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5 Conferences About Transgender Issues in 2018

Transgender Issues: Conferences Every Advocate Should Know About

  • Black Trans Advocacy Coalition 2018
  • Gender Education DeMystification Symposium 2018
  • Translating Identity Conference 2018
  • Los Angeles TransCon 2018
  • Gender Odyssey Seattle 2018

2018 is set to be a banner year for conferences about transgender issues. It comes as new polls from Pew Research are showing that Americans have wildly differing ideas about the issues that face transgender citizens. We've done the research, and here are five of the top conferences that every transgender citizen, ally, and advocate should think about attending.

Black Trans Advocacy Coalition 2018

The National Black Trans Advocacy Coalition, or BTAC, holds an annual conference every year, and 2018 will be no exception. This is a six-day long event that normally takes in Dallas, Texas, in the spring; dates for 2018 have not been announced yet. This is a conference dedicated to the unique challenges that confront the black transgender community, with ideas and proposals for how advocates and allies can help the community as they fight for equal rights. This is a free event; however, for those who would like to support BTAC, there are tiers of registration that will give them a t-shirt, access to all of the workshops and summits, as well as access to the featured events, such as the awards gala, the pageants, and the Black Diamond Ball.

Gender Education DeMystification Symposium 2018

GEMS 2018, as this conference is known, is an annual event hosted by the Gender Education and DeMystification Symposium, which is a not-for-profit organization located in Georgia. It focuses on the transgender youth community and education. This symposium welcomes consultants, clinicians, and educators who are interested in making the classroom a more inclusive space for transgender youth; the event hosts workshops, dinners, a keynote speaker, and plenaries. The 2018 event will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah, in February.

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Translating Identity Conference 2018

The Translating Identity Conference is celebrating its 16th annual offering in 2018; it is a one-day event that is held in Burlington, Vermont and attendance is free and open to the public. The conference is actually run by students at the University of Vermont through its GLBTQA Organization. Every year, the conference hosts one keynote speaker, a variety of workshops, and a vendor ally that helps the public understand and engage with the transgender community. Dates have not yet been announced for 2018, but updates are always available through email.

Los Angeles TransCon 2018

The LA TransCon is an annual event that takes place in Los Angeles, California, during the fall. It focuses on entertaining, educating, and empowering its attendees on all aspects of life that affect the transgender community. It is a two-day event that has a special focus on building alliances within the entertainment industry as well as the political establishment. The conference, which has not yet announced dates for its 2018 offering, offers an exhibition hall, a gala, a formal red carpet, and workshops.

Gender Odyssey Seattle 2018

Although transgender issues conferences tend to be the most welcoming, Gender Odyssey Seattle takes it to a different level; not only is attendance open to anyone, there are a variety of events that take place during the five-day conference that are absolutely free to attend. This is an international conference that is split into two sections; the first two days are devoted entirely to professionals working in the transgender issues space, including advocates, politicians, lawyers and more. The second section is devoted to family and community; these are the days in which families, friends, and allies of the transgender community are welcome to attend the festivities. Along with networking and workshop opportunities, attendees can expect a fair filled with vendors, social events, and discussion groups. The dates are not yet set for 2018, but interested citizens can sign up for email updates via the conference's website.

Transgender issues continue to be a talking point in America. While there have been efforts to push for equal rights, we have not yet made it possible for the community to feel welcome and included in all areas of society. That's why these events are so important. Now that everyone, from transgender citizens to their advocates and allies, knows about these five conferences about transgender issues in 2018, the time to attend these events has arrived.