FreeState Legal Project (Md.) is a legal advocacy organization that seeks to improve the lives of low-income lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (“LGBT”) Marylanders.

Saida Agostini, MSW, LGSW

PFLAG Howard County-Md. and PFLAG NYC (families and allies working with the LGBT community) aim to to promote the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, their families and friends through support to cope with an adverse society, education to enlighten an ill-informed public, and advocacy to end discrimination and secure equal civil rights. 

​Catherine Hyde, MA; Judy Sennesh

Gender Spectrum (Calif.) provides education, training, and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment to all children and teens.

Joel Baum, MS, and Morgan Darby, MA, MAT

About Us

Using collaborative principles to shape this event, the organizers seek to shape this event as the needs of families, providers and partners, and young people evolve over time. Given gender's multiple expressions and experiences, we seek to create a space that is informed by diverse perspectives and responsive to the needs of those whom we are serving.

Therefore, Gender Conference East was established to:

  1. Welcome families and caregivers of all kinds;
  2. Connect families and caregivers to one another as well as to iq option providers and resources;
  3. Create fun and safe spaces for children, tweens and teens of all gender identities and expressions;
  4. Welcome young  adults, students and professionals to learn from one another and deepen their understanding of gender;
  5. Welcome thought-partners to keep us accountable as we learn year after year the practices that build and sustain inclusive schools, families, and communities.


Our Understanding of Gender

For many people, the terms “gender” and “sex” are used interchangeably, and thus incorrectly. This idea has become so common that it is rarely questioned. We are born, assigned a sex, and sent out into the world. For many people, this is cause for little, if any dissonance. Yet biological sex and gender are different; gender is not inherently nor solely connected to one’s physical anatomy. Instead, multiple dimensions inform one's experience of gender.

Biological Gender (sex) includes physical attributes such as external genitalia, sex chromosomes, gonads, sex hormones, and internal reproductive structures. At birth, it is used to assign sex, that is, to identify individuals as male, female or intersex. Gender on the other hand is far more complicated. It is the complex interrelationship between an individual’s iq option register sex (gender biology), one’s internal sense of self as male, female, both or neither (gender identity) and one’s outward presentations and behaviors (gender expression) related to that perception. Together, the intersection of these three dimensions produces one’s authentic sense of gender, both in how people experience their own gender as well as how others perceive it. 

How We Choose Our Programming

For the 2015 conference, a request for proposals for workshops was used to gather a variety of input into our programming. 

​Who We Are

The LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care (Md.) provides LGBTQ individuals and their families with welcoming access to expert health information and resources that enhance wellness and quality of life. We are proud and excited to introduce the Child, Adolescent, and Family (CAF) Behavioral Health program at Chase Brexton. Our CAF clinicians are specially trained to support the whole family, and are experts in behavioral health care for children, adolescents, and families—including support for identity development and expression of race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation.

Harriette Wimms, PhD

The Ackerman Institute's Gender & Family Project (NY) empowers youth, families and their communities through gender affirmative services, research and education.

Jean Malpas, LMHC, LMFT; Astin Brown, LCSW; Ben Davis, ATR-BC, LCAT; Lizzie Glaeser; Randi Kaufman, PsyD;  and Rebecca Ross, LCSW;