I received this at work and sent it to Geoff and we both agreed that we’re going to go. This is important and discussions like these need to happen with sympathetic audiences like you find here in MA and elsewhere. If you’re in the neighborhood, won’t you join us? It’s FREE and open to the public.
Reflections on Gender: A Panel Discussion of Transgender History
Date, Place, and Time:
Tuesday, Nov. 17th, 2015
6:30 to 8:30 pm (program begins at 7)
Fenway Health – 1340 Boylston St, Ansin Building – 9th Floor, Boston, MA 02215
We welcome a panel of transgender leaders and allies for a conversation on gender identity and expression and the efforts to increase visibility, build power in the transgender community, shift public opinion, and change public policy. We hope to discuss different types of transgender leadership, the impact of transgender erasure in historical narratives, and the range of transgender identities including gender fluid, genderqueer, agender and other non-binary identities.
The panel will be moderated by Kaden Mohamed, and the panel is comprised of the following individuals: Alex Coleman, Eziah Karter-Sabir, Jennifer Levi, Rev. Louis Mitchell, Jessica Mink, and Dana Pardee.
This event is sponsored by the Young Leaders Council of Fenway Health and co-sponsored by the city of Somerville’s LGBTQ Community Liaison.
Originally from NYC, Kaden moved to the Boston area in 2010 to attend Wellesley College. There he studied Women’s and Gender Studies and Education Studies. During his time at Wellesley, Kaden was able to begin exploring and understanding his interests in social justice and anti-oppressive work which in turn helped him understand and be comfortable with his own gender identity as a part of the trans community. Prior to graduating, most of his advocacy and activism was expressed through participation in educational panels, various media outlets as an interviewee, and participation in different community movements for social change and equity. He now works at Keshet, an organization working for the full equality and inclusion of LGBT Jews in Jewish life, where he gets to expand his participation in striving for a more inclusive society for all LGBTQ identified people.
Dr. Alex Coleman, JD, PhD
Dr. Coleman is a clinical psychologist and attorney. He is a recognized expert in psychological issues related to transgender and gender nonconforming children and their families. He is often called upon to lead trainings and currently is planning a session with a senior center in Brookline, MA on transgender issues.
Dr. Coleman has been a social justice advocate for his entire life. He serves as Chair of the Brookline Commission for Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations, is a member of the LGBT Aging Commission, and is a Director of the Mass LGBT Bar Association.
Dr. Coleman transitioned almost 25 years ago and was one of the first openly transgender attorneys in the United States. He is the biological parent of an adult child and was an early member of the National Lesbian Mother’s Research Project. Dr. Coleman is 66 years old and resides in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Eziah Blake is a 25 year old trans man and androgynous person of color. He has been involved in racial justice and LGBTQ quality work since 2011. In that time he has worked with Boston GLASS, HBGC, BAGLY, MTPC, The Theater Offensive and The MA Commision on LGBTQ Youth. His passion for this work is fueled by the Audre Lorde quote ” when I dare to be powerful to use strength in service of my vision, it matters less and less whether I am afraid” Outside of his social justice work Eziah is a singer, cook, gamer and is also polyamorous.
Jennifer Levi, JD
Jennifer L. Levi is the director of GLAD’s Transgender Rights Project and a nationally recognized expert on transgender legal issues. She co edited Transgender Family Law: A Guide to Effective Advocacy, the first book to address legal issues facing transgender people in the family law context and provide practitioners the tools to effectively represent transgender clients.
Jennifer has served as counsel in a number of precedent-setting cases establishing basic rights for transgender people, including: O’Donnabhain v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue which established that medical care relating to gender transition qualifies as a medical deduction for federal income tax purposes; Doe v. Yunits, in which she represented a transgender student denied the right to attend school because of the clothing she wore; and Adams v. Bureau of Prisons, which successfully challenged a federal prison policy excluding medical care for transgender inmates who came into the system without a transition-related medical plan, among many others. She also has worked on a number of high-profile family law cases including the Miller-Jenkins case establishing full parental rights for a Vermont civil union spouse and cases in Connecticut and Massachusetts that established the right of same-sex couples to marry.
Jennifer is a law professor at Western New England University. She serves on the Legal Committee of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, and is a founding member of both the Transgender Law & Policy Institute and the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition.
Jennifer is a graduate of Wellesley College and the University of Chicago Law School and a former law clerk to Judge Michael Boudin at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
Rev. Louis Mitchell
Rev. Louis Mitchell comes from a long line of people who believe that community building and community service are important spiritual values. Using his own life experiences and varied work, volunteer, social justice, and ministry experiences, Louis seeks to share a vision of intersectional thinking and a commitment to inclusion and mutuality. He serves the community engagement coordinator for TransFaith and the assistant minister at South Congregational Church in Springfield, focusing on adult faith formation and social justice. He is also a member of the National Black Justice Coalition Leadership Advisory Council, and a founding member of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries.
Jessica Mink works for the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory as an astronomer, having co-discovered the rings surrounding the planet Uranus, and worked at scales from the solar system through planets around other stars to the large scale structure of the universe. Jessica did some singing in school, but preferred to play drums. Upon her later transition, she started working with a vocal coach, and joined a church choir in 2013 to strengthen and expand her singing voice. She immediately joined Butterfly Music Transgender Chorus in 2014, and found a group of people with different vocal issues as they moved through gender space, their voices not matching the voices they wanted to have or changing in ways that weren’t always easy to predict. Jessica has years of experience on non-profit boards – Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN), New Brook Farm, and Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD).
Dana Pardee is a Project Manager in the Epidemiology Team at Fenway Health. As a transgender healthcare professional, Dana is continually seeking new ways to further contribute to the advancement of compassionate and affirming healthcare through human-centered population research, education, and advocacy in order to enhance the health and wellbeing of transgender individuals everywhere.
We hope we’ll see you there.