This August 23-27, as the transgender community and its struggle for equal treatment and public education continues to make headlines around the country, and as the community navigates an increasingly fraught and hostile political climate, Gender Odyssey will hold its 16th annual international conference focused on the needs and interests of this diverse population.
Gender Odyssey Seattle is an international conference focused on the needs and interests of transgender and gender-diverse people, their loved ones, and professionals who serve them. Packed with thought-provoking workshops, professional training opportunities, discussion groups, networking, and social events, this one-of-a-kind annual gathering attracts people from all over the world for an uplifting weekend of skill sharing and community building at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, USA.
The five-day event being held at the Washington State Convention Center will include Gender Odyssey Professional, offering programming for medical caregivers, therapists, social workers, teachers, counselors, students, and others seeking to advance their understanding of gender variance and transgender identities.
The Seattle conference will also feature Gender Odyssey Family, an annual, dedicated conference for families who are working to navigate the day-to-day realities of raising a gender-diverse or transgender child. As one of the only opportunities in the country to find valuable resources, information, and networking opportunities, Gender Odyssey Family provides real tools for families to support their child’s gender self-discovery. GO Family will offer special programming for teens, as well as a day camp for the children attending. A highlight of the family track will be the parents panel highlighting diverse families who have been highly visible and fierce advocates for their trans and gender-creative children.
Additional programming includes a storytelling event, an art show showcasing the work of transgender artists Darius X and Flynn Bickley, and community social events, including events dedicated to parents, teens, and people of color.
Featured speakers include:
Diego Sanchez, keynote speaker and Director of Policy at PFLAG. An out transgender man, Sanchez was formerly Senior Policy Advisor to Congressman Barney Frank.
Dr. Rachel Levine, keynote speaker at Gender Odyssey Pro, and Physician General/Acting Secretary of Health for the state of Pennsylvania. Dr. Levine is the highest-ranking transgender official in state history, and one of the few transgender state-level appointed officials in the country.
Gavin Grimm, the student who sued for the right to use the boys’ bathroom at his high school, and plaintiff in G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board, currently being reconsidered by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Joey Maldonado, who successfully fought to become America’s first openly transgender Boy Scout, and his mom, Kristie Maldonado.
A parent panel featuring parents of transgender children, including: Michelle Honda-Phillips, parent of a transgender daughter, Malisa, and daughter of former California Congressman Mike Honda; DeShanna Neal, mother of a transgender daughter, Trinity; and Kristie Maldonado, mother of Joey Maldonado.
For additional information about presenters and programming, visit genderodyssey.org/seattle.
To register, go to genderodyssey.