2017 TransOhio Transgender and Ally Symposium Presenter and Speaker Announced

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.

Masen Davispic

Second 2017 Ninth Annual TransOhio Transgender and Ally Symposium Presenter

Our second announced key presenter/ speaker for the 2017 Symposium to be held on the campus of Ohio State University (the Union)  from April 28-30th is Dr. Cecile A. Unger, MD, MPH

Dr. Unger is a specialist in urogynecology and pelvic reconstructive surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH. She has authored more than 20 peer-reviewed articles and 6 book chapters and has made numerous presentations at national meetings. Her clinical and research interests include surgical outcomes after repair of pelvic organ prolapse and treatment of urinary incontinence. She is also interested in complex pelvic floor reconstruction in women suffering from vaginal narrowing or shortening because of previous pelvic surgery or exposure to radiation therapy, and women who have concurrent colon and rectal disorders requiring a multi-disciplinary approach to their management.

Dr. Unger has an additional interest in caring for transgender patients. She has previously provided primary care and hormone therapy services to patients, and now sees patients for surgical consultations. She is part of a multi-disciplinary team at the Cleveland Clinic – Center for LGBT Care -that provides all aspects of transgender-specific services to patients. She is very committed to this transgender population and has been a long-standing advocate for the health and well-being of the transgender community.

Photo of Dr. Unger

Wednesday Support Group Meetings NEW Location!

Due to the extensive remodeling to be completed at Stonewall and the vacating of the building , the support group meeting locations have been changed! Until further notice:

The First Wednesday evening support group facilitated by Cate Stock for transgender and gender nonconforming people will be held at Thompson Recreation Center 1189 Dennison Ave. Columbus Ohio 43201. This will begin on February 1, 2017

The First Wednesday Evening Support Group for Partners facilitated by Aubrey Glasser will also be changed to this same location as well starting next Wednesday, February 1, 2017.

A new location for the Third Sunday meeting facilitated by Kimberly Griffiths will also be announced shortly as well.

2017 TransOhio Transgender and Ally Symposium Speaker and Presenter

This week we begin announcing some of the key presenters and speakers coming to the 2017 Ninth Annual TransOhio Transgender and Ally and Symposium to be held at the Union on the campus of Ohio State University. Our first such presenter/speaker for the Symposium is Chanel Haley.

Chanel Haley has volunteered with various non-profit organizations trying to advance the rights for the LGBT community since 2005.

In 2008, Chanel took a crash course in political campaign training. That training was immediately used in helping to elect the nation’s first African-American OUT lesbian elected to a general assembly, Simone Bell. Chanel became the volunteer coordinator on that campaign, and later office manager and volunteer coordinator for future campaigns. Since 2010, Chanel has been the Senior Legislative Aide to Georgia State Representative Simone Bell.

Chanel also became the first African-American Transgender person hired by the Georgia House of Representatives assigned to four Republicans and three Democrats. In 2014, Chanel Haley was appointed to the City of Atlanta Human Relations Commission by Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell, and became the Chairperson in 2016. Chanel is currently working on her degree in Paralegal Studies and is currently a certified Out & Equal Workplace Advocate Trainer. She has been living in Midtown Atlanta for the past 10 years.

While working with Georgia Equality, Chanel is leading efforts that ensure nondiscrimination legislation and policies in the broad areas of employment, housing, public accommodations, safe schools, and access to health care are inclusive of transgender and gender variant individuals and communities. She also seeks to build relationships in businesses and corporate environments that may have little or no LGBT background and experiences throughout the entire state of Georgia.

Chanel Haley

TransOhio and Equitas Health Greater Columbus Transgender Job Fair

TransOhio and Equitas Health


Greater Columbus Transgender Job Fair

Saturday, March 4, 2017 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

@Columbus Public Health- 240 Parsons Ave. Columbus

10:00- 1:00 PM- Workshops for community members, resume reviews, mock interviews and information on professional development and job seeking skills by experts and HR Managers in the field.

Noon – 1:00 PM Luncheon and refreshments

1:00 – 3:00 PM – Job Fair in Auditorium – Bring copies of your resume and look sharp.

More information regarding the Job Fair can be found at www.transohio.org (click on the tab for Job Fair).

Plenty of free parking and CPH served by COTA bus lines