TRANS WELLNESS CONFERENCE 2018 > Conference Schedule

Conference Schedule

LGBTQ life has grown and enhanced over the last few decades and we are proud of our progress. While LGBTQ leaders have come together for many years, our committee felt it was important to come together and center transgender and gender non-binary people and experiences. By coming together, we hope that you will have a chance to learn from each other, develop strong friendships and social networks, and learn how you can be an active leader within your community and institution. Ultimately, it is you who will make the conference a success.

We challenge you to take full advantage of the conference and learn who you can make a difference.
As a result of participating in this conference, you will:
  • Engage thoughtfully and meaningfully in educational sessions designed to enhance your interpersonal and social development.
  • Network in ways that cultivate friendships and relationships with other community members and providers.
  • Strengthen your identity and have pride for being a member of the community.
  • Learn about opportunities for involvement and social activism in order to become an active leader in your community.

Trans Wellness Conference 2018 Schedule

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Valet parking begins at 8:00 a.m. free of charge

8:30am Doors Open
Check-in and Continental breakfast

9:30am Welcome & Key Note Address: Cecilia Gentili Trans Activist and Assistant Director of Policy, GMHC


Morning WORKSHOPS - 10:45 - 12:20pm

Practicing Trauma Informed Care With Gender Diverse Clients

This workshop will provide participants with the space to learn how to engage with gender-diverse people in a respectful, affirming and trauma-informed manner. Participants will become familiar with language and best practices for supporting gender-expansive clients in the context of the therapeutic relationship. 

Skills Addressed:  How to build trust and rapport, how to use gender-affirming language and terminology, how to use gender neutral language and pronouns, how to craft appropriate and respectful questions, how to avoid triggering and re-traumatizing your client.

Learning Objectives: By the end of this training, participants will be able to:
  • list the five principles of trauma-informed care
  • provide examples of how these principles can be embodied in your work with gender-diverse clients at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels
  • demonstrate the ability to use gender-affirming terms, gender-neutral language, and non-assumptive language
  • identify personal biases around the construct of gender in order to avoid “gender policing.”
Presenter:
Siobhan Fitzgerald-Matson, Pride Center of WNY
Audience: 
This workshop is intended for health & human service providers

Sex Positive Trans Health – Session 1

This two-part workshop offers a space where we can talk about bodies, language, behaviors and desires! TGNC people have particular concerns, as well as special opportunities for fun and play that are often left out of mainstream Sex Ed. We’ll talk about what can be adapted for our bodies and how to do it. Here’s a chance to learn about the care, feeding and delight of our tingly bits-- and/or those of your partner(s) in a safe and trans-positive environment.
Presenters:
Cameron Schraufstetter, Pride Center of WNY
Rebecca Dirschberger, Pride Center of WNY
Michael Canty, Evergreen Health
Audience: Open to all

Local Leadership in Communities of Color

This panel discussion and facilitated discussion showcases the importance of trans-led advocacy efforts in the effort for legal and lived equality for all. The panel features trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming (T/NB/GNC) POC organizers from around WNY who have elevated trans voices and recognized as trans activists in their respective communities. This panel and the ensuing discussion will highlight the success and challenges, demonstrate why this type of program is crucial to advancing policy for transgender equality, and give participants skills to develop similar efforts in their communities.

Moderator:
Kelly Craig

Panelists:
Ari Moore, Lotus Clayborne, Tia Williams, Dominic Johnson, Shateer Douglas

Audience: Open to all


12:30pm Lunch


Afternoon WORKSHOPS - 2:00 - 3:20pm

Non-Binary Folks Living in a Binary World

Join us for a Q&A with a panel of non-binary and genderqueer community members as they share their experiences navigating LGBTQ spaces and  ways in which cis and trans people can support and affirm these identities. 
Moderator:
Siobhan Fitzgerald-Matson
Presenters:
Bridge Rauch, Raine Scott, Seth Girod, Skylar Amari, and Tye McClure 

Audience:
Open to all


Sex Positive Trans Health – Session 2

This two-part workshop offers a space where we can talk about bodies, language, behaviors and desires! TGNC people have particular concerns, as well as special opportunities for fun and play that are often left out of mainstream Sex Ed. We’ll talk about what can be adapted for our bodies and how to do it. Here’s a chance to learn about the care, feeding and delight of our tingly bits-- and/or those of your partner(s) in a safe and trans-positive environment.
Presenters:
Cameron Schraufstetter, Lotus Clayborne, Rebecca Dirschberger 
Audience: Open to participants of who attended the morning session. 

Cultural Humility Training: An Introduction for Providers

Topics that are addressed include the basics of appropriate language, definitions of terms, deconstruction of stereotypes, and more specialized issues, as needed.  Cultural competency trainings benefit participants by providing concrete information, real-world examples, role playing and exercises to enlighten participants in ways that lead to a more equal, affirming, and productive environment.  This type of training helps to address considerations such as improving communication, creating safer space, developing tolerance, and enhancing learning and work environments.
Presenter: 
Rachel Parrino
Audience: 
This workshop is intended for health & human service providers

3:30 Closing Plenary - Jesse Diamond

Jesse Diamond is a personal trainer and life coach living in San Diego, California. Through competitive bodybuilding and fitness modeling, Jesse seeks to create positive visibility for the trans community and help trans folks see that "you can achieve anything that you set your mind to".


4:30pm Cocktail Hour


Services offered during duration of the conference: 

Legal Clinic
Provided by Sarah Fildes, Esq.
Rapid, Confidential HIV Testing
Provided by Pride Center of Western New York, Inc.