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Minnesota Trans Health & Wellness Conference PDF Print E-mail

Thank you for helping to make the 2011 Minnesota Trans Health and Wellness Conference a success! We had approximately 320 people attend over the two days of the Conference.


Please click here to complete our online evaluation survey if you attended any part of the conference. Thank you! 


Minnesota Trans Health and Wellness Conference 2011

“Diverse Families: Health through Community”

Saturday, Sept 10, 8am to 5:30pm (registration & light breakfast 8-9am) 

Saturday 1:45-2:45pm: Keynote Speaker Susan Raffo

Saturday night, 7 to 9:30pm Cabaret 
Sunday, Sept 11, 9:30am to 5:30pm (registration & light breakfast 9:30-10am)
Sunday 1:30-2:30pm: Keynote Speakers Marcus and David Waterbury
at South High School, 3131 19th Ave S, MinneapolisMinnesota 55407 
Pre-registration has now closed (as of September 5). You may still attend the Conference if you haven't pre-registered (but we cannot guarantee we'll have food available for you). Simply show up and register at the door. Contact us if you have any questions.  
NEW:  Click here for the latest schedule grid! 
NEW:  Click here for the latest workshop descriptions and schedule! (We are expecting a few additions, so check back here or see the full schedule in your conference bag when you arrive onsite for the latest information.) 
This year we are offering two full days of programming for trans and gender non-conforming individuals and community, including partners, family, friends and allies. We’ll have free health screenings, workshops, films, individual mini surgery consultations, a resource fair, and more! We will also have workshops throughout both days for health professionals, social workers, and students. Certificates of Attendance will be available for providers to self submit for continuing education credits.
Scroll down for a partial list of Workshops we have confirmed!
There will be content on (and for) trans and gender non-conforming kids, their parents, siblings, and family, along with content for health professionals and others. A licensed child care person, supported by qualified volunteers, will be staffing both days so that parents are free to attend workshops. Bring the whole family!

Cost: Attendance is free, with light breakfast and lunch provided.
We gratefully accept donations: the Conference costs approximately $40 per person to produce, please donate if you are able to. 
Certificates of Attendance for providers: $100 with pre-registration (or $125 onsite).
Announcing Our Keynote Speakers:  Saturday 1:45-2:45pm Susan Raffo
Susan Raffo
Saturday's keynote speaker, Susan Raffo, is one half of the Executive Director at PFund Foundation as well as a writer, community organizer and bodyworker living in Minneapolis. She is particularly drawn to the interconnections of trauma and oppression in both our individual bodies and our collective bodies and how that interconnection affects our relationship to resources to community, to our identities and to how we dream change. As part of this, Susan co-facilitates with Heather Hackman a workshop called "More than Skin Deep: Uprooting White Supremacy One Cell at a Time" that looks at the deeper implications of white supremacy for white people. She is also a member of the national Healing Justice Collective, a group that came together for the 2010 US Social Forum in Detroit. Susan is the editor of Queerly Classed: Gay Men and Lesbians Write about Class (South End Press, 1995) and Restricted Access: Lesbians on Disability (with Victoria Brownworth, Seal Press, 1995). Susan lives in a collective house, is part of a community garden, is part of a collective foodshare and started a childcare cooperative. She likes to do things in groups.
Marcus Waterbury
Sunday Keynote Speakers 1:30-2:30pm
Sunday's keynote speakers are Marcus Waterbury and his father David Waterbury of Minneapolis. Marcus is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Transgender Equality, and graduated from Mount Holyoke College, a women's institution which recently re-issued his degree in his new name. He has been active in LGBT community organizing in the Twin Cities for over 20 years and works as a wealth advisor. David, a retired financial advisor, has been heavily involved in social justice and LGBT organizations since 1986, when his then-daughter came out as a lesbian. He chaired the second Governor's Task Force on Gay and Lesbian Minnesotans, and has served on the boards of GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network), the Headwater's Foundation for Justice, PFLAG St Paul-Minneapolis, and Faith in America. When Marcus came out to his parents again in 2003 (this time as a trans man), his parents celebrated his new identity and continued their process of educating themselves and others, this time around transgender issues and having a trans child.
The programming for this year's conference has already been set. The Minnesota Trans Health and Wellness Conference committee invited proposals for workshops and programming that address the joys and challenges of family diversity and the ways that family members (and families themselves) differ, such as gender identity, race, ethnicity, gender role, family make-up, sexual orientation, ability, culture, and class. We encouraged proposals to consider the term 'family' as an umbrella term for families of origin and the families we choose, create, and nurture as well as any other type of families we may be part of or envision for ourselves.
Past Health Conference Crowd
We also sought proposals that address and celebrate the wide range of diversity not only in our families but in our communities as well. We ask that all presenters bring to their work and approach their presentation with a basic understanding of racial, social, and economic justice, and remember that we are part of a multi-issue movement that includes gender liberation, as well as difference around race, class, age, sexuality, disability, immigrant status, and much more. Our goal is to provide challenging content for all ages, and all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend.
If you have a Conference related question or want to give us online feedback, please fill out our inquiry form.

Partial list of workshops:

Addiction & Recovery - What Everyone Needs to Know
All That Safe Sex Stuff!
Body Art in the Trans Community
Braving Change: Partners in Growth and Transition 
Brown People's Roundtable - the Intersections of Racial and Queer Identities
Building Community - One Host Home at a Time
Disability Justice in Trans Community: Allies in Access
Diverse Transgender - Transgenerational Family Relationships
Embodied Self-Care Techniques to Build Resiliency
Estrogen 101 - Starting Feminizing Hormones
Growing Old and Trans: A Conversation about Expectations and Fears
GYN Care for the Trans Patient (Deb Thorp, MD)
Hair Removal and Skin Optimization (surgeon Christine McGinn, DO)
Healing That Which Divides Us:
             Ending Racism and Whiteness through the Wisdom of the Cell
Intersecting Spectrums: Autistic and Trans
Legal/Policy Developments Affecting Minnesota's Trans Community
MTF and FTM Surgery Options (Upper and Lower),
              Facial Feminization and Body Contouring (surgeon Toby R. Meltzer, MD, PC)
MTF / FTM Gender Surgery (surgeon Loren Schechter, MD)
Making your Clinical and Medical Practices More Gender Nonconforming Friendly
Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition's Direct Services
My Naked Self
Nicotine Flavored Nipples: Tobacco Use & Transition
Non-Genital Plastic Surgery for Transgender Patients (surgeon Richard Tholen, MD)
Politics of Passing While Black
Prescribing and Monitoring Hormones: Clinical Protocols
Surgical Information and Options for Transwomen and Transmen (surgeon Christine McGinn, DO) 
Testosterone 101 - Masculinizing Hormones 
The Powerful Patient / Client
Town Hall Meeting: Trans Faith
Transgender Aging: What Do We Know? What's Needed?
Transgender Voice Changes: Do's and Don't's for Family and Friends
Trans Ally Foundations
Trans Healthcare Accessibility: Community Clinic Perspectives
Trans-Inclusive Healthcare Coverage: Strategies for Success
Trans in Recovery
Trans Masculine Chest Surgery Show and Tell
Trans Masculine Lower Surgery Options: Conversation and Sharing
Voice Change for Transgender/Transsexual Men and Women
What is Electrolysis and How Does it Work? 
Working with Gender Nonconforming Kids Ages 3-11 and Their Families 

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