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Jamil-Jack Abreu

Activist, Co-Founder and Director of Phoenix Transition, Director of the Atlanta Chapter for Invisible Men 

Jamil  was born and raised in Miami, Florida from Afro-Cuban & Afro-Puerto Rican Parents. He is the youngest of 5 siblings. Jamil is a POC Transman. He is an advocate in the Transgender community and Co-Founder and Director to the Phoenix Transition program. He ran a support group in Macon GA in 2016 along with his wife Lupa Brandt. Lupa Brandt is a Trans-Women and advocate in the community. They live in Atlanta GA and have volunteered their time to non-profit organizations. Jamil was a victim of police abuse of power, rape, and discrimination. Jamil Mission is for Inclusion & Visibility of trans-men in all spaces. He is a graduate of Georgia Equality's Trans-Action and Invisible Men Leadership academy. He is  the Director of the Atlanta Chapter for Invisible Men. He has also been featured in Trans Living Magazine. Jamil goal is for more visibility within the Trans-masculine community and to uplift those who are facing financial hardship. Jamil has a passion for visual art through Photography and website design. He opened an LLC company called Monarch Kreations . In his free time he enjoys listening to Billy Alsbrooks, a motivational speaker. He also enjoys spoken word, and playing the saxophone. 

Transmen Transition Information 

Jamil-Jack Abreu will present information related to the Transmen/Trans Masculine community. Information provided will be referenced to his own personal experience. Topics covered include Insurance, Starting Testosterone, Socializing as a Transman, Transmen Surgery and Recovery, and Binders. 

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Author and Photographer 

Mariette Pathy Allen is a photographer of transgender, genderfluid, and gender variant communities, as well as other continuous series such as Birth and Families, The Face of New Jersey, People With Art, Flowers and Fantasy, Texas, and Scapes. In 1978, on the last day of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Allen met Vicky West, a trans woman she befriended and through whom she was first invited to Fantasia Fair, a transgender conference where she would serve as official photographer. She traveled across the US to many other transgender conferences, participated in political activism, and worked for the Transgender Tapestry magazine. She continues to pursue the work of photographing, interviewing, and advocating on behalf of gender-nonconforming people.

Allen is the author of four books that have brought visibility to transgender communities across the world including Transformations: Crossdressers and Those Who Love Them (1989), The Gender Frontier (2004), TransCuba (2014), and Transcendents: Spirit Mediums in Burma and Thailand (2017). She also recently produced a book titled I Was the Girl: The Art of Vicky West, which showcases and memorializes Vicky West’s tender and sensual drawings and illustrations she had created for herself and others in her community through the 1970s and 1980s.

Allen has made dozens of slide presentations to a variety of groups, participated in radio and television programs, and been a consultant and still photographer for films. Allen’s work is included in numerous collections, both public and private, and has been exhibited internationally. Her work is being archived by Duke University’s Rare Book and Manuscripts Library and the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s Studies. Allen is based in New York City and is represented by CLAMP, New York. You can find her online at mariettepathyallen.com and on Instagram at @Mariette_Pathy_Allen. 

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Emily Ashcroft

Gender Challenge: Facing Life in Today’s World in Your True Gender.

This seminar will focus on the challenges to growing up in your true gender. Issues and questions will be presented and life examples provided, but the true value will come from audience participation relaying their stories, challenges and successes and even their failures with the group. The goal is to make this an interactive learning session where we all can build upon the strengths of each other. We’ve all been there and we’ve all done it, now let’s share our stories and learn and grow from each other.

Navigating the Intersections of Gender, Sexual Health, and HIV Prevention

Join us for an enlightening session that promises to provide invaluable insights and actionable strategies from Metro Atlanta's top gender-affirming care providers.

 

Panelists
Erin Everett, AANP, AAHIVS, ASDAH, WPATH
Terry Hackworth, DNP, MBA, APRN, NP-C, AAHIVS
Michelle Sariev, BSN, MSN, APRN, FNP, AAHIVS
Jewel Sawyer, PA-C, MSHS, AAHIVS
TBD

 

Discussion Highlights
Our panelists will delve into critical topics such as HIV prevention, sexual and reproductive health, and the pivotal role of primary care. Attendees can look forward to an interactive Q&A segment, encouraging active participation and fostering dynamic exchanges of ideas and information.

 

Why Attend?
This unique opportunity will deepen your knowledge by connecting you directly with leading experts in the field of gender-affirming care. Whether you're a member of the Transgender community, a healthcare provider, researcher, or ally, this session will leave you equipped with insights and strategies that will empower your sexual health.

 

Key Takeaways

Enhanced understanding of HIV prevention strategies and options
Insight into the complexities of sexual and reproductive health within the context of gender-affirming care
Importance of primary care in facilitating screenings and preventive measures

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Moderated by Erin Everett, AANP, AAHIVS, ASDAH, WPATH

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Jennifer Barge

Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist 

Jennifer M. Barge is an award winning makeup artist and hair stylist, who's been in the business of beauty for over 30 years. As an out and proud trans-woman she's been offering her services to the CD/ trans community for over 25 years. JMB Transformations is one of the best transformational service's in the Southeast!

 

Jennifer transitioned early in life and started advocating for her community in regards to health issues 20 years ago. She founded TransHealth Coordinators 20 years ago and brought free  first time health screenings to several conferences across the country , including the Southern Comfort Conference. She's responsible for coordinating the opening of over 125 TransHealth clinics across the country!

 

Jennifer Barge was a member of the Board of Directors for the SCC, sat on the board of Equality NC and also a former board member of the ACLU-NC. Ms. Barge was also the first (but not the last) transgender person the CDC used in a national educational ad campaign.

Jennifer Barge is a widow and resides in Asheville NC with her adorable fur baby Brandy Lynn.

Jennifer Marie Barge will be available for private lessons, consultations and makeup applications. 

Please email her prior to the conference at jenniferbarge@outlook.com
 

Fierce Evening Makeup

Jennifer will demonstrate from start to finish in the workshop on a live model how to do your makeup flawlessly. This is definitely a must see presentation, perfect for the casual CD lady or trans-woman and everyone else in between. Ms. Barge will be available for any questions and complimentary consultations after the class.

Daytime is Playtime with Everyday Makeup

Jennifer will demonstrate the key to getting the daytime makeup look by demonstrating on a live model and will answer any questions you might have plus share some simple tricks of the trade. This is a vital workshop for both the casual CD lady and the fully transitioned trans-woman and everyone in between. Ms. Barge will be available for any questions and complimentary consultations after the class.

“Is that a wig??” Getting the right wig…

Jennifer will demonstrate on a live model how wigs are not meant to be two dimensional and that there's no such thing as a ready to wear wig right out of the box. Jennifer will show you how to safely trim your wig, conceal your own hair and how to style a wig. This is perfect for the casual CD lady and the trans-woman and everyone else in between. Ms. Barge will be available for any questions and complimentary consultations after the class.

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Dr. Joel Beck, MD

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon 

Dr. Joel Beck is a recognized authority in aesthetic plastic surgery and gender confirmation surgery. He exemplifies exceptional artistry and consideration for his patient's health, safety and happiness. Dr. Beck is proud to assist his brave patients who are taking steps toward transitioning. 

Seminar and Consultations: Gender Confirming Surgeries 

Dr. Beck will host a workshop and private consultations for conference participants who have questions or are considering gender confirming surgeries. 

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Reverend (Dr.) Sarah Carpenter

Religious Leader, Author

After 19 years, Reverend (Dr.) Sarah Carpenter stepped away from her career as a clinical
engineer and was awarded a Bachelors Degree in Religion and Philosophy and was ordained in
1996. She was awarded a Masters Degree in Biblical Studies in 2000 and a Doctorate in New
Testament Theology in 2006. Reverend Carpenter has presented at The Tiffany Club of New
England’s First Event in Boston from 1999 to 2019, covering subjects such as Religion, Faith
and the LGBTQ Community and support for transgender children. She also offered a Sunday
morning worship service for the attendees of the Boston conference from 2003 until 2019. Sarah
also presented for 4 years at the Empire Conference in Albany NY, at the 2015 PFLAG National
Convention in Nashville Tennessee and at the Philadelphia Transgender Health Conference from
2015 until COVID caused it to be postponed.

More recently, she has spoken about the unintentional and the deliberate corruption of scripture and how it has been recently weaponized and used against the transgender community. Sarah lead the International Transgender Day of Remembrance vigil for 6 years when she lived on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. She now lives in Pennsylvania where she has lead the vigil for 3 years and at a church in Delaware for 2 years. In 2018, she received an honorary Doctor of Divinity for her advocacy work as a transgender advocate and gender diversity trainer at locations across the country to improve the lives of transgender adults and children. The 3rd edition of her book, "Freedom of Religion by Individual Choice" was published in 2018. 

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Samuel Castle

Life Coach and Podcaster

Samuel Castle is a self-proclaimed foodie, willing to try anything once, and is currently married.  An outspoken individual, he identifies as a transgender man and works as a psychiatric technician, Life Coach, podcaster, and is on the path to becoming a Therapist. Known for his kindness, love, intelligence, talent, and ambition, he considers himself a member of the Human race and a man of faith. His superpower lies in authenticity, a quality that has been evident even in challenging times, allowing him to heal from trauma and pursue his dreams.
As a Trans Masculine man, he has always possessed a deep sense of empathy and a strong desire to make a positive impact on the world. From a young age, he experienced a disconnect between his assigned gender at birth and his true identity. 
After years of introspection, self-reflection, and seeking support, he embarked on a transformative journey of self-acceptance and began his transition at the age of 36. Now at 41, he is living his best life and encourages others to do the same.
 

Healing in the Here and Now: What is Next, After Your Pain

This seminar focuses on the healing process that has allowed me to thrive in the aftermath of trauma and adversity as a Black Trans Man.

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Coach Rev. Julian Clarke

CEO and Founder FOCUS2RISE Life Coaching LLC

As a part of several non-profit organizations, working with other organizations and volunteering his time to those such as the N.C. Guardian Ad Litem as a child advocate, Men Of TRANSformation, Alpha Omega Kappa Fraternity Inc. as an officer and current reigning pageant titleholder of Mr. AQK and as the Executive Director of 100 Black Trans Men Inc., The Transgender & Diverse Veterans of America Inc. as a founding charter member, and the grassroots founder of The Auspicious Mental Assertion Program Inc., Julian makes it a point to find ways to use the strength of his voice to carry sound for those who do not have one.

Growth Mindset of Safety

Join Rev. Clarke as we work to identify the barriers that lead transgender and gender nonconforming individuals to believe that their safety has been jeopardized, is low or nonexistent. Come and learn different identifying techniques and receive different tactics on how to approach and work through these issues.

After spending a childhood in the inner cities of Staten Island, New York, Julian found himself in the grasp of the United States Marine Corps. A place where he spent 4 years of his life dedicated to fighting for the rights of others. Since his transition out of the military, Julian has been spending his time advocating for those who are unable to advocate for themselves. Children, Women and Members of the LGBTQIA+ Community. Aiding in various ways to ensure diverse experiences, along with avenues of inclusion and equity are met where there are challenges.

Standing in the light as a Spiritual Counselor as an Ordained Minister, Rev. Julian Clarke spends his time sharing Love, Light, and Positive Energies with others that he encounters. Sharing words of Encouragement, messages of Empowerment, and displaying acts of Kindness. Further strengthening the path of Visibility & Advocacy as a Certified Life Coach carrying the mantle as a Transgender Advocate and Leader of and for the BIPOC Community.

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Diane Crow

Photographer, Filmmaker, Owner of Diane Crow Productions

With 25 years experience working with men and women, Diane is a full-time commercial photographer and filmmaker. Among her clients are Coca-Cola, Chick-fil-A, the PGA, banks, law firms, Models and Actors. She has written, directed and edited commercials for the national market. But her biggest accomplishment to date is her transformation to Diane. It has been 4 years fully out and 100% living my true life. Portraits with Diane Crow Diane's 30 years experience will make you look amazing and give you the pictures you finally deserve.

How to Pose for the Camera

How do models pose so perfectly for the camera? I'll teach you how to show off your best side for the camera and as a result help you to understand the feminine side of posing. We will use real world examples and help you look your very best for the camera and in life.

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Growing up as a lonely closeted trans child in a conservative middle-class Christian home in Southern India, Celia writes and speaks passionately about her mental health, gender incongruence, and social challenges that she faced in her family, work, school, and community both in US and India.

 

Celia Daniels is a management consultant with over 25 plus years of demonstrated success in operating, growing, and spearheading media, healthcare, and life sciences engagements for Fortune 100 companies like Amgen, Genentech, United Health, BlueCross, and Americhoice.  She has a Bachelor's and Master's degree in computer science.

 

​She advocates for the LGBTQ+ community with Providers, Payers, Pharmaceuticals, and Policymakers in the U.S. and South Asia. She strives to make LGBTQ+ communities, particularly the trans community, feel welcomed and accepted in all facets of society, from the bathroom to the boardroom.

Redefining DEI from the Bathroom to the Boardroom

As a corporate executive in healthcare and Life sciences, when I came out as Nonbinary trans femme, I faced many challenges including discrimination and performative allyship within the companies that claimed to be inclusive ( HRC CEI Index 100%). I started educating, engaging and empowering these companies to be truly transformative and inclusive to gender diverse intersectional identities. As a person who is neurodivese, I advocate for Racial, gender and Health equity for Trans and Gender diverse communities. 

This seminar will motivate Trans and Gender Diverse individuals to come out and live their lives authentically at work and in the community. 

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Celia Daniels 

Executive Business Leader, Advocate

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Dallas Denny

Author, Counselor, Activist

Dallas Denny has been a leader in the transgender rights movement since the 1980's. Her work as an advocate, writer, editor, and community builder, have played a significant role in the advancement of rights for transsexual and transgender people in North America and around the world. 

Curtains Drawn, Doors Locked: Private Photographs of Crossdressers from the Mid-Twentieth Century

This talk centers on the group of crossdressers from New York and the Chevalier D'Eon and Casa Susanna resorts in the Catskills Mountains of New York. Dallas will present newly-available photos from the very early 1960's. 

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Diana (Dee) Haggerty, MD, PhD *

Physician and Educator 

A St. Louis native, Dr. Haggerty has lived, taught medicine, and practiced in 7 cities each with over a million population. She now practices as a full time family physician in rural Alabama. As a chronically over-educated academician (BS chemistry, MSc biochemistry (Univ. of Missouri), PhD physical biochemistry (Case Western Reserve University), MD and MPH in chronic disease epidemiology (Emory University)), she was an early entrant into the academic world treating gender-related health care issues. Professionally, she has been providing hormone therapy to both transmasculine and transfeminine patients for 35+ years in both the University and private practice worlds.

Dr. Haggerty is currently in MTF transition, having been on hormone therapy for the past 2 years and undergoing gender affirming surgery (as a senior adult). "Working" professionally in the trenches for three decades has provided a solid long-term perspective on where we have been, where we are now, and where we might be going with regards to gender care in the future. "Living" in those same
trenches, as a transitioning physician, has presented an interesting and unique set of experiences, insights and personal-professional dilemmas.

Tales from the Trenches - Working Both Sides of the Fence

Professionally, I have been providing hormone therapy to both FTM and MTF patients for 35 years, in both the University and private practice
worlds. Oh!... those ARE ever so different worlds, on vastly differing ends of the medical universe! HOW and WHERE do we get essential medical care as transgender patients? We will discuss many of the essential benefits and disadvantages of each system of care. Treatment and gender transitioning are far more than hormone prescriptions and laboratory tests. How do we provide healthcare across the gender-aging spectrum, and what constitutes best medical practices? We will discuss the best practices across the long-term healthcare spectrum for the new hormone recipient, the transitioning, and the gender transitioned/”living the life” individual.

*Full disclosure: Dr. Haggerty is "out" to those in her close personal life, and professionally with her colleagues. As she continues to undergo surgical gender confirming procedures, she is not yet "out" to her medical practice and local community. Your continued discretion, as such, is greatly appreciated.

Savannah Hauk

The Dynamic Between Non-transitioning, Crossing Dressing Men & Their Significant Others

Join us as we tackle what happens after a crossdressing man reveals himself to or is discovered by his significant other and learn about the changed dynamic between a woman and her crossdressing man.

Detroit-born Savannah Hauk lives a confident, visible and successful male-to-female dual gender life. Her eLit award-winning "Living with Crossdressing" book series is written to demystify and destigmatize the dual gender experience for both crossdressing men and the people who love them. Savannah also co-hosts the weekly The Fox and The Phoenix podcast, reinforcing positive, inclusive messages of gender identity and multiple expression. 

Author, Podcaster, Advocate and TEDx Speaker

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Karen Kendra Holmes

Federal Safety Officer and 

President, Washington D.C. Chapter, Transgender Veterans Support Group

An Award Winning Public Servant, Karen Kendra Holmes works for the Federal Government as a Safety Officer. She is a strong advocate for the Transgender Community that speaks around the country to military, police, fire, medical and university communities. She is working to Build the Bridge between the Transgender Community and Law Enforcement Agencies. 

Karen is an International Board Member Transgender Veteran Support Group (TVSG) LGBTQ Resources. Also, with TVSG she is the President for Washington, DC Chapter, and the Vice President with the Maryland Chapter. Karen joined the Women Veterans United Committee, Inc. in 2020 as Director of Safety for the organization. She is with the US Veteran Reserve Corps 1SG as Force Protection, Recruiter and First Aid, CPR, AED Trainer. Karen received the Engendered Spirit Award from Capital Pride in June of 2018. She also was a TEDx Speaker with TEDx Asbury
Park, NJ on May 19, 2018. LGBTQ Nation selected Karen as one of the Top 50 Transgender Americans You Need to Know in 2017.

Watch Karen Kendra Holmes' TED Talk "40 Years and Wandering No More" 

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Tonya Keith

AASS Certified Somatic Sex Coach and Somatic Sexologist

Tonya is a woman of diverse skills and talents. She has walked the paths of child, daughter, sister, mother, spouse, partner, business woman, performer, teacher, facilitator, and so many more. She is an Autistic, queer, white woman of the American South who is kinky and consensually non monogamous. She has been active in the pagan, energy work, poly, and kink communities for over 20 years. Tonya has been studying and practicing wellness modalities since early childhood. Her passion for wellness has led her to become an Erotic Embodiment Practitioner, Conscious Erotic Touch Practitioner, Reiki Master, body stress ritual facilitator, consultant, educator, and coach. She is currently in the final stages of becoming an AASS Certified Sexologist. In Tonya’s words, “As a society, we have been taught to ignore the relationship between our body, mind, and spirit. This denies us the pleasure and peace found when we are fully embodied. It denies us the ability to recognize that we are already whole and divine beings. My goal is to support individuals as they learn to live and love fully.” All of Tonya’s classes are a safer space for all bodies and identities.

My Experience as the Partner of a Person Transforming

This seminar is intended for partners of transitioning persons.

This workshop is an authentic and vulnerable reflection on the lived experience of Tonya's journey in the shadow and light of a man transforming into his authenticity and healthiest self. Tonya has harnessed this challenging experience to transform her own understanding of gender, trauma, and it's impact on pleasure. She is the facilitator of the partners of trans individuals coaching group held bi-weekly at Modern Path, LLC. 

Energy, Sex, and Energy Sex

Presented with Nick Marzo, Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Sex Therapist

We are all comprised of energy. Discovering your energy pathway is discovering the path to your personal relationship with intimacy and pleasure. Learning to harness and control that energy can alter moods, heal, create and intensify connection, intimacy and pleasure, both with yourself and others. This workshop will bring into awareness that orgasmic pleasure and release does not need to include touch or interaction with genitals, although it can. Using the flow of energy learners will begin to explore the concepts of energy sex. Energy sex is not a new concept, we forget to teach it to the keepers of trans and gender expansive bodies. This workshop is designed for all individuals exploring their own pleasure and those who support others in exploring their own pleasure. It is a brave space for trans and gender diverse bodies only. We highly recommend this workshop for individuals who are on the ACE spectrum, have disabilities, are survivors of assault, and who experience dysphoria.

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Katie Leikam, LCSW

Navigating your Relationship with your Partner after Coming Out as Transgender and Gender Expansive:

It takes a lot of trust to come out as transgender, and your spouse or partner may be one of the first people you do come out to. Once you have come out to your spouse there can be a lot of decisions to make together and for yourself as an individual. Whether or not your spouse is supportive, Katie will discuss some of these decisions to navigate. These include: Coming out to in-laws, you and your partner's finances, given any transition costs, coming out to your children if they are in school or adults, Deciding to go or not to go to couples therapy and decisions to make if your relationship is at risk for divorce. 

Katie Leikam, MBA, LCSW, LISW-CP, is a WPATH GEI SOC8 certified gender specialist and mental health therapist with over 12 years of experience working with the LGBTQIA, transgender and gender expansive communities. She works with her clients through gender identity, anxiety, autism, ADHD, chronic pain and illness, family and religious trauma. You can find her practice at www.katieleikam.com 

Katie is also an author, speaker and educator. She is the author of “The Gender Identity Journal: Prompts and Practices for Exploration and Self Discovery”. 

 

She has spoken at national conferences such as Gender Odyssey Los Angeles, The Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference and The National Trans Health Conference as well as the United States Association of Transgender Health. She provides continuing education certifications to fellow clinicians through her in person and her online courses, The Clinician’s LGBTQ Learning Platform.  (https://lgbtqia-learning.thinkific.com/) She also trains treatment facilities throughout the nation on gender affirming mental healthcare. 

Gender Therapist and Author

Katie has been quoted as an expert in publications such as Huffington Post, Forbes Health and Prevention magazine and featured on numerous podcasts.  She is currently a licensed clinical social worker in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Texas.  

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Miranda Lewis

Life Coach, Professor, Veteran

From Miranda to our Attendees:

I am married, a retired US Marine, a certified life coach, and a government civil servant. I am a spouse, parent, student pilot, and infantry combat veteran. I just happen to also be transgender. My wife and I have four amazing children and work every day to make our way down this path of transition together. I am a professor of defense systems acquisition, teaching for the Department of Defense in my day job. I also run a transformational and transitional life coaching business as a certified Dream Builder Coach and Life Mastery Consultant.  This is my true passion in life. I serve those who want help identifying the limits and constraints that are keeping them from seeing their dreams and living their best life. I have spoken and presented at national conferences and for government agencies, such as the Dept of Transportation. As an educator, I have taught and facilitated over 50,000 contact hours of instruction.

How To Set Goals You Didn't Even Know You Had

Join this session for an engaging discussion on how to think outside the box when charting your career goals. You'll hear specific guidance for expanding your thinking about your goals and avoid limiting yourself because you don't already have everything lined up! Join this open discussion to share your own experiences and leave ready to think bigger! I am a professional, certified Life Coach and have delivered this workshop to national-level professional organizations and even the federal government.

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Dr. Lulu, M.D.

Pediatrician, Mom, Ally

Dr. Lulu is a Nigerian-born former Lieutenant Colonel in the US Airforce, board-certified pediatrician and parent. Dr. Lulu and her work has an LGBTQ+ parent coach has been featured on Oprah, NBC, ABC, CBS This Morning and Parents Magazine.

Strategies to Support Black Transgender Students in Higher Education

This workshop guides participants in effective ways to support Black transgender collegiate students. Dr. Lulu will focus on the intersectionality of Black transgender students and the need for comprehensive, particularly with regard to mental health and affirmation. 

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Ray Gibson

Air Force Veteran, Activist, Transgender Community Leader

Ray Gibson is 66-year-old Air Force Veteran, eldest son of the legend Bob Gibson of the St. Louis Cardinals, YouTube Content Creator, former Public Speaker for Landmark Worldwide, former Executive Director for TMBLM, Inc. (TransMale Black Lives Matter), and created/runs TransMEN Gentleman’s Club. He has over 40 years of sobriety (41 in May 2024), started his medical transition on October 30, 2015, and has been a Black & trans activist since 2016. He’s an international surrogate father of many young people and considers himself a man who speaks truth to power. Born into Jim Crow, growing up during the Civil Rights Era, he brings a wealth of experiences, knowledge, and wisdom to make as big an impact that he can on this world. He has been written about in various articles around the internet and even trains VA interns in their diversity training about what it’s like to be a Black transman in society. The interns have stated that he turned their training into an experience.

Racisand Transphobia

What does racism coupled with transphobia mean today. What does it look like, sound like, feel like? How does it impact the LGBTQIA+ community? You see, it’s not necessarily the answers we find that is important, but the powerful questions we ask ourselves and others. One can lecture or one can teach. I do a bit of both.

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Dr. Sven Gunther, MD

Gender Affirming Plastic Surgeon and Transgender Health Advocate 

Dr. Gunther attended medical school at the University California Davis School of Medicine as a Regents’ Scholar, one of a select group of students with demonstrated academic excellence, leadership, and exceptional promise. Dr. Gunther attended Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center for his plastic surgery residency. Here, he trained with multiple world-renowned surgeons in the study of gender-affirming top surgery, facial aesthetics, rhinoplasty, and facial
feminization. Dr. Gunther was fortunate to spend his last year of training at Oregon Health & Science University, focusing on all aspects for gender-affirming surgery including phalloplasty, vaginoplasty, top surgery, breast augmentation, and facial feminization. One of Dr. Gunther’s greatest personal achievements during medical school was founding and co-directing a free hormone clinic for transgender and gender non-comforming patients.
 Dr. Gunther has been an active member in WPATH since 2018.

Transmasculine Discussion: An Overview of Transmasculine Surgeries
In this session you will be covering a brief introduction of trans masculine surgical options as well as how to best prepare for your consultation and surgery. We will focus specifically on top surgery, body contouring and genital surgery options.

Transfeminine Discussion: An Overview of Transfeminine Surgeries 
In this session we will be covering a brief introduction of trans feminine surgical options as well as how to best prepare for your consultation and surgery. We will focus specifically on facial feminization surgery, breast surgery, body contouring and vaginoplasty options.

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Nick Marzo

Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Sex Therapist

Nick Marzo, MS LPC, LMHC, CST, ACS, NCC, CCMHC (he/him/Sir) is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Sex Therapist, Approved Clinical Supervisor, educator, and consultant. Nick’s career has spanned 25 years in community behavioral health, administrative oversight, and private practice. He opened Modern Path, LLC in 2017 with the goal of creating a space in Atlanta where those who are marginalized due to their gender, sexuality, and how they build relationships would be able to access therapy in a way that minimized the power in the room, fostering trust and vulnerability. Since that time Modern Path has become the “go to” practice in Atlanta for the intersections of gender and sexuality, queerness in all of its forms, and neurodivergence. No longer providing direct care, Nick’s focus is Modern Path, supervision,  serving as the AASECT Ethics Advisory Committee Chairperson, and providing consultation and training nationwide. Nick is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, recipient of the 2021 AASECT DEI Award and founder of the AASECT Gender Diverse SIG. Nick’s experiences are informed by his intersecting identities of being a middle aged, trans masculine, genderqueer, thrice gifted, consensually non monogamous, birth parent and an all around magical guy residing in east coast metro areas his entire life. 

Demystifying Gender: Everything you’ve ever wanted to ask a Gender Affirming 

Yes we are everywhere and we always have been; unfortunately the world is not prepared for us so we have to prepare ourselves. In this workshop, facilitated by a transgender Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Sex Therapist, we will present basic concepts all folks need to know related to gender affirming care and the transformation experience to answer as many of your questions as possible. This class is for all people. The safety of trans people will be prioritized at all times. The experiences of trans people and their affirming partners and family members will be centered. Education related to sex and reproductive healthcare will be included. 

Energy, Sex, and Energy Sex

Presented with Tonya Keith, AASS Certified Sexologist

We are all comprised of energy. Discovering your energy pathway is discovering the path to your personal relationship with intimacy and pleasure. Learning to harness and control that energy can alter moods, heal, create and intensify connection, intimacy and pleasure, both with yourself and others. This workshop will bring into awareness that orgasmic pleasure and release does not need to include touch or interaction with genitals, although it can. Using the flow of energy learners will begin to explore the concepts of energy sex. Energy sex is not a new concept, we forget to teach it to the keepers of trans and gender expansive bodies. This workshop is designed for all individuals exploring their own pleasure and those who support others in exploring their own pleasure. It is a brave space for trans and gender diverse bodies only. We highly recommend this workshop for individuals who are on the ACE spectrum, have disabilities, are survivors of assault, and who experience dysphoria.

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Emmy Nim

Yoga Teacher, Dahn Master

Emmy Nim has been involved with Yoga for many years and has risen to the position of Dahn Master, and teaches in the Chicago area.She has received extensive training in the United States, Korea and New Zealand. She teaches Yoga to a broad span of age groups from pre teens to seniors in their nineties. Her style of teaching is Korean based, and concentrates of the combination of mind and body. She is an accomplished Red Belt in Dahn Mundo(Korean Tai Chi), and Holistic healing, Her method concentrates on Stretching, Meditation, Breathing Relaxation, and Brain Vibrations.

Body and Brain Yoga 
This class will concentrate on light stretching, proper breathing, meditation, relaxation and an introduction to Tai Chi. Loose and comfortable clothing such as Yoga pants, sweatpants, T-shirt and socks are needed, Shorts are not recommended. The class will slowly progress from simple stretching to prepare for further exercise, instruction on proper breathing and explanation as to why proper breathing is important everyday. You'll be taught ways to relax and meditate for every day life, and accumulation of energy. Introduction to Tai Chi to show further ways to relax and focusing on rebalancing your body.

 

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Coleen O’Donnell

Vanity Club Member & Shopping Event Hostess

Coleen O’Donnell identifies as Transgender MTF. She has lived in Chicago her whole life, except the 9 years she was active duty U.S. Air Force. Coleen is one of the founding members of the largest Transgender group in Chicago, and has been a Member of The Vanity Club for over 10 years. One of her favorite pastimes is shopping, and she also loves to share her knowledge and experiences with those that are just starting out. Coleen has been fortunate to shop enfemme in some of the best shopping areas, and stores all over the world, such as Paris, London, New York, Chicago, Manila Philippines, Singapore, Sydney Australia, and Auckland New Zealand. She has never been to a store she hasn’t liked and thinks a bad day of shopping is better than a good day at work. Coleen has been involved with The Debutant program at the Keystone conference since its inception, and is very pleased to be able to bring her program to Atlanta Comfort Conference. She says there is no better feeling when you see the smiles on the faces of girls out shopping at a bricks and mortar store for the first time. Her favorite saying is “there is no sound as sweet as your own heels on the street”. She has seen over 100 girls hit the stores for their first time, and never grows tired of doing this.

Shopping Excursion!

Are you ready to take your first trip out shopping, dining out as your authentic self, or just going out to interact in public? Members of the Vanity Club, and our own Atlanta Comfort Ambassadors will share their trade secrets to feeling comfortable and confident when heading out into the world as your authentic self. These volunteers will be here to answer any and all questions you may have in order to help you make those important steps. There is a great amount of satisfaction in being able to actually browse the stores and actually see what the outfit or clothing will look like on you. To be able to stop and have a cup of coffee or a glass of wine while out and about is simply amazing. 

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Dr. Gwen Patrone, PhD

Author and Entrepreneur

Dr. Patrone is a lifelong entrepreneur and former Sergeant in the US Marines. She uses organic life experiences to simplify complex ideas. Through speaking on stage and in virtual and recorded classes, she's helped countless people worldwide discover their purpose and reach their goals through innovative thinking. 

Trans Truth: Your Journey to Completeness 

Dr. Patrone presents the major theories of her book Trans Truth, a guide and discussion on the gender spectrum for transgender persons. 

Marg Produe

Activist and Educator

Marg Produe is a person living with intersex traits. Marg holds degrees in Science, Information Technology and Technical Prosthetics. Marg is a member of interACT, InterConnect, Madison Area Transgender Association, Oconomowoc PFLAG, Transgender Heaven and Crossdresser Heaven. 

Intersex People: The "I" in LGBTQIA+

About 2% of the population has Intersex traits. Intersex people are as common as redheads. Yet, other than in name, they are a little-known or understood part of the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. This program will discuss the variety of aspects of living an Intersex life. 

Michelle Popkov

President Emerita of Vanity Club, Co-Founder of Transgender United

Michelle Popkov has given presentations on style and technique at major transgender conferences since 2011.  She is President Emerita of the Vanity Club and a co-founder of Transgender United, an all-inclusive social and support group for the LGBT community. Michelle is retired and lives in Las Vegas, NV.

Enhancing Your MTF Presentation 

You have just gathered enough confidence to come out of your hotel room, and then you find yourself "Made" in less than 10 seconds! What can you do? This seminar is aimed at novices to know some basic tips on developing a feminine presentation. These tips will provide you countermeasures to take on your life in public as a woman, build your confidence, and avoid natural traps that give you away. 

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Becca Reynolds, RN 

Registered Nurse, Healthcare Educator, Support Group Leader

Becca Reynolds RN is a Registered Nurse from Springfield, MO. Before nursing, Becca was a paramedic and an EMS educator--and has been working in healthcare since the age of 19.  Becca is a transgender woman and has been in transition since 2005.  Becca has presented at conferences for many years and is one of the founders of her local support group.

The Making of a Support Group

No support group in your area?  Create one!  A how-to for those in need of a trans/LGBTQ support group.  Do's, don'ts and plenty of pearls of wisdom from a group founder with 15+ years experience.

Unity in the Dichotomy: Finding the One-ness in our Two-ness

Using words, images and discussion an exploration of the magic of being trans.

I Can't Do Nuthin' : Can't begin/complete a gender journey because of cost, family, religion, career, or just plain fear?  You CAN accomplish many, many milestones on the path.  Let's talk about them.

Where Will We End Up:  Senior Life and being Trans.  A discussion of options for elder queer people.  Led by a 62 year old trans RN.

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Dr. Jean Rich

Doctor of Dental Surgery

Dr. Rich has been in private practice in Florida for over 50 years and specializes in cosmetic procedures to create a more feminine smile by reshaping teeth and lips. With facial form and modern restoration procedures, Dr. Rich can make you proud to smile!

Transforming a Masculine Smile to a More Feminine Appearance 

In this session, you will learn the methods to transform your smile to a more feminine appearance using crowns, veneers, gingival contouring and orthodontic movement. 

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Jackie Richter

Business Leader

After struggling to find employment opportunities in the construction industry due to ger gender identity, Jackie resorted to creating her own firm Heels and Hardhats, a female owned and operated contracting business, providing a wide range of contracting services. 

After completing the Southern Company gas supplier diversity program, Heels and Hardhats went from being a subcontractor to a Tier 1 supplier for this company. Mentoring has empowered us to be who we are today. Jackie has said that the Southern Company's willingness to share knowledge has helped elevate our company status in the industry. 

Jackie has since created a second company, Endurance, which is also a supplier for the Southern Company and has come to share her story with us and encourage more to do the same!

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Mallery Jenna Robinson 

Transgender & HIV Healthcare Advocate, Training Professional and Podcast Creator

Mallery Jenna Robinson (she/hers) is an AfroCaribbean Transgender woman and community leader. Professionally, she is a Transgender and HIV Healthcare Advocate for the State of California. She is also the creator of A Hateful Homicide, a true crime and investigative journalism podcast dedicated to covering the hate crimes and hate violence of the transgender, gender nonbinary/nonconforming, intersex, two spirit community members in the United States and abroad. In addition, she is the Founder and Instructor of Trans Excellence Academy and Transgender Empathy Trainings (T.E.T Talk). 

Transgender Empathy Trainings are a collection of trainings from Transgender Excellence Academy. The goal for Transgender Empathy Trainings are to provide empathetic strategies and approaches that will increase a business owner, healthcare provider, or other community leader the best empathetic practices that will provide a positive and productive interaction with a member of the transgender, gender non-binary, and intersex communities. By having these empathetic approaches, strategies, and practices you are increasing your chances of having a successful working relationship with a community member of the transgender, gender non-binary, and intersex experience.

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Laura Ross

Pelvic Health Physical Therapist and Sex Counselor

Laura is a Pelvic Health Physical Therapist and Sex Counselor based in Decatur, GA (Atlanta). She is passionate about helping everyone with a pelvis. Her special interests are inclusive care for all genders, pelvic pain, sexual health and the intersection of pelvic health and athletic performance. Laura earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northwestern University and the Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certificate (PRPC) through the Herman and Wallace Institute. She has additional training in PT for concerns
specific to trans and gender expansive folks including gender affirming surgeries and earned the Certificate in Sexuality Counseling for Pelvic Health Therapists from Pelvic Global. Laura is a member of the APTA, WPATH, and AASECT. Prior to becoming a PT Laura was a professional oboist for 10 years playing in studios, symphonies, operas and ballets in Nashville.

Pelvic Health Therapy for Trans and Gender Expansive Clients

 Affirming care in pelvic health can greatly enhance quality of life and is care that some folks don't know is available to help! Come and learn how Pelvic PT can help folks with bladder and bowel issues (constipation), pelvic pain, sexual difficulties (arousal, pleasure, painful sexual activity), pre/rehab for gender affirming top and bottom surgeries.  

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Dr. Loren Schechter, MD

Chief of Gender Affirmation Surgery at Rush University

Dr. Schechter is Professor of Surgery and Urology and Chief of Gender Affirmation Surgery at Rush University. He serves on the Executive Committee of The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). He was the recipient of the 2013 Illinois State Bar Association Community Service Award for his advocacy efforts on behalf of the transgender community, was an invited discussant to the Pentagon in 2017 to discuss military service by transgender individuals.

Consultations will be offered. Seminars include:

  • Vaginoplasty 

  • Chest Surgery

  • Metoidioplasty/Phalloplasty, with hysterectomy and vaginectomy 

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Lisa Smith

Educator, Retired Attorney

S. Lisa Smith identifies as dual gender. She is a 74 year old retired attorney. She has attended and volunteered at The Keystone Conference for 7 years. At the last three Keystones she led discussions on being dual gender. She also led workshops at The Paradise Conference in Atlanta twice and once at First Event in Boston which she also attended in 2020 and was in the fashion show. She loves reaching out to cisgender folks and educating them about the huge transgender umbrella and is active on a Facebook fashion group that is made up of primarily cisgender women. She is a proud member of The Vanity Club, a service and social organization for trans women. She is fortunate to be married to the same woman for 48 years who is supportive and gives her space to be Lisa.

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Cody Suzuki

Queer Spoken Word Artist

“Ask not what your gender can do for you-  Ask what you can do for your gender”
Hailing from Massachusetts,  Cody Suzuki is a local MA/ RI queer non-conforming Spoken Word artist. With works in poetry,  play & story writings,  their passion is Queer Spoken Word. Supporting the trans & non-conforming community everywhere, Cody wishes to educate, enlighten and entertain with the same breath! A long time TransWeek Fantasia Fair attendee and performer, projects include opening for the URI Trans Views touring production, Southcoast Equality Pride, First Event, spoken engagements, impromptu reads or anywhere there’s an open mic!

Spoken Word - A Queers’ Anthology
“My Spoken Word will tell you more about me than I ever can!”
Using their authentic voice, Cody Suzuki presents a share of this living journey as told by their original pieces. Going from the moment of conception “Where do I begin”- to coming out as trans queer “What if I told you” -they visit childhood nursery rhymes, ponderings of complex issues in living, relating & dating- to their latest creation “Beyond Gender.” Cody’s works toy, ploy & explore the preconceived notions of gender. Educational, most in verse and often humorous, they deliver gender accepting messages to audiences of all ages. Let’s not end this workshop here- “If I gave you my ear, What would you want me to hear?” That said - All are welcome to bring along their own Word, Story or Piece to share! It's our words & stories that keep the world revolving. Tell yours  & let's close this session together!

Gwen Watson

Hostess, Feminine Dining Etiquette Luncheon Event

Gwen Watson has been in pursuit of beauty since she was old enough to grasp a crayon.  She has served the cross dressing and transgender communities since the early 1990s.  Her travels in the San Francisco Bay area brought her knowledge from a wide range of folks, from the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence to Sybil Holiday, a cross dressing expert.  Gwen has a degree in fine arts and journalism from Macalester College, as well as post graduate training in counseling.

 

Gwen has made up hundreds of men and women, ranging from passably feminine to outrageous drag.  If you can dream it, she’ll paint it!  

 

In addition to painting  faces and bodies, Gwen is a fine artist.  Her current passion is verre eglomise, reverse painting and gilding on glass.  Her works reside in collections around the world.

Feminine Deportment & Etiquette 

Gwen offers make up sessions, tutorials in painting and lessons in feminine deportment.  She’s available for private lessons in feminine behaviors,  adventures and role playing.

Feminine Dining Etiquette Luncheon Event with Gwen Watson, Crowne Plaza, Friday 16, 12pm

This event is complimentary for Peach and Orange Package Attendees. Single Tickets are available HERE

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Bree Wiles, MSW, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker at UCLA 

Bree Wiles is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at UCLA and speaks at national conferences on self-harm and queerness, with a focus on youth in particular. She graduated with her MSW from USC with a specialization in Children, Youth, and Families. She has worked with queer youth in multiple settings including in the medical field, providing therapy, and creating programs within institutions and agencies to provide queer youth with more equitable care.

 

Bree presents at conferences around the country where she focuses on her own story as a queer teenager who self-harmed and the intersectionality between mental health and queerness. She has extensive lived and professional experience on how to assist queer youth with interventions to replace self-harming behavior. She has provided various LGBTQIA+ trainings to doctors, nurses, and other social workers at UCLA, as well as implemented more visibility on the pediatrics unit. Her own story has inspired many queer youth and has provided awareness on how prevalent self-harm and suicide are within the queer community in particular. With self-harm and suicide on the rise for queer youth who are grappling with a society that has tried to silence them, Bree is passionate about providing awareness, education, and using her lived experience as a queer woman to make impactful change in the mental health world. Bree plans to open her own private therapy practice where she wants to focus on helping queer youth and will continue to present at conferences to create change in the mental health field.

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Gabi Young 

Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Organic Chef

Gabi is a certified holistic nutritionist, organic chef, and holistic life and business coach. He is also a disabled college student majoring in human biology and nutrition science. He works with a diverse range of clients and specializes in supporting BIPOC queer, trans, and gender nonconforming individuals. Gabi works with each person to build a healthy relationship with food or business, fostering confidence and enabling them to live freely within their boundaries. He is passionate about motivating individuals and an active listener. As a transmasculine individual with autoimmune diseases and chronic pain, he understands the daily challenges that many face. Gabi is a business developer and the managing member of several corporations. His pronouns are he/him, and he is also known as Gabe.

"Smart Eating for Health and Budget," is designed to equip participants with essential skills for healthier and more cost effective eating habits. This comprehensive session will cover meal planning, food budgeting, reading food labels, and healthy seasoning techniques, providing practical knowledge that can be easily integrated into daily life. Whether you're looking to improve your diet, save money on groceries, or simply learn more about nutrition, this workshop has something for everyone. Attendees will then dive into four interactive segments: effective meal planning, strategic food budgeting, understanding food labels, and seasoning with love. Each segment includes hands-on activities, group discussions, and actionable tips to ensure an enriching learning experience. Concluding with a recap and Q&A, this workshop promises to leave participants empowered to make informed dietary choices while managing their food expenses efficiently.

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