Sunday, May 1, 2011

Transgender Health and Law Conference

Yesterday, I attended Connecticut TransAdvocacy Coalition's annual Transgender Lives, The Intersection of Health and Law Conference at the UConn Health Center in Farmington, CT. I never saw so many tall women and short men in one place at one time!

Kidding aside, it was a great conference. I worked the registration table most of the morning, so I had an opportunity to meet many of the attendees. One hundred ninety-five had preregistered and there were approximately 35 walk-ins, so attendance was about 230, which is a 43% increase in attendance over last year's 160.

The crowd was evenly divided between women and men; there also was a good representation of our allies.

After my work was done, I ate lunch with Tanya, Melissa, and Vickie. I met Tanya at Fantasia Fair last October; she reads this blog religiously, so here's a shout-out to Tanya! Melissa and Vickie were new acquaintances. We all had a nice discussion over lunch.

After lunch, I attended one workshop in the afternoon concerning transgenders in the workplace. The presenters are involved in CABO, the Connecticut Alliance for Business Opportunities, LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Coming from an employer's perspective, they evangelized the hiring of LGBTs.

Most of the audience had an employee perspective, so members of the audience talked about their concerns. The discussion was so interesting that the session ran over its allotted time.

I stopped by CABO's booth afterwards and continued the discussion. I was so motivated by it all that I am seriously considering pursuing the establishment of an LGBT group at work for the good of my LGBT co-workers as well as myself.

I had been up since 4:45 AM, had worked hard in heels all morning, and by mid-afternoon, I was too pooped to Polka, so I left the premises at 2:30 PM after having a very rewarding day.

(I apologize for running the same candid photo as I ran yesterday, but hands down, it beats all of my posed photos taken at the conference. And again, thank you Jamie Dailey for taking some photos without twisting your arm!)


  1. Let me put in another plug for CABO. They were one of the conference's Gold sponsors and they also contacted their members about the conference. Which resulted in many new advertisers.

    If you own your own business in Connecticut, you might want to consider becoming a member.

    CTAC is a non-profit member.

  2. AnonymousMay 01, 2011

    Since you're "out" at the HR folks this photo of you working as your natural self!

  3. AnonymousMay 02, 2011

    Thank you for the mention Stana. It is a pleasure to know you.

  4. AnonymousMay 02, 2011

    We ain't "transgenders." We are people with a transgender history, or just transgender people.

    Our people-ness, our humanity, needs to be clear.

    You are not a transgender, you are a person who happens to identify as transgender, and who also identifies as many other things.

    "transgender in the workplace," OK, fine, because that is talking about the attribute.

    "transgenders in the work place," not so fine.