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Trans Day of Visibility Conference

What I Wish I Had Known

March 31, 2021 @ 9:00 am 2:00 pm MDT

Exploring your gender can feel like you are at a crossroads. So many things overlap as you try to find your path. The “What I Wish I Had Known” Conference is an event centered on information that will make navigating your path a little easier. This educational event with panels and presentations is open to all. So, if you are questioning, transgender, gender non-conforming or someone who interacts with those exploring their gender, this event will have information for you.

Agenda

Ten-minute breaks will be provided between each session, panel, or presentation.

9:00 – 9:20 AM

Introduction

Speaker: Danielle Shepherd

9:30 – 10:30 AM

Breakout Session 1

“It’s a Match” CSW Workshop

Speaker: Elnaz Tahmassebi, Tayler Bseiso, TeMerae Blackwater

Discussion about topics related to healthy relationships

10:40 – 11:40 AM

Queer Identity Panel

Panelists: River Jude August, Liv Hunzinger, Sam Chelsey, Jack D. Haden

Discussion around the gender identities outside of the conventional binaries. Q&A following discussion.

11:50 AM – 12:50 PM

Breakout Session 2

Legal Aspects of Transitioning (Name/Gender Change, etc.)

Speaker: Chris Wharton

Presentation centered around legal questions related to transitioning

11:50 AM – 12:50 PM

Breakout Session 2

“It’s a Match” CSW Workshop

Speaker: Elnaz Tahmassebi, Tayler Bseiso, TeMerae Blackwater

Discussion about topics related to healthy relationships

1:00 – 2:00 PM

HRT and Transitioning Panel

Panelists: Danielle Shepherd, Kody Carbone, Jack D. Haden

Discussion surrounding HRT and Transitioning from people who have experienced it

Speakers & Panelists

River Jude August

River Jude August is your friendly neighborhood queer, who has been all-out gender-bender since they were a little tot trundling around in cowperson boots & plaid button-ups. River is among the individuals in Utah, championing social justice, growth & change as they serve as a leader in the effort to defend gender-expansive rights. River is considered somewhat of a transgender pioneer, in Utah, from undergoing pivotal gender-affirming surgeries like being the third to have a phalloplasty to accomplishing several legal achievements, such as being one of the first to legally change their gender marker to “X”, setting a historic precedent for others. River is an avid skier & motorcycle rider who lives in Salt Lake City with their partner Jo, their three kids & four dogs.

Sam Chelsey

Sam Chelsey

Sam Chesley is an openly trans and non-binary person. Sam teaches Middle School and High School Mathematics and goes by they/them pronouns. They live with their spouse and two cats in Utah County.

Jack D. Haden

Jack D. Haden

Jack is a transmasculine genderqueer licensed clinical social worker who works as a therapist at the University of Utah Counseling Center.  He lives in Salt Lake with a trio of rambunctious cats.  When not working, he can often be found curled up with a book, hitting up local coffee shops, or listening to far too many true crime podcasts.

Liv Hunsinger

Liv Hunsinger

Liv is queer, non-binary person. They are a third year student studying social work and in their free time they love to bake, drink coffee, and walk around the city.

Kody Karbone

Kody Carbone

Business Manager – University of Utah, Student Media Department. Californian native and UC Santa Cruz Alumni has been transitioning (FTM) starting in 2017. Current board member U of U Transgender Patient Advisory Board 2020. Past board member of Kaiser Permanente LGBT Patient Board 2017-2019, UC Davis LGBT resource center council member 2015-2018, and Sacramento LGBT peer mentor 2008-2012. In his free time Kody enjoying cooking ,camping, gardening, and annual trips to pride festivals.

Danielle Shepherd

Danielle Shepherd

Danielle Shepherd (she/her/hers) works in the Career & Professional Development Center as the Operations & Finance Specialist. Thanks to the inclusivity and support in her office, she has been able to live authentically with her wife for the last year. Danielle has always worked for equality and inclusivity. When not working, she volunteers for a local anime convention, Anime Banzai. This group has always promoted a welcoming atmosphere for the community and annually has a spot in the Salt Lake City Pride Parade.

Chris Wharton

Chris Wharton

Chris Wharton (he/him/his) is a small practice attorney in Salt Lake City who focuses LGBTQ legal advocacy. Chris graduated from Westminster College before receiving his law degree from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. In 2013, he led a team of attorneys from conservative states in submitting an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing for equal treatment of LGBT families under the law. In 2015, he obtained the first same-sex common law marriage adjudication in Utah. That same year, Chris represented members of “Utah’s Capitol 13”—a group of LGBTQ civil rights demonstrators. Chris has represented more transgender and gender non-binary clients seeking name and gender changes than any other attorney in the state. He currently has a high-profile transgender rights case pending before the Utah Supreme Court. Chris’ work has been featured in Q Salt Lake, The Salt Lake Tribune, and Salt Lake City Weekly, which named Chris the “Best Advocate for LGBT Families” in Utah.

Pride Week at the U is an annual event honoring LGBTQIA+ histories, cultures, and lives! This year’s theme, “Queer at the Intersections,” invites us to think about LGBTQIA+ lives and topics through different intersections of identity, including race, class, and gender. There will also be opportunities to examine how LGBTQIA+ people show up in different spaces, such as being out at work, in gaming, or in the art world.

Organizers

LGBT Resource Center

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Pride Week Planning Committee

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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

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Center for Disability & Access

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