Schedule Overview

Daily Schedule for Saturday February 02, 2019

Click on the Activity/Event title to view the details. Click on the presenter's image for workshops (light yellow) to view their bios. Times & events are tentative and subject to change. We will post the most up-to-date information as we receive it so please check back often. The final schedule will be posted by mid January.

People of Color Program
Youth & Family Program
Spouse/Significant Other Program
Wellness Program
Transmasculine Program
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Time Activity/Event   Presenter/Host Location
9:00A OPEN BoxBorough
No workshop scheduled for this time slot
9:00A How To Successfully Transition in Your Employment Rev. Moonhawk River Stone Duchess

Rev. Moonhawk River
Stone
Given the new post Trump realities, what will workplace transition look like? How will employee rights be protected or not? How to successfully transition in the midst of this challenging time, when rights may be changing rapidly. This workshop will take the participant through the entire process of transitioning on the job in a practical step by step model. The model Stone will present has been successfully used with his clients in a wide variety of settings and is flexible to any situation. Some of the areas covered include coming out, legal issues, developing a program to fit one's individual workplace.
9:00A What's so bad about a binary? A discussion on masculinity, femininity, and androgyny in our lives Dr. Ruben Hopwood, MDiv, PhD
Steph DeNormand
Hudson

Dr. Ruben
Hopwood, MDiv, PhD

Steph
DeNormand
There is no right or wrong way to experience one's gender. Gender expression varies across time and cultures and is not universally experienced or expressed in the same way across people or groups. This will be a facilitated participant/group discussion on how trans, cis, and nonbinary people all experience and express gender in their lives. There is no formal presentation. Participants are the speakers. Participants are invited to listen to and to briefly share personal stories of their own experiences and expressions of their gender in their lives. We invite people to share what gender means to them and perhaps how that has changed over time; to share positive experiences they have had of gender and challenges they have faced related to gender and/or gender expression. The goal of this facilitated discussion is to improve understanding and connection between people through listening to each other as we share our personal stories of experiencing gender in ways that may or may not differ from cultural norms and expectations.
9:00A Issues with Cis-Trans couples: Communication, Negotiation, and Rebuilding Trust Spouse/Significant Other Program Dr. Maureen Osborne Northborough

Dr. Maureen
Osborne
A marriage or committed relationship in which one member comes to identify themselves as transgender can test the skills of even the most experienced gender therapist. The particular context may be one of early or later disclosure in the life of the relationship, part-time vs. full-time, public vs. private gender expression, and straight or queer-identified, with each presenting potential challenges. Among these are damage to mutual trust, perceived loss of intimacy, unrealized hopes and expectations, the need for secrecy, competition for attention, impact on family, finances, changes in couple identity, and more. This workshop will identify potential issues and suggest communication and negotiation strategies for couples with a gender variant partner
9:00A Chest Wall Reconstruction/Breast Surgery - FTM and MTF Wellness Program Dr. Melissa Johnson Princess

Dr. Melissa
Johnson
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.
9:00A Fantasia Fair 2019! Dee LaValle
Jolie LaValle
Ms. Temperance DuWitt
Salon C

Dee
LaValle

Jolie
LaValle

Ms. Temperance
DuWitt
Fantasia Fair is the longest running annual transgender event in the world, this year celebrating its 45th anniversary. Fantasia Fair is a full-immersion real life experience that takes place throughout the entire town of picturesque Provincetown, MA. Drop by anytime during this session for an introduction to the Fantasia Fair experience. We will be showing footage from last year’s Fashion Show and the Fantasia Fair Follies talent show. Members of the planning committee will be available for one-on-one discussions, including the SO coordinator, who will be reviewing the comprehensive relationship track Fantasia Fair is well known for. Information will also be available about the new FTM track being introduced at FanFair19. An exclusive discount will be available to anyone who pre-registers for the Fair at First-Event. Not sure about Fantasia Fair? Come on by and see for yourself.
9:00A OPEN Seminar
No workshop scheduled for this time slot
9:00A Out Late Dr. A Evan Eyler Southborough

Dr. A Evan
Eyler
This workshop is intended for people approximately ages 40-100, who have transitioned gender or gender presentation, or made a significant change in gender expression, fairly recently -- or who are considering doing so. Living openly as one's truest self can be exhilarating at any age, but the challenges and triumphs can be quite different depending on age and lived experience. We will discuss the hopes, fears, challenges, victories, baggage -- and sometimes benefits -- of being Out Late.
9:00A Gynecology for the FTM Patient and Options for Gender Affirming Surgery Transmasculine Program Dr. Yvonne Gomez-Carrion
Marybeth Meservey
Wanda Flores
Sterling

Dr. Yvonne
Gomez-Carrion

Marybeth
Meservey

Wanda
Flores
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.
9:00A Newcomers' Orientation Ms. Lida Mullendore Sudbury

Ms. Lida
Mullendore
Welcome Newcomers to the First Event Newcomers' Orientation. Please join us each morning at 9 am where we will welcome you personally and answer any questions.
9:00A What is Self Care, Anyway? Wellness Program Janhavi Madabushi
Mx. Kamaria Carrington
MaeBright Group
Wayland

Janhavi
Madabushi

Mx. Kamaria
Carrington

MaeBright
Group
Self-care can mean so many things to so many people. In this workshop we'll go over some basics of self-care, how to listen to what our bodies, hearts, and minds needs, and how to incorporate those things into our lives.
9:00A Trans masculine bottom surgery from a patient's perspective Transmasculine Program Andre Harris Westborough

Andre
Harris
Have you ever been curious about the different types of gender affirming surgeries available to trans masculine/ AFAB individuals? This workshop might be for you. You will get a basic overview of the different options available and the terminology used around these surgeries. The first half will be a slideshow with information and the second half will be a Q&A with post operative individuals.
10:30A Sex Work 101 Wellness Program Massachusetts Sex Worker Ally Network MASWAN
Amanda Weber
BoxBorough

Massachusetts Sex Worker Ally Network
MASWAN

Amanda
Weber
A primer for understanding sex work issues, policy, and advocacy efforts in Boston and beyond. This workshop will give basic information about sex work, individuals involved in sex work, recent legal changes that have impacted their lives, and how we can all better support sex workers. This workshop will also delve into some of the specific issues that trans sex workers face.
10:30A Transmasculine Sexuality (Limited to Transmasculine Identified Persons Only) Transmasculine Program Rev. Moonhawk River Stone Duchess

Rev. Moonhawk River
Stone
This workshop is an invitation for all transmasculine identified individuals to partake in a discussion that explores our passions, desires, questions, and concerns about sexuality. It is an opportunity to share our collective knowledge and experience about our sexuality as transmasculine persons and to learn from others. This is an opportunity for respectful, open and honest discussion of transmasculine sexuality, sex, and intimacy from all perspectives on the binary and the non binary. Please make time to be on time for privacy, safety and trust building no late arrivals will be admitted.
10:30A OPEN Hudson
No workshop scheduled for this time slot
10:30A When your partner transitions - How to survive with grief, loss and transformation. Spouse/Significant Other Program Mary Lasher Northborough

Mary
Lasher
When a partner transitions to another gender, so much is happening that it is easy for forget that you are grieving with loss even if you are supportive of the gender change. This workshop helps you recognize complicated grief so that you can honor the losses and value the future ahead.
10:30A Your Transgender Team: Ask the Experts Wellness Program Diane Ellaborn Princess

Diane
Ellaborn
Diane Ellaborn, LICSW, DCSW- No matter how you identify and where you are in the gender spectrum you deserve a supportive team of providers that are not just affirming but also are knowledgeable and highly experienced working with transgender individuals. Gender Specialist Diane Ellaborn, LICSW, DCSW, and a team of experts including surgeon Dr. Toby Meltzer, endocrinologist Dr. Stuart Chipkin, primary care doctor Dr. Tom Barber, adolescent medicine doctor, Dr. Diane Blake and surgeon Dr. Melissa Johnson, will present an overview of current and long-term issues for transgender individuals. Members of your support team including mental health, primary care, surgery and other helping professionals will address your issues in a question and answer format. We will address all ages, including child, adolescent and adult issues.
10:30A Fantasia Fair 2019! Dee LaValle
Jolie LaValle
Ms. Temperance DuWitt
Salon C

Dee
LaValle

Jolie
LaValle

Ms. Temperance
DuWitt
Fantasia Fair is the longest running annual transgender event in the world, this year celebrating its 45th anniversary. Fantasia Fair is a full-immersion real life experience that takes place throughout the entire town of picturesque Provincetown, MA. Drop by anytime during this session for an introduction to the Fantasia Fair experience. We will be showing footage from last year’s Fashion Show and the Fantasia Fair Follies talent show. Members of the planning committee will be available for one-on-one discussions, including the SO coordinator, who will be reviewing the comprehensive relationship track Fantasia Fair is well known for. Information will also be available about the new FTM track being introduced at FanFair19. An exclusive discount will be available to anyone who pre-registers for the Fair at First-Event. Not sure about Fantasia Fair? Come on by and see for yourself.
10:30A Boston Medical Center’s Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery – Gender Affirming Surgeries and Physical Therapy Wellness Program Ms. Pam Klein
Cathryn Morris
Danielle Ferguson
Seminar

Ms. Pam
Klein

Cathryn
Morris

Danielle
Ferguson
Boston Medical Center through its Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery is able to offer comprehensive and coordinated health care services for the transgender and gender non-conforming patient. This workshop focuses on CTMS’s gender affirming surgeries (including chest reconstruction, neovaginoplasty, orchiectomy, oophorectomy, hysterectomy and facial feminization), and related recovery supports including physical therapy services. There will be time for the audience members to ask their own questions about CTMS and its surgical and rehabilitation services. [See CTMS’s other workshop for information about the non-surgical services available at BMC for transgender patients.]
10:30A Non-Binary Gathering and Discussion (Non-Binary participants only) Kate Reid Southborough

Kate
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.
10:30A Identifying and Treating the Causes of Sexual Pain in Gender Diverse People Wellness Program Dr. Danielle O'Banion Sterling

Dr. Danielle
O'Banion
In general, discussions with health care providers of sex with a focus on infection and pregnancy risk reduction. However, sexual pleasure and pain can be important indicators of a person's mental and physical health. In this lecture, we will focus on common medical causes of painful sex in gender diverse people, as these diagnoses often go missed in routine discussions. I will present de-identified patient stories to give you a better sense of how to assess your own concerns about sexual dysfunction. We will also review accessible treatment modalities to help you advocate for yourself to your own medical providers. This lecture is for all gender identities, as we will cover a range of conditions that impact both pre- and post-surgical anatomies.
10:30A Living in the Neurodiversity/Genderdiversity Overlap - Limited to people who identify as both on the neurodiverse spectrum and the gender diverse spectrum. Mr. Jeff Brody
Jamie Freed
Sudbury

Mr. Jeff
Brody

Jamie
Freed
This workshop is for people who identify as neurodiverse (autism/aspergers, NLD and related profiles) and who identify as trans, non-binary or gender-questioning.  It will provide a brief introduction to the spectrum of gender identity and the ways it intersects with autism/aspergers/neurovariance, followed by an open-ended, supportive, group discussion. Depending on participants’ interests and needs, topics may include: • local networking for peer support for those in the overlap • working with helpers, families and systems • social and medical transition • trauma, resilience, trust • the effect of sensory sensitivities on body dysphoria • passing, disclosure, stigma and trying to look “normal" • developing an authentic social persona • the upside of eccentricity: creativity in the arts, geek culture, fan fiction, and technology
10:30A How We Get Through it All: A panel on self care Wellness Program Rev. Louis J Mitchell
MaeBright Group
Wayland

Rev. Louis J
Mitchell

MaeBright
Group
Care looks different for different people. How we take care of ourselves, from what we do to how we do it can look like anything from bubble baths to batting cages. Louis Mitchell will facilitate a panel conversation about how we take care of ourselves, so we can continue being the fabulous trans people we are.
10:30A Black Transmen Inc: One Is Not Born A Man He Becomes One People of Color Program Transmasculine Program Mr. Carter Brown Westborough

Mr. Carter
Brown
Black Transmen Exist and Together We Are Powerful! Black Transmen Inc creates space for Black Transmen Embracing African Heritage, Manhood and Brotherhood. This workshop will provide an opportunity to engage in discussion about living in our truth, the power of community and advancing the Black trans movement. It is a known and statistical fact that societal challenges for an African American male exist. It is also well known that negative stereotypes of Black men have overhang stagnantly for generations. The goal of this workshop is to hold open dialogue with trans-masculine people about how we can all positively contribute to ending the cycle and diminishing the stereotypes by exposing the world to another face of Black men. By helping to build stronger (trans)men, it will inevitably build stronger families, stronger communities and a stronger society.
1:00P Reproductive Options and Fertility Preservation for Transgender People Wellness Program Dr. Samuel Pang BoxBorough

Dr. Samuel
Pang
Historically, transgender people have been able to have children through heterosexual relationships prior to their coming out and transitioning. More recently, transgender people are coming out and transitioning sooner in their lives, such that they may not have the opportunity to have children through a traditional heterosexual relationship. Procreation may not be a topic that is foremost in the minds of transgender individuals who are in the process of coming out and transitioning. Unfortunately, procreation may not be an option after a transgender individual has completely transitioned unless they take steps to preserve their procreative potential prior to transitioning. With the availability of assisted reproductive technologies (ART), transgender individuals have the opportunity to have genetic offspring if they choose to do so. Transgender individuals who would like to have the opportunity to have genetic offspring need to plan ahead. Prior to gender reassignment hormonal treatment and surgical procedures, transgender individuals may bank their gametes (sperm or eggs) which could be used in future to build their families through ART. This presentation will review some of the options available to transgender individuals who would like to be able to have genetic offspring, and describe how IVF, and related ART procedures such as gamete donation and gestational surrogacy, may be used to build families for transgender people who have banked their gametes prior to transition.
1:00P Family Through a Gender Transition Youth & Family Program Rev. Moonhawk River Stone Duchess

Rev. Moonhawk River
Stone
Despite our varied experience in our families--both of origin and of choice, it is the presenter's opinion family ties are precious to us. Maintaining families across a gender transition is often an incredible challenge and journey for all involved, particularly for children of transgender adults. This workshop will focus on the methods the presenter has successfully used in his private practice over the past thirty plus years to transition families (and the relationships within the family) along with the transperson.
1:00P There is VALUE in Financial Awareness Mr. Earin Rose Hudson

Mr. Earin
Rose
Learn how to add value to your life and/or business by understanding how much you make and how you spend your money. In this workshop, the objective is to discuss how to review your earnings and expenses to make better financial decisions. Whether you are looking to save money for an upcoming trip or expense, cut back on spending, you have a business, or you want to grow your money, the FIRST step is understanding how you're doing, financially. Each attendee will receive a FREE financial budget template.
1:00P Multigenerational Trans Communication Forum Eli Brown
Pony Knowles
Northborough

Eli
Brown

Pony
Knowles
There is a multigenerational trans and gnc communication project happening right now in Boston! As a collaborative, community-led initiative, we are focused on building relationships across generations through monthly free dinners, skill sharing, and strategizing what our shared futures look like. It is too often the case that we as trans folks are kept generationally isolated, not having access to spaces shared by people of different ages outside of clinical or support-group-type settings. As a result, we miss out on building trans family, challenging generational biases, and supporting each other as we learn our histories and futures. This workshop will hold space for folks of all ages to weigh in on the direction and goals of this project, as well as provide an opportunity to engage in an intergenerational roundtable discussion and strategizing session. We look forward to hearing from folks about their generational experiences and building family together!
1:00P FTM Chest Surgery Show and Tell Wellness Program Transmasculine Program Mr. Andy Gavin Princess

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.
1:00P From the Statehouse to the Ballot Box: the Battle for Trans Rights in Massachusetts Mason Dunn Seminar

Mason
Dunn
A quick history and perspective on the campaign for trans rights in public spaces. How we got from the state house to the ballot box to equal rights across the state.
1:00P OPEN Southborough
No workshop scheduled for this time slot
1:00P Ballroom 101 (Voguing) Ms. Athena West
Tarik St.Clair
Sterling

Ms. Athena
West

Tarik
St.Clair
New to Ball room and want to learn more about it? Come and learn about the history of how it started and where it has come from. We will discuss language and feelings, categories and houses, and where they all come from.
1:00P Using, Recovery, and Being Trans Wellness Program Rev. Louis J Mitchell
Nicholas McCaskill
MaeBright Group
Sudbury

Rev. Louis J
Mitchell

Nicholas
McCaskill

MaeBright
Group
Let's face it: the world is not always kind to trans people. Many in our community use substances to alleviate some of the pain the world inflicts on us. Join us for a judgement free workshop where we'll discuss using, self-medicating, recovery, sobriety, and everything in-between. Our goal for this workshop is for attendees to be better able to make informed choices about their substance use and/or sobriety.
1:00P OPEN Wayland
No workshop scheduled for this time slot
1:00P Sporting While TPOC People of Color Program Youth & Family Program Mx. LB Moore
Mr. Ray Paulding
Westborough

Mx. LB
Moore

Mr. Ray
Paulding
What does it mean to you to participate (or wish to participate) in sports as a Trans/GNC POC? The potential benefits of sport--for the body, mind, spirit--are significant: but how do we navigate sport as Trans/GNC bodies of color? In this community-centered workshop, participants will explore their own and others’ challenges, barriers, successes, concerns, and accomplishments as TPOC participating in or wishing to participate in sport. TPOC youth voices will be centered and prioritized in this session, and non-TPOC-youth are encouraged to attend as allies. Collaboratively facilitated by a TPOC young person and white trans adult. In breakout groups, (a) TPOC youth will collaborate to identify strategies to access sport in safer, affirming ways while (b) Non-TPOC-youth participants will consider the experiences of TPOC youth in sport and identify allyship strategies to support and center the experiences of TPOC youth in sport.
2:00P Boston Medical Center’s Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery –Non-Surgical Services for Transgender patients Wellness Program Micha Martin
Jill Nuding
BoxBorough

Micha
Martin

Jill
Nuding
Boston Medical Center through its Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery (CTMS) is able to offer comprehensive and coordinated health care services for the transgender and gender non-conforming patient. CTMS offers both surgical and non-surgical services across the gender spectrum. This workshop will focus on some of CTMS’ nonsurgical services and will include information about the services available for Adult Primary Care, Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine, Behavioral Health, Endocrinology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dermatology and Voice Therapy. There will be time for audience members to ask their own questions about these services.
2:00P Autism, Transgender, ADHD, What’s It’s All About? Rev. Moonhawk River Stone Duchess

Rev. Moonhawk River
Stone
Autism Spectrum Disorder is still new shoes in the mental health field. Increasingly both children and adults are being diagnosed somewhere on the autistic spectrum. Autism makes a different appearance in each individual person, many commonalities, but some startling differences, and it is often concurrent with some form of ADHD. This workshop will address the scope of what providers might encounter in their therapy room with their transgender and non-binary clients who have autism/ADHD. It will address such issues as having to diagnose the individual during the evaluation of their transgender self, the impact of that and how to proceed with providing both support for the individual and the family going forward.
2:00P 3 Ways to Deal with Life's Challenges Wellness Program Rev. Donna Smith Hudson

Rev. Donna
Smith
Emotional Freedom Technique also know as Tapping, is a relaxation technique used to relieve stress, anxiety, depression, traumas and emotional upset. This technique can be used with a certified practitioner or on your own. Once you learn how to tap using the Basic Recipe of the tapping sequence, it can be used anywhere at anytime. I use the modality to help people release stress, anxiety and sleeplessness with LGBTQ military veterans who are having challenges around being in a combat zone and not being able to let go of the experiences they had while deployed. Tapping is not a cure but a method similar to meditation, to help someone relax, let go and empower themselves to deal with daily challenges as well as past traumas. Come tap with me and let me guide you through a very successful modality of letting go and balancing the body's energy, help you cope with day to day challenges.
2:00P Holding On For Dear Life in a Sidecar: The Wild and Wooly Ride of the Partner - limited to cisgender partners of trans folks and includes all sexual orientations Spouse/Significant Other Program Dr. Maureen Osborne Northborough

Dr. Maureen
Osborne
In addition to identity challenges, being the partner of a transgender person can be a roller coaster ride of feelings that change on a daily basis. It’s definitely not for sissies. We will make a non-judgmental space for partners to share some of the feelings they have experienced on this journey. Some questions considered will be: What feelings have you experienced as the partner in this journey? Is there room in your relationship to talk about them without feeling guilty or nagging or demanding? How do you make your voice heard in your relationship? Do you know how to distinguish between your feelings in any moment and your longer-term inner truth? What ways have you developed of dealing with the “moving target” that is often part of a transgender person’s journey? How have you dealt with the changes in personal and couple identity that often accompany this journey? The format will be interactive and aimed at providing support and guidance for dealing with the challenges many SOs face.
2:00P Show me your Package Transmasculine Program Andre Harris Princess

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.
2:00P Without a Penny, Without a Home: A Panel Discussion about Transitioning While Homeless or Marginally Housed & With Limited Resources Wellness Program Erin Ford
Ms. Sara Reid
Seminar

Erin
Ford

Ms. Sara
Reid
Within the trans community, 20% of us have been homeless at some point in our lives according to the National Center for Transgender Equality. This panel of clients from the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program will address questions such as: How do I fit in the binary shelter system? Is it even possible to transition while being homeless? What workarounds are there to transition with very limited resources? Weaving together lived experiences and raw insight, these presenters will talk about what it means to survive and how to do it.
2:00P Transitioning with Children: Challenges of Authenticity Dr. Annika Miller Southborough

Dr. Annika
Miller
Transpeople are increasingly visible in our lives. But the public remains underinformed about the struggles that are faced by trans parents and their families. A great concern for transitioning parents is the impact our transition will have on our children. We struggle with accusations of selfishness and charges that children can't understand and should be protected from topics of gender and sexuality. The issues that lead us to transition seem so complex to adults, and yet in many cases a child's uncluttered outlook on the world can make these issues more straightforward than we realize, especially if we don't overcomplicate the message. This workshop uses storytelling to spark conversation around the challenges of talking to children about transsexualism and transition. While acknowledging what children stand to lose, we also discuss the ways in which children can benefit from a parent's transition.
2:00P Male to Female Surgical Options: Genital, Facial Feminization, Breast Augmentation, Revisions/Repairs and Body Contouring Wellness Program Dr. Toby Meltzer Sterling

Dr. Toby
Meltzer
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.
2:00P The Power of Voice: Finding And Expressing Your True Self Ms. Linda Marks Sudbury

Ms. Linda
Marks
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.
2:00P Sephora Trans Masculine Focus Group Transmasculine Program Sarah Thornton
Christina Jefferson
Wayland

Sarah
Thornton

Christina
Jefferson
After the successful launch of our Sephora Classes for Confidence: Bold Beauty for the Trans Community we would like to learn how to better serve the Trans Masculine community. Please help us shape the future of this class. Please sign up at our booth ahead of time (Maximum 12) Workshop 2:00-3:00pm
2:00P Trauma and the Trans Community Wellness Program AndreAs Neumann-Mascis
MaeBright Group
Westborough

AndreAs
Neumann-Mascis

MaeBright
Group
Trauma affects the way we interact with, and exist in, the world. Transgender people can experience trauma from rejection from their families and communities, as well as the threat of violence on a daily basis. This trauma can come from the knowledge that more trans people were murdered in 2015 than any other year, the passage of anti-trans legislation, having to educate service providers, and more. This training covers skills to build resiliency and promote healing for trans people surviving trauma.
3:30P Understanding Blame and Shame and how to work through them Mr. Glenn Koenig BoxBorough

Mr. Glenn
Koenig
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 two 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.
3:30P Developing Best Practices for A Student’s Gender Transition (K-12) Youth & Family Program Rev. Moonhawk River Stone Duchess

Rev. Moonhawk River
Stone
With the recent changes at the federal level with the Trump administration we are likely to see the severe curtailing of all Title IX protections for LGB, but particularly T youth. In light of that, however, increasingly youth are undergoing gender transitions at all levels of the K-12 school experience. This workshop is designed to address the needs of administration, faculty, and students as a student undertakes a gender transition in school by developing best practices that addresse the needs of all concerned even when federal guidelines and/or protections may be removed. This is a practical hands-on workshop. Educators, parents and caregivers of transgender youth welcome.
3:30P Taking Care of Our Amazing, Beautiful, Resilient, Trans Bodies Wellness Program Miss Tegan Joy Cook
MaeBright Group
Hudson

Miss Tegan Joy
Cook

MaeBright
Group
Our trans bodies do so much for us-they allow us to grow into ourselves, they hold us, and yes, sometimes they can be hard for us. Our trans bodies also hold lots and lots of tension, whether from binding or just the stress of being so visible. Join us for a workshop on self-bodywork, where we'll learn how, at home, we can better take care of our amazing, beautiful, resilient, trans bodies.
3:30P Trans-Trans Relationships: A support group for trans people in relationships with other trans people Spouse/Significant Other Program Erik H
Shen C
Northborough

Erik
H

Shen
C
When your partner comes out as trans, well-meaning supporters may assume that you must be cis. But what if YOU are trans, too? As trans folks in relationships with other trans people, we face uncommon challenges, and experience joys unique to us. Join us for this open discussion, in a confidential peer support-group format. Potential discussion topics include challenges: • Balancing caring for our partners and caring for ourselves; • Planning not one, but two social and/or medical transition paths; • Dealing with inaccurate assumptions; • Handling dysphoria, especially in our sex lives; • Navigating shifts in identities, communities, perceptions, and sexualities; • Managing family planning and fertility. We may also discuss joys and triumphs! • Increased empathy, "just knowing" how our partner feels; • Unique insights into the role of gender in our lives; • Feeling we're "on the same team"; • In different-gender couples, trading insights into the expectations people have of women/men; • Finding community with people who can relate. This group is co-led by a trans couple (a trans woman & a trans man) who have been together for two years. This workshop is open to any trans person who is in a relationship with another trans person. Come with your trans partner(s), or come solo! (For this event, "Trans" means transgender, nonbinary, etc. "Relationship" means a significant romantic and/or sexual relationship of any type: long-term, dating, casual; monogamous, open, poly, etc.)
3:30P Post OP bottom surgery discussion group Trans masculine - restricted to individuals assigned female at birth and are post OP some form of genital reconstruction Transmasculine Program Andre Harris Princess

Andre
Harris
Have you had some form of bottom surgery and assigned female at birth? Examples: Phalloplasty, meta Come celebrate and talk about your experiences with other post OP individuals. This is restricted to individuals assigned female at birth and are post OP some form of genital reconstruction.
3:30P Navigating Health Care and Insurance for HIV Prevention and more Wellness Program Mr. George Hastie
Kevin Herwig
Seminar

Mr. George
Hastie

Kevin
Herwig
Health care and insurance are complicated and challenging to navigate, even more so for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, who are are disproportionately affected by HIV. In this workshop we will share specific resources in Massachusetts for people at risk for HIV and living with HIV, give people (whatever your health status or issues) helpful pointers on accessing and maintaining health insurance, and provide space to share and discuss stories about obstacles encountered in getting care. Topics can include health insurance confidentiality, concerns of youth and young adults as well as those of older folks, awareness of subsidized health care coverage. and issues for people who are undocumented. The workshop facilitators will share their work with the state's PrEP, nPEP, and HIV drug assistance programs.
3:30P In This Together: Surviving Transition as a Couple Spouse/Significant Other Program Dr. Annika Miller
Ms. Kelly Miller
Southborough

Dr. Annika
Miller

Ms. Kelly
Miller
With society's increased awareness of trans issues, it has become more common for couples to try to stay together during a transition. But being a supportive partner involves more than being loving and tolerant. In the whirlwind of activity and change surrounding the trans partner, it is often under-recognized that the cis-partner also needs to engage in an active transition process of their own. This entails adjustment for both partners, on multiple levels, and both growth and sacrifice across every dimension of their lives together. This workshop explores this journey through presentation, storytelling, and discussion, and suggests lessons-learned from a loving, devoted couple of over 30 years, with 9 years of post-transition experience.
3:30P Female to Male Surgical Options: Genital, Chest, Revisions/Repairs, Facial Masculinization and Body Contouring Wellness Program Transmasculine Program Dr. Toby Meltzer Sterling

Dr. Toby
Meltzer
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.
3:30P Embodying Mind-Body Leadership Ms. Linda Marks Sudbury

Ms. Linda
Marks
Embodying mind-body leadership is a way of life. Doing the inner work to embrace ones true identity is an integrated mind-body process. Becoming more emotionally embodied and learning to trust and connect with mind, body, heart and gut with intentional presence, supports our sense of authentic self. What we embody creates an energy field that holds everyone around us. As we embrace who we truly are, and live our lives authentically, we become natural leaders. We feel more empowered and empower others around us. Incorporating mind-body meditation, grounding exercises, group discussion and a wonderful mind-body tool called the Inner Board of Directors, we will explore how to stay grounded and connected with both ourselves and the flow of life, including challenging situations. We will reflect on what's in the way of embodying our leadership right now, and how to move through these barriers so we can become more emotionally embodied, maintain an intentional presence and be the authentic leaders we can be.
3:30P Saturday: Sephora How to: Smokey eye Sarah Thornton Wayland

Sarah
Thornton
Let how to create a smokey eye for this years banquet and ball! Learn the ins and outs of layering liner and shadow for a smoldering eye look. We’ll teach you easy and effective techniques to build depth and dimension with smoky-eye essentials. 45 mins Please sign up at our booth (Maximum 12) 3:30-4:10 4:10-5:00
3:30P POC Discussion of Trans Legal Landscape: the Trans Military Ban, 'Yes On 3' Implications, Violence and Hate Crimes People of Color Program Atty. Kylar Broadus
Jennifer Levi
Westborough

Atty. Kylar
Broadus

Jennifer
Levi
GLAD and Trans People of Color Coalition (TPOCC) have come together to host this panel discussion on the state of current legal issues that impact transgender and gender non-conforming people. We will not only discuss these issues but will talk about what you can do to have an immediate impact. Our primary topics will include: The legal fight against the proposed ban on military service by transgender people: what it means for those who choose to serve, are serving, and have served openly and proudly, as well as for transgender rights more broadly. The recent Yes On 3 victory upholding the transgender nondiscrimination law in Massachusetts: what does this mean for the national landscape of nondiscrimination laws and possible federal nondiscrimination laws under the current administration? Violence and hate crimes that tragically impact our community: are there suggestions and ways we might work together to overcome the violence as a community or through other actions? These are ambitious goals but are all areas that greatly impact our community. There are many people working on these issues now, and we have learned from each other and our successes. Our hope in convening this panel is to continue that learning. This is a POC focused panel and voices will be centered on people of color during this panel.