PRIZM News / April 1, 2018 / By PRIZM News
Mimi Rivard, a nurse practitioner with Equitas Health, speaks at the 2017 TransOhio Transgender and Ally Symposium. (Photo by Staley Munroe)

The three-day transgender and ally conference is scheduled for April 27-29 in Columbus.


By Prizm News

TransOhio will host its 10th annual Transgender and Ally Symposium from Friday, April 27 to Sunday, April 29 in Columbus.


More than 50 sessions are planned Saturday and Sunday for the public, and 20 sessions are on the schedule for Friday’s Providers Day, aimed at professionals who serve the community.

Topics range from health to history, and there are discussions scheduled for transmasculine people, transfeminine people, genderqueer/gender nonbinary/gender nonconforming people, trans and gender nonconforming youth, trans/gender nonbinary/gender nonconforming people of color, and partners of trans people.

There’s also a panel discussion featuring fathers of transgender and gender nonbinary youth.

Other topics include:

• How Vocal Training and Psychotherapy Can Change Your Outlook
• Strategies for Addressing Transphobic Comments
• Giving Voice to LGBTQ Older Adults
• Strengthening Your Relationship During Transition
• The Systemic Oppression of Trans* People of Color
• A Survey of Gender Variations Around the World
• Community Skills Training for Trans Allies
• Title IX and Transgender and GNC Youth Rights in Schools
• Transitioning in the Workplace

• An Exploration Into the Lost History of Trans People


Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, will deliver Saturday’s keynote address and discuss President Donald Trump’s attacks on the trans community. Filmmaker Rashida Davison, the former outreach and engagement coordinator for TransOhio, will deliver Sunday’s keynote.

It’s $55 to attend sessions on Saturday and Sunday ($35 for Saturday only and $25 for Sunday only). The Providers Day session is $80—continuing education credit is available and all three days are $120.

The symposium is free for people younger than 18, and scholarships are available for those unable to afford the other admission fees.

Everything takes place at Ohio State University’s Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St., Columbus, 43210.

Visit for details and registration links.