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Saturday, October 1
 

TBA

"Supporting Body Liberation in Trans Youth"
Transgender and non-binary youth are navigating minority stress, diet culture, political assults on their identity, and gender dysphoria, all of which can have destructive effects on their body image. This session will introduce strategies caregivers and supportive adults can use to create spaces where trans* youth can rest in body neutrality, and perhaps strive to feel at home and safe in their bodies.

Speakers
avatar for Vaughn Darst

Vaughn Darst

Vaughn Darst is a Registered Dietitian who specializes in treating eating disorders in under-served commuities, including transgender and nonbinary individuals, large bodied individuals, and neurodivergent communities. Vaughn received his MS in Nutrition from USC, and his BA in Critical... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2022 TBA

8:45am PDT

Day One Settling In
Speakers

Saturday October 1, 2022 8:45am - 9:15am PDT

9:15am PDT

Conference Opening
Speakers

Saturday October 1, 2022 9:15am - 9:30am PDT

9:30am PDT

Opening Keynote
Saturday October 1, 2022 9:30am - 10:15am PDT

10:30am PDT

Getting It Covered: Navigating Insurance
Most transgender/non-binary folks and their families face many roadblocks as they move through transition. This is especially true when dealing with the health care system and the often daunting insurance plans. Denials are commonplace many trans folks and families don’t understand their rights. Finding the right provider can be troubling. In this session we will help 1 participates navigate the complexes of insurance coverage and medical transition. TransFamily Support Services has assisted hundreds of families to get their insurance to cover the medically necessary treatments, we will share our tools and tricks!

Speakers
avatar for Kathie Moehlig (she/her)

Kathie Moehlig (she/her)

Kathie Moehlig is the Executive Director of TransFamily Support Services, and a leading professional on supporting transgender/non-binary youth and their families. A tireless advocate for the LGBTQ community, she was named “Woman of the Year” by California Assemblyperson Todd... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2022 10:30am - 11:45am PDT

10:30am PDT

Intro to Neo-Identities and Neopronouns
An Introduction to Neo-identities and Neopronouns” serves as an introduction to neo-identities and neopronouns. This presentation will cover basic terminology, the origins of neo-identities, and what role neo-identities and neo-pronouns play in gender creativity. We will also dive into how neo-identities and neopronouns are especially stigmatized within and outside of the LGBTQ+ community, and how you can advocate for your child at school and in public. Following this, we will have a Q&A and I will provide further resources to practice using neopronouns and to learn more about neo-identities.

Speakers
avatar for Naomi Cruz

Naomi Cruz

Naomi Cruz, BA (they/them) is the Manager of Family and Educational Programming at Gender Spectrum, a national nonprofit supporting gender expansive youth and their surrounding support systems. Naomi oversees all of the parent/caregiver support groups at Gender Spectrum and assists... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2022 10:30am - 11:45am PDT

10:30am PDT

Making Gender Related Research Understandable: Critical Knowledge for Caregivers
Parents and other caring adults are often called to defend the rationale for respecting the rights of transgender and nonbinary children and teens. In settings ranging from social media to courts, contradictory information is cited related to transgender and nonbinary youth. It can be challenging to assess the validity of these claims, some of which have implications harmful to young people. This session will help participants assess, understand and respond to some of the most often-cited research used to block gender-inclusive initiatives such as so- called “rapid-onset gender dysphoria” and “desistance.” In addition, research on the positive impact of support from parents/caregivers, educators and other professionals, and peers will be highlighted. Come with questions and be ready to leave with some widely understandable research-based answers!

Speakers
avatar for Kim Westheimer

Kim Westheimer

Kim Westheimer is the Director of Research, Policy and Practice for Gender Spectrum where she leads programming related to partnerships and research. Gender has been a recurring thread in her work: whether encouraging students to examine their own gender stories or developing systemic... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2022 10:30am - 11:45am PDT

10:30am PDT

Untitled
This workshop goes through the nature of identity so as to transparently look within yourself, action items on how to navigate roadblocks in discovering yourself, and conflict management with presenting your true identity. Lilith Rose shares her own story of struggling with her own identity which led to her coming out as transgender and losing a large portion of her family, friends, and career opportunities. They will take you through practical actions you can take on a daily basis to instill a sense of pride and confidence in your authentic self.

Speakers
avatar for Lilith Rose (they/she)

Lilith Rose (they/she)

After barely surviving a harrowing mental health crisis as a teenager, Lilith Rose (they/she), realized just how little effective advocacy was being done for youth in similar situations. They began communicating openly about their experiences and the actions they were taking to overcome... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2022 10:30am - 11:45am PDT

10:30am PDT

You Know, Sex: How We Can Talk about Sexuality, Bodies, and More with Kids Around Puberty
Traditional sex education not only reinforces gender and sex binaries, it over determines what sexuality and relationships mean to young people.  It is possible to do this differently, to offer sex education in a way that meets kids where they are at, and doesn’t tell them where they are heading.
 
In this session, award winning sex educator and author Cory Silverberg will read from their newest book, You Know, Sex and offer ideas on how to respond to the questions we get, the ones we don’t, and how parents can take care of themselves in the process. There will be lots of time for Q & A, to discuss everything from consent and disclosure to pornography and power to reproduction and relationships, and more.

Speakers
avatar for Cory Silverberg

Cory Silverberg

Raised in the 1970s by a children’s librarian and a sex therapist, Cory grew up to be a sex educator, author, and queer person who smiles a lot when they talk.  Cory teaches and talks with young people, adults, and professionals across North America about gender, sexuality, disability... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2022 10:30am - 11:45am PDT

12:00pm PDT

Self Care 1.1 Yoga
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Saturday October 1, 2022 12:00pm - 12:45pm PDT

12:00pm PDT

1:00pm PDT

Ella, El, y Elle - Reconociendo un mundo expansivo
Este taller se brindará en español y es una oportunidad para que los padres y las familias hablen sobre la historia expansiva de género de América Latina, y la continua expansión del idioma español para reconocer y validar las vidas de todes les personas latine.

This workshop will be provided in Spanish and is an opportunity for parents and family to discuss the gender expansive history of Latin America, as well as the continuing expansion of the Spanish language to recognize and validate the lives of all Latinx people.

Speakers
DV

Dani Villalobos (elle/open)

Dani is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT #122367) who is Latinx and nonbinary. Dani works in their private practice with Latinx families, cultural values, and gender affirmative practices. Dani es una terapeuta licensiade (LMFT #122367) Latine y no-binario. Dani trabaja... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2022 1:00pm - 2:15pm PDT

1:00pm PDT

Imi (“I’m me!”) and other Non-Crisis Digital Support Resources for LGBTQ+ Youth
LGBTQ+ youth have disproportionately high unmet mental health needs when compared to their cisgender and heterosexual counterparts, and yet there is a dearth of non-crisis support resources designed specifically for and with them. Even when available, they may be inaccessible to teens due to negative consequences of being outed. That’s why CenterLink and the It Gets Better Project have collaborated with Hopelab to develop another tool, imi. It’s a science-backed mental health webapp offering interactive modules to learn coping skills, hear stories from members of their community, and explore resources designed to affirm LGBTQ+ identities and boost mental health. Each of these products have been co-created in collaboration with the LGBTQ+ youth community to help them cope with minority stressors on a regular basis. Join us to learn all about it.

Speakers
avatar for Justin Tindall

Justin Tindall

Justin has spent the past decade building a career around empowering LGBTQ+ youth. They joined the It Gets Better Project in 2014. With a Master’s of Public Health (MPH) in Global Health Promotion in hand and as a former educator, Justin expanded the organization’s Global Affiliate... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2022 1:00pm - 2:15pm PDT

1:00pm PDT

Intro to Non-binary Identities
Non-binary identities are often assumed and portrayed as being narrow and suiting one narrative: androgynous, thin, and white. However, this misconception misses how diverse this identity is and what being non-binary can actually look like, such as some non-binary folks being feminine or masculine, using hormone replacement therapy, or using pronouns other than they/them.

An Introduction to Non-binary Identities will serve as a hybrid panel discussion to introduce parents and families to what non-binary means before having a Q&A panel with non-binary individuals who have taken different paths on their gender journeys. The intended outcome is for our attendees to leave with a greater understanding of non-binary identities and how to help their children feel supported. Before the panel Q&A, we will briefly cover the gender spectrum model, identity terms and pronouns, gender euphoria for non-binary folks, and tips on how to best support non-binary youth. At the end, we will share further resources for education and finding support.

Saturday October 1, 2022 1:00pm - 2:15pm PDT

1:00pm PDT

The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals
Speakers
SB

Stephanie Brill

Gender Spectrum
Stephanie Brill is the founder and Board Chair of Gender Spectrum. She is considered a thought leader in the field of gender diversity and children. She is the author of landmark books including The Transgender Child (with Rachel Pepper) and The Transgender Teen (with Lisa Kenney... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2022 1:00pm - 2:15pm PDT

1:00pm PDT

Top Surgery Info Session - Removal/Reduction
 Join us for an informational session on top surgery, removal and reduction options. Dr. Mosser will talk about quite a few aspects of masculinizing top surgery which is often called transgender mastectomy surgery. He will talk about patient goals and priorities, anatomic variations, and the choices that patients need to make in order to pick a surgery that matches their goals and bodies as well as possible. This will also include options for non-binary patients and anyone interested in top surgery. He will also talk about challenges for patients and their families who are seeking top surgery, such as the insurance approval process, and what aspects of the journey toward surgery are difficult for adolescents.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Mosser

Dr. Mosser

Scott W. Mosser, MD FACS is a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon at the Gender Confirmation Center in San Francisco, CA. Working alongside Gender Surgeons Dr. Alex Facque and Dr. Ellie Ley, Dr. Mosser specializes in gender affirming top surgery and body contouring for the transgender... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2022 1:00pm - 2:15pm PDT

2:30pm PDT

Being a Black Family Inside the Rainbow

Saturday October 1, 2022 2:30pm - 3:45pm PDT

2:30pm PDT

Faith Panel
Saturday October 1, 2022 2:30pm - 3:45pm PDT

2:30pm PDT

Gender Affirming Surgery Decisions - Highlighting Patient, Parent, and Surgeon Perspectives
Making decisions about gender affirming surgery can feel exciting, overwhelming, scary and a multitude of other emotions all at the same time. In this session we’ll hear from a patient who had  top surgery, a parent who has supported their child through surgery and surgeon Dr. Facque from The Gender Confirmation Center. We will touch on questions such as…How do you know surgery is the right decision? How as a parent/caregiver can I best support my child? What is recovery like? How do I prepare myself and my child? And so much more. Audience questions are encouraged! 

Speakers
avatar for Jenna Redmond

Jenna Redmond

Jenna Redmond is the Director of Family Educational Programming at Gender Spectrum and has been involved with the organization since 2014. They are non-binary, queer, and a parent to an energetic 4 year old. Jenna is passionate about social justice and creating online spaces and resources... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Alexander Facque M.D

Dr. Alexander Facque M.D

Alexander R. Facque, M.D (he/him) is a board certified plastic surgeon with the Gender Confirmation Center of San Francisco, working alongside Dr. Ley and Dr. Mosser in providing excellent patient care and service to the transgender, gender diverse and non-binary community. He is... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2022 2:30pm - 3:45pm PDT

2:30pm PDT

Using Gender Support Plans
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Saturday October 1, 2022 2:30pm - 3:45pm PDT

3:45pm PDT

Day One Closing
Saturday October 1, 2022 3:45pm - 4:00pm PDT
 
Sunday, October 2
 

8:45am PDT

Day Two Settling In
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Sunday October 2, 2022 8:45am - 9:15am PDT

9:15am PDT

Day Two Opening
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Sunday October 2, 2022 9:15am - 9:30am PDT

9:45am PDT

'Are You OK?' - Documenting the Survival and Joy of Trans Youth Across America
Award-winning queer/trans identified photographer and author Jesse Freidin will present portraits and interviews from his national series 'Are You Ok?' which documents trans and nonbinary youth's reaction to anti-trans legislation across the country. Participants will learn how to create safe and affirming dialogues with their trans children around these difficult issues, while helping them see the power and activism of their own personal experiences. Through creativity, trans people and our allies can speak out and become our own saviors. This workshop will give you the tools to do just that.

Speakers
avatar for Jesse Freidin (he/him)

Jesse Freidin (he/him)

Jesse Freidin is an award-winning queer/trans identified professional photographer and author. His current series entitled “Are You OK?” addresses the dangers of the current wave of antitrans legislation sweeping the country in a passionate attempt to erase stigma and elevate... Read More →


Sunday October 2, 2022 9:45am - 11:00am PDT

9:45am PDT

9:45am PDT

Introduction to the neurodiversity paradigm and neuroqueer theory
Given the high prevalence of ADHD and Autism within the LGBTQ+ population, there is a need to understand how these identities intersect. This workshop will provide participants with an introduction to the neurodiversity paradigm and neuroqueer theory. By providing an alternative to the medical model of understanding ADHD and Autism, this workshop will provide an avenue for considering ADHD and autism as social identities which can be positively integrated into a person’s identity. This workshop will review practices families can incorporate to affirm the integration of neuroqueer identities. Furthermore, this workshop will highlight particular stressors neuroqueer children and youth experience and provide strategies for supporting common issues such as: sensory sensitivities, alexithymia and interoception issues.

Speakers
RM

Rebecca Minor (she/her)

Rebecca Minor, MSW, LICSW is a queer, Jewish consultant and clinician specializing in the intersection of trauma, gender, and sexuality. As a Gender Specialist, Rebecca partners with trans and gender-nonconforming youth through their journey of becoming, and is a guide to their... Read More →
MA

Megan Anna Neff

Dr. Megan Anna Neff is currently a psychology resident in private practice where they specializes in working with neurodivergent adults and provides neurodivergent affirming assessments. They are a parent to two neurodivergent children and in an inter-neuro partnership. They are... Read More →


Sunday October 2, 2022 9:45am - 11:00am PDT

9:45am PDT

Navigating a Gender Clinic
This session will cover the following topics:
1) How do you navigate a gender clinic? What is a gender clinic? At what age can you access it and what services are available?
2) Learn about some of the options for gender affirming care such as blockers and hormones.
3) Guidance around gender affirming products and techniques such as: binding, packing, tucking and more.

Speakers
avatar for Adam Davies (they/them)

Adam Davies (they/them)

Adam Davies (they/them) is a Youth Engagement Coordinator at Lurie Children's Hospital. They work with a cohort of high school youth who focus on HIV prevention, sex education and mental wellness and teach sex education in Gender and Sexuality Alliances in Chicago Public Schools... Read More →
avatar for Dr. J Whitehead (they/them)

Dr. J Whitehead (they/them)

Dr. J Whitehead (they/them) is a Pediatric Endocrinologist at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and an Assistant Professor of Endocrinology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. As part of the transgender community, Dr. Whitehead is passionate... Read More →
avatar for Logan Pierce (he/him)

Logan Pierce (he/him)

Logan Pierce is a Lead Facilitator and Program Coordinator at Lurie Children's Hospital. Logan has 3+ years teaching sexual health education, facilitating gender inclusivity trainings, co-producing Lurie Children's Never Fear Talks, and leading multiple groups for transgender, non-binary... Read More →


Sunday October 2, 2022 9:45am - 11:00am PDT

9:45am PDT

Queerly Beloved - Embracing Fluidity in Times of Stress
Queerly Beloved is a workshop for caregivers who want to explore new ways of supporting their gender expansive youth in a safe and supportive environment. Learn what it means for you to embrace and advocate for your youth's gender fluidity in hostile environments, without losing track of yourself and your needs.

Through a mix of structured and unstructured activities, participants will be supported in exploring a wide range of themes with one another, including: parenting, gender, queerness, vulnerability, boundaries, codependence, life transitions, body liberation, chronic illness, intersectionality, anti-racism, and more.


Speakers
avatar for Laura Grossman (she/her)

Laura Grossman (she/her)

Laura Grossman is a white queer therapist in California, on unceded Ohlone land. She specializes in somatic therapy for queer and trans adults. space and clarity. Laura has a Master's degree in Counseling as well as in-depth training in Somatic Experiencing. She openly shares... Read More →


Sunday October 2, 2022 9:45am - 11:00am PDT

11:15am PDT

Bottom Surgery - Phalloplasty Info Session
This presentation will cover the surgical journey of a young patient as they navigate towards the goal of aligning their bodies with their identity in the form of phalloplasty. It informs the patient and family/allies through various phases from online research, picking the right surgical team, preparing for the consultation as well as a description of the specific surgical approach that Dr. Ley performs. This is followed by a detailed description of the surgical procedure and an extensive dive into post operative care and long term expectations. 

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Ley

Dr. Ley

Ellie Zara Ley, MD completed her general surgery residency at the University of Arizona before pursuing a career in plastic surgery. She then completed a fellowship in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Utah. Dr. Ley also completed fellowships in craniofacial... Read More →


Sunday October 2, 2022 11:15am - 12:30pm PDT

11:15am PDT

Gaining knowledge and resilience while your teen and family transition
This workshop is for parents to gain a better understanding of diversity in gender identity vs misinformation in society that leads to pathologizing their teen Presenters will address affirmative parenting strategies and how to be more effective in communicating with their teen. Parents will also have a better understanding of their teen's transitioning process and will gain tips to strengthen communication and support of their teen. As parents and families are transitioning as well, they will learn about strategies to reduce their own isolation gain support and learn about advocacy

Speakers
avatar for Santiago Alvares (he/him)

Santiago Alvares (he/him)

Santiago Alvarez LCSW is currently a gender therapist at Kaiser Permanente Child Psychiatry in San Jose. Mr Alvarez has extensive experience in working with LGBTQ Latinx and BIPOC communities.
avatar for Lisa Arieta Hayes Ed.D., LCSW

Lisa Arieta Hayes Ed.D., LCSW

Lisa Arieta Hayes Ed.D., LCSW is a gender specialist at Kaiser Permanente Child Psychiatry in San Jose. Dr Hayes has extensive experience in working with LGBTQ children and teens. Dr Hayes created specialized gender services at San Jose including the formation of the Teen and Parent... Read More →


Sunday October 2, 2022 11:15am - 12:30pm PDT

11:15am PDT

Intro to Gender Dysphoria
Join us for a presentation and panel conversation with gender expansive young adults on the basics of gender dysphoria. We will be covering topics such as: what is gender dysphoria and how does it impact transgender, non-binary and gender expansive youth? What are ways for youth themselves to navigate gender dysphoria as well as tips and advice for their parents and caregivers.

Speakers
avatar for Jenna Redmond

Jenna Redmond

Jenna Redmond is the Director of Family Educational Programming at Gender Spectrum and has been involved with the organization since 2014. They are non-binary, queer, and a parent to an energetic 4 year old. Jenna is passionate about social justice and creating online spaces and resources... Read More →


Sunday October 2, 2022 11:15am - 12:30pm PDT

11:15am PDT

Odd Ones In - LGBTQIA Advocacy in Community Sports and Schools
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Sunday October 2, 2022 11:15am - 12:30pm PDT

11:15am PDT

Pink & Blue: Traversing the Joys and Sorrows of Living in a Gendered World
Pink & Blue is a short film directed by AfroFil Am Non-Binary Queer filmmaker Carmen LoBue (they/them) and Written & Produced by 1st Gen Nigerian Trans Genderqueer lead actor Kaydx (they/he/ẹmi), about the joys and sorrows of first-time parenting for a Trans couple of color. In the film, After a surprise first-time pregnancy, a Trans couple of color wrestles with how the new baby will affect their relationship and how to raise their child in a binary world. In this workshop we will watch the film and create an open conversation around the themes of the fim: gender as construct, community, living in a gendered society and more.



Sunday October 2, 2022 11:15am - 12:30pm PDT

12:45pm PDT

Self Care 2.1
Sunday October 2, 2022 12:45pm - 1:15pm PDT

12:45pm PDT

Self Care 2.2
Sunday October 2, 2022 12:45pm - 1:15pm PDT

12:45pm PDT

Self Care 2.3
Sunday October 2, 2022 12:45pm - 1:15pm PDT

1:30pm PDT

Closing Keynote: Dr. Ximena Lopez
Our Closing Keynote will feature Dr. Ximena Lopez sharing her experiences as a pediatric endocrinologist working with trans youth Texas. She will be leading a panel of Texas parents of Trans kids. They will be reflecting on what their experience has been like living in a State that is so openly opposing gender-affirming care and what it's been like for doctors as well as parents and families. They will discuss how they all maintain their focus and positivity in this challenging context. Our Closing Keynote speakers will give Conference attendees an inspiring sense of possibility in the face of challenges.

Dr. Ximena Lopez is a pediatric endocrinologist and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Ximena Lopez

Dr. Ximena Lopez

Growing up in Spain and Mexico, Ximena Lopez, M.D., spent a great deal of her time hospitalized for severe asthma. That experience informs her daily work as a physician.“I was impressed by the physicians who took care of me, and I have wanted to be one ever since,” she says.Dr... Read More →


Sunday October 2, 2022 1:30pm - 2:15pm PDT

2:15pm PDT

Day Two Closing
Speakers

Sunday October 2, 2022 2:15pm - 2:30pm PDT

2:45pm PDT

Community Space
Sunday October 2, 2022 2:45pm - 4:00pm PDT
 

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