Without knowledge we are ignorant, after we gain knowledge we become accountable
- Annette Cottle, Parent Advocate
See our 2016 Presenter Bios.
The day will begin with two general sessions for all participants
In this moment of national backlash against trans legal progress, people with non-binary identities are at risk of being left behind. This workshop will explore how existing legal protections for trans people already cover non-binary people and argue that legal and other advocates should be eager, rather than afraid, of taking up non-binary causes.
Over half (52 percent) of Americans who identify as LGBTQ claim an affiliation with a formal religion. Almost half (48 percent) identify as Christian, an increase of 6 percent in the past six years. Yet little has been done to focus on integrating these individuals into churches, synagogues, and other religious institutions. This workshop will look at the religious landscape in America today, and will give special attention to Evangelical churches, today's major religious influencers and the most vocal opponents of transgender rights. Strategies for affecting change will be discussed and practical advice will be given on what to say and do when opportunities for influence arise.