Friday, April 18, 2014

The Trans Health and Law Conference

In just seven days the Trans Health & Law Conference that will be held on April 26, 2014 at the UConn Health Center in Farmington, Ct. I have been working on the conference ever since the first conference eight years ago when I was a Master Thesis project for the director of the Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective. The conference was also designed not just for trans-people but also the healthcare providers and lawyers who work with the community. The idea was to create a synergy where both the community and the healthcare/legal professionals will gain a greater knowledge then if the conferences were held separately. Unlike other conferences for trans-people you will find no workshops on makeup or other workshops that trans-conferences usually have, instead you will find workshops on what your rights are if you rent and apartment or about the state’s non-discrimination laws. Or workshops on how Obamacare will affect the trans-community.

Eighth Annual Transgender Lives: The Intersection of Health and Law Conference

Our keynote speakers are Dru Levasseur & Tony Ferraiolo Co-Founders of the Jim Collins Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises money to fund gender-confirming surgeries. M. Dru Levasseur is the Transgender Rights Project Director for Lambda Legal and Tony Ferraiolo, is a Certified Life Coach and Transgender Youth Advocate in New Haven.

Some of this year’s 22 Workshops cover topics such as:
  • Trans 101a newcomers guide transgender healthcare and issues
  • The Health Care Professional and the Transgender Patient
  • The Effects of Discrimination on Trans Health.
  • Networking for parents of Transgender Child
  • How to Successfully Transition in Your Employment
  • Trans Discrimination and the Fight for Housing Justice
  • LGBT Adoption, Surrogacy, and Sperm/Egg Donation Law 2014
  • Trans Health: An Evidence-based Update
  • Partners, Family and Friends: Grief and loss, dealing with stigma, coming-out and other common experiences.
High Level Conference Timeline
  • 08:00 - 08:30 AM : Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 08:30 - 09:15 AM : Welcoming Remarks and Introductions
  • 09:15 - 12:00 AM : Morning Workshops (Sessions I & II)
  • 12:00 - 01:00 PM : Lunch & Movie
  • 01:00 - 03:30 PM : Afternoon Workshops (Sessions III & IV)
  • 03:30 - 04:45 PM : Keynote
  • 04:45 - 05:00 PM : Closing remarks and wrap up
Registration is $25 for Individuals (though no one will be turned away due to registration cost), $50 for NASW CECs

You can register online here. However, if you register after April 20, meals will not be included.

The conference will be held at,
UCONN Health Center
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, Connecticut  06030

It is the only exclusive transgender conference in Southern New England and the workshops are geared for Connecticut’s laws.

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