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The TRANSforming Gender Symposium

The annual TRANSforming Gender Symposium was founded in 2006. Sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies program and the GLBTQ Resource Center, the symposium began to create a space where the campus and wider community could learn about transgender and intersex identities and issues. Since its inception, the symposium has hosted numerous nationally and internationally known transgender and allied speakers, creating provoking dialogues throughout the community and furthering discussions throughout the year.

Every year the symposium is planned by a committee of staff, faculty, and students. Beginning in 2011 the symposium also opened up a proposal process for presenters interested in participating in the symposium.

The University of Colorado Boulder’s TRANSforming Gender Symposium is celebrating its eighth year! The Symposium hosts national and local transgender and genderqueer activists to address issues surrounding transgender, genderqueer and related identities. Previous presenters and participants have included academics, health professionals, community organizers, performance and visual artists, students, faculty, staff, youth, family members, community members and other interested folks.

Program Schedule

Please check out the downloadable 2014 TGS Program here.

The Symposium is free and open to the public. Workshops, films, and keynotes speakers will be held in the Center for Community (2249 Willard Loop Drive).

Workshop and Paper Proposals

We are calling for workshop and paper proposals from campus, local and national folks interested in presenting at the Symposium. Past symposiums have covered of the following topics as they relate to trans identities: spirituality, health care, transfeminism/transmisogyny, sexuality, poetry, media, racism and classism, mental health, sports and athletics, and much more.

Please visit the TRANSforming Gender Symposium proposal page for more information and to submit your proposal.

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Please visit the Symposium Registration Page to register for this event. In addition to nationally recognized speakers, we are excited to be including workshops and panels throughout the day.


We would like to thank the following departments and organizations for their co-sponsorship of the 8th Annual Transforming Gender Symposium:

CU Student Government, Division of Student Affairs, LGBT Studies Certificate Program, Sociology, Communication, Women and Gender Studies, Anthropology, RHA, Out Boulder, Women's Resource Center, Office of Victim Assistance, First United Methodist Church, and Open Door Fund.

Looking Forward to The 9th Annual Symposium

Planning the Transforming Gender Symposium is a process which takes most of the year leading up to the event, taken on by a team of volunteers whose tasks range from contacting speakers, to evaluating workshop proposals, to configuring the schedule. If you would like to be involved in planning the next symposium, please contact us.

If you or your organization is interested in co-sponsorship please feel free to contact us regarding that as well.

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