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Registration now open for Third Annual TransOhio Transgender and Ally Symposium

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Shane Morgan
TransOhio
(614) 441-8167
TransOhio@gmail.com
www.transohio.org

Registration now open for Third Annual TransOhio Transgender and Ally Symposium

Columbus, Ohio — May 22, 2010 — The 3rd Annual TransOhio Transgender and Ally Symposium, which will be held on the campus of Ohio State University from August 13-15, 2010, will feature over 70 workshops and seminars by local and nationally recognized presenters. Registration for this year’s Transgender and Ally Symposium is now open.

TransOhio, Ohio’s only statewide Transgender advocacy and community organization, has expanded this conference, which originally consisted of a single day just three years ago, to three full days of workshops, seminars and social events, including a day that is specifically set aside for medical, social service and legal providers. “This is the first year we will be hosting a Provider’s Day at our Symposium. We’re going to be able to offer continuing education units (CEUs) as we’ve partnered with The Ohio State University’s College of Social Work. Additionally, the GLBT Alumni Society – Scarlet & Gay and The Longaberger Alumni House have also been key partners in making this day come together,” said Shane Morgan, Founder and Chair of TransOhio. The General Symposium sessions, held both Saturday and Sunday, will occur onsite at the Ohio State University Multicultural Center at the Ohio Union.

“Recently, we’ve seen several established as well as new medical and legal providers stepping up to learn about the Transgender community and their needs and the issues that are specific to the community. Part of TransOhio’s mission is to provide opportunities to continue to develop qualified professionals that the Transgender community can seek out for services,” according to TransOhio Board Member Jacob Nash.  “People need to know that they have options and need to be able to select a professional who best fits an individual’s needs and works for them.”

Presentations, workshops and seminars will cover topics such as Health & Safety, Partners, Spouses & Family, Sex & Sexuality, Legal Issues & Employment, Religion and Spirituality, Education & Advocacy and Culture, Media and Arts.  Friday night events include a Meet & Greet and the Fabulously Fluid! gender-bending performance showcase. Saturday evening, TransOhio will host a special performance of local performer Sile P. Singleton’s – PAINT! A Transformative Project at the Columbus Performing Arts Center’s Shedd Theatre in Columbus.  PAINT! is set against the backdrop of a socially constructed notion that communities of color are “more homophobic than white communities,” Singleton, chases the metaphor of the rainbow from her earliest childhood memories in the church to today’s rainbow clad “twirly” boys and “dykes on bikes.” Singleton guides the audience through the very personal journey of an American Black Midwest Queer Trans-person and her quest for the symbol of hope and ‘everlasting inclusion.’

For more information about TransOhio or the 3rd Annual TransOhio Transgender and Ally Symposium, visit www.transohio.org or transohio2010.wordpress.com to register.

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3rd Annual TransOhio Transgender & Ally Symposium: Call for Presenters

We’re pleased to announce that our 3rd Annual TransOhio Transgender & Ally Symposium will be held the weekend of August 13-15, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio!

3rd Annual TransOhio Transgender & Ally Symposium: Call for Presenters!

We are currently accepting program proposals to be presented at the 3rd Annual TransOhio Transgender & Ally Symposium to be held August 13-15, 2010!

All proposals should be submitted online. Symposium Proposals (https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?key=puHuRpiFcPX-Utic6CRFmXw)

This year we are expanding our symposium this year to include:

Friday, August 13th: Provider’s Day
Explicitly for medical, legal, and social work professionals (CLEs/CLUs)

Saturday, August 14th: General Conference
Covering a broad range of interests throughout the community

Sunday, August 15th: General Conference
Continuation of programs with a diversity of topics

Proposals can be for a seminar, presentation, panel, workshop, discussion group, activity and/or performance space, fellowship activity, arts and crafts, etc.

We will seriously consider all submissions, and will give preference to fresh ideas. So don’t be shy, and think outside the box! Please fill out this form as it will appear for publication. The information that you submit will be used on the conference website, in advance publicity, and in the program book.

Keep in mind that Friday’s program is geared toward the continued education of service providers. Please indicate in the space provided whether you have presented the topic before, and if CLEs/CLUs were offered with attendance.

Depending on scheduling, we may request that you present both Friday and Saturday if the topic will also benefit the larger community, and we will consider this as space allows.

All proposals should be submitted online. Symposium Proposals ( https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?key=puHuRpiFcPX-Utic6CRFmXw)

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSAL SUBMISSION IS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2010!

Need ideas? Have any questions, comments, or concerns? Please direct them to Milo Primeaux at milo@transohio.org!

Interested in being a Sponsor of this year’s Symposium? Email Shane Morgan for Sponsorship packets (shane@transohio.org)!

Good luck!

TransOhio Board of Directors & Symposium Planning Committee
Educate. Advocate. Support. Community.

TransOhio January 2010 Newsletter Available!

January 11, 2010

Happy new year TransOhio Family, Friends and Supporters!

The January 2010 issue of the TransOhio newsletter is now available!

You can download the newsletter at: http://www.transohio.org/news/TransOhioJanuary2010.pdf.

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

What better way to start 2010 then by making a donation to TransOhio! Make your start-of-the-year TAX-DEDUCTIBLE donation to TransOhio! To make your tax-deductible donation to TransOhio, click here!

Did you know that your donations to TransOhio are tax-deductible?

It’s true, they are!

Did you know that TransOhio is an all-volunteer board?

It’s true, we don’t get paid!

Did you know that your tax-deductible donations to TransOhio assist us in providing programs, outreach & educational programs and events FREE to the Ohio transgender community?

It’s true! Every dollar you donate to TransOhio makes a difference. It’s true, really! Every dollar counts! To make your tax-deductible donation to TransOhio, click here!

We’ll see you soon! Don’t forget to check out www.transohio.org for a full calendar of events, workshops and other fantastic community gatherings!

TransOhio Board
Shane, Karen, Tara, Milo, Jake, Sarah and Melissa

TransOhio: 2009 in Review

2009 has been a busy year for TransOhio. It never ceases to amaze us how fast time flies and how much can happen within 12 months.  

Here’s a quick overview of some of the work TransOhio has done as an organization and the work the TransOhio board has done individually: 

Have you made your end-of-the-year donation?
Remember, TransOhio is supported by grants and donations. The work we’ve done and continue to do cannot be done without YOUR support!  All donations made to TransOhio are tax-deductible! So, make your end-of-the-year donation now! Donations can be made online at: https://npo.networkforgood.org/Donate/Donate.aspx?npoSubscriptionId=4837 

In 2009, TransOhio…

  • received over 300 calls to our office for resources, support and information
  • distributed over 8,000 copies of our Transgender 101 publication
  • published another year of our monthly TransOhio newsletter
  • tabled at the Columbus and Cincinnati Pride events
  • hosted “Blurring the Lines of Gender” art work by Briden Cole Schueren
  • hosted the 2nd Annual TransOhio Transgender & Ally Symposium (Keynote Speaker, Helen Boyd)
  • hosted Fabulously Fluid: A Evening of Performance, Music, Comedy and Spoken Word
  • sponsored and had attendance at Equality Ohio’s Lobby for Equality Day
  • sponsored and had attendance at the Candidates Night for the Central Ohio GLBT Community
  • hosted the 3rd Annual Unity Picnic in June
  • hosted the 3rd Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner
  • hosted the 3rd Annual Christmas Day Gathering
  • hosted the 11th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance in Columbus
  • joined as a member organization of the Equality Federation
  • sponsored a TransOhio booth at Ohio Lesbian Festival
  • facilitated the weekly TransFusion group at Kaleidoscope Youth Center
  • particpated in a Fireside Chat with Ohio’s First Lady, Francis Strickland
  • hosted the Midsummer (and Midwinter) Night’s ‘T’: Transgender Panel for Community Leaders
  • worked with Equality Ohio and Central Ohio transgender advocates to create a state-wide policy  “Declaration of Gender Change” for the Ohio BMV
  • hosted monthly support groups & meetings
  • took a field trip to The Apothecary Shops to see how testosterone and forms of estrogen are compounded
  • started a new program: Partners’ Discussion Group facilitated by Sarah, Ellen and Ariel

Shane, our Co-chair…

  • presented at Equality Ohio’s C.A.U.S.E. Conference
  • attended and presented at the Equality Federation Summer Meeting
  • attended 2009 NCAVP Regional Training Academy
  • attended Equality Ohio’s Lobby for Equality Day
  • spoke to students at The Ohio State University, Dennison University and the Columbus Alternative High School
  • presented “Why Diversity Matters to AFSCMEA – Diversity awareness and application: The Gender Continuum to AFL-CIO / AFSCME Ohio Council 8
  • provided written Proponent Testimony for Ohio legislators in support of (EHEA) Equal Housing and Employment Act (H.B. 176)
  • provided proponent testimony for Columbus City Council and Civil Rights Commission for adding “gender identity and expression” to Columbus Civil Rights Code
  • attended and spoke at state-wide screenings of Call Me Malcom
  • wrote “Chaz Bono’s Transition: How Can You Be an Ally to Transgender People?” for DiversityInc.com
  • continued UnitedENDA Committee work
  • joined the Equality Ohio Public Policy Committee as a committee member
  • joined the United Way of Central Ohio Affinity Steering Committee as a committee member
  • spoke about being transgender and a resident of Ohio at the TransOhio Fireside Chat with the First Lady of Ohio, Francis Strickland
  • spoke at Midsummer (and Midwinter) Night’s ‘T’: Transgender Panel for Community Leaders
  • attended Equality Ohio’s Statewide Leadership Summit

Tara, our legal counsel and board member…

  • spoke to students at Ohio Northern University, Ohio State University, Dennison University, and Columbus Alternative High School
  • spoke on TV “Columbus CRC TV” about Pride
  • participated in the Equality Ohio Lobby Day
  • presented at the 2nd Annual TransOhio Transgender and Ally Symposium
  • spoke about being transgender and a resident of Ohio at the TransOhio Fireside Chat with the First Lady of Ohio, Francis Strickland
  • provided legal counsel to numerous people in the Ohio transgender community
  • spoke at Midsummer (and Midwinter) Night’s ‘T’: Transgender Panel for Community Leaders

Milo, our treasurer…

  • created our new series “Midsummer (and Midwinter) Night’s ‘T’: Transgender Panel for Community Leaders”
  • spoke at the Columbus Alternative High School Gay Straight Alliance, The Ohio State University Social Work programs
  • attended the 2nd Annual TransOhio Transgender & Ally Symposium
  • graduated from the Pride Leadership program (cycle 2) of the United Way of Central Ohio
  • presented to the OhioHealth Corporate Diversity Council – Transgender and Healthcare
  • spoke about being transgender and a resident of Ohio at the TransOhio Fireside Chat with the First Lady of Ohio, Francis Strickland
  • presented to the OhioHealth Preserve, Diversity & Inclusion Committee – Transgender and Healthcare
  • graduation speaker at Pride Leadership (cycle 2)
  • keynote speaker at Bowling Green State University – Transcendence Gender Awareness Days – Transgender and Identities
  • spoke at Midsummer (and Midwinter) Night’s ‘T’: Transgender Panel for Community Leaders

Karen, our Co-Chair…

  • attended The Task Forces’ Creating Change Conference in Denver, Colorado
  • spoke to students at The Ohio State University, Dennison University, and Columbus Alternative High School
  • spoke about being transgender and a resident of Ohio at the TransOhio Fireside Chat with the First Lady of Ohio, Francis Strickland
  • spoke at Midsummer (and Midwinter) Night’s ‘T’: Transgender Panel for Community Leaders

Jacob, one of our new board members…

  • spoke about being transgender and a resident of Ohio at the TransOhio Fireside Chat with the First Lady of Ohio, Francis Strickland
  • attended Equality Ohio’s Lobby for Equality Day
  • attended Equality Ohio’s Statewide Leadership Summit

Sarah, one of our new board members… 

  • spoke at Midwinter Night’s ‘T’: Transgender Panel for Community Leaders
  • facilitated the TransOhio Partners’ Discussion Group

Melissa, one of our new board members… 

  • attended Equality Ohio’s Lobby for Equality Day
  • spoke to students at Dennison University
  • attended Equality Ohio’s Statewide Leadership Summit

While this list isn’t complete, it does give you a great overview of what we’ve been doing during 2009! And, if you think we’ve done a lot in 2009, wait until you see what we’re working on for 2010 and beyond!
 

Have you made your end-of-the-year donation?
Remember, TransOhio is supported by grants and donations. The work we’ve done and continue to do cannot be done without YOUR support!  

All donations made to TransOhio are tax-deductible! So, make your end-of-the-year donation now! Donations can be made online at: https://npo.networkforgood.org/Donate/Donate.aspx?npoSubscriptionId=4837

Article: Living a transgender life

By KAY SEDGMER, Times Leader Staff Writer
POSTED: November 29, 2009
TimesLeader Online

LIVING A life that falls outside of conventional gender norms is something that happens only in the movies for many people.

But the reality isit happens and it sometimes can hit close to home. And it has for one local resident.

Born as a male in Belmont County, Jasmine Anderson has lived across the country, most recently in New York City. Today, she has returned to the Ohio Valley and is now living her life as a female.

She spent years trying to come to grips with her identity and after experimenting on numerous levels with her sexuality, she has decided to move ahead with plans to transform her body into that of a female.

Her Social Security, driver’s license and insurance cards already list her as a female. However, Jasmine’s sex on her birth certificate cannot be altered until she completes the gender reassignment surgery.

Saying she is a transgender female, Jasmine is currently undergoing hormone therapy and hopes to soon have surgery to make her body as congruent as possible with her preferred gender. This process is referred to as gender reassignment.

Transgender is an umbrella term used to describe people whose gender identity or gender expression differs from that usually associated with their birth sex. Many transgender people live part-time or full-time as members of the other gender. People whose identity, appearance, or behavior falls outside of conventional gender norms can be described as transgender. However, not everyone whose appearance or behavior is gender-atypical will identify as a transgender person.

There is no generally accepted explanation for why some people are transgender. Many experts believe that biological factors such as genetic influences and prenatal hormone levels, early experiences in a person’s family of origin, and other social influences can all contribute to the development of transgender behaviors and identities.

According to numerous studies, it is difficult to accurately estimate the prevalence of transgender people.

Transgender people experience their transgender feelings in a variety of ways. Some can trace their transgender identities or gender-atypical attitudes and behaviors back to their earliest memories. Others become aware of their transgender identities much later in life. Some transgender people accept or embrace their transgender feelings, while others struggle with feelings of shame or confusion. Some often seek sex reassignment.

This is a complex process.

Some people who transition often start by expressing their preferred gender only in situations where they feel safe working up to living full-time as their preferred gender. They begin by developing their appearance as their preferred sex, changing their name, changing their sex designation on identity documents, begin hormone treatment and eventually undergo gender reassignment surgery.

Transgender is not considered a mental disorder until it causes distress or disability.

Many transgender individuals do not experience distressing or disabling feelings. However, some do, particularly transsexuals, who experience their gender identity as incongruent with the birth sex. This is called gender dysophoria or Gender Identity Disorder.

Transgender people experience the same kinds of mental health problems that nontransgender people do. However, the stigma, discrimination, and internal conflict that many transgender people experience may place them at increased risk for certain mental health problems. Discrimination, lack of social support, and inadequate access to care can exacerbate mental health problems in transgender people, while support from peers, family, and professionals may act as protective factors.

There are no laws in the United States to protect transgender people from discrimination based on gender identity.

This alone can cause transgender people to feel unsafe or ashamed, even when they are not directly victimized.

Jasmine has endured such feelings and discrimination yet remains hopeful to someday be able to live her life as “just a girl” with the support of her family, friends and society.

“I don’t want to be different,” she said. “I want to be just like every other girl.”

Sedgmer may be reached at ksedgmer@timesleaderonline.com