Keynote Speakers

Saturday, March 16

Session 1: 9:30-10:45 a.m.


Location: Room 102
Everyone has a story to tell. Join an author and educator  through various writing prompts and explore the poetics and narratives within. We will read some examples from other queer and trans voices to inspire our own.


Location: Room 123
This session will focus on ethics and research considerations for LGBTQ+ health-focused research using the 2020 Transmasculine Health Justice: LA Research Initiative and current participatory action research projects at Denver Health as models. In collaboration with organizers with Gender Justice Los Angeles, we developed a team of trans community organizers, health workers, researchers and artists deeply invested in health and wellness for trans people, and especially for transmasculine people of color. Building on research justice practices, we utilized collaborative data analysis of a community-generated survey to build research knowledge and develop an agenda for action.


Location: Room 125
In this workshop, we will watch a selection of short documentaries from the TransLatin@ Migrations: Life, Love & Triumphs series and discuss them. TransLatin@ migrants come to the U.S. for many reasons, including seeking safety from persecution in their countries of origin and for a chance at a better life. Despite the obstacles and challenges, they strive to live fruitful lives, full of strength and joy. Additionally, we’ll discuss a local mutual aid project to support queer QTBIPOC siblings experiencing detention at the Aurora GEO facility through the Colorado Transgender Immigrant Support Fund. A small group of tenacious queers have come together to show some love and care both inside and outside of immigrant detention. Aside from material support, we educate fellow service providers on the specific needs of transgender immigrants and provide context about the reasons transgender people migrate.


Location: Room 127
Join us for an informative, honest and empowering session dedicated to assisting parents and caregivers in navigating the legal system when advocating for children living under the trans umbrella. As the landscape of transgender rights continues to evolve, understanding the legal framework is crucial for ensuring the well-being and affirming experiences of transgender youth. Topics covered will include:
  • Legal Documentation: Explore the processes for updating identification documents to reflect a child's gender identity
  • Healthcare Access: Navigate the legal landscape of accessing gender-affirming healthcare for transgender children
  • Anti-Discrimination Laws: Learn how to address instances of discrimination, including in schools and court
  • Legal Challenges and Precedents: Explore the impact on transgender rights
  • Support Networks and Resources: Discover resources that provide legal support for families with transgender children.
  • Interactive Q&A Session: Engage in a dynamic Q&A session, where you can seek personalized advice and clarification.

This session aims to empower parents, caregivers, and allies with the knowledge and tools needed to navigate the legal system effectively, ensuring that transgender children can thrive in a supportive and affirming environment. Together, let's foster a legal landscape that recognizes and protects the rights of all individuals, regardless of their gender identity.


Location: Room 225
During the current anti-trans and non-binary backlash, it is important that justice-seeking members of our communities work to counter the negative messages and harmful legislation that have been springing up in so many places throughout the country (and beyond). Backlashes can generate damaging consequences at all levels and they also afford us the opportunity to work together to create positive social change. This workshop, led by a transgender man and a cisgender woman, will cover some of the important issues related to what trans and non-binary people want from cisgender allies and how cisgender allies can make a contribution without repeating problematic power dynamics. These issues come from our own experiences in movement activities as well as from the accumulating research on productive allyship. We welcome you to add your perspective to the workshop! As a bonus, we'll also tell you about a very promising tactic called deep canvassing that has been proven to change how people vote on trans issues. A deep canvassing project will be starting in Boulder County soon! You might even want to join us.


Location: Room 317
Join us for a playful session of movement and song designed to connect us with our QUEER JOY. Together we will learn chants for ritual, connection and nervous system regulation. If you are craving spiritual queer community and joyous celebration, this is for you.


Location: Room 330
After the culmination of a six-year legal battle, this presenter became the first U.S. citizen to receive an official U.S. passport with an "X" sex/gender marker in 2021. They identify as intersex and non-binary and have fought against the erasure of intersex people since they discovered their condition after serving in the U.S. Navy. They also are a local Coloradan, as well as the associate director of the Intersex Campaign for Equality. Come listen to them describe their journey, learn about intersex experience and ask questions!


Location: Room 352
Even thinking about looking for a new therapist can be exhausting. There are so many logistical questions--where do people even find a therapist? How much does it cost? Will they write that letter for surgery? Then there are the even harder questions to answer--will they really understand? What if they're judgmental? Will they actually be able to help? And what about the other things--autism, ADHD, trauma, plurality, etc.--will they listen and take it all seriously? I can't claim to have all the answers. But as a trans/nonbinary, AuDHD therapist who works mostly with trans and gender-diverse, neuro-spicy clients, I think I've got some useful tips to share. I’ll be providing a practical, straightforward summary of what I’ve found to be some of the best ways to find a therapist who actually gets you. And I'll include time for questions--the practical ones, the ones you're not sure if you're 'supposed' to ask and everything in between.

Session 2: 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.


Location: Room 102
Join me in a transformative journey to deconstruct the gendered God. As a trans pastor and seasoned academic, I bring a unique blend of personal insight and scholarly analysis to unravel the patriarchal tapestry woven around divinity. We'll navigate through my experiences, merging faith and identity, while delving into meticulous examinations of Biblical texts. Together, we'll challenge the rigid constructs imposed by the imperial church, dismantling the false male gendering of God. This workshop isn't just a discussion; it's a call to redefine spirituality, fostering inclusivity and understanding. Engage in a dynamic Q&A session, breaking down barriers and empowering attendees to embrace a more expansive, liberated perception of the divine. Let's reshape the narrative and forge a path towards a more inclusive, affirming spiritual journey.


Location: Room 123
This session will explore how the HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to disproportionately impact the trans community and what we can do about it. We will discuss how HIV activism connects to all forms of oppression, de-stigmatization of HIV status as a prevention tool, harm reduction strategies and the current state of HIV treatment and research.


Location: Room 125
The term "Two-Spirit'' means something different, depending on who you ask. For some, their nations have specific language around these diverse, traditional lifeways, but for many of us, those gendered ways of being are lost because of the targeted enforcement of Eurochristian gender, relationship and sexual norms as a tool of colonization. In this session, we will describe the beginnings of weaving a critical Two-Spirit resistance, according to Cherokee elder and activist, Qwo-Li Driskill in "Asegi Stories: Cherokee Queer and Two-Spirit Memory." Grounded in Driskill's extended basket weaving metaphors, we will facilitate discussion imagining gender futurities outside of colonial constructs for people of all genders, in diverse communities. According to Driskill, Two-Spirit critiques “see Two-Spirit people and traditions as necessary–if not central– to national and decolonial struggles.” The intent of this session is to build communal capacity for decolonial imagining by making Driskill’s cultural scholarship more accessible. The Cherokee are not the only community in need of “engaging in the complex process of unweaving and reweaving cultural memories” in order to face ancestral and intergenerational trauma. Hopefully, seeing a model of it being done will help expand participants’ imaginations of what’s possible and what’s necessary to heal.


Location: Room 127
A panel of 3-4 parents of transgender children will share their stories with the audience. A question and answer session will follow their stories. The goal is to help parents with their journey of understanding and acceptance.


Location: Room 225
This workshop focuses on crucial aspects such as the importance of representation in leadership, the adoption of harm reduction practices, positive youth development strategies and the pivotal role of youth services. The workshop aims to create an inclusive environment that recognizes and celebrates the diversity within the LGBTQ+ community, providing practical skills, insights and opportunities to foster a generation of confident, engaged and empowered young leaders. Key objectives include highlighting the impact of LGBTQ+ leaders across various sectors to inspire youth, focusing on strengths-based approaches for development, discussing the critical role of youth services and presenting internship opportunities for practical experience and skill development. The format includes interactive sessions such as a keynote speech and presentation, time at the end for questions and participation in group discussions. The session targets LGBTQ+ youth, educators, community leaders and allies. The expected outcomes are increased understanding of representation importance, empowerment with practical tools for community contribution, enhanced interpersonal skills and the establishment of a supportive network for LGBTQ+ youth. In summary, the workshop is a step toward building a more inclusive, understanding and supportive society for LGBTQ+ youth, focusing on representation, engagement and leadership to empower these individuals to become leaders of their futures and agents of positive change in their communities.


Location: Room 317
This presentation offers a comprehensive exploration of gender development, providing participants with the knowledge and tools to navigate the complexities of this crucial aspect of human identity. Scientific insights are simplified and concrete facts are highlighted that show the fluidity of biological sex. Numerous different intersex variations will be discussed to help understand the process of sex differentiation (becoming male or female or somewhere in-between). This is an inclusive space where individuals of all backgrounds can deepen their understanding of gender and contribute to a more tolerant and accepting society.

Participants will delve into the biology of human sex and gender development, all while gaining a nuanced perspective on the diverse ways in which individuals are born and grow. Through open discussions and interactive activities, attendees will leave equipped with the awareness and skills to engage in thoughtful conversations about how biology works to create men, women, intersex and transgender individuals.


Location: Room 323
During the "Keeping Your Queer Joy" workshop, the audience will be polled on topics similar to the Privilege Walk in order to gain an understanding of themselves and their peers. Each individual will be encouraged to engage in story sharing and deep, meaningful conversations regarding their identities and experiences. Additionally we will talk about what queer joy is and how it can be maintained.


Location: Room 352
This workshop will focus on the process of creating Transfuturism as an exercise in future worldmaking via visionary play. Participants will have the opportunity to create their own transfuturist superhero as an exercise in manifesting critical futures that honor wholeness, self-esteem, confidence and belonging.

Keynote: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

A Journey in Rainbow Moccasins
Presenter: Teddy Syrette (they/them)
Location: Keynote Room (by room 352)


Session 3: 2:45-4 p.m.


Location: Room 323
So you’re a mental health professional who works with gender-diverse folks. In some of your client sessions, the process of gender-exploration and discovery goes relatively smoothly. With others, it’s more challenging. And, for some, it may be two steps forward and one step back. They might reach clarity and conviction about their gender identities—and have lost all of that certainty by the following week. Their genders assigned at birth may fit perfectly during one session, but they’re overwhelmed with dysphoria during the next. Or they might feel any enduring sense of ‘self’, much less a clear sense of gender identity. One common explanation for patterns like this is dissociation. And many mental healthcare providers feel uncertain about how to work with dissociation when it arises during a client’s process of gender exploration. This presentation aims to help bridge that gap. The presenter holds an advanced training certificate in Complex Trauma and Dissociation, and specializes in work with gender-diverse clients. And during this presentation, they will discuss key information on dissociation and gender exploration, as well as resources for further learning.


Location: Room 317
How can our 2SLGBTQIA+ community design research that serves us the best? How can data about our community be used to support what’s working, such as supporting chosen families or empower people to engage in community activism? The Colorado PRIDE Survey is a project of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). This project centers data autonomy for Colorado’s 2SLGBTQIA+ community and its allies, defined as the community's right to have a voice in the control and use of their data. This includes collection, storage and interpretation of data. This pilot survey was completed by 750 Colorado residents age 18 and older at Denver PRIDE and other Denver festivals in 2023. 81% were non-heterosexual, 16% were transgender and 20% were nonbinary. 2.4% were intersex, 30% of people identified had more than one sexual orientation, 24% were polyamorous or ethically non-monogamous and 47% opted to join a community panel for more focus groups and surveys. We want to learn about supporting resilience for Colorado’s 2SLGBTQIA+ community. We’ll walk through the 2023 survey results, then focus on an interactive discussion which includes exploring attendees’ impressions of results, and ideas for future research questions.


Location: Room 102
The presenter is an ordained minister in a mainline Protestant denomination. They works to lift the voices of multiple faith and spiritual perspectives with an emphasis on amplifying the voices of Black and Brown people. They will delve into and discuss queer liberation theology and how faith-based nonprofit organizations are crucial in faith-based organizing to achieve impact.


Location: Room 125
In this workshop, challenging the mainstream framework of "trans rights" in the US, we will offer decolonial and anti-imperial approaches to understanding the categories of "trans" and "gender."

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Location: Room 225
In this special presentation from Motus Theater’s TRANSformative Stories project, presenters take center stage to share their stories, define their own lives, revel in their self love and inspire change. The performance features a musical response from an award-winning CU Boulder alum, cellist and composer. The performance will be followed by a talkback with the artists. 

 


Location: Room 123
Thinking about gender-affirming surgery outside of the US? This discussion covers the advantages and disadvantages of offshore surgery. From travel, cost, communications, meeting expectations, to safety. Offshore surgery may look appealing; know the facts before you go.


Location: Room 127
Non-discrimination policies are just the beginning of having practices where students, staff, and their families feel safe enough to learn. Clear guidelines make sure that everyone knows what to expect when a student or staff member transitions, but most school districts leave it all to chance. Learn about how the first Educational Equity policy in Colorado was developed; and it didn't come from Boulder, Fort Collins or the metro area. Ensuring safety, comfort and healthy development, maximizing social integration, minimizing stigmatization and creating a supportive work environment isn't a radical concept. This policy is one reason the community has increased graduation rates, decreased drop out rates, experienced growth on standardized tests and decreased suicide rates for the last four years. This interactive session is designed to provide you with practical tools, legally sound reasoning and messaging to advocate for your district to develop an educational equity policy from someone that has been through it and stood up to criticism from Breitbart, Fox News, Parents Defending Education and Epoch Times.


Location: Room 352
It is hard to be hopeful right now. I feel as though I am drowning. I have felt as though I am drowning most of my life. But humans have an instinct when they are drowning - to reach up. Even if no one is there to save them. But still, we hope that there will be. Despair isn’t the opposite of hope, despair is when hope is the most important. Hope is what keeps us alive when we are already despairing, desperate and afraid. When both me and my community are so afraid, how do we find hope? For me, and the communities I have been privileged to be part of, it has partially come from practices of community grief. This is partially because I am Latine, and partially because I've spent a lot of my time as an activist and educator within the AIDS movement and in disability justice movements. There is an incredible, rich history of the queer community - particularly trans* people of color - transforming grief into hope via actions and demonstrations. We will talk about some of this history, and workshop together where our grief lies, and how to translate it.

Keynote: 4:15-5:30 p.m.

Let Her Speak
Presenter: Zooey Zephyr (she/her)
Location: Keynote Room (by room 352)


Sunday, March 17

Session 4: 9:30-10:45 a.m.


Location: Room 100
CANCELLED CQYN (Colorado’s Queer Youth Network) will be hosting an interactive art workshop on exploring Queer Joy through Collective Action! Learn about our program, see our traveling community quilt called “Joy Roots Here, When Queer Belongs,” discuss what queer joy means to YOU, and make some art with us! All community members are welcome to participate.


Location: Room 101
Learn valuable tools to prepare yourself or someone you care for undergoing top surgery (FTM). Surgical success comes from physical, mental, nutritional and many other health spheres. In this session join the discussion as a local queer physical therapist and health coach shares information to educate and empower every person on the FTM journey of achieving self-confidence and optimal wellness.


Location: Room 102
In this insightful talk, a retired OB/GYN, gender educator and life coach will guide parents of gender-diverse children through the nuanced and vital process of discussing sex. Emphasizing the importance of ongoing dialogue, the presentation will offer multifaceted approaches to initiate conversations about sex with gender-diverse children. We will present strategies to create a comfortable environment, navigating multiple conversations over time and adapting language to suit each child's unique understanding and identity. Practical tips will be shared to foster an open, ongoing dialogue, enabling parents to support their gender-diverse children in understanding their bodies, boundaries and relationships. Ultimately, the talk aims to empower parents to engage in meaningful conversations about sex with their gender-diverse children, promoting a healthy and affirming approach to their sexual education and well-being.


Location: Room 123
For at least three years, there has been a concerted backlash against LGBTQIA+ gains. Transgender and non-binary people have been most visibly targeted through both institutional and legislative actions. A big part of the strategy of anti-LGBTQIA+ forces is to wear us down, discourage us and make us retreat. We refuse to retreat. But we need tools to take care of ourselves and our communities as we continue our efforts to make positive social change for all communities. In this workshop, we will discuss and work with tools that have been demonstrated to work to protect us and, even more, to help us to flourish even in the face of political attacks. Join us to feel stronger and to increase your resilience.


Location: Room 125
Where in the media was your first representation of the trans and non-binary community? Join the RAP Lab as we explore how the trans* community navigates the world of hip-hop and expands its representation in various art forms. The session will critically examine representation and create a dialogue of our various experiences. We will also provide an opportunity to explore the healing power of the mic as participants engage in an interactive experience to check-in.


Location: Room 127
Learn a brief overview of the current policies in place that protect LGBTQ+ rights in the state of Colorado. We will then explore and practice how that foundational knowledge can be used as a tool for self advocacy at the personal, community and legislative levels. The importance of personal and community care and resilience during advocacy work will also be discussed throughout our time together.


Location: Room 225
This training covers a basic overview of LGBTQ+ identity, and then dives into healthcare disparities (both mental and physical) that LGBTQ+ patients experience. The data shared focuses on Colorado-specific regional data. Data covered also ranges different identities and ages of patients. After this, qualities of LGBTQ+ competent providers will be discussed and there will be time to brainstorm and problem solve as a community of medical providers. HEI credit hours are available for those interested.


Location: Room 317
Studies on brain science have been used to both support and undermine transgender identity. Popularized studies showing that transgender individuals have “the right brain in the wrong body” have been used to validate our identities. However, the gendered brain has also been used to exclude women and transgender individuals from scientific fields–leading to more bias from the male researchers who conduct these studies. This workshop explores the history of gendered (and racialized) brain science and the role of ‘brain sex’ in a medicalized transgender identity.


Location: Room 352
Do you enjoy creative projects? Do you have a passion for community building and healing? Are you seeking an effective system to bridge community development with social activism? Unlike other community programming approaches, arts-based methods offer a powerful tool to promote change at three key points of intervention: the individual, the interpersonal and the institutional. In this session, we will consider a case-study of a real-life project implemented within the Boulder TGNC community. Then, you will be guided through a creative workshop, where you will use art as a visioning method for themes like ‘trans elder-hood’ and ‘TGNC futures’ (supplies provided). Through this process, you will learn the basics of implementing arts-based participatory methods for community development and social change.

Session 5: 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.


Location: Room 100
Do you want to know how to talk about sex with your partner? Have you been curious about kinks, but don’t know how to navigate them? Experiencing sex drive changes and trying to figure out how to handle them? Then this is the workshop for you! “Pleasure, toys, and play for everyBODY” is a sex-positive and pleasure-focused workshop designed to explore sexual health, intimacy styles, boundary setting and bodily autonomy as trans, non-binary, and intersex individuals. This session creates an engaging, safe and non-judgmental environment that encourages open dialogue through interactive activities, anonymous question submissions and community discussion of sexual health needs. The session aims to foster a deeper understanding of our needs in intimate relationships, emphasizing the importance of communication, enthusiastic consent and sexual health harm reduction. We will address topics such as sexual health needs across gender-affirming transition, navigating disclosure and consent and holistic approaches to our sexual health. We hope you can join us on this journey of self-discovery and empowerment, promoting a sex-positive and inclusive approach to pleasure, intimacy and sexual health for everyBODY.
*Closed session for Trans, non-binary and intersex adults ONLY


Location: Room 101
Have you ever considered voice therapy, but didn't know what to expect or how it works? In this session, you will learn how gender affirming voice therapy can benefit individuals seeking voice feminization or voice masculinization. Voice is about so much more than pitch! Come learn about the different voice features that affect gender perception, how those voice features can be targeted in voice therapy and even practice some of the exercises you can experience through voice therapy.


Location: Room 102
A conversation on the journey of growth and love that is raising trans children. The co-founders of Parenting the Rainbow, will share their personal stories and lead a discussion on creating an open and supportive environment that allows all trans* children to feel safe in our homes and in our communities. They will offer anecdotal stories on the joys and challenges of raising gender expansive children. They will also offer practical suggestions for how we can all make the world a safer place for trans* youth. This session is encouraged for anyone who is interested in creating that world together.


Location: Room 123
This session will discuss the role and possibilities of autoethnography in advocacy work within Colorado. Autoethnography is synthesized as an amalgamation of autobiography and ethnography and is written from a personal perspective and situated in larger discussions of sociocultural phenomena. Harkening to the feminist adage of “the personal is political,” autoethnography has the power to change hearts and minds by discussing general realities through individual subjectivities. In this presentation, staff members of Out Boulder County will discuss how they use autoethnography in their advocacy work in Colorado and provide excerpts of their writings. Following the presentation, they will facilitate a prompted workshop to help attendees write autoethnographies regarding their own advocacy.


Location: Room 125
Come and Kiki with Out Boulder County and their Trans and Racial Equity Coordinator! Check out this workshop that will showcase the history and living traditions of Kiki ballroom that have contributed to Trans* liberation since the late 1960's. Trans liberation has always been spearheaded by the Transfeminine Latinx and Black women who often were looked over in LGBTQ+ History and ballroom became the space to reclaim their power and their right to self expression. This workshop will break down vogue performance as an act of resistance, gender as a categorical construct and dance as a form of conflict resolution. This session will include a portion of dance instruction and demonstrations of vogue performance, as well as many opportunities for participants to learn how to vogue and develop a somatic relationship to Trans* Liberation and Queer Representation.


Location: Room 127
This workshop outlines the full process of legal name changes and gender marker corrections for trans and non-binary Coloradans.


Location: Room 225
Three clinicians from University of Colorado CAPS Transcare team will discuss intersectional approaches to gender-affirming mental healthcare. The session will review the importance of intersectional approaches to gender-affirming care with attention to historical inequities within the trans liberation movement and current mental health disparities within trans and gender diverse communities. The facilitators will review concepts related to the analysis/deconstruction of Whiteness in gender-affirming care, and the evaluation of one’s positionality as a gender-affirming clinician. The session will also include recommended practices for intersectional gender-affirming care, garnered from scholarly research and clinicians' own experiences.


Location: Room 317
Plurality refers to the presence of more than one self-aware person or entity in one body. Traditionally understood as solely a symptom of mental illness, plurality often leads to heavy stigma and disbelief, even within advocacy communities. A large portion of the plural community identifies as trans, yet face significant discrimination and misunderstanding, especially by professionals as they navigate gender transition.

This presentation, led by a plural system, consists of an introduction to plurality, a discussion of the many overlapping aspects of anti-plural and anti-trans beliefs and a dialogue about best practices in including plural systems in trans communities and advocacy. This presentation is open to those of all levels of familiarity with plurality.


Location: Room 323
Learn about the urgent crisis facing trans+ youth in 2024, as well as the joy and resilience of trans+ community. Hear practical strategies for supporting the wellbeing of trans+ youth in your life and participate in a public writing project aimed at supported trans+ young people in Colorado and beyond.


Location: Room 352
“Drag Queen Story Hour” has become the scapegoat for anti-LGBTQ+ messaging around the world. As governments and normalizing forces attack drag artists and attempt to purge classrooms of queerness, it is increasingly clear that drag is a target of bigoted agendas because it is a powerful tool for inciting reflection on gender and sexuality. Seeing this result as positive rather than corrupting, we can celebrate drag’s capacity to communicate queer theory to a broad audience. Drag spaces present sites of radical community learning, disorganizing the status quo as we imagine new ways of facilitating mentorship, skill acquisition, and expression of personal and political messages. Through an interactive performance by a Boston-based drag king and student of queer scholarship, we can begin to define drag as a model for embodied learning of gender studies. This work situates the social and political urgency to protect drag artists alongside calls to deconstruct educational barriers and celebrate diverse approaches to learning, proposing mutual significance within both the academic discipline of queer studies and the lives of queer people.

Keynote: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Laugh out Loud
Presenter: Hayden Kristal (they/them/theirs)
Location: Keynote Room (by room 352)


Session 6: 2:45-4 p.m.


Location: Room 100
Art is life-saving. Art communities are life-giving. Classical training is not necessary for making art or finding community through art-making. Although the art world has historically (and is currently) dominated by white, cisgender men, local art communities can uplift marginalized voices. Finding and creating community through art is one way that queer individuals can find shared experiences and solidarity. This workshop explores the ways in which queer individuals can find inspiration, solidarity and gender affirmation through art. We will also discuss tips for organizing art events that unify and uplift queer communities.


Location: Room 101
Physical and visible disabilities interact in unique ways with the gender expression, identity, and transition of trans* people. This will be a informal panel discussion with audience participation on our experiences living as trans* people with physical and visible disabilities.


Location: Room 102
This panel discussion will include transgender people who transitioned later in life. Topics will include Becoming Authentic (personal journeys), Coming Out, Hormones, Health Care, Dating and Relationships, Finding Support and Community and Living Out or Stealth. Audience members will have frequent opportunities to pose questions to the panel.


Location: Room 123
The way we move our bodies in spaces is influenced by the identities we hold. This can be seen in our “public spaces,” where not all people have the ability to move in and out freely. In this session, we will be using an intersectional framework to discuss geographies of privilege and the term “white spaces'' which acknowledges the perpetuation of spaces (both institutions and public land) as a tool that furthers colonization. We will discuss our public spaces within historical context and in relation to nonbinary folks of color experience. Local and national spaces play a role in the distribution and maintenance of power. We will examine those power structures seen within the community and ways toward liberation.


Location: Room 125
This session will teach the history of ball culture, the ballroom scene, the differences between the Main Scene and the Kiki Scene, the origins of different categories, as well as the continued importance of ballroom culture and community here in Colorado for queer and trans-BIPOC youth and young adults. 


Location: Room 127
Many of us have complicated relationships with our families of origin. Many more of us have disconnected from these families of origin, but still our pain continues. Let’s engage with our spiritual selves to identify the intergenerational trauma patterns that compulsively interrupts the life we want to live and our ability to imagine what OUR family can and will look like! Let’s find ongoing practices to break these patterns for ourselves as well as our current and future children. Queers making the families we deserve without fear or shame, that is the collective goal!


Location: Room 225
This session will explore healing centered practices for trans+ people in physical services. Using the example of his healing centered tattoo studio the presenter will walk participants through the basics of healing centered design and how to navigate trauma with trans+ folks. The session will include case studies that participants will work through to explore how healing centered practices can be implemented for the trans+ community and beyond. This session will discuss trauma and harm that can occur in the physical services industry, and participants should feel empowered to take care of themselves while engaging with this topic.


Location: Room 323
Traditionally, art classrooms have appropriated and desecrated non-white cultures, while focusing primarily on the stories of white cis-male artists. If queer artists were featured, they often had their queerness erased and their artistic messages corrupted.

Many art educators have begun seeing the role of art in the classroom as a space to help students see themselves and the expansiveness of this world, while also developing important social-emotional skills that allow them to navigate their emotional landscapes and see the humanity in others.

In this session, we will explore the ways we can use picture books that feature trans* and gender-diverse characters to not only build art skills and creativity, but also create projects that celebrate the uniqueness of us all. We will also talk about how to discuss questions of gender diversity in an elementary classroom, because being a Mx. Art teacher doesn’t mean I mix paint well, and no, I’m not a boy or a girl. I’m a magical Mx., just as you are who you are.


Location: Room 352
Is the goal to change the hearts and minds of those who don’t support the LGBTQ+ community, or is the goal for us to survive and thrive? When we want to open hearts and minds, especially when we advocate for our Trans community, what’s our action plan? When we decide to step back and protect ourselves, how do we manage hurtful and hateful comments and prioritize self-care? In this highly interactive workshop, we will unpack these big questions and find answers together. We will focus on language and techniques that can enforce our boundaries and open doors to those who are (even slightly) available for a new perspective. Core to this session is the belief that community-informed answers are the most powerful and that every person is on a learning journey. Come ready to get real, find some new community and feel more prepared for your next conversation with that problematic uncle, sibling, parent, co-worker or friend.

Session 7: 4:15-5:30 p.m.


Location: Room 100
Did you know that trans masculine and trans male identifying people make up 50% of the transgender community? If you're reading this and just now finding that out - you're not alone. Can you name a trans male or trans masculine celebrity that isn't Elliot Page? Bless his heart. If you're reading this and struggling to name another mainstream celebrity - you're not alone. Come attend this panel? Presentation? Facilitated discussion? on why Masc Monday should be *every single damn day.*


Location: Room 101
You don't know what you don't know, and this applies even more to the majority of parents and caregivers raising a gender diverse child. Parents' own childhood narratives, belief systems and thoughts about what they would be like as a parent are often challenged when learning how best to parent their transgender or gender diverse child. We will discuss parents' common questions and fears as well as how to support a child who may have varying levels of support within their immediate support system.


Location: Room 102
Freedom of religion is a fundamental human right. Yet people deemed queer are not only hindered from exploring the fullness of their existence in spiritual terms - they face vitriol and discrimination in the name of an All Loving, Beneficent God by institutions that claim to perfectly uphold His cause. Join me on a rogue exploration of literature, traditions and sacred texts which lay the foundations of Abrahamic faith - the largest group of religions in the world with over 3.8 billion adherents. Studying the Torah, Bible and Qur'an through the queer/trans lens I am afforded has led me to experience my transition as a miracle of divinity and believe their Author challenges all people to embark on a mission of equality, mutual respect and love. Still I am but one person, and being embodied as such has been a source of personal exclusion from traditional spaces of faith community and knowledge generation. Whether you attend in the interest of freedom or the love of God - I would be grateful to anyone coming with an open mind that we may enrich our mutual understanding and perhaps expand the bounds of intersectional communities we inhabit.


Location: Room 123
An award-winning photojournalist will share stories in words and pictures to celebrate the extraordinary lives of transgender people. Sal has interviewed and photographed more than 100 people who are trans, and their engaging and deeply moving personal stories illuminate not only what it means to be transgender, but what it means to be human.


Location: Room 125
Body modification and art are rich areas for trans people exploring their body and advocating for their joy in life. Tattoos and piercings can be freeing acts of rebellion to oppressive patriarchy, but more goes into the experience than simply walking into a shop and walking out with a permanent change to your body. In this session, a panel of regional trans and nonbinary tattoo artists will discuss identifying safe spaces, navigating personal advocacy, dealing with microaggressions in and out of the appointment and tattoo health and longevity overall. Come hear about how body art can be a beautiful space for gender euphoria and joy - while still protecting yourself.


Location: Room 127
Join us for an interactive guided exploration of the intersections of voice, communication, gender and identity. The speakers are both speech pathologists who specialize in gender-affirming voice care and who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community. Topics will include providing context on the role of communication in expression of gender and intersectional identities, describing current practices in gender-affirming voice, examining societal structures around gendered perception of speech and leading the audience in accessible practices of vocal gender exploration. The session will include a guided voice warmup, information on vocal health, how to access voice care and introduction to several techniques used to modify voice, including pitch, resonance, vocal weight, articulation and intonation/prosody. Vocal explorations will provide an opportunity to experience awareness of the voice and develop the empowering ability to shift vocal presentation in the context of isolated exercises. Participation in vocal techniques will be voluntary and can be performed with a mask on.


Location: Room 225
Content Warning: Nudity, Talk of Sexual Assault and Violence
In the wildly entertaining and refreshingly unfiltered documentary KOKOMO CITY, filmmaker D. Smith passes the mic to four Black transgender sex workers in Atlanta and New York City – Daniella Carter, Koko Da Doll, Liyah Mitchell and Dominique Silver – who unapologetically break down the walls of their profession. Holding nothing back, the film vibrates with energy, sex, challenge and hard-earned wisdom. 

This vital portrait, edited and shot by Smith in bold black and white, is her feature directorial debut. A two-time Grammy-nominated producer, singer and songwriter, Smith made history as the first trans woman cast on a primetime unscripted TV show. Executive produced by Lena Waithe, KOKOMO CITY won the Sundance Film Festival’s NEXT Innovator Award and NEXT Audience Award, as well as the Berlinale’s Audience Award in the Panorama Documentary section. Due to time constraints there will NOT be a facilitated discussion afterwards.


Location: Room 317
Out Front Magazine has been dedicated to creating queer community across the Front Range since 1976. The magazine is dedicated to celebrating queer culture, queer joy and all of the diversity within our community. Join this session for a discussion of how to deal with the negative and anti-LGBTQ news cycle while simultaneously leaning into LGBTQ+ community for our needed support. We'll also look at why queer media is still needed and how OFM and other similar outlets can provide community building.


Location: Room 352
This arts-based workshop will combine hands-on collaborative zine creation, capacity building and building a sense of shared subcultural history. We will begin with a short presentation on the role and importance of zines in trans communities and trans activism. Next, we will share resources and skills around navigating legal name change processes in Colorado. Then the group will collectively create a zine. Drawing on my research with trans youth in Canada, Australia and Ireland, I discuss the themes that arose from the stories young trans people told about how they chose a name. Using these themes and quotes from the interviews, participants in the workshop will be invited to think about their own name(s) and the stories they have about them. Participants will be given a range of art supplies to help them create a page about anything related to names, gender and/or trans experience for a zine that I will compile and distribute following the workshop. Participation in the zine is voluntary and participants do not need to have changed their name or identify as trans to participate in the workshop.