2018 First Event Conference - The Premier Transgender Conference of the Season
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Daily Schedule for Saturday February 03, 2018

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9:00A Tiffany's Closet Marlboro


Shop shop shop
9:00A Trans Women who are “Part Time” - We Are Trans, too. Mrs. Jennifer White BoxBorough

Mrs. Jennifer
White
“Transgender” encompasses a wide variety on the gender spectrum, including those who dress or express their femininity or masculinity “part-time”. While nearly all begin part-time, some remain “dual-gendered”, either by choice or constrained by outside factors. Exploring and sharing the reasons why, we gain greater understanding, support, mechanisms for coping, and more confidence in our lives and exploration of selves. This talk is open to all, including significant others, full time trans men and women, and those simply interested in the subject. The workshop will explore these issues, and include open discussion the last third.
9:00A Support Group for Lesbian Partners of TMs - SO only support group - (PiP) Donna DeLone Duchess

Donna
DeLone
You've been in a relationship with a woman - who now is becoming a man. How does this affect you? How do your feelings get heard? Does this change how you identify? This therapist led group will help you find the support you need.
9:00A Friends of Bill W. .meeeting. .time. Hudson

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If you think you or someone you know is having a problem with alcohol, please feel free to attend this open meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous during the First Event Conference. Meetings will be held each morning , Thursday thru Sunday at 9AM.
9:00A Body and Brain Yoga Ms. Emmy Nim Northborough

Ms. Emmy
Nim
This class will concentrate on light stretching, proper breathing, meditation, relaxation and an introduction to Tai Chi. Loose and comfortable clothing such as Yoga pants, sweat pants, T-shirt and socks are needed, Shorts are not recommended. The class will slowly progress from simple stretching to prepare for further exercise, instruction on proper breathing and explanation why proper breathing is important everyday. You'll be taught ways to relax and meditate for everyday life, and accumulation of energy. Introduction to Tai Chi to show further ways to relax and focusing on rebalancing your body.
9:00A YF: All Youth Meet-Up Youth & Family Program Catie Curtis Princess

Catie
Curtis
This session will be dedicated to checking in about what brings you to the conference and what you'd like to to get from it. We'll also do some fun interactive games to get to know each other.
9:00A YF: Welcome Family Youth Program Youth & Family Program Catie Curtis Salon C

Catie
Curtis

Carol
Caravana
Welcome for adults and youth together! Come get energized for the amazing day to come! We will also go over some logistics, introductions and resources to navigate your way through the conference and beyond.
9:00A Chest Wall Reconstruction/Breast Surgery General Program Dr. Melissa Johnson Seminar

Dr. Melissa
Johnson
This presentation is designed to educate prospective patients on options for breast surgery. The FTM focus is on Mastectomy procedures for Chest Wall Reconstruction. MTF focus is on Breast Augmentation.
9:00A Coming Out…..The Good, The Bad and the Indifferent Dr. Gennifer Herley Southborough

Dr. Gennifer
Herley
This Group participatory workshop will explore the feelings and Experiences of anyone in the Trans Community who has or would like to express their identity to their spouse, girlfriend, significant other, Friends, Family, Work and the World at Large! As a group let’s hear each other’s stories so that may learn from one another. There are always similarities and differences from where we come from. Hopefully by sharing stories you will discover where you are going and where you would like to be currently or in the future. So come share your story in this workshop and let’s find some strategies and new ways to help one another communicate our Authenticity to our loved ones and the World!!
9:00A M to F & F to M Permanent Hair Removal Process for Gender Confirmation Surgery Preparation Linda DeFruscio Sterling

Linda
DeFruscio
This workshop provides an opportunity for transgender people to learn what to expect and how to prepare for electrolysis and/or laser hair removal services. Linda will discuss cases that she and her staff have experienced in this process. You will gain confidence in your customized program with the information we can provide you. We will have an open discussion following the slide show. For complimentary consultations please cal our office at 617-964-1000. A&A Laser, Electrolysis & Skin Care, Newtonville, MA or see us in the Vendor Room.
9:00A Great Brows Now Donna Witt-Henderson Sudbury

Donna
Witt-Henderson
You see the brows you love in magazines: fluffy, perfectly groomed, stunning - yet you have trouble achieving that look. Well stop wishing for Great Brows and start today to learn how to design and create the brows you thought impossible ! Donna Witt-Henderson will show you how, step by step, to easily design your brows - to your features and face shape. Once you've got your design - then you will learn to Shape, Shade and Shave your brows into the beauties you've imagined ! Donna will provide you with a Twinkle shaver, brow pencil and instruction sheet so your brows with be 'close-up' ready !
9:00A Newcomers' Orientation Ms. Lida Mullendore Wayland

Ms. Lida
Mullendore
Welcome Newcomers to the First Event Newcomers' Orientation. Please join us each morning at 9 am where we will welcome you personally and answer any questions.
9:00A Boston Medical Center's Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery - Surgical Informatio Session Ms. Wendoly Langlois Westborough

Ms. Wendoly
Langlois

pam
klein
Boston Medical Center's Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery provides a number of different surgical options to transgender patients, including chest reconstruction surgery, facial feminization surgery, and genital surgery for transgender women, and chest reconstruction surgery, hysterectomy, and oophorectomy for transgender men. This short workshop will focus generally on some of the surgical options available at BMC.
10:00A Beginning Pool Clinic Ms. Lida Mullendore All Star Lounge

Ms. Lida
Mullendore
Have you ever wanted to learn how to play pool? It’s easier than you think. Lida will teach the basics including stance, bridging, stroke, and “ghost ball” aiming. All equipment will be provided. 10 AM Thursday, 10 AM Friday, and 10 AM Saturday at the pool tables in the lobby.
10:00A Promoting Confidence and Positivity in Transition! Ms. Emily Fallon BoxBorough

Ms. Emily
Fallon
Wether it's with family, at work, or just walking down the street being confident and staying positive during a transition can be a hard at times. In this discussion based workshop run and hosted by YouTuber Emily Fallon of "It's Emily!" she will discuss different ways that have helped her in promoting confidence and positivity in her day to day life during transition.
10:00A Holding On For Dear Life in a Sidecar: The Wild and Wooly Ride of the Partner Partners in Process Program Dr. Maureen Osborne Duchess

Dr. Maureen
Osborne
In addition to identity challenges, being the partner of a transgender person can be a roller coaster ride of feelings that change on a daily basis. It’s definitely not for sissies. We will make a non-judgmental space for partners to share some of the feelings they have experienced on this journey. Some questions considered will be: What feelings have you experienced as the partner in this journey? Is there room in your relationship to talk about them without feeling guilty or nagging or demanding? How do you make your voice heard in your relationship? Do you know how to distinguish between your feelings in any moment and your longer-term inner truth? What ways have you developed of dealing with the “moving target” that is often part of a transgender person’s journey? How have you dealt with the changes in personal and couple identity that often accompany this journey? The format will be interactive and aimed at providing support and guidance for dealing with the challenges many SOs face.
10:00A YF: Medical Panel for Youth -- A Safe Space to Ask Questions Youth & Family Program Ralph Vetters Princess

Ralph
Vetters
This is a youth-only workshop about medical issues involved with transitioning and trans health. You will have the opportunity to write down an anonymous question, or ask questions during the workshop. Dr. Ralph Vetters, the Medical Director of the Sidney Borum Jr. Health Center, a program of Fenway Health.
10:00A YF: Social and Adventure Programs Youth & Family Program Catie Curtis Salon C

Catie
Curtis

Nick
Teich
Representatives from Venture Out, Camp Aranu'tiq, BAGLY, Out MetroWest will talk about their programs.
10:00A Your Transgender Team Diane Ellaborn Seminar

Diane
Ellaborn
No matter how you identify and where you are in the gender spectrum you deserve a supportive team of providers that are not just affirming but also are knowledgeable and highly experienced working with transgender individuals. Gender Specialist Diane Ellaborn, LICSW and a team of experts including surgeon Dr. Toby Meltzer, endocrinologist Dr. Stuart Chipkin, primary care doctor Dr. Tom Barber, and surgeon Dr. Melissa Johnson, will present an overview of long-term issues for transgender individuals. Members of your support team including mental health, primary care, surgery and other helping professionals will address long-term issues and answer audience questions. We will address all ages, including child, adolescent and adult issues.
10:00A Voice and Identity: How Pitch and Other Vocal Characteristics Shape Your Image Kimberly Dahl Southborough

Kimberly
Dahl
Our voices offer powerful cues to listeners about many aspects of who we are, including our gender identities. Voice has been shown to be a salient marker of sex and gender. We experience this daily, especially in situations where our voice stands alone. Each "ma'am" or "sir" directed to us over the phone indicates that the listener has used our voice to make a judgment of our gender. Yet the voice is a complex amalgam of many different features. It can be high-pitched or low (and everything in between). Loud or soft. Sing-song or flat. Gravelly, breathy, clear, or husky. Which of these features are most influential to a listener's perception of the speaker's gender? My research has looked at this very question, with the goal of informing effective strategies for voice modification. In this workshop, I will share my findings on the relative importance of pitch, loudness, intonation, and breathiness to gender perceptions. This information may be helpful in guiding treatment goals for individuals seeking to modify their voices to match their affirmed gender.
10:00A FtM Gender Confirming Surgeries - World Class Techniques Transmasculine Program Dr. Kathy Rumer Sterling

Dr. Kathy
Rumer
This workshop provides an opportunity for Dr. Rumer to discuss her world class FtM Gender Confirming Surgical procedures including Chest Masculinization, Body Contouring, and Bottom Surgery. She will also unveil a number of surgical and non-surgical procedures, including her latest urethral extension techniques. Dr. Rumer will then open the floor for answering specific questions after her power point presentation, and will be available for complimentary consultation while at the conference. Please call us at 855-782-5665 prior to the conference and schedule your complimentary consultation.
10:00A Transmasculine Sexuality (Limited to Transmasculine Identified Persons Only) Transmasculine Program Rev. Moonhawk River Stone Sudbury

Rev. Moonhawk River
Stone
This workshop is an invitation for all transmasculine identified individuals to partake in a discussion that explores our passions, desires, questions, and concerns about sexuality. It is an opportunity to share our collective knowledge and experience about our sexuality as transmasculine persons and to learn from others. This is an opportunity for respectful, open and honest discussion of transmasculine sexuality, sex, and intimacy from all perspectives on the binary and the non binary. Please make time to be on time for privacy, safety and trust building no late arrivals will be admitted.
10:00A MTF Top and Bottom Surgery: Aesthetically Natural and Functional Results in a One-Stage Procedure Dr. Sherman Leis Westborough

Dr. Sherman
Leis
Options for breast augmentation will be discussed and demonstrated including choice of incisions, shape and size of implant, saline versus silicone, placement of implants above or below the muscle, etc. Dr. Leis will also discuss his technique of one-stage vaginoplasty utilizing the penile inversion technique, neo-clitoris construction, and scrotal skin graft to increase vaginal depth. Recent cases will be demonstrated to show the natural results obtained with these techniques.
11:30A Advanced Pool Clinic Ms. Lida Mullendore All Star Lounge

Ms. Lida
Mullendore
So, you already know how to make shots, but getting the cue ball where you need it next remains elusive. Lida will teach the principles and techniques for position play including speed control, the “natural angle,” tangent line, draw (backspin), follow (topspin), and English (sidespin). All equipment will be provided. 11:30 AM Thursday, 11:30 AM Friday, and 11:30 AM Saturday at the pool tables in the lobby.
11:30A Transmasculine Luncheon Transmasculine Program Zachary's


11:30A Out Among the Civilians Ms. Stana Horzepa BoxBorough

Ms. Stana
Horzepa
The purpose of this workshop is to teach and encourage male-to-female crossdressers to escape from fantasyland and experience the real world as females. Workshop Goals and Objectives: To sucessfully transition male-to-female crossdressers out of the closet and into the sunlight where they can blossom as women. To evangelize the normality of crossdressing. To show that crossdressing is not necessarily a prelude to hormones and surgery, nor does it preclude a "normal" family life, i.e., happily married with children. 
11:30A Re-defining Self-Care: Caring for yourself and your partner during coming out and transition Partners in Process Program Kim Makara Duchess

Kim
Makara

Ms. Heather
O'Brien
This workshop is for partners of transgender people or couples. When a partner transitions, we transition along with them. This can often be a confusing and exhausting time. It can also present a daunting yet exciting opportunity for growth and change within ourselves and our partnership. With this in mind we will discuss the importance of self-care, finding balance, and improving communication. Participants will also have the opportunity to define their needs and create a plan for communicating their needs, while also understanding the needs of their transitioning partner. Additionally, we will provide resources specifically for partners of transgender people.
11:30A Trans Rights Updates with the Mass Trans Political Coalition General Program Mason Dunn Hudson

Mason
Dunn
Join the Mass Trans Political Coalition for updates on trans rights, advocacy, and the work ahead in Massachusetts. We will provide brief updates, and then open for questions from community members and participants. Updates will include (but are not limited to): nondiscrimination laws, healthcare access, identity documents, youth rights, employment, legal resources, and volunteer opportunities.
11:30A YF: Dating and Relationships Youth & Family Program Princess


Dating and maintaining relationships as a trans, non-binary or gender non-conforming individual can involve unique challenges. This facilitated group conversation, geared toward youth, will discuss how to maintain a healthy relationship and open doors of communication with your partner(s).Studies show that 30-50% of trans individuals experience abuse in their relationships. The spectrum of romantic and sexual attraction will be discussed (aromantic, asexual, demisexual, demiromantic, graysexual, grayromantic etc.) as well as setting healthy boundaries with your partner(s).
11:30A YF: Blockers, Hormones, Medical Procedures – What is Best for My Trans Child? Youth & Family Program Athena Edmonds Salon C

Athena
Edmonds

Ralph
Vetters
This workshop is geared for parents, whether they are just learning the terms or are in the midst of a medical transition with their child. You will have the opportunity to write an anonymous question as you arrive at the workshop. The panel will be comprised of medical professionals who will each give an overview of their expertise and their clinics. The panel members are: Jeremi M. Carswell MD, Mandy Coles MD, Ralph Vetters MD. The panel will also take questions from attendees. Facilitated by Athena Edmonds.
11:30A EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT FACIAL HAIR REMOVAL BUT DIDN'T KNOW WHO TO ASK Ms. Irina Cardos Seminar

Ms. Irina
Cardos

Belle
Brine
Irina Cardos from Precision Hair Removal and Skin Care and Belle Brine from About You Permanent Hair Removal will answer all question regarding the pros and cons of facial hair removal. They will tell all attendees, what works and what does not. Irina and Bell will inform all in attendance, the fastest process from start to finish. Consultations are available after the program or just visit them at Dr. Zukowski's vender booth.Precision Hair Removal and Skin Care and About You Permanent Hair Removal are the only electrolysis providers in North America that offers prescription strength topical Lidocaine, intravenous sedation or "Twilight Sleep" with Lidocaine local nerve and field Blocks during transgender MTF facial feminization hair removal. This sedation protocol offers the opportunity to clear the entire face and neck of hair in 1 to 2 days with up to 40% reductions per clearing. So, if your lifestyle is such that you don’t want to let your facial hair grow out every time before each visit to a traditional electrologist, then this is your answer.
11:30A Medical Therapy- Understanding Risks and Benefits Dr. Stuart Chipkin Southborough

Dr. Stuart
Chipkin
This workshop will provide an overview of the medical approach to treatment of Transgender patients including approaches, risks and benefits of hormone and non-hormonal therapy.
11:30A Not Everyone’s Doing It: Understanding Asexuality Kellie Novak Sterling

Kellie
Novak
This will be an Asexuality 101 workshop. In a hyper-sexual society such as ours, asexuality is an enigma to many people. In this workshop, we will explore the following questions: What does it mean to be asexual? What are the myths associated with asexuality? Why is there so much stigma and prejudice directed against asexuals? How can we build support and understanding for asexual people in the LGBT Community? In addition, we will reflect on people who are both asexual and transgender and challenges faced by asexual people in relationships. This is also hands-on; audience participation and discussion is welcomed. We have cake (you will learn why if you come).
11:30A The Healing Stigma Program’s Self-Expression Workshop General Program Mr. Kevin Hogan Sudbury

Mr. Kevin
Hogan
SELF-EXPRESSION PLAYS AN INTEGRAL ROLE IN HEALING IDENTITY. For many people, self-expression is an important aspect of overcoming stigma and healing their identities. The Healing Stigma program’s Self-Expression Workshop is a fun, informative, and inspiring interactive experience that encourages participants to express themselves and explore their identities through creative writing. Kevin Hogan, a 2016 Lambda Literary Awards Finalist and founder of the Healing Stigma program, leads the workshop. It is based upon more than 20 years of his teaching and writing experience, and provides participants with highly practical exercises to help fulfill their journeys of self-expression. Topics covered include exploring genres, reaching audiences, and choosing platforms. From novice scribblers to seasoned authors, Kevin’s proven strategies offer encouragement and insights that all can use in their daily writing routines.
11:30A Trans Literature : Looking back, looking ahead Ms. Larissa Glasser Wayland

Ms. Larissa
Glasser
This is a roundtable discussion of literature written trans women and AMAB non-binary writers. Trans women such as Jean Marie Stine and Rachel Pollack have led successful writing careers in decades past, but after the 'trans-tipping point,' access to literature written by trans people FOR trans people has grown exponentially. The success of "Nevada" (Imogen Binnie, 2013) and "A Safe Girl to Love" (Casey Plett, 2015) inspired young trans women AMAB non-binary writers to create, and thus reclaim the narratives that had been otherwise appropriated/misrepresented in popular media. In many cases, a new candor came through in a variety of narratives that had previously been unpublished--or worse, unwritten. Emergent voices such as Joss Barton, Moss Angel, Ana Valens, Torrey Peters and many others are bringing new honesty to the literature. What is next for us? Are you inspired to write your own narratives and if so, what are you looking to say? Who inspires you? What sorts of experiences have you had when publishing your own work? What are you looking forward to reading and writing in 2018?
11:30A Male to Female Surgical Options: Genital, Facial Feminization, Breast Augmentation, Revisions/Repairs and Body Contouring Dr. Toby Meltzer Westborough

Dr. Toby
Meltzer

Dr. Burt
Webb
A PowerPoint Presentation discussing current surgical techniques, a discussion of procedures, risks and complications, before and after photos with time for questions and answers. Dr. Meltzer is available for brief individual one-on-one visits. You may contact our office at 866-876-6329 if you wish to schedule a one-on-one visit. Formal or longer consultations need to be scheduled at our Scottsdale office at 866-876-6329.
1:00P Youth and Family Luncheon Youth & Family Program Carol Caravana
Catie Curtis
Salon D


is is for all attendees of the Youth and Family Program only.
1:00P From Closet to Conversation: Naming Our Stories and Claiming Our Lives Mx. Ari Leigh BoxBorough

Mx. Ari
Leigh
The narrative of coming out is central to LGBTQ culture, yet it often fails to account for individual experiences. Particularly among transgender individuals the looming cultural expectations of either secrecy or flashy openness can create a sense of dishonesty, regardless of what is said (or not said). Led by an openly genderqueer trans person with multiple transition experiences, this workshop will use discussion, activity and story to provide a space to explore your personal narrative and consider who, if anyone, you desire to share it with. Leaving the closet behind we embrace the life-long process of conversation and identity, within ourselves and those we chose to share it with. Whether you're transgender, an ally, questioning, or all of the above, this is a space beyond binary assumptions about openness and ourselves. Here is where you can explore new ways to write the next chapter in your story, whether you intend to publish it or not.
1:00P Issues with Cis-Trans couples: Communication, Negotiation, and Rebuilding Trust Partners in Process Program Dr. Maureen Osborne Duchess

Dr. Maureen
Osborne
A marriage or committed relationship in which one member comes to identify themselves as transgender can test the skills of even the most experienced gender therapist. The particular context may be one of early or later disclosure in the life of the relationship, part-time vs. full-time, public vs. private gender expression, and straight or queer-identified, with each presenting potential challenges. Among these are damage to mutual trust, perceived loss of intimacy, unrealized hopes and expectations, the need for secrecy, competition for attention, impact on family, finances, changes in couple identity, and more. This workshop will identify potential issues and suggest communication and negotiation strategies for couples with a gender variant partner
1:00P The Power of Voice: Finding And Expressing Your True Self Ms. Linda Marks Hudson

Ms. Linda
Marks
The roots of voice originate in the spirit and soul. Having a voice allows us both to express and share our internal experience and to say things others need to hear us say. It hurts our hearts when parts of our voice are silenced or disallowed, by us internally or others around us. Our voice also allows us to communicate a sense of authentic identity. So, as we become more comfortable with who we are, it is important to learn how to have "authentic voice," so that we can show up as ourselves in our lives and in the world. We all have a unique voice and it is important to be comfortable speaking and being heard. This workshop will include heart meditations and other experiential exercises to help us explore our authentic voice and become more comfortable and familiar with our voice as a channel to express our life energy and use our heart's power in ways that are meaningful to self and others. This workshop will include singing as a way to enjoy using our voices for fun and self-expression and to connect with others without being limited to the spoken word.
1:00P INDIVIDUALIZED ADVANCED SURGICAL TECHNIQUES FOR GLOBAL FACE, BODY, AND HAIR FEMINIZATION IN BOTH THE TRANSGENDERED AND GENDER VARIENT PATIENT Dr. Mark Zukowski Seminar

Dr. Mark
Zukowski
Dr. Zukowski will be presenting his state-of-the-art 21st century individualized surgical options for global one-step face, breast and body feminization including advanced endoscopic techniques of forehead feminization, with exclusive 3-D bone sculpting ultrasonic body sculpting with large volume fat augmentation to the buttocks (Brazilian buttock lift), as well as micrograft hair restoration to create the perfectly feminine hairline. These techniques are applicable for the M t F transgendered patient looking to transition or the gender variant patient looking to present their best in both male and female personas. Past patients will be available for you to talk to both after his lecture and during a Z-girl open house on Saturday afternoon at 4PM in Room #640. To arrange to speak to the doctor or one of his past patients either at the conference or afterwards in a phone consultation, call his office at 847-853-8869 in advance and speak to Michelle as time slots fill up fast. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about our comprehensive full face and body approach for your transition, or to look the best you can in both of your personas and to reverse any aging changes so as to insure a lifetime of youthful, refreshed, and naturally feminine beauty. Check the schedules to see the times of Dr. Zukowski’s lectures on Friday and Saturday afternoon in the Seminar Room across from the vendor area. Learn more at out vendor booth!
1:00P Chest Surgery Show N' Tell Transmasculine Program Mr. Alex Solange Southborough

Mr. Alex
Solange
All-Gender Chest and Breast Surgery Show and Tell Contemplating chest surgery and don’t know where to start? Do you have some great surgery results you want to share with others? Do you wish you had done something different and want to let others know? Top Surgery Procedure Show and Tell (Body Masculinization) for FTM (female to male) transgender patients. Top Surgery Procedure Double Incision Method Top Surgery Procedure Peri-areolar or Keyhole Method -Presentation of my own Top surgery? Top Surgery Procedure Double Incision Method Show and Tell -Surgery and Doctor ? -Price? -After care? -Scars care ? -How to avoid blood clot and complications? -Ask if someone want to share the results of Top Surgery.. During the consultation, it’s good to ask the following: Choose you surgeon? What surgery would be right for your chest size and why? Does the surgery quote include revisions or would that be extra? Is there anything I need to buy or pay for that’s not included in the surgery quote? How long will I be off T, and when can I resume T after surgery? How would the process work? How long would this surgery quote be valid for? Do you take insurance? if not ?
1:00P Boston Medical Center's Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery - General Information Session Ms. Wendoly Langlois Sterling

Ms. Wendoly
Langlois
In 2016 Boston Medical Center (BMC) established the Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery (CTMS), which follows the WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health) Standards of Care and the Endocrine Society Guidelines for the care of our patients. Throughout BMC there are various departments that offer transgender health related services to patients in a safe and friendly environment. These departments include Adult Primary Care, Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine, Behavioral Health, Endocrinology, Surgery, Facial Feminization, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dermatology and Otolaryngology. With the unified structure of CTMS, patients have a single point of contact for their care needs. We are the first center in New England to provide such a comprehensive program and we are a leader nationally in delivery of transgender medical care. At Boston Medical Center we are committed to providing exceptional care, without exception to everyone in our community. BMC’s unwavering commitment to provide accessible care for all includes transgender and gender non-conforming people. This program will provide general information about CTMS and its services through a panel presentation made up of CTMS providers. There will also be time for the audience members to ask their own questions about CTMS and its services. The following Drs will be attending: Joshua D. Safer, MD, CTMS Medical Director Mandy S. Coles, MD, MPH, FSAHM Jennifer R. Siegel, MD (or) Thomas W. Barber, MD Neeral K. Sheth, DO Pam Klein, RN, MSN, ACRN
1:00P Strategies For Coming Out At Work - A Panel Discussion Ms. Gabrielle Spierer Sudbury

Ms. Gabrielle
Spierer

Lauren
Lee
Companies have varying policies and everyone's workplace is different. Every situation is different, but there is some commonality among individuals that have transitioned successfully at work. We'll have a panel discussion on the experiences of numerous people and how they planned and navigated their transition at their workplace. Jamie Erin Fivecoat worked at Michelin USA in the Human Resources department for over 20 years and will share her knowledge of typical corporate policies for dealing with transgender issues. Lauren Lee is a Captain at United Airlines and transitioned on the job without loosing her medical clearance. Victoria Datta works in the pharmaceutical industry for a major drug company. Kristine Holt is now an attorney and came out while she working as a social worker for the Pennsylvania department of corrections.Gabrielle Spierer our moderator, came out at Newsday and to over 800 customers. This will be an interactive discussion aimed at helping those in the audience be able to think about how they can utilize the experiences of the panels to assist them in developing a successful strategy for coming out at their workplace. We will try to speak to many of today's different transgender identities including gender non conforming, gender queer and gender fluid individuals both male and female.
1:00P Out Late Dr. A Evan Eyler Wayland

Dr. A Evan
Eyler
This is a discussion group for persons who have transitioned gender or substantially changed gender expression during middle or older adulthood (approximately age 40 and older) -- or are considering doing so. The group will be open only to people who fit this description, ie, those of use who are Out Late. Topics will be determined by the group but will likely include: physical changes and health, family, work, social life, and finding one's way in the world on a different path than our younger peers.
1:00P #MeToo for Trans Women, Trans Men and NB/GNC Individuals Mrs. Dawn Ennis Westborough

Mrs. Dawn
Ennis
This phenomenon has been largely a cisgender experience, with Van Barnes and myself being the only trans folk I've seen to come forward. We'll look at the factors that keep us from sharing our stories of harassment and abuse, review what attendees should know before breaking their silence and talk about why the community as a whole has by and large allowed us to be erased from this narrative.
2:30P Awakening as Trans in Body, Mind, and Spirit Madchen (Maddie) Makara BoxBorough

Madchen (Maddie)
Makara
This workshop is primarily for trans people, but may also be helpful for their partners and allies. What does coming out and transitioning mean to you? Make it as exciting and beautiful as possible by defining it BIG -- as the pursuit of your "best self." Transitioning can be not only about revealing yourself to others but also about discovering yourself. This workshop explores a holistic approach touching on physical health of the body, clarity and empowerment in the mind, and inspiration and joy of the spirit. Maddie will offer valuable insights she has learned from her own journey as well as a few simple meditation exercises that have helped her along the way. Embark on your own adventure through coming out and transitioning with grace and grit by planning the journey thoughtfully, obtaining a good map of the territory, and bringing along some friends and loved ones as travel buddies.
2:30P Couples on Intimacy: Where Do We Go from Here? - (PiP) Partners in Process Program Patricia Buttner Duchess

Patricia
Buttner

Donna
DeLone
When a partner is trans, many intimacy issues can come up. How do we feel about being intimate now? How are things going to change? How do we feel about the changes? This workshop is a safe place for couples to discuss intimacy with two trained sex therapists. It is a place to be heard, get advice, and discuss the joys and sorrows relating to a changed intimate life.
2:30P Intersections of Trans, Gender-Nonconforming, and Asexuality Kellie Novak Hudson

Kellie
Novak
This was first presented at the International Asexuality Conference in Toronto (at World Pride) and was quite a hit. We have seen that many transgendered people are also asexual, and many are gender non-binary. We would like to discuss these intersections, along with how these are just recently being realized. We will start with a history, and then go to prevalence and intersections of asexual/trans/gender non-binary. This is a fun, hands-on discussion; participation will be appreciated.
2:30P Feminization Makeup Miss Jessie Dubois Northborough

Miss Jessie
Dubois
Aimed for all M2F Transgenders to better their skills on make up, learn makeup tricks to feminize their faces and also learn which colors they should wear. I will show the best way to apply natural looking makeup to enhances their feminine features. Also I will teach how to bold up their makeup and look to go out at night. Pointers on best make up and accessories that a girl must have in their makeup collection One of the girls assisting will get a makeup application.
2:30P YF: Safe Binding, Packing and Tucking Youth & Family Program Princess


This workshop for youth will explore various ways of chest binding, packing and tucking. There is no right way to express your gender identity, however, there are safe and unsafe ways to express yourself. Many trans, non binary or gender nonconforming individuals are unaware that the type of binding, tucking or packing methods they use could be unhealthy or cause long term damage. We'll go over what is safe and not safe for your body, and why. There will be time at the end to share any questions, comments or concerns! Facilitated by Amara Rines and Shane Rua-Larson.
2:30P YF: Healthy Family Transitions Youth & Family Program Carol Caravana Salon C

Carol
Caravana

Ms. Heather
O'Brien

Ms. Kathy
Whitham
Mental health professionals and coaches will each give an overview of their experience working with transgender youth and families. Some of the topics covered will include family stress, parenting, handling coming out to extended family members and friends, anxiety, and depression. Time will be allotted for questions. Panelists will include Heather O'Brien LISW and Kathy Whithman RN, Parenting Coach. Facilitated by Carol Caravana
2:30P YF: Mental Health Concerns? Youth & Family Program Athena Edmonds Seminar

Athena
Edmonds

Dr. Blaise
Aguirre

Maureen
Mulhern
Dr. Blaise Aguirre, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Medical Director at McLean Hospital's 3East DBT-Continuum (http://www.3east.org/) and Maureen Mulhern LICSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist will provide an overview of their experience working with transgender youth and families. Parents, are you worried about suicidality, self harm, anxiety or depression? There will be time to ask questions and anonymous questions can be written on index cards at the beginning of the session. Come with questions and learn about how to support your child and family. Facilitated by Athena Edmonds. and Maureen Mulhern LICSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist. Time will be allotted for questions. Facilitated by Athena Edmonds.
2:30P Where do we go from here? Rev. Sarah Carpenter Southborough

Rev. Sarah
Carpenter

Katie
Hill

Raffi
Freedman-Gurspan

Mason
Dunn
This is a panel discussion looking at the present state of the transgender movement. The panelists will examine where the community is and where it’s going. Joining in the discussion will be Ms. Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, Director of External Relations for The National Center for Transgender Equality, Mr. Mason Dunn, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, Cei Lambert From Fenway Health, Ms. Katie Hill, who will speak about support for trans children and Reverend (Dr.) Sarah Carpenter, who will speak about religious and theological issues. This panel is an open forum for all members of the transgender community, so come with questions and ideas.
2:30P How To Successfully Transition in Your Employment Rev. Moonhawk River Stone Sudbury

Rev. Moonhawk River
Stone
Given the new post Trump realities, what will workplace transition look like? How will employee rights be protected or not? How to successfully transition in the midst of this challenging time, when rights may be changing rapidly. This workshop will take the participant through the entire process of transitioning on the job in a practical step by step model. The model Stone will present has been successfully used with his clients in a wide variety of settings and is flexible to any situation. Some of the areas covered include coming out, legal issues, developing a program to fit one's individual workplace.
2:30P Female to Male Surgical Options: Genital, Chest, Revisions/Repairs, Facial Masculinization and Body Contouring Transmasculine Program Dr. Toby Meltzer Westborough

Dr. Toby
Meltzer

Dr. Burt
Webb
A PowerPoint Presentation discussing current surgical techniques, a discussion of procedures, risks and complications, before and after photos with time for questions and answers. Dr. Meltzer is available for brief individual one-on-one visits. You may contact our office at 866-876-6329 if you wish to schedule a one-on-one visit. Formal or longer consultations need to be scheduled at our Scottsdale office at 866-876-6329.
4:00P Couples on Intimacy (continues) - (PiP) Partners in Process Program Patricia Buttner Duchess

Patricia
Buttner

Donna
DeLone
When a partner is trans, many intimacy issues can come up. How do we feel about being intimate now? How are things going to change? How do we feel about the changes? This workshop is a safe place for couples to discuss intimacy with two trained sex therapists. It is a place to be heard, get advice, and discuss the joys and sorrows relating to a changed intimate life.
4:00P Organizing a local cd group in your community Joan Porter Hudson

Joan
Porter
Many crossdressers live in communities that do not have a local cd support group. Local groups can be an invaluable resource for networking, e.g. acting as a clearing house of information relevant to cds in a community. They can also give crossdressers the opportunity to socialize with other gals and possibly go out in public with them. Thus, First Event should help promote the organization of local cd support groups. First Event should hold a session on the mechanics of organizing a local cd support group. The chief topic should be how to promote and advertise the group, e.g. what social media sites to use to attract members. Other topics that could be addressed are (1) how the group should be run (i.e. how formal should organizational structure be), (2) finances, and (3) activities that a group might engage in. I am a novice in organizing a group, so I am not claiming to have any relevant expertise in forming a group. I propose a session in which people who do have the relevant expertise share their insights with people who are interesting forming a local cd groups. In essence, the participants would brain storm on how to get a local cd support group up and running.
4:00P YF: Finding Your Voice Using Poetry Youth & Family Program Athena Edmonds Princess

Athena
Edmonds
A poetry workshop for LGBTQ youth of any age and of any poetry experience level. You don't need to be a good student and you don’t even need to like poetry! Just bring yourself to this supportive environment where we will learn to use poetry as a vehicle of self-expression. We will first read poems, then we will write our own poems imitating elements of the poems we have read and inspired by our own lives. Then, if we choose to, we will share.
4:00P YF: Have A Youth Going Off To College? Youth & Family Program Salon C


What questions might you ask when searching for a college? Many colleges market themselves as "diverse" or having LGBTQ pride, but what essentials supports should be in place to affirm students whose gender identity is something other than cisgender? Ron Ardizzone, the Director of Student Systems at Bentley College and former member of Massachusetts Commission on LGBT Youth, will lead a conversation about the constructive ways that college campuses have been changing systems and policies to better accommodate the LGBTQ community. Some universities have taken the lead while others lag behind. How do you work with a college to become more supportive? This will be an informal discussion with plenty of time for questions.
4:00P YF: Creating a Safer School for Your Child Seminar


Val Frias, Executive Director of Greater Boston PFLAG, will share strategies for working with schools to support your transgender youth. GBPFLAG does hundreds of educational outreach presentations each year in schools, communities and workplaces in Massachusetts. Val will discuss the elements to successful trainings, workshops and interventions with school administrators, faculty and students. Time will be allowed for questions from parents!
4:00P Being Trans and Aging: A Workshop For Trans Elders And Their Allies Rev. Moonhawk River Stone Sudbury

Rev. Moonhawk River
Stone
This workshop will be an interactive discussion among participants and the facilitator on both the practical and mundane issues related to aging and the emotional, psychosocial, spiritual issues related to aging. Discussion will touch upon the unique challenges faced by those who came out and/or transitioned years ago, and for those who have come out and/or transitioned during their senior years. The goal is to assist those participants in valuing and honoring the aging process and to embrace the aging process proactively and effectively.
4:00P DRIVING AS YOURSELF/DRIVING WHILE DRESSED Robert Lapointe Wayland

Robert
Lapointe
Whether it will be the first time driving as you preferred gender or you have years of experience, you can benefit from this seminar. We will help you deal with the anxiety of your first time dressed as you new gender behind the wheel, what you need to be prepared, and how to handle various situations like accidents, dealing with other people, being pulled over by the police and your rights should you be ticketed or arrested for driving under the influence.
4:00P FTM Top and Bottom Surgery: Superior Aesthetic Results in a Customized One-Stage Procedure Transmasculine Program Dr. Sherman Leis Westborough

Dr. Sherman
Leis
Options for FTM Top Surgery will be presented and variety of cases will demonstrate excellent results in masculinization of the chest. Options for Phalloplasty will also be discussed. Dr. Leis will utilize multiple case presentations to demonstrate superior aesthetic results obtainable utilizing abdominal or groin flaps for Phalloplasty, labial deconstruction for Scrotoplasty and the options of testicular and penile implants. This surgery is done in one stage and results in a sensate penis via clitoral transposition, no grossly deformed donor site, and the ability to have sexual intercourse with erotic sensation.
5:00P YF: Parents Support Group for Transfeminine Children Youth & Family Program BoxBorough


Confidential Support group discussing issues of your transfeminine child
5:00P YF: Parents Support for Transmasculine Chiildren Youth & Family Program Bob Caravana Hudson

Bob
Caravana

Carol
Caravana
Confidential group discussion on topics related to your transmasculine child.
5:00P YF: Parents Support Group for Non-binary children Youth & Family Program Northborough


Confidential group discussing issue of non-binary children

 



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