Trans & Ally Symposium Registration is Open!

Trans & Ally Symposium Registration is Open!

Keynote Speaker



6th TransOhio

Trans & Ally Symposium
May 30, 31 & June 1, 2014

Columbus, Ohio

The Ohio State University
Ohio Union







Check out some of our General Symposium workshops!


Standing with Trans Prisoners: Local Advocacy to End Abuse in Jails and Prisons, and Combat Mass Incarceration by Harper Jean Tobin and Lisa Mottet
Come learn how to engage jails and prisons to adopt policies aimed at protecting the health and safety of trans people. Participants will learn how advocates in Houston, Denver, and other communities have advocated for these policies and monitored their implementation. The presentation will cover existing federal rules and best practices, how to get started and find resources, as well as typical advocacy strategies and challenges. Participants will also learn how to advocate that less trans people are incarcerated in the first place.


Walking While Transgender: Stop the Violence by Kylar Broadus
While accurate counts are hard to come by, we do know that transgender and gender non-conforming people in the United States face higher rates of violence and hate than their Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual counterparts. The National Anti-Violence Project issued its annual report in 2013 and noted that 53% of victims that suffered from hate violence were transgender women and 73% were people of color. The Trans Murder Monitoring Project started in 2008 noted that there were 238 murders worldwide of transgender individuals. These statistics are just the tip of the ice berg because many cases go unreported due to misreporting or fear or reporting. Violence stems from pervasive discrimination, harassment, poverty and societal misunderstanding.  This workshop is designed to look at better ways we can address this problem in the United States and address it from the group up.  Our panelist will work with audience members to discuss solutions and best practices.


Boys, Girls, and the Rest of Us: new policies for trans* students in public schools by Cory Chan-Frederick
Transgender and gender non-conforming students face many challenges in public schools, however, anti-bullying policies and federal civil rights statutes are now being used to protect and include them in the classroom. This workshop provides an overview of the new trends in public education designed to support these students.


Trans Partners Informational Answer and Question Session by Irene Testerman and Claire Roberts

Do you have questions? Are you concerned that your experience is isolating? Are you in a new relationship with a trans person? Have you been with your trans partner for years and it is awesome? Have you been with your partner for years and they have recently come out as trans? This informational  Q & A meeting is about sharing experiences and supporting our community.


Life as a Trans* athlete by Andrea Schultz
A presentation about playing sports as and with trans* athletes.  Highlighting specific challenges from rules, to competition, to team chemistry.  This presentation will be focused on individual teams and how they can better accommodate trans* identified athletes.






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 Provider’s Day Keynote Presenter
Dr. Kristen Benson, Provider's Day Keynote Speaker

Dr. Kristen Benson, Ph.D., LMFT, CFLE is an Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Science at North Dakota State University. She earned her PhD in Human Development from Virginia Tech in Human Development with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy.  She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and Certified Family Life Educator.

Dr. Benson’s research and clinical focus is on providing affirming therapy to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) people and relationships.  Her current research explores the experiences of parents raising transgender and gender creative children.  Dr. Benson is a clinical fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy where she chairs the Queer Affirmative Caucus and a member of the National Council on Family Relations where she co-chairs the Sexuality Focus Group.

Dr. Benson is committed to training therapists to create affirmative spaces to work with transgender and gender creative clients and the loved ones they are in relationship with.

Check out some of our Provider’s Day workshops today!





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TransOhio Endorses #Not1more Campaign to End Deportations


Friday, April 4, 2014 @ 4pm
Corner of Broad and High Street - NW side of the Capital Building)

LGBTQ Organizations Endorse #Not1more Campaign to End Deportations

As Obama Administration Nears Two Million Deportations, Groups Across Country Say “Not One More,” Urge White House Action

TransOhio and Southerners On New Ground, alongside a broad coalition of LGBTQ organizations, proudly endorse the #Not1more Deportation campaign and the protests and marches occurring on the April 4th and 5th National Days of Action across the country.

Among the two million immigrants deported by the Obama administration—1,100 people deported every day, and 34,000 people caged in immigration detention centers every single night—are countless LGBTQ individuals and their family, friends, and loved ones. Under the current system of detention and deportation, LGBTQ immigrants, especially transgender women of color, often experience horrific treatment within immigration detention centers, including violence, deprivation of necessary medical care, dehumanization and assaults on basic dignity, psychological torture in solitary confinement, and rape. A recent study demonstrated that transgender women survivors made up 20% of substantiated sexual assault claims in immigration detention.[1] Many detained LGBTQ immigrants simply give up and accept deportation rather than continue to fight for the asylum that they qualify for under existing law because their detention conditions are so unbearable. Too many of our deported community members then end up facing the violence and sometimes murder that they had originally come to the United States to flee. The current immigration detention and deportation crisis harms us deeply, and we call on President Obama to act within his powers to end the cruel and senseless tearing apart of LGBTQ people’s communities.

We also call on President Obama to end Secure Communities and other programs which funnel immigrants into the deportation machinery through local law enforcement, particularly those that experience biased policing based on race, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity. Too many of our community members end up in deportation proceedings because they are arrested after calling police for help in a domestic violence situation because the officer made assumptions about what intimate partner violence looks like. Too many transgender women of color are deported because of pretextual arrests for drug possession or sex work leading to criminal charges being immediately dropped and transfer to immigration detention. President Obama has the power to stop these programs so that our non-citizen community members do not live in fear that any minor interaction with police could lead to their deportation.

As those living and working in the intersections of LGBTQ and immigrant identities, we join immigrant activists across the country to say that two million deportations is two million too many and to call on President Obama to act immediately for Not One More Deportation!

Transgender Law Center
Southerners on New Ground
AIDS Legal Referral Panel
Association of Latina/os Motivating Action (ALMA)
Center for Gender & Refugee Studies
Colorado Anti-Violence Program
Community United Against Violence
Domestic Violence Project at the Urban Justice Center
El/La Para TransLatinas
Equality California
Equality New Mexico
Forward Together
GetEQUAL Action
Immigrant Youth Justice League
Invisible to Invincible: Asian Pacific Islander Pride of Chicago (i2i)
Latino Equality Alliance
Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center (LYRIC)
LGBT Law and Immigration Projects at NYLAG
LGBT Rights Committee of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois
L.O.C.A.S.-Latinos Organizados por un Cambio Social (Greater Birmingham Ministries Latino LGTBQ initiative)
Media Literacy Project
National Center for Lesbian Rights
National Center for Transgender Equality
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance
New Mexico GSA Network
One Colorado
Our Family Coalition
Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada
Queer Detainee Empowerment Project
Red Circle Project
San Francisco Trans March
Santa Fe Mountain Center
Southern Arizona Gender Alliance
Southwest Women’s Law Center
Sylvia Rivera Law Project
Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition
Third Wave Fund
Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico
The TransLatin@ Coalition
United Latin@ Pride

To speak with Paulina Helm-Hernandez at Southerners on New Ground, please contact her /  / 404.549.8628. To speak with Olga Tomchin, please contact Mark Snyder / / 415.865.0176 x310.

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Meet Arykah Carter — New TransOhio Board Member

Meet the newest member of the TransOhio Board of Directors!

TransOhio is excited to welcome Cincinnati resident, Arykah Carter to the TransOhio Board of Directors.

Arykah Carter, Board Member

Arykah Carter, Board Member

Arykah Carter is Trans Woman who sees where she has a story to be told, others to encourage and support, and advocacy that needs to be done for the Trans Community. A native of Michigan, Arykah is currently a resident of Cincinnati and a longtime member of the Trans community. In Cincinnati, Arykah is involved with TransSaints at Truth & Destiny Covenant Ministries. TransSaints invites Trans people and allies of faith to become involved in leadership and advocacy training that is focused on the unique perspectives of the African American Trans community – “There is room at the table for ALL!”

Arykah is a self-taught freelance graphic designer & photographer, and is currently writing a personal memoir tentatively entitled Beautiful Struggle. The book, which she intends to self-publish and release in the fall of 2014 will tell of her very nontraditional journey of being Black and Transgender.  Arykah has a Bachelor of Science from Western Michigan University and a Master of Business Administration from Wayne State University and current works in the Brand Packaging Deployment Industry.
If you’d like to connect with Arykah, feel free to email her at

TransOhio Partner’s Group Meet & Greet – Save the Date!

TransOhio Partner’s Group Meet & Greet

This group is for partners of transgender individuals. This group is here to support, educate and build a community with trans partners.

Both trans and cis partners welcome.

This meet & greet is to gather information in order to best serve the community. The day, time, and location of the meeting may change on what is best for the group. Please feel free to contact us at if you have any questions or concerns.

April 9th, 2014 7:30- 9 PM

Panera, 4519 N High St.,  Columbus — we’ll be meeting & greeting in the Community Room!

KYE ALLUMS – Keynote Speaker 6th TransOhio Trans & Ally Symposium

May 30, 31 & June 1, 2014
Columbus, Ohio
The Ohio State University
Ohio Union
Meet Our Symposium Keynote Speaker – Kye Allums

I Am Enough!

This has been Kye Allum’s mantra for quite some time. Kye being ENOUGH, was the very catalyst for him to started sharing his story with athletic departments and Universities across the US, the story of being the first Division I, openly transgender athlete in sports history. He went on to graduate from The George Washington University with a degree in Fine Arts but his desire for change didn’t stop there. It was then that his mantra became his movement. Project I Am Enough was born and lives have been effected every since.

As Founder & Creative Director of his now thriving organization, Kye has dedicated his life to reaffirming, empowering and inspiring people in their power and purpose. The suicide rate still continues to be very high among LGBT youth and knowing this is a constant reminder for Kye to continue his work diligently.

“We must learn to love ourselves before we can hope for change anywhere else”, says Kye. He goes on to say, “I am passionate about our youth and transgender rights. I will not stop pursuing equality until equality has been won!”

Although Kye speaks at many LGBT events and Universities around the country educating and allowing individuals to learn from his “coming out” mistakes, his message of being enough is for everyone.

Project I Am Enough enrolls people in their greatness through artistic projects, identity discussions and self-love encouragement. A team of artists from all across the world utilize their experiences and the experiences of others to encourage people that they matter. That they are ENOUGH.

Kye has been featured in the following:
Out 100 in Out Magazine
Advocate 40 under 40
LGBT History Month Icon of the day
Sports Illustrated: The Transgender Athlete

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