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If you are unable to attend the conference in person, we will be livestreaming the keynote talks: 

Friday's Livestream link for Willy Wilkinson, 5pm:

Saturday's Livestream link for Elle Hearns, 2pm:

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We can't wait to see you all on March 10th and 11th of 2017 for this year's conference!

Friday 2pm-6:30pm, Saturday 10am- 6:15pm in the Wolf Law Building

Our keynote speakers for 2017 will

Elle Hearns and Willy Wilkinson!


Elle Hearns Picture

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Elle Hearns is a black, trans, freedom fighter who hails from Columbus, Ohio. In 2014, after the murders of Cemia Dove, Brittney Nicole Kidd-Stergis,Tiffany Edwards, and Betty Skinner, Elle turned pain into action by organizing black trans women from Ohio to have safe spaces to build and collaborate on ways to better their lives. Elle is the Central Region Coordinator for GetEQUAL for which she was appointed in early 2015. Through her work with GetEQUAL, Elle has been committed to making sure that marginalized voices, especially those of black trans women, are centered and reflected in the organization’s efforts towards full federal and social equality. Elle is a strategic partner of #BlackLivesMatter and works collaboratively with the #BlackLivesMatter team. Elle’s commitment to black lives goes deeper than conversation — it goes to sustainable action that will assist in the dismantling of systems that support systemic, structural, and physical violence.  Check out some of her talks here:

Freedom fighter and trans activist Elle Hearns warms up the crowd at the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center 34th Anniversary Gala:

RAD Talks:

Elle Hearns or GetEQUAL speaks at the Ignite Closing Plenary at Netroots Nation 2015 in Phoenix.

photo of Willy Wilkinson's book cover

Willy Wilkinson, MPH is an award-winning writer, public health consultant, cultural competency trainer, public speaker, and spoken word performer. He is the author of the Lambda Literary Award-winning book Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: A Voice for Cultural Competency, which illuminates trans experience from a Chinese American and mixed heritage perspective, and transforms the memoir genre into a cultural competency tool. Willy has provided LGBTQ and trans-specific training for hundreds of community health organizations, educational institutions, and businesses. He is the recipient of a National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association award, and the Transgender Law Center Vanguard Award, and is recognized on the Trans 100. He lives in Oakland, California with his three vibrant, young kids. Learn more at

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