• November 21-22, 2014

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What's It All About?

The Transgender Spectrum Conference is an interdisciplinary event dedicated to educating participants about a wide range of transgender issues. It includes workshops for adults, youth, families, and allies and features strands in health and aging, youth and families, policy and politics, and teaching and learning. 

Get Involved

The Gender Studies Program, the College of Education, and the College of Arts and Sciences invite you to attend the Transgender Spectrum Conference on November 21-22 in the J.C. Penney Conference Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Researchers, teachers, students, professionals, and community members are invited to attend. The event will feature scholarly papers, inspiring and informative presentations, networking opportunities, and workshops for gender variant youth and adults, families, allies, media members, mental health professionals, educators, and more. While most sessions will be open, some will be closed to all but self-identified trans* participants.

Joel Baum, Director of Education and Training for Gender Spectrum (based in California's Bay Area), will keynote the conference, and thematic keynote speakers will address four interrelated conference strands: health and aging, youth and their families, policy and politics, and teaching and learning. 

Local vendors and organizations will enhance participants' conference experience, providing opportunities to learn about resources, opportunities, and networks of support. 

Conference participants are encouraged to mark the National Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20th by attending a special memorial event sponsored by Gender Studies at noon in UMSL's Millennium Student Center and/or at the 7 o'clock Growing American Youth’s Candlelight Vigil in the Central West End.

We are especially appreciative of how planning for this conference has brought UMSL students, staff, and faculty from across the campus together with numerous community organizations, businesses, and professionals.  Not only are collaboration and mutual respect central conference themes, they have infused and enriched our planning process.

Participants attending the full, two-day conference may earn 1.6 CEUs (16 contact hours) in the following areas: Education, Social Work, Psychology. Anyone requesting CEUs will be required to check-in and out each day of the conference.  You will be asked whether or not you want to receive CEUs during the registration process. There is no additional fee to receive CEUs.


Keynote Speaker

Joel Baum, Senior Director, Professional Development and Family Services, Gender Spectrum, Emeryville, California

Plenary Speakers

  • Loree Cook-Daniels, Program & Policy Director, FORGE, Inc.
  • Masen Davis, Director, National Transgender Law Center
  • Dr. Robert Garofalo, MD, MPh, Director, Center for Gender, Sexuality, and HIV-Prevention, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, Chicago
  • Decker Moss, TED Talk Presenter
  • Brandon Braud, Human Rights Campaign
  • Dr. Amy Cislo, Lecturer, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Washington University in St. Louis


  • Jamie Bergeron, Salem State University
  • Kathryn G. O’Brien, University of Missouri–St. Louis
  • Ren Wilding, University of Missouri–St. Louis
  • Ina Seethaler, Saint Louis University
  • Lane Hanson, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Laura Pearce, University of Missouri–St. Louis
  • Morgan Kennan, Missouri GSA Network
  • Larry Altman, Kansas City Public Schools
  • Michael Pelts, University of Missouri–Columbia
  • David Albright, University of Missouri–Columbia
  • Sarah Froese, University of Missouri–Columbia


  • Stephanie Mott, Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project
  • Marie Klopfenstein, SIU–Edwardsville
  • Joseph Anthony, National Center for Transgender Equality & UMSL
  • Christine Dolan, Washington University in St. Louis

Policy & Aging

  • Michelle Bloyd, Webster University
  • Mya Vaughn, Maryville University
  • Vanessa Fabbre, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Nick Butler, MU Center for Health Policy
  • Matthew Bakko, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Elizabeth Fuchs, St. Louis Effort for AIDS
  • Chad Keller, Keller Psychological Services, Lewis and Clark Community College

Youth & Families

  • Catherine Griffith, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Michelle Farrell, University of Missouri–Kansas City
  • Patricia Egan Berne
  • Laurie Copeland and Kim Hutton, TransParent
  • Safe Connections
  • Rev. Becky Turner, Faith Aloud
  • Rev. Dr. Scott Stearman, Kirkwood Baptist Church
  • Rev. Mary Gene Boteler, 2nd Presbyterian Church, CWE
  • Rabbi Susan Talve, Central Reform Congregation

Health & Aging

  • Michelle Bloyd, Webster University
  • Mya Vaughn, Maryville University
  • Vanessa Fabbre, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Kelly Storck, LCSW
  • Aminata Cairo, SIU–Edwardsville
  • Sayer Johnson, Metro Trans Umbrella Group

Constructing Gender

  • Kathryn O’Brien, University of Missouri–St. Louis
  • Karyl Lounsbery, Tellurian UCAN, Inc.
  • Brandon Beck, Texas State University
  • Don Conway-Long, Webster University

Personal Narratives

  • Kathleen Nigro, University of Missouri–St. Louis
  • Harvey Katz, Athens Boys Choir
  • Aminata Cairo, SIU–Edwardsville
  • Sayer Johnson, Metro Trans Umbrella Group
  • Shannon Durphy, University of Missouri–St. Louis