TransOhio is pleased to announce its third in series of key presenters and speakers for the Ninth Annual Symposium to be held on the Campus of Ohio State University Union on April 28-30, 2017!
Masen Davis is a transgender advocate who has dedicated his life to the struggle for LGBT equality. He served as Executive Director of Transgender Law Center from 2007-2015, which grew to become one the largest transgender advocacy organization under his leadership. From sweeping changes to California nondiscrimination law to unprecedented healthcare access initiatives for transgender people across the United States, Masen’s leadership has had a tremendous impact on the rights and wellbeing of transgender people. His advocacy was critical to the elimination of discriminatory insurance exclusions in California, creating a pathway for transgender Americans to access transition-related care. Masen was also an integral part of the coalition that helped pass California’s School Success and Opportunity Act (AB 1266) to ensure transgender students have access to facilities and activities that match their gender identity, and he led the campaign to defend the new law against an anti-LGBT referendum effort.
Mr. Davis currently serves a Senior Director of Special Projects at the Gill Foundation working on Non-discrimination provisions for the LGBTQ community. Masen has also served as Interim Co-Director for Global Action for Trans* Equality and consults with NGOs and foundations on a range of social justice issues. In addition, he serves as co-chair of the International Trans Fund’s interim Steering Committee; a Board Member for Freedom for All Americans; and an Advisory Board Member of the Harvard Kennedy School’s LGBTQ Policy Journal. Masen was a 2015-16 UCLA Regents’ Lecturer and has been published in books and journals, including Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression in Social Work Practice, New Directors in Student Services, and the Seattle Journal for Social Justice. Masen received his Masters of Social Welfare from UCLA, and Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University.