a wide range of topics to cover
everything you need to know!
Some trans women know from early childhood with an unwavering certainty. Others face the weight of transphobia and isolation, pushing their feelings deep down and sometimes denying them entirely. There are also those who lack context and information, misunderstand their feelings, and never find a channel for their identity until they become aware of transgenderism as a human condition. At the summit, we’ll discuss the various narratives in our common experience.
It’s common to feel pressure from society. Pressure to conform to the heteronormative. Even after embracing one’s gender non-normativity, there is still a pressure to follow the “right” path, but in reality each individual is unique. We’ll sit down with genderfluid, gender non-conforming, and genderqueer folk. We’ll meet individuals embracing their own choices of gender expression and explore what gender means to each of us.
Becoming aware of our gender “non-compliance” can be accompanied by regret, shame, and a sense of loss. We become aware that we’re not like others and we may feel isolated and alone. This can lead to internalized feelings of shame when coupled by transphobic messages at home, in our social circles or in the media. Shame is self-rejection. It leads nowhere. Taking pride in who you are can help you blossom into a unique, amazing person.
Coming out is a very personal experience. One must navigate aspects of personal safety, test the strength of bonds with family and friends, risk social and financial repercussions. We explore the challenges of coming out to family, friends, coworkers, classmates, parents, and children.
We are social beings. When confronted by a major life event, having a support circle can make the difference between success and failure – between finding the strength to persevere in the face of obstacles and challenges, or giving up full of regret. It’s important to have a strong support group who stand up as allies and say “I’ll be there for you.” We talk about “building your team,” and also dealing with non-supportive acquaintances.
Beauty tips! Electrolysis! Fashion! Most of us never had the opportunity to learn beauty tips as a natural part of becoming a young woman and we’re struggling to catch up. What are the best ways to learn the skills normally passed on from mother to daughter and middle school friends? We’ll interview some experts and share their best tips with you.
For many of us, the most intimidating aspect of transition are the medical steps. We interview transition-focused medical professionals and gals who have gone through the process for insight. Bring focus to the steps involved, learn how to best prepare yourself for the various medical procedures, and find out what to expect during all steps of these procedures.
Coming out to family can be quite challenging. They have witnessed you in their lives as one form, and may be reluctant – or simply awkward – at adapting to the new you. On top of that, there may be expectations as to the role you’d occupy in their lives; and it can be even tougher if their worldview or religious beliefs hold them back from seeing you for who you are. We’ll talk about the best ways to deal with these difficult interpersonal dynamics.
By far the most stressful aspect of coming out trans can be the workplace. An income is essential to function in this society. Beyond that, we want to be proud of our careers and we want to be respected and accepted in the workplace. We’ll talk about being trans at work with women in many different career paths.
The current administration has proven itself no friend of LGBT people and it has targeted transfolk in particular in efforts to pander to ‘conservative’ (bigoted) politicians. There are many ways to fight back. We’ll talk to several activists who are doing just that.
Candid conversations with amazing, trailblazing women. Question-and-Answer sessions with psychologists, doctors and professionals helping trans women. A unique event focused entirely on trans women’s success.
And the best part is… you can get FREE ACCESS
to all of the sessions!
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: MONICA F. HELMS
Monica Helms is a longtime, nationally recognized trans-rights activist, author, and veteran of the United States Navy. She is the creator of the Trans Pride Flag.
Monica founded the Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA) in 2003, and remained president until 2013. On May 1, 2004, TAVA sponsored the first-ever Transgender Vets March to the Wall. She continues to advocate for trans service members and veterans.
Her political activism includes lobbying state legislators in Arizona and Georgia, and Congress on Capitol Hill.
In 2004, Monica was the first trans person ever elected to a DNC Convention from Georgia and the South.
Nationally Recognized Latina Transgender Activist & President of TransLatin@ Coalition.
Co-founder of the Trans Women of Color Collective & Counselor at the NYC Anti-Violence Project. Focused on Trans Women of Color, LGBTQ survivors of violence, & Women's Rights.
A former Navy Pilot, campaign analyst and senior defense research scientist, Brynn has written for HuffPost, OutServe, The New Civil Rights Movement, and Queer Mental Health.
Trans United Fund
Miss T Netherlands 2017 Miss Congeniality - Miss Trans Star International 2016 Miss Argentina Trans International 2016/17.
Jazmin Soledad Martinez is a model and crowned winner of Miss Trans Argentina. Jazmin is currently in Barcelona competing for the title of Miss Trans International.
Chair, Board of Directors - Utah Pride Center; Treasurer, Transgender Education Advocates of Utah
Utah Pride Center
Becca Z. Reynolds is a public speaker, registered nurse and former paramedic. Becca conducts seminars on health and wellness.
Michaela is a transgender activist, public speaker, and businesswoman. She's the Founder of the California Transgender Workplace Program, and Board Member of The Trevor Project.
Sally is a trans and bi woman, educator, advocate and diversity trans-re-lator based in Melbourne Australia
Jennifer Louse Lopez is a trans activist in NYC. She's the founder of the T.R.A.N.S. network.
CEO of the Transgender Liberation Project - former Director of Programs at the Audre Lorde Project
Jamie O'Herlilly is a YouTube vlogger in Ireland focusing on trans issues.
Miliana pursues acting and modeling while working as a makeup artist. Miliana holds degrees in Music and Psychology from FSU, and has her sights on post-graduate studies.
Carolina Gutierrez is an actress, activist, and vlogger. Her passion is to express herself creatively while positively impacting the lives of others
Actress & Activist
Cathy Serino is a Veteran, and a transgender activist in middle Missouri.
Florence Ashley is a jurist and transfeminine activist from Canada. She is a LL.M. candidate with a focus on trans health policy and critical trans studies.
Diamond Stylz is an activist, social media guru, YouTube personality. Diamond Stylz is dedicated to the image and visibility of the African-American trans experience.
Christina is a young trans woman of color with a unique perspective, having surgically transitioned at age sixteen and lived on 4 continents.
from South Africa
Magdalena is a psychologist, and a transfeminine activist in her native Chile. Magdalena is the Director of OTD Chile.
Trans Activist in Chile
Parent, Step-parent of transkid, wife of genderqueer transmasculine veteran, Student, Activist, co-leader of a trans rights political group.
Callie is a trans woman, activist, and podcaster from Cincinnati, Ohio. She’s been a trans activist since 2013. Callie is a board member Heartland Tans Wellness Group.
Dr. Scott Mosser, a board certified plastic surgeon performs gender confirming surgeries at the Gender Confirmation Center of San Francisco'
Marci Bowers, MD, is a pelvic and gynecologic surgeon with more than 26 years' experience and is acknowledged as a pioneer in the field of Genital Reassignment Surgery.
Jimena is a gender specialist who teaches social justice at the college level. She specializes in helping beginners work through the hard process of recognizing their own roles in oppressive systems.
Dara Hoffman-Fox is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a gender therapist in private practice, and the author of The Gender Guidebook.
The Gender Guidebook
Dr. Weissman is a clinical psychologist. Her practice focuses on gender. Abi has a passion for helping Jewish Trans And Queer Jewish folk resolve conflicts between faith and identity.
Traci W. Lowenthal, Psy.D. is a Psychologist and Gender Therapist, and owner of Creative Insights Counseling.
Dr. Natalia Zhikhareva leads the "Transition & Beyond" group in L.A. A clinical psychologist with a focus on gender identity, Dr. Z has been counseling transgender folk for over a decade.
Zil Garner Goldstein, FNP-BC is an Assistant Professor of Medical Education, and Program Director for the Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery at Mount Sinai.
Mount Sinai Trans Medicine
Janet W. Hardy is an alternative sexuality author, educator & speaker. She is the author or co-author of eleven books, including GirlFag and The Ethical Slut.
Lyle Cook, PA is the Director of the Transgender Health Program at St. John's Children Hospital, and a board-certified physician assistant, providing medical care to the trans community.
With over 10 years of bra fitting and lingerie industry experience, Kimmay is passionate about helping women discover their beauty and confidence.
Owner of Beverly Hills Hair Free - Entrepreneur, Mentor, Speaker, Teacher
"I believe that everything can be elevated into an art form. I spend 1/2 of my time creating, the other 1/2 coaching people who create masterpieces." - Noam Kostucki
A power ally and advocate, Kathe Perez is an internationally recognized speech-language pathologist focused on trans folk. Kathe is the creator of Eva, the voice training app.
Tina Baily is the mother of two transgender and three cisgender children. Tina is a trans advocate, admins several trans support groups and participates in local outreach.
Catherine is the proud parent of a young transwoman very active on YouTube. She aims to give children resources and knowledge to avoid the struggles her daughter experienced.
Janna is proud mother of a trans son, author, and a passionate trans youth rights advocate. Janna is the author of He’s Always Been My Son, writes for the HuffPost.
Care is the founder of Birth Education Center and has supported all genres of families. Care now works with Jean Franzblau in nurturing touch support.
Heather Brewer specializes in working with sexuality and gender from a body-oriented, feminist approach.
Jennifer Orthwein is a civil rights attorney and forensic psychologist. Her firm, Medina Orthwein LLP, specializes in employment discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblower protections, wage and hour, Title IX, and civil rights for prisoners.
Felicia Medina is a civil rights attorney and forensic psychologist. Her firm, Medina Orthwein LLP, specializes in employment discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblower protections, wage and hour, Title IX, and civil rights for prisoners.
Noah Lewis, Esq. is the founder and Executive Director of Transcend Legal, a national nonprofit focused on helping people access trans-related health care under insurance.
Gillian Cameron is a teacher, artist, storyteller. Gillian is the creator of the weekly web-comic "Calogrenant," following the adventures of a transgender medieval knight.
"Being where i am; knowing what is; discarding what is not; doing what is kindest" - Seranine
Clair Farley is a community leader, writer, and trans advocate. She is the Director of Economic Development at the San Francisco LGBT Center.
SF LGBT Center
Alison is New York City's "Woman Trapped inside a Woman's Body." She performs stand-up at Universities and other venues across the USA.
Carmarion D. Anderson is a visible trans-identified person who advocates for Inclusion and Social Justice. Carmarion is the Founder and Executive Director of Black Transwomen, Inc.
Black Transwomen, Inc.
Katherine works in peer crisis counseling for the Trans Lifeline. Together with James, she runs the blog Two Trans One Van.
MEET YOUR HOSTESS
Cassie Brighter is a public speaker, group facilitator and coach. As a facilitator at SexPositiveWorld.com, she has focused on workshops on personal boundaries and personal empowerment.
Cassie began her transition in 2014. Her own personal transition journey brought to light the limited resources available for women undergoing transition and people questioning their gender.
Working with transition-focused professionals, and a group of powerful, outspoken trans women, Cassie has assembled this Online Summit to give you the resources you need.
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