NY Coming Out Trans, an international transgender conference will take place in New York City from October 30-November 3, 2019 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. More than any city in the world, New York, the international melting is prized for its diversity and openness. With diversity at its core, NY Coming Out Trans will offer resources for transgender people across the spectrum in terms of gender identity, ethnicity, economics, and sexual orientation.
Keynote speakers thus far include transwoman Sarah McBride, national press secretary of the Human Rights Campaign, Dr. Jamison Green, a most accomplished activist in areas of transgender health and human rights, who led FTM International from 1991-1999, and Joie Adam DeRitis LMSW, a senior trainer at the Trevor Project which provides life-saving and life-affirming services to LGBTQ youth.
Workshops and panels of interest to transpersons, their families, allies and the academic community include employment, health, hormones and surgery, marital relationships, military status, children and parenting, crossdressing and gender fluid individuals, art, history, and law. The hotel is the hub, and attendees can spend their entire time there partaking in the educational opportunities and special events such as film screenings, a Halloween costume party, meals with guest speakers, awards ceremonies and performances. Those who choose to explore the city can avail themselves of New York’s many trans-related cultural and political treasures – Broadway shows, museums such as the Fall exhibits at Museum of Sex and the Leslie-Lohman Museum, night clubs and more off-beat tours, and shopping. Lists of resources are included on the conference website.
New York Coming Out Trans, is produced by TransNewYork, a non-profit 501c3 organization that serves the transgender non-conforming (TGNC) community. Founded by Dr. Gennifer Herley, Ph.D., their mission is to bring awareness to the issues facing the community and give guidance and support to individuals and their loved ones. Dr. Herley earned her doctorate in 2014. She transitioned in 2017. Prior to founding TransNewYork in 2018, Dr. Herley was the founder and director of A Better Life Counseling for 7 years. Conference organizers include other transgender activists and allies.