journey, a mother and her transgender son describe with honesty and humor their evolution from fear, sadness and shame to their present day relationship filled with unconditional love and acceptance. This heartfelt presentation will allow participants to hear firsthand the challenges and the triumphs of one family. We believe that each participant will feel more empowered and inspired to build better relationships with those they love.

Speakers
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Aiden Takeo Aizumi

Aiden Takeo Aizumi is a transgender activist. He is currently a student at the University of La Verne majoring in education, where he hopes to provide safe spaces for students as a teacher. Aiden has served on the Youth Advisory Council for The Trevor Project, is an Executive Board member of PFLAG Pasadena and currently is on PFLAG National’s Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Advisory Council. Aiden has received a number of awards... Read More →
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Marsha Aizumi

Marsha Aizumi is an author, speaker, educator and advocate for the LGBT community, a cause she embraced due in large part to the harassment and bullying her son experienced throughout high school. Marsha serves on the National Board of Directors for PFLAG, an organization that supports, educates and advocates for LGBT families. In this role, she hopes to change school culture to be more accepting of all students, as well as bring greater... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Dante 220 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

1:45pm

Entendiendo el Genero Desde una Perspectiva Latina/Hispana
Afrontar temas de identidad de genero y de niños y niñas transgenero en paises de America Latina o en familias latinas/hispanas genera diversos retos muy particulares. Las familias latinoamericanas pueden afrontar experiencias diferentes a aquellas generadas en otras culturas. Esta sesion, que sera llevada a cabo en Español, tocara esos temas, otorgando la oportunidad a los familiares de compartir sus experiencias, buscar apoyo y encontrar recursos que los ayuden a transitar en su experiencia como padres de niños y niñas transgenero o con una identidad de género diversa.

Speakers
avatar for Isolda Atayde

Isolda Atayde

Isolda Atayde and her husband Enrique are parents of an eight year-old transgender girl. Before moving to New York, they lived in Mexico where they faced all kinds of issues regarding their daughter’s gender identity, including difficulties in school, society, family, etc. They also took various legal steps regarding discrimination they and their child suffered. On November 2015, her daughter became the youngest person in Mexico... Read More →
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Enrique Perez Grovas

Enrique Perez Grovas and his wife Isolda are parents of a seven year-old transgender girl. Before moving to New York, they lived in Mexico where they faced all kinds of issues regarding their daughter’s gender identity, including difficulties in school, society, family, etc. They also took various legal steps regarding discrimination they and their child suffered and facilitated a seminar in Lima, Peru specifically directed to Latin/Hispanic... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Dante 215 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

1:45pm

Gender and Sexual Orientation
This workshop will assist participants with understanding the relationship between gender and sexual orientation – how they are different  and how they are related. In what ways does gender impact a young person’s own notions of sexuality? How does sexual orientation inform understandings of gender? Participants will reflect on their own gender and sexual identity as a tool to better relate to and support youth on their journeys of identity exploration. An atmosphere of openness and safety will allow attendees to recognize areas in which they feel challenged, space to ask questions, and opportunities to learn from others’ experiences.

Speakers
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Kim Baranek

Kim Baranek is a queer public health professional, with a passion for supporting gender and sexual minority youth and their families.  She has promoted healthier school environments across the Bay Area for over 12 years and currently leads the Rainbow Community Center’s work with the Youth Advocacy Collaborative and Inclusive Schools Coalition in Contra Costa County. Kim facilitates workshops to engage school staff, service... Read More →
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Carolyn Wysinger, MFA

Carolyn Wysinger, MFA is a thirty something masculine of center womyn from Richmond, California. She is a writer and Social Entrepreneur. She has created queer events like LA’s NFL Sunday Funday and the Long Beach Blue Party. She has served on the steering committees for BUTCHVoices and Black Lesbians United.  She is a board member of the NIA Collective for same-gender loving women of African Descent. She has been a contributor to... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Dante 204 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

1:45pm

It Can Work Out! Collaborating with Schools to Meet a Child’s Gender Needs
How do you partner with your school to ensure a successful gender transition or positive experience related to your gender-expansive child? This can be a scary and daunting prospect as you approach the time when your child wants to transition at school or in some other way live more consistently with their sense of self.  Who do you need to talk to? What do you have to anticipate?  This workshop will cover the successful school transition experiences of a few families, provide resources for you to use, and give you an opportunity to ask questions and share your thoughts. A panel of caregivers will share their experiences supporting their child’s gender authenticity at school. Come hear what they have learned as they have collaborated with their schools in this challenging but empowering process

Speakers
avatar for Joel Baum, MS

Joel Baum, MS

Senior Director, Gender Spectrum
Joel Baum, MS Senior Director of Professional Development and Family Services, is responsible for all programmatic aspects of Gender Spectrum. He facilitates trainings, conducts workshops, develops curriculum, consults with parents/ professionals, and provides resources in service of a more compassionate understanding of gender. He works with a wide range of organizations, including schools, medical professionals, therapists, universities and... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Soda Center – Lafayette St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

1:45pm

Keeping Your Family Together with a Gender-Expansive Child
Almost every family feels a strain when a child identifies outside binary gender boxes, and no two family members make this journey at the same pace. Many families have to fight hard to stay together as they stretch and grow to understand and support their transgender or otherwise gender-expansive child. Sadly, sometimes family members cannot make this journey with us, leaving us wondering how to navigate conflict. Knowing that the best learning happens among the participants themselves, we’ll create a safe forum to talk openly about our fears, challenges, and wins, and to share some of our strategies for keeping our families together. PFLAG is a national nonprofit organization with more than 300 chapters comprised of parents, families, friends and allies working with the LGBT community. PFLAG is the first national LGBT organization to be fully trans inclusive and the only one focused on keeping families together.

Speakers
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Karen Adams, MS

Karen Adams, MS founded TransYouth Education and Support, which has supported Colorado families with gender-expansive and transgender children since 2007. With degrees in education and science, Karen’s background has helped her initiate major trans youth research, create a statewide support system, educate through presentations, and advocate for families. She’s an advisor to National PFLAG on the T/GNC Advisory Council. Karen and... Read More →
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Catherine Hyde, MA

Catherine Hyde, MA is Transgender Coordinator for her local PFLAG, and supports more than 70 families. She trains on trans* understanding and sensitivity in schools and local agencies. In 2013, she helped the Department of Justice create an historical first training for law enforcement. In 2014, she presented at the World Professional Association for Transgender Health in Bangkok. She also serves on PFLAG National’s Board, its Trans* and... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Soda Center – Orinda St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

1:45pm

Outside of the Gender Binary: Defining and Caring for Non-Binary Identified Youth
The gender binary is limiting in both describing the experience of gender, but also in the development of medical and mental health care protocols. This workshop will primarily be a discussion of the approach to caring for non-binary identified youth in the mental and medical health care domains. Led by three experienced clinicians, we will explore the challenges of development, societal integration, language, privilege, and medical decision making for non-binary youth. Additionally, this workshop will introduce a new tool for visual depiction of gender experience that is richer and more complete than the simplistic binary.

Speakers
avatar for Susan P. Landon, MA, LMFT

Susan P. Landon, MA, LMFT

Susan P. Landon, MA, LMFT is the Director of the Child and Adolescent Program at the Los Angeles Gender Center with over 30 years of experience counseling children and their families.  She is on the Advisory Board of Transforming Family and a facilitator for the parent groups.  Susan has prepared many schools in the LA area to meet the needs of gender non-conforming children and transgender youth.  Recently, Susan... Read More →
avatar for Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD

Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD

Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD is a full time faculty member of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles since 2006. In 2012, she became the Medical Director of the Division’s Center for Transyouth Health and Development, specializing in the care of gender nonconforming and transgender children and adolescents. Dr. Olson-Kennedy spearheads a program of research at CHLA that aims to understand the experience of... Read More →
avatar for Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW, ACSW

Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW, ACSW

Director, Los Angeles Gender Center
Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW, ACSW is an Associate Clinical Social Worker with the Los Angeles Gender Center where he provides therapy for gender non-conforming and transgender youth, young adults, adults and their families. As a transgender man and mental health provider, he brings a dual perspective into his advocacy and education work. He has spoken around the country about the importance of rights for gender non-conforming and transgender... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Soda Center – Moraga St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

3:15pm

Screening of “Ho`onani: A Place in the Middle” (film)
This workshop will feature a new film and discussion by award winning directors and Joe Wilson. Ho'onani: A Place in the Middle is the story of a ten-year old girl who becomes the leader of a high school’s hula group traditionally led and performed by men. While born female, Ho'onani has long known that she is “in the middle,” between male and female. She is fortunate to have the support of a teacher who is māhū (an individual in Hawaiian culture who represents a “third gender”). This wonderful film is an example of how binary understandings about gender are far from universal and how a young person can strive to make a difference. Discussion with Joe Wilson to follow.

Speakers
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Adam Chang

Teen Conference Director
Adam Chang, Esq., Community Outreach Coordinator, works with individuals, agencies, and organizations that serve children, families, and communities of color. Through collaborative and mutually beneficial partnerships, he aims to promote increased understanding and awareness of gender diversity. Prior to Gender Spectrum, Adam was an Outreach Coordinator for Upwardly Global, connecting immigrant professionals with U.S. based employers. He also... Read More →
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Joe Wilson

Director, Qwaves
Joe Wilson [he, him] is a filmmaker and long-time human rights activist. He produced “Out In The Silence,” an Emmy Award-winning PBS film about LGBT rights and equality in rural America, and “Kumu Hina,” a new PBS film about traditional Hawaiian culture's embrace of gender diversity. Wilson graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali. He lives with his partner in life and filmmaking, Dean... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Soda Center – Claey’s Lounge St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

3:30pm

Seeking Support: Families with Youth Ages 1 – 7
Do you simply want to meet and talk with parents and caregivers with kids the same age as your own? Are you looking to share your own story and hear those of others? This workshop will give participants a chance to meet in small groups with others who may be facing similar challenges, asking similar questions, or seeking similar resources. My son tells me he wants to be a princess—now what? How can I make sure kindergarten is not a disaster for my gender-expansive child? What does it mean that my child keeps wishing for a different body? While experienced facilitators will lead these discussions, these sessions will be open and informal spaces for sharing and connecting with others. An excellent way to build your own network of support, both during the weekend and beyond.


Saturday July 26, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Soda Center – Lafayette St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

3:30pm

Teen Panel: Creating New Horizons for All Children and Youth
What are the real life experiences of transgender and other gender-expansive teens? During this powerful session, transgender and other gender-expansive adolescents tell their stories from the heart. Honest, emotional, and inspiring stories can help parents and youth to believe in a better and happier future. The goal of this workshop is to provide parents hope by seeing that gender-expansive youth can thrive once their gender issues are addressed.

Saturday July 26, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Soda Center – Moraga St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

4:45pm

Figuring it Out: Healthy Relationships for Gender-Expansive Youth
We all deserve supportive relationships! In this session, participants will have an opportunity to learn about healthy relationship habits and how to deal with crushes, dating, arguments, break-ups, and so much more! Additionally, we will develop the tools to recognize harmful behaviors that can lead to abuse. There will also be space to practice being supportive of friends and allies as they navigate intimate, romantic, and sexual relationships across differences in gender and sexuality, to build communities of care.

Speakers
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Hannah Hamler

Hannah Hamler [she, her] is an independent Living Skills Instructor with Clausen House where she empowers adults with developmental disabilities to navigate social, practical, and bureaucratic systems that allow them to live independently. She and Ali have collaborated in the past to bring educational workshops about consent, support, and sexual violence to their communities. Hannah believes that no one deserves mistreatment and is always excited... Read More →
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Ali Meyers-Ohki

Ali Meyers-Ohki [she, her] is a Youth Organizer with the Family Violence Law Center where she trains youth leaders to talk about issues of relationship abuse to their communities. She brings several years of experience delivering trainings on sexual violence, consent, and support skills to this workshop. Ali envisions a future where people bring respect, curiosity, and bravely honest communication to the differences that arise between them... Read More →


Saturday July 26, 2014 4:45pm - 6:00pm
Dante 120 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

4:45pm

Gender and Justice: Real Examples of Gender-Expansive Youth and their Encounters with the Justice System
From encountering an officer on the street or administration at your school to being locked up, gender-expansive youth have certain rights that are often violated in our justice system. Expand your awareness and leadership development about both the justice and education systems in our gender and justice workshop. With youth facilitators, this session utilizes film and discussion to reveal present day issues that funnel youth into the criminal/juvenile justice systems.

Speakers
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Tailani Crawford

Tailani Crawford [she, her] is fourteen and attends Castro Valley High. She’s been in Project WHAT! since June 2013.
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Joey Hernandez

Joey Hernandez [he, him] is the Community Engagement & Policy Advocate at the ACLU of Southern California, working primarily on the LGBTQ Student Rights Project. Joey has educated over 10,000 people, empowering the community through education about their rights. Joey also works on Economic Justice, Criminal Justice Reform, and Immigration Reform. 
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Jazree Ridley

Jazree Ridley [she, her] is seventeen and attends San Leandro High. She has been with Project WHAT! since the summer of 2013. She has had one parent incarcerated. 
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Moesha Wise

Moesha Wise [she, her] is seventeen and attends Emery High. She has been a youth advocate for Project WHAT! since June 2012. She will be attending Mississippi Valley State University in the fall of 2014. 


Saturday July 26, 2014 4:45pm - 6:00pm
Dante 117 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

4:45pm

Medical Health and Gender-Expansive Teens
Our heads and hearts tell us who we are but our bodies seem to have a mind of their own. This session will look at some of the medical issues you may be thinking about – puberty, gender transition possibilities, overall health considerations, and staying healthy. You will also have an opportunity to ask direct questions and get straight up answers.

Saturday July 26, 2014 4:45pm - 6:00pm
Dante 114 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

5:15pm

Saturday Closing
It has been a full day and now is our chance to take a deep breath and pause. Come take a few minutes to reflect and provide feedback about your experience of day one of the conference. How are you feeling about your time at the gathering so far? What is one word or phrase you would use to describe your day? What do you hope to get out of tomorrow’s programming?

Saturday July 26, 2014 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Soda Center – Moraga St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

7:30pm

Gender Spectrum Showcase and Dance Party
Come relax and hang out for an evening of entertainment. Talented youth performances will be followed by music and fun as we dance the night away at our Dance Party!

Saturday July 26, 2014 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Soda Center – Moraga St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556
 
Sunday, July 27
 

9:00am

Welcome Back and Home Group Check-Ins
We'll have a few short announcements and time to reconnect with your home group and your home group leader.

Sunday July 27, 2014 9:00am - 9:30am
Soda Center - Claey's Lounge St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

9:00am

Gender-Expansive Children and Youth: New Frontiers in the Legal Landscape
As issues of gender diversity continue to become more apparent, a complex array of social, cultural, medical, and other dynamics are unfolding, resulting in profound impacts on the field of law. This workshop will explore this shifting legal context and the growing disconnect between systems grounded in strictly binary notions of gender in a world where gender’s complexity is being increasingly recognized, particularly among young people. Legal professionals are employing case law emerging from issues such as privacy, free speech and sex stereotyping to assert and protect the rights of gender-expansive children and youth. Additionally, various international perspectives and movements are further influencing this process. After briefly outlining this legal landscape, the workshop will engage participants in a discussion about what this melting pot of change means for families and their gender-expansive children.

Speakers
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Sasha Buchert, Esq.

Sasha Buchert, Esq. is a Staff Attorney with Transgender Law Center where she works to remove barriers to health care, employment and accurate identity documents for transgender and gender nonconforming people.  Before joining Transgender Law Center, she worked at Basic Rights Oregon where she served as Communications Manager and was a member of their legal advisory group.  Sasha also served as a board member of OGALLA, the LGBT Bar... Read More →
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Amanda Goad, Esq.

Amanda Goad, Esq. is a Los Angeles-based Staff Attorney with the national American Civil Liberties Union’s LGBT & AIDS Project.  At the ACLU, Amanda has advocated for transgender and gender-nonconforming youth from Georgia to Idaho, in addition to working on a range of other issues on behalf of queer, trans*, and HIV-positive people.  Amanda is an alum of Rice University, Harvard Law School, and Teach for America.


Sunday July 27, 2014 9:00am - 10:30am
Soda Center – Orinda St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

9:00am

Looking Within: The Impact of Gender and Identity on Our Parenting and Caregiving
Parents and caregivers, how have your experiences with gender and other differences impacted your identity? How do your ideas about gender influence your parenting or caregiving? This workshop is a place to explore these issues together. Laurin Mayeno will share ”Proud Mom,” a brief video about her journey parenting a multi-racial, gender creative, gay son. Participants will then engage in reflection and sharing to explore 1) messages we received about gender and other differences; 2) expectations we learned about gender from family, peers and the world around us; 3) how gender, race, class, religion and other differences have shaped our identities, our dreams, and our expectations of our children; and 4) challenges and successes in supporting our children to be themselves and build healthy identities. Come explore and celebrate the complexity of identity and its impact on parenting gender-expansive children and youth.

Speakers
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Laurin Mayeno, MPH

Laurin Mayeno, MPH is the proud mother of a multiracial gay son who uses her voice to build support for children and youth of all gender expressions, gender identities and sexual orientations. She uses personal storytelling and interactive approaches to explore various dimensions of difference, reach hearts and minds, invite self-reflection and build connections. She is a long time community educator, facilitator and consultant working to support... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 9:00am - 10:30am
Dante 204 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

9:00am

Male-to-Female Surgery
The focus of this workshop is to educate the community on the most advanced surgical techniques used today for sex reassignment surgery (SRS) and the processes for feminizing “biological boys.” Presenters will discuss current approaches and options for various Male-to-Female procedures, including examples of recent outcomes, as well as the care requirements that follow these procedures. Dr. Bowers and Dr. Crane will also answer specific questions after their presentations. The session will include some of the current dilemmas individuals and caregivers must navigate as they consider these approaches for helping to align a young person’s body with that person’s sense of their gendered self.

Speakers
MB

Marci Bowers, MD

Marci Bowers, MD of San Mateo, California, is viewed as a pioneer in the field of gender reassignment surgery and is the first transgender woman to perform the surgery. After practicing in Trinidad, Colorado, where she was the subject of a WE television series entitled ‘Sex Change Hospital,’ she relocated to San Mateo, California. In 2012 Dr. Bowers was named to the Guardian’s “100 Most Influential LGBT People Of The... Read More →
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Curtis Crane, MD

Curtis Crane, MD is a plastic surgeon and reconstructive urologist at Brownstein & Crane Surgical Services just outside of San Francisco.  Dr. Crane completed a urology residency at Dartmouth Hitchcock in 2008. Interested in reconstructive urology, Dr. Crane pursued a fellowship in trauma and reconstructive urology in Detroit with the distinguished Richard Santucci, M.D. This was followed by a three year residency in plastic... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 9:00am - 10:30am
Soda Center – Lafayette St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

9:00am

Medical Panel (Pre-Adolescence/Blockers)
The first of three medical panels, this group of experienced medical providers will focus on the needs of children and pre-adolescents in anticipation of their entry into puberty. What do we need to be thinking about now while our kids are young? Are there certain steps we should be preparing for as we look ahead to their future medical needs? What might be the options for “staying in the middle” of the gender spectrum? Hear from a range of medical professionals who are on the front lines of caring for gender-expansive kids (and the adults who love and support them).

Speakers

Sunday July 27, 2014 9:00am - 10:30am
Soda Center – Moraga St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

9:00am

When Families Don't Agree: Counseling and Legal Implications
One of the most painful experiences for a gender-expansive youth is getting caught in the crossfire between two (or more) parents who cannot come to an agreement about what will be best for their child. The fields of mental health and law have not always been effective at curbing parents' confusion and mutual antagonism, nor worked together to do so. However, it is possible for parents to minimize the harm to their child by focusing on their child’s best interests. This session will discuss, from both a mental health and legal perspective, ways to facilitate dialogue and, if needed, encourage mediation, court action, and/or mental health services to help parents when they do not see eye to eye concerning their child's gender health.

Speakers
avatar for Diane Ehrensaft

Diane Ehrensaft

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of California San Francisco
Diane Ehrensaft, PhD is an associate professor of Pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco and a developmental and clinical psychologist with a private practice in Oakland, California. She is Director of Mental Health of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center and attending psychologist at the CAGC Gender Clinic at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. She specializes in research, clinical work, and consultation related to gender... Read More →
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Asaf Orr, Esq

Asaf Orr, Esq. is a staff attorney at the National Center for Lesbian Rights. The majority of his work focuses on youth issues, particularly transgender youth. Asaf was the lead attorney in Student v. Arcadia Unified School District leading to the historic resolution agreement acknowledging that Title IX protects transgender kids from discrimination in school. He is a lead co-authored on recently released publication entitled "Schools in... Read More →
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Deborah Wald, Esq.

Deborah H. Wald, Esq., is founder of The Wald Law Group, based in San Francisco, where her primary practice areas include Parentage Litigation, Custody, Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Law.  Ms. Wald also is an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco law school, where she teaches "Topics in Contemporary Family Law.” She is a member of the Family Law Executive Committee of the State Bar of California and is a fellow of... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 9:00am - 10:30am
Dante 215 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

9:00am

Working with Grief to Create Space for the Joy of Change
“Grief is an emotional, physical and spiritual necessity, the price you pay for love. The only cure for grief is to grieve.” – Earl Grollman. Grief occurs when an individual responds to any kind of loss, whether it be unmet expectations, a missed job opportunity or a change in relationship status. Change, however big or small, often elicits grief - we mourn the loss and welcome the new. Families supporting gender-expansive youth often experience an incredible amount of change in a variety of unique forms. This change can look like anything from different name and gender markers, to shifting family dynamics, to a shift in how a parent views a child’s future. This workshop is designed specifically to create space for family members to explore the grief that may arise as they work to support their gender-expansive child. Participants will leave the workshop with a wealth of resources and tools to support them in processing their personal experience of grief.

Speakers
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Ben Geilhufe, MA, PCCI

Ben Geilhufe, MA, PCCI has been an educator and advocate for the transgender community since beginning his own transition in 2006. He has contributed to policy reform for higher education institutions, non-profit organizations and larger corporations around gender identity, awareness, and inclusivity. He pursued his MA in counseling psychology to better serve gender-expansive individuals in their journey of identity exploration. He works as a... Read More →
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Micah Hammond, MA, PCCi

Micah Hammond, MA, PCCi is an Ally, therapist and advocate. She has done presentations on gender identity for both private organizations and a public conference to increase awareness and inclusivity in the wilderness therapy field. Micah is passionate about working with the whole family system to foster understanding, address internalized oppression, and open lines of communication. She currently works as an advocate and therapist in Santa... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 9:00am - 10:30am
Dante 220 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

9:00am

Male-to-Female Surgery
The focus of this workshop is to educate the community on the most advanced surgical techniques used today for sex reassignment surgery (SRS) and the processes for feminizing “biological boys.” Presenters will discuss current approaches and options for various Male-to-Female procedures, including examples of recent outcomes, as well as the care requirements that follow these procedures. Dr. Bowers and Dr. Crane will also answer specific questions after their presentations. The session will include some of the current dilemmas individuals and caregivers must navigate as they consider these approaches for helping to align a young person’s body with that person’s sense of their gendered self.

Speakers
MB

Marci Bowers, MD

Marci Bowers, MD of San Mateo, California, is viewed as a pioneer in the field of gender reassignment surgery and is the first transgender woman to perform the surgery. After practicing in Trinidad, Colorado, where she was the subject of a WE television series entitled ‘Sex Change Hospital,’ she relocated to San Mateo, California. In 2012 Dr. Bowers was named to the Guardian’s “100 Most Influential LGBT People Of The... Read More →
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Curtis Crane, MD

Curtis Crane, MD is a plastic surgeon and reconstructive urologist at Brownstein & Crane Surgical Services just outside of San Francisco.  Dr. Crane completed a urology residency at Dartmouth Hitchcock in 2008. Interested in reconstructive urology, Dr. Crane pursued a fellowship in trauma and reconstructive urology in Detroit with the distinguished Richard Santucci, M.D. This was followed by a three year residency in plastic... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 9:00am - 10:30am
Soda Center – Lafayette St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

9:30am

Affinity Group 1: Youth of Color
Find a group that you identify with and join in an informal group activity and discussion. This is a way for you to meet and connect with others who share a similar experience with you. We may also create one or two new affinity groups on the spot depending on the desires of the attendees.

Sunday July 27, 2014 9:30am - 10:15am
Dante 117 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

9:30am

Affinity Group 2: Adoptees
Find a group that you identify with and join in an informal group activity and discussion. This is a way for you to meet and connect with others who share a similar experience with you. We may also create one or two new affinity groups on the spot depending on the desires of the attendees.

Sunday July 27, 2014 9:30am - 10:15am
Soda Center – Claey’s Patio St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

9:30am

Affinity Group 3: LGBQQP
Find a group that you identify with and join in an informal group activity and discussion. This is a way for you to meet and connect with others who share a similar experience with you. We may also create one or two new affinity groups on the spot depending on the desires of the attendees.

Sunday July 27, 2014 9:30am - 10:15am
Soda Center – Claey’s Lounge St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

9:30am

Affinity Group 4: Siblings
Find a group that you identify with and join in an informal group activity and discussion. This is a way for you to meet and connect with others who share a similar experience with you. We may also create one or two new affinity groups on the spot depending on the desires of the attendees.

Sunday July 27, 2014 9:30am - 10:15am
Dante 120 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

9:30am

Affinity Group 5: Allies
Find a group that you identify with and join in an informal group activity and discussion. This is a way for you to meet and connect with others who share a similar experience with you. We may also create one or two new affinity groups on the spot depending on the desires of the attendees.

Sunday July 27, 2014 9:30am - 10:15am
Dante 114 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

10:30am

Free to be Your (Whole) Self: An Introduction to Intersectionality, Identity Safety and Taking Action In School
How do you identify? Are you many things at once? Is your identity important to you? Are your identities supported by people in your life? Have you ever felt like you couldn’t be all of the things you are at once? Do you crave another way to talk about and advocate for the recognition, acceptance and safety of all your intersecting identities? Me too. We will introduce the concepts of intersectionality and identity safety, watch film clips, engage in discussion, and provide you with resources and tips for how to make your own social and learning environments more well rounded places for your whole selves to stretch out and be supported.

Speakers
MB

Mazique Bianco, BA

Mazique Bianco, BA is a radical queer, trans, brown and disabled dancer, theorist, sexuality educator, and performance art activist based in Oakland. They are a member of the art collectives Poppers Creek and Iconostasis. They received their BA from Hampshire College in 2012 with concentrations in disability studies, dance performance, and cultural/critical theory. They are currently working as a freelance writer and choreographer, and gender... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 10:30am - 11:45am
Dante 120 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

10:30am

Intimacy: Make It Right For You! (16 to 19 year olds)
Explore safe sex beyond the traditional conversation of condoms and consent. We will talk about consent, communication, and healthy relationship dynamics as a foundation for positive sexual experiences. You are the expert of your own experience and we want to hear from you! This workshop will have hands on demonstrations and time for discussion. Walk away feeling empowered in knowing that you are capable of taking care of yourself.

Speakers
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Ashley C. Rojas, B.S Community Based Public Health

Ashley is an experienced public health worker deeply committed to creating dynamic learning environments where young people can safely access, explore, and challenge the complex and multilayered social determinants of health to improve individual and community health outcomes. Ashley strongly believes that every young person desires and deserves safe, supportive, and loving communities that create space for each young person to become their... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 10:30am - 11:45am
Dante 114 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

10:30am

Media Mind Control
We are surrounded by media everywhere we go. People are constantly bombarded with messages that tell us how we should act and what we should look like. This workshop will provide an opportunity to analyze different ads, music videos, movies, tv shows, memes, and magazines. We will uncover what kind of messages are being put out in our communities in regards to gender, race, ethnicity, class, and sexual orientation. At the end of the workshop we will brainstorm ways we can actually utilize the media as a form of resistance and education.

Speakers
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Brian Villa

Brian Villa [he, him] was born in East Los Angeles, California. The focus of his work is on college access support and facilitating LGBTQ support groups/programming. Brian is currently teaching Ethnic Studies at Balboa High School in San Francisco through PEP, the Pin@y Educational Partnerships. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Southeast Asian Studies, and a B.A. in American Studies: Education. Brian is the Health and Education... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 10:30am - 11:45am
Soda Center – Claey’s Lounge St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

10:30am

Writing for Myself
This workshop will discuss the kinds of characters and conflicts that make for good reading. It will also consider ways in which participants can develop characters whose experiences, challenges, and discoveries reflect their own. In the pursuit of these goals, we will examine some well-known literary protagonists and discuss why their stories resonate with readers. Participants will then be given time and space to develop a character of their own and place that character in a setting rife with conflict. They will emerge from the workshop armed with the necessary ingredients for composing a narrative that is evocative and meaningful, and reflects what they know to be true.

Speakers
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Zach Wyner

Zach Wyner earned his MFA in Creative Writing from University of San Francisco in 2009. He currently works as a writing coach, teaches for Take My Word For It – Creative Writing for Kids, facilitates writing workshops at the Alameda Juvenile Detention Center for The Beat Within, co-hosts the quarterly reading series Babylon Salon, writes educational books for Scobre Press, authors long and short fiction and sleeps like a teenager on the... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 10:30am - 11:45am
Dante 117 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

10:45am

Advocating for Gender Inclusive Schools
Increasingly, legal protections are being put in place empowering families and caregivers to insist that the rights of their gender-expansive children are protected at school. California’s AB 1266 and the US Department of Education’s (DOE) clarifications about Title IX protections extending to transgender and other gender-expansive students are just two recent examples of the shifting legal landscape. This session will examine the various ways in which families can utilize the law to support their child’s access to a safe and positive educational experience, and how to work with the DOE’s Office of Civil Rights when it is not occurring. Come learn what it means to really have the law on your side

Speakers
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Kendra Fox-Davis, Esq.

Kendra Fox-Davis, Esq. is an attorney at the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the San Francisco Regional Office.  Kendra’s work includes investigating and resolving complaints of sex-based harassment and discrimination, including peer harassment of gender nonconforming students and discrimination against transgender students.  Prior to joining OCR, Kendra worked as a Staff Attorney at the... Read More →
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Amanda Goad, Esq.

Amanda Goad, Esq. is a Los Angeles-based Staff Attorney with the national American Civil Liberties Union’s LGBT & AIDS Project.  At the ACLU, Amanda has advocated for transgender and gender-nonconforming youth from Georgia to Idaho, in addition to working on a range of other issues on behalf of queer, trans*, and HIV-positive people.  Amanda is an alum of Rice University, Harvard Law School, and Teach for America.
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Asaf Orr, Esq

Asaf Orr, Esq. is a staff attorney at the National Center for Lesbian Rights. The majority of his work focuses on youth issues, particularly transgender youth. Asaf was the lead attorney in Student v. Arcadia Unified School District leading to the historic resolution agreement acknowledging that Title IX protects transgender kids from discrimination in school. He is a lead co-authored on recently released publication entitled "Schools in... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 10:45am - 12:15pm
Soda Center – Orinda St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

10:45am

Keeping Siblings in Mind
Gender diversity impacts all members of a family, including one’s siblings. Many young people face their own social challenges as they are questioned about their sibling’s gender. Some may feel the need to defend their sibling, while others may be angry to have been put into this position. As adults look to meet the unique needs of a transgender or gender-expansive young person, it is not uncommon for siblings to feel left out. What are some of the important considerations that must be taken into account for caregivers and professionals as they seek to support the siblings of gender diverse youth? How can they balance the needs of all of the young people in the equation? What do the siblings of a gender-expansive child need and how might they be showing you?

Speakers
avatar for Diane Ehrensaft

Diane Ehrensaft

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of California San Francisco
Diane Ehrensaft, PhD is an associate professor of Pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco and a developmental and clinical psychologist with a private practice in Oakland, California. She is Director of Mental Health of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center and attending psychologist at the CAGC Gender Clinic at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. She specializes in research, clinical work, and consultation related to gender... Read More →
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Kelly Storck, MSW, LCSW

Kelly Storck, MSW, LCSW is a therapist in private practice with a passion for working with gender-expansive clients. A WPATH member since her first symposium in 2011, Kelly has actively pursued educational and clinical opportunities to strengthen her knowledge and support of people who live beyond the gender binary. Along with seeing individuals and families, Kelly is working with several groups in the St. Louis area to support a thriving... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 10:45am - 12:15pm
Dante 220 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

10:45am

Medical Panel (Adolescence/Cross-Sex Hormones)
The second of three medical panels, this session will focus on the needs of youth seeking medical support around physical gender transitions, including the use of cross hormones as well as exploring options and preparing for gender reassignment surgeries. Other possible subjects include options for “staying in the middle” of the gender spectrum and issues about reproductive health.

Speakers

Sunday July 27, 2014 10:45am - 12:15pm
Soda Center – Moraga St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

10:45am

Parenting for Greater Freedom of Gender Expression and Experience
Free parenting tips! Ha ha. As parents we are freely offered ‘tips’ on our parenting from our first day, but how many of those ‘tips’ lead to greater freedom for our children and ourselves? At this workshop, participants will be presented with several parenting strategies that can lead towards greater freedom of gender expression and experience for everyone in the household. We will discuss the underlying concepts of these tools such as freedom, authentic versus assigned meaning, listening versus hearing, personal choice, and power versus responsibility. Everyone will leave this workshop with more tools to parent with, as well as printed support materials and resource lists.

Speakers
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Abigale Ada Grace, Esq.

Abigale Ada Grace has been a part of the trans* community since 1995 when her crush came out to her at freshman orientation. Since then she has been an educated ally and passionate trans* activist. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, where she works as the Program Coordinator for the GLBT Center of Northern Colorado. She lives with her partner and child, as well as, several lovable pets. 


Sunday July 27, 2014 10:45am - 12:15pm
Dante 204 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

10:45am

What Do 925 Youth Have to Say About Gender?
The Human Rights Campaign, in collaboration with Gender Spectrum, has released it’s groundbreaking report Supporting and Caring for Our Gender-Expansive Youth: Lessons from the Human Right’s Campaign’s Youth Survey. This report provides data from 925 youth aged 13 through 17 who identify as “transgender” or an “Other gender“ (other than transgender, female, or male) about personal well-being, family support, community connection, extent of being “out,” and their hopes for the future. Suggestions for what parents, caregivers, educators, and other professionals can do as allies to all youth will be part of the discussion, and copies of the report will be available to workshop attendees.

Speakers
avatar for Johanna Eager, EdD

Johanna Eager, EdD

Director, Welcoming Schools, Human Rights Campaign
Johanna Eager, EdD is the Director of Welcoming Schools. Johanna is a professional educator that has been involved in addressing equity issues in E/K-12 education for over 20 years. Johanna provides national leadership and expertise in addressing identity-based bullying in schools with an emphasis on intersectionality and gender- and LGBT-inclusive schools. Johanna facilitates trainings, presents at national conferences, and guides the... Read More →
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Anne E. Nicoll, PhD

Anne E. Nicoll, PhD provides research consultation to child welfare organizations throughout the country. She oversees the secondary analysis of the data from Human Rights Campaign’s Youth Survey: Growing Up LGBT in America. She has an extensive background working on issues related to LGBT youth and families and has clinical training related to gender identity Issues. Her expertise in research methods guides this work on transgender youth


Sunday July 27, 2014 10:45am - 12:15pm
Dante 215 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

10:45am

What Keeps Me Up at Night?
Raising gender-expansive children or teenagers can bring up a huge number of questions and challenges for the loving adults in their lives. Some are scary, others simply mystifying, and still others represent complex problems that seem to have no clear solutions. For caregivers working to understand, accept and/or support their child’s gender expression or identity, these perplexing issues are frequently the stuff of midnight musings and sleepless nights. This session will be an informal opportunity to raise the things that are keeping you up at night, to hear from others who have asked some of the same questions and perhaps come to conclusions that might prove helpful as you seek to better understand your child and their gender journey.

Speakers
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Lisa Kenney

Executive Director, Gender Spectrum
Lisa Kenney is the Executive Director of Gender Spectrum, the leading national organization focused specifically on gender and youth. Lisa’s background is in corporate strategy, marketing and business operations, serving as an executive in both small and large companies. As Executive Director, Lisa is responsible for all aspects of the organization, including development and execution of the organization’s vision for creating gender sensitive... Read More →
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Pamela Wool

Director of Family Services and Administration, Gender Spectrum
Pamela Wool, Director of Family Services and Administration, facilitates the Gender Spectrum support groups for parents/caregivers and provides support to Gender Spectrum families throughout the year. She has been involved in gender-related issues since earning her B.A. in Women’s Studies at Brown University. She continued her social justice work as a legal aid attorney after earning her J.D. at University of California, Hastings College of the... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 10:45am - 12:15pm
Soda Center – Lafayette St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

12:30pm

Adult/Teen Activity

Gather with parents and caregivers and our teen conference attendees for an exchange of ideas, questions and reflections. This facilitated discussion will feature and opportunity for teens to hear from adults and adults to hear from teens about what they are learning and what they would like the other to know. Rather than sharing with members of the same family, adults and teens will have an opportunity to hear reflections from others not in their family, allowing for a safer and more open chance for dialogue. The session will end with the whole group being able to check in about any patterns they have observed or ideas they will take with them.


Sunday July 27, 2014 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Oliver Hall, Annex St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

1:30pm

Fertility Issues for Gender-Expansive Youth
Providers are often asked to support parents and youth around fertility questions. Both are often concerned about youth who physically transition being able to have biological children. This session will explore in detail different options for future biological children for those who have had or are thinking of medical interventions including puberty blockers and cross hormones. This will include some of the medical basics of what and why there are issues with fertility for youth who transition, and the impact of timing of transition on those issues. The session will also provide time for Q&A, as well as acknowledgment of the emotional difficulties that are particularly acute with this topic.

Speakers
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Jennifer Hastings, MD

Jennifer Hastings, MD is a family practice physician who started the Transgender Health Care Program at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte Santa Cruz and has been actively involved in supporting Transgender Health Care Services around the country. An Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Jen works closely with the Santa Cruz Transgender Therapist Team, and is involved in the integration of Behavioral Health... Read More →
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Katherine Hsiao, MD

Kathy Hsiao, MD is a GYN pelvic surgeon and LGBTQ health advocate. She testified as a medical expert witness for the May 2014 landmark appeal of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Medicare NCD 140.3 for transgender affirming surgery. Dr. Hsiao has lectured internationally at WPATH, Gender Spectrum and the UCSF National Transgender Health Summit on fertility-sparing FTM hysterectomy and reproductive options for trans*men and the... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Soda Center – Moraga St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

1:30pm

Gender and Faith
Does supporting one’s gender-expansive child mean compromising one’s faith or spiritual path? Can families reconcile their desire to recognize a young person’s authenticity with what may feel like an unsympathetic or even hostile faith community? How might caregivers approach the religious leaders in their lives to seek support or to gain perspectives about their child’s upbringing? Join spiritual leaders, parents and caregivers from across multiple traditions as they explore balancing the desire to access the tremendous support and healing power of one’s faith with the evolving gender of one’s child or teen.

Speakers
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Schmian Evans

Schmian Evans is a current Master of Divinity and Certificate of Sexuality and Religion student at Pacific School of Religion where she serves as the student representative on the Inter-Cultural Justice Committee and the Board of Trustees. She is the recipient of a number of awards and accolades for her work with organizations, which includes serving as an educator mentoring disadvantaged youth and young adults, advocating for individuals... Read More →
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Rob Newells

Rob Newells is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps; he started work towards a Master of Divinity degree and Certificate of Sexuality and Religion at the Pacific School of Religion in 2011 and was licensed to preach at Imani Community Church in Oakland in 2012. Minister Rob has been active in local and national HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment efforts since 1999 and has worked through the Life Care Ministry at Imani Community Church to... Read More →
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Rev. Dawn Roginski

Rev. Dawn Roginski is Pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity Vallejo, California and board member of the Coalition of Welcoming Congregations of the Bay Area, a program of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Berkeley, California. Zhe is a Lutheran Pastor and has worked with faith communities around issues of inclusion for GLBT people and best practices for welcoming GLBT people. Rev Roginski is also a faith activist who has... Read More →
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Rev. Megan Rohrer

Rev. Megan Rohrer received an honorable mention as a 2014 Unsung Hero of Compassion from His Holiness the Dali Lama, is pastor of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Executive Director of Welcome serving the homeless and hungry in San Francisco.
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Rev. Will McGarvey

Rev. Will McGarvey  is an out Bisexual Presbyterian Minister, Pastor at Community Presbyterian Church of Pittsburg and Advisory Board member of the Coalition of Welcoming Congregations. He has led his congregation through the process of becoming a More Light Presbyterian congregation, has given workshops at the National Transgender Religious Leaders Summit, national MLP Conference, and led discussions with many faith leaders considering... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Dante 220 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

1:30pm

Helping Your Gender-Expansive Child with Teasing
Teasing has become part of the social culture at schools and often goes on away from adult supervision. A gender-expansive or transgender child is even more susceptible to teasing given that they tend to behave or dress in a way that can be unexpected by other children or deemed by other children to be “different.” In this workshop, parents learn how to avoid "warning" their child about teasing that may result from being gender-expansive and instead focus on building coping skills, ego strength, and tools for responding to teasing that may occur. Parents will also receive support about how to engage in self-care when their child is experiencing teasing.

Speakers
avatar for Darlene Tando, LCSW

Darlene Tando, LCSW

Gender Therapist, Darlene Tando, LCSW
Darlene Tando, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in San Diego. She has been working with the transgender community since 2006, and the majority of her practice is dedicated to working with gender expansive/transgender youth and adults. Darlene believes the individual is the “expert” on one’s own gender identity. For more information about her work in the gender field, please visit her blog at... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Dante 215 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

1:30pm

Identity Safe Parenting: New Perspectives on Supporting Our Gender-Expansive Youth
All parents have hopes and dreams for their children. For many, the first is for them to feel safe and welcome and to become happy and productive people in the world. How can we, as parents and caregivers responsible for their safety and well being, better support our gender-expansive children to live their dreams? Join us for a lively exploration of gender and identity from the point of view of a parent of LGBTQ children and from being an LGBTQ child of a non-LGBTQ parent. Find out how to foster identity safety, the feeling of being valued and appreciated for who you are, no matter your background, identity, or experience. Share ways to support your children and to advocate for their safety at school and in their community. Learn ways to take action to help make your child’s environments become more welcoming and inclusive for all children.

Speakers
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Cassandra Belson, MS

Cassandra Belson, MS is the Executive Assistant at Not In Our Town. Cassandra worked as a community organizer for migrant rights in Arizona before earning a Master of Science in Community Development in 2013 from UC Davis for a project titled "La Resistencia: Living Resistance in the Arizona Borderlands." In 2008, she co-founded a non-profit that worked with the Alianza Para Desarrollo Autogestivo cooperative in Juárez, Mexico to provide... Read More →
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Mazique Bianco, BA

Mazique Bianco, BA is a radical queer, trans, brown and disabled dancer, theorist, sexuality educator, and performance art activist based in Oakland. They are a member of the art collectives Poppers Creek and Iconostasis. They received their BA from Hampshire College in 2012 with concentrations in disability studies, dance performance, and cultural/critical theory. They are currently working as a freelance writer and choreographer, and gender... Read More →
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Becki Cohn-Vargas, EdD

Becki Cohn-Vargas, EdD is the Director of Not In Our School (NIOS), and is a mother of two lesbian daughters and a straight son. She has spoken on preventing bullying across the United States. Becki's book, “Identity Safe Classrooms: Places to Belong and Learn,” co-authored with Dr. Dorothy Steele was published by Corwin Press. Becki spent over 35 years in public education in California. She was a preschool director, principal... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Dante 204 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

1:30pm

Just a Girl, Just a Boy
"My child will not talk about anything transgender. She just wants to be a girl.” Integrating transgender experience into core self is an important element of development for transgender youth, and can be incredibly difficult when specifically transgender identities and experiences are not celebrated in their social environments. This integration seems to be more challenging for those who are transitioning early in life. This workshop will present strategies for helping youth to include their transgender selves into their identities. Case examples will be presented for assistance in illuminating the pros and cons of the “just a girl, just a boy” phenomenon. We will discuss the importance of parent/caregiver language that celebrates transgender identities, and encourages youth to embrace this part of their experience.

Speakers
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Susan P. Landon, MA, LMFT

Susan P. Landon, MA, LMFT is the Director of the Child and Adolescent Program at the Los Angeles Gender Center with over 30 years of experience counseling children and their families.  She is on the Advisory Board of Transforming Family and a facilitator for the parent groups.  Susan has prepared many schools in the LA area to meet the needs of gender non-conforming children and transgender youth.  Recently, Susan... Read More →
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Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD

Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD is a full time faculty member of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles since 2006. In 2012, she became the Medical Director of the Division’s Center for Transyouth Health and Development, specializing in the care of gender nonconforming and transgender children and adolescents. Dr. Olson-Kennedy spearheads a program of research at CHLA that aims to understand the experience of... Read More →
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Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW, ACSW

Director, Los Angeles Gender Center
Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW, ACSW is an Associate Clinical Social Worker with the Los Angeles Gender Center where he provides therapy for gender non-conforming and transgender youth, young adults, adults and their families. As a transgender man and mental health provider, he brings a dual perspective into his advocacy and education work. He has spoken around the country about the importance of rights for gender non-conforming and transgender... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Soda Center – Lafayette St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

1:30pm

Parenting and Advocating for Gender-Expansive Youth
Much of the conversation about gender diversity focuses on the needs of transgender young people. Yet a growing number of children and youth are asserting an identity or presenting themselves in ways outside of the traditional boy/girl binary. Rather than switching boxes, they are defining their own or rejecting them entirely. Supporting these young people brings a variety of challenges that are unique. In a society designed around the gender binary, working with institutions such as schools or sports leagues, communicating with family members, and navigating traditions and rituals can all be exhausting. This session will explore the many ways that non-binary, gender-expansive youth need specific support and resources to preserve their authentic sense of self, as well as ways for families and caregivers to navigate this uncertain terrain.

Speakers
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Diane Ehrensaft

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of California San Francisco
Diane Ehrensaft, PhD is an associate professor of Pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco and a developmental and clinical psychologist with a private practice in Oakland, California. She is Director of Mental Health of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center and attending psychologist at the CAGC Gender Clinic at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. She specializes in research, clinical work, and consultation related to gender... Read More →
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Joy Johnson, PsyD

Joy L. Johnson, PsyD is a bilingual child and family psychotherapist. Dr. Johnson is an active member of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center’s Mind the Gap Consortium and has been an integral contributor to the development of the Center’s gender affirmative youth assessment guidelines and protocols. She practices in Hayward with La Familia Counseling Service. Working with gender non-conforming children and families from a gender... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Soda Center – Orinda St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

1:30pm

Gender and Faith
Does supporting one’s gender-expansive child mean compromising one’s faith or spiritual path? Can families reconcile their desire to recognize a young person’s authenticity with what may feel like an unsympathetic or even hostile faith community? How might caregivers approach the religious leaders in their lives to seek support or to gain perspectives about their child’s upbringing? Join spiritual leaders, parents and caregivers from across multiple traditions as they explore balancing the desire to access the tremendous support and healing power of one’s faith with the evolving gender of one’s child or teen.

Speakers
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Schmian Evans

Schmian Evans is a current Master of Divinity and Certificate of Sexuality and Religion student at Pacific School of Religion where she serves as the student representative on the Inter-Cultural Justice Committee and the Board of Trustees. She is the recipient of a number of awards and accolades for her work with organizations, which includes serving as an educator mentoring disadvantaged youth and young adults, advocating for individuals... Read More →
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Rob Newells

Rob Newells is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps; he started work towards a Master of Divinity degree and Certificate of Sexuality and Religion at the Pacific School of Religion in 2011 and was licensed to preach at Imani Community Church in Oakland in 2012. Minister Rob has been active in local and national HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment efforts since 1999 and has worked through the Life Care Ministry at Imani Community Church to... Read More →
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Rev. Dawn Roginski

Rev. Dawn Roginski is Pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity Vallejo, California and board member of the Coalition of Welcoming Congregations of the Bay Area, a program of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Berkeley, California. Zhe is a Lutheran Pastor and has worked with faith communities around issues of inclusion for GLBT people and best practices for welcoming GLBT people. Rev Roginski is also a faith activist who has... Read More →
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Rev. Megan Rohrer

Rev. Megan Rohrer received an honorable mention as a 2014 Unsung Hero of Compassion from His Holiness the Dali Lama, is pastor of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Executive Director of Welcome serving the homeless and hungry in San Francisco.
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Rev. Will McGarvey

Rev. Will McGarvey  is an out Bisexual Presbyterian Minister, Pastor at Community Presbyterian Church of Pittsburg and Advisory Board member of the Coalition of Welcoming Congregations. He has led his congregation through the process of becoming a More Light Presbyterian congregation, has given workshops at the National Transgender Religious Leaders Summit, national MLP Conference, and led discussions with many faith leaders considering... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Dante 220 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

1:30pm

Intimacy: Make It Right For You! (13 to 15 year olds)
Explore safe physical relationships beyond the traditional conversation of condoms and consent. We will talk about consent, communication, and healthy relationship dynamics as a foundation for positive sexual experiences. You are the expert of your own experience and we want to hear from you! This workshop will have hands on demonstrations and time for discussion. Walk away feeling empowered in knowing that you are capable of taking care of yourself

Speakers
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Ashley C. Rojas, B.S Community Based Public Health

Ashley is an experienced public health worker deeply committed to creating dynamic learning environments where young people can safely access, explore, and challenge the complex and multilayered social determinants of health to improve individual and community health outcomes. Ashley strongly believes that every young person desires and deserves safe, supportive, and loving communities that create space for each young person to become their... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Dante 114 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

1:30pm

Media Mind Control
We are surrounded by media everywhere we go. People are constantly bombarded with messages that tell us how we should act and what we should look like. This workshop will provide an opportunity to analyze different ads, music videos, movies, tv shows, memes, and magazines. We will uncover what kind of messages are being put out in our communities in regards to gender, race, ethnicity, class, and sexual orientation. At the end of the workshop we will brainstorm ways we can actually utilize the media as a form of resistance and education.

Speakers
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Brian Villa

Brian Villa [he, him] was born in East Los Angeles, California. The focus of his work is on college access support and facilitating LGBTQ support groups/programming. Brian is currently teaching Ethnic Studies at Balboa High School in San Francisco through PEP, the Pin@y Educational Partnerships. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Southeast Asian Studies, and a B.A. in American Studies: Education. Brian is the Health and Education... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Dante 120 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

1:30pm

YouTube: A Hunt for Your Own
Did you know that Gender Spectrum has a YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/genderspectrum)? We'll facilitate an exercise to engage youth in developing questions to interview other gender-expansive youth. This workshop is to help you craft your own gender story if you're interested in sharing something with the rest of the online world. The goal is to highlight how diverse and complex gender is with you as the expert! We'll have both conversational styles of storytelling or if you want to fly solo - that's okay too! We'll produce a video at the end of all this and share it on Gender Spectrum's social media platforms. (Please note that we’ll have parental consent forms if you are under

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Celan Beausoleil

Assistant Teen Conference Coordinator
Celan Beausoleil [she, her] is Assistant Teen Conference Coordinator and volunteering with Gender Spectrum for the second year in a row. In August, she will be graduating from California State University East Bay with her Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Community Mental Health and trauma informed practice/intervention. Celan has spent the last two years as a school counselor at the middle and high school level.
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Adam Chang

Teen Conference Director
Adam Chang, Esq., Community Outreach Coordinator, works with individuals, agencies, and organizations that serve children, families, and communities of color. Through collaborative and mutually beneficial partnerships, he aims to promote increased understanding and awareness of gender diversity. Prior to Gender Spectrum, Adam was an Outreach Coordinator for Upwardly Global, connecting immigrant professionals with U.S. based employers. He also... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Dante 117 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

3:15pm

Dads Group 2
This second of two sessions will provide space for fathers to discuss how recognizing gender diversity – their own as well as that of their children–influences their parenting. Having spent the weekend exploring a wide, and perhaps overwhelming variety of topics, what is on your mind as the conference comes to a close? Where will you seek support for the feelings that are coming up for you as your child’s gender story unfolds? How can you share fears that you may have for your child’s safety if they end up pursuing some of the ideas or services they learned about during the conference? How can you find a sense of balance with a situation with which you are not, and may never be, comfortable? You do not need to have attended the first Dad’s Group to participate in this workshop.

Speakers
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Enrique Perez Grovas

Enrique Perez Grovas and his wife Isolda are parents of a seven year-old transgender girl. Before moving to New York, they lived in Mexico where they faced all kinds of issues regarding their daughter’s gender identity, including difficulties in school, society, family, etc. They also took various legal steps regarding discrimination they and their child suffered and facilitated a seminar in Lima, Peru specifically directed to Latin/Hispanic... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Dante 220 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

3:15pm

Female-to-Male Surgery
Surgical options for transmen are expanding. Presenters will update current knowledge about procedures currently being performed. Through a question and answer session, they will be able to present an informational session regarding available procedures as well as address any questions there may be regarding technique, complications, and outcomes. They will also share information about specific requirements for being able to undergo these procedures, as well as different approaches families and youth may hear about as they explore this aspect of transgender care.

Speakers
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Marci Bowers, MD

Marci Bowers, MD of San Mateo, California, is viewed as a pioneer in the field of gender reassignment surgery and is the first transgender woman to perform the surgery. After practicing in Trinidad, Colorado, where she was the subject of a WE television series entitled ‘Sex Change Hospital,’ she relocated to San Mateo, California. In 2012 Dr. Bowers was named to the Guardian’s “100 Most Influential LGBT People Of The... Read More →
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Curtis Crane, MD

Curtis Crane, MD is a plastic surgeon and reconstructive urologist at Brownstein & Crane Surgical Services just outside of San Francisco.  Dr. Crane completed a urology residency at Dartmouth Hitchcock in 2008. Interested in reconstructive urology, Dr. Crane pursued a fellowship in trauma and reconstructive urology in Detroit with the distinguished Richard Santucci, M.D. This was followed by a three year residency in plastic... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Dante 204 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

3:15pm

Finding and Creating Your Local Support Systems
This workshop will help those who are feeling like they are on this journey with no outside support find ways to build a network. PFLAG is a national LGBT organization with a grassroots network across the country, but it is not everywhere. Some families need help to find and build their own support system. And building local support systems is what PFLAG does. Come learn how others found providers, got help with schools, understood their legal rights, and reached out to other families. We’ll put the challenges on the table and help you brainstorm how to overcome them where you live. PFLAG is a national nonprofit organization comprised of parents, families, friends and allies working with the LGBT community to move equality forward.

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Karen Adams, MS

Karen Adams, MS founded TransYouth Education and Support, which has supported Colorado families with gender-expansive and transgender children since 2007. With degrees in education and science, Karen’s background has helped her initiate major trans youth research, create a statewide support system, educate through presentations, and advocate for families. She’s an advisor to National PFLAG on the T/GNC Advisory Council. Karen and... Read More →
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Catherine Hyde, MA

Catherine Hyde, MA is Transgender Coordinator for her local PFLAG, and supports more than 70 families. She trains on trans* understanding and sensitivity in schools and local agencies. In 2013, she helped the Department of Justice create an historical first training for law enforcement. In 2014, she presented at the World Professional Association for Transgender Health in Bangkok. She also serves on PFLAG National’s Board, its Trans* and... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Dante 215 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

3:15pm

Sex Talk with Gender-Expansive Youth and Their Families
As the supportive parent or primary caregiver of a transgender or gender-expansive youth, consider the journey you've already been on (or possibly are just beginning) with your child and how far you've come. Perhaps you dealt with everything from how your child presented in preschool, to complicated legal issues over name changes, to dealing with school officials, coming out to friends and family, and mostly simply trying to find a place in the world that accepts your child as they are. And now you've got to talk to them about sex too! But most information out there about sex education doesn't take into account the unique concerns of gender-expansive youth. This presentation will review a range of issues for children of all ages including naming body parts, dating, disclosure, safety and intimacy, and finding language to talk about sexual orientation, safer sex and contraception as it applies to gender-expansive youth.

Speakers
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Colin Close, MA

Sole proprietor, GATE Consulting
Colin Close, MA provides consulting services, technical assistance, and training for organizations seeking to better serve people of all genders. He has worked with medical and mental health care providers, government agencies, nonprofits, social service organizations, educational institutions, businesses, and professional associations. He also speaks with dozens of college classes, civic groups, and faith-based organizations each year in an... Read More →
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Remi Newman, MA

Remi Newman, MA has spent over ten years as a sex educator empowering people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures to feel more comfortable in their sexuality. She received her Master of Arts degree in sexuality education from NYU. As the mother of a gender creative child, she became interested in the topic of sexuality education for trans youth. She is currently working on a children’s book about her son’s wish to wear a dress... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Soda Center – Orinda St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

3:15pm

The Biology of Gender Identity: Emerging Understandings
Compelling studies have demonstrated that “gender identity” is not simply a psychosocial construct, but likely reflects a complex interplay of biologic, environmental, and cultural factors.  This session will highlight new understandings about the relationship between biology and gender identity. Influenced by work across multiple aspects of medical science (endocrine, genetic, and neuroanatomic), we are coming to an ever more nuanced recognition of gender’s complexity. Grounded in ongoing research as well as evolving practices from gender and Disorder of Sex Development (DSD) clinical work, the workshop will explore cutting edge ideas about biologic contributions to the development of gender identity. The workshop will also review the prevalence of gender-expansive and transgender youth, and current concepts of endocrine care and the implications for integrating medical, mental health, advocacy, and legal services.

Speakers
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Stephen M. Rosenthal, MD

Stephen M. Rosenthal, MD is Professor of Pediatrics, Director of Pediatric Endocrine Outpatient Services at UCSF, and Director of the recently created UCSF Pediatric Gender Program, in collaboration with the Child and Adolescent Gender Center (CAGC). A nationally and internationally sought after speaker, Dr. Rosenthal has co-chaired a steering committee leading to the creation of the CAGC, a University and community collaborative.  Dr... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Soda Center – Moraga St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

3:15pm

The Clinic is Open: Legal FAQs
This Q&A session is designed to provide an open forum in which participants can seek information and resources around a wide range of legal topics. What are the ways in which the Affordable Care Act can cover medical needs for transgender or other gender-expansive teens? How can I make sure my gender-expansive child can participate in sports or other activities? What are some of the legal issues I can anticipate if my child transitions gender? What are my child’s rights in a private organization such as the Girl Scouts? What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of trying to use the law to insure my child’s gender is respected? A panel of legal professionals who have been supporting gender-expansive children and teenagers and their families will explore questions that have emerged for you during the weekend, as well as provide resources for when you return home.

Speakers
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Sasha Buchert, Esq.

Sasha Buchert, Esq. is a Staff Attorney with Transgender Law Center where she works to remove barriers to health care, employment and accurate identity documents for transgender and gender nonconforming people.  Before joining Transgender Law Center, she worked at Basic Rights Oregon where she served as Communications Manager and was a member of their legal advisory group.  Sasha also served as a board member of OGALLA, the LGBT Bar... Read More →
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Amanda Goad, Esq.

Amanda Goad, Esq. is a Los Angeles-based Staff Attorney with the national American Civil Liberties Union’s LGBT & AIDS Project.  At the ACLU, Amanda has advocated for transgender and gender-nonconforming youth from Georgia to Idaho, in addition to working on a range of other issues on behalf of queer, trans*, and HIV-positive people.  Amanda is an alum of Rice University, Harvard Law School, and Teach for America.
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Asaf Orr, Esq

Asaf Orr, Esq. is a staff attorney at the National Center for Lesbian Rights. The majority of his work focuses on youth issues, particularly transgender youth. Asaf was the lead attorney in Student v. Arcadia Unified School District leading to the historic resolution agreement acknowledging that Title IX protects transgender kids from discrimination in school. He is a lead co-authored on recently released publication entitled "Schools in... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Soda Center – Lafayette St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

3:15pm

Building Allies
This workshop supports youth in their understanding of how to practice positive allyship. What is the spectrum of allies and where do you fall on it? Participants will learn how to apply a positive gender framework to everyday interventions and conversations. Discover ways of being more inclusive to a wide range of youth.

Speakers
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Jill Busby

Jill Busby [she, her] has been working with various community action agencies for over 5 years, with a focus working on issues relevant to the LGBTQQ population. Jill received her undergraduate training at Oregon State University. She is committed to bringing the best, most effective workshops and trainings to social work providers, clinicians, and educators to enhance the levels of service for LGBTQQ communities. 
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Maia Weiss

Maia Weiss [she, her] graduated from Wesleyan University with a BA in Race and Ethnic Studies and Dance. She started at HIFY after creating original curriculum and teaching youth and adults in a variety of schools and programs. Maia has long been passionate about empowering young people and communities through social justice. 


Sunday July 27, 2014 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Dante 117 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

3:15pm

Checking the “Other” Gender Box: Non-binary Gender and Transition
In this workshop, you will watch videos, create art, and explore your gender identity in a new way. This workshop explores what it means to be a gender-expansive youth! What are the differences between physically, socially, and emotionally transitioning when you exist outside the gender binary. It’s okay to question your gender and this workshop is here to help.

Speakers
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Joshua Kogut

Joshua Kogut  [zhe/hir] is a 22-year old gender-weird transplant from the East Coast now living in Oakland. Zhe has been working since the age of 16 to improve situations for queer and trans youth. Joshua’s heart lies with doing what zhe can for hir community. Zhe hope one day to be a narrative therapist.


Sunday July 27, 2014 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Dante 114 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

3:15pm

Female-to-Male Surgery
Surgical options for transmen are expanding. Presenters will update current knowledge about procedures currently being performed. Through a question and answer session, they will be able to present an informational session regarding available procedures as well as address any questions there may be regarding technique, complications, and outcomes. They will also share information about specific requirements for being able to undergo these procedures, as well as different approaches families and youth may hear about as they explore this aspect of transgender care.

Speakers
MB

Marci Bowers, MD

Marci Bowers, MD of San Mateo, California, is viewed as a pioneer in the field of gender reassignment surgery and is the first transgender woman to perform the surgery. After practicing in Trinidad, Colorado, where she was the subject of a WE television series entitled ‘Sex Change Hospital,’ she relocated to San Mateo, California. In 2012 Dr. Bowers was named to the Guardian’s “100 Most Influential LGBT People Of The... Read More →
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Curtis Crane, MD

Curtis Crane, MD is a plastic surgeon and reconstructive urologist at Brownstein & Crane Surgical Services just outside of San Francisco.  Dr. Crane completed a urology residency at Dartmouth Hitchcock in 2008. Interested in reconstructive urology, Dr. Crane pursued a fellowship in trauma and reconstructive urology in Detroit with the distinguished Richard Santucci, M.D. This was followed by a three year residency in plastic... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Dante 204 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

3:15pm

More Than A Label: Building Resilience in The Face of Genderphobia
Join Youth In Mind, a California-based youth and young adult mental health empowerment organization, as they engage participants in an interactive, arts-based workshop where individuals explore ideas of moving beyond societal and psychiatric labels of gender variance, and build socially inclusive spaces that are intended to heal. Individuals will leave the workshop with personalized resiliency kits and get chances to participate in a “Stomp Out Stigma” photo booth, gaining opportunities to voice personal ideas of eliminating stigma and genderphobia.

Speakers
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Susan Manzi

Susan Manzi [she, her] is Youth In Mind’s Interim Executive Director and Co-Founder. She is also an advocate, community educator and organizer. She has 12 years training and community work, mobilizing grassroots communities to participate in innovative programming and policy work. She is a third generation foster care survivor, and what she coins as a psychiatric ‘thriver.’ Many say she was dealt a bad hand, and she says... Read More →


Sunday July 27, 2014 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Dante 120 St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

4:55pm

Teen Closing
You’ll be glad you made it to the end! We will have a chance to reflect on the past few days and think about what lies ahead. We’ll have a final celebration and you won’t want to miss our surprise finale!

Sunday July 27, 2014 4:55pm - 6:00pm
Soda Center – Claey’s Lounge St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556

5:00pm

Conference Closing
As our time together draws to a close, we will have a chance to share our evolving understandings about gender with one another. What has been your biggest insight? What questions about your child’s gender have come up for you? What have you realized about your own gender story? How are you feeling? What are you excited about? Our final session of the conference will provide an opportunity to connect with others for some reflection about your experiences during the weekend, as well as to think about how they will influence you in the days and weeks ahead. Come together for a final celebration of our time together expanding our understandings of gender.

Sunday July 27, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Soda Center – Moraga St Mary's College of California, 1928 St Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556