2017 National Transgender Health Summit | call for abstracts

Registration is now open for the 2017 National Transgender Health Summit (NTHS), the premiere national conference in transgender health.

The summit provides a unique multidisciplinary program that spans everything from cutting edge research to evidence-based clinical training curricula for healthcare providers.

Come join us at #NTHS2017!


Welcome to the 2017 National Transgender Health Summit Call for Abstracts
The Center of Excellence for Transgender Health invites you to submit abstracts to the 2017 National Transgender Health Summit. This landmark program will present cutting edge research, evidence-based educational sessions, training opportunities across many disciplines and is the premiere national conference in transgender health.Please carefully review the descriptions and abstract submission guidelines below before preparing your abstract.

Submission Deadline: August 8, 2017CONFERENCE TRACKS
Abstracts related to transgender health are being accepted for all tracks. Abstracts may be submitted to a specific track, but may be re-assigned if deemed to be a better fit with a different track.

Research Track: The research track is a forum for disseminating data-driven research and evaluation from diverse health-related disciplines.

Clinical Track: Submissions should focus on a specific topic or related set of topics. The proposal should include specific focused objectives, as well as a discussion of the evidence base to be used and the qualifications of the presenters. Submissions from all clinical areas will be considered, including primary care, hormone therapy, surgery, mental health, voice & language, gynecology, pediatrics, adolescent medicine.

Policy Track: The policy track is a collaborative effort between the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health and the Transgender Law Center. This curated track will address transgender health policy issues, such as incarceration, immigration and insurance coverage. A select number of submitted abstracts may be incorporated into the policy track.

Trans and Gender Diverse Community Track: This track will provide a forum for trans and gender diverse people in health professions to strengthen their skill set and networks for leadership, community mobilization and professional development.

Abstracts must be submitted as either oral presentations, skills building workshops, or minisymposia. Please refer to our technical assistance webinar on how to write an effective abstract.

Oral Presentations are data-driven research and evaluation presentations. Abstracts must describe the objectives and methodology of the research and the evidence base from which the study question was drawn. Presenters will have 15 minutes to discuss their study, study design, findings, and conclusions, and oral presentations will be grouped together in sessions of related content.

Knowledge and Skills Building Workshops are interactive learning opportunities. Abstracts should describe what skills will be taught and what teaching methodologies and exercises will be used. These are not didactic lectures; rather they are workshops that should be designed to impart skills or explore applied topic areas.

Mini-symposia are discussion panels or roundtables. A discussion panel may be comprised on one facilitator and a selected panel of discussants, with some time allotted for audience participation. A roundtable may include one or more facilitators of a large group discussion that includes all roundtable attendees. Mini-symposia abstracts should clearly describe the topic(s) to be addressed, intended outcomes of the discussion, and the facilitators and/or panelists to be included.


Abstract Submission Deadline August 8, 2017
Notification of Acceptance Week of September 11, 2017
Correspondence will be with the primary presenter.

To view a full list of the submission guidelines click here.

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writers wanted

WRITERS WANTED! (posted on behalf of LA County DHSP)

TRANS in LA is a blog and social media network (Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter) for the Los Angeles County trans community. We are for trans by trans in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. It is our hope to be a fully by trans, for trans writing venture.
We are currently looking to increase our pool of writers from the Los Angeles County trans community.

Posts are generally 250-500 words in length and we offer one $30 Target gift card for every article that is approved and posted to the network.

Articles will be considered from our 4-key content areas:

  1. Self-Care: Taking care of ourselves is so important to overall wellbeing. These articles will explore all of the many activities we do to take care of our mind and body, for example, articles related to nutrition, education, health or beauty.
  2. TRANsports: What do you love to do to stay active? These articles will explore the many sports and fitness activities throughout LA County from the trans perspective,  highlighting the inclusivity policies and addressing obstacles.
  3. Community Profiles: Want to share a personal story or tell us about someone who is making a difference? These articles highlight the diverse individuals who make up the LA trans community through: 1) personal story; 2) interviews with trans community members; or 3) highlighting a program/agency that is working to improve the LA trans community.
  4. Cultural Events: Know of great events by trans for trans? We want to know too! Share the best of the best with  our community through a short review highlighting the what, where and when.
  • Acceptance Criteria:
    Author identifies as a member of the trans community
  • Author lives in LA County
  • Article topic is in one of the 4-defined content areas as defined above
  • Appropriate credit must be given to outside sources
  • All articles must go through a review/approval process by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
  • Revisions to articles may be required prior to final approval
  • Only articles that receive final approval will be posted
  • Bilingual material is welcome

If you are interested in writing for us, please email us at transinla@ph.lacounty.gov
You can check us out on Facebook: @transinla

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Black Women Who Love Women We Need Your Feedback!

L.A. Women's PrEP Network

Greetings all!

On behalf of the Real Spit Team, we are looking for participants to participate in a confidential interview to understand what improvements can be made related to the healthcare of Black women who love women.  Through collecting stories and narratives from the interviews, we hope to also understand what needs for Black women who love women are and are not being met within clinic and medical settings, especially within receiving sexual and reproductive health as a Black same gender loving woman.

We are seeking Black women who:

  • Are 18 years and older
  • Love women
  • Have sex with women
  • May identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* or queer
  • May identify as same gender loving

Participation is completely voluntary and confidential. All participant identities and responses will be kept confidential. All participants who volunteer will enter into a raffle to win a $25 gift card.

For any questions or interests…

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Talia Bettcher – response to Hypatia controversy over “In Defense of Transracialism”

fc_newweblogo_400Hypatia — a feminist philosophy journal — retracts article about “transracialism” and issues an apology after backlash. The article is “In Defense of Transracialism” by Rebecca Tuvel

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I IMG_0008want to share my thoughts about the Hypatia controversy. But, I want to be clear that this controversy comes at a time of deep personal crisis on the home-front. This has meant that I have not had the time to process the Hypatia controversy as quickly as I would have liked. It also means that it has been considerably less important to me.

When I signed off on the letter to Hypatia, I didn’t agree with every point that was made. But I agreed with the spirit. For me, the chief concern (aside from the gratuitous “deadnaming” which should have been caught) is the following. It’s not merely that the article does not engage sufficiently with the relevant literature. It’s that while it explores both transness and blackness, it fails to adopt a framework that would centralize transness and blackness as loci of oppression and resistance. And it fails to provide any evidence that the author reflected upon her subject position. When non-trans people do trans philosophy, for example, they need to ask questions about their subject position – who are they are relation to oppression? What are their motivations in writing about the trans-related topics? What do they hope to gain? For me, the problem with the article is that there was no evidence of any interrogated subject position, largely because there is no real centralization of transness and blackness as modalities of oppression and resistance in analysis which would require such an interrogation. (If there were, I believe that results of the analysis would have been different). Simply consider the fact that the author felt it completely appropriate to consider whether Dolezel could call herself black without asking questions about who she was and how she was positioned in asking such questions.

One way to put this is to say, evoking Stryker’s distinction, that while the article examines trans phenomena, it does not rise to the level of trans studies. After all, trans people have long been the objects of investigation. But to do trans studies (and trans philosophy) is to centralize the existence of trans oppression/resistance as a starting point. It is to recognize that trans people have long been curious objects, puzzles, tropes, and discursive levers on the way to somebody else’s agenda. It is to take seriously the idea that trans people can theorize their own experience while negotiating dangerous terrain. To take part in such a project, as a non-trans person, requires careful reflection upon one’s own political power, one’s own epistemic limitations, and one’s stakes. To ignore all of this and to simply examine trans people on that way to securing some sort of agenda, is of course, to engage in a scholarship that leaves out the voices and the stakes of trans people.

But let’s be clear. This is hardly new. And I think it is important to place the Tuvel’s work within this broader context so that she is not selectively targeted. So many articles in feminist philosophy have been published that, on the whole, simply ignore the existence of trans oppression/resistance in ways that would have mattered. Definitions of ‘womanhood,’ for example, are laid down that implicitly exclude trans women or that take up the issue in ways that are deeply problematic from a trans political perspective. And those articles that do discuss trans issues in depth often fail to embrace the existence of trans oppression/resistance as a central organizing principle – as a core part of the analytic lens. If they had been held to the standard that we are asking for now, they would have never been published at all. This isn’t about Tuvel’s work, then. Her approach to trans issues is not new. This is clearly about feminist philosophy in general.

What is new is the fact that trans philosophy has come into its own.

I’m an old-timer. I was a graduate student when trans studies first began back in the nineties. I have been trying to do trans philosophy within and without professional philosophy for quite some time. When I first began publishing in trans studies there were very few trans people doing work in trans philosophy at all. It was a different time. I was speaking to an old sociologist friend of mine the other day about the controversy. She expressed some discomfort with the intense reaction to the publication of Tuvel’s article. It’s not as if this was J. Michael Bailey, she said! (We had worked together on a response to Bailey’s presentation of his work at UCLA many, many years ago). And it’s true. This is simply not comparable to hostile scholarship of that type.
As I worked, I also saw that some of the work being produced by non-trans people on trans issues were “off.” In part because I felt so isolated, I simply decided, either rightly or wrongly, to do my own work rather than engaging. If I didn’t do this work, who would? By now it’s clear, however, that trans philosophy has come of age. Trans philosophy is happening. And that means that it is imperative for (non-trans) feminist philosophers to ask themselves to what degree they recognize the existence of trans oppression/resistance in their analyses at all and to what degree they understand themselves within that framework. Is it okay to philosophize about trans people without doing trans philosophy? If it’s not, then what does that mean not only for Hypatia, but for feminist philosophy in general?

While this controversy may mark the coming of age of trans philosophy, it is also a bitter reminder of the continuous failure of many white feminist philosophers to centralize racist oppression in their analyses of not only gender, but race itself. After all, critical race theory/philosophy has been around since at least the eighties. These points have been made time and again by feminists of color and yet the changes in (white) feminist philosophy have been breathtaking in their meagerness. Not getting the point by getting lost in the theory. Dear Trans* People (especially we white ones): If you think there’s going to be some huge change now, please prepare for disappointment.

All of this said, I care about Hypatia and I care about feminist philosophy. No doubt, different people have had different experiences with Hypatia. But mine have been positive. At time that I wrote “Evil Deceivers,” I doubt that there was any other venue in philosophy for publishing this type of work all. But Hypatia provided me with thoughtful and constructive feedback for improving the paper. And they provided me with this venue. They even went on to do a special issue on trans feminism. Because of this, my shift from my work in modern philosophy into trans philosophy became possible. Hypatia’s support of my work even played an important role in my getting tenure.

There are not many journals like Hypatia in philosophy. And I’m glad that it exists. And if (it’s a BIG if) we’re at all interested in doing work in professional philosophy, then we need journals like Hypatia. But this also means that we need Hypatia to hold itself to standards that are different from mainstream philosophy, standards that mainstream philosophers may not even understand. This puts Hypatia in a highly fraught position. On the one hand, it needs to be the kind of journal that secures reputability within the profession of philosophy. This is crucial in helping junior professors who do work at the margins be taken seriously. On the other hand, it can’t merely replicate the standards of reputability with the profession without annihilating its reason for existence. Of course, this is precisely the dilemma that all of us who work at the margins face. It’s one of the many double-binds that characterize work at the margins.

All of this is underwritten by the deep intermeshing of oppressions. A journal that expressly takes up a single isssue (feminism) is going to be compromised from the get-go. While work may be done to include other forms of oppression and to embrace an intersectional perspective, the very starting point inevitably yields a kind of distortion. Again, as anyone who tries to think intersectionally knows, their work will invariably have this same distortion. This is something that we work against. But it is also something that we, to some degree or other, fail at achieving. It’s the nature of the beast.

I don’t say any of this to excuse Hypatia for what happened. But I do think it is important to frame the issue within the larger context of a shared struggle in “doing philosophy” at the margins and to recognize the treacherous ground on which we attempt to work.

There needs to be accountability. We need to hear something from the Editor of Hypatia. And there needs to be the real work of finding a way to improve the review process that both holds to the appropriate standards without burdening trans people and people of color. This work needs to begin soon. But I do think that there are larger issues at stake.

This has been a painful time. Sea-changes of the type often are. And the fact that most of the discussion has occurred on social media has only made matters worse. I’m not a fan. I wonder if there’s a way to have a real conversation, face-to-face. I don’t even know whether that would be productive. But it would be better than what’s happening. The issues here are important. The changes here are important. And there needs to be something more than blogging and FB updates. Could there be an organized event/discussion to come out of this? And if so, what would that look like?

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Today in Los Angeles, for NWGHAAD

Come down to the park today for music, food, zumba, prizes, networking, and to give/get/share information & resources. Check out all the cool stuff we are giving away at the free store. Register to vote! Get tested for HIV. Play at the playground.

Bring you clients. Bring your students. Bring your families.

Hope to see you there!




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3/1/17:Talia Mae Bettcher Public Lecture: The Phenomenology of Illusion

Talia Mae Bettcher Public Lecture: The Phenomenology of Illusion

Wednesday, March 1 at 5 PM6:30 PM EST

UMass Amherst Campus Center Rooms 804-808

The Phenomenology of Illusion: On Gender Transitions and Existential Identity
A Public Lecture by Talia Mae Bettcher
Wednesday, March 1 5:00-6:30 p.m.
UMass Campus Center Rooms 804-808

“’What is gender transition?’ and ‘Why do trans people do it?’ In this talk, I explore these questions from a trans philosophical perspective. I critique both ‘born this way’ and constructionist accounts that centralize the notion of embodiment. Instead, I argue for a broader account that centralizes the notion of empersonment. This requires a new understanding of personhood in terms of interpersonal spatiality (closeness/intimacy and distance). I argue that gender transitions and the affective and cognitive investments that drive them can be seen as arising in resistance to the abusive system of interpersonal spatiality in which persons are constituted.”

Talia Mae Bettcher is a Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Los Angeles and she currently serves as Chair. Some of her articles include “Evil Deceivers and Make-Believers: Transphobic Violence and the Politics of Illusion” (Hypatia 2007), “Trapped in the Wrong Theory: Re-Thinking Trans Oppression and Resistance” (Signs 2014), and “When Selves Have Sex: What the Phenomenology of Trans Sexuality Can Teach about Sexual Orientation” (Journal of Homosexuality 2014). With Susan Stryker, she co-edited the Transgender Studies Quarterly special double issue “Trans/Feminisms” (2016). She is currently at work on the monograph “Personhood as Intimacy: A Trans Feminist Philosophy” (under contract with Minnesota University Press).

Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at UMass Amherst and the UMass Provost’s Office present the third of four lectures in the 2016-2017 Trans* Studies Speaker series. The event is co-sponsored by the UMass Stonewall Center, the UMass Department of Communication, the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center, the Mount Holyoke College Gender Studies Program, and others.

This event is free of charge and open to all.

Accessibility: Both of the Campus Center’s two main entrances on the east and west sides of the building are wheelchair accessible. The building is also accessible via the 2nd floor of the parking garage. These three entrances lead in to the concourse, and there are elevators located at the center of the hall facing the south, opposite the campus store. The event will be on the 8th floor. There will be accessible seating in the front of rooms 804-808. For information about reserved accessible parking, please see http://www.umass.edu/transportation/reserved-accessible-parking. For any additional accessibility requests, please email Sonny by Feb 21 at snordmar@soc.umass.edu.

The fourth and final lecture of the Trans* Studies Speaker series will feature Dr. micha cárdenas on Wednesday, March 22 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Contact UMass Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies for more information:www.umass.edu/wgss.

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11/15/16: the trans* umbrella – reevaluation, deconstruction, and evolution | FREE training (6 CEUs & HIV hours)

download registration form here (pdf) | register online here https://hivdatf.org/upcomingtrainings/



Title the trans* umbrella – reevaluation, deconstruction, and evolution
Date November 15, 2016
Time registration at 8:00 am. Training from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Location St. Anne’s Maternity Home   

155 North Occidental Blvd. LA  90026

Public Transportation 14/37 (Beverly/Reno)

10/48 (Temple/Occidental)

603 (Rampart/Temple)

Parking free parking in lot

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS: https://hivdatf.org/trainings/trans-summit-2/


A total of six (6) continuing education credits/contact hours are available for this training.

the HIV Drug & Alcohol Task Force is approved by the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP): provider #2N-10-141-0418

UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs (Provider #64812). UCLA ISAP maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. UCLA ISAP is also an approved provider of continuing education for RADTs I/II, CADCs-CASs, CADCs I/II, CADCs-CSs, and LAADCs (CCAPP, #2N-00-445-1117), CATCs (ACCBC/CAADE, #CP 20 872 C 0819), and CAODCs (CADTP, #151).

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09/07/16: Trans Town Hall (Los Angeles, CA)

download Trans Town Hall Flyer September 7th [pdf]

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Trans/Trans* and/or Feminism? parts 2 & 3

Trans/Trans* and/or Feminism? Part 2 of 3 from Susan Forrest on Vimeo.


Trans/Trans* and/or Feminism? Part 3 of 3 from Susan Forrest on Vimeo.

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Trans/Trans* and/or Feminism? (video)

Trans/Trans* and/or Feminism? Part 1 of 3

Thursday, April 21
The Village at Ed Gould Plaza – Los Angeles LGBT Center
1125 N McCadden Pl, Los Angeles, California 90038

Moderated by: Amelia Jones and Leon Mostovoy.


  • Talia Mae Bettcher,
  • Zackary Drucker,
  • Kean O’Brien,
  • Bamby Salcedo,
  • Sabel Samone-Loreca, and
  • Addison Rose Vincent

The relationship between feminism and trans/trans* discourse has been complex and often fraught. Aiming in its most basic forms to redress inequities and oppressions based on perceived gender identity, feminism in most of its second and third wave forms has long been based primarily on a coalition of people recognized to be “women.” Newly visible expressions of gender/sex identification that cross over the binary lines so central to normative culture, but also to feminist challenges, has put enormous pressure on this structure of political engagement. Raging debates over the media—whether social, “new,” or “old”—over the past few years have raised key points of debate about the relationship between feminism and gender/sex formations that defy the very binaries (hetero/homo and male/female) that feminism has staked its energies on interrogating for so long.

It is no longer at all clear what a “woman” is, what kinds of gendered/sexed subjects are being oppressed and in what ways, or how to sustain the feminist project in the face of these newly visible complex gender formations. The very concept of a gendered/sexed self that is determinable through visual, aural, or other cues (whether to be oppressed or liberated) is called into question. On what can feminism be based in an era of complex gender/sex identifications, in particular those now articulated as “trans” or “trans*”?

This panel seeks to debate the relationship of feminist politics, which we take for granted to be essential to any critical discourse of, about, or around gendered/sexed subjects, to trans/trans* identifications, discourses, and expressions—which we also assume to be valid and worthy of understanding and attention, whether coalitional and supportive or critical. Our panelists, who are thinkers, activists, artists, and scholars, will address the relationship between feminism and trans/trans* identifications and theories. Time will be allowed for extended discussion with the audience.

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