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 melissa@transohio.org) 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!!

TRANSOHIO ANNOUNCES KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR PROVDERS DAY PORTION OF 8TH ANNUAL 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 melissa@transohio.org.

TransOhio Announces Host Hotel for the 8th Annual Trans and Ally Symposium

The Varsity Inn OSU South has been selected as the host hotel for the 8th Annual Trans and Ally Symposium to held at The Student Union of OSU May 13-15th. The theme this year “In It Together- Trans Activism and Building Coalitions” and registration for the Symposium will commence around the first of April but hotel reservations can take place immediately. We are still taking submissions for presenters for the Symposium and seeking volunteers to help out at the event as well.

Attendees and presenters can either call the hotel directly at 614-291-2983 or go online at varsityinn.com

If calling the group code is TROS – or 8th TransOhio Transgender Ally Symposium

If making reservations online be sure in the reservations box the destination is Varsity Inn OSU South and select the dates between May 12-15, enter TROS in the Promo Code box.

For more information, contact melissa@transohio.org

Columbus – The Facts about the Affordable Care Act for Trans People

The Facts about the Affordable Care Act for Trans People

Are you wondering what the Affordable Care Act means for trans people? Do you have questions about your coverage options? Come get your questions answered and learn about the changes that the law is making to access to health coverage and health care for trans communities. There are lots of changes, and getting informed is key to making sure you get the coverage and care you deserve. There’s no time to delay—the opportunity to sign up for new coverage ends on February 15th!

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