2021 TransPride Pittsburgh Health & Wellness Conference
LGBTQIA2S+ people come from all walks of life, all races and ethnicities, all ages, all socio-economic statuses, all parts of the United States and from all over the world. A recent study tells us that gender non-conforming people make up almost 10% of the population, which is significantly more than prior, lower, estimates that were likely due to rampant underreporting. Of this vast transgender and gender diverse demographic, Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color continue to experience tremendous discrimination and inequality in healthcare.
The 2021 TransPride Pittsburgh Health and Wellness Conference perseveres during a time when transgender and gender diverse individuals, particularly young people, are the targets of a coordinated legislative campaign that seeks to revoke their rights to participate in sports as their affirmed gender while also criminalizing and denying critical access to gender-affirming care. This conference rallies against these issues by centering the lives and lived experiences of the transgender and gender non-conforming community. We are striving to bring together not only community members but their families, allies, and healthcare professionals in a space of mutual learning through shared perspectives and experience.
Building off of last year, this year’s theme “Rising to the Challenge”, holds the dual meaning of challenging our professional allies to rise to the task of meeting the community where it is while also raising the voices of the gender diverse community alongside or above their own. We have actively recruited speakers who are community members themselves, and we have strongly encouraged all other professional speakers to invite community voices or co-presenters to the table. We truly believe that the best new ideas are forged when communities and institutions are able to come together. We are also firm in our belief that the needs of LGBTQIA2S+ people should always be considered in public health efforts to improve overall health and eliminate health disparities.
Our vision is that all humans can exist in a diverse spectrum of biological characteristics, sexual orientations, gender identities, and other intersectional traits: that anti-racism is the foundation that gender and sexual equality must be built upon. We encourage you, as professionals, to consider the ways in which you can treat transgender, non-binary, other gender diverse, and intersex patients with as much dignity, respect, and clinical competency as cisgender patients.
Through education, dialog, and narrative humility we acknowledge “that our patients’ stories are not objects that we can comprehend or master, but rather, dynamic entities that we can approach and engage with, while simultaneously remaining open to their ambiguity and contradiction and engaging in constant self-evaluation and self-critique.” (DasGupta 2008) Comprehensive, institutional, gender diversity and cultural competency are essential to our goal of treating clients and patients exactly as they wish and deserve to be treated.
Our speakers this year will discuss various healthcare needs, transition and de-transition, affirming voice and communication, research, advocacy, legal issues, gender diversity, best practices, and cultural competencies when working with transgender, non-binary, and other gender diverse or intersex persons, and/or their caregivers.
Registration is now open.
Zoom links for the program and the breakout sessions will be sent to registered participants each day before the event. You will be able to choose your breakout sessions from the links you receive for each day registered.
Presented by Central Outreach Wellness Center.