Charlotte NC Trans faith conference slated 8/29-31
By Lainey Millen
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —The Freedom Center for Social Justice will hold its Transgender Faith and Action Network 2014 Conference, “Education That Leads To Success,” from Aug. 29-31 at the Hilton Hotel, University Place, 8629 JM Keynes Dr.
The three-day event focuses on the convergence of transgender and faith issues. It is free to attendees and is open to the public. Organizers expect upward of 250 attendees.
The conference will feature live performances, receptions and parties, workshops and seminars, activism and advocacy training, awards celebrations and interfaith workshop for transgender and gender-variant people of faith and allies.
Registration and accommodations are available online and are in limited numbers.
The organizers of The Transgender Faith and Action Network (Trans*FAAN) conference have announced their program schedule.
On Aug. 29, Bishop Tonyia Rawls will lead interfaith prayer and deliver opening remarks.
Following here will be an opening plenary panel, “How Welcoming Are We Really?” Breakout sessions during the day include Clergy in Specialized Fields, Trans 101 for Allies, Changing Policy in a Changing World, The Transitions Within the Transition, Your Health: The Mind and the Body, Aging: Let Me Tell You A Story, Trans Youth in Schools: Multiple Perspectives, Our Special Walk: Partners of Trans* People, and Know Your Rights.
Keynote for the lunch will be Angel Collie from MCC. She will speak on Education that Leads to Success. That evening an opening reception and young folk gathering for those 16-30 will round out the schedule.
On Aug. 30, an awards breakfast will be held. Afterward breakout sessions resume with Name and Gender Marker Changes in NC and Beyond, What’s Moving The Landscape?, Trans Youth In Action, Trans Employment: Old Challenges and New Opportunities, The Power of Trans History, HIV and the Trans* Community, LGBT and the Bible, Trans Religious Leaders Presentation and The Power of the Vote.
During the evening enjoy dinner on one’s own, networking and TFAAN party.
The conference ends on Aug. 31 with an interfaith service.
Some of the presenters and moderators include: Rev. Brendan Boone, St. John’s MCC; Dr. Lisa Griffin; Dr. Rhett Brown; Todd Rosendahl and Sarah Alwran, Time Out Youth; Kelly Durden and Sarah Demarest; and a host of other local and national leaders.
Awards will be presented to: Pioneer Award, Andrea Jenkins and Louis Mitchell; Rising Star Award, David Michael Battle; Ally Award, Rev. Dr. William Barber, President of the NC NAACP and Keith Morrison, Superintendent, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools; Youth Award, Blake Brockington and Andraya Williams; and Bobbie Jean Baker Award, Ms. Tracee Daniels.
Registration is available online.
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