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2010 Greater Cincinnati GLBTQ Youth Summit

Greater Cincinnati GLBTQ Youth Summit

2010 Greater Cincinnati GLBTQ Youth Summit
Saturday, September 18, 2010 from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM (ET)
Highland Heights, KY

Northern Kentucky University’s Student Union
100 Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, KY 41099

Register Online!

Making It Affordable: 3rd Annual TransOhio Transgender & Ally Symposium

Dear Future Symposium Attendee:

The TransOhio Board of Directors understand the difficulties many people are facing due to our tough economic times.  In response to this, we have arranged resources to make attending TransOhio’s 3rd Annual Transgender & Ally Symposium (August 13-15, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio) more affordable for everyone.


Scholarships are available to those who need assistance with registration costs.  If you are unemployed, underemployed or having difficulty affording the full price of registration for any reason, please apply for a scholarship! It never hurts to apply.

Send the following information to us at

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • City
  • State
  • A brief explanation as to why you are applying

Ride Sharing

We have attendees coming in from all over Ohio and the Midwest. We want to encourage everyone to share transportation costs.  To connect with others in your area please visit the TransOhio Google Group.  When posting an interest, please include “Ride Share” and the name of your city or town in the subject line.

Room Sharing

Hotel costs can be a big deterrent so we are encouraging everyone to share in these costs when possible by using the TransOhio Google Group.  If you live in the Columbus area and are interested in hosting an out-of-town guest please include “Host Opportunity” in the subject line.  If you are planning to stay in a hotel and would like to offset the costs by sharing a room please include “Room Share” in the subject line of your post. Check out the symposium website for an updated list of other local (and potentially less expensive) hotels.

We have done everything possible to make this symposium affordable for providers and general conference attendees alike. In fact, the average cost of registration for a 2-3 day Transgender conference in the United States this past year is approximately $300!

By securing many generous sponsors, we are able to keep our fees reasonable, and provide you with three days filled with local and national presenters, speakers, activities and entertainment.

Together we can make it possible for everyone to attend who wishes to!

In community,
TransOhio Board of Directors

Transgender & Ally Symposium: A Sampling of Our Workshops!

This year we expect over 250 participants to enjoy more than 70 workshops covering a variety of topics including:

Here’s what you get for your General Symposium Registration:
~ Meet & Greet with Presenters & Symposium Attendees
~ Registration to General Conference
~ Saturday workshops and lunch
~ Saturday performance of PAINT! A Transformative Project by Sile P. Singleton
~ Sunday workshops
~ And more!

Fee: $50 Register Online Now!

Provider’s Day Workshops and Registration, visit Provider’s Day! CLE’s and CEU’s are APPROVED!

Sing If You’re Glad To Be Trans
S. Bear Bergman, Keynote Speaker

While the difficult narratives of trans life are valid and deserve our attention, is it not perhaps enough with the all-misery-all-the-time tranny channel? Being trans is not a reason for pity, scorn, shame, or apology. This lecture celebrates trans bodies, communities, awareness, sex, love, particular talents, successes and self-creation with a faultless logic and good humor that may just make you appreciate transfolks (or being trans) in a whole new way.

Minimizing the Top Ten Fears of Raising a Gender Variant Child
Kim Pearson, TransYouth Family Allies

Are you a parent who wants reassurance that your child will grow up happy and healthy? We will explore the top ten questions that parents have regarding their child’s future.

Topics include: understanding gender expression in small children; how, what, when and if we should tell our family and friends; how do we make sure our child is safe in school and other situations; social transition; medical transition; bolstering self-esteem and romantic relationships.

Seahorse Papas, Bearing Fathers and Birth Dads; navigating pregnancy, conception and birth
j wallace

Bring your hopes, your fears, your questions. This will be a facilitated discussion about what it means to be a man who wants to give birth and how to go about manifesting that. Expect social, emotional, practical and medical issues to be discussed, experiences shared and suggestions offered.
We’ll talk about language, clothing, navigating medical service providers and what it’s actually like to be a pregnant dude.

Please note: we will /not/ be debating whether you can be a pregnant man, whether it’s good for the community, or debating the validity of pregnancy as a choice for transmen. This workshop is intended for transmasculine people who are considering pregnancy/are pregnant/been pregnant, and our friends and allies.

Race, Gender, and Sexuality
New Leaf Columbus

A round table conversation exploring the intersection of race, gender identity, and sexuality. Participants will share and discuss the multiple ways race and culture inform gender identity/ expression, and seek to understand challenges surrounding sexual orientation/preference. Specific topics will include (but are not limited to): language, coming out, gender roles, and cultural socialization.

Gay and FTM: How to Relax and Meet the People You are Attracted To
Dale Bogucki and Miles Newman, La Fraternitie du Loup-Garou

Hate going out because you are not sure you will even be able to talk to someone? Freaking out even though you pass you are “sure” you won’t in a mostly male space? Think you will never be able to disclose? Think that when you do disclose the entire bar will know? Learn that you are not alone, you are not the first, and the community is more receptive than you think. We have been there and we will tell you all about the best ways to disclose, good ways to disclose, and when not to disclose. Also, learn about cruising, specific body language, and how to know if someone is cruising you.

Intersex 101: Similarities & Differences Between Intersex and Trans People
Vickie Boisseau

This workshop will explore the social, legal, and medical issues faced by many Intersex people, as well as the similarities, and differences between Intersex and Trans people.

Trans Women Now
Cara Sande Greenberg

Trans women come in all shapes and sizes and transition is never a straight line. We will be holding a panel discussion on the lives and needs of trans women. Topics will include transphobia, appearance and presentation, safe spaces, health services, and trans women’s relationship to the broader T and the LGB communities.

Partners’ Experience: Limited Disclosure and Stealth
Ariel Baumwell, Co-Facilitator, TransOhio Partners’ Discussion Group

A discussion session on the experiences of partners and relationships where one or more partner prefers not to disclosure their trans status or does so in a very limited capacity. Topics include: Finding medical care, activism and community with limited disclosure, damage control when forcibly outed, stigmas and stereotypes, children and limited disclosure. Other topics related to limited disclosure are also welcome. This discussion session is open to all.

CSW, Office of Continuing Education is a provider with the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage & Family Therapist Board. Provider Number: RSXX-038706 (Social Worker) and RCX-100503 (Counselor).

CLE’s are being sponsored by the LGBT Committee of the Columbus Bar Association.
Registration is now open and Social Service and Legal providers and professionals are being encouraged to register early as seating is limited and filling up fast.

Our Sponsors: The Ohio State University Multicultural Center; OSU’s Scarlet & Gay; OSU College of Social Work; The LGBT Committee of the Columbus Bar Association; Outlook; Stonewall Columbus; The Ohio Democratic Party LGBT Caucus; Apropos Promo; Irony Personal Training, LLC; United Way of Central Ohio; Stonewall Democrats of Central Ohio; Out for Work; The LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland; The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force; Case Western Reserve University GLBT Office; Equality Ohio; PBJ Connections; Delaware Christian Gay-Straight Alliance; Heart-Centered Healing; Evolved.

Call for Panel Participants: Partners and Parents Panel @ Symposium

Call For Participants

TransOhio is currently looking for people interested in participating in the Parents’ and Partners’ Panels during the 3rd Annual TransOhio Transgender & Ally Symposium scheduled for August 13th – 15th, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio.

Parents Panel Information & Requirements

Participation in the Parents’ Panel is open to all non-transgender identified individuals who are a parent or who have played a significant parental role in the life of a transgender identified individual. Its purpose is to provide others an opportunity to learn about a variety of parent-child experiences from a non-transgender parental perspective. Interested parties must be registered for the Symposium. To register for the 3rd Annual TransOhio Trangender & Ally Symposium, visit

If you are interested in participating on the Parents’ Panel please fill out the online form.

Partners’ Panel Information & Requirements

Participation in the Partners’ Panel is open to all non-transgender identified individuals who have been or are in a relationship with a transgender identified individual. Its purpose is to provide others an opportunity to learn about a variety of relationship experiences from a non-transgender perspective. Interested parties must be registered for the Symposium. To register for the 3rd Annual TransOhio Trangender & Ally Symposium, visit

If you are interested in participating on the Parents’ Panel please fill out the online form.

All information should be received by 5pm EST, Friday, July 30, 2010.

For more information about TransOhio please visit Additional information about the 3rd Annual TransOhio Transgender & Ally Symposium can be found at

TransOhio Upcoming Events: Ink and Ambition, A Twenty Year Retrospective – and – Life Imitates Art: Work of Briden Cole Schueren

Justine Mara Anderson

Ink and Ambition, A Twenty Year Retrospective

TransOhio along with Equality Ohio, The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland and the Inferno nightclub have come together to sponsor an exciting event on July 16th at the University of Akron. Artist Dennis Crabapple McClain, born in Akron as Dennis Cramer, has come out as transgender and will be coming out to the art community at this event as Justine Mara Andersen.

The show features internationally published work from such clients as DC Comics, Image Comics, WOTC’s Dungeons and Dragons (including some “Dragonlance” as well as some “Sword Of Shannara” illustrations), Lucasfilm, MARA comics, and much more.

Ink and Ambition, A Twenty Year Retrospective Friday, July 16, 2010 at 6pm
University of Akron’s Folk Hall, Emily Davis GalleryAkron, Ohio
Reception includes light appetizers.

A lecture on erotic art and transgender issues will be given at 7:00, the focus being on her work and her creation, MARA, a highly unusual and personal erotic comic.

The exhibit will show hundreds of published illustrations. As part of the show Justine will be showing art and illustration from many of her influences, including original art from the Simpsons, Bambi, Berni Wrightson, the trail-blazing trans artist Jeffrey Jones, and many other famous and influential fantasy and comic book artists.

This show is not only of interest to members of the LGBT community, but also to anyone who has any interest in comics, fantasy, gaming, and illustration.

Please join TransOhio, Equality Ohio, The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland and the Inferno nightclub for a wonderful night of art and expression. An after party will be held at the Inferno nightclub on Arlington Road.

Due to the adult nature of the art no one under the age of 18 will be allowed entrance to the event.

Life Imitates Art: Work of Briden Cole Schueren
Saturday, August 7, 2010
6:00pm – 10:00pm
Center On High Street – Stonewall Columbus
1160 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201

Join TransOhio and Stonewall Columbus as they kick-off TransOhio’s 3rd Annual TransOhio Transgender and Ally Symposium month!

Refreshments will be provided.

Come join the TransOhio and local artist and community member, Briden Cole Schueren as he shares with the community some of his work (painting, photography and mixed media).

Registration for the 3rd Annual TransOhio Transgender & Ally Symposium is open. There are over 70 workshops spanning the weekend of August 13-15, 2010. Presenters include, Keynote speaker, S. Bear Bergman, Donna Rose, Vickie Boisseau, Mara Keisling, Michael Munson, Kim Pearson, Madsen Minax, Dr. Sherman Leis and other local and nationally known presenters! CLE’s are Approved. CEU’s are Pending.

For information, or to register, visit