Friday – October 13, 2017

Registration • 8:00 – 8:30 AM

Welcome • 8:30 - 9:00 AM

Senator Sylvia Garcia & Chief of Staff John Gorczysnki
Alan Dettlaff
Dean of the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work

Welcome

Senator Sylvia Garcia & Chief of Staff John Gorczysnki
Alan Dettlaff
Dean of the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work

Workshop 1 • 9:10 – 10:25

Know Your Rights: Gender Identity and Expression in Public Schools

Presenter: Kali Cohn, J.D.
Topic/Audience: Child Welfare, Education, Legal, Religion & Spirituality, Parents / Caregivers, Partners, Adult Allies, Non-Binary (NB), Trans Feminine, Trans Masculine, Intersex

CEU

It’s critical for students in public schools to understand their rights and know how to assert them. During this workshop, we’ll discuss students’ rights of expression in school and what that means for speech, dress, school events, access to appropriate facilities, participation in student activities, and bullying.

Trans While Homeless in Houston

Presenters: James Gonzalez, LMSW & Sarah Narendorf, Ph.D.
Topic/Audience: Child Welfare, Education, Legal, Religion & Spirituality, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults, Parents / Caregivers, Partners, Adult Allies, Non-Binary (NB), Trans Feminine, Trans Masculine, Intersex, Aging, Mental Health

CEU

Many youth and adults experiencing homelessness in Houston have to navigate multiple barriers. Identifying as Trans or Gender Diverse can add an extra layer of anxiety while trying to access basic needs. Learn about Houston’s homeless youth demographics, how to access our current homeless system, and participate in a discussion around what changes may be helpful to ease the process of Trans individuals connecting to homeless services.

What Providers Need to Know about Legal Issues Facing Trans Kids

Presenter: Asaf Orr, J.D.
Topic/Audience: Child Welfare, Education, Legal, Religion & Spirituality, Mental Health, Medical

CEU

Often, healthcare professionals are the first to learn about legal issues and needs facing a transgender young person. This workshop will teach you the basics that you need to know about legal issues that frequently arise for transgender youth, as well as identify steps that you can take to help them navigate these challenges. Topics covered include name and gender marker changes on identity documents and safety and access to education.

"There is No Such Thing As a Single Issue Struggle"; A 101 on Intersectional Organizing

Presenters: Elliott Fukui, Ola Osaze, Isa Noyola, Raquel Willis
Topic/Audience: Sexuality, Disability Community, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) High School Students, POC, Non-Binary (NB), Trans Feminine, Trans Masculine, Intersex

Join the National Organizing Team of Transgender Law Center as we breakdown silos between movements and offer strategies, tools and tactics around building intersectional organizing campaigns led by and for our most impacted community members. Learn about how systems of power impact all of us across identities, the difference between tokenization and inclusivity, and ways to organize that amplify and resource folks who lie in the intersections of multiple oppressions.

Intersex Identities

Presenter: Mo Cortez and Marni Axelrad, Ph.D.
Topic/Audience: Child Welfare, Education, Legal, Religion & Spirituality, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults, Parents / Caregivers, Partners, Adult Allies, Non-Binary (NB), Trans Feminine, Trans Masculine, Intersex, Aging, Mental Health

CEU • CME

Despite increasing awareness for gender diversity, intersex people face unique and often challenging medical and social situations. In this workshop, speakers will explore and discuss issues surrounding intersex individuals, sometimes referred as “diverse sex development” or “disorder of sexual differentiation” (or DSD).

Gender 101

Presenter: Colt Keo-Meier, Ph.D.
Topic/Audience: Child Welfare, Education, Legal, Religion & Spirituality, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults, Parents / Caregivers, Partners, Adult Allies, Non-Binary (NB), Trans Feminine, Trans Masculine, Intersex, Aging, Mental Health

CEU • CME

During this workshop, the concepts of sex, gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation will be disentangled and presented in an easy to understand format. This session is ideal for first-time conference attendees and those who are in the beginning stages of understanding gender diversity as well as those who are interested in learning how to present on this topic. Finally, suggestions for creating gender affirmative health and wellness environments will be provided.

Faith led my transition

Presenter: Dee Dee Watters
Topic/Audience: Education, Religion & Spirituality, Mental Health, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults, Parents / Caregivers, Adult Allies, Non-Binary (NB), Trans Feminine, Trans Masculine

CEU

Faith is a word defined by many as the unseen but for myself it’s more to it then that. This session will cover faith and religion based on the presenters lived experience as a Unapologetic Black Christian.

Trauma Informed Care with Considerations for Gender Diverse Clients

Presenter: Brittany Brown Milstead, LPC-S
Topic/Audience: Child Welfare, Education, Mental Health, Medical, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults

CEU

Many gender diverse clients come to therapy as survivors of trauma. It is important that professionals take into consideration the impact trauma has on the clients we treat. Trauma informed care provides a foundation for us as providers to offer the highest quality of care.

Youth, Pronouns, & Mental Health: Taking A Seat

Presenter: Adrienne Smith, LMFT
Topic/Audience: Mental Health

CEU

This interactive workshop will be focused on allowing the client to be the expert on their life and gender identity while guiding youth into healthy decision making. Using demographics, clinical cases and prompts professionals will learn and discuss the Person-Centered approach which encourages the professional to take a step back and treat every person individually. This workshop will specifically utilize the six crucial steps that I find necessary for working with youth in regards to gender.

Workshop 2 • 10:35 – 11:50 AM

Navigating the Name Change and Gender Correction Process in Texas

Presenter: Clare Bow, J.D. & Fran Watson, J.D.
Topic/Audience: Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults, Trans Feminine, Trans Masculine, Intersex, Parents / Caregivers, Adult Allies, Non-Binary (NB)

CEU

Workshop Description: This practical workshop will focus on helping participants who are seeking to obtain a name and/or gender correction as part of their transition. In, Texas, while there is not a documented legal process to obtain a gender correction, some courts have been granting gender correction changes. We will provide an overview of the process, challenges, and insight into obtaining a name/gender correction.

From "Gender? Nope!" to "Autigender": Autism & Gender Diversity

Presenter: Elliott Gustafson, Megan Hack, Samantha Hack, & Ragen Roberts
Topic/Audience: Child Welfare, Education, Mental Health, Research, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults, Parents / Caregivers, POC, Adult Allies, Non-Binary (NB), Trans Feminine, Trans Masculine, Neurodiversity, Healthcare Providers, Mental Health Providers

CEU

Autistics experience gender dysphoria at an increased rate, yet few understand the complicated interplay between Autism Spectrum Disorder and navigating the important role that gender plays in our culture. Centered around the question, "How do you gender?", this panel explores the meaning and role of gender from the perspective of transgender autistic self-advocates. Ranging from "Gender? Nope!" to the often derided (and misunderstood) "Autigender", panelists will share their personal and professional experiences with gender, discuss community perceptions of gender, and challenge your perceptions of what gender is and how expectations of performative gender can harm those around you.

Pull Up A Chair: Inviting everyone to the table with inclusive language

Presenter: Danny Roe
Topic/Audience: Education, Religion & Spirituality, Sexuality, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults, Adult Allies, Non-Binary (NB), Trans Feminine, Trans Masculine, Intersex

CEU

This workshop is a beginner-level introduction to supporting gender diverse peers through inclusive speech and programming. Participants will learn about hetero/cisnormative scripts around gender, anatomy, and sexual expression. At the conclusion of this workshop, attendees will have ideas for making language, presentations, and events more inclusive and welcoming for all. There will be opportunities for questions and information will be provided related to starting an Ally program within your organization.

Gender Dysphoria: Beyond the Diagnosis

Presenter: Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW
Topic/Audience: Child Welfare, Education, Legal, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults, Parents / Caregivers, Partners, Adult Allies, Non-Binary (NB), Trans Feminine, Trans Masculine, Mental Health, Medical

CEU • CME

While Gender Dysphoria is widely recognized as the persistent distress that arises from the incongruence between one’s assigned sex at birth and one’s gender identity, the manner and scope of how gender dysphoria impacts transgender youth is rarely talked about. This workshop will dive deeper into the nuances of gender dysphoria, explore alternative ways it may present itself, the potential impact it has on the developmental trajectories of transgender youth, how transfeminine and transmasculine youth are affected differently, and how racism and transphobia create unique challenges for transgender people of color. Examples from our own experiences working with youth will highlight some of the features discussed in the lecture portion.

The Gender Affirmative Model

Presenter: Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D.
Topic/Audience: Child Welfare, Education, Legal, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults, Parents / Caregivers, Partners, Adult Allies, Non-Binary (NB), Trans Feminine, Trans Masculine, Mental Health

CEU

Workshop Description: In the past decade, a new model for addressing the needs of gender diverse children and adolescents has evolved internationally: the gender affirmative model. This workshop will map out how this model came to be, the major premises underlying the model, and the way the model looks in practice, particularly in interdisciplinary teams of gender care. We will compare the model to other models of gender care—the “live in your own skin” model represented in the work of Dr. Kenneth Zucker, and the “watchful waiting” model developed in Amsterdam, often known as the Dutch model. To bring the gender affirmative model to life, we will examine a composite clinical case of a gender exploring child, and compare how that child would be approached in the gender affirmative model in contrast to the approaches of the other two models. We will also discuss the controversies surrounding the gender affirmative model and the ethical considerations in the designing and execution of the model.

Got Support?

Presenter: Finnigan Jones
Topic/Audience: Education, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) High School Students, Parents / Caregivers, Sibilings, Partners, Adult Allies

CEU

In this presentation, attendees will learn how best to support transgender people and how to navigate the transition with those people as a supportive person. SOFFAs (Significant Others, Family, Friends and Allies) provide a cloud of support for their loved one, but often find support lacking for themselves. How do SOFFAs find the support they need and how do they manage this change in their own lives?

Workshop Title: Traversing the Gender Infinity Resource MAP

Presenter: Nathan Johnson, Kyran Walker, & Todd O’Neal, FNP
Topic/Audience: Child Welfare, Education, Legal, Religion & Spirituality, Mental Health, Research, Sexuality, Disability Community, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) High School Students, Parents / Caregivers, Adult Allies, Non-Binary (NB), Trans Feminine, Trans Masculine, Intersex, Aging

CEU

All too often members of our community experience barriers when trying to access what they need - from getting a haircut to finding a health care provider who will treat them with respect and provided the service they desire. We will connect attendees to a wide world of resources that provide affirmative care to the transgender community using Gender Infinity's resource MAP. From medical care to self care, with thousands of resources on the map, they review how to find providers to help care for you, your family member, or your clients. Bring your own resource list to share so that we can keep building the MAP into the largest resource list in the South.

Transgender Youth in Mexico

Presenter: Dr. Marcela Gomez
Topic/Audience: Legal, Mental Health, Medical, Sexuality, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults, Parents / Caregivers, POC, Adult Allies, Non-Binary (NB), Trans Feminine, Trans Masculine, Intersex

CEU

Where personal life and professional experience unite. Dr. Gomez is the director of TransAmor, a non-profit organization in Monterrey, Mexico doing similar work as Gender Infinity by equipping gender diverse youth and their families with education and support. She will be speaking on the transformative work that TransAmor is doing to help adolescents transition along with their families and the specific challenges gender diverse individuals confront in a traditional Mexican culture.

The Binary Behind Bars

Presenter: Kisha Anderson, LPC-I
Topic/Audience: Legal, Mental Health, Medical, Sexuality, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults, Parents / Caregivers, POC, Adult Allies, Non-Binary (NB), Trans Feminine, Trans Masculine, Intersex

CEU

Although transgender awareness is gaining visibility via social media, celebrities, entertainment, and politics, it remains hidden and disregarded in correctional facilities. One in six transgender persons have been incarcerated, and approximately 40% of transgender inmates are sexually abused. Despite the Department of Justice attempting to implement safety policies for transgender inmates, most jails and prisons continue housing transgender offenders according to their sex assigned at birth. As a result, many transgender persons experience additional traumas which could otherwise be avoided. There are many problems, which will be briefly presented at the start of this workshop, and implementation of standard human rights must be an essential focus in our correctional facilities. Though this workshop will include a brief presentation, the primary focus is to facilitate a dialogue with other professionals and individuals in the transgender community to discuss ideas which can improve and ensure the safety of transgender inmates.

Balancing Public Authenticity and Adaptability

Presenter: Katy Koonce, LCSW & Lisa Griffin, Ph.D.
Topic/Audience: Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults, Non-Binary (NB), Trans Feminine, Trans Masculine, Intersex

CEU

For someone who is in the midst of a medical transition or who is non-binary, or who just gets misgendered in public, every day can seem like an endless onslaught of microaggressions (and sometimes, aggressions). The thought of going out in the world where people may misgender you, stare at you a little too long, or even show hostility toward you may make you just want to stay home. This workshop is designed to help you develop strategies based on your own life stage, transition status, environment, and personality for creating a balance between being authentically YOU and being comfortable in the world at large.

Lunch • 12:00 - 1:30 PM

Provided with Registration

Lunch

Provided with registration

Keynote • 1:00 - 1:30 PM

Presenter: Dani Castro, MA, MFT
Topic/Audience: All

CEU • CME

Our community has faced multiple adversities and our civil rights continue to be threatened and erased. Regardless of this, we stand strong together in our truth to create pathways for positive change and are a powerful and resilient community. Dani will reflect on some of the advances our community has made and will discuss ways to continue to change the landscape through coalition building and other strategies.

Workshop 3 • 1:40 – 2:55 PM

Dad’s Discussion Group: Protecting Your Child

Presenter: Bob Meier, Ph.D.
Topic/Audience: Closed group for father and dad identified parents/caregivers of TGD children of all ages.

CLOSED Session: No Professional Credits

Discussion group for father and dad-identified parents of TGD individuals.

Informed Consent: The Role of Mental Health in The Care of Transgender Individuals

Presenter: Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW
Topic/Audience: TGD Adults, Allies, Mental Health, Medical, Parents / Caregivers

CEU • CME • Ethics

Historical models of care for transgender individuals have been based upon the premise that transgender experience is one of mental illness. The result of this belief system is that transgender individuals are continually required to prove their gender to a mental health professional prior to receiving necessary medical and surgical care. This requirement can be harmful to the therapeutic relationship and alienate people from seeking mental health care when they really need it. This workshop will present an alternative approach to care, the informed consent model. Informed consent is client centered and focuses on believing and trusting rather than certainty of “knowing.” In the face of increased violence against the transgender community, conversations about the informed consent model is timely, appropriate and client centered.

Trans Young Adult Panel

Presenter: Jessica Zyrie, Jeremy Ivester, Kaleb Elijah
Topic/Audience: Child Welfare, Education, Legal, Religion & Spirituality, Mental Health, Research, Sexuality, Disability Community, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) High School Students, Parents / Caregivers, Adult Allies, Non-Binary (NB), Trans Feminine, Trans Masculine, Aging

CEU

Join us as three trans young adults share their stories of self-discovery, coming out, family, relationships, and faith. Panel members will then answer questions from attendees.

The parent’s journey: taking steps to understand our process

Presenter: Joanna Smith, LPC-S
Topic/Audience: Education, Mental Health, Parents / Caregivers

CEU

This workshop looks at the process parents of transgender and gay kids go through during and after the coming out. Our support (or lack of) and reaction to our children's identity directly correlates to their mental health. At the very same time we are having our own reactions and unconscious responses. This puts us as parents in a very challenging situation, as we are learning and reacting we are also having a great influence on the health of our kids. Stress like this takes a toll on the couple and their connection.The couple is extremely vulnerable to conflict and blame. This workshop will look to John and Julie Gottman's work to provide a framework for keeping the couple healthy as they walk on the path of coming out.

Puberty Blockers: When, What, and How

Presenter: Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD
Topic/Audience: Child Welfare, Mental Health, Medical, Parents / Caregivers

CEU • CME

Trans youth have been presenting for medical care at increasingly younger ages over the past decade. Making the decision to suppress a gender-nonconforming child’s biological puberty with “blockers” is complicated, and there is little consensus among medical providers about when, how, and for how long. Presented by Dr. Johanna Olson-Kennedy, this workshop will cover the basics of puberty suppression, including how puberty blockers function; indications for their use; potential benefits and side effects; and key elements of decision-making around suppression of puberty. Dr. Olson-Kennedy will also review the current research data surrounding the impact of puberty suppression, including observations from her own research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

These are our stories! Realities of POC trans brothers, sisters, and siblings

Presenter: Dee Dee Watters
Topic/Audience: Education, Religion & Spirituality, Mental Health, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults, Parents / Caregivers, Adult Allies, Non-Binary (NB), Trans Feminine, Trans Masculine

CEU

Before I am trans I am Black Before I am Black or trans I am HUMAN! This session will be one of many stories from trans POC told through the voice of the presenter, allowing you into the world of good bad and ugly. All the while reminding you that how can you know good, if you’ve never experienced bad? These are our stories!

Suicidality and the Transgender Community

Presenter: Ryan Johnson, LCSW
Topic/Audience: Mental Health, Medical, Parents / Caregivers

CEU • CME

I will discuss common myths associated with suicidality and ways in which to dispel these. I will identify risk factors, protective factors, and explore ways in which to conduct suicide inquiry as well as intervention methods. I will cover ways in which to appropriately respond to suicide risk and explore current treatment options and resources available to the transgender community.

Know Their Rights: What Discrimination Looks Like and What to Do About It

Presenter: Asaf Orr, J.D.
Topic/Audience: Parents/Caregivers

As parents, we all want to protect our children from harm, including the backlash and hostility towards transgender people that is regularly making headlines and filling our Facebook feeds. In all the commotion over the past months, it can even be confusing as to what protections are still available and which are not. This workshop will provide parents and caregivers with an overview of the legal protections available to transgender youth in a range of contexts from healthcare and employment to housing and public accommodations. Additionally, parents and caregivers will learn about the various options for addressing incidents of mistreatment or discrimination.

Workshop 4 • 3:05 – 4:20 PM

Intersectionality in the 50-minute hour: On Expanding Our Practice

Presenter: Daniel Phillip, PsyD
Audience: Education, Legal, Mental Health, Research, Medical, Disability Community, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults, Parents / Caregivers, POC, Sibilings, Partners, Adult Allies, Non-Binary (NB), Trans Feminine, Trans Masculine, Intersex, Aging

CEU

Professional organizations have established multiculturalism as a central tenet in the provision of mental health services (APA, 2002; NASW, 2001; Sue, Arredondo & McDavis, 1992). In spite of this, multicultural considerations can reinforce oppressive approaches by solely focusing on individual cultural differences and not challenging systemic power imbalances (Carpenter-Song, Nordquest, & Longhofer, 2007; Kirmayer, 2012); furthermore, multiculturalism does not inherently have an intersectional lens and therefore, may not always influence changes in practice. Thus, the purpose of this presentation is to discuss the differences between multiculturalism and intersectionality, to identify peaks and pitfalls of practicing or not practicing from intersectional and anti-oppressive perspectives, and to incorporate an intersectional approach into clinical practice, using Hayes’ 2001 ADDRESSING framework.

What to Expect From Here: Legislating Identity

Presenter: Kali Cohn, J.D.
Topic/Audience: Child Welfare, Education, Legal, Religion & Spirituality, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) High School Students, Parents / Caregivers, Partners, Adult Allies, Non-Binary (NB), Trans Feminine, Trans Masculine, Intersex, Aging

CEU

The 2017 legislative session saw an onslaught of legislation aimed at taking away the rights of transgender Texans. We'll discuss what legislation was proposed and passed during this session, and what we anticipate state and local policy will look like in the session's aftermath.

Hormones and Chest Surgery

Presenter: Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD
Topic/Audience: Mental Health, Medical, Sexuality, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults, Parents / Caregivers, POC, Adult Allies, Non-Binary (NB), Trans Feminine, Trans Masculine, Intersex

CEU • CME

How safe are hormones? Will my adolescent regret having male chest reconstruction? While many gender clinics around the country are expanding services for gender non-conforming and transgender youth, there still remains a significant lack of data examining the impact of hormone use and surgical interventions. This workshop will review data collected from youth enrolled in services at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles. Specifically, two year follow up data from a cohort of youth initiating hormone treatment will be presented, as well as data regarding the impact of male chest reconstruction among transmasculine youth and young adults. This workshop aims to help improve understanding of the safety of hormone use over the first two years of treatment, as well as bring additional clarity about the impact of chest dysphoria and chest surgery on the lives of trans masculine youth.

Feminizing Hormones

Presenter: Jennifer Feldmann, MD
Topic/Audience: Mental Health, Medical, Sexuality, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults, Parents / Caregivers, POC, Adult Allies, Non-Binary (NB), Trans Feminine, Trans Masculine, Intersex

CEU • CME

This workshop provides the basic building blocks of feminizing hormone therapy. Speaker will discuss anti-androgen therapy as well as various estrogen options. Audience should leave with an awareness of the safety surrounding feminizing therapy, risks and benefits of medications involved, and a general timeline of hormone transition.

Imagine A Transgender God

Presenter: Rev. Mak Kneebone
Topic/Audience: Religion & Spirituality, Mental Health, Research, Sexuality, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults, Parents / Caregivers, Adult Allies, Non-Binary (NB), Trans Feminine, Trans Masculine

CEU

Many of us worship and pray to a Dynamic God who defies definition. How does believing in a God who lives within the transitions of gender identification and expression help us to increase our faith and hope? Led by a transgender pastor, this workshop will consider this question through conversation and meditation.

Transcending Binaries Discussion Group

Presenter: Kelsey Reynolds
Topic/Audience: Closed group for individuals whose gender is different than assumed at birth and is not binary (may include nonbinary, genderqueer, agender, gender fluid, and more)

CLOSED Session: No Professional Credits

Discussion group for individuals whose gender is different than assumed at birth and is not binary (may include nonbinary, genderqueer, agender, gender fluid, and more)

Queering Sex Ed: Using Ethical Communication as a Framework for Radically Inclusive Sex Ed

Presenter: Sara Connell
Topic/Audience: Education, Mental Health, Sexuality, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) High School Students, Non-Binary (NB)

CEU

When we think about "comprehensive" sexual education for middle and high school students, we usually mean sex ed that discusses LGBTQ people, safe barrier methods, and accurate information without shame, but what if we dreamed bigger? What if we included social and emotional health in our conversations of sex? What if we gave youth the tools to accurately communicate about sex and relationships? What if our sexual health was radically inclusive of trans and queer bodies, polyamorous relationships, and kink? What if we didn't say "men and women" as a code for "penis and vulva"? My name is Sara and I'm the host of Queer Sex Ed, a podcast focused on shifting our conversation on sexual health to be centered around the marginalized identities we hold that limit our ability to advocate for sexual agency in a white, cisgender, capitalist heteropatriarchy. Would you like to join me?

Our Voices Can Drive The Narrative in Healthcare and Public Health

Presenter: John Oeffinger & Lou Weaver
Topic/Audience: Education, Legal, Mental Health, Research, Medical, Disability Community, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults, Parents / Caregivers, POC, Sibilings, Partners, Adult Allies, Non-Binary (NB), Trans Feminine, Trans Masculine, Intersex, Aging

CEU

Building on the award-winning Texas TransVisible Project, the Transgender Health Program actively seeks out transgender/nonbinary/intersex and parents of trans youth voices to frame and prioritize our work. The Transgender Health Program is an effort led by Equality Texas Foundation, Texas Health Institute, and our partners. We want you to take part in an interactive and engaging listening session facilitated by the program’s co-project directors. Help us identify your perspectives on what elements are essential in creating a transgender/nb/intersex culturally competent healthcare and public health environment. Provide your voice using our anonymous audience response and feedback system. We focus our work on Little "p" Policy actions each person can take in creating a welcoming, respectful, affirming, and educated healthcare and public health environment. Our promise - our program will include your responses and perspectives in our work. We organize and continuously improve our educational courses for healthcare and public health practitioners using your input. We also utilize your voices to set our research, technical assistance, and capacity building priorities. Finally, your experiences inform our program development team and advisory council ensuring a collective voice in our work. Together we will begin to help transform healthcare and public health in creating a transgender/nb/intersex culturally competent environment and workforce.

Who needs Scar Therapy?

Presenter: The Amazing Rose Carle, LMT & Rowan TwoSisters, LMT, MTI, CIMI, TTTtm
Topic/Audience: Education, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) High School Students, Parents / Caregivers, POC, Partners, Non-Binary (NB), Trans Feminine, Trans Masculine, Intersex, Aging, Child-bearers

CEU • CME

Got scar tissue? Learn the basics of how to work on yourself. Learn how to identify the three causes of scar tissue. Learn when you might be in need of professional support. Learn how to identify the three causes of scar tissue; Learn the basics of how to work on your own scars; Identify what needs professional support.

Workshop 5 • 4:30 – 5:30

Transgender Identity and Dignity: Exploring Autonomy Through Countercultural Ways of Being

Presenters: Zooey Sophia Pook
Target Audience: Child Welfare, Education, Religion & Spirituality, Mental Health, Research, Sexuality, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) High School Students, Parents / Caregivers, POC, Sibilings, Partners, Adult Allies, Non-Binary (NB), Trans Feminine, Trans Masculine, Intersex, Aging

CEU

This workshop will explore the ways that transgender and minority identities express and are expected to express individuality, politics, and ethics. Utilizing the methods of lecture, discussion, and audience application, this presentation will explore how countercultural positionalities can lead to healthier and more autonomous relationships between individuals and their culture. Participants will explore cultural expectations, intersections of race, gender, religion and identity, and how our individual and cultural thinking shapes the ethical and political possibilities in our communities. This workshop will explore important topics in transgender lives such as suicide, politics, and personal expression to examine how countercultural philosophies and ways of being can further promote dignity and fulfillment in our lives. Participants will acquire the skills to create environments that promote healthy and successful discourse on gender, politics, and ethics.

Just a boy / girl

Presenters: Aydin Olson-Kennedy, MSW & Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD
Audience: Child Welfare, Mental Health, Medical, Parents / Caregivers

CEU

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

Apples, Oranges, and Fruit Salad

Presenter: Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D.

CEU

This course will present a model for differentiating transgender children from children who are exploring their gender expressions but not questioning their core gender identity. Taking into account gender in all its variations, a critique will be made of other practice models that divide gender diverse children into persisters and desisters. Calling on clinical experience and new research findings, we will then replace that model with a system of “apples, oranges, and fruit salads” organized around children who are exploring their gender identities vs. children exploring gender expressions vs. children exploring both. This new system is built on concepts of gender creativity and gender multiplicity, and substitutes measures of gender exploration for traditional and more limited measures of gender dysphoria. We will then discuss collaborative techniques for sorting apples, oranges, and fruit salads, techniques that call on teamwork among providers, youth, parents, siblings, extended family, and other significant others in the child’s environment.

Masculinizing Hormones

Presenter: Natalie Vanek, MD
Topic/Audience: Medical, Mental Health, Sexuality, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults, Parents / Caregivers, POC, Adult Allies, Non-Binary (NB), Trans Feminine, Trans Masculine, Intersex

CEU • CME

This workshop provides the basic building blocks of masculinizing hormone therapy. Speaker will discuss various testosterone options. Audience should leave with an awareness of the safety surrounding masculinizing therapy, risks and benefits of medications involved, and a general timeline of hormone transition.

Navigating, and Understanding Your Faith Walk

Presenter: David Johnson & Rev. Ellen Denise Junious
Topic/Audience: Education, Religion & Spirituality, Mental Health, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults, Parents / Caregivers, Sibilings, Partners, Adult Allies, Non-Binary (NB), Trans Feminine, Trans Masculine, Intersex

CEU

To attempt to provide those in the LGBTQ Community with tools to assist them in finding Spiritual Peace as they live in a Less Than Accepting Religious Society. At the conclusion of this workshop participants will have a better understanding of How The Bible/Scripture relate to their daily lives, Will hopefully feel more comfortable in seeking out a comfortable Worship Space, and Understand that their Spirituality does not have anything to do with Gender Constructs, or Hyper-Conservative Ideology. Presentation of Specific Scriptures to Refute the typical Evangelical Approach and a Historical View of the LGBTQ Community in the "Church" setting. We hope to give those in attendance (LGBTQ Community, and Others) a Real sense of the Overarching, Unconditional, Loving Acceptance of God.

Transgender Legal Issues for Adults and Children

Presenter: Phyllis Frye, JD
Topic/Audience: Legal, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) High School Students, Parents / Caregivers

CEU

Phyllis Frye is a lawyer and the "Grandmother of the National Transgender Legal and Political Movement." She has presented at Gender Infinity since its inception in the area of destroying transgender stereotypes, the need for gender identity and expression policy inclusion and the current state of the law in the area of employment, education, name change, gender marker correction and many others. Attorney Frye is always available for questions.

The Upcoming Revisions to the Endocrine Society Practice Guideline

Presenter: Walter J. Meyer, III, M.D.
Target Audience: Child Welfare, Education, Legal, Transgender & Gender Diverse (TGD) Adults, Parents / Caregivers, Partners, Adult Allies, Non-Binary (NB), Trans Feminine, Trans Masculine, Mental Health

CEU • CME

The Endocrine Society will publish this month the second edition of its Guideline for the Endocrine treatment of gender-dysphoric /gender –incongruent persons. The guidelines update the information for endocrine treatment and its side effects for all age groups of Gender-dysphoric/who gender-incongruent persons who seek and/or are referred to physicians skilled in endocrinology to develop the physical characteristics of the affirmed gender. They require a safe and effective hormone regimen that will 1) suppress endogenous sex hormone secretion determined by the person’s genetic/gonadal sex and 2) maintain sex hormone levels within the normal range for the person’s affirmed gender. An appropriately trained diagnosing clinician, always a mental health professional for adolescents or children, who is recommending endocrine treatment should be knowledgeable about the diagnostic and criteria for gender affirming treatment, have sufficient training and experience in assessing psychopathology, and be willing to participate in the ongoing care throughout the endocrine transition. Information concerning all age groups will be presented and discussed.

Making Space at the Table

Presenter: Nathan Dorcey A. Johnson
Target Audience: Closed discussion group for people of color

CLOSED Session: No Professional Credits

Minority stress describes chronically high levels of stress faced by members of stigmatized minority groups. Individuals that belong to multiple minority groups may experience many separate sets of stressors, while not given space within their different communities to talk about all of their experiences. Here is the space to share your separate and overlapping experiences. Come make your voice heard and celebrate the beauty that is QTPOC.

CEUs Sponsored by:
Southeast Texas Psychological Association
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and Gender Infinity. The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.