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The Clinical sessions were profoundly thought-provoking. I walked out with renewed and deepened sensitivity to issues related to intersectionality generally and gender specifically. I learned so much and the space was safe for asking questions. I cannot wait to attend next year.
-2016 Professional Symposium Attendee

See our 2016 Presenter Bios.

​The day will begin with two general sessions for all participants

  • Gender Basics, to review some key concepts of gender so that we all operate with the same language during our work together.
  • An overview of the findings of the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey, by the National Center for Transgender Equality

2016 Intersectionality Programming

Dads Do It Differently

--Rev. Elijah C. Nealy, PhD, M.Div., LCSW

--JR Ford

--Tim Snyder

As many clinicians and family support providers can tell you, fathers of newly “out” transgender or gender expansive children often have a different perspective, and a more difficult time, than mothers do dealing with this news and what they perceive to be a major change in their family foundation.  But in the end, many dads are their child’s greatest support.  It is a given that family support is a critical indicator in the well-being of transgender and gender expansive children. This workshop is an opportunity to hear from fathers of transgender/gender expansive children to learn about their processes and struggles and how they are different from a mother’s.  Given how dynamic modern families are these days, this session aims to show how father-figures ultimately go through life supporting a transgender child.​

Incorporating Family Acceptance Messages into Programming to Create Structural Change

--Lisa Koffler, MPH

--Annette Cottle

--Geneva Musgrave

Presenters will draw on their experience launching CAMBA’s Project ALY (Accept LGBT Youth) in Brooklyn, NY to encourage attendees to consider how they can incorporate the promotion of family acceptance into their own work. Project ALY promotes acceptance through educational workshops, parent groups and social marketing campaigns. Attendees will gain an understanding of how Dr. Caitlyn Ryan’s, Director of San Francisco State University’s The Family Acceptance Project, groundbreaking research findings on the connection between family acceptance and health outcomes were translated into a real world program. We will discuss introducing the concepts of gender identity and sexual orientation in workshops at churches, schools, and community-based organizations. We will highlight the concepts of acceptance as a process for parents/family members and of drawing on the strengths of a particular community. Participants will learn concrete ways to support parents/families of LGBT youth.

Families in Transition: The Emotional, Social and Logistical Impact of the Entire Family

--Vanessa Ford, MA
--Dr. Patrick Connelly, Psy.D.
--DeShanna Neal
--Joanna Cifredo

We know that family support is a major predictor in the well-being of transgender children. Many times, other identities (race, class, religion, generational differences etc.) come into play for the entire family during the transition of a loved one.  Understanding these intersections can help ensure that members of the family are positioned to provide their best support.  In this session, you will hear from a panel representative of various intersections in families as they share their experience navigating a family member's transition.  Session participants will also take part in break-out discussions around the topic to share, problem solve and gain support.  Panelist will facilitate these small groups and there will be opportunity for sharing as a large group to help all understand the intricacies of intersectionality.

Human Rights Now: The Intersectionality of Gender, Race, Disability and Class 

--Reginald Nettles, PhD, CGP
--Reverend Sylveta A. Hamilton
--Luis Ramirez, LCSW
--Geneva Musgrave

This workshop is designed to address intersectionality; that is, the interconnection of oppressive institutions regarding multiple identities (race, class, immigration experience, etc.), both within members of the LGBTQ community, and between LGBTQ communities.  Participants will explore their own identities through a social location activity, looking at how their identities are connected with dimensions of privilege and oppression.  This activity will provide participants with language to engage in conversations around the ways that trans identity intersect with other social identities, help participants gain a better understanding of intersectionality and social location, help promote self-awareness of cisgender privilege, and how to use intersectionality as a framework to promote social justice in their practice with trans-identified clients.  In addition, one presenter will provide a brief autobiographical sketch describing his visible, and invisible identities, and some of the challenges associated with each. Participants will be invited to reflect upon diversity as they understand it, and will be guided through development of self-assessments of their majority and minority identities.  Key concepts will be defined and discussed, and a framework will be provided for understanding the inclusion of people with disabilities and LGBTQ groups as cultural minority groups, independent of their relative numerical status in the population.  Opportunities for small group and large group sharing will be provided.  Strategies for providing support for and enhancing resilience within and between diverse LGBTQ populations will be discussed.