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2020 Workshop Descriptions

Parent Pick up Young Children in Cabot (11:20 AM)

Carol Caravana

Arts and Crafts workshops
Parent Support Group (11:30AM Start Time)

Carol Caravana
Wendy Dowrey
Jim Dowrey
Bob Caravana

Facilitators trained by Greater Boston PFLAG will facilitate a confidential group discussion for parents with children within the transgender umbrella or questioning gender.
Surgical Options for Transgender and Non-Binary Adolesecents and Young Adults (2:30PM Start Time)

Center for Gender Surgery Boston Children's Hospital
Dr. Oren Ganor, Co-Director, Center for Gender Surgery
Dr. David Diamond

This workshop will use the Boston Children’s Hospital Center for Gender Surgery experience to provide an overview of surgical options for transgender and non-binary adolescents (15+) and young adults (under 35). The surgeons will talk about requirements and indications for surgery and discuss when it is and isn’t appropriate to consider surgical options for minors. Topics will include types of surgery, age restrictions for surgery, and issues with insurance coverage. All parents and youth are welcome. There will be time to ask questions, and anonymous questions can be submitted on paper during the course of the session. Questions should be general, rather than related to individual medical concerns.
Trans-Sporting: Discussing Movement and Sport for Trans and Non-Binary Youth (2:30PM Start time)

Dr. Coleen Williams, Psychologist
Dr. Jeremi Carswell, Director, GeMS Program
Mx. LB Moore, Behavioral Health Clinician

This workshop will create a safe space for T/NB youth along with their families and allies to discuss body movement, physical activity, and sport participation. The workshop will have an interdisciplinary lens from the medical, mental health, and coaching fields so that various topics can be explored and discussed. A review of example sport policies from organizations such as the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Women's Flat Track Derby Association will be provided briefly to address a variety of the systemic and structural contexts at the national level that shape gender-sport policies. The workshop will cover the current state of the inclusion of T/NB youth in sports and physical activities with a particular emphasis on the New England and surrounding region. As research demonstrates the importance of regular engagement in physical activity, it is imperative that T/NB youth along with families and providers identify and address barriers to participation. Workshop presenters will actively seek input from T/NB youth regarding their experiences with access to body movement and sport participation, as well as their experiences with barriers. This will not only give voice to T/NB youth in attendance, but will assist any family members, allies, and professionals who are present to better understanding how to further access and reduce impeding factors to movement and sport for our youth.
Young Youth in Cabot (3:50 PM Pick up)

Carol Caravana

Parent Pick up from afternoon workshops
Young Youth Workshops (1PM - 4PM)

Stories, Games, Arts and Crafts
“Expressing Your Best Self”: The emotional intelligence of clothing

Delhia Emanuel

The emotional intelligence of clothing. Learn from a custom clothier the art, science and fabulous enjoyment of clothing and expressing your best fashion.
<< and your spouse is transgender, so now what>>

Karine Scheurer
Heather Bourque
Debbie Jamieson
Rita Vaidya

Three ears ago, a group of strangers met in a cold conference room. We were all cis-wives, lonely, sad. We all had a similar story. We just did not know that this day would change our lives. Since then, we meet regularly, we talk to each other, we support each other, we cry, we laugh, we are tribe sisters. The blessing of finding each other brings us here today - we would like to share with others the gift we have been given. Transition is a life changing experience for not only the transgender but also the transgender spouse. How to deal with a life changing event you cannot control. The future won't be what you imagined, how to move forward? What does it mean to my own identity? How to redefine love for each other? This workshop explores the journey of cic-gender spouses from the early years or pre-transition to the post transition years through presentation, discussion and lessons learned.
4:30PM -5:30PM Music with Alastair Moock

Carol Caravana

Music with Alastair Moock Family and youth music for all! What better way to wrap up an exciting, fun filled day than with music, dancing and singing? Alastair Moock is a 2014 GRAMMY Nominee, two-time Parents’ Choice Gold Medal Winner, and recipient of the ASCAP Children’s Music Award. The New York Times calls him “a Tom Waits for kids” and The Boston Globe declares that, “in the footsteps of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, Alastair Moock makes real kids music that parents can actually enjoy.” Alastair will be joined by his gender fluid child, Elm, and daughter, Clio, for some rowdy, rootsy songs about love, pride, inclusivity, and cows. Fun for the whole family! Check out www.moockmusic.com
5 Things Your Transitioning Child Wants You to Know

Ms. Kathy Whitham, RN, Parenting Coach

As parents with transgender and GNC kids, we struggle every day to keep them safe, not only from an unfriendly world, but from themselves. It’s easy to feel caught between our own feelings (fear, grief, and guilt) and our compelling desire to support and help our child. The temptation is to “lean forward” toward our child by taking things personally, walking on eggshells and giving them too little or too much agency. In this workshop, created in collaboration with my adult transgender son, I bring his unique, inside perspective from the other side of transition to help you “lean back” into grounding strategies that most effectively support your child and leave you feeling calmer and more confident.
About Face - The Alchemy of Makeup

Ms. Natasha Savoy, Founder/Owner

An intimate sharing of the joys and power of makeup. We cover basic makeup techniques, product overviews, and specific tips for M to F makeup. We will devote time to discussion and demonstrations about participant's individual questions about makeup. Most importantly- how to determine what best suits your individual look - which features to highlight or minimize, how to select your best colors and how to simplify and tailor a makeup look.
And you spouse is transgender, so now what?

Karine Scheurer
Rita Vaidya
Debbie Jamieson

Transition is a life changing experience for not only the transgender spouse but also for their spouse. How to deal with a life changing event you cannot control? The future won't be what you imagined, how to move forward? What does it mean to my own identity? How to redefine love for each either? This workshop explores the journey of cis-gender spouses from the early years pre-transition to the post transition years through presentation, discussion and lessons learned.
Are We There Yet? Life in the Early Years After Transition

Dr. A Evan Eyler, Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine, University of Vermont

This is a discussion group intended for adults of any age who transitioned, came out as trans, or changed gender expression in a significant way roughly 1--5 years ago. The first year of transition, or other gender evolution, is usually exciting, terrifying, fulfilling -- and busy. There is a lot to do and a lot to manage. Many resources for trans people exist to address the concerns of the coming out/transition process. If one can consider those as "Trans 101" materials, this is the "300 or 400 level" group. What happens after the dust has settled, when others are (at least mostly) used to the new physicality or the new pronoun? What is going well, what not so well? What is the biggest disappointment, and the biggest unexpected pleasure? Are we there yet? Let's discuss.
Asian / Asian-American and Trans

Shen C
Mr. Edwin Song

Let’s discuss how our Asian and Asian-American cultures interact with our trans identities! Potential discussion topics include: • navigating Asian families & communities while trans, • navigating trans spaces while Asian, • how transition interacts with Asian cultural values, • Asian cultural models of masculinity & femininity, • specific challenges of being Asian & trans, • media representation of Asian trans people, • and anything else you want to discuss. This workshop is open to all trans and questioning people who consider themselves Asian, Asian-American, mixed, or who have a strong cultural connection. We’re not the gender police or the Asian-ness police. If you feel like you would fit in, please come!
Awakening as Trans in Body, Mind, and Spirit

Maddie Makara

This workshop is primarily for trans people, but may also be helpful for their partners and allies. What does coming out and transitioning mean to you? Make it as exciting and beautiful as possible by defining it BIG -- as the pursuit of your "best self." Transitioning can be not only about revealing yourself to others but also about discovering yourself. This workshop explores a holistic approach touching on physical health of the body, clarity and empowerment in the mind, and inspiration and joy of the spirit. Maddie will offer valuable insights she has learned from her own journey as well as a few simple meditation exercises that have helped her along the way. Embark on your own adventure through coming out and transitioning with grace and grit by planning the journey thoughtfully, obtaining a good map of the territory, and bringing along some friends and loved ones as travel buddies.
Ball Room 101

Athena Vaughn, Senior Transgender Health Navigator

This is A forum to talk about all things Ballroom, as well as to showcase and unpack what ballroom is how it impacts our Lgbtq community of color, and also to have some fun ,
Be The Author of Your Last Chapter: The Importance of Advance Care Planning for the LGBT Community

Kim Adams, Be the Author of Your Last Chapter: The Importance of Advance Care Planning for the LGBT Community

Currently, there are more than 1.5 million LGBT people over 65 in the U.S., a number expected to double over the next 15 years as the population ages. Many elder-care facilities are ill-equipped to deal with the needs of LGBT seniors, especially trans seniors, who fear that a move to assisted living may leave them vulnerable to discrimination and harassment. And one vital piece that is often overlooked and neglected is the end of life wishes of our LGBT elders regardless of whether they wish to die at home or in a facility. Advance Care Planning involves more than filling out a living will and health care proxy form. It is a continuum that begins with a conversation identifying values, wishes, priorities and concerns for one's end of life care. By bringing together the emotional, spiritual, and medical components, individuals can have control in authoring this final chapter of their life. Through dialogue, exercises, and a powerpoint presentation, we will walk through the vital importance for the LGBT community to plan, document and discuss their end of life wishes. Ms. Adams will provide strategies and resources to facilitate conversations with individuals and their families (including family of origin if necessary) about these end of life decisions.
Be The Person You Always Wanted to Be...Techniques and helpful hint by Amy from JUST YOU

Ms. Amy Lamb, Transformation Artist

The Art of Transformation Step by Step techniques for Makeup application in the art of transformation. Helpful Hints, Question and Answer format.
Being Brave Together: Transgender Faith Stories

Mx. Chris Paige

This workshop is an opportunity for transgender, gender non conforming, and intersex people of faith and no faith to process our experiences with religious and spiritual traditions. After a short introduction, participants will gather in small groups to share.
Being Dual-Gender, exploring what it means to be Bi-Gender

Ms. Linda Mills

A short introduction on what being Bi-Gender means personally to the presenter, the positive joys of being Bi-Gendered, and how this duality has enriched his/her life. To be followed by a group discussion with audience members sharing their own experiences.
Big Spoon - Little Spoon; Where Do I fit In When My Partner/Loved One Transitions?

Chloé LaCasse, Public Speaker | Educator | Advocate

Big Spoon - Little Spoon is an intimate and heart-opening journey for spouses, family and friends of questioning and transgender individuals. Told through the eyes and experiences of a transgender woman, Chloé shares her continuing story of self discovery. From unrelenting shame to falling in love with a person she was told never existed. Finding that the human experience was truly more amazing than she could have ever imagined. “Where do I, (will I) fit in?” isn’t just a common question; it’s THE question. And the answer is a lot simpler that you think!
Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program's Transgender Program - what have we learned over the past 12 years?

Ms. Pam Klein, RN, MSN

Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) initiated a Transgender Program in 2008. In this session both patients and providers will talk about how and why this program got started, how the program has evolved, and what we are hoping for the future. We will engage attendees in a brainstorming session about strategies to address homelessness and unstable housing among the transgender population.
Bridging the Gap with the Transgender Community

Ms. Karen Holmes, Speaker / Advocate

To educate the Transgender Community on how to build themselves a platform of who they are and to gain work, respect, support, and understand from the general public by Bridging the Gap with the Transgender Community. I want to help our community to give a voice their voice to share with the public that we are awesome people. To hopefully fix or change the mines of the public who are against our community from the false information they have been feed. How we should tell our story in a way that the public know we are not what they have seen on the Jerry Springer Show.
Building lasting relationships in the Transgender community

Stephanie Horne

Finding friends who share our issues, are able to open up about themselves and to have lasting friendships are particularly difficult for many transgendered people. This session is about how to meet friends, build community and find happiness for yourself in having those you can trust and confide in who have issues that are the same as you face everyday.
Building Workplace Community Through Storytelling

Irene Brank, Consultant
Samantha Brank
Ms. Renee Degon, Consultant

Diversity and inclusion in the workplace includes a wide variety of family members that are supporting transgender youth, young adults, and other family members as they traverse transition school, college, work, and life. Please join us as we talk about using our voices to connect with people in the workplace. Irene Brank will lead the discussion about how her story has created a community that supports the transgender community and their loved ones. You will also hear from Irene's daughter Samantha and Renee Degon, a woman whose life was forever changed because of one story. Together we are able to open hearts and minds and create a culture of greater acceptance and connection.
Chest Surgery Show & Tell (for transmasculine people only)

Erik H
Reese Himmer

This it it: the big chest surgery expo! View live, 3D models of top surgery results (grouped by surgeon), and ask questions from past patients, to help you decide which surgeon is right for you. In addition to showing results, we will discuss surgical aesthetics, sensation, cost, location & travel, complications, and other considerations. We encourage everyone who has had top surgery (and who is comfortable sharing) to please attend and share your results. For the comfort of everyone participating, this event is limited to transmasculine people only. (Keywords: FTM, transmasc)
Chest Wall Reconstruction/Breast Surgery - FTM and MTF

Dr. Melissa Johnson, MD

This presentation is designed to educate prospective patients on options for breast surgery. The FTM focus is on Mastectomy procedures for Chest Wall Reconstruction. MTF focus is on Breast Augmentation.
Coming out, as the Leader of your organization

Dr. Declan OConnor , Dr

There are many challenges, both internally and externally, to coming out on the job. But when you are the leader of your organization, or are a leader within your organization, the challenges multiply exponentially. Dr. Declan O'Connor strategically planned and successfully executed a plan for coming out on the job, as the leader of a public school, in ways that positively engaged the community and served him and his organization well. He wishes to share his story with other leaders seeking to come out on the job in ways that not only preserve their dignity and role within their organization, but in ways that positively impact the organization and those who see and hear their stories. He understands the courage, the patience, and intentional planning that makes for a positive experience. He seeks to share his story with other leaders, as he knows first hand, how stressful and seemingly risky this process can feel. He brings hope, and real talk, about this process and will create a space for others considering the risks, the strategy and the rewards, of stepping out authentically as the leader of your organization. The media coverage of Declan's public story can be found at https://www.masslive.com/news/2019/06/i-was-living-two-different-lives-springfield-middle-school-principal-declan-oconnor-comes-out-as-transgender.html and https://www.masslive.com/news/2019/06/at-pride-flag-raising-springfield-principal-declan-oconnor-says-hes-been-met-with-warmth-and-respect-since-coming-out-as-transgender.html
Coming Out…..The Good, The Bad and the Indifferent

Dr. Gennifer Herley, Dr. Gennifer Herley

This Group participatory workshop will explore the feelings and Experiences of anyone in the Trans Community who has or would like to express their identity to their spouse, girlfriend, significant other, Friends, Family, Work and the World at Large! As a group let’s hear each other’s stories so that may learn from one another. There are always similarities and differences from where we come from. Hopefully by sharing stories you will discover where you are going and where you would like to be currently or in the future. So come share your story in this workshop and let’s find some strategies and new ways to help one another communicate our Authenticity to our loved ones and the World!!
Confronting Stress and Finding Happiness

Gia Drew, Program Director, EqualityMaine, Diversity Consultant

Being trans and living with a mental illness has been very stressful. I’ve often struggled with how can I be happy and queer, when it seems like the whole world doesn't care about you? This interactive and participant centered presentation will provide attendees the opportunity to reflect on the stress and trauma many of us live with, as well as provide avenues to create a unique self-care plan that is grounded in the real world, based in neuroscience, and provides a realistic pathway to finding real joy.
Connecting with Other Parents of Trans Children (of Any Age)

Carol Caravana
Bob Caravana

All adults are welcome to this ice-breaker to connect with other parents and guardians for camaraderie, support, resources and laughter as we share the challenges, surprises, and joys of supporting our transgender or gender non-conforming children (of any age). The workshop will be interactive, with plenty of opportunities to connect and exchange information with other parents as we navigate the world of loving and supporting our transgender children.
Creating a transformative summer experience for trans and gender non-conforming teenagers.

Mr. Adam Simon, Director Odyssey Teen Camp

We will have a panel discussion with transgender teenage campers and transgender camp counselors, as well as Director Adam Simon and development officer Genn Hurley, We will talk about some of the experiences and the gifts that a camp with 175 teenagers half of whom are genderqueer can provide. We'll also talk about some of the challenges of trying to make certain that every teen at camp is seen, respected and celebrated for exactly who they are, particularly as it relates to their gender identity.
Dads Support Group (11:30 A.M.)

Bob Caravana
Jim Dowrey

Facilitators trained by Greater Boston PFLAG will facilitate a confidential group discussion for Dads with children within the transgender umbrella or questioning gender.
Dating while trans. It IS possible to find your soulmate without selling your soul.

Ms. Christine Shustak, President

If you listen to the narratives from parents of children possessing atypical gender orientations, one of the common worries voiced by many is “Will anyone ever love my child? Will they ever find a partner with whom they can share their life?” For gender variant individuals, finding a romantic partner and cultivating a serious relationship is an ongoing concern. Rest assured that finding love in a cis-gendered world is indeed possible. Join us as we bring together a panel of couples, one cis and one trans, who have put together healthy, successful, happy partnerships, and found ways to navigate all of the challenges of an atypical relationship. Our panel will tell their stories, and offer up insight about their relationships, and they’ll field questions and thoughts about how two people find love in today’s society.
Dealing with parents who won’t accept trans partner (for trans people & partners)

Shen C
Erik H

Unfortunately, some parents don’t see trans partners as ‘real’ partners, or a relationship with a trans person as a ‘real’ relationship. This is painful and invalidating, as those who should be our closest allies instead make us feel ashamed for who we are, and/or for who we love. Let’s come together to share our feelings & experiences, our ways of coping, and our strategies for breaking through. This event is intended for trans people whose partner’s parents are not accepting, and for our partners.
Designing Gender-Neutral Restroom

Mr. Jeremy Du, Director

Designing Gender-Neutral Restroom (Workshop) New architectural codes of public restroom design initiated by the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and the American Institute of Architects have been approved by the International Code Council (ICC) and will amend the International Building and Plumbing Codes to increase equity and efficiency in public bathroom design. The first of these will require signage on all single-user bathrooms to indicate that they are open to all users. The second will allow gender-neutral multi-stall bathroom designs, where each toilet is in a private compartment, with shared sink areas. These new changes will be published in the 2021 edition of the ICC Codes and are expected to be adopted by state and local governments on a rolling basis thereafter. Why do we need gender-neutral restrooms, and how can we design gender-neutral restrooms in public buildings and workplaces? What is the story behind the needs of a gender-neutral restroom? This research and workshop will help architects to understand why and how to design a gender-neutral restroom and reveal the stories behind the needs of the gender-neutral restroom. Methods: We will organize a workshop to invite all attendees to draw sketches of their ideas about gender Neutral Restrooms. If we get sponsors, we will offer 3 top cash prizes for the sketches that voted by attendees. Anticipated Outcome: Gender-Neutral Restrooms prototypes designed by trans folks. (Architectural graphics by architect and sketches by trans folks). The results will be available to all architects for design reference.
Disability and Accessibility Listening Session: First Event and TCNE

Erik H

Living with disability is challenging. We want to make First Event and other trans spaces more inclusive and welcoming to people with physical, mental, psychiatric, developmental, or other disabilities. Join us for a brainstorming session! A board member of Trans Club New England -- himself a wheelchair user -- will hear comments, questions, and suggestions for how we can make First Event and TCNE more accessible for all. This session is open to everyone who cares about this issue.
Disability/Chronic Illness and Being Trans (Support Group)

Erik H

Come and meet other folks who know the struggle! In this support-group format, we may discuss: How does your disability affect your ability to participate in the trans community? How does being trans affect your ability to advocate for yourself in healthcare settings? What are the mental, emotional, and physical impacts of being both disabled and trans? How does your disability journey inform your trans journey, and vice-versa? What kinds of discrimination have you experienced? How do these identities intersect, and where do they diverge? Come discuss these topics and more, among friendly trans-and-disabled peers. This session is led by a person who identifies as a trans person with a disability.
Driving as Yourself/Driving While Dressed

Robert Lapointe, Esq.
Manon Lapointe

Whether it will be the first time driving as you preferred gender or you have years of experience, you can benefit from this seminar. We will help you deal with the anxiety of your first time dressed as you new gender behind the wheel, what you need to be prepared, and how to handle various situations like accidents, dealing with other people, being pulled over by the police and your rights should you be ticketed or arrested for driving under the influence.
Dysphoria - what is it and how do you cope

Mr. Jack Sturm, Jack Sturm

"Gender dysphoria involves a conflict between a person's physical or assigned gender and the gender with which he/she/they identify. People with gender dysphoria may be very uncomfortable with the gender they were assigned, sometimes described as being uncomfortable with their body (particularly developments during puberty) or being uncomfortable with the expected roles of their assigned gender." - DSM IV Dysphoria is a huge word that is thrown around a lot in the trans* community. It also is one of the things that can define us as a trans person, especially in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, where dysphoria literally defines us as transgender. Granted, this is up for debate in the trans community but that is not what the work shop would be about. This work shop would help delve into the definition of gender dysphoria, especially for the transgender man, and how we have learned to cope with this issue. For many of us, it is crippling and I can say for most of us it is something we don't talk about. I propose an open forum where we can define the demon, see how it affects us, our brothers, our sisters and become a sort of validation room. We can help each other see maybe what we see in the mirror isn't what others see, and we can discuss something that eats us all away and that no one has a comfortable place to talk about. At the end, my goal would be for others to find ways to comfort and affirm one another.
Evolving Sibling Relationships Through a Gender Transition

Ethan Casteel
Mr. Ning X, future nurse practitioner

Gender roles (as imposed by society at large and within families) can have significant impacts on the way we relate with our siblings. Some commonly gendered roles include -Caretaking (younger kids, aging parents, other family members with special needs) -Role models (especially models for masculinity/femininity) -Friendly rivalries/competition The goal of the workshop is to create a space for trans people to discuss how our sibling relationships have been impacted by transitioning. This includes interactions with our siblings as well as how our families are perceived by the rest of the world. The target audience for this workshop is trans people who are already out to their siblings and have ongoing and mostly supportive relationships with them.
Experiences of Transgender Adults Navigating Healthcare Access in Massachusetts

Mx. Nic Tompkins-Hughes

Recent research studies regarding transgender individuals’ experiences of discrimination in healthcare settings strongly recommend the value of qualitative data, and the need for research into how transgender patients find, obtain, and access medical care (preventatively and as needed). However, despite calls for qualitative data, limited qualitative studies have focused on healthcare access and experiences of transgender patients as of 2018. This exploratory qualitative study utilized semi-structured qualitative interviews asking about the experiences of transgender individuals accessing health care services in Massachusetts. A total of 8 participants were recruited through snowball sampling methods, and the resulting narrative data was analyzed using Grounded Theory. Presented information will include the research process/methodology and will review the consistent themes and access models discovered. Themes discovered include trends around internal perceptions of discriminatory experiences, as well as correlations between ongoing primary care provider relationships and likelihood of having negative or discriminatory experiences accessing healthcare. Incidental findings around how transgender patients experience safety in healthcare environments, and areas of opportunity for improving healthcare access experiences for transgender patients will also be reviewed. Theory created from this data, and the coded data itself, can be utilized to better inform healthcare access including materials, policy, and quality of care for transgender adults accessing healthcare in Massachusetts.
Facial Feminization: Customized Evaluation and Treatment for Optimal Results

Dr. Sherman Leis, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Gender Specialist

Dr. Leis will demonstrate and explain classic prototypes of masculine and feminine facial features. He will discuss a variety of options for feminizing facial features and demonstrate that in the majority of cases, excellent results can be obtained without extensive and expensive cranio-facial surgery. Cases are shown demonstrating excellent and natural results from selective and customized facial feminization procedures.
Fashion Done Right - Don’t be a fashion blunder, be a fashion wonder!

Lindsey Taub, Image Consultant

Please join Lindsey in this interactive presentation where you can learn how to create the perfect outfit for any occasion, with items that may already be in your closet. We will discuss the best fit for your body shape, including fabric types to further feminize one’s look. We will also discuss the benefits of working with an image consultant to personalize your look.
Female Comportment

Sylvia Jane Wojcik

The three indicators typically identifying someone as female are appearance (how we look), voice (how we sound), and comportment (how we act). The focus of this workshop is on this third element of movement. Though what it means to be female certainly varies by individual, there is a range of behaviors generally considered representative of most women in any given culture. This workshop will focus on the physical basics (walking, standing, sitting, and posture) but also extend to those subtle behavioral elements of character and emotion typically considered female in America. This will include gestures, facial expression, physical contact (hugging and touching), and more. Technique will be presented through lecture accompanied by demonstration. Participants will then have the opportunity to practice what they learn through situational role playing exercises. As time allows, there will be a moderated interactive session for participants to ask clarifying questions, share relevant experiences, and address related topics. This promises to be instructive and entertaining for all!
Female to Male Surgical Options: Genital, Chest, Revisions/Repairs, Facial Masculinization and Body Contouring

Dr. Toby Meltzer, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

A PowerPoint Presentation discussing current surgical techniques, a discussion of procedures, risks and complications, before and after photos with time for questions and answers. Dr. Meltzer is available for brief individual one-on-one visits. You may contact our office at 866-876-6329 if you wish to schedule a one-on-one visit. Formal or longer consultations need to be scheduled at our Scottsdale office at 866-876-6329.
Female Voice Training: Achieving Timbre and Inflection

Mrs. Tris Ogram Buckley, Magician

If you've experienced a testosterone-based puberty, attempting to speak in a female voice can be extremely frustrating. Once the vocal cords have lengthened, they can't be shrunk again, and hormone therapy doesn't help. Voice training can create a genuine female voice, but it can be a long, confusing process and voice coaches often wrongly focus on pitch to the exclusion of all else. Tris has collected a few important exercises that make the process of acquiring a female voice much, much easier. In this workshop, we'll touch on pitch and inflection, but the main goal is the most important gendered quality of voice: the ever-elusive timbre, or "feel" of the voice. Tris has a simple exercise that will make practicing your feminine timbre easy, and help you feel confident and self-affirmed when you speak. Voice training and practice is a life-long process, but if you're stuck, this workshop could be a huge leap forward.
Feminization Make up

Miss JD Dubois, Cosmetologist

I will show the audience a quick way to do their make up more flawless and natural I will teach the mistakes that mos girls do when applying makeup. Also how to camouflage most flaws, how to blur the flaws and also how to accentuate your best facial features. The basic make up you will need for morning outings. And also will give the audience tips on how to look their best when going out at night. A person from the audience will get a free makeup application.
Financial Empowerment: Gaining Control of Your Money

Mr. Reese Himmer, Financial Coach

Being transgender or gender-non-conforming can be expensive, no matter what path we choose. As trans people we face the possibility of workplace, housing, medical, and legal discrimination and a higher chance of lost relationships and social ties. On top of that, we live in a capitalist society, where living in debt is the norm for everyone, trans or cis-gender. 78% of people within the US currently live paycheck to paycheck. Are you struggling financially either because of being trans or just because? Are you looking for ways to pay for a portion or all of your medical bills? Do you just wish you could be in a better place financially? Let’s give ourselves more power in the world by strengthening our finances! This workshop will explore strategies to gain control of your money, rather than letting it control you. We’ll talk about how to get out of debt, stop living paycheck-to-paycheck, and how to plan for a better financial future. All are welcome!
Finding Our Way: When Sexual Orientation Changes Along With Gender Identity

Mark Williams

When we transition, more than just our gender identity changes. A common consequence of transitioning is that one's sexual orientation is perceived by others to be different, even though our attractions may not have changed at all. In this workshop, we will explore the sexuality transition that often goes along with gender transition, share our experiences of navigating this shift in identity, and discuss strategies for renaming or redefining our sexuality after coming out as transgender.
Finding Your Voice

Ms. Juliana Wall, Ops Manager and Public Speaker

Let’s face it, transitioning is hard. If you are baby trans, living full time as your true self, or simply in the process of gender discovery, it is important to know you are not alone. Expressing yourself authentically is one of the most rewarding and terrifying aspects of transitioning. So how do you find your way? How do you present to the World who you truly are inside? In this workshop, co-hosted by Sherri Miller, M. Ed, speech pathologist, I share my transition story through the process of speech therapy. We review the basics of voice modulation for the purpose of presenting as your true self. I speak to the importance of trans people having a strong voice in our culture. So don’t be shy, I found my voice and so can you!
First time attendee orientation

This will be a daily 1/2 hour session for first time attendees and those who want information about First Event.
For Folx Sake: Designing inclusive digital experiences

Mx. Courtney Cox Wakefield, Digital Marketing Consultant, Speaker, Author, and Podcast Host

The demand for inclusive content has never been higher. Look no further than Google trends, where the topic “gender-neutral language” has steadily climbed in interest since 2012, reaching a new peak this month. This session will show attendees how to create digital content that appeals to an inclusive audience without watering down their message. At the end of this session, you will be able to: - Audit your content for the most common inclusivity mistakes - Reframe content to speak to an inclusive audience without creating confusion - Generate brand loyalty through inclusive digital experiences
Friends of Bill W.

Friends of Bill W. If you are an alcoholic in recovery or think you might have a problem with alcohol this is an open meeting to help one day at a time.
FTM Chest Surgery Show and Tell

Mr. Andy Gavin

This workshop will provide the opportunity for attendees who have not yet had chest surgery to view a variety of results and for attendees who have already had chest surgery to share their results and experiences with others. Participant presentations will be followed by the opportunity to ask questions. All FTM-identified persons, SOFFAs, and trans-friendly professionals are welcome to attend.
FTM Meeting New Friends/dating

Natalie E
Dr. Declan OConnor , Dr

Natalie’s first event was last year. She recognized the challenge of dating, meeting new friends, and wanting to establish a safe and private way to meet. She intends to talk with a F2M colleague on transitioning and the steps but then also spend some time discussing dating. Any transitioning folks and then also anyone looking to date and meet should come to this seminar. Please be prepared to identify about the kind of person you are seeking :)
FTM Top and Bottom Surgery: Superior Aesthetic Results in a Customized One-Stage Procedure

Dr. Sherman Leis, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Gender Specialist

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

Miss Ashley Webb, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Discussion of family work related to the gender affirming process. Creating safe spaces and the importance of supporting parents throughout the gender affirming process.
Gender-affirming Hormone Therapy

Julie Thompson, Medical Director of Trans Health

This workshop will provide a review of the currently available gender-affirming hormone therapy options, expectations of hormone therapy, and lab monitoring recommendations. There will be a discussion of evidence-based recommendations of medications and dosing, as well as the unknowns that still remain when it comes to medications and safety.
Girl Talk

Heather Leigh

This is a candid discussion regarding the societal norms of living as a woman in today's world, mediated by a cis gender trans ally, Heather Leigh. Gain knowledge of how cis women think and perceive the world.This understanding will help you merge and present as your authentic self into mainstream society. Learn the secrets and unwritten rules that have been passed down from mother to daughter. This discussion is based off of questions that I have been asked while hosting DIVA Social. Please come ask the questions you've always wondered about but were afraid to ask.
Gynecology for the FTM Patient and Options for Gender Affirming Surgery

Dr. Yvonne Gomez-Carrion, Physician
Marybeth Meservey, Nurse Practitioner
Wanda Flores, Registered Nurse

This workshop will cover the preventative care for the FTM patient. In addition, it will also review the various options for gender affirming surgical options.
Handling your hair and growing your hair

Noelle Spinosa, Hair Specialist & Nurse Injector

For those who want a natural look that a wig can not give, we have techniques, treatments and additions that will do just that. Also, are you unsure of what color, style will look best on you. As aesthetic stylists we will help you decide which hair style will enhance your look and attain your signature style. A wig can be obvious, heavy and does not allow your hair to breathe & grow. Working with hair additions of all kinds that are simple to maintain is a great option. We have been working with the community for over 20 years! Additionally, Deb Fauci is a nurse injector, working with PRF & Acell to help grow in hair where it is dormant. This treatment has proven to be successful, affordable (unlike hair transplantation) natural with no downtime. Together we will explain the many options and have a Q & A for those interested. Take home material to help with decision making.
Healing Chronic Pain, Fatigue, and Burnout with the Mindbody Connection

Dr. Jessica Moy, Doctor of physical therapy + mindbody wellness coach

Chronic pain, fatigue, and burnout are terms that are becoming more and more commonplace in out day-to-day use. With the current society's fast-paces lifestyle and our focus on productivity and performance it is becoming harder and harder to listen to what our bodies are telling us until it's too late. What if the missing factor was using the physical body to determine what we need emotionally and mentally in order to survive and thrive? This is the basic mechanism behind the mindbody connection. Our body's ability to sense a perceived threat will signal a cascade of responses that if ignored will manifest into physical symptoms like chronic pain, muscle tension, headaches, unexplainable aches and even chronic illness. If we can learn to interpret our body's signals and act accordingly we have the potentially to not only show up in our daily lives at a higher caliber, but also have more energy and fun doing it! This workshop will provide you with the basic knowledge and tools to stock your arsenal and begin to develop easy, accessible daily practices. This can then be used to strengthen your mindbody connection, be more productive and efficient, and decrease your risk for dis-EASE, disease, and illness down the line.
Health Care for Trans Feminine and Non-Binary Patients at Boston Medical Center

Mr. Micha Martin, CTMS Project Manager

Micha Martin (Project Manager) Jenny Siegel (Primary Care and CTMS Director) or Carl Streed (Primary Care) Jordan Bensley (Patient Navigator) Katie Modzelewski (Endocrine) Jaromir Slama (Surgeon) / Robert Oates (Surgeon) Pam Klein (Nurse/Moderator)
Health Care for Trans Masculine and Non-Binary Patients at Boston Medical Center

Mr. Micha Martin, CTMS Project Manager

Participants: Micha Martin (Project Manager) Jenny Siegel (Primary Care and CTMS Director) Jordan Bensley (Patient Navigator) Katie Modzelewski (Endocrine) Shannon Bell (OB/GYN) Jaromir Slama (Surgeon), Pam Klein (Nurse/Moderator)
High School

Carol Caravana

Workshops, etc, room place holder for the day
History of The American church’s treatment of all things LGBTQ

Michelle James

I will look at a brief history of the American Church, primarily Protestant, and their acceptance or rejection of the LGBTQ community. All denominations have addressed this issue and to date many have come to full inclusion of the LGBTQ community while others still exclude full participation. My denomination, the United Methodist Church, denies ordination, marriage, participation, sponsorship and support to the gay and lesbian community and will even state that “homosexuality is incompatible with Christianity “. When pushed , the church will include transgender to this category. My workshop will look at the basis for this exclusion both scriptural and cultural. I will look at scriptural interpretations for the exclusion and how a broader and progressive interpretation can find no basis not to accept all things LGBTQ. And finally I can report on the evolution of my denomination and what looks to be a change come April 2020 Than you
How did you know you were trans? (for transmasculine people)

Erik H
Marc Tierney

Each transmasculine person has a different path to understanding ourselves as trans. In this support-group format, we will explore how we came to know who we are. Did you know when you were 5, or not until you were 50? Are you still questioning? What defines you as a man, as FTM, as nonbinary, as transmasculine? Is it your clothes? Your interests? Your body image? Who do you identify with? How do you feel inside, and how do you describe it? We will explore all of these ideas, and more. This supportive space is for transmasculine, FTM, AFAB-nonbinary, and for all those still questioning.
How does your Transmale Identity impact your ability to get or stay sober?

Marc Tierney

Does being a transman impact your ability to get or stay sober? Do you share at meetings or groups that you are trans or not? Why? What is it like to express experiences and fears with or without the trans framework? What about anonymity? What about personal safety? Most importantly…...What about sobriety? Let's share our experiences.
How To Build a Wardrobe

Lindsey Taub, Image Consultant

A working wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that flatter you, won’t go out of fashion, and can be updated with seasonal pieces. Staple items offer clean lines, versatility, and may be worn multiple times in a week – WITHOUT ANYONE NOTICING! Whether you’re wondering how to build a cohesive wardrobe or would like to add cohesive pieces, I’d like to help. In this interactive workshop you will learn what are some of the key pieces and how to wear them with confidence. We will discuss the nuances of patterns versus solids, accessories from scarves to belts, and anything in between.
How to get trans health care covered by insurance

Mr. Noah Lewis, Trans Health Project Director

Will my health insurance cover transgender-­related health care? I’ve received a denial—how do I appeal it? My plan has an explicit exclusion—is there any way for me to challenge that? In most situations, denying trans­-related health care is illegal, but people still go without much-needed care because public and private health plans commonly exclude or deny coverage. This workshop will help you to understand how to apply for coverage and what to do if you are denied. Learn skills that you can take back to your community and be part of advancing trans health equality.
Influencing your work environment toward greater Transgender visibility and participation

Ms. Phyllis Swanson-Welton, Asst. Vice President

Now that you have secured your professional position as an out Transgender professional, you are ready to take the next steps in succeeding in your position, while leveraging the very best of your true self to deliver exceptional results for your employer and your clients, while also promoting enhanced visibility and participation in the workplace for other Transgender employees and job seekers. Join Phyllis Swanson-Welton, a professional in the Boston Financial Services community, for an open ended conversation on how Transgender professionals in the workplace can take the next steps toward enhancing their work environment while partnering with others to promote efforts that support greater Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace.
Integrated Primary Care and Gender Affirming Surgery

Dr. Robert Goldstein, Medical Director
Curtis Cetrulo
Melanie Cohn-Hopwood

Attendees will hear from primary care providers and surgeons from the MGH Transgender Health Program. We will review the services available at MGH, including primary care, hormone management, behavioral health, and gender affirming surgery. The surgery team will discuss the successful procedures performed at MGH, including top surgery, phalloplasty and penile transplant. The extent of services will be described and much of the MGH Transgender Health Program team will be present to answer questions about the program.
Intuition Nutrition: Rituals for a More Relaxed Relationship With Food

Kristen Ciccolini, Nutritionist

Our society places little value on intuition and faith that we know what's best for ourselves. We're constantly being pulled in all directions being told what we should and shouldn't do, who we should or shouldn't be. This stress often leads to relying emotionally on food to cope. We lose connection to our inner voice along the way, something that is so important for our mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing. In this workshop, you will learn the best brain and energy-boosting foods and rituals to lay the foundation for a stronger connection to your intuition, as well as mindfulness strategies that help you curb emotional eating habits and better communicate with your guiding voice. We will also do a group meditation together and end with a multisensory exercise with chocolate!
Jeremy Du Interview Session

Mr. Jeremy Du, Director

Interview Session
Keeping yourself safe as a gender fluid person in a cis-gendered world.

Ms. Christine Shustak, President

Despite incredible progress in the advancement of transgender rights, members of our community are at heightened risk of becoming the victims of crime. Alas, all is not lost. There are concrete things that you can do to keep yourself safe, and secure on the streets, at work, and in your residence. Join us for an in-depth discussion of the realities about crime, what you can do to prevent it, and if you find yourself in the middle of a situation, how you can extract yourself with a minimum of cost to your safety, your wallet, and your freedom. This will not be a hands-on seminar in self-defense technique. Instead, it will talk about how criminals think, and how they select potential victims. It will cover what you can do to avoid catching their attention, and how you can stop an attack before it even gets started. It will also talk about various self-defense options, and where you can go to become proficient. Finally, if you do become the victim of a crime, it will cover how to cope with the aftermath, and how to prevent it from destroying your life. Forest “Al” Clark worked as a public safety officer for twenty years for multiple departments in Illinois. Officer Clark spent twelve years as an instructor at the Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois. He is also the driving force behind Pancake Creek Self Defense Training since 2016. Finally, Officer Clark is well known to the First Event community, having served as security chief for First Event for the past ten years. Christine Shustak is an IT consultant in the medical industry, and has been a serious student of self-defense and personal protection since 1985.
Keys to Customized Facial Feminization Surgery: Obtain the best results for You

Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel , MD

In this seminar Dr. Spiegel, who is recognized as a pioneer and leader in facial feminization surgery, will use his more than 20 years of experience to describe the best surgical approaches and techniques. You'll learn what to do, and equally importantly, what not to do. This interactive seminar is fun, informative, and interactive. You can be a fly on the wall or participate in full. Either way, you'll leave with deep understanding of what can be done and the many wonderful options available.
Law Enforcement, the Criminal Justice System and the Transgender Community

Ms. Sarah Moore, Detective

The media is full of stories that paint law enforcement in a negative way which creates a feeling that one should be afraid of law enforcement officers. While this is a topic of great debate amongst politicians and citizens alike the inevitable fallout is the creation of some level of fear for the average person. This fear is magnified when you are the member of a group, like the transgender community, that has historically been misunderstood, marginalized, ridiculed, abused or worse. This workshop will look at various situations in which members of the transgender community may interact with law enforcement and the criminal justice system. We will explore options for successfully navigating situations that range from traffic stops to felony level criminal investigations. Attendees will receive a quick reference card with the top five tips for interacting with law enforcement. Audience participation and the sharing of personal experiences is encouraged but not required.
Legal Issues in Gender Affirming Care for Youth

Patience Crozier, Senior Staff Attorney
Andrew Cohen, Supervising Attorney

This workshop is intended for the Youth and Family track. In this session, panelists from GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders and Health Law Advocates will discuss legal barriers to gender-affirming care and strategies to increase access. The panel will focus on Massachusetts and will include the participation of a youth patient and/or her parent. Panelists will address health insurance coverage and prior authorization as well as issues related to age-of-consent.
LexPride: Making Change in Your Community

Deb Zucker, GBPFLAG / LexPride
Valerie Overton

A panel of organizers and community members involved with LexPride will discuss their successes and obstacles with making changes in their community. LexPride, from Lexington, MA, collaborates with LGBTQ organizations in nearby towns and would like to spread this collaboration to more communities. The panel includes: Valerie Overton (She/Her), LexPride Co-Chair; Julie Fenn (She/Her), Assistant Director for PE and Wellness at Lexington Public Schools and creator of the new standard fifth grade inclusive health education curriculum; Noah Stang-Osborne (They/Them, He/Him), transgender activist; and moderator Debbra Zucker (She/Her), Co-Chair of LexPride. Open to parents and anyone interested in community organization. LexPride Mission: Foster a safe, welcoming, inclusive environment for LGBTQIA+ people and their allies in Lexington. Co-Chairs Email: LexPrideMA@gmail.com Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LexPrideMA/ Closed Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LexPrideMA/ Listserv: Email co-chairs to join listserv for weekly updates on LexPride activities
Life 2.0: How to love your new normal (Formerly "Transition Hacks")

Ms. Elena Joy Thurston, Professional Speaker

We all go through transitions in our lives. Sometimes we stumble our way through them. If we’re lucky, we get by with ease. But what if we took full advantage of this “in limbo” time of our lives and used them to create years of fulfillment? Can we hack the transition phase? Absolutely. You might be transitioning from college to career. Maybe parents of straight kids to parents of queer kids. Maybe you're transitioning from one end of a spectrum to another. I personally went from devout Mormon, straight-A housewife, soccer van mom to the nth degree, to realizing I was gay. At age 38. Not only was I kicked out of the only community I had, but I was also kicked into a community I literally knew nothing about. I was nearly forty and I had no idea who I was. I was in the middle of a messy transition. I’ve come to realize that when you lose your sense of identity, you end up losing a lot more. You risk losing your life direction, your sense of belonging, even your mental stability. When we transition from one phase to another, it’s incredibly easy to lose our sense of identity. This makes transition a vulnerable time in our lives. In this workshop you’ll learn: • The benefits of solidifying your identity • Exercises on how to do that • How to identify the risks and rewards of your transition • Relate them back to your identity • How to create a strategy for navigating your transition
Loving Your Trans Body

Mr. Mateo Bruce, Creator Of PTB Apparel

I find that gender is a spectrum unknown. For years we have lived under the notion that male and female were the only choices in regards to gender. Yet I am living proof that so much more is possible, and exists. I believe that it is not only imperative for me to be the divine mix of masculine and feminine energies in one body, it is equally important to learn of others who also exist and have different ways of expressing their existence. As a Transman of color, it is important for me to share my existence and experiences so that those who come after me can see progression in the areas of life that we usually tend to hide. I'd like to discuss ways and reasons surrounding loving your trans body. Things that you can do to get results that you seek, and the importance of mental health awareness. How you feed your body and mind are connected, and it is vital that Trans folk know and understand this.
Making Cisness Visible: Naming Cis Ideals That Shape Trans Lives

Mr. Noah Lewis, Trans Health Project Director

Society is built around the needs of cis people and rarely takes into account the existence of trans people. If we are not aware of cis­gendered frameworks, attitudes, and beliefs that are operating around us, we unconsciously adopt them. This workshop provides a structure for making visible hidden cis ideals so that all people—cis and trans—can stop unconsciously perpetuating the oppression of trans people (including ourselves). Identifying these systems can be freeing. You will leave with the ability to name cis supremacy when you encounter it and thus be more prepared to eliminate it. This interactive workshop explores concrete examples of cis idealism in popular culture, the media, the law and places them in a broader context. Making these systems visible can provide a sense of relief and understanding for transgender people. Participants will gain the ability to name cis supremacy when they see it and recognize ways in which they might be contributing to it so that they can take steps to become more trans­-positive. We will also briefly discuss other ways of seeing and speaking that include trans experiences and perspectives and more accurately reflect a reality in which cis and trans are equal.
Male to Female Surgical Options: Genital, Facial Feminization, Breast Augmentation, Revisions/Repairs and Body Contouring

Dr. Toby Meltzer, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

A PowerPoint Presentation discussing current surgical techniques, a discussion of procedures, risks and complications, before and after photos with time for questions and answers. Dr. Meltzer is available for brief individual one-on-one visits. You may contact our office at 866-876-6329 if you wish to schedule a one-on-one visit. Formal or longer consultations need to be scheduled at our Scottsdale office at 866-876-6329.
Massachusetts Trans Women in Leadership

Bianca Robinson
Ava Glasscott
Sara Reid

This is a networking group for Trans Women: Meet, Connect and Organize. Meet the organizers to discuss the organization as they make space, help build leadership, and celebrate trans women. This conversation is not open to all conference participants, it's an exclusive a safe space for trans women and trans feminine people.
Medical Panel: Blockers. Hormones, Medical Procedures-What is best for my Child?

Athena Edmonds, LGBTQ Youth Advocate
Dr. Jeremi Carswell, Director, GeMS Program
Ralph Vetters, MD, MPH
Dr. Mandy Coles, Professor of Pediatrics at the Adolescent Center at Boston Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine

Dr. Ralph Vetters, primary care physician at Fenway Health, Dr. Jeremi Carswell, pediatric endocrinologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and director of the GeMS Clinic, and Dr. Mandy S Coles, Professor of Pediatrics at the Adolescent Center at Boston Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine, will provide an overview of their experience working with transgender/nonbinary youth. All parents and youth are welcome. Keep in mind it is never too early or too late to be educated about one's options for blockers, hormones and other possible medical innovations or when no medical innovations are appropriate. There will be time to ask questions and anonymous questions may be submitted on index cards. Facilitated by Athena Edmonds.
Mental Health Panel- Resources to Help Your Child and Family with Emotional Support

Athena Edmonds, LGBTQ Youth Advocate
Erin Peterson, LICSW, CATCH Boston Medical Center.
Dr. Blaise Aguirre
Dr. Aude Henin, Co-Director, Child CBT Program, Mass General Hospital

Blaise Aguirre, MD, Medical Director, 3East DBT Continuum, Assistant Professor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry, McLean Hospital; Erin Peterson clinical social worker who co-runs the Child and Adolescent Transgender/gender Center for Health at Boston Medical Center; Aude Henin, PhD, Co-Director, MGH Child Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Program, Department of Psychiatry. The members of the panel will provide an overview of their experience working with transgender/nonbinary youth and families. Open to adults and youth. Come with questions and learn about available support. Anonymous questions may be submitted on index cards. Facilitated by Athena Edmonds.
Middle School

Carol Caravana

Middle school meet up room
Middle School Meet-Up (NEXUS)

Kay Gordon

This session will be dedicated to checking in about what brings you to the conference and what you'd like to to get from it. We'll also do some fun interactive games to get to know each other. Open to Middle School Students
MTF Top and Bottom Surgery: Aesthetically Natural and Functional Results in a One-Stage Procedure

Dr. Sherman Leis, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Gender Specialist

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

Mike Adams, Traveling Programs Museum of Science

Become a rocket scientist! Design, build, and test balloon rockets and re-entry parachutes. This hands-on workshop explores the science behind rockets and space exploration. Use your imagination to plan, build, and test your own design. These air rockets will launch across the room and challenge you to engineer a way for the payload to safely return to Earth. More information available at: https://www.mos.org/traveling-programs/rockets.
Museum of Science for High School

Mike Adams, Traveling Programs Museum of Science

Become a rocket scientist! Design, build, and test balloon rockets and re-entry parachutes. This hands-on workshop explores the science behind rockets and space exploration. Use your imagination to plan, build, and test your own design. These air rockets will launch across the room and challenge you to engineer a way for the payload to safely return to Earth. More information available at: https://www.mos.org/traveling-programs/rockets.
Museum of Science Presents

Mike Adams, Traveling Programs Museum of Science

Become a rocket scientist! Design, build, and test balloon rockets and re-entry parachutes. This hands-on workshop explores the science behind rockets and space exploration. Use your imagination to plan, build, and test your own design. These air rockets will launch across the room and challenge you to engineer a way for the payload to safely return to Earth. More information available at: https://www.mos.org/traveling-programs/rockets. The Museum of Science will run this workshop twice, once at 1:00 and then at 2:00. This workshop is intended for youth from late elementary school through high school.
Navigating Partnerships: the Challenges for Our Partners, Spouses and Significant Others

Ms. Christine Campbell-Caulfield
Lisa Dacer

Being in any long-term committed relationship has its ups and downs; finding a way through as one partner comes out as transgender has unique and special challenges. Every relationship has its own chemistry, and keeping that going takes patience, humor, and a continuing evolution of both partners in order to make it work. This workshop will present ideas, common threads and experiences, and workable solutions to those challenges. Although the presentation is structured, there will be time set aside afterwards for questions and discussion.
Non-Binary Gathering and Discussion (Non-Binary participants only)

Mx. Quinn Reid

People identifying as bi-gender, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, or non-binary gather to share experiences, ideas, questions, answers, and support in a lightly-facilitated open discussion. Anyone questioning whether they identify as non-binary is also welcome.
OtherWise Christian

Mx. Chris Paige

A discussion with the author of OtherWise Christian digging into gender non conforming representation in the Christian Bible.
Out Late: Transitioning or Coming Out About Gender in Middle and Older Adulthood

Dr. A Evan Eyler, Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine, University of Vermont

This is a discussion group intended for trans or differently gendered people who have transitioned gender or come out about the true gender experience after approximately age 40. The trans and gender expansive communities have evolved substantially over time, and so has society at large. Many people in middle and older adulthood who did not have the opportunity to transition or come out earlier, or who held back for other reasons, are now doing so. So are people whose sense of self has evolved over time, and for whom a change in gender expression or presentation is now the best fit. Living as one's most authentic gendered self can be fulfilling at any age -- but the speed bumps and triumphs can be quite different at different times of life, and for people who grew up in different times. This discussion group offers an opportunity to share the joys and challenges of being "out late" in terms of gender. It is open to anyone ages ~40 - 100+ who has had the experience of going public about transgender or gender difference in middle or older adulthood, or who is considering doing so.

Carol Caravana

Parents and family

Carol Caravana

Parents place holder room for the day

Carol Caravana

Room place holder
PATH Project: Community Report

Virginia Vedilago, Program Manager

The PATH Project (Plan and Act for Transgender Health), is a partnership of local gender diverse community members, The Fenway Institute, Cooley Dickinson Health Care and researchers from Harvard Medical School. Through online surveys, focus groups, and provider interviews we were able to learn more about the experiences of gender diverse people navigating health systems in central and western Massachusetts, and surrounding areas of New England and upstate New York. We will be presenting and exploring the findings in our community report.
Personal safety on the Street

Ms. Rachel Rollins, self defense instructor

This course will cover : situation awareness, Threat management , Pre-contact cues, Self defense law of Mass. Also, tips and advise for handling yourself in the event that you find yourself in a mass shooting . Now . specifically , situation awareness is the understanding that your world is 360 degrees.Above and below, and how to practice to be aware of your surroundings. Threat management is , recognizing threatening behavior in others and creating distance from it , or de-escalating the encounter if you cannot get away. PRE -Contact cues , are physical movements and vocal signs that we must heed to warn us when our antagonist is about to strike. Self defense law of Mass. will be defined and discussed . Hopefully , we will have time for Qand A, AND I WILL BE HAPPY TO STAY AFTER FOR THOSE WHO HAVE QUESTIONS.
Phalloplasty and Metoidioplasty at the MGH Transgender Health Program

Dr. Robert Goldstein, Medical Director
Curtis Cetrulo

Attendees will hear from the surgical team that performs masculinizing bottom surgeries at the MGH Transgender Health Program. Members from the surgical team will be presenting, including those from Urology, Gynecology and Plastics & Reconstructive Surgery, to discuss the surgical process and prior procedures.
Power Through Presence: Ditching Performance Anxiety for Good

Mrs. Leah Marone, Psychotherapist

Performance is a huge issue not only in sports and training, but in the game of life. The mind and the body have to be in sink for peak performance to occur. An understanding of what the signs of performance anxiety will then begin the process of identifying triggers and root causes. It is critical for coaches and trainers to be educated on this topic and learn how to approach and support athletes who are struggling with such symptoms. Research continues to prove that practicing presence and mindfulness techniques greatly reduce symptoms of anxiety and negative self-talk. Three (3) take aways from this presentation. 1. Identifying and understanding the signs of performance anxiety. 2. The importance of staying present and implementing effective coping strategies. 3. Providing tools for coaches/trainers to use when working with athletes that are stagnated by anxiety.
Preparing for Gender Affirming Surgery - A Practical Guide

Dr. Elizabeth Boskey, Social Worker and Researcher, Center for Gender Surgery
Ms. Maria Semnack, RN, Center for Gender Surgery

This workshop is designed for people who are considering one or more gender affirming surgeries. A nurse and social worker who work in a gender surgery center will present the most common eligibility guidelines for various surgical procedures and explain how and what you may be expected to prepare before attending a surgical consult. During this workshop, the providers will discuss WPATH guidelines, insurance coverage (focusing on New England), letters, hair removal, and other aspects of getting ready to undergo top or bottom surgery. They will also answer questions about getting ready for surgery, what the consult process is like, and recovery from different procedures. Interested in attending? Please bring questions! Prepared questions should focus on general surgical issues (how do I get coverage for hair removal?) rather than individual medical concerns. The providers will not be providing medical advice during the workshop.
Preparing for Gender-Affirming Surgery: A Comprehensive Guide

Elijah Castle, Medical Case Manager
Vibbiano Gonzalez, TGNB Surgery Doula

The workshop will guide people seeking gender-affirming surgeries as well as anyone else who should know the process through the beginning -- finding a surgeon and scheduling a consult -- all the way through the day of surgery and navigating aftercare. The entire process of coordinating surgery will be covered here, from the logistical aspects to the emotional and interpersonal implications to holistic recovery tips. This workshop is a joint effort of two employees in the care coordination department at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center in NYC, whose job it is to help patients navigate the trans healthcare system.
Programs and Initiatives that build inclusive work environments

Colleen Simonelli, Vice President, Inclusion, Diversity and Organizaitonal Development

Organizations today are seeking to be more inclusive. Typically, this means creating an environment where people feel like they belong. It means facilitating connections and cultivating behaviors that allow all members of a community to feel respected and appreciated. Where everyone feels they can be themselves. So, what does it mean to be inclusive for people that identify as having a gender identity or gender expression that is different than what they were assigned at birth? Join this interactive workshop to share your input on how organizations can do better to be inclusive. Your input will be collected, summarized and shared with companies in the Boston area as well as shared on social media.
Promoting Confidence and Positivity in Transition!

Ms. Emily Fallon, Senior Media Tech / Youtuber

Wether it's with family, at work, or just walking down the street being confident and staying positive during a transition can be a hard at times. In this discussion based workshop run and hosted by YouTuber Emily Fallon of "It's Emily!" she will discuss different ways that have helped her in promoting confidence and positivity in her day to day life during transition.
Queer Dance Workshop

Jo Troll

This workshop will be a hands-on dance workshop based in the work developed at Boston Queer Dance Workshops, including both Vogue Femme and Irish Dance. Queer Dance Workshops are an ongoing project to build space where queer folks can simply dance around joyfully with other queer people. Queer bodies, particularly trans bodies, the bodies of queer people of color, acespec and arospec bodies, and disabled queer bodies, are constantly and regularly policed by the society we live in. Dance is an opportunity for trans folks to reclaim a positive, healthy relationship with our bodies.Here we center that practice around values of joy, body autonomy, community, and inclusion.
ReconcilingWorks Ministry: an Introduction to the Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Program

Mr. Sam Ward

ReconcilingWorks: Lutherans for Full Participation has advocated for the full welcome, inclusion, and equity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual/aromantic (LGBTQIA+) Lutherans in all aspects of the life of their Church, congregations, and community. The Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Program is for Lutheran communities that publicly welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. This workshop aims to: Introduce ReconcilingWorks’ ongoing mission: to embody, inspire, advocate, and organize for the acceptance and full participation of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities within the Lutheran communion and its ecumenical and global partners, striving to dismantal injustice and oppression. Information will be made available for hosting, “Building an Inclusive Church” trainings in targeted regions, states, and congregations as a way to increase RIC settings in areas of the country where LGBT support is not the cultural norm. The workshop will close by opening up a round table discussion for first-hand, faith community experiences and questions.
Relationships within the Context of Gender and Sexuality

Dr. Gennifer Herley, Dr. Gennifer Herley

This Group participatory workshop will explore the feelings of anyone in the Trans Community who has or would like to integrate their identity and sexuality with their spouse, girlfriend and or waqsignificant other. Regardless of your unique situation whether you are full-time, part-time, have realized your identity early or late. Whether, you consider yourself to be transgender, MTF, FTM, non-binary, crossdresser, genderfluid, or other. Whether, you sexually identify as straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer or other. As a group let’s hear each other’s stories so that may learn from one another. There are always similarities and differences from where we come from. Hopefully by sharing stories you will discover where you are going and where you would like to be in your current or future relationship. So come share your story in this workshop and let’s find some strategies and new ways to communicate in the relationship you are in or would like to be in
Self Care and Community Care as a Political Act - For QTPOC

Mx. Sol Martinez Guevara, Outreach Specialist

How do we, Queer and or Trans people of color take care of ourselves? We experience a lot of traumas and or consistently do a lot of work in an attempt to build spaces for others and for ourselves. How do we stay energized? How do we maintain boundaries? To what do we say yes or no to? These questions apply to all the environments we have to navigate: our schools, homes, workplaces, public environments, and social media. Doing self-care for ourselves should not feel like a privilege we can’t afford, but at times it does. Thus, our existence in itself is a political act. In this workshop, participants will work through concrete questions of self-care and practice at both individual and community-based level to analyze the culture of how we navigate fighting for our rights while simultaneously building worlds of our own to exist in and thrive in. This will be an opportunity to create a concrete list or plan of self-care and community care to build lifelong practices that combat systems that still disproportionately impact the well-being of queer and trans people of color in the U.S. Note: This will be a workshop held for queer and trans people of color. If you wish to participate as an ally, please do research ways in which you can financially, socially, or mentally support your queer and trans siblings, especially folx of color.
Sephora's Smokey Eye Class


Learn the ins and outs of layering liner and shadow for a smoldering banquet eye look.
Sephora's Teen Makeup Class


Learn to create a fresh-faced glow using soft, neutral hues and buildable formulas.
Sephora's Trans Masculine Grooming & Skincare Class


Sephora's Trans Community classes provide a safe, welcoming, and inclusive experience, where Transgender and Non-Binary clients can explore their own personal beauty style. We are inclusive of all gender expressions; this includes, but is not limited to, transgender men and non-binary individuals. Friends, families and allies are invited too!
Set up Time for Museum of Science

Jason Kan

Set up for MOS event seats in the back, tables in the front, sides, kids sitting on the floor 12:30 - 3:30
Sharing the Stories of the Transgender Community to Create Change

Ellyn Ruthstrom, Executive Director

SpeakOUT Boston has been sharing stories of the LGBTQ+ community since 1972 and believes in the power of personal storytelling to open minds and change attitudes. Transgender members of SpeakOUT will share their own personal stories, will discuss tips on shaping an effective story, and will share experiences they have had with different audiences throughout the Greater Boston area and beyond. How do you deal with difficult or challenging questions or audience member? Speakers will discuss how their own activism around political change intersects with making personal connections through their storytelling, in particular their experiences of speaking during the lead up to the referendum on Question 3 in Massachusetts in 2018.
Show me your Package

Andre Harris

Have you wondered what prosthetics are available to transmasculine/ Non binary individuals ? In this presentation you will get the chance to see and touch many of the current and popular products in the market. There will be a presentation giving information about various STP and packers. There will be time at the end to touch and ask questions about the various products. Realistic prothstetic penis’s will be present. This is recommended for ages 18 and up. Younger individuals are welcomes with permission from adults.
Small Fish in a Big Pond - Alliies and LGBTQ+ Activism Gets Results

Ms. Kristine Lessard, Sales Account Manager
Shane Landrum

Presenters: Shane Landrum, queer nonbinary transmasc person and Kristine Lessard, cisgender female This workshop will cover specific changes that Oracle's Employee Pride Network (OPEN) members were able to achieve within our Fortune 1000 workplace, through the efforts of its LGBTQ+ and Allies members. The OPEN LGBTQ+ and Allies group has a small but strong membership of fewer than 1% of the 140,000 global employee count. Nevertheless the 40 or so LGTBQ+ and Allies chapter run out of Burlington, MA has effected quantifiable change. We will report on those changes, share strategies that worked, and provide insight on how any individual can have an impact as an ally. Agenda: -What is an Employee Resource Group? -Why I joined the ERG - presenters share their stories -Update on several changes we have inspired within Oracle (adding Q+ to our group name, expanding gender-related healthcare, gaining gender-neutral bathrooms) -Examples of positive ally opportunities and actions -Small group breakout discussions, 10 to15 mins where attendees can share experience or ideas around what has or could be done in their workplaces -Large group sharing of 2 or 3 groups' results -Summary of suggested Ally strategies, behaviors and support for how to be an effective Ally.
Speed Dating at First Event

Ms. Alison Mandible

Our speed dating event is designed to embrace the complexity of gender while still helping people meet exactly who they want to. You can sign up regardless of gender or orientation, for dating or to meet others in transition for mutual support. After five minutes of conversation with each speed date, you secretly record whether you want to exchange contact information with that person and then the computer system takes care of the rest; only mutual "yes"es are shared. This event is being hosted by Poly Speed Dating, who have run all-gender inclusive dating events in the Boston area since 2011, but is intended for all First Event attendees; you do not need to be poly to attend. Preregistration and more details are available at polyspeeddating.com, or you can sign up on-site at First Event.
Standing Up for Yourself and Others (Teens & Middle School)

Valerie Overton

Learn how to stand up for yourself and others in a way that is safe and effective. Lead by Valerie Overton (She/Her), LexPride Co-Chair, and certified Active Bystander Trainer. Open to high school students.
Stop and Shift

Karen Millsap, Mindset Coach

Before mindfulness was a hot trending topic, it saved my life. It became my pathway back to a whole heart and a healthy mindset. Building self-awareness was the first step in creating an unbreakable foundation of life-changing habits. I learned how to practice internal habits like positive self-talk, emotional regulation, and facing fear. It also helped me discover the power in other habits like doing digital detoxes, spending time in nature, eating well and getting enough sleep. My healing journey is living proof that mindfulness can totally reshape your life. Not to mention, there's a great deal of research available to show the science behind this super-power that we all hold within. Mindfulness IS the key to a healthier happier life, regardless of the curveballs life tries to throw at you. When you catch your thoughts, train your brain, and renew your mind, your quality of life will improve drastically! To help people jumpstart their mental strength I created a simple, yet powerful, technique that explains how to let go of negative thought cycles and move to more productive and positive thinking - STOP & SHIFT. Stop & Shift is designed to help improve your thinking to make better choices and subsequently create a healthier + happier life.

Andrea Lovett, Storyteller
Meghann Perry, Storyteller

Stories have long been a way to learn about one another, to gain new perspectives, and to connect and empower people. Many people in the transgender community may tell their stories to each other in small gatherings or in presentations already. A  well crafted personal five minute story used allows people of all backgrounds to connect with, and in some way experience the teller’s stories on a deeper level. These stories are powerful and can be used to help inform audiences of their daily trials, joys and tribulations. This is a ninety minute workshop  teaching the basics of how to tell a five min. compelling story. Participants : Learn what elements make a compelling, palatable, relatable story that will reach a wide audience, including narrative arc, stakes, beginning, middle and end, and a strong first and last sentence. Learn what makes a great scene and how to use scenes in their stories for greatest impact. Learn how to use gestures, imagery, pauses, sound effects, facial expressions and body movement to enhance their stories Have an understanding and knowledge of storytelling they can apply to their stories in the future. Many participants in our storytelling workshops use their stories in a variety of ways: Conference presentations To assist others in making positive change in legislative procedures Offer insight to those unfamiliar with the transgender community , thereby creating new connections and understanding

Jae Johns, Children's Librarian

Kick back with a good book read by a local children's librarian.
Successful air travel while en-femme

PD Kaltenbach, Sr.Electrical Engineer

In an updated version of her presentation two years ago the presenter will discuss the subject of flying while en-femme and the resultant affirming, fun experience it has been for her and others who have done so as part of their transgender experience. While the presentation specifically addresses air travel challenges as a gender non-conforming person, the topics discussed are directly applicable to greatly improving any air travel experience. Items discussed will include legal issues, identity documents, detailed descriptions of the screening technologies in use and how to effortlessly breeze thru the process, airport passenger profiling (aka " what not to do" ), bathroom issues and alternatives, what to wear and how it makes a huge difference, the advantages of specific luggage types, scoring the best seating value, why flight attendants love having us on board, which airlines to avoid, and finally - how to simply enjoy the adventure once again.
Successful Transition at Work - It Takes a Village

Irene Brank, Consultant
Ms. Renee Degon, Consultant

Participants in this workshop will gain an understanding of why taking a team approach to gender transition in the workplace is a more successful approach. The workshop will cover everything from who is on the team, who needs to know, how to build a plan, and execution of that plan. Participants will hear from one woman who transitioned at work using this approach and how it changed her life.
Successfully positioning one's self to succeed in the job search as an out Transgender person

Ms. Phyllis Swanson-Welton, Asst. Vice President

Very high rates of unemployment continue to plague the Transgender community in spite of progress made in recent years and in spite of very low unemployment overall in the US economy. Transgender people who are unemployed often face a higher bar for employment than many others who are unemployed, solely because to who they are. Join Phyllis Swanson-Welton, an out Transgender woman who works in the Boston Financial community, for an open ended discussion on how Transgender people can work to successfully position themselves during the transition period from unemployment to securing meaningful employment, and what this particularly trying time in one's life and journey can bring in ways that can reward the Transgender job seeker, who will ultimately take on their next professional role with a new sense of purpose and meaning in their workplace.
Sunday Morning Worship Service

Rev. Sarah Carpenter, Rev.
Paula Degree

This is an open and affirming, nondenominational worship service. Communion will be offered and all are welcome.
Surviving a Never-Ending Transition

Jessica Mink, Activist and astronomer

What is your threshold for disclosing your past to another person in your life? This can be with old and new friends, family, colleagues, customers, and people with whom you make some sort of connection. The best way to advance our cause is for everyone to know a few trans people. Most cis people (and more trans people than I expected) don't think that they know any in their normal lives. So even when we have legal rights, widespread acceptance that we deserve those rights lags. But if we're more open, that makes us more vulnerable. How have you dealt with this dilemma?
Surviving Voices - Transgender community HIV & Aids

Mr. Jevon Martin, FOUNDER/CEO

In 2019, the Surviving Voices oral history project explored the impact of the AIDS pandemic on the transgender community. This video and interviews in this collection shed a light on the experiences of transgender women and men as well as non-binary and gender non-conforming individuals with HIV & AIDS. They also honor the contributions of the members of this community (both HIV+ and HIV-) to the fight against AIDS. We will discuss the barriers & disparities of the trans community. We will explore how homelessness is a risk factor & what we can do to eradicate HIV & homelessness together through education & adequate housing. Documentary is coproduced by Jevon Martin.
Talk Saves Lives LGBTQ+

Tara Greeley, Area Director, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Mr. David O'Leary, Board Chair, Greater Boston Chapter American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Suicide can be prevented. This Talk Saves Lives LGBTQ+ presentation will cover what we know about this leading cause of death, the most up-to-date research on prevention, and what we can all do to fight suicide. It is based off of the general community-based Talk Saves Lives presentation. Participants will learn the common risk factors for suicide in LGBTQ+ populations, how to spot the warning signs in others, and how to keep ourselves, our loved ones and those in our community safe. The presentation is accompanied by materials for all participants, typically including a wallet-size LifeSavers Manual, Talk Saves Lives print information and the National Suicide Prevention Crisis Hotline and Text Line information. The presentation invites conversation and questions.
Talking with your transgender child about sex and relationships

Rev. Sarah Carpenter, Rev.

This is a panel discussion for parents, family members, allies and advocates of transgender or gender questioning children and teens that examines ways to set safe, healthy limits for relationships, sexual activities and the changing social environment they will experience when they transition. The panel consists of practitioners in the transgender healthcare field and members of the trans community.
Tapping Into Your Creative Flow

Ms. Linda Marks, Body Psychotherapist and Singer-Songwriter

Living a creative life is a joyful, inspired and rewarding path. With all the worldly pressures to do, produce and keep busy, it is hard to shift gears to the space where we connect with our creative channel. Creating rituals that support grounding, slowing down, opening to the creative flow and walking through the "open door" of creative inspiration before it closes are not only helpful for whatever creative medium we wish to work in, but also enlivening forms of self-care that enhance overall well-being and living life with an authentic sense of self. Join mind-body psychotherapist, singer-songwriter and multi-genre artist Linda Mark in exploring ways to open and tap into your creative flow.
TD Bank Financial Planning workshop

Mr. Winson Wang, Corporate Banking Associate

Winson Wang of TD Bank Boston will present a detailed financial planning track for both you and old. Regarding savings, higher education, retirement, and investment planning. Bring an open mind and all your financial questions. Learn and get help with banking and budgeting basics in the digital age. Find info on checking and savings account details, ATM's, Debit Cards, new ways to pay and how to keep track of your money.
Teen Meet Up (BAGLY)

Nico Pang, Leadership Development Coordinator at BAGLY

This session will be dedicated to checking in about what brings you to the conference and what you'd like to to get from it. We'll also do some fun interactive games to get to know each other. Open to High School Students
Tell Us A Story! The First Event Story Slam

Ms. Marie Lamonte

Who doesn’t love a good story? Whenever I attend a conference like First Event, I tell and listen to stories constantly; every time I meet someone new or catch up with a friend. This workshop is a chance for you to tell us a story! Inspired by the Moth live storytelling events, we’re looking for storytellers and listeners to participate in our very own “story-slam”. Here’s how it works. If you want to tell a story, just drop your name in the bowl. We will draw names at random; if you’re picked, just come on up and tell your story! If you just want to listen, laugh, maybe cry, and learn about the experiences of your fellow members of the transgender community, just grab a seat, relax and enjoy. There will be a strict time limit of 10 minutes maximum per story to give as many people as possible a chance to do their thing. We’d love to hear from as many different facets of the trans community as possible, so don’t be shy. The theme of your story is: TRAVELS Prepare a 5 – 10 minute (maximum) story about a journey that you’ve taken, or that you’re taking now, or that you’re planning to take: physical, metaphorical, intellectual, emotional or otherwise. The fork in the road, the wrong turn, the road less traveled, the first step out the door; the face on the train, the unexpected traveling companion. Where are you going, and why? What obstacles lie in your way? Do you still recognize the face in the mirror at journey’s end? Tales of movement, adventure, discovery, peril, love and sadness, on your way from here to there. Some tips: Be creative! Look at your story from different perspectives. The best stories draw the listener in and evoke a response. Most importantly: Practice! No notes allowed. All storytellers are welcome
Telling your story through song, Music as Memoir

Ms. Celia Eberle, CiCi Eberle

Storytelling through song has been around as long as humans have huddled around campfires. Modern folk singing, from its revival in the 60's through the early 2000's, to the modern Folk Punk being made today have the ability to reach individuals at a deeply emotional level. Both listening to and composing songs can invoke a sense of belonging and hope. Increasingly, trans and non-binary stories as becoming a part of the folk fabric. Songs can be written for a variety of purposes: to heal others, to encourage social change, to educate, to shout "I am here!", or simply to find a common thread of understanding with the listener. We all have a stories we want to share and tell and the process of catching a seed and growing it into a song can be rewarding on many levels. This workshop will present the song form and invite participation in creating original song seeds that are informed by each person's individual journey. No musical experience is necessary or expected, just an open mind, pen and paper. After an introduction and some demonstration, the audience will be invited to participate in a guided effort to capture and describe an experience that is suitable for expression in the folk song format. Topics will include: What is the folk song form? Verse, Chorus, Bridge? What do I write about? How do I create a first song? Who, What, When, Where? Object writing? ...putting it all to music...
The Bottom Line: Post operative bottom surgery discussion space for Trans masculine individuals

Andre Harris

Have you had metodioplasty or phalloplasty? Come celebrate and talk about your experiences with other post operative individuals. This is restricted to individuals assigned female at birth and are post operative some form of genital reconstruction.
The Incomplete Guide to Trans and Non Binary Identities

Mr. Anthony Arrien

Anthony illustrates lessons in trans terminology, the four specrta in LGBTQ, transition myth busting and cultural competency which includes non-binary representation. The presentation highlights the importance of the use proper gender etiquette for transgender persons to prevent the worsening of dysphoria and to create awareness of the various statistics on suicidal risk according to gender identity, ethnicity and social stresses. Suitable for LGBTQ people providing arguments for self advocacy, and also for their allies, partners, employers, teachers, mental health providers and any future public policy warriors. Format: Questions and answers from the audience are welcome during the presentation to provide valuable feedback and deeper understanding during this workshop. A handout with a reading list, web links, and lists of transgender conferences is provided to the audience
The Power of Voice: Finding And Expressing Your True Self

Ms. Linda Marks, Body Psychotherapist and Singer-Songwriter

The roots of voice originate in the spirit and soul. Having a voice allows us both to express and share our internal experience and to say things others need to hear us say. It hurts our hearts when parts of our voice are silenced or disallowed, by us internally or others around us. Our voice also allows us to communicate a sense of authentic identity. So, as we become more comfortable with who we are, it is important to learn how to have "authentic voice," so that we can show up as ourselves in our lives and in the world. We all have a unique voice and it is important to be comfortable speaking and being heard. This workshop will include heart meditations and other experiential exercises to help us explore our authentic voice and become more comfortable and familiar with our voice as a channel to express our life energy and use our heart's power in ways that are meaningful to self and others. This workshop will include singing as a way to enjoy using our voices for fun and self-expression and to connect with others without being limited to the spoken word.
The struggle with Jesus

Ms. Stevielouise Crecelius

I was convinced God hated me and entities like the pope say we are insulting God's creation with our transitions. But I think too many worship the creation instead of God. I am also intersex and so I feel that is the smoking gun that God created more than just male and female. Religious zealots look the other way when intersex babies have their genitals altered but condemn us when we do. It is said that Jesus died on the cross for our sins but for me, God made me a sinner so why would God create us so imperfectly and then punish us for those imperfections. There are 30,000 Christian denominations with 30,000 different definitions of the so called " word of God". Which one is correct in a world where everyone things their version is the correct one. I feel the message on the cross is forgiveness. Instead of forgiveness being taught in some churches, condemnation is and therein lies the problem It really isn't God defining what is right or wrong, It is each of the 2.1 million Christians based on their own backgrounds and experience as well as their programming from whoever they listen to on the pulpit. It is understanding that God is love and humanity that messes up that message. As a trans family, we are often condemned by people who weaponize Jesus and the bible. It is arming the trans family with knowledge that allows us to defend our right to exist and a world where we too are God's children.
Three Case Studies: Clinicians discussing transgender & non-binary clients

Dr. Roxanne Cherry, Marriage, Family & Child Therapist

This workshop is for mental health professionals looking to expand their knowledge and skills in working with transgender clients. After a brief introduction, participants will be divided into three small groups, and each given one case study to discuss. Each group will be asked to focus on certain aspects of their case, and share ideas and concerns. These ideas will include client safety, goal-setting, building a therapeutic alliance, and important referrals. After ample time, all participants will come back to the larger group to give everyone an opportunity to hear all the case studies and the thoughts of the small groups.
Toward better transgender healthcare

Charlie Lindley, MD

As a transgender woman and an academically affiliated psychiatrist I’m pleased to be involved in the development of a four year medical school curriculum with the explicit goal of training doctors to take better care of transgender patients. At the same time, as the only transgender physician involved in this project I am intensely committed to providing as much meaningful, authentic information as I possibly can. With this goal in mind I’d be grateful for the opportunity to offer a workshop which would give me the opportunity to hear firsthand from as many members of our community as possible their experiences, their needs, their wants, and their complaints about medical care. It is so easy for even the most sincere clinicians outside our community to imagine that they understand us. I see it as my role to counteract this inherent disconnect in a potentially game-changing undertaking.
Trans 101

Dr. Roxanne Cherry, Marriage, Family & Child Therapist

Are you new to the trans community and looking for information and support? Do you want to be an ally but aren't entirely sure what that entails? Would you like to have a conversation with a psychologist who specializes in gender concerns? Then this workshop is for you! Participants will learn respectful terminology to address concepts specific to gender identity issues, which will also communicate that you are educated and sensitized to gender creative individuals. We will also discuss common co-occurring conditions, such as social anxiety, depression and self-medicating behaviors. And we'll prepare ourselves to assist in goals that are common to gender-creative individuals, including coming out, medical and social transition, hormone therapy, changing legal documents, employment and school concerns.
Trans 101

Dr. Roxanne Cherry, Licensed Marriage, Family & Child Therapist

Are you new to the trans community and looking for information and support? Do you want to be an ally but aren't entirely sure what that entails? Would you like to have a conversation with a psychologist who specializes in gender concerns? Then this workshop is for you! Participants will learn respectful terminology to address concepts specific to gender identity issues, which will also communicate that you are educated and sensitized to gender creative individuals. We will also discuss common co-occurring conditions, such as social anxiety, depression and self-medicating behaviors. And we'll prepare ourselves to assist in goals that are common to gender-creative individuals, including coming out, medical and social transition, hormone therapy, changing legal documents, employment and school concerns. Please bring an open mind and your sense of humor!
Trans Conservative Caucus Gathering

Ms. Christine Shustak, President

Networking opportunity for transgender conservatives
Trans Masc FAQ

Mr. Parker M
Mr. Michael Alexander

A workshop to answer all the burning questions you’ve considered asking on Reddit and other places on the internet. The questions will be answered by verified humans. Anyone entering a new stage of transition, whether social, familial, hormonal, or surgical, might have a lot of questions that need answers. Questions might sound like “How do I know/explain/tell/find/get …” At this workshop, the following will be provided: Answers to any question you can ask; Lists of online and book resources; Flow charts to help navigate medical transition; information about a Boston-based support group called Compass.
Trans masculine bottom surgery 101

Andre Harris

In this workshop, we will discuss common terminology used with trans masculine genital reconstruction procedures. I will give some brief overviews of the different kinds of surgery available to interested people. After the presentation, the will be a small panel of post operative individuals who will will talk about their experiences. This is open to any interested individuals.
Trans on the Trail - Surviving and thriving in the outdoors

Mason Dunn, Director of Advocacy at Keshet

No one ever said that hiking was easy. But backpacking, camping, or enjoying any number of outdoors activities can be particularly challenging when you are navigating that space as a trans or nonbinary person. So lets talk about it! In this workshop, Mason (he/him or they/them) will share their experiences as a trans person and outdoors enthusiast, including a recap of their 2018 adventure #Hike4Rights, some of their thoughts and considerations for outdoors safety, and how we can endeavor, together, to make the outdoors more accessible for all.
Trans Privacy Online: Did Your Online Data Already Out You?

Mrs. Stephanie Anne Jeffries, Identity and Privacy Strategist

OMG. Data breaches, hacked personal information, and identity theft are freaking you out. And you’re nervous that you might have abandoned old online accounts, or you didn’t restrict contact data, or you don’t know who’s posted which images of you where. These risks and fears are recurring, frightening facts of modern life. And they're especially alarming to trans people - who often have strong and deeply personal reasons to tightly-control their online identity and data … If you're in stealth mode, concerned about being unintentionally outed, actively redefining yourself, or simply worried about what you might lose if hacked, then [ kisses your forehead ] come to this session to take the first steps to control your online identities and privacy. You’ll benefit from a sister's expert guidance on keeping your online identity safe, controlled and consistent - so that you alone can manage how out your trans identity is. We'll review several scenarios for (and principles of) maintaining privacy of identity. Then, we'll dive straight into the different ways and places that your data is held – with organized and actionable tips on taking full control of your identity (or identities) online. Throughout the program, sharing of audience insights and participation are warmly welcomed but not expected.
Trans Women’s Process Group

Ms. Alice Kalafarski, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

As trans women, our focus is often how we see ourselves and are seen by the wider world. This workshop will help us explore how we see each other. The focus will be on the here-and-now experience of sitting in a circle with a dozen other trans women and interacting with each other. Our goal is to discover how the ways we do and don’t relate to each other provides insight into other relationships in our lives. This will be a double-session workshop, and participants are encouraged to stay for the full duration. Doors will be closed 10 minutes after the start. Attendance will be capped at 12 participants, and anyone who identifies as a trans woman is welcome to register.
Trans Youth of Color Affinity Group

Nico Pang, Leadership Development Coordinator at BAGLY
Leo Austin-Spooner

We will discuss the intersections of being youth/young adults, trans, and people of color. What are the joys and challenges? How does one’s race/ethnicity impact their ideas about gender? What does it mean to be trans people of color navigating queer and trans spaces that are predominantly White? What about the racism we face in LGBTQ+ spaces? In this space, we aim to celebrate our identities and uplift the experiences of those in our communities. Please note: This is a closed community building space for youth and young adults ages 22 and under who are trans and people of color (not exclusively white). The group will be facilitated by BAGLY peer leaders who are young trans people of color, and supported by an adult staff member who is also a trans person of color.
Trans/Nonbinary Youth Relational Group

Ms. Alice Kalafarski, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Being transgender is about more than how we identify, it's also about how we relate to other people. Most of us hope to adapt relationships with existing friends, family, and coworkers while also making new connections. Ignorance and transphobia is often the biggest barrier, but there can also be more subtle problems. For those of us who've spent time in the closet, we can pick up bad habits that are tricky to notice and unlearn. Being open about who we are also brings a new vulnerability that can make it hard to tolerate conflict. This workshop will help participants develop insight into these challenges by exploring how we relate to each other. This will be a structured relational group that encourages more dynamic peer-to-peer interaction than most support groups. Our hope is that this here-and-now focus will help us understand difficulties we may be having in other relationships.
Transgender Adult's Relational Group

Ms. Alice Kalafarski, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Being transgender is about more than how we identify, it's also about how we relate to other people. Most of us hope to adapt relationships with existing friends, family, and coworkers while also making new connections. Ignorance and transphobia is often the biggest barrier, but there can also be more subtle problems. For those of us who've spent time in the closet, we can pick up bad habits that are tricky to notice and unlearn. Being open about who we are also brings a new vulnerability that can make it hard to tolerate conflict. This workshop will help participants develop insight into these challenges by exploring how we relate to each other. This will be a structured relational group that encourages more dynamic peer-to-peer interaction than most support groups. Our hope is that this here-and-now focus will help us understand difficulties we may be having in other relationships.
Transgender Divorce

Robert Lapointe, Esq.
Manon Lapointe

One half of marriages end in divorce. Having a transgendered partner can add to the stress of a marriage and can increase the chances of a divorce. What should you know in advance? How can you protect yourself and still be fair to your partner? Is your marriage still valid after a transition? How will the gender issues affect the results of the divorce terms? What should I do before I get married? What can you expect during a divorce? Even if you don’t think you will get divorced, this seminar may be useful to you and your partner.
Transgender in the Tech Industry

Ms. Jessica Kagan, Software Engineer

You can't go anywhere these days without hearing about what the biggest technology companies are doing to reshape our world. Whether it's the organizing power a platform like Facebook or Reddit can give us, internal disputes over corporate culture spilling over into public discourse, or even just HR policies or local laws affecting the workforce, it's nearly impossible to quantify all the ways that it affects our lives. Technology can be a force for both social justice and inequity, and the gender diverse community will experience the brunt of those forces in the coming years. I'm an engineer who transitioned on the job, but my own experiences in isolation aren't representative, so I invite you all to share your experiences - whether you're an enthusiastic technology user, an industry veteran, or anything in between. How has the tech industry shaped your life and/or the lives of those around you? What can we do to make it a force for good?
Transgender Personalities in History, Part I

Melissa Morton

Since humankind began to define the boundaries of gender behavior, there have been people who have defied or crossed over those boundaries. Hear about some of these individuals, from the 15th to the 21st centuries. Some of them were male to female, others of them were female to male. Some of them were transgender for most of their lives, others for only brief but significant periods in their lives. The deeds of some of these people have inspired books, plays, operas, and even beverages. All of them left a legacy of some sort. A brief biography of each individual profiled is available upon request. Part I goes up to the 1860s, including the American Civil War.
Transgender Personalities in History, Part II

Melissa Morton

Since humankind began to define the boundaries of gender behavior, there have been people who have defied or crossed over those boundaries. Hear about some of these individuals, from the 15th to the 21st centuries. Some of them were male to female, others of them were female to male. Some of them were transgender for most of their lives, others for only brief but significant periods in their lives. The deeds of some of these people have inspired books, plays, operas, and even beverages. All of them left a legacy of some sort. A brief biography of each individual profiled is available upon request. Part II covers the period from the 1860s to the present day.
Transgender Personalities in History, Part III

Melissa Morton

Since humankind began to define the boundaries of gender behavior, there have been people who have defied or crossed over those boundaries. Hear about some of these individuals, from the 15th to the 21st centuries. Some of them were male to female, others of them were female to male. Some of them were transgender for most of their lives, others for only brief but significant periods in their lives. The deeds of some of these people have inspired books, plays, operas, and even beverages. All of them left a legacy of some sort. A brief biography of each individual profiled is available upon request.
Transgender Team: Questions and answers that will help you choose your best team of providers.

Diane Ellaborn, LICSW, DCSW
Dr. Toby Meltzer, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Dr. Stuart Chipkin, Endocrinology
Tom Barber

No matter how you identify in the transgender spectrum, you deserve a team of providers that are not just affirming but also knowledgeable and highly experienced working with transgender individuals. But how do you select providers to comprise your team when everyday there are more and more choices? One needs to be cautious when many of these new providers have little experience but have slick marketing. To help you create criteria to use in this selection and be a more educated consumer, Gender Specialist Diane Ellaborn, LICSW, DCSW, has assembled a team of expert providers including a Surgeon, Dr. Toby Meltzer, Endocrinologist, Dr. Stuart Chipkin, Primary Care Physician Dr. Thomas Barber, Surgeon Dr. Melissa Johnson and Adolescent Medicine Physician, Dr. Diane Blake. Diane Ellaborn along with these highly experienced panel of providers will not just talk about their view of optimal care but will answer audience members’ questions about your own care. The workshop will address issues and questions relevant to all ages including child, adolescent and adult issues.
Transitioning in the corporate workplace

Ms. Jackie Euell

Self advocacy is critical in having a successful transition in the corporate workplace. While companies may talk the talk and have some degree of corporate policies in place, my lived experience is that I needed to continuously educate, inform and navigate the business environment in order to have an optimal outcome. I will share some tips and techniques that I found necessary before, during and after transition. There will be a short presentation followed by Q&A and discussion to help share additional ideas that members of the community may have.

Mx. Alexander Renzi, Trans - Parent
Marc Tierney

We will discuss our own journies to parenthood and different pathways to starting a family. Q&A about the choices to start a family and how, what pregnancy and birth was like and current issues about parenting while trans.
Understanding Blame and Shame and how to work through them

Mr. Glenn Koenig, Author & Lecturer

Why do we often blame each other or ourselves? Where does shame come from and why is it so often difficult to overcome? In this workshop we will look at the origin of these feelings from a new perspective as we seek to understand the role they play in our lives. This workshop involves some simple exercises in which you are welcome to participate. So bring your curiosity, your sense of humor, and let’s explore together.
Unlocking Your Voice: Vocal Techniques To Access Your Authentic Sound

Ms. Elizabeth Anne Biddle, Elizabeth Anne Biddle

In the workshop, we will learn about vocal exercises to support a vocal range that best represents your identity. In exploring pitch, resonance, and intonation, you will come away with a breadth of exercises that you can practice and use anywhere. We will also learn about vocal injury prevention and how to avoid vocal strain. Over time, these exercises will support your continued vocal growth in an entirely healthy and organic way.
Vaginoplasty and Facial Feminization Procedures at the MGH Transgender Health Program

Dr. Robert Goldstein, Medical Director

Attendees will learn about vaginoplasty and facial feminization procedures at the MGH Transgender Health Program. Members from the surgical team, including those from Gynecology, Urology, and Plastics & Reconstructive Surgery will talk about the surgical process, as well as the prior procedures performed at MGH.
Vaginoplasty and Genital Remodeling Surgical Options at Boston Medical Center

Mr. Micha Martin, CTMS Project Manager

Jenny Siegel (Primary Care and CTMS Director) Jaromir Slama (Surgeon) Robert Oates (Surgeon) Pam Klein (Nurse/Moderator) Physical Therapy representative
Welcoming home the Exiles: healing the self-alienation and fragmentation of gender dysphoria

Michelle Allison LMFT, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

For many gender variant individuals, their gendered experiences are the source of painful self-alienation and fragmentation, much as with others who experience long term, unrelenting stressors. Recognizing and addressing this emotional fallout can better prepare persons for a medical and social transition and/or insure a positive emotional outcome as that transition unfolds over time.. This workshop will introduce gender therapists (and their clients) to additional clinical resources such as: mindfulness practices, multi-consciousness, ‘parts’ and body work, and similar healing techniques to achieve these goals. Gender variant persons (and their allies ) are also welcome to dig deeper into the complex emotional experience of gender dysphoria. Learn words and ideas to describe this deeply felt awareness. Then use your new level of self awareness and emotional integration to gain personal empowerment; and to more effectively communicate to others the nature of your unique experience.
What You Should Know About Injectable Aesthetics: Advanced Techniques for Your Biggest Problems Without Surgery!

Dr. Onir Spiegel, DDS, PHD

Botox, Jeuveau, Dysport, Xeomin, Juvaderm, Restylane, Radiesse, Versa, Kybella, etc... You’ve heard these terms, now find out how they work and what products will work best for you! What about microneedling, Erbium, resurfacing laser treatments, CO2, RF, or Morpheus? Find out about the latest and best in medical aesthetics. If you don't know the great feminizing and beautifying power they have, then this seminar is a must! Dr. Onir will teach you what to choose, when to do it, and how to make the most of your appearance without surgery. Already had surgery? Learn how to keep yourself looking good! All will have a great time, and there may even be a live demonstration!
What's the Latest Regarding Cross Gender Hormone Therapy (CGHT)

Dr. Stuart Chipkin, Endocrinology

A review of recent studies involving hormone therapy will be presented in ways for non-medical people to understand. We will discuss strengths and limitations of the studies to put the findings into context.
When your parents won't accept you as trans

Shen C
Mr. Ning X, future nurse practitioner

There are many ways in which a trans person may not be accepted by their parent(s). You may have little to no contact with them, by your choice or theirs. You may have a strained relationship where you cannot share major parts of your life. You may have to tiptoe around topics of gender, sexuality, and/or trans identity. Parents may abuse and gaslight you, and not admit to their prejudice and transphobia. This event is intended for trans people who have experienced difficulty in their relationships with parental figures after coming out. This event is also for people who plan to come out, and are seeking support for what may come next.
Why do we need gender inclusive restrooms, and the stories behind the issue

Mr. Jeremy Du, Director

he stories behind "why do we need gender-neutral restroom?" We are planning to collect the voices from trans community. We will only focus on why do we need gender-neutral restroom. Live interactive participation and video testimony.
Wig care and styling 101

Laurie Chism, Master Wig Maker/Designer

Do you struggle with finding the best wig design and style for your face shape? Do you find your self confused when looking at the price difference between wigs and wondering what the difference is in a $50 wig and a $1500 wig ? Do you know how to care for and style your wig? If you feel confused in the hair market and are not sure how to choose the right product for you then this workshop is for you ! In this fun and interactive crash course Laurie will teach you how to choose the best wig for your face shape. Choosing the right color for your skin tone show you the difference in caps design and go over wig care and maintenance. Expect to leave this workshop feeling empowered and confident with your new knowledge, ready to take on the world !
Will the Supreme Court Take Away LGBTQ. Rights?

Ms. Rachel Alpert

The U.S. Supreme Court is about to rule on whether LGBTQ people can be fired from their jobs just because of who they are. Until now, most courts have protected trans and gay and lesbian employees. It looks like that’s about to change, and for trans people it will affect their school bathroom rights and educational opportunities. Rachel will discuss all the Supreme Court action and guide us through the U.S. laws.
Working with Transgender People: What Businesses Need to Know

Mr. Noah Lewis, Trans Health Project Director

Transgender people have become more visible in society, but most people do not have a close friend or family member who is transgender. Consequently, most people still have a lot of questions about what it means to be transgender and how to respectfully interact with transgender co-workers and customers. This workshop weaves together what discrimination against transgender people looks like along with the legal rights of transgender people to present a picture of what best practices in the workplace look like. We’ll specifically cover the importance of having transgender-inclusive health insurance. Instead of being simply a recitation of terminology or a list of “shoulds,” this training provides participants with the ability to gain a fundamentally different understanding of transgender issues that will allow them to independently apply that knowledge to any situation they may encounter involving a transgender person.
Workplace Issues for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Individuals

Dr. Deborah Smith, BodyPrime Founder and CEO

This workshop takes on an expansive review and discussion of the issues affecting the employment of transgender and gender nonconforming individuals beginning with attraction and recruitment, HR systems and gender markers, employment applications, background checks, employer drug testing, employment exams, federal security clearances, onboarding and retention, sponsoring and mentoring, workplace gender transition plans and practices, medical and benefit coverage, restroom and locker room use, global travel, and leveraging allies and ERGs/BRGs. Best HR practices will be shared and many actional insights and opportunities will be highlighted. B. Clear audience takeaways: 1. Understand the significant cultural shift which is occurring regarding gender identity, gender fluidity, and gender expression 2. Understand the different intersections where existing HR systems and common employment practices create significant employment issues and liabilities 3. Understand how different employment settings and situations may pose difficulties for transgender and/or gender nonconforming individuals and how to mitigate and manage these situations The significant demographic and legal (regulatory) changes that are underway in America including EEOC enforcement trends and activity Gender marker issues in employment and HR Systems Application and background check challenges such as with SSN name changes Employer drug testing, use of prosthetic devices, and directly observed testing requirements under DOT Part 40 Career development including coaches, mentors, and sponsors and how to leverage ERGs Gender transition plans, resources, and best practices Bathroom and locker room use, and understanding of current OSHA guidance ensuring restroom access as a safety issue Federal security clearance issues and support for workplace gender transitions Medical and benefit coverage best practices
Writing & Fighting: Zines as Tools of Queer and Trans Liberation

Mx. Dee Moore

Zines are self published booklets of writing, art, and more. In this workshop, we'll explore the history of zine making in the queer community as a tool of self advocacy, community building, and activism. Then, we'll learn common tools and zine formats so that participants can create their own zines!
Writing Your Transgender Memoir

Dr. Connelly Akstens, Professor, SUNY Empire State College

The most important word in the title of this workshop is "your." Each of us has a story to tell. The challenge is how to tell it. Writing a memoir is an important inner exploration for any transgender person. It is also important for the society in which we live; transgender people must be seen, must be known and must be heard. I've taught Creative Nonfiction writing at SUNY/Empire State College for more than twenty years, helping students to think about ways to tell their story that will feel authentic to them and have an impact on the audience. We will discuss several topics in this workshop: "How do I find my voice?" "How should I structure my memoir?" "What do I need to do to make sure other people can read it?" "What do I do if I'm stuck?" If you've already done some writing, bring it, please--with a short "clip" you'd like to read. If you haven't written yet, bring your ideas and your rich personal history--which you can share as much or a little as you'd like.
You Can Write the Ending of Your Life Story

Ms. Laura Meeks, Speaker, Teacher, Coach

Often those involved in a gender issue feel as if the universe has been pushing, pulling, or directing their story somehow and they wonder how the story will end. Will I survive? Will I be loved? Will my son/daughter be happy? What I learned is YOU get the write the ending of your story. In this seminar I use the story of my transition from Laurence to Laura to illustrate how you can choose your attitude, build a vision, and communicate with those you love to guide your life to the ending you are wishing for. My wife and I served full careers in the USAF. When we retired, we build a business together and during that time I made a full transition to Laura. We are still married after 33 yrs, we have 3 loving kids, 2 grand kids and a full and active life. You can have this too. This is a must see seminar for youth, family and those who want to know how to effect positive change in their lives.
Young Youth

Carol Caravana

Youth under middle school age
Young Youth Games workshops

Carol Caravana

10am - 11am
Youth & Family Workshop: Transgender and gender non-conforming children, youth and parent panel:

Diane Ellaborn, LICSW, DCSW

A panel of transgender children, youth, young adults and their parents will share their personal stories, challenges and successes. Gender Specialist, Diane Ellaborn, LICSW, DCSW, will present an overview of evaluation, treatment and psychoeducation for transgender, gender non-conforming and questioning children, youth, young adults and their families, schools and communities. Presenters will talk about a range of options to live with one's unique gender identity including hormone blockers, social transition, medical and surgical interventions. The MA public school and up to date guidelines for creating a safe and supportive school environment for transgender students will be available, changes in name change procedure, possible changes in federal policy about transgender and current MA insurance commission policy about health insurance coverage will be discussed.
Youth & Parents

Carol Caravana

Youth and Parents place holder room
Youth and Family: Welcome

Carol Caravana
Tracy McKay

For family, youth, siblings, friends and allies, all are welcome to First Event 2020! We will have quick introductions of the people that helped organize the Family and Youth Programming. We will answer any questions about the upcoming day; such as, "Where will my children be?", "How do I know where the workshops will be held?" and many other more creative questions so everyone will be comfortable and excited for what's to come.