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.
- 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.
- 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.”
Sex Positive Trans Health – Session 1
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.
Ari Moore, Lotus Clayborne, Tia Williams, Dominic Johnson, Shateer Douglas
Audience: Open to all
Afternoon WORKSHOPS - 2:00 - 3:20pm
Non-Binary Folks Living in a Binary World
Open to all
Sex Positive Trans Health – Session 2
Cultural Humility Training: An Introduction for Providers
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