You Are Invited to the Annual Unity Picnic!

TransOhio is proud to host our annual Unity Picnic this year at Blendon Woods Metro Park in Westerville Ohio and all we need is you to be there!

The picnic will be held July 31st from 11AM to 6PM.

There is plenty of parking and bottled water and grilled meats will be provided along with vegetarian and vegan options too! If you can, please bring a side dish or desert to share but since we are in a public park, alcohol should be left at home.

This is always a great opportunity to network, meet new friends, and reconnect with old friends in a laid-back, friendly, and safe environment. We will see you at Blendon Woods Metro Park just off Route 161 on July 31st!

Show your Pride!

Pride and Pride activities are nearly upon us and we hope you can support TransOhio in these Pride events and activities. This summer, TransOhio is making an effort to attend all the Pride events throughout the state. The first Pride event takes place in Columbus on June 17-18 at Goodale Park. TransOhio will be sponsoring an exhibitor tent at the park during the Pride festival on Friday afternoon and evening and all day on Saturday. We need volunteers to help staff the booth. Please note that location of the booth is NOT known until the afternoon of festival and location will be posted on our Facebook page. If you can help staffing the booth please sign up using this link.
Columbus Pride Sign up

Additionally, we are registered for a marching group as well so anyone wanting to march in the Pride Parade with TransOhio, please sign up at link below and again, look for information about the place to meet for lineup on Saturday June 18th through our Facebook page as well.
Pride March group signup

TransOhio will also be at the Cincinnati Pride Festival at Sawyer Point on Saturday June 25th and we need assistance again in staffing the booth.

Cincinnati Pride Volunteer Sign up

See you at Pride!

TransOhio’s 8th Annual Transgender and Ally Symposium is now open for registration!

The Symposium will be held at the Student Union on the campus of OSU May 13-15, 2016.
Providers Day with CEU’s available is Friday May 13th and the General Symposium is Saturday and Sunday. You can register for either or take advantage of reduced fees and register for all three days at a discount. Sat/ Sun General Symposium available as is Saturday and Sunday only. All packages include meals, beverages and snacks and invite to the Meet and Greet at Club Diversity on Friday evening (5:30 PM)

Register for one or more days of this three day event here!

The response to the request for workshop proposals was truly overwhelming and we have over fifty workshops scheduled over the three days of the conference as well as incredible keynote speakers and presenters from all aspects of the LGBTQ community and our allies.

While every effort is made to keep the cost of registration low to recognize the fact the transgender and gender variant/ fluid community is not always in the best situation financially, if you want to come to the Symposium but cannot afford it or can only pay a partial fee, scholarships (either full or partial) are available. (Send request for scholarship form to Please note that special rates also exist for youth up through high school to attend as well as their parents.

Want to be a volunteer at the Symposium – go to this site and register to help out. Thanks!

Symposium Schedules will be posted by mid-April. We look forward to seeing you at the 2016 Symposium!!


Registered Pharmacist Darnell Jones received his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy in 1984. For 17 years, he practiced as a pharmacy supervisor, manager and staff pharmacist for Walgreens. He then spent 12 years as a pharmacy team leader for CVS, serving as an immunization trainer, community outreach participant and preceptor to Wayne State University Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences student pharmacists. For this he was one of the first community pharmacists ever nominated as Preceptor of the year. Additionally, while practicing at CVS, he was a two-time winner of the CVS Caremark Paragon Award, a recipient of the Community Outreach Award for region 41 and a recipient of the Values in Action Breakthrough Achievement Award for charitable work in the Trans and Gender Variant community. After serving one year as the clinical project leader for CET Pharmacy Group from 2013-2014, Darnell transitioned to his current position as a pharmacy team leader for Rite Aid.

Darnell first became connected to the Trans and Gender variant community by being asked to present at various events in Affirmations in Ferndale and later at Ruth Ellis in Detroit approximately 5 years ago. Over the years his connection and passion to serve and assist grew stronger and he developed many affiliations , mentors and friends to help guide him.

Starting 4 years ago he began working to establish a pharmacist-centered model of holistic transgender care. This model focuses on eliminating the roadblocks in place against current flow of care, addressing the total client social and medical needs in order to increase overall patient health, directly addressing the health disparities for the transgender community outlined in the Healthy People 2020 goal and building a sustainable and replicating model for further expansion. Based largely on community interest and requests This pursuit evolved into the formation and establishment of Transcend the Binary, an organization co founded with Brayden Misiolek , focused on assisting the transition of individuals with the emphasis on, among other things, reducing roadblocks to their care, empowering clients via education to be an equal driver in their transition, being a hub to connect clients to the individuals and resources needed, and most importantly, being a continuous partner in their holistic care for as long as needed.
Darnell is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Affirmations, a nonprofit organization in the Ferndale and metro Detroit area that serves people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. He was honored by the organization with the 2014 Affirmations Ally of the Year Award. In addition, he is vice president of the Gender Identity Network Board, and volunteer for numerous activities and presenting opportunities around the topic of Trans and Gender variant support and care.

In February 2015 Darnell was honored as Michigan Pharmacist of the Year based primarily based on his work with Transcend the Binary. Most recently he and Transcend have been a pivotal contributor to an University of Michigan College of Pharmacy data study and was a contributor to one of the first ever articles focusing on Pharmacy’s needs to better serve the Trans and Gender Variant population, an article featured in the March edition of nationally published “Pharmacy Times” magazine.

Darnell sees his future to be based on continuing to grow his role , presence, and positive impact on both the medical community and the Trans and Gender variant population he serves and loves.

TransOhio Announces Theme for 8th Annual Trans* and Ally Symposium!

The Theme for the 8th Annual Symposium this year is “In it Together- Trans Activism and Building Coalitions”
May 13-15 at The Student Union on the campus of OSU

The Transgender and gender variant communities have been under siege lately across the country and the LGTBQ community still lacks protection against discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations. While some progress has been made more education about trans and gender variant people and exposure by our community is needed. We need to learn to be more activists in helping the LGBTQ community achieve the goals of equality for all people and learn to build coalitions with other like-minded equality groups and agencies. The Symposium will feature Providers Day on Friday for continuing education credits and the general symposium on Saturday and Sunday. We have received many outstanding proposals for workshops on a wide variety of topics from speakers in all parts of the country as well as local and statewide organizations!

If you or your organization are still interested in submitting a proposal for the Symposium, please contact Melissa Alexander at