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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.

Radio Interview w/ WOSU – All Sides with Ann Fisher – Transgender Day of Remembrance

This Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 11am EST, please tune-in to WOSU’s All Sides with Ann Fisher as we discuss Transgender community issues and Transgender Day of Remembrance.

11:00 AM – Trangender Community Issues
Issues affecting the transgender community in Central Ohio and the Transgender Day of Remembrance to mourn and honor victims of hate crimes, with TransOhio Founder & Director Shane Morgan, transgender advocate Gwen Andrix, and Ohio State University Office of Student Life Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Student Initiatives Interim Intercultural Specialist Lexie Beer.

Listen live at Windows Media WOSU 820: or Real Player WOSU 820:

Weekdays, 10am to 12noon, 7pm to 9 pm

All Sides with Ann Fisher is a two-hour, daily public-affairs talk show designed to – over time – touch upon all sides of the issues and events that shape life in central Ohio. Listeners participate via telephone, e-mail and, very soon, Twitter and text messaging, to add to the conversations. As always at WOSU, the coverage is fair and balanced with a civil tone.

Topics are driven by the top news stories of the day – local, regional, national and international — and the trends in what we read and what we like to eat, where we worship and play, and more. Local issues and news-related topics will tend to dominate the first hour with larger issues and authors saved for the second.

Guests will include leaders in their fields, the vanguard of their movements, the hearts and souls of the central Ohio community, the authors that make us think.

GailyFWD Interviews Karen Patrick & Shane Morgan of TransOhio

GailyFWD has released its latest episode. Check it out.

Erin and Adam talk with Karen Patrick and Shane Morgan, the co-chairs of TransOhio, about transitioning, identity, and how the law affects people’s every day lives.

TransOhio October 2009 Newsletter Available Now!

Monday, October 5, 200

Hello TransOhio Family, Friends and Supporters!

The October 2009 issue of the TransOhio newsletter is now available!

You can download the newsletter at:

Our TG support group meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 7th at 7pm at The Center on High, and our monthly general meeting on Sunday, October 18, 3pm.

The next TransOhio Partners Discussion Group will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 2pm in Columbus at The Center on High (1160 N. High Street, Columbus, 43201).

There are tons of events & activities happening in October, so, make sure you take a look at the calendar and the other events noted throughout the newsletter!

We’d also like to wish Karen a happy birthday (October 11) and offer our congratulations to Melissa and Paula who will be having their commitment ceremony this weekend!

Upcoming events we will need volunteers and committee members for:

  • Transgender Day of Remembrance, Thursday, November 19th, 2009
  • 3rd Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner
  • December Holiday Activities
  • and more!

Take care everybody!

TransOhio Board

Shane, Karen, Tara and Milo

Ohio BMV – Change Does Begin From the Bottom Up

Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Change Does Begin From the Bottom Up

grass-roots: adjective. Pertaining to, or involving the common people, esp. as contrasted with or separable from an elite.

Change happens from the bottom up. That is the heart of a grassroots movement, change, initiated by the Average Joe (or Jane!). The catalyst to these grassroots-type movements often stem from individuals in society who find themselves hitting walls of bureaucracy and confusing policies that those who need to administrate them are often unsure about as well.

The recent Ohio BMV “Declaration of Gender Change” policy change reflects exactly this type of grassroots movement. Over the years, many Transgender Ohioans have had issues changing the gender marker on their Ohio driver’s license. Sometimes, changing your gender marker depended on which BMV office you went to – Conservative county offices might give you the run around, versus, visiting an office in a more liberal county, one might not run into any issue.

For several years, we’ve said that it’s a hit-and-miss kind thing when it comes to the ease of changing that ever important gender marker. Really, our livelihood depends on it. State issued IDs are required for employment, to drive, to open a bank account, to cash a check, to get a post office box, traveling, and so on. For many, an identification card with the correct name and gender marker often became an issue of safety.

In mid 2007, a transgender woman from North-West Ohio encountered issues with changing her gender marker on her Ohio driver’s license. Since then, she worked to create a professional relationship with the administrators at the Ohio BMV to create an open dialogue which allowed an honest exchange of information and an opportunity to provide education about Transgender people to the administrators. Remember the meaning of Grassroots?

Over the last few years, your statewide Ohio GLBT grassroots organizations, TransOhio and Equality Ohio, have worked alongside this Average Jane, longtime advocate Meral Crane and the administrators at the Ohio BMV to create a fair and accessible statewide policy managing gender marker changes on Ohio driver’s licenses.

Finally, this has come to fruition.

Effective immediately, a statewide policy – “Declaration of Gender Change” – has been put into effect by the Ohio BMV.

How this process works:

Transgender Ohioans need to phone the main office of the Ohio BMV (located in Columbus) to request the “Declaration of Gender Change” form. The main office number is: 1-614-752-7500.
(This form is not yet available online, and will not be until it is officially assigned a form identification number by the Ohio BMV.)

The “Declaration of Gender Change” form will be mailed to the requester.

Licensed Physicians, Psychologists and Therapists are the only one’s allowed to sign this form.
(To be qualified, the medical professional must attest that the transition is being conducted in accordance with the guidelines set forth in the World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s (WPATH) Standards of Care, formally known as the Henry Benjamin Standards of Care).

The individual requesting the gender marker change will need to have their physician, psychologist or therapist complete and sign the “Declaration of Gender Change” form.
Completed forms should be mailed or faxed to:
Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Attn: License Control
P.O. Box 16784
Columbus, Ohio 43216-6784
Phone: 1-614-752-7500
Fax: 1-614-752-7987
**Note: Don’t forget to make a copy of the paperwork for your records.

Turn-around and processing time is 7-10 business days. The Ohio BMV will notify the applicant in writing that their information has been changed.
The individual will then be able to take that written notification to their local BMV office to get their new license issued. The old license must be surrendered.
BMV fees DO APPLY to the issuance of your new Ohio Driver’s License or state issued ID card.
There are a few additional points of information on the “Declaration of Gender Change” form that we feel are important to point out:

If gender identification is marked as transitional, a new form must be submitted for each driver’s license/ID renewal until gender identification is complete. If the form is not submitted at renewal, the gender marker will revert back to the original gender.
Each individual is limited to changing their gender back to the original gender on their driver’s license or ID card one (1) time.
Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I reside in Ohio, but my doctors and therapist are out of state. Can they sign the “Declaration of Gender Change” form?
A: Yes. Any licensed physician/psychologist/therapist is qualified to sign the “Declaration of Gender Change” form as long as they are in accordance with the guidelines set forth in the World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s (WPATH) Standards of Care.

Q: Does my physician/psychologist/therapist need to be a member of WPATH?
A: No. Any licensed physician/psychologist/therapist is qualified to sign the “Declaration of Gender Change” form as long as they are in accordance with the guidelines set forth in the World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s (WPATH) Standards of Care. Membership to WPATH is NOT a requirement for your physician/psychologist/therapist.

Q: Do I need to have any surgery to have my gender marker changed on my Ohio driver’s license?
A: No. The Ohio BMV no longer requires a letter from your surgeon stating you’ve had SRS.

Q: Is my information public information?
A: No. All records of the Ohio Department of Public Safety or Bureau of Motor Vehicles relating to the physical or mental condition of any person are confidential and are not open to public record.

Q: Can my gender marker be changed if I haven’t had a court ordered name change yet?
A: Yes. You can change your gender marker even if your name has not been changed.

**Note: TransOhio does recommend making sure that if you’ve not had your name changed through the Probate Court, that you do so as soon as you’re able to, so that your name AND gender reflect correctly on your new driver’s license.

Q: I heard that there is a new format for Ohio driver’s license. Are driver’s licenses being issued with a pink background for women, and a blue background for men?
A: There is a new format for the Ohio driver’s license. The background color is pink for all driver’s licenses.

If you have additional questions about the “Declaration of Gender Change” form, please contact TransOhio at, or call us at 614-441-8167.

Remember, change does happen from the ground up.

These are the types of changes that can happen when individuals get involved and become part of the movement. Get involved with your statewide organizations, TransOhio and Equality Ohio, we are here, working for you. Working so that all Ohioans feel at home in Ohio.

For more information about TransOhio, visit them at, or Equality Ohio,

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