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Friday, May 31
 

7:00pm EDT

Friday Night Meet and Greet
GC*NYC Team
avatar for JR Ford

JR Ford

he/him/his, Parent Program Lead / Meet and Greet Host
JR Ford is parent/ally/advocate to a transgender daughter. JR’s better half mama bear/parent/advocate is Vanessa Ford. JR has been involved in national policy issues protecting the LGBTIA community since 2015 when his daughter socially transitioned. Since 2016, JR has sat on the... Read More →
avatar for Vanessa Ford

Vanessa Ford

she/her/hers, Meet and Greet Host
Vanessa Ford has built a 17-year career as an educator, an award-winning teacher, and an elementary STEM education expert. She is currently the director of education for a national experiential learning nonprofit organization. Ford is also one of the leading parent advocates for transgender... Read More →


Friday May 31, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm EDT
Grand Ballroom I
 
Saturday, June 1
 

8:00am EDT

8:00am EDT

8:00am EDT

8:30am EDT

Daycare
Sign in for Daycare begins at 8:30am and end of day sign out is at 5:20pm.  Please sign your child in and out for lunch.  Please provide your child's favorite snacks and drinks for the day. 

For hygiene purposes, we can only accept children who are reliably out of diapers.

Saturday June 1, 2019 8:30am - 5:20pm EDT
Astoria Room

8:45am EDT

8:45am EDT

8:45am EDT

8:45am EDT

Welcome / Icebreakers
Speakers
avatar for Christopher Johnston

Christopher Johnston

he/him/his, Elementary Program Lead
Christopher Johnston  received a BFA in Theatre Arts with a Minor in Education from Hofstra University and  a Masters at the CUNY School of Professional Studies in Applied Theatre. He is currently pursuing an MS-Ed in Educational Leadership for Social Change at Bank Street... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 8:45am - 9:45am EDT
Grand Ballroom III

9:00am EDT

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

Speakers
avatar for Jean Malpas

Jean Malpas

he/him/his, Leadership Team
Jean Malpas, LMHC, LMFT, is the Founder and Director of the Gender & Family Project at the Ackerman Institute for the Family (ackerman.org/GFP), Director of International Training, and a psychotherapist in private practice in New York City. He has presented nationally and internationally on topics of gender, sexuality, addiction, couple and family therapy. His work with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individual... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 9:00am - 9:25am EDT
Grand Ballroom I and II

9:15am EDT

Community Guidelines / Yoga
We will review the Community Guidelines together to make sure everyone understands them 
and to make additions wherever necessary. We will spend the last 15-20 minutes doing 
some yoga poses as a group to help ground everyone and get us started for the rest of 
the day!

Speakers
avatar for Jenna Frasier

Jenna Frasier

she/her/hers and they/them/theirs, Elementary Program Lead
Jenna Frasier is a yoga teacher and social worker who is passionate about combining their social work practice and yoga practice to foster individual and community healing. Currently, they are completing their master's degree in social work at Hunter College. When she's not in class... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 9:15am - 9:45am EDT
Grand Ballroom III

9:15am EDT

Cis Ally Workshop
This panel discussion is composed of role models for young cis folks on what it looks like to be an ally. We will hear from other allies about their experiences as an ally and have a conversation about the variety of ways that we can support the TGNC loved ones in our lives.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Strupp-Levitsky

Mike Strupp-Levitsky

he/him/his
Mike is a fourth year Ph.D. student studying Clinical Psychology at Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus. He has a background in elementary education and currently provides psychotherapy and psychological testing services to children and adolescents in foster care at JCCA and... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 9:15am - 10:30am EDT
Hampton Inn: Manhattan Room

9:15am EDT

TGNC Possibility Model Workshop
This panel discussion is composed of role models for young trans/GNC folks. We will hear about the lives of the panelists and the experiences that have taken them to where they are today. Role models are a powerful way to support the development of a future vision for your goals. Come hear the possibility models that will support how you mold your future.

Speakers
avatar for Jari Jones

Jari Jones

she/her/hers
Jari Jones is a Black Transgender Actress, Curve Model, Activist and Creativ .  With her career start in theater, Jari has graced some of New York's greatest stages, such as The Public Theater's Production of Elizabeth Swado's  " The Runaways", Here Art Center's "The Sex Myth: A Devised Play " and Lin Manuel's In The Heights. Jari later shifted her career into TV & Film , featured  in Primetime Television’s  hot ticket POSE ,  Sundance nominated film “Adam” and the highly anticipated “Transparent : Musical... Read More →
avatar for Eli Szenes-Strauss

Eli Szenes-Strauss

he/him/his
Eli is the Director of Organizing and Political Affairs for Planned Parenthood of New York City, where he is responsible for developing and implementing PPNYC’s electoral strategy, field plans, and advocacy organizing, as well as overseeing PPNYC’s superstar political volunteers... Read More →
avatar for Devin-Norelle

Devin-Norelle

Ze/Zim
Devin-Norelle is a transgender advocate, writer, and model. Ze has been featured in Teen Vogue, them., The Daily Show, Gay Times Mag, Nylon, Paper Mag, HuffPost, Refinery 29, Buzzfeed, DapperQ and GLAAD. A native New Yorker, ze is the Assistant Editor at Out Magazine. When ze... Read More →
avatar for Alexandra Chandra

Alexandra Chandra

she/her/hers
Alexandra (Lex) serves as the Volunteer Coordinator at GRIOT Circle, an agency in Brooklyn, New York that responds to the needs of LGBTQ+ elders of color. When she was a student in college, she launched a local intergenerational contact program college students with older adults through... Read More →

GC*NYC Team
avatar for Delilah Seligman

Delilah Seligman

she/her/hers, High School Program Lead
Delilah Seligman, MSW, is a Training & Capacity Building Associate for the Gender & Family Project at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. Originally from Boston, Delilah studied psychology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, receiving her Masters in Social Work from Columbia... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 9:15am - 10:30am EDT
Hampton Inn: New York A & B

9:15am EDT

Cis Ally Workshop
This panel discussion is composed of role models for young cis folks on what it looks like to be an ally. We will hear from other allies about their experiences as an ally and have a conversation about the variety of ways that we can support the TGNC loved ones in our lives.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Strupp-Levitsky

Mike Strupp-Levitsky

he/him/his
Mike is a fourth year Ph.D. student studying Clinical Psychology at Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus. He has a background in elementary education and currently provides psychotherapy and psychological testing services to children and adolescents in foster care at JCCA and... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 9:15am - 10:30am EDT
Hampton Inn: Manhattan Room

9:15am EDT

TGNC Possibility Model Workshop
This panel discussion is composed of role models for young trans/GNC folks. We will hear about the lives of the panelists and the experiences that have taken them to where they are today. Role models are a powerful way to support the development of a future vision for your goals. Come hear the possibility models that will support how you mold your future.

Speakers
avatar for Jari Jones

Jari Jones

she/her/hers
Jari Jones is a Black Transgender Actress, Curve Model, Activist and Creativ .  With her career start in theater, Jari has graced some of New York's greatest stages, such as The Public Theater's Production of Elizabeth Swado's  " The Runaways", Here Art Center's "The Sex Myth: A Devised Play " and Lin Manuel's In The Heights. Jari later shifted her career into TV & Film , featured  in Primetime Television’s  hot ticket POSE ,  Sundance nominated film “Adam” and the highly anticipated “Transparent : Musical... Read More →
avatar for Eli Szenes-Strauss

Eli Szenes-Strauss

he/him/his
Eli is the Director of Organizing and Political Affairs for Planned Parenthood of New York City, where he is responsible for developing and implementing PPNYC’s electoral strategy, field plans, and advocacy organizing, as well as overseeing PPNYC’s superstar political volunteers... Read More →
avatar for Devin-Norelle

Devin-Norelle

Ze/Zim
Devin-Norelle is a transgender advocate, writer, and model. Ze has been featured in Teen Vogue, them., The Daily Show, Gay Times Mag, Nylon, Paper Mag, HuffPost, Refinery 29, Buzzfeed, DapperQ and GLAAD. A native New Yorker, ze is the Assistant Editor at Out Magazine. When ze... Read More →
avatar for Alexandra Chandra

Alexandra Chandra

she/her/hers
Alexandra (Lex) serves as the Volunteer Coordinator at GRIOT Circle, an agency in Brooklyn, New York that responds to the needs of LGBTQ+ elders of color. When she was a student in college, she launched a local intergenerational contact program college students with older adults through... Read More →

GC*NYC Team
avatar for Delilah Seligman

Delilah Seligman

she/her/hers, High School Program Lead
Delilah Seligman, MSW, is a Training & Capacity Building Associate for the Gender & Family Project at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. Originally from Boston, Delilah studied psychology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, receiving her Masters in Social Work from Columbia... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 9:15am - 10:30am EDT
Hampton Inn: New York A & B

9:40am EDT

Families in Conflict: Navigating Child-Custody Disputes with a Transgender Child
One of the most painful experiences for a transgender or gender nonconforming child is getting caught in the crossfire between two (or more) parents who cannot come to an agreement about what will be best for their child. Affirming parent(s) must navigate this conflict with care, merging the needs of their child and a legal strategy that will help ensure the court understands the child’s unique medical and mental health needs. Drawing from experience, the presenters will offer guidelines for handling parental disagreements over transition-related care while protecting their child.

Speakers
avatar for Asaf Orr

Asaf Orr

he/him/his
Asaf is the Transgender Youth Project Staff Attorney at the National Center for Lesbian Rights. He has been advocating for the rights of transgender youth for nearly a decade. Asaf has represented transgender youth and their families in cases from discrimination in school and health... Read More →
avatar for Linda Hawkins

Linda Hawkins

she/her/hers
Linda A Hawkins, is Co-Director of the Gender & Sexuality Development Clinic at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, which now supports over 1000 families. Dr. Hawkins provides assessment, resources and recommendations to families supporting their transgender or gender-expansive... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 9:40am - 11:00am EDT
Jackson Room

9:40am EDT

Family Acceptance: an API Perspective (Asian Pacific Islander)
Our API families of LGBTQ children are struggling due to lack of language appropriate resources, visibility and cultural issues that prevent them from reaching out for support. There are added challenges to the families with transgender, gender non-conforming, or genderqueer children. Three API parents of transgender children will share their stories of transforming parent’s fear, shame and guilt into unconditional love and acceptance for their children and the broader LGBTQ community. Participants will discuss the challenges and successes in building acceptance in their family, extended families and communities. Participants will also develop a deeper understanding of family dynamics, gain strategies, resources and support to create stronger connections within their families and the API LGBTQ communities they are part of or serve.

Speakers
avatar for Lo'An Nguyen

Lo'An Nguyen

she/her/hers
Lo’An Nguyen is a former classroom teacher who recently relocated to New York from an international teaching assignment. She joined PFLAG-NYC in January 2018 shortly after her biracial queer daughter with trans experience came out the second time to her. Lo’An is a Community Speaker... Read More →
avatar for Aruna Rao

Aruna Rao

she/her/hers
Aruna Rao is a community mental health advocate, speaker and writer. Aruna is the founder of SAMHAJ, the first program in the USA to provide support and education for South Asian Americans affected by mental illness. She has received numerous awards for her mental health advocacy... Read More →
avatar for Clara Yoon

Clara Yoon

she/her/hers
Clara Yoon is a proud Korean mother of a bi/queer trans man. She is the founder of the API Rainbow Parents of PFLAG NYC chapter, a group providing support for LGBTQ individuals and families of Asian heritage. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the PFLAG NYC chapter. Clara... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 9:40am - 11:00am EDT
East Elmhurst Room

9:40am EDT

Future Families - Options for Transgender Youth
No one knows what the future holds for their children. But when discussing medical interventions for transgender youth, such as puberty blockers, hormones, and surgery, questions about family building may arise for youth and their families. There are many pathways to parenthood, and we will discuss what options are available at different parts of the journey. Creating a family may involve genetic connections, adoption, surrogacy, egg or sperm harvesting, or egg or sperm donation. We will discuss the medical and legal considerations that come into play when thinking about family building. There will be time for questions and discussions.

Speakers
avatar for Brian K. Esser

Brian K. Esser

he/him/his
Brian Esser is a solo practitioner whose practice focuses on building families through adoption, surrogacy, and assisted reproductive technology, and protecting families through proper estate planning.  He regularly works with clients pursuing private placement adoption, as well... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer K. Blakemore

Jennifer K. Blakemore

she/her/hers
Dr. Jennifer Blakemore is a fellow at the NYU Langone Prelude Fertility Center. Dr. Blakemore is a board certified Ob/GYN finishing sub-specialty training in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. She has a focus on fertility preservation and family building options to all people... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 9:40am - 11:00am EDT
Fairfield Room

9:40am EDT

Getting Your Trans Care Covered: Navigating Insurance Coverage to Get the Care You Need
Navigating health insurance can be difficult for anyone, but especially complex for transgender and gender non-conforming people. This workshop aims to give the general community an overview of the options available for medical and surgical care, including how to obtain benefits information, get pre-authorized for medical services, and how to fight denials of care by insurance providers. Reviewed topics will include an introduction to important health insurance terminology, best practices to navigate private insurance policies and a troubleshooting guide of when and how to get help from knowledgeable health advocates.

Speakers
avatar for Nikki Easterday

Nikki Easterday

they/them/theirs
Nikki Easterday is a health attorney at Community Health Advocates (CHA), New York State’s designated health insurance Consumer Assistance Program under Section 1002 of the Affordable Care Act. Mx. Easterday focuses on ensuring access to healthcare benefits and fighting against... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 9:40am - 11:00am EDT
Bellaire Theater

9:40am EDT

Non-Surgical Transition Options: Body Affirming Techniques
This workshop will provide parents with information on strategies their children can choose to move towards body affirmation. Some transgender/gender non-conforming (gnc) youth employ techniques that affirm their gender, which can be helpful with dysphoria and feeling comfortable with their body. It is essential that parents understand which techniques and strategies may be supportive to youth and which may present health challenges. Participants will get to see the items used by transgender/gnc folks as well as understand the importance of these techniques from a transgender youth perspective.

Speakers
AW

Adonni Williams

he/him/his
Adonni Williams is a 21 year old trans man from Newark New Jersey. A graduate from Newark's Arts High School, Adonni enjoys video production and attending his favorite program; HMI. As a youth leader at HMI New Jersey he has been a role model for other trans youth.
avatar for Lillian Rivera

Lillian Rivera

she/her/hers
With two decade’s worth of experience in LGBTQ youth work, Lillian Rivera has dedicated her life work to creating environments that celebrate our unique journeys. She has worked with a variety of organization including the New York City Department of Education, Court Appointed Special... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 9:40am - 11:00am EDT
Ivy Room

9:40am EDT

The Next Step: Navigating the Online and Traditional College Search with your Transgender and Gender Expansive Child
Navigating the college search with TGNC teens is a journey that has its particular concerns.  In this workshop we will explore how parents can help navigate the college application process with a focus on the needs of TGNC youth in two ways: the traditional college search on the online college search. We will cover key ways to search for LGBTQ+ affirmative community colleges and traditional 4 year colleges, the college application process, college essays, disclosure and issue’s around housing and bathrooms concerns. In addition, this workshop will explore the appeal and access of online degrees for transgender, gender non-conforming, gender non-binary, and/or ENBY young people looking to enter into college. It will also explore barriers faced by students wanting to enter these online programs and will give real life solutions and suggestions addressing some of these challenges both for students and educators. Participants will be encouraged to offer suggestions and problem solve together. This workshop will focus on improving access and overcoming barriers


Speakers
avatar for Heidi Breaux

Heidi Breaux

she/her/hers and they/them/theirs
Heidi Breaux, LCSW-R is the Program Manager for Online Field Education at Tulane University School of Social Work. Heidi is a social worker for 14 years and former Adjunct Professor at New York University School of Social Work. Heidi also is a professor at Tulane both on ground and... Read More →
EB

Erica Beggs

she/her/hers
Erica Beggs has a Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Canisius College, an Advanced Certification in School Leadership from the College of Saint Rose and a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Health and Human Services from SUNY Buffalo. She is currently the Assistant Director of... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 9:40am - 11:00am EDT
Grand Ballroom II

9:40am EDT

Trans Allyship Workshop
This interactive workshop invites participants to learn about trans vocabulary, institutionalized cissexism, pronouns, race and gender, concrete actions for supporting trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people and communities, and complicating the idea of gender. The workshop incorporates a presentation, informational handouts, and individual and group activities to engage participants in thinking critically about trans issues. The session concludes with a Q&A with the facilitator. The goal of the Trans Allyship Workshops is to provide a basis for understanding and supporting trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people. This is accomplished by providing a starting point for continued learning on trans issues, centering the experiences of trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people, allowing a space for questions, and focusing on concrete actions to support trans communities.

Speakers
SG

Spencer Garcia

they/them/theirs
Spencer Garcia is a queer and non-binary Afro-Puerto Rican actively committed to the liberation of queer and trans people of color. They are a recent graduate of Vassar College, where they received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Women, Feminist, & Queer Studies and Sociology... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 9:40am - 11:00am EDT
Ditmars Room

9:45am EDT

Team-building Activity & Story Time
Children will have the opportunity to apply the concepts from the Community Guidelines in a 
team-building activity and through a story. Both activities will include a short debrief to 
access how well we used the guidelines as a group and how we can improve! 

Saturday June 1, 2019 9:45am - 10:30am EDT
Grand Ballroom III

10:30am EDT

Snack Time
Saturday June 1, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am EDT
Grand Ballroom III

10:45am EDT

Taking Back Our Health: Skills for Navigating Health Care Systems as LGBTQIA+ Folx
This workshop will help folks to identify health disparities faced by the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as how this affects us when accessing health care systems. The workshop will introduce basic skills and tools to help aid in creating agency within your healthcare experience and understanding your rights in accessing competent, quality, and patient centered healthcare.

Speakers
avatar for Darius McLean

Darius McLean

he/him/his
Darius McLean is a Temple Graduate and former board member of Girls Justice League of Philadelphia. In the past Darius was a facilitator for a support group for trans and GNC youth between the ages of 4-12 years old at CHOPS Gender and Sexuality Clinic as well as the monthly creative... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 10:45am - 11:30am EDT
Hampton Inn: Manhattan Room

10:45am EDT

Open Hang Space
Hang out, relax and connect with other High Schoolers in our Volunteer staffed Open Hang Space.

Saturday June 1, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Hampton Inn: Cafe Space

10:45am EDT

Sib Circle: Discussion Group for Siblings of Trans Youth
This session provides a structured and supportive space for young people to reflect upon and share their feelings and perspectives about being the sibling of a transgender youth. Facilitators will guide activities and discussion with prompts, drawing upon their experiences learning from siblings of transgender youth in the Trans Teen and Family Narratives Project (PI: Dr. Sabra Katz-Wise). This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to connect with other siblings around the challenges and joys of having a trans sibling as they also navigate their own adolescence.

Speakers
avatar for Eli Godwin

Eli Godwin

he/him/his
Eli Godwin, MEd is a trans man and the study coordinator and a data analyst for the Trans Teen and Family Narratives Project (PI: Dr. Sabra Katz-Wise), a longitudinal study with transgender youth and their family members, including siblings. He is a member of the Sexual Orientation... Read More →
avatar for LB Moore

LB Moore

they/them/theirs
LB Moore, MEd (they/them) is a Behavioral Health Clinician at Boston GLASS, a community-based organization providing a continuum of services for LGBTQ+ youth of color. They are also an interviewer and data analyst at Boston Children’s Hospital for the Trans Teen and Family Narratives... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Hampton Inn: New York B

10:45am EDT

The Inside Scoop on Cross Hormone Therapy
Starting puberty blockers and/or cross hormone treatment can be both exciting and scary. Understanding the importance of what to expect when commencing therapy, both physically and emotionally, is vital. This workshop will discuss what you need to know about puberty blockade and cross hormone treatment from a pediatric endocrinologist and a transgender female psychology major who will address the medical and personal aspects to therapy, respectively.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Sarhis

Jennifer Sarhis

she/her/hers
Jennifer is a cis-gender female physician. She is in her final year of fellowship training in Pediatric Endocrinology at Yale University School of Medicine and plays an active role in the Yale Gender Center. She completed medical school at the SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, and... Read More →
avatar for Jillian Celentano

Jillian Celentano

she/her/hers
Jillian is a 58 year old transgender woman who transitioned 3 years ago. She is an advocate for the transgender community, speaks at various venues across New England, including support groups, medical centers and hospitals. She is a GSA instructor at a high school in New Haven CT... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Hampton Inn: New York A

10:45am EDT

Sib Circle: Discussion Group for Siblings of Trans Youth
This session provides a structured and supportive space for young people to reflect upon and share their feelings and perspectives about being the sibling of a transgender youth. Facilitators will guide activities and discussion with prompts, drawing upon their experiences learning from siblings of transgender youth in the Trans Teen and Family Narratives Project (PI: Dr. Sabra Katz-Wise). This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to connect with other siblings around the challenges and joys of having a trans sibling as they also navigate their own adolescence.

Speakers
avatar for Eli Godwin

Eli Godwin

he/him/his
Eli Godwin, MEd is a trans man and the study coordinator and a data analyst for the Trans Teen and Family Narratives Project (PI: Dr. Sabra Katz-Wise), a longitudinal study with transgender youth and their family members, including siblings. He is a member of the Sexual Orientation... Read More →
avatar for LB Moore

LB Moore

they/them/theirs
LB Moore, MEd (they/them) is a Behavioral Health Clinician at Boston GLASS, a community-based organization providing a continuum of services for LGBTQ+ youth of color. They are also an interviewer and data analyst at Boston Children’s Hospital for the Trans Teen and Family Narratives... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Hampton Inn: New York B

10:45am EDT

Taking Back Our Health: Skills for Navigating Health Care Systems as LGBTQIA+ Folx
This workshop will help folks to identify health disparities faced by the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as how this affects us when accessing health care systems. The workshop will introduce basic skills and tools to help aid in creating agency within your healthcare experience and understanding your rights in accessing competent, quality, and patient centered healthcare.

Speakers
avatar for Darius McLean

Darius McLean

he/him/his
Darius McLean is a Temple Graduate and former board member of Girls Justice League of Philadelphia. In the past Darius was a facilitator for a support group for trans and GNC youth between the ages of 4-12 years old at CHOPS Gender and Sexuality Clinic as well as the monthly creative... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Hampton Inn: Manhattan Room

10:45am EDT

The Inside Scoop on Cross Hormone Therapy
Starting puberty blockers and/or cross hormone treatment can be both exciting and scary. Understanding the importance of what to expect when commencing therapy, both physically and emotionally, is vital. This workshop will discuss what you need to know about puberty blockade and cross hormone treatment from a pediatric endocrinologist and a transgender female psychology major who will address the medical and personal aspects to therapy, respectively.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Sarhis

Jennifer Sarhis

she/her/hers
Jennifer is a cis-gender female physician. She is in her final year of fellowship training in Pediatric Endocrinology at Yale University School of Medicine and plays an active role in the Yale Gender Center. She completed medical school at the SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, and... Read More →
avatar for Jillian Celentano

Jillian Celentano

she/her/hers
Jillian is a 58 year old transgender woman who transitioned 3 years ago. She is an advocate for the transgender community, speaks at various venues across New England, including support groups, medical centers and hospitals. She is a GSA instructor at a high school in New Haven CT... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Hampton Inn: New York A

11:00am EDT

Superhero Activity
Children will create a story about a superhero, sidekick, or villain! They will dress their adult volunteer and present them in a fashion show!

Saturday June 1, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Grand Ballroom III

11:20am EDT

Being Transgender in a Latinx Family
This panel discussion featuring a group of phenomenal Transgender women will center their experiences growing up in a Latinx family. We will learn from their stories the support they have experienced as well as the challenges they had to overcome within their familias as they came into their identity.


Speakers
avatar for Richelle Peña

Richelle Peña

she/her/hers
Richelle Peña, a.k.a. Barbie Crawford, is a transgender actress and model born in the Dominican Republic. Starting at a very young age she became known for her noteworthy impersonations of many famous international female artists and celebrities. In 1996 Richelle came to the United... Read More →
avatar for Stefanie Rivera

Stefanie Rivera

she/her/hers
Stefanie Rivera is the Director Of Client Services and helped found the Prisoner Pen-Pal Project while working as the former Prisoner Rights Intern at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP). Stefanie has played a pivotal role in SRLP’s development. In 2015, she officially joined... Read More →
avatar for Lillian Rivera

Lillian Rivera

she/her/hers
With two decade’s worth of experience in LGBTQ youth work, Lillian Rivera has dedicated her life work to creating environments that celebrate our unique journeys. She has worked with a variety of organization including the New York City Department of Education, Court Appointed Special... Read More →
avatar for Mya Vazquez

Mya Vazquez

she/her/hers
Mya Vazquez is a 32-year old native New Yorker, community leader, and activist. Mya is currently an undergraduate student at Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Systems Management and CASAC certification. She is the Treasurer of the... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Marie Rivera

Elizabeth Marie Rivera

She, Her &/y Ella
Elizabeth Marie Rivera is a proud Puerto Rican Transgender Woman born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Southern California. She’s been an advocate and activist, fighting for the rights of Sex Workers & the Transgender community for over 20+ years. Elizabeth was introduced to... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 11:20am - 12:40pm EDT
East Elmhurst Room

11:20am EDT

Change the World in Two Minutes: How to Share Your Story
Everyone’s got a story, but knowing how to shape and tell that story effectively—and in under two minutes!—is a skill that separates the talkers from the real change-makers. This highly interactive session will encourage participants to pick a personal tale about trans and non-binary identities, equality, and inclusion and develop it into an engaging, must-hear narrative. We'll discuss ways to deploy effective messaging strategies to create common ground with policymakers, potential allies, and more. Using the story arc model, participants will learn to craft stories designed transform hearts and minds. Participants will also receive a special workbook to help develop their stories (and take home!) and have an opportunity to share their work with other attendees and get important feedback to improve their game.

Speakers
JC

Jamie Curtis

she/her/hers
Jamie Curtis joined PFLAG in May 2003. She is PFLAG’s Director of Chapter Engagement responsible for working with chapters throughout the United States and overseeing the Chapter Engagement team. Prior to serving as the Director of Chapter Engagement, Jamie served a Field & Policy... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 11:20am - 12:40pm EDT
Ditmars Room

11:20am EDT

Gender Affirming Feminization Surgery
This workshop will bring together youth to share their experiences of gender affirming surgery at NYU Langone Health. In addition, Dr. Rachel Bluebond-Langner, Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Associate Professor of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at the Hansjorg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery at NYU Langone Health, and Nathan Levitt, Family Nurse Practitioner in NYU Langone’s gender affirmation surgery program, will address holistic care of patients at each stage of the feminization surgery process from pre-operative to post-operative. This workshop will offer a unique space to hear both the surgery team and the patient perspective to address the physical and psychosocial aspects of surgery to prepare both patients and caregivers/families. We will address the many factors that impact quality of life before and after surgery for those who chose this path in their transition.

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Levitt

Nathan Levitt

he/him/his
Nathan Levitt is the NP coordinator of the transgender surgery program at NYU Langone. Nathan was previously the Director of Transgender Care at Community Healthcare Network (CHN). He was at CHN in New York's first Family Nurse Practitioner fellowship program. Nathan worked as a Transgender... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Bluebond-Langner

Rachel Bluebond-Langner

she/her/hers
Dr. Rachel Bluebond-Langner is a Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Associate Professor of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at the Hansjorg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery at NYU Langone Health. Dr. Bluebond-Langner performs both aesthetic and reconstructive surgery working closely with... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 11:20am - 12:40pm EDT
Fairfield Room

11:20am EDT

Schools Transition Too: A Conversation on Creating Supportive and Inclusive Schools
What does a welcoming school look like? What is the best way to work together with your child’s school administration and their teachers to create an inclusive and supportive space so your child can learn? How can you manage hot button topics like bathrooms, locker rooms, disclosure and properly naming your child with the school? Navigating the school experience can be a complex and challenging one with a transgender or gender expansive child. In this workshop, trainers from Gender & Family Project School Training Program and PFLAG’s Safe Schools Program, together with parents whose children have transitioned in school, will share their stories and expertise to help you create a school environment for your child that welcomes them into a supportive space where they can focus on learning.

Speakers
avatar for Clark Hamel

Clark Hamel

he/him/his
Clark Hamel is a 23 year old who has spent the last two years in Brooklyn after graduating from Bard College in 2017 with a degree in Sociology, specializing in gender studies. He is a proud queer transgender man who is lucky enough to have a supportive home family and chosen family... Read More →
avatar for Kalima McKenzie-Simms

Kalima McKenzie-Simms

she/her/hers
Kalima McKenzie-Simms graduated from CUNY Lehman College in 2015 where she was an active member of the campus LGBTQ Advocacy group, while also volunteering as a speaker in the Safe Schools Program. Today, Kalima is PFLAG NYC’s Safe Schools Program Coordinator and works alongside... Read More →
avatar for Nadia Swanson

Nadia Swanson

she/her/hers and they/them/theirs, Professional Symposium Lead
Nadia Swanson, LMSW, is the Coordinator of Training and Capacity Building at The Ackerman Institute’s Gender & Family Project (GFP), a therapist at The Institute for Human Identity and a consultant for GLSEN’s National Student Council. Nadia received their B.A. in Dance and Anthropology... Read More →
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Emily Grote

she/her/hers
Emily Grote is a jewelry designer, intuitive consultant, former corporate art director and full-time mom of three. Her journey to better understanding gender diversity began in 2013 when she and her family began to socially transition their youngest child, then 5 years old. Since... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 11:20am - 12:40pm EDT
Hamilton Room

11:20am EDT

Science versus “Science”: Mythbusting Transphobic Pseudoscience and Fighting Falsehoods with Facts
Increasing numbers of transgender and gender nonbinary youth and adolescents have come out, and there has been unprecedented hostility from those attempting to limit acceptance, a masquerade of 'concern' through misinformation and fear. The myths of “Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria”, “80% desist”, “Hormones will make you infertile”, and “Wait and See” are based in flawed science and are harmful to the wellbeing of these vulnerable youth, but can be difficult to address by those unfamiliar with the broader literature. This workshop will discuss the overwhelming evidence that affirmative approaches - in which the youth’s self-reported gender is respected and where the youth is able to explore without judgment or predetermined outcome - demonstrate improved quality of life, self-esteem, and self-confidence, and reductions in anxiety, depression, substance use, and suicide. It will also offer techniques to help the layperson evaluate medical literature presented in the mass media.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Jacobs

Laura Jacobs

she/he/they/none
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R is a Trans and GenderQueer-identified psychotherapist, activist, author, and public speaker in the New York City area working with transgender and gender-nonbinary, LGBTQ+, and alternate lifestyle communities of BDSM, nonmonogamy, and sexwork. They serve as... Read More →
avatar for Elyse Pine

Elyse Pine

she/her/hers
Elyse Pine, MD is a board certified pediatric endocrinologist at Chase Brexton Health Care in Maryland. She earned a BA from Case Western Reserve University and an MD from Washington University in St. Louis. She completed her pediatrics residency training at Mount Sinai in NY and... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 11:20am - 12:40pm EDT
Ivy Room

11:20am EDT

Trans Healthcare 101
This workshop will offer an overview and basic information on medical treatment options for transgender and gender expansive youth from childhood through young adulthood. It will include a discussion on puberty suppression for youth (hormone blockers) as well as feminizing and masculinizing cross hormones – and the timing, risks and benefits of each. There will also be a discussion on the importance of a team approach to medical care, including collaboration the youth, their family, their medical team and their therapeutic support. There will be an overview of current options for fertility preservation. This workshop is intended to support families in their understanding of basic medical options and will be open to questions.

Speakers
avatar for John Steever

John Steever

he/him/his
Dr. John Steever graduated the George Washington University Medical School in Washington DC.  He completed an Internship, Residency and Fellowship in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles in 1999. His training has focused on providing medical services... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 11:20am - 12:40pm EDT
Bellaire Theater

11:20am EDT

You Can Play: A Discussion on TGNC Kids and the World of Sports
Encouraging transgender and gender-expansive youth to participate in recreational sports in line with their affirmed gender identity can improve self-confidence and self-esteem and provide positive experiences that will help them in all other areas of their lives.  However, transgender inclusion in sports has provoked a rising tide of transphobia by commentators and legislators. This panel discussion will cover the experience of transgender and gender-expansive youth participating in the world of sports. We will also cover the varying policies, guidelines, and legal protections concerning the participation and inclusion of transgender and gender-expansive youth in K-12, collegiate, and recreational athletics, with a focus on the resources that exist for students and parents/caregivers.

Speakers
avatar for Asaf Orr

Asaf Orr

he/him/his
Asaf is the Transgender Youth Project Staff Attorney at the National Center for Lesbian Rights. He has been advocating for the rights of transgender youth for nearly a decade. Asaf has represented transgender youth and their families in cases from discrimination in school and health... Read More →
avatar for Eli P

Eli P

he/him/his
Eli is a fourteen year old high school freshman. He has presented on acceptance and allyship at Apple and NY Life.  As an advocate, he has appeared on CBS News, on the cover of Proto Magazine for whom he also was featured in a podcast,  in a Buzzfeed video promoting the importance... Read More →
avatar for Dave Farber

Dave Farber

he/him/his
Dave Farber serves as an Assistant Attorney General in the New York Attorney General's Office, Taxpayer Protection Bureau, and as a regional board member for the You Can Play Project, a non-profit dedicated to ending homophobia and transphobia in sports.  Dave is a graduate of the... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 11:20am - 12:40pm EDT
Jackson Room

12:00pm EDT

Game Time! Small group activity
At this time children will stay within their group and rotate to each game area set up throughout the room. Volunteer facilitators will also use this time to go around and get a temperature check from each group/young person. This also allows for some unstructured time where the young people can keep connecting and making friends.

Saturday June 1, 2019 12:00pm - 12:40pm EDT
Grand Ballroom III

12:00pm EDT

Creating Your Cosmic Community
This workshop will discuss and practice how we create culture that is gender open, comfortable and joyful at the Maple Street School and in our own families and communities. We will discuss areas of our culture that need changing and create rituals, surprises and micro-revolutions that support these changes. We will make buttons, talk about protests and parades and pop-ups. We will leave the workshop with play we want to bring into our families and communities that make the world more gender expansive and awesome.

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Cole

Wendy Cole

she/her/hers
Wendy Jo Cole has been the Director of the Maple Street School for 18 years. She is a founder of a racial and social justice conference for early childhood educators Little Chairs Big Differences. She is a play revolutionary and is committed to creating culture that is just and joyful... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith

they/them/theirs and she/her/hers
Jennifer Smith has been the Program Director at Maple Street School for 17 years. She is committed to race, gender and special needs inclusion and justice. Jenn has a Masters degree in Early Child and Special Ed from Concordia College. She is the parent of two awesome teens.


Saturday June 1, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm EDT
Hampton Inn: Cafe Space

12:00pm EDT

Neurodiversity in Trans Youth
Many trans youth have anxiety, depression, AD(H)D, autism, or other neurodivergencies. In recent years, the Neurodiversity movement has replaced the old style of fixing the child. Embracing neurodiversity means recognizing the beauty of different operating systems, and working with the child's brain, not against it. Helping an autistic child live their best life does not mean "curing" the child. For many transgender youth, their neurodivergency is used as a weapon against them, to deny them agency and treatment. Gender dysphoria and neurodiversity are not mutually exclusive. Rather, there is a large overlap. Neurodivergent youth deserve access to trans services, and trans youth deserve access to mental health, occupational therapy, and other services.

Speakers
avatar for Sean Bender-Prouty

Sean Bender-Prouty

he/him/his and they/them/theirs
Sean Bender-Prouty is a neurodivergent high schooler who has served as a Gender Spectrum Youth Council member and is currently an HRC Youth Ambassador. Sean advocates for better mental health services for LGBT+ youth and a greater acceptance of neurodiversity. Sean also runs LGBTeen... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm EDT
Hampton Inn: New York B

12:00pm EDT

Talking to Decisionmakers When You'd Much Rather SCREAM
Talking with people who have the power to make things better or worse for your trans child can be very difficult. It’s hard to know where to begin or who to talk with and you’re often faced with systems and that are often uneducated about or hostile to transgender youth – making it easy to let your emotions get the better of you. We’ll teach the basics of power mapping and identifying the correct decisionmakers who can help your child, arm you with persuasive techniques and arguments that work, and introduce you to strategies on how to be effective and be cool under pressure.

Speakers
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Chris Hampton

she/her/hers
Chris Hampton (she/her/hers) is the Youth and Program Strategist with the ACLU’s national LGBT Project. She manages the Project’s work on youth and schools issues, writes and edits Know Your Rights publications on LGBT topics, and helps identify, vet, prepare, and support litigation... Read More →
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Reg Calcagno

they/them/theirs
Reg Calcagno (they/them/theirs) is a State Advocacy Strategist with the national ACLU. Their work focuses on creating and delivering powerful advocacy campaigns to combat transphobia and homophobia and winning equality for all people regardless of who they are or who they love. Reg... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm EDT
Hampton Inn: New York A

12:00pm EDT

Creating Your Cosmic Community
This workshop will discuss and practice how we create culture that is gender open, comfortable and joyful at the Maple Street School and in our own families and communities. We will discuss areas of our culture that need changing and create rituals, surprises and micro-revolutions that support these changes. We will make buttons, talk about protests and parades and pop-ups. We will leave the workshop with play we want to bring into our families and communities that make the world more gender expansive and awesome.

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Cole

Wendy Cole

she/her/hers
Wendy Jo Cole has been the Director of the Maple Street School for 18 years. She is a founder of a racial and social justice conference for early childhood educators Little Chairs Big Differences. She is a play revolutionary and is committed to creating culture that is just and joyful... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith

they/them/theirs and she/her/hers
Jennifer Smith has been the Program Director at Maple Street School for 17 years. She is committed to race, gender and special needs inclusion and justice. Jenn has a Masters degree in Early Child and Special Ed from Concordia College. She is the parent of two awesome teens.


Saturday June 1, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm EDT
Hampton Inn: Cafe Space

12:00pm EDT

Neurodiversity in Trans Youth
Many trans youth have anxiety, depression, AD(H)D, autism, or other neurodivergencies. In recent years, the Neurodiversity movement has replaced the old style of fixing the child. Embracing neurodiversity means recognizing the beauty of different operating systems, and working with the child's brain, not against it. Helping an autistic child live their best life does not mean "curing" the child. For many transgender youth, their neurodivergency is used as a weapon against them, to deny them agency and treatment. Gender dysphoria and neurodiversity are not mutually exclusive. Rather, there is a large overlap. Neurodivergent youth deserve access to trans services, and trans youth deserve access to mental health, occupational therapy, and other services.

Speakers
avatar for Sean Bender-Prouty

Sean Bender-Prouty

he/him/his and they/them/theirs
Sean Bender-Prouty is a neurodivergent high schooler who has served as a Gender Spectrum Youth Council member and is currently an HRC Youth Ambassador. Sean advocates for better mental health services for LGBT+ youth and a greater acceptance of neurodiversity. Sean also runs LGBTeen... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm EDT
Hampton Inn: New York B

12:00pm EDT

Surgery Planning
This workshop will cover surgery navigation for middle schoolers, and is led by a primary care provider and medical case manager with experience helping young people access surgery. We will discuss what surgery options exist, how to know when you are ready, and what to expect from the surgery planning and recovery process. We will talk primarily about chest reduction surgeries and vaginoplasty, with time for questions and discussion.

Speakers
avatar for Zil Goldstein

Zil Goldstein

she/her/hers
Zil Goldstein is the Associate Medical Director for Transgender and Gender Non-binary Health at the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medical Education at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Throughout her career she has focused on... Read More →
avatar for Gaines Blasdel

Gaines Blasdel

he/him/his, Medical Track Lead
Gaines Blasdel is a medical case manager at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, an LGBTQ-focused Federally Qualified Health Center in NYC. He works in the teen program there, with transgender and nonbinary (TGNB) adolescents. He also runs the website www.healthytrans.com, and his... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm EDT
Hampton Inn: Manhattan Room

12:45pm EDT

2:15pm EDT

Body Empowerment Workshop
We all find ways to work with the bodies we’re in. This workshop will include discussion and demonstration of some affirming practices including binding and tucking to help you feel your best.

Speakers
avatar for Ty Browne

Ty Browne

he/him/his and they/them/theirs
Ty Browne is a Black, transmasculine, and nonbinary school Social Worker for Pathways to Leadership working in East New York, Brooklyn. Ty works to help young people navigate academic, social and environmental challenges by highlighting and building upon their strengths while also... Read More →

GC*NYC Team
avatar for Xaelah Jarrett

Xaelah Jarrett

she/her/hers, Intersectionality Track Lead / High School Program Lead
Xaelah Jarrett (she/her) is a Black trans womanist pursuing her interests in public health and queer and trans liberation. She’s particularly interested in cultural and intergenerational trauma, youth empowerment, and critical engagement with ideas of love and intimacy. She holds... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm EDT
Hampton Inn: New York A

2:15pm EDT

Breaking the Binary
Do you wear sneakers? Do you paint your nails? Do you cook? knit? Engage in childcare? Are you a teacher or an athlete? We are all in a state of genderflux trying on different clothes, jobs and hobbies that suit us as people, regardless of our birth gender. It is getting harder to judge others when we are living the difference.What about you makes you a Male or a female? Your giggle? Your sweat? In this workshop we will use writing to explore how gender impacts on us and our families. The leader will offer prompts to jump start your ideas.We will explore how having a transgender member in our family has asked us look at ourselves and our children and the world. How is our family differerent and the same as the family next door or around the world? When did we know our kid was trans or different? Who did we tell? How does this make us feel and help us grow as people? All stories and writing is confidential and does not leave the room.

Speakers
avatar for Lee Schwartz

Lee Schwartz

she/her/hers
Lee Schwartz lives, writes and teaches in New York City. She tells her story in the PFLAG Safe Schools program. She has an essay in TRANS BODIES,TRAN SELVES, Oxford Press. She has the first poem in a collection, Writing Fire, Green Fire Press. Included in HOW POETRY SAVED MY LIFE... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm EDT
Hampton Inn: LaGuardia Room

2:15pm EDT

Gender Affirming Surgery
This workshop will bring together youth to share their experiences of gender affirming surgery at NYU Langone Health. In addition, Dr. Rachel Bluebond-Langner, Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Associate Professor of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at the Hansjorg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery at NYU Langone Health, and Nathan Levitt, Family Nurse Practitioner in NYU Langone’s gender affirmation surgery program, will address holistic care of patients at each stage of the surgery process from pre-operative to post-operative. This workshop will offer a unique space to hear both the surgery team and the patient perspective to address the physical and psychosocial aspects of surgery to prepare both patients and caregivers/families. We will address the many factors that impact quality of life before and after surgery for those who chose this path in their transition.

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Levitt

Nathan Levitt

he/him/his
Nathan Levitt is the NP coordinator of the transgender surgery program at NYU Langone. Nathan was previously the Director of Transgender Care at Community Healthcare Network (CHN). He was at CHN in New York's first Family Nurse Practitioner fellowship program. Nathan worked as a Transgender... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Bluebond-Langner

Rachel Bluebond-Langner

she/her/hers
Dr. Rachel Bluebond-Langner is a Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Associate Professor of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at the Hansjorg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery at NYU Langone Health. Dr. Bluebond-Langner performs both aesthetic and reconstructive surgery working closely with... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm EDT
Hampton Inn: New York B

2:15pm EDT

Breaking the Binary
Do you wear sneakers? Do you paint your nails? Do you cook? knit? Engage in childcare? Are you a teacher or an athlete? We are all in a state of genderflux trying on different clothes, jobs and hobbies that suit us as people, regardless of our birth gender. It is getting harder to judge others when we are living the difference.What about you makes you a Male or a female? Your giggle? Your sweat? In this workshop we will use writing to explore how gender impacts on us and our families. The leader will offer prompts to jump start your ideas.We will explore how having a transgender member in our family has asked us look at ourselves and our children and the world. How is our family differerent and the same as the family next door or around the world? When did we know our kid was trans or different? Who did we tell? How does this make us feel and help us grow as people? All stories and writing is confidential and does not leave the room.

Speakers
avatar for Lee Schwartz

Lee Schwartz

she/her/hers
Lee Schwartz lives, writes and teaches in New York City. She tells her story in the PFLAG Safe Schools program. She has an essay in TRANS BODIES,TRAN SELVES, Oxford Press. She has the first poem in a collection, Writing Fire, Green Fire Press. Included in HOW POETRY SAVED MY LIFE... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm EDT
Hampton Inn: LaGuardia Room

2:15pm EDT

I Am From/We Are From: Creating Individual and Collective Iconography
We all use symbols every day to communicate and understand the world around us. From smiley face emoticons to the presence and use of international flags, objects, figures, words, actions, sounds and colors, we use symbols to stand for something that is important to us. For example in the Hawaiian culture, the performance of a Lua is a symbol of their land and heritage which is performed through song and dance. But symbols are also stories, both individual and collective. Symbols can represent the multiplicity of our identities and the story of our lives without having to have any singular meaning. They can have several meanings all at once. In this workshop, participants will create and express symbols that arise from their personal stories in an original poem. From there, they will have the chance to transform their written symbol into a visual symbol in a collective painting in the larger context of their peer community. Some of the questions we will explore will be: In what ways does my personal symbol give me pride and make me feel powerful? How do those meanings possibly change when my symbol is juxtaposed next to other symbols? How can my symbol represent both myself and my community? What can I learn about myself and others from seeing how my peers visualize their stories and identities? In what ways are we a shared culture? This art workshop will offer all the opportunity for participants to ask these questions and come up personal and collective answers through art-making and meaningful discussions.

Speakers
avatar for James Vining

James Vining

he/him/his
James Vining was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute in Chicago and his MSW from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. He currently works as a psychotherapist at an outpatient mental clinic. He specializes in affirmative... Read More →
avatar for Heather Dailey

Heather Dailey

she/her/hers
Heather Dailey has lived in NYC for 12 years. She received her MSW from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Ms. Dailey uses creativity and artistic expression to engage runaway and homeless youth in their path to stable adulthood.


Saturday June 1, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm EDT
Hampton Inn: Manhattan Room

2:15pm EDT

Open Hang Space
Hang out, relax and connect with other High Schoolers in our Volunteer staffed Open Hang Space.

Saturday June 1, 2019 2:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
Hampton Inn: Cafe Space

2:20pm EDT

A Family Album of Transition. Snapshots of Acceptance through Advocacy
This is an opportunity to see how one mixed race family have experienced transition. Through our eyes as parents, we share how we gradually became aware of our child's need to be himself. We openly share how we have changed as a result. Our story is shared with some humor, some realism and some raw, deep emotion as it has moved us. Challenges remain, and our story is far from over but we invite you in, to express and examine how you relate to your family and the world around you.

Speakers
avatar for Sally A. Apollon

Sally A. Apollon

she/her/hers
Sally A. Apollon: Married 21 yrs to Roger Apollon Jr., mother of two boys, one Cis & one trans, UK National, working as a nurse in the NY/NJ area since 1991. Since my son identified as trans almost 3 years ago I have done my utmost to educate myself, my family and those around me... Read More →
avatar for Roger Apollon, Jr

Roger Apollon, Jr

he/him/his
Roger worked in NYC for 15 years in Corporate Sales, transferring to teaching 13 years ago as a way to "give back" to the commmunity in his place of birth Newark, NJ, now teaching in Brooklyn. A graduate of Rutgers University, he has been an active part of a musical community for... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 2:20pm - 3:40pm EDT
Bellaire Theater

2:20pm EDT

Gender Inside the Box, Outside the Box, and What is this Box Thing, Anyhow?
Western society relies on a binary system of gender in which there were are two distinct options, each carrying discrete stereotypes and meanings. Care has been around transitioning from one to the other, but increasing numbers are identifying outside traditional gender norms and are seeking care for both gender and everyday life. This is especially true for younger generations. How do we understand the gender binary, heteronormativity, nontraditional genders, and the impact of the categorization of identity? And how can we assist these youth with daily life as well as with the relationship between their nonbinary identity and an often unwelcoming society? This workshop covers transgender identity and the history of transgender care, binary and nonbinary gender identity, and the role of categorization of gender all to help parents navigate the journey with their child.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Jacobs

Laura Jacobs

she/he/they/none
Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R is a Trans and GenderQueer-identified psychotherapist, activist, author, and public speaker in the New York City area working with transgender and gender-nonbinary, LGBTQ+, and alternate lifestyle communities of BDSM, nonmonogamy, and sexwork. They serve as... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 2:20pm - 3:40pm EDT
Hamilton Room

2:20pm EDT

LGBTQ+ Plus...... A Conversation about Intersectionality
Workshop discussion will center around the various challenges of having multiple minority identities including but not limited to race, gender & gender identity, sexual orientation, country of origin, religion, and ability. Conversations will help participants identify, acknowledge and understand power, and the varying degrees of privilege some members of the LGBTQ community have above and beyond others. The Cultural Competency Continuum and Cultural Competency components will be explored with the objective of helping participants be more aware and sensitive of the needs and circumstances of their peers. The the workshop will close with strategies on how to celebrate diversity in sensitive, culturally respectful ways, to make our schools, communities, and other spaces more inclusive of various identities, and how to use our privileges to help uplift and advocate for others.

Speakers
avatar for Tyree Oredein

Tyree Oredein

she/her/hers
Since 2005 Dr. Tyree Oredein (she/her/hers) has dedicated her academic and professional life to serving the LGBTQ+ community and other marginalized groups. For the past 13 years, Dr. Oredein has been developing and delivering LGBTQ+ Sensitivity & Cultural Competency trainings to administrators... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 2:20pm - 3:40pm EDT
East Elmhurst Room

2:20pm EDT

Public Activism: Ways to Advocate and Lobby in Support of Trans Youth
All parents of trans youth advocate for our children. Some will only ever advocate privately with the local school or the pediatrician’s office. If you choose to become more vocal to take a stand against anti-trans legislative initiatives or tell your story in the media, you need strategies for your messaging and for your protection. In this workshop, we will cover different situations from writing blogs, giving interviews to reporters, lobbying efforts through letters and phone calls, giving testimony in front of legislators, and how to deal with any backlash you receive from being public.

Speakers
avatar for Debi Jackson

Debi Jackson

she/her/hers
Debi Jackson and her family live in Kansas City, Missouri. She became an advocate for transgender rights in 2014 when her speech about her daughter's transition at the age of 4 went viral. The "conservative Southern Baptist Republican from Alabama" now speaks on behalf of transgender... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 2:20pm - 3:40pm EDT
Ditmars Room

2:20pm EDT

Surgery Planning for Families and Caregivers
This workshop will provide support and education for caregivers assisting youth ages 13-21 in surgery navigation and recovery from the perspective of a primary care provider and case manager. We will briefly discuss procedure options, focusing on chest reduction surgeries and vaginoplasty. The workshop will focus on the local insurance and surgery center landscape, readiness and decision making for adolescents, and what to expect from the surgery planning and recovery process, with time for questions and discussion.

Speakers
avatar for Gaines Blasdel

Gaines Blasdel

he/him/his, Medical Track Lead
Gaines Blasdel is a medical case manager at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, an LGBTQ-focused Federally Qualified Health Center in NYC. He works in the teen program there, with transgender and nonbinary (TGNB) adolescents. He also runs the website www.healthytrans.com, and his... Read More →
avatar for Zil Goldstein

Zil Goldstein

she/her/hers
Zil Goldstein is the Associate Medical Director for Transgender and Gender Non-binary Health at the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medical Education at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Throughout her career she has focused on... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 2:20pm - 3:40pm EDT
Fairfield Room

2:20pm EDT

Transgender Legislation – What’s Next for Our Community?
With the January 2019 long-awaited passage of New York State’s Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), many community members, their family, friends and allies are wondering what is next. What issues and problems are currently being studied and discussed? What current legislation is available for passage? How does one become involved in the process to move a problem to a proposal, to a bill, and finally into law? Using New York State as an example, audience members will be informed of federal, state and local legislation which could end discrimination and impact the economic, educational, racial, and social equality for our community. An “open discussion” forum, allowing for questions and an exchange of ideas, will help participants better understand their role in creating significant change.

Speakers
avatar for Juli Grey-Owens

Juli Grey-Owens

she/her/hers
Juli Grey-Owens has been a New York transgender community advocate for over sixteen years. She is the Executive Director and Board Chair of Gender Equality New York (GENY), whose mission is to advocate for the transgender, non-binary, and intersex communities. Grey-Owens is also Board... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 2:20pm - 3:40pm EDT
Jackson Room

2:20pm EDT

Understanding Parental Support and Validation: Ways to Reduce Risk for Self Harm and How to Manage Self Harm
Data about the mental health risk facing transgender and gender expansive youth can be frightening, especially when learning about statistics about depression, self-harm, suicide, and drug use. This workshop will explore the concrete ways parents can support their transgender and gender expansive children and teens to help reduce negative mental health outcomes. Focus will include the importance of validation and parental support as well as tips related to talking about self-harm. This workshop will be led by two Adolescent Dialectal Behavioral Therapy experts who focus on treatment and management self-harm and suicide risk in transgender and gender expansive youth.

Speakers
avatar for Samantha Busa

Samantha Busa

she/her/hers
Dr. Samantha Busa is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Gender and Sexuality Service and the Anita Saltz Institute for Anxiety and Mood Disorders the NYU Child Study Center, where she is also a member of the Adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program. Dr. Busa’s clinical... Read More →
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Jeremy Wernick

he/him/his
Jeremy A. Wernick, LMSW is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Anita Saltz Institute for Anxiety and Mood Disorders and the Gender and Sexuality Service at the NYU Child Study Center. Mr. Wernick is also a member of the Adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program and completed... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 2:20pm - 3:40pm EDT
Ivy Room

2:30pm EDT

2:45pm EDT

"When Aidan Became A Brother": Readaloud and Q&A author Kyle Lukoff
The young people will be split into two groups: K-2 will start with one activity and grades 3-5 will
start with the other. Then, they will swap halfway through:

"When Aidan Became A Brother" is the first traditionally-published picture book about a transgender boy, written by a transgender author. In this session author Kyle Lukoff will read his book, lead a discussion about the themes in the story, answer questions about writing and publishing, and sign copies. Young trans children, their parents, and their siblings will see themselves reflected in this heartwarming, affirming story that celebrates the many transitions a family can experience.

Speakers
avatar for Kyle Lukoff

Kyle Lukoff

he/him/his
Kyle Lukoff is an elementary school librarian and children's author. "When Aidan Became A Brother" is his second book, following "A Storytelling of Ravens." He is the librarian at the Corlears School in Manhattan, and has written and spoken about transgender representation in literature... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 2:45pm - 4:45pm EDT
Grand Ballroom III

2:45pm EDT

The ART in My Heart
The young people will be split into two groups: K-2 will start with one activity and grades 3-5 will 
start with the other. Then, they will swap halfway through:   
Why be a unicorn when you can be... YOU? There’s no other person as unique as you are. Join us for a discussion about identity followed by an individual art making activity. Each participant will keep their artwork.

Speakers
avatar for Deb Comeau

Deb Comeau

she/her/hers
Ms. Comeau is a middle school art teacher from Montclair, New Jersey and the founder of the school’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance. She identifies as cisgender and pansexual. Ms. Comeau is an activist, agitator, lifetime camp counselor, and wears too many patterns at the same time... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 2:45pm - 4:45pm EDT
Grand Ballroom III

3:15pm EDT

Black & TGNC: Where do we go from here?
Black joy and solidarity within our communities is essential in our survival throughout a conservative era. For many Black trans and gender non-conforming young people who were optimistic during the Obama era may now experience discouragement resulting from not only increased institutional violence but also violence perpetuated by members of our own communities. A conservative regime is the perfect time to push back and be creative in the ways we build out safer spaces and information share amongst each other. This workshop is designed to help young Black people gain and utilize knowledge to use in our everyday survival and commitment to building out our communities.



















Speakers
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kt

she/her/hers and they/them/theirs
Born and raised in Ann Arbor MI, Katie Kennedy, or Kt, is a 2017 graduate from the University of Michigan with a degree in History of Art and Urban Studies with a focus in community building and grassroots organizing. As a liberated non-binary queer Art educator, speaker, organizer... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
Hampton Inn: New York A

3:15pm EDT

Change the World in Two Minutes: How to Share Your Story
Everyone’s got a story, but knowing how to shape and tell that story effectively—and in under two minutes!—is a skill that separates the talkers from the real change-makers. This highly interactive session will encourage participants to pick a personal tale about trans and non-binary identities, equality, and inclusion and develop it into an engaging, must-hear narrative. We'll discuss ways to deploy effective messaging strategies to create common ground with policymakers, potential allies, and more. Using the story arc model, participants will learn to craft stories designed transform hearts and minds. Participants will also receive a special workbook to help develop their stories (and take home!) and have an opportunity to share their work with other attendees and get important feedback to improve their game.

Speakers
JC

Jamie Curtis

she/her/hers
Jamie Curtis joined PFLAG in May 2003. She is PFLAG’s Director of Chapter Engagement responsible for working with chapters throughout the United States and overseeing the Chapter Engagement team. Prior to serving as the Director of Chapter Engagement, Jamie served a Field & Policy... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
Hampton Inn: LaGuardia Room

3:15pm EDT

Healthcare Self-Advocacy and Solidarity: Getting the Care You Deserve
Navigating healthcare can be tricky, so let’s make it easier by talking about strategies for demystifying the medical system, advocating for the care you need, and taking care of yourself while you do it. Whether it's for general healthcare, transition-related care, mental health, or sexual health, we'll work together to discuss tips and resources for getting the healthcare you deserve, and for supporting the people you love in getting the healthcare they deserve. In this workshop, we'll talk about advocating for your own health in the doctor’s office and beyond. We’ll cover privacy concerns and legal issues specific to people under 18, assessing whether a healthcare provider or institution is well-equipped to provide good care for trans and gender expansive youth, breaking down medical and insurance language, effective communication with healthcare providers and other medical staff, dealing with intersectional obstacles, and the best ways for allies to support self-advocacy.

Speakers
EL

Elana Lancaster

he/him/his
Elana Lancaster is a workshop facilitator, health educator, and technical assistance consultant specializing in transgender health and inclusion, and sexual and reproductive health. He facilitates workshops on best practices in LGBTQ inclusion and health for clinicians and healthcare... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
Hampton Inn: New York B

3:15pm EDT

Ask a Doctor! Q&A for Transgender Youth
This workshop will offer an overview of health issues for transgender and gender diverse youth- including finding support, social transition, puberty blockers, reversible options, feminizing hormones, masculinizing hormones, surgery, dating, and general wellness. Participants are encouraged to bring questions. Many young people receive health information from friends, or from the internet. This workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss health concerns with a doctor experienced working with transgender youth.

Speakers
avatar for Elyse Pine

Elyse Pine

she/her/hers
Elyse Pine, MD is a board certified pediatric endocrinologist at Chase Brexton Health Care in Maryland. She earned a BA from Case Western Reserve University and an MD from Washington University in St. Louis. She completed her pediatrics residency training at Mount Sinai in NY and... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
Hampton Inn: Manhattan Room

3:15pm EDT

Black & TGNC: Where do we go from here?
Black joy and solidarity within our communities is essential in our survival throughout a conservative era. For many Black trans and gender non-conforming young people who were optimistic during the Obama era may now experience discouragement resulting from not only increased institutional violence but also violence perpetuated by members of our own communities. A conservative regime is the perfect time to push back and be creative in the ways we build out safer spaces and information share amongst each other. This workshop is designed to help young Black people gain and utilize knowledge to use in our everyday survival and commitment to building out our communities.

Speakers
avatar for kt

kt

she/her/hers and they/them/theirs
Born and raised in Ann Arbor MI, Katie Kennedy, or Kt, is a 2017 graduate from the University of Michigan with a degree in History of Art and Urban Studies with a focus in community building and grassroots organizing. As a liberated non-binary queer Art educator, speaker, organizer... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
Hampton Inn: New York A

3:15pm EDT

Change the World in Two Minutes: How to Share Your Story
Everyone’s got a story, but knowing how to shape and tell that story effectively—and in under two minutes!—is a skill that separates the talkers from the real change-makers. This highly interactive session will encourage participants to pick a personal tale about trans and non-binary identities, equality, and inclusion and develop it into an engaging, must-hear narrative. We'll discuss ways to deploy effective messaging strategies to create common ground with policymakers, potential allies, and more. Using the story arc model, participants will learn to craft stories designed transform hearts and minds. Participants will also receive a special workbook to help develop their stories (and take home!) and have an opportunity to share their work with other attendees and get important feedback to improve their game.

Speakers
JC

Jamie Curtis

she/her/hers
Jamie Curtis joined PFLAG in May 2003. She is PFLAG’s Director of Chapter Engagement responsible for working with chapters throughout the United States and overseeing the Chapter Engagement team. Prior to serving as the Director of Chapter Engagement, Jamie served a Field & Policy... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
Hampton Inn: LaGuardia Room

3:45pm EDT

Snack Time
Saturday June 1, 2019 3:45pm - 4:00pm EDT
Grand Ballroom III

4:00pm EDT

All In the Family: Cisgender Siblings Transition Too
Transgender and gender expansive children often become the focus of the family when they come out. Attention often shifts to this child, as parents work to gain information, seek support, and attend meetings and events that center on the TGNC child. This sudden focus on the TGNC child can cause cisgender siblings to feel left out, as energy and attention gets diverted to their transgender sibling. While cisgender siblings have needs of their own as the family transitions, these needs may be not be obvious, and may be overlooked. This workshop seeks to help cisgender caregivers learn about the impact of having a transgender sibling on their cisgender siblings, and will help identify ways to provide support their cisgender children and the family as a whole.

Speakers
avatar for Jean Malpas

Jean Malpas

he/him/his, Leadership Team
Jean Malpas, LMHC, LMFT, is the Founder and Director of the Gender & Family Project at the Ackerman Institute for the Family (ackerman.org/GFP), Director of International Training, and a psychotherapist in private practice in New York City. He has presented nationally and internationally on topics of gender, sexuality, addiction, couple and family therapy. His work with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individual... Read More →
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Randi Kaufman

Randi Kaufman, PsyD, has been working with TGNC folks since 1998, providing evaluation, psychotherapy, support groups, training, and consultation. She founded the Transgender Health Program at Fenway Health in Boston, and served as the team psychologist with Dr. Norman Spack at Boston... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 4:00pm - 5:20pm EDT
Bellaire Theater

4:00pm EDT

Changing Legal Documents
Attendees will learn about the name and gender marker change process in New York and New Jersey, including what they will need to move forward, what the timeline looks like, and how to fill out the necessary forms. Information will also be provided about changing federal documents.



Speakers
avatar for Charlie Arrowood

Charlie Arrowood

they/them/theirs, Legal Track Lead
Charlie is Transcend Legal's Director of Name & Gender Recognition. They assist transgender clients with name and gender marker changes in New York, and work to obtain health insurance coverage for transgender health care nationwide. In addition to their role at Transcend Legal, they... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 4:00pm - 5:20pm EDT
Ivy Room

4:00pm EDT

Gender Affirming Masculinization Surgery
This workshop will bring together youth to share their experiences of gender affirming surgery at NYU Langone Health. In addition, Dr. Rachel Bluebond-Langner, Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Associate Professor of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at the Hansjorg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery at NYU Langone Health, and Nathan Levitt, Family Nurse Practitioner in NYU Langone’s gender affirmation surgery program, will address holistic care of patients at each stage of the masculinization surgery process from pre-operative to post-operative. This workshop will offer a unique space to hear both the surgery team and the patient perspective to address the physical and psychosocial aspects of surgery to prepare both patients and caregivers/families. We will address the many factors that impact quality of life before and after surgery for those who chose this path in their transition.

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Levitt

Nathan Levitt

he/him/his
Nathan Levitt is the NP coordinator of the transgender surgery program at NYU Langone. Nathan was previously the Director of Transgender Care at Community Healthcare Network (CHN). He was at CHN in New York's first Family Nurse Practitioner fellowship program. Nathan worked as a Transgender... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Bluebond-Langner

Rachel Bluebond-Langner

she/her/hers
Dr. Rachel Bluebond-Langner is a Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Associate Professor of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at the Hansjorg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery at NYU Langone Health. Dr. Bluebond-Langner performs both aesthetic and reconstructive surgery working closely with... Read More →
avatar for Marshall Degenhardt

Marshall Degenhardt

he/him/his
Marshall is a graduating high school senior who is looking forward to attending his dream art school in the fall. He is a proud trans man who has participated in a documentary that will help physicians understand the intricacies of transitioning as a trans teen. Marshall is passionate... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 4:00pm - 5:20pm EDT
Fairfield Room

4:00pm EDT

Nurturing Your Own Transition as Your Child Transitions or Questions Their Gender
Being the parent/caregiver of a child who is transitioning or questioning their gender can be exhilarating, confusing, and scary, all at the same time. This facilitated workshop will offer parents/caregivers an opportunity to address their often-overlooked needs and fears, in a structured environment as they voice their experiences, uncertainties, and questions. This workshop will also highlight the importance of self-care for all parents/caretakers of a transgender child or of one who is questioning their gender. In addition, it will discuss the intersection of disability as it may affect the experiences of some families throughout transition process and ways for parents/caregivers to nurture themselves, while at the same time being affirming to your child. Parents/Caregivers will be provided with a place to reflect on their own journey as they navigate from the moment they became aware that their child was identifying on the transgender spectrum or possibly considering doing so, to where they are now. Mindfulness activities, self-care exercises, and creative materials will be provided to help you continue your own nurturing transition after the conference. This interactive workshop will offer parents/caregivers a safe space to express their concerns and celebrations by using a myriad of methods with others who understand them.

Speakers
avatar for D. M. Maynard

D. M. Maynard

she/her/hers
D. M. Maynard, MS/MA, a veteran teacher with 30+ years’ experience and Founder/Director of Maynard’s W.I.S.D.O.M., Inc., an Education Service. She has spoken at conferences within the U.S. and throughout the world, supporting gender diversity for children and giving voice to the... Read More →
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Leah Livingstone

she/her/hers
I was born and raised just outside of Boston and have never left city life behind for a quiet suburb. I am a full time working mom of two incredibly amazing teenagers. I am a one woman administrative show of a mid-size counseling center at a state university. I've learned to live... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 4:00pm - 5:20pm EDT
Ditmars Room

4:00pm EDT

Prevention Through Conversation
With the rates of dating violence, sexual assault and family violence disproportionately impacting young people, it is imperative that parents and caregivers create spaces that celebrate and encourage their transgender and gender-expansive children to discuss their identities and sexuality with them. This workshop will explore factors that make it difficult for young people to open up to the adults in their lives, and ways to break down those barriers to discussing who they are and what they are experiencing with their parents/caregivers. At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be better equipped to create spaces for their children to disclose their identities and their experiences with abuse as well as how to respond when disclosures occur.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Munsky

Elizabeth Munsky

she/her/hers
Elizabeth Munsky is currently a member of the Policy and Training Institute at the NYC Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence. She develops curricula around gender-based violence, its intersections, and facilitates trainings throughout NYC. Prior to joining ENDGBV... Read More →
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Lyndsay Smith

she/her/hers
A former middle school teacher, Lyndsay is currently the Program Specialist for the National Quality Improvement Center (QIC) on Tailored Services, Placement Stability, and Permanency for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Two-Spirit (LGBTQ2S) Children and Youth... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 4:00pm - 5:20pm EDT
Hamilton Room

4:00pm EDT

Talking to Decisionmakers When You'd Much Rather SCREAM
Talking with people who have the power to make things better or worse for your trans child can be very difficult. It’s hard to know where to begin or who to talk with and you’re often faced with systems and that are often uneducated about or hostile to transgender youth – making it easy to let your emotions get the better of you. We’ll teach the basics of power mapping and identifying the correct decisionmakers who can help your child, arm you with persuasive techniques and arguments that work, and introduce you to strategies on how to be effective and be cool under pressure.

Speakers
CH

Chris Hampton

she/her/hers
Chris Hampton (she/her/hers) is the Youth and Program Strategist with the ACLU’s national LGBT Project. She manages the Project’s work on youth and schools issues, writes and edits Know Your Rights publications on LGBT topics, and helps identify, vet, prepare, and support litigation... Read More →
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Reg Calcagno

they/them/theirs
Reg Calcagno (they/them/theirs) is a State Advocacy Strategist with the national ACLU. Their work focuses on creating and delivering powerful advocacy campaigns to combat transphobia and homophobia and winning equality for all people regardless of who they are or who they love. Reg... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 4:00pm - 5:20pm EDT
Jackson Room

4:00pm EDT

Transitioning in Black, Black Diaspora, Afro-latinix, POC and Indigenous Families and Communities
Join us as we discuss experiences and obstacles faced by trans, GNC, and NB identified people transitioning in Black, Brown, Black Diaspora and Indigenous families. Discussions will offer tips to help family members in honoring names, pronouns, and understandings of what family support looks like in our communities, and how we can work to improve support .Topic Areas covered: dating/relationships, parenting while trans/trans parenting, wellbeing and self-care, self-advocacy

Speakers
avatar for Darius McLean

Darius McLean

he/him/his
Darius McLean is a Temple Graduate and former board member of Girls Justice League of Philadelphia. In the past Darius was a facilitator for a support group for trans and GNC youth between the ages of 4-12 years old at CHOPS Gender and Sexuality Clinic as well as the monthly creative... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 4:00pm - 5:20pm EDT
East Elmhurst Room

4:30pm EDT

Ask a Doctor! Q&A for Transgender Youth
This workshop will offer an overview of health issues for transgender and gender diverse youth- including finding support, social transition, puberty blockers, reversible options, feminizing hormones, masculinizing hormones, surgery, dating, and general wellness. Participants are encouraged to bring questions. Many young people receive health information from friends, or from the internet. This workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss health concerns with a doctor experienced working with transgender youth.

Speakers
avatar for Elyse Pine

Elyse Pine

she/her/hers
Elyse Pine, MD is a board certified pediatric endocrinologist at Chase Brexton Health Care in Maryland. She earned a BA from Case Western Reserve University and an MD from Washington University in St. Louis. She completed her pediatrics residency training at Mount Sinai in NY and... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm EDT
Hampton Inn: New York B

4:30pm EDT

Medical Transition? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
This workshop is being offered as an space for those youth who may not be considering gender affirming medical interventions at all, those who may be seeking some aspects but not in a binary or linear way, and/or may be questioning all of it.    

Speakers
avatar for Mitus B. Francis

Mitus B. Francis

they/them/theirs and he/him/his
Mitus Berro Francis is an artist and activist based in Manhattan. A sculptor and tattooist, Francis' work explores the relationship between soul, body, and the development of self-identity in hostile conditions.


Saturday June 1, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm EDT
Hampton Inn: LaGuardia Room

4:30pm EDT

4:30pm EDT

Zine-Making
Youth will have the opportunity to create pages for a collective zine that will explore/visualize what support looks like and how it creates space for them and community to be our complete selves.  Youth will be able to collaborate on pages and activate the layout of the zine that they can all receive a copy of.  The zine can be a compilation for Gender Conference NYC 2019.

Speakers
avatar for Simone Satchell

Simone Satchell

he/him/his and they/them/theirs, Middle School Program Lead
Simone Satchell, an all borough New Yorker identifies as a Black Trans Non Binary Queer artist. Simone’s pronouns are Simone, he, or they. Simone earned a BFA from Queens College in 2008. He was a Public Allies fellow at the Queens Museum as the Coordinator of OST Youth and Family... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm EDT
Hampton Inn: Cafe Space

4:30pm EDT

Healthy Dating and Relationships
This workshop is designed to engage youth participants in thought provoking activities about healthy relationships. They will develop a clearer understanding about what their needs are in relationships and how to negotiate difficult conversations with potential partners.

Speakers
avatar for Raffy Rios

Raffy Rios

they/them/theirs
Raffy A. Rios (Pronouns They/Them/Theirs) is a Non-Binary NuyoRican who has served the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) and HIV-Affected communities for over 10 years. Raffy currently works as a Client Advocacy Specialist with the New York City Anti-Violence... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Cartagena

Amanda Cartagena

she/her/hers and they/them/theirs
Hello! My name is Amanda Cartagena and I am licensed social worker. Currently, I am a RAPP (Relationship Abuse Prevention Program) Coordinator at STEPS to End Family Violence. I enjoy working with young folx in individual/group counseling as well as with their families. I am currently... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm EDT
Hampton Inn: Manhattan Room

4:30pm EDT

Medical Transition? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
This workshop is being offered as an space for those youth who may not be considering gender affirming medical interventions at all, those who may be seeking some aspects but not in a binary or linear way, and/or may be questioning all of it.    

Speakers
avatar for Mitus B. Francis

Mitus B. Francis

they/them/theirs and he/him/his
Mitus Berro Francis is an artist and activist based in Manhattan. A sculptor and tattooist, Francis' work explores the relationship between soul, body, and the development of self-identity in hostile conditions.


Saturday June 1, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm EDT
Hampton Inn: LaGuardia Room

4:30pm EDT

Zine-Making
Youth will have the opportunity to create pages for a collective zine that will explore/visualize what support looks like and how it creates space for them and community to be our complete selves.  Youth will be able to collaborate on pages and activate the layout of the zine that they can all receive a copy of.  The zine can be a compilation for Gender Conference NYC 2019.

Speakers
avatar for Simone Satchell

Simone Satchell

he/him/his and they/them/theirs, Middle School Program Lead
Simone Satchell, an all borough New Yorker identifies as a Black Trans Non Binary Queer artist. Simone’s pronouns are Simone, he, or they. Simone earned a BFA from Queens College in 2008. He was a Public Allies fellow at the Queens Museum as the Coordinator of OST Youth and Family... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm EDT
Hampton Inn: Cafe Space

4:45pm EDT

Closing Circle
Saturday June 1, 2019 4:45pm - 5:20pm EDT
Grand Ballroom III

5:15pm EDT

5:15pm EDT

5:20pm EDT

5:30pm EDT

Conference Closing
Saturday June 1, 2019 5:30pm - 6:15pm EDT
Grand Ballroom II and III

6:15pm EDT

Pizza / Dance Party
Unwind with new and old friends at our Pizza and Dance Party!  

Parental supervision is required at the party so the space can be enjoyed by everyone in the room, and in consideration of other guests at LaGuardia Plaza Hotel.



GC*NYC Team
avatar for Kerry Kennan

Kerry Kennan

she/her/hers, Pizza / Dance Party Host
Kerry Keenan has been an advocate for LGBTQ rights for over a decade. She is a member of the Parent Action Committee with the Gender Family Project, advisor for support group Stepping Stones and a longtime PFLAG member. As a marketing professional for 25 years, Kerry uses her position... Read More →
avatar for Sherri Fontaine

Sherri Fontaine

she/her/hers, Pizza / Dance Party Host
Sherri Fontaine has been an advocate in  the LGBTQ community for over 9 years.  She has a 15 year old transgender daughter named Charlie.  Sherri has supported, participated and sponsored numerous LGBTQ events during her tenure as a mom of a transgender youth. She endlessly donates... Read More →


Saturday June 1, 2019 6:15pm - 9:00pm EDT
Grand Ballroom I and II