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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

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 has facilitated seminars in Lima, Peru and San Jose, Costa Rica specifically directed to Latin/Hispanic families facing gender issues. Enrique has facilitated the Dad's group for Gender Spectrum's Family Conference for several years, as well as for Gender Conference... 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

Joel Baum

Senior Director of Professional Development, Gender Spectrum
Joel Baum is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Gender Spectrum’s professional development programs. He facilitates trainings, develops curriculum, consults with caregivers and professionals, and provides resources in service of a more compassionate understanding of gender... 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
LC

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... Read More →


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
PR

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... 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... 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, LMFT

Susan P. Landon, LMFT

Susan P. Landon, LMFT is the Director of the Child and Adolescent Program at the Los Angeles Gender Center. For the past 12 years she has worked to provide the safe and welcoming space that gender non-conforming children and transgender youth need to explore their gender journey... Read More →
avatar for Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD

Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD

Medical Director, Center for Transyouth Health and Development, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Johanna Olson-Kennedy has been providing medical intervention for gender non-conforming and transgender youth and young adults for the past twelve years, and is considered a national expert in this area. Double board certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Dr. Olson-Kennedy... 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

Joel Baum

Senior Director of Professional Development, Gender Spectrum
Joel Baum is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Gender Spectrum’s professional development programs. He facilitates trainings, develops curriculum, consults with caregivers and professionals, and provides resources in service of a more compassionate understanding of gender... 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

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
DK

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... 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
avatar for Joel Baum

Joel Baum

Senior Director of Professional Development, Gender Spectrum
Joel Baum is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Gender Spectrum’s professional development programs. He facilitates trainings, develops curriculum, consults with caregivers and professionals, and provides resources in service of a more compassionate understanding of gender... Read More →
DH

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... 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
IS

Ilana Sherer, MD

Ilana Sherer, MD 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... Read More →
avatar for Jen Hastings, MD

Jen Hastings, MD

Volunteer Clinical Professor, UCSF Department of Family and Community Medicine
Jen Hastings, MD is a Volunteer Clinical Professor, UCSF, Department of Family and Community Medicine and actively involved in supporting Transgender Services around the country.Jen is a member of the Medical Advisory Board of the UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health... 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
JG

julie graham

julie graham is the Director of Transgender Health Services for the San Francisco Department of Public Health. (SFDPH). julie is a gender specialist who works exclusively with gender non-conforming, transgender and transsexual people.  julie is interested in preparation, information... 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

1:45pm

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
AT

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... Read More →
MA

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... 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 was born and raised in Mexico City and found her passion in advocating for LGBT rights in Mexico and Latin America, focusing on gender expansive children and transgender youth. While living in Mexico City, she set up the first suport group for parents and caregivers... Read More →
EP

Enrique Perez Grovas

Enrique Perez Grovas has facilitated seminars in Lima, Peru and San Jose, Costa Rica specifically directed to Latin/Hispanic families facing gender issues. Enrique has facilitated the Dad's group for Gender Spectrum's Family Conference for several years, as well as for Gender Conference... 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
KB

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... Read More →
CW

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... 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

Joel Baum

Senior Director of Professional Development, Gender Spectrum
Joel Baum is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Gender Spectrum’s professional development programs. He facilitates trainings, develops curriculum, consults with caregivers and professionals, and provides resources in service of a more compassionate understanding of gender... 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
avatar for Catherine Hyde

Catherine Hyde

Board Member and Regional Director, PFLAG National
Catherine Hyde, M.A., is Transgender Coordinator for her local PFLAG, and supports more than 200 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... Read More →
KA

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... 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 Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW, ACSW

Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW, ACSW

Director, Los Angeles Gender Center
Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW, is the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Gender Center where he provides psychotherapy for gender non-conforming and transgender youth, adults and their families. Before moving to Los Angeles, Mr. Olson-Kennedy founded of the Community Counseling Program... Read More →
avatar for Susan P. Landon, LMFT

Susan P. Landon, LMFT

Susan P. Landon, LMFT is the Director of the Child and Adolescent Program at the Los Angeles Gender Center. For the past 12 years she has worked to provide the safe and welcoming space that gender non-conforming children and transgender youth need to explore their gender journey... Read More →
avatar for Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD

Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD

Medical Director, Center for Transyouth Health and Development, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Johanna Olson-Kennedy has been providing medical intervention for gender non-conforming and transgender youth and young adults for the past twelve years, and is considered a national expert in this area. Double board certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Dr. Olson-Kennedy... 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

3:30pm

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

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

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
SB

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... Read More →
AG

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... Read More →


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
LM

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... 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... Read More →
avatar for Curtis Crane, MD

Curtis Crane, MD

Curtis N. Crane, M.D. is the only surgeon in the world that has completed a urology residency, fellowship in reconstructive urology, plastic surgery residency focused on microsurgery and a transgender surgery fellowship.  He now has one of the largest volume surgical practices in... 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).

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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 Asaf Orr, Esq

Asaf Orr, Esq

Transgender Youth Project Staff Attorney, National Center for Lesbian Rights
Asaf Orr has worked on legal issues affecting transgender youth for nearly a decade. As the Transgender Youth Project Staff Attorney at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Asaf represents transgender youth and their families by way of cutting-edge litigation. Through engaging... 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... Read More →
avatar for Diane Ehrensaft, PhD

Diane Ehrensaft, PhD

Developmental and Clinical Psychologist, University of California San Francisco
Dr. Diane Ehrensaft 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. Along with her private practice, she is an attending psychologist at the Child and... 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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Micah Hammond, MA, APCC

Micah Hammond, MA, APCC is an Ally and the Director of Training and Program Development at The Lotus Collaborative, two holistic eating disorder treatment centers in San Francisco and Santa Cruz, CA. She is a member of the Gender Specialist Clinical Team of the Central Coast. She... Read More →
avatar for Ben Geilhufe, MA, LPCC

Ben Geilhufe, MA, LPCC

Ben Geilhufe, MA, LPCC 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... 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

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
avatar for Asaf Orr, Esq

Asaf Orr, Esq

Transgender Youth Project Staff Attorney, National Center for Lesbian Rights
Asaf Orr has worked on legal issues affecting transgender youth for nearly a decade. As the Transgender Youth Project Staff Attorney at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Asaf represents transgender youth and their families by way of cutting-edge litigation. Through engaging... Read More →
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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... 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... 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
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Kelly Storck, LCSW

Kelly Storck, LCSW, has worked with gender-diverse clients for 10 years in her therapy and gender care practice. Along with this work, Kelly presents workshops and trainings on issues relevant to gender diversity and has served as a facilitator for a gender-diverse children's play... Read More →
avatar for Diane Ehrensaft, PhD

Diane Ehrensaft, PhD

Developmental and Clinical Psychologist, University of California San Francisco
Dr. Diane Ehrensaft 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. Along with her private practice, she is an attending psychologist at the Child and... 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... Read More →


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, M. Ed

Johanna Eager, M. Ed

Director, Welcoming Schools, Human Rights Campaign
Johanna Eager, M. Ed
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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... Read More →


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
avatar for Lisa Kenney

Lisa Kenney

Executive Director, Gender Spectrum
Lisa Kenney is a featured speaker at conferences and a consultant to organizations and corporations on the changing understanding of gender and the implications this has for parents and families, social institutions and corporations. She co-authored, with Stephanie Brill, The Transgender... Read More →
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Pamela Wool

Director of Family Support, Gender Spectrum
Pam Wool (she/her) provides resources and support to Gender Spectrum families. Through a variety of online discussion groups and our online community, she creates opportunities for peer connections among parents and other adult family members of transgender, non-binary and otherwise... 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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Kathy 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... Read More →
avatar for Jen Hastings, MD

Jen Hastings, MD

Volunteer Clinical Professor, UCSF Department of Family and Community Medicine
Jen Hastings, MD is a Volunteer Clinical Professor, UCSF, Department of Family and Community Medicine and actively involved in supporting Transgender Services around the country.Jen is a member of the Medical Advisory Board of the UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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

Darlene Tando, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in San Diego. She has been working with transgender clients since 2006, and a large part of her practice is dedicated to working with gender expansive/transgender youth and adults. Darlene believes the... 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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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... 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... Read More →
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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... 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
avatar for Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW, ACSW

Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW, ACSW

Director, Los Angeles Gender Center
Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW, is the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Gender Center where he provides psychotherapy for gender non-conforming and transgender youth, adults and their families. Before moving to Los Angeles, Mr. Olson-Kennedy founded of the Community Counseling Program... Read More →
avatar for Susan P. Landon, LMFT

Susan P. Landon, LMFT

Susan P. Landon, LMFT is the Director of the Child and Adolescent Program at the Los Angeles Gender Center. For the past 12 years she has worked to provide the safe and welcoming space that gender non-conforming children and transgender youth need to explore their gender journey... Read More →
avatar for Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD

Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD

Medical Director, Center for Transyouth Health and Development, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Johanna Olson-Kennedy has been providing medical intervention for gender non-conforming and transgender youth and young adults for the past twelve years, and is considered a national expert in this area. Double board certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Dr. Olson-Kennedy... 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
avatar for Diane Ehrensaft, PhD

Diane Ehrensaft, PhD

Developmental and Clinical Psychologist, University of California San Francisco
Dr. Diane Ehrensaft 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. Along with her private practice, she is an attending psychologist at the Child and... 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... 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

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 has facilitated seminars in Lima, Peru and San Jose, Costa Rica specifically directed to Latin/Hispanic families facing gender issues. Enrique has facilitated the Dad's group for Gender Spectrum's Family Conference for several years, as well as for Gender Conference... 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... Read More →
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Curtis Crane, MD

Curtis N. Crane, M.D. is the only surgeon in the world that has completed a urology residency, fellowship in reconstructive urology, plastic surgery residency focused on microsurgery and a transgender surgery fellowship.  He now has one of the largest volume surgical practices in... 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.

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Hyde

Catherine Hyde

Board Member and Regional Director, PFLAG National
Catherine Hyde, M.A., is Transgender Coordinator for her local PFLAG, and supports more than 200 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... Read More →
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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... 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
avatar for Colin Close, MA

Colin Close, MA

Colin Close, MA works with agencies and organizations that are 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... 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... 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... 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
avatar for Asaf Orr, Esq

Asaf Orr, Esq

Transgender Youth Project Staff Attorney, National Center for Lesbian Rights
Asaf Orr has worked on legal issues affecting transgender youth for nearly a decade. As the Transgender Youth Project Staff Attorney at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Asaf represents transgender youth and their families by way of cutting-edge litigation. Through engaging... Read More →
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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... 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... 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

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