Keynote Speaker

Trans-Attraction: Not Kink or Fetish but a Legitimate Sexual Orientation

Wendy Ashley

Wendy Ashley

California State University Northridge

Keynote Session #1

9AM - 10AM -


Session Overview

Men who have sex with transgender women (MSTGW's) are a relatively invisible population, known primarily through porn, erotica, kink, fetishism or paraphilias. Labeled gyandromorphophilic by medical and scholarly communities, the monikers used to describe the sexuality of MSTGWs do not consistently encompass the nuances of orientation, attraction, identity and behavior of this population. Because they challenge conventional sexual orientation categories, MSTGWs are often reduced to designation as subsets of existing binaries or variant type of sexuality, excluding them from the validation, support and connection that comes with community identification. This workshop will explore from both a scholarly perspective and an individual lived experience of what we term 'trans-attraction,' focusing on trans-attraction as less of a urban phenomenon and more as a sexual orientation. Using a qualitative auto-ethnographic approach, the presenters will use existing research and Randy's personal story to explore trans-attraction, the limited binaries of sexual orientation, and how trans-attraction should be considered a valid sexual orientation.

Bio

Wendy Ashley, Psy.D., LCSW is an Associate Professor and the Associate Chair of the California State University at Northridge’s Masters of Social Work program. Dr. Ashley received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from Ryokan College and her MSW from the University of Southern California. She has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1998 and has over twenty years of social work experience in the areas of community mental health, child welfare and addiction recovery. Dr. Ashley is the author of multiple publications, speaks at conferences nationwide and internationally, maintains a private practice and provides training for multiple community agencies. Research interests include treatment models for working with African American and Transgender clients, creative engagement of involuntary clients, the impact of power and privilege on macro and micro practice, and child welfare. She is passionate about promoting social justice, and infuses an intersectionality lens in her teaching, practice and research.
Keynote Speaker

Grey Area Thinking

Ellie Krug

Ellie Krug

Human Inspiration Works

Keynote Session #2

10:55AM - 12:00PM - 13:00:00


Session Overview

All humans habitually categorize and group others who are “different” from “us,” which often lends to black and white thinking, as in “good” versus “bad” or “native” versus “immigrant” and a host of other isolating labels. With this inclusivity presentation, Ellen (Ellie) Krug offers an innovative toolset—Gray Area Thinking©—for interacting with diverse humans in a mindful and compassionate way. Attendees will appreciate and value how it’s necessary to consciously engage in Gray Area Thinking© in their daily activities. Doing so will lead to a more inclusive life! Gray Area Thinking© is a simple three-part toolset for interacting with diverse humans:
  1. awareness of another human’s vulnerability or suffering;
  2. risk-taking to alleviate or lesson that vulnerability or suffering; and
  3. compassion and kindness both for others and for one’s self.

Bio

In 2009, while an Iowa civil trial attorney with 100+ trials, Ellen (Ellie) Krug (pronounced“Kroog”), transitioned from male to female. She later became one of the few attorneys nationally to try jury cases in separate genders. From 2011 to 2016, she served as the executive director of Call for Justice, LLC, a Minneapolis legal nonprofit that was conferred an American Bar Association award for innovatively increasing legal access. The author of Getting to Ellen: A Memoir about Love, Honesty and Gender Change (2013), Ellie has presented on diversity and inclusion to governmental entities, court systems, Fortune 100 companies, law firms, nonprofits, and colleges/universities on nearly 800 occasions. A hopeless idealist, Ellie has presented her human inclusivity training, “Gray Area Thinking®” across North America. In 2016, Advocate Magazine named Ellie one of “25 Legal Advocates Fighting for Trans Rights.”She is a monthly columnist for Lavender Magazine and pens a widely-circulated monthly e-newsletter, The Ripple, that reaches 6000 people. Ellie views herself as an “Inclusionist” and founded an inclusion-oriented consulting and training company, Human Inspiration Works, LLC,in late 2016. Ellie is also a weekly radio host; her show, “Ellie 2.0 Radio,” on AM950 in the Twin Cities highlights idealism and how each of us can play a role in fostering positive change in the world.Ellie’s remaining life mission is to work for a more inclusive society for all humans, regardless of how many are considered “Other.”
Keynote Speaker

Bobby Cagle

Bobby Cagle

Department of Children and Family Services, Los Angeles

Keynote Session #3

9AM - 10AM -


Session Overview

Bio

Bobby Cagle is the Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, the largest child welfare agency in the nation which serves approximately 35,000 children with more than 9,500 employees. Prior to joining Los Angeles County, Mr. Cagle was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal as Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning in 2011, and later in 2013, as Director of the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services, the state agency charged with providing child welfare services, along with nutrition and economic assistance. Mr. Cagle previously served as Director of Legislative and External Affairs and as Family Services Director where he led policy development on child welfare, domestic violence, sexual assault, and provider contracting. Mr. Cagle’s numerous honors include the prestigious Children and Family Fellowship by the Annie E. Casey Foundation; Distinguished Social Work–Public Service by the Georgia Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers; Notable Georgian by Georgia Trend Magazine; Hearing Children’s Voices Award from SAFEPATH Children’s Advocacy Center; Excellence in Education Award by United Way of Greater Atlanta Women’s Leadership Council; and the Leadership Award by the Interfaith Children’s Movement of Georgia. Mr. Cagle was born into the foster care system in North Carolina, and grew up in Robbinsville after being adopted. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology and a Master of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Keynote Speaker

Screening of the award-winning film “Bibi”

Bibi screenshot

Bibi

Southern Poverty Law Center

Keynote Session #4

2:40PM - 3:45PM - 15:25:00


Session Overview

Bibi is a ten minute short form film set in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley. This is the backdrop for our tale of love, hope, and forgiveness. A young Latino man receives a mysterious last letter from his estranged and recently deceased father after he’s forced to return to Texas to handle his final arrangements.

Bio

Victor M. Dueñas is a Mexican-American director, writer, and producer based in Los Angeles. He attended Pomona College where he studied media and acting. Upon graduation, he continued his studies at Los Angeles Community College where he completed the school’s well regarded film program. A few years later, he entered the educational world working as an elementary school teacher. After teaching for almost a decade, Victor had the great fortune of joining the writing team of the Emmy-nominated series “East Los High” as a Development Assistant. He used his experience as an educator to entertain audiences and give authenticity to the show’s storylines. Victor has been part of GLAAD’s screenwriting program, a fellow of the National Hispanic Media Coalition’s TV Writers Program sponsored by ABC and NBC, and won a highly-coveted spot in Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s inaugural Imagine Impact Program. In 2019, he was selected as a Disney ABC Writing Program Finalist.
J.M. Longoria is an Imagen Award-nominated actor, writer, and producer known for his supporting role in the successful Sony Pictures feature film “Miracles From Heaven”, starring Jennifer Garner, Queen Latifah, Eugenio Derbez and directed by Patricia Riggen. He is also recognized for his leading role as Enrique Salazar in the award-winning telenovela web series, “Sin Vergüenza”. Some of J.M.’s other notable credits include co-starring roles in the ABC shows “The Fix”, “General Hospital”, “The Real O’Neals”, “Don’t Trust The B— in Apartment 23”, and in the FOX sitcom, “Mulaney”. As a producer, he has worked on various international projects including “Bushido Battleground”, a mixed martial arts docu-series, which premiered in 2017 on Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network.
Mental Health

Trauma-Informed Care for Trans & Non-Binary Clients

Addison

Addison Rose Vincent

Break the Binary, LLC

Workshop Session #1

9AM - 10AM -


Session Overview

Transgender and non-binary individuals experience high rates of violence by family members, fellow students, employers, partners, and others, leaving them with acute, complex, and/or intergenerational trauma. When service providers are working with transgender and non-binary community members, it is essential to serve through a trauma-informed lens in order to achieve an affirming and healing space. Participants of this workshop will learn key aspects of Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) in relation to the transgender and non-binary community, and leave with new terminology, statistics, and ideas to challenge and improve their own organizations and services.

Bio

Addison Rose Vincent (they/them) is a 26-year-old transfeminine non-binary advocate living in Los Angeles. Born in Canada and raised in Michigan by an affirming family, Addison moved to California to come out and live more authentically. Since graduating from Chapman University, Addison has served a number of organizations advocating for LGBTQ+ communities. Their positions have included the Summer Political Intern for the Victory Fund in Washington DC, the LGBTQ+ Lead Advocate for survivors of violence at Strength United, the Manager of Programs at TransLatin@ Coalition, and the Risk Reduction Counselor at Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team. Addison currently serves as a trainer and consultant to various organizations and companies to create LGBTQ-affirming and trauma-informed spaces, including as the Educational Consultant for the 2019 Transgender & Non-Binary Youth Conference in Los Angeles. Additionally, they are the Founder and Lead Facilitator of the Non-Binary Union of Los Angeles (NBULA), a Domestic Violence Prevention Reimagine Lab Fellow for the Blue Shield of California Foundation, an Advisory Board Member for the Intersex & Genderqueer Recognition Project (IGRP), and a Community Advisory Board Member for LA Pride. Addison lives in Highland Park with their partner Ethan Alexander Patron (he/they) and their dog Stevie (bark/bark).
LGBTQ Advocacy

The Black Man in the Middle: Examining Masculinity in its Extremes

Kai Smith

Kai Smith

APLA Health and Wellness

Workshop Session #1

9AM - 10AM -


Session Overview

Examining and recognizing Masculinity in and of American Black Men. The presentation will look at Historic and current ideals, imagines, stereotypes, of and within African American/Black communities and how they have in the past and currently impact Black Gay men and their community.

Bio

Kai Smith was born in Montgomery Alabama, in a military family, and spent most of his young life traveling. His father and he moved to Tucson Arizona in 2006 ,and then he moved to Los Angeles in 2016. Kai is a Prevention Training Specialist on the Healthy Him Team at APLA Health and Wellness. Kai graduated from the University of Arizona in 2013 with a B.A in Psychology and Dance. Kai spends most of my free time reading, listening to music, or just enjoying the city and all its variety of activities.
CO-PRESENTER: Ty Gaffney-Smith
LGBTQ Advocacy

Social Justice from the Ivory Tower

Judy Chiasson

Judy Chiasson

LAUSD’s office of Human Relations, Diversity and Equity

Workshop Session #1

9AM - 10AM - 10:00:00


Session Overview

School districts are large institutions with multiple entry points for advocating for LGBTQ students, staff and families. This workshop explores strategies to leverage data and community voice to support systemic change. SOGIE-affirming schools prosper with a synergistic blend of institutional leadership, school-site visionaries, and vocal students and families. We will profile current data, policies, initiatives, and examine emerging opportunities for growth for schools. Listening is a critical component of community schooling. This interactive workshop will engage participants in dialogue about their visions for SOGIE-affirming school environments for students, staff and families.  
Co-Presenter- Timothy Kordic

Bio

Judy Chiasson, PhD, oversees LAUSD’s office of Human Relations, Diversity and Equity, where she is responsible for designing and implementing districtwide programs to affirm racial, cultural, religious, sexual orientation and gender diversity.
Timothy Kordic, MA, is the Project Manager for the LAUSD HIV/AIDS Prevention Unit. Funding supports mandates around HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, teen pregnancy prevention and LGBTQ youth. Chiasson and Kordic work closely with principals, teachers, students and community partners to build SOGIE-affirming learning and working environments for LGBTQ students, staff and families
LGBTQ Advocacy

You Said What?!?: 20 Things Never To Say To An LGBTQ+ Person – And Why

Summer Gomez

Summer Gomez

Penny Lane Centers

Workshop Session #1

9AM - 10AM -


Session Overview

We all mess up. We all say the “wrong” thing. This training will give you the top 20 things never to say to an LGBTQ+ person – and tell you WHY, and even answer your burning questions along the way.  By the end of this training, attendees should be able to:
  • Identify questions that may be offensive to LGBTQ+ people
  • Understand why these questions may be offensive
  • Better understand the LGBTQ+ community through an exploration of these questions.

Bio

Summer Davidson Gomez is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who supervised in the Intensive Services department at Penny Lane Centers for 5 years. She now coordinates Penny Lane’s Embracing Identity program, where she is helping to meet the needs of LGBTQI2-S Transitional Age Youth through trainings and support groups. Her own experiences, combined with raising her son as a part of an LGBTQ couple, have made Summer passionate about raising the standard of services and advocacy for our LGBTQ youth.
Parenting

Support Starts at Home: Transgender Youth and their Parents

John Ireland

Transforming Family

Workshop Session #1

9AM - 10AM -


Session Overview

When children share their gender identity, a parent's first responsibility is to affirm and support. The next step is to anticipate and mitigate the barriers and roadblocks to acceptance within family, school, and community. It is essential that parents and their children work together to navigate: 1. Medical options & legal protections; 2. Family communication & education; 3. School support; and 4. Extracurricular & social environments. While parents of young children often focus on maintaining a protective "bubble" that will ensure an enjoyable childhood, it's important to recognize a youth's need for agency and autonomy. As much as parents may wish to protect their children from adversity, transgender and gender nonconforming children often develop atypical resilience and teach their parents how to be brave in moments of struggle. Through anecdote and practical pointers, the panel will illustrate the joys and challenges of transforming family through the process of embracing our uniqueness and commitment to each other.

Bio

Parents of Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Children & Youth came together in Los Angeles in 2009 to form Transforming Family, which offers peer support for parents & caregivers, adolescents, pre-adolescents, and siblings in monthly in-person meetings, as well as within an online community of support. This panel will include parents and youth describing how they help each other to navigate the gender maze in family, school, and community.
Mental Health

Providing Culturally Competent Care for Queer Latinx Populations

Kevin Medina

Kevin Medina

UCLA LGBT CRC

Workshop Session #1

9AM - 10AM -


Session Overview

This workshop will explore contemporary issues facing Queer Latinx individuals and community in Los Angeles. The workshop will provide practitioners with tangible strategies to engage in active allyship with the Queer Latinx community. Intersectional resources will be highlighted.

Bio

Kevin Medina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Ecology with a minor in Education from UC Irvine and Masters degrees in Public Policy and Social Welfare from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Kevin has more than eight years of experience in intersectional organizing, programming, counseling/advising, teaching, policy advocacy/analysis and research. As the Student Affairs Officer for UCLA's LGBT Center, Kevin oversees all educational workshops and large-scale events, advises LGBTQ students and builds collaborations with individual and institutional partners. He also is a consultant for the County of Los Angeles supporting their efforts to track and combat hate crimes and is a frequent trainer on topics addressing the LGBTQ community, LGBTQ identities, hate crimes, diversity programming and policy in higher education, and not for profit organizations. In his spare time, Kevin sings for Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles and enjoys yoga, running, traveling, and attending drag shows.
Mental Health

Intersecting Identities: Hard-of-Hearing / Disability and LGBTQ Identity

Patrick Tully

Patrick Tully

Patrick Tully, AMFT

Workshop Session #1

9AM - 10AM -


Session Overview

This workshop describes how clinicians can approach working with clients who have multiple challenges, such as hearing loss or other disabilities, as well as are members of the LGBTQ community, thus experiencing multiple layers of oppressive messages. Clinicians will develop new awareness as to how to navigate uncertain terrain. Ignored disability often makes treatment less effective.

Bio

Patrick Tully is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (#105566) under supervision of Gina Found, LMFT (#53171) in private practice. Patrick is hard-of-hearing, a cis gay man, and has a movement disorder. He attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts for his AA in Acting after graduating from high school, and obtained his BA as well as MA in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles in December 2017. Patrick enjoys helping people who feel like "others" reclaim their inner power. Patrick finds being upfront about his own challenges has enhanced his client's work as they feel more comfortable sharing their own fears and concerns. Patrick was a former figure skater and holds membership in SAG-AFTRA where he produced and starred in a web series. Patrick also produced a comedy one-person show about the hilarity of being both gay and hard-of-hearing (at most, one expects just one of these!). Patrick brings compassion and humanity to his sessions and people he talks to. He hopes to encourage others to discover what their passions are and to follow their dreams. Patrick was able to follow his dreams with the discovery that he held something meaningful and that's what he hopes everyone who sees him will also discover within themselves. Patrick's website is: patricktullytherapy.com
LGBTQ Advocacy

Non-Binary Identities Are Our Future – Thank Goodness

Matthew Clements

Matthew Clements

California State University, Northridge

Workshop Session #1

9AM - 10AM -


Session Overview

This workshop introduces the history of oppressing non-binary gender and sexual identities in U.S. starting with anti-masquerading laws in the early 1900's, Cold War 1950s Lavender Scare, police entrapment & criminalization of gender non-conforming individuals in all major U.S. cities, including Los Angeles. We ask why. We chart the ways binary understandings of gender and sexuality have held us all in a limited paradigm re: what is our humanity. We then look at present-day, non-binary explosions in gender identity and expression as well as at the current increase in non-binary sexualities. What do these explosions tell us? We explore the current pioneers of non-binary identity and note their impact on present-day society. We engage in small group discussion re: our own gender identities and expression, especially in light of current non-binary revolution: how does it impact us? We then regroup to posit how we can better support non-binary identities within our families, schools, workplaces, churches and community. We exit the workshop stoked on the healing benefits non-binary identity offers society.

Bio

Matthew Clements holds a BA in English from Occidental College and an MFA in Film & TV Directing from UCLA. Matthew started teaching in the CSUN Queer Studies Program in Spring, 2014. He teaches a range of courses including: freshman composition (QS 115), upper division GE Perspectives in Queer Studies (QS 301), QS Advanced Topics: Queer Film & Video (QS 401 QFV.) Matthew’s sections of QS 301 are designated as  course offerings in (1) GE Path: Arts, Media & Culture, with an emphasis on Comparative Cultural Studies; (2) GE Path Social Justice, with an emphasis on the ways socially constructed beliefs and expectations associated with race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, developmental challenges, gender, and/or sexuality become institutionalized and facilitate and/or limit people’s ability to exercise equal social, political, and economic rights. Matthew has written a number of new Queer Studies Program course proposals, currently in the CSUN Educational Policy Committee approval process: QS 204: Queer Identity: Pop Music and Its Audience 1980s to Now; QS 206: Queer Identity: FanFiction; QS 304: Queering the Screen, Queering the Spectator. In April 2017, Matthew co-hosted Town Hall on LGBTQ+ Needs and Wants in the San Fernando Valley (co-coordinated event with Project Q, Parent Advisory Council, USC, CSUN Queer Studies Program, CSUN Pride Center.) Matthew is the author of the 2010 novel Year of my Sticky by Sebastian Long. Matthew is also the writer, producer, director of a 43-minute featurette Free Zone (ZDF/Arte). Both of these products explore bisexual male identity within a wider socio-political-cultural context. In addition to his work with Queer Studies Program, Matthew teaches in CSUN’s Academic First Year Experience Program and Communication Studies. Matthew has also taught Queer Studies: History, Theory & Expression; Pop Culture and Queer Representation; and Performance Art at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA. At Art Center, Matthew also served as co-chair, Faculty Council. Matthew presented to the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Art, University of Johannesburg, South Africa, paper title: “Social Engagement in the Design Curriculum & Research for Designers,” June, 2007. Matthew currently serves as a member of the San Fernando Valley LGBT+ Coalition and as a member of the LAPD LGBTQ Working Group.
Mental Health

From Suicidality to Vitality: Suicide Intervention and Prevention for Trans and Gender-Expansive Youth

Jen Bailey

Jen Bailey

'Talk With Us' Psychological Services

Workshop Session #2

9AM - 10AM -


Session Overview

Suicidality among trans and gender-expansive youth is a major area of concern for providers, families, and community members. Statistically, rates of suicide and attempted suicide for these youth are much higher than those of the general population. Drawing from decades of experience working with high-risk LGBTQ+ youth in outpatient and inpatient settings, we will discuss the factors that contribute to these increased rates of suicide, protective factors that can be nurtured by individuals in both formal and informal support systems, and effective therapeutic interventions to decrease risk and increase fulfilling engagement with life.

Bio

Dr. Jen Bailey has over 18 years of experience providing community support and counseling to youth, adults, and families in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. They are the founder and clinical supervisor of 'Talk With Us' Psychological Services, a practice in Camarillo, CA that specializes in providing evidence-based therapies for transgender and gender-expansive youth and adults, as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, and asexual individuals. They have specific training and experience providing evidence-based treatment to clients who experience suicidal ideation, have attempted suicide, or are at high risk for suicide. A major component of their work involves interfacing with families of youth and young adults and increasing their knowledge and acceptance of gender and sexual orientation diversity, as well as educating the public at large about how to better support LGBTQ+ youth.
Mental Health

Dating and LGBTQ Youth

Gregory Canillas

Gregory Canillas

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Workshop Session #2

9AM - 10AM -


Session Overview

The workshop will focus on the current trends in dating in the digital age for adolescents identifying as LGBTQ. The presenter will explore the current trends in online “matchmaking” (e.g., dating vs. “hook up” sites) that are available to LGBTQ adolescents who are looking for dating, companionship and/or love. The presentation will also explore common issues that may arise in therapy for individuals who are dating. For example, clients who are actively looking for relationships often will explore family of origin issues in therapy (e.g., the impact of their parents relationship on their beliefs about dating & marriage, establishing a family, “hooking up”). The presenter will use case vignette examples to stimulate discussion, and highlight possible treatment strategies to explore with clients in treatment who are exploring dating issues. Future research areas of exploration will also be highlighted.

Bio

With a double major in Psychology and American History from the University of California, Santa Cruz and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology, Dr. Canillas is currently an Associate Professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (Los Angeles). He is also on the faculty at Pepperdine University and National University. Dr. Canillas is a frequent presenter at regional, national and international conferences on LGBTQ issues, foster care, domestic trafficking of children, relationship issues, intimate partner violence, substance abuse, psychological treatment, and ethnic minority populations. He currently serves a member of the American Psychological Association’s Joint Task Force to Revise the Professional Practice Guidelines for Working with LGB Clients. Dr. Canillas has also served as a Program Director at several nonprofit organizations, overseeing the child and adult therapy programs and pregnant/parenting teen programs. Dr. Canillas has also served as a Children's Social Worker with the Department of Children and Family Services, as a Clinical Psychologist with the Department of Mental Health, and later as the Clinical Director of a family preservation program. He currently serves on the Commission on Youth and Families (Long Beach, California), a body that advises the Mayor and city council on issues of importance to children, adolescents, and families in that city.
LGBTQ Advocacy

Workplace Inclusivity & Allyship 101

Ellie Krug

Ellie Krug

Human Inspiration Works

Workshop Session #2

9AM - 10AM -


Session Overview

We often hear the word, “diversity”; usually it’s used with another word, “inclusion.” Generally, “diversity” is about numbers—how diverse is an organization/workplace based on the number of people identified by race, religion, gender, LGBTQ status, etc.  “Inclusion” generally is the extent to which someone feels that they matter to an organization or a group of people. If someone feels that they matter or are valued, they are more likely to stay or engage. If not, they will leave.  “Ally” is a status one assumes to support a community that society has historically marginalized (e.g. being an ally to LGBTQ people or to people of color).  In contrast, “inclusivity” and “allyship” are about action. They both take work to achieve—work that for some requires getting out of personal comfort zones. Inclusivity and allyship also take interacting with others—sometimes with someone who’s diverse or by speaking up on behalf of someone else (such as a diverse team member).

Bio

In 2009, while an Iowa civil trial attorney with 100+ trials, Ellen (Ellie) Krug (pronounced“Kroog”), transitioned from male to female. She later became one of the few attorneys nationally to try jury cases in separate genders. From 2011 to 2016, she served as the executive director of Call for Justice, LLC, a Minneapolis legal nonprofit that was conferred an American Bar Association award for innovatively increasing legal access. The author of Getting to Ellen: A Memoir about Love, Honesty and Gender Change (2013), Ellie has presented on diversity and inclusion to governmental entities, court systems, Fortune 100 companies, law firms, nonprofits, and colleges/universities on nearly 800 occasions. A hopeless idealist, Ellie has presented her human inclusivity training, “Gray Area Thinking®” across North America. In 2016, Advocate Magazine named Ellie one of “25 Legal Advocates Fighting for Trans Rights.”She is a monthly columnist for Lavender Magazine and pens a widely-circulated monthly e-newsletter, The Ripple, that reaches 6000 people. Ellie views herself as an “Inclusionist” and founded an inclusion-oriented consulting and training company, Human Inspiration Works, LLC,in late 2016. Ellie is also a weekly radio host; her show, “Ellie 2.0 Radio,” on AM950 in the Twin Cities highlights idealism and how each of us can play a role in fostering positive change in the world.Ellie’s remaining life mission is to work for a more inclusive society for all humans, regardless of how many are considered “Other.”
LGBTQ Advocacy

Unlearning Binary Thinking: Embracing Full Spectrum Frameworks to Better Serve Trans and Non-Binary Youth in Systems of Care

J. O'Dougherty

J. O’Dougherty

Los Angeles LGBT Center

Workshop Session #2

9AM - 10AM -


Session Overview

What are non-binary identities and how can learning more about them increase the efficacy of our work with all youth? What is binary thinking and how can it limit creativity and damage rapport with clients and colleagues? Built on the general understanding of identities existing on spectrums, this session will offer a conceptual framework through which professionals can begin to unlearn binary thinking in order to better serve all youth in systems of care.

Bio

J. O’Dougherty (they/them/theirs) has a background in gender equity work, sexual violence prevention education, menstrual and sexual health education in classroom and community environments. Prior to their work with the RISE program at the LA LGBT Center, J. spent a year in classrooms throughout rural Oregon, leading conversations with students (K-12) and parents about consent and respect. J. has provided consultation for the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force and the UO Senate’s policy committee to better support sexual assault survivor autonomy in institutions of higher education. Over the past four years J. has facilitated trainings for athletes, university students and parents regarding gender equity and issues of sexual violence. They have a bachelor’s degree in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies from the University of Oregon and completed a thesis on the application of queer theory to sexual violence prevention strategies with youth. Throughout their own academic and career development, J. has worked with the compassion and dedication to provide advocacy, awareness and education to their communities.
Families and Religion

How Hate Hijacked the Bible: Reclaiming our Goodness

Lee Yates

Lee Yates

Covina Community Church

Workshop Session #2

9AM - 10AM -


Session Overview

Assumptions about ancient cultures, inconsistent practices, and intentional translation bias are all clearly seen in the way the modern Church has spoken about gender identity. God created and called us good, but some are determined to condemn everyone and claim they speak for God. For too long the Church contended or at lest failed to condemn such practices till the message was hijacked and the Bible’s message of love and grace was lost. People often condemn, starting with the words, “The Bible says…” It’s time to unpack that propaganda and know how to respond without having to cut faith out of our life.

Bio

Rev. Lee Yates is pastor of Covina Community Church, a small multi-cultural congregation with a deep commitment to inclusivity and affirmation of all people. Rev. Yates helped organize the congregation’s “Rainbow Day” in 2018, bringing together advocates, nonprofits, educators and the faith community for a day of celebration and conversation. Rev. Yates regularly leads workshops on the manipulation of scripture to condemn people, and on trauma resilience. Previously, Rev. Yates served as Minister of Faith Formation for the Christian Church in Indiana and various congregations where he worked with youth and families. He still writes curriculum for youth and children’s programs and consults with congregations seeking to develop deeper intergenerational relationships.  
Mental Health

Strategies to Support Families with Gender Expansive and LGBTQ+ Youth

Vida Khavar

Vida Khavar

Family Builders by Adoption

Workshop Session #2

9AM - 10AM -


Session Overview

This presentation will highlight the importance of family affirmation in the health of gender expansive and LGBTQ youth and young adults. Health care providers can play an important role in helping family be informed, affirming andunderstand the importance of advocating for their gender expansive and LGBTQ children. This presentation will outline ways to support families with gender expansive and LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) youth. Information on the impact that a child or adolescent’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity/Expression (SOGIE) often has on the youth’s daily life, as well the impact that SOGIE issues can have on family functioning. Current clinical research suggests that there are patterns in the way that both initially accepting, and initially non-accepting, families move to places of greater acceptance and affirmation of their children. By strengthening family support, the Youth Acceptance Project believes that gender expansive and LGBTQ+ youth can become successful and happy adults. By using real life examples and lessons learned in California and other states, the presenter will engage the attendees in a meaningful discussion on the need to support families through their journey toward affirming their gender expansive and LGBTQ children. The presenter, who comes with a multi-cultural background and LGBTQ expertise, will specifically address inter-generational and intersectionality issues in a challenging and eye-opening manner. A particular attention to foster care and kinship care will be a focus of this presentation.

Bio

Vida Khavar is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has 25+ years’ experience in child welfare. Vida has assisted agencies throughout California in developing and enhancing programs, and her expertise lies in permanency and out-of-home care. Vida was also a consultant for the federal project: RISE, which aimed at improving the lives of LGBTQ youth in foster care. Vida is currently the project director for getREAL California through Family Builders. She collaborates with the California Department of Social Services in developing and implementing new policies for LGBTQ+ children in foster care.
Child Welfare & Juvenile Justice

The Road to CU

Timothy Vallez

Timothy Vallez

Los Angeles County Probation Department

Workshop Session #2

9AM - 10AM -


Session Overview

LGBTQ youth are over represented in the juvenile justice system. This work shop will explore the different avenues that LGBTQ youth enter the system. Identifying these entry points is critical in developing appropriate interventions to prevent youth from entering the juvenile justice system, as well as providing for appropriate interventions if they are detained. Exploring these different social pushes into custody broadens understanding of the adult LGBT population and a better understanding of why many of in the LGBTQ have a higher incidence of negative health outcomes. The workshop will include updated information from the previous year. families through their journey toward affirming their gender expansive and LGBTQ children. The presenter, who comes with a multi-cultural background and LGBTQ expertise, will specifically address inter-generational and intersectionality issues in a challenging and eye-opening manner. A particular attention to foster care and kinship care will be a focus of this presentation.

Bio

Timothy Vallez is a 31-year veteran with the Los Angeles County Probation Department in the Residential Treatment Services Bureau. Mr. Vallez has a myriad of experiences within the Bureau ranging from direct supervision to advocating in the best interest of the youth through the judicial process. Mr. Vallez is also an ardent advocate for LGBT youth in detention. In addition to working for probation, Tim works as an Associate Clinical Social Worker for La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center. La Fuente is a leader in LGBT focused substance abuse treatment. Mr. Vallez has served on the joint County of Los Angeles/City of Los Angeles LGBTQ Domestic Violence Task Force and the LGBTQ Youth in Detention Task Force, the LGBTQ Youth Advisory Council, and is a board member on the Los Angeles County LGBTQ Child Abuse Council. He is a 2012 graduate of the LGBTQ Los Angeles Police Department Community Police Academy and is certified to train County of Los Angeles Probation staff in “Working with LGBTQ Youth”. He has presented on this topic as a guest lecture at CSULA, UCLA and CSUN, as well at the international level. Mr. Vallez graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 1988 and graduated from California State University Los Angeles with a Masters of Social Work in June of 2016.
School Based: Safe Schools, Neighborhoods, and Housing

Talk Less, Listen More: Bridging the Gap from Safe Spaces and into Active Partnerships

Jamie Julian

Jamie Julian

Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Workshop Session #2

10:55AM - 12:00PM -


Session Overview

This workshop will focus on specific interventions for building and partnering with LGBTQI youth in ways that support their authentic identities. When individuals and agencies perpetuate a gender binary, it excludes the very expansive ways in which young people identify and can inadvertently create a potentially harmful environment. This presentation will address unconscious bias and personal privilege that can affect one’s ability to be an effective and active ally. Allyship is an ongoing process that requires individuals to recognize their personal power and leverage that power to partner with young people in meaningful and productive ways. Part of this process requires the ally to recognize their personal beliefs about a gender binary and harness the ability to separate that from the way they support others. Participants will work actively through case vignettes to identify ways that individuals and agencies can target implicit bias that often comes up in the workplace to create a safe and affirming environment for young people to thrive.

Bio

Jamie Julian is a licensed clinical social worker at the Center for Transyouth Health and Development at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. The Center for Transyouth is the largest Transyouth clinic in the country. Jamie works on a multidisciplinary team to ensure that all patients are supported and affirmed in their identity. Jamie oversees mental health and crisis services for families and young adults . She provides trainings nationwide on LGBTQI competencies with specialization on gender minorities. She has expertise in working with Trans and GNC youth in crisis and navigating systems that are often part of the problem. Jamie currently serves on the LGBTQ Statewide Coordinating Center Advisory Committee and the diversity council within CHLA.