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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.

TransOhio April 2009 Newsletter

Hello TransOhio Family, Friends and Supporters!

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

You can download the newsletter at:

The next TransOhio Partners Discussion Group will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 2pm in Columbus at The Center on High (1160 N. High Street, Columbus, 43201).

Coming in 2009:
** TransOhio Transgender & Ally Symposium in August (August 14-16, 2009, Columbus — More details TBA!)
** 3rd Annual Unity Picnic in June (Sunday, June 7, 2009 – Goodale Park, Columbus)
** and a ton of other great community events!

Volunteering with TransOhio is a fantastic way to meet new people, not just in the transgender community, but the entire Ohio-GLBTQI and Ally communities!

Happy Passover and Happy Easter.

Enjoy and see ya’ll soon!
TransOhio Board
Shane, Karen, Tara, Milo

TLBG Community Networking 101 – Being Proactive in Tough Times.

Layoffs. Unemployment. Increased competition in the workforce. Downsizing. Jobs.

The economy and availability of jobs is definitely on the minds of many people these days. It is on my mind. These are rough times, not just for society in general, but even more so for the transgender community who face higher rates of unemployment, workplace discrimination and lack of legal protections.

Reasons for unemployment don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand with being transgender, but sometimes it is a factor. Regardless, I’m a firm believer in career networking, it is imperative. Getting out there is something that has to be done, however painful or scary it is.

This is true for people who are currently employed and those who are unemployed. Finding employment is more than just searching job sites online or scanning the Sunday employment section. Networking is like oxygen, bones, blood, food and water. Consider it one of those necessities for life!

Networking is important, it’s a fact.

According to, there are several things that you should not do while networking:

There are Three Deadly Sins of Career Networking:

  • Waiting until you need a job to begin networking
  • Developing an “all about me” mindset
  • Expecting others to do your networking for you

If you’ve recently been displaced from your job, chances are you feel desperate and depressed. Your self-esteem is taking a major beating. And if self confidence has been a lifelong issue for you, we strongly suggest you seek out professional advice. It could be the best thing you possibly ever do and the rewards will extend well beyond the completion of your next career step.

For me, networking is a constant.

I network all the time. By day, I’m behind a desk writing code for web applications and new enhancements for software modules. I always carry business cards and I am always interested in knowing more about what kind of work people do and what their goals are. I’m always open to receiving emails from people; after all, there are really no 6-degrees of separation within the information technology world. Many times, information technology work can be tightly interwoven with other work not within the IT field. Fields such as support (i.e. help desk), marketing, sales, and even hospitality services can be woven back into IT.

That said, just because I said I’m always networking doesn’t mean it’s an easy thing for me. I’m actually quiet shy. Sometimes, breaking the ice is just eases the “I don’t know anybody in this room” inner dialogue just enough so that I can take a deep breath and dive in! If you’re also one of those shy people, here’s some information that you can keep in mind while networking:

  • Don’t try to talk with everyone.
  • Rehearse your main points in advance.
  • Remember, it’s okay to be uncomfortable reaching out to strangers.
  • Be patient.
  • Set goals that work for you.
  • Value what you have.

Ice-Breaking Questions
I tend to joke with my friends that one of my favorite ice-breaking questions is “Are we friends on Facebook?” It works. I don’t recommend exactly this question when networking for a job, or in some sort of professional network setting. But, it is definitely possible to change the question up a bit: “Are you on LinkedIn?” works pretty well. If people say they’re not a member of LinkedIn, then you can tell them a little about the site ( — better check it out before using the ice-breaker line!) and ask them if they’d like to be linked to you.

There are several other ice-breaking questions. For example:

  • May I have one of your business cards? (Don’t forget to then give them one of yours!)
  • What are some of the current trends you’re seeing in your line of business?
  • What changes have you seen over the years?
  • What do you enjoy most about your work?

Contact Cards/Business Cards
One thing that has proven helpful to me time and time again is contact cards. They are easy and inexpensive to make yourself. Pick up a package of blank business cards that you can print yourself (you can find these at places like Target, Officemax, Staples, or the grocery store). Most word processing programs have some sort of template you can easily work from. On the contact cards, make sure you include your name, landline or mobile number and email address. I also recommend putting on the card, somewhere, a generic “title” for the work you do (i.e. web developer, technical writer, sales associate, etc.). Something that is generic, but will still spark a memory for the person you gave the card to. Also, don’t forget to put the contact information from the business/contact cards you receive into your contact/address book.

Check out You are able to join their email promotion list and receive discounts and sometimes freebies. They tend to run “free business card” promotions (sometimes free shipping too!) often. Their free cards have their name printed on the back and the premium cards do not.

Selecting your email address
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve interviewed people who use inappropriate email address for employment (or future employment) contact. I remember one guy who I interviewed for a position local well-known university who was using “” as his email address. Please, please, create a free email account and select a username/address which will be ok to use for business contacts. That goes for email addresses that reference your gender identity, sexuality or religious affiliations. It’s just a bad idea and sometimes an email address is the first line of contact between a job seeker and employer. It can reflect badly, so stick to “safe” email addresses!

Networking in Central Ohio
Fortunately for us, there are several organizations and opportunities in the Central Ohio area that make networking a bit easier.

Network Columbus ( is a chamber of commerce for GLBT-owned and allied companies and GLBT and allied business professionals offering networking events, educational programs, business advocacy and linkages with other business and professional organizations to lead and support economic growth within the central Ohio GLBT community.

Network Columbus networking events are free and open to:

  • GLBT and allied professionals
  • Business principals and colleagues
  • Straight and allied friends and partners

Network Columbus events are free. Free. No cost to attend! That means, you have no excuse not to attend one of their monthly networking opportunities. The event locations change month to month, but are generally held at an easy-to-find central location. I’ve attended their events before and found people easy to approach and non-intimidating! I definitely recommend checking out their website ( for update-to- date networking events. You can also find Network Columbus events in Outlook Weekly.

Another Columbus-based GLBT networking group is LinkOUT (

LinkOUT engages young LGBT professionals and connects them to LGBT serving organizations and other communities in Central Ohio.

Their mission is, as a group of young professionals, from diverse fields, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds to:

  • Serve as the voice for young LGBT professionals.
  • Provide an educational/awareness forum for issues that affect our community.
  • Organize social and professional networking opportunities.
  • Serve as a connection to community resources and encourage community building.
  • Facilitate community service and civic involvement.
  • Encourage professional development opportunities.

I mentioned LinkedIn ( at the beginning of this article. LinkedIn “is an interconnected network of experienced professionals from around the world, representing 170 industries and 200 countries. You can find, be introduced to, and collaborate with qualified professionals that you need to work with to accomplish your goals.”

LinkedIn is also free to use and has an easy-to-navigate user interface. You can search for people you’ve previously worked with, attended college with, etc. There are also groups that people have created that are specific to industries. Again, it’s easy and it’s free. A quick and easy way to do some of your networking online and in your pajamas!

Interested in being part of Shane Morgan’s LinkedIn network? Link to me by

Another site that is commonly used for networking is Facebook ( Although I personally use Facebook to keep in touch with friends and family, I personally don’t use Facebook to network for employment. Again, think back to when you’re creating an employment-safe email address. Employers can easily search for information about current and potential employees online. Do you really want photos of your night out with the boys (or girls) to be visible to employers? Don’t forget to set your privacy settings!

Good luck in your employment search. Be patient and keep your feet moving. I look forward to seeing you at some of the upcoming networking events!

Keep networking!

Upcoming Network Columbus events:

Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Columbus Compact event showcasing the Sherman Oak Condominiums
143-151 Sherman Ave, Olde Towne East

Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Rebecca Melton, MBA, SPHR, the COO of Vision and Vocational Services at Dave & Busters
3665 Park Mill Run Dr, Hilliard

Upcoming LinkOUT events:
Thirsty Third Thursdays
Havana @ 862 N. High St.
March 19 6 pm

General Meeting & Networking
Liquid Lounge @ 1100 N. High St.
March 25 6:30 pm
Meeting begins at 7pm.

Movie Night (TBD)
March 29 3 pm

Networking Workshop
Stonewall Columbus @ 1160 N. High St.
April 7 6:30 – 8 pm
This workshop is specifically geared for students, graduates, and
young professionals who are interested in building their networking
skills to leverage as they job hunt. This workshop covers the topics
of Networking Basics, Breaking the Ice, Leaving Lasting Impressions,
and Effective Follow-up, and delivers them through interactive group

April Dine-A-Round
Banana Bean Cafe @ 410 E. Whittier
April 13 7 pm
Come out for our second Dine-A-Round; enjoy favorites from the Florida
Keys, Cuban, Jamaican and Caribbean Cuisines at Banana Bean Cafe. Meet
other LinkOUT members as you enjoy a casual dinner and conversation.
Please RSVP to if you plan to attend.