The theme of the conference was Trans in the CLE: Survive to Thrive and featured workshops that presented topics all along that spectrum. There were sessions focusing on survival, such as providing feedback to the Cleveland Community Police Commission, HIV prevention, policy organizing, and queer theory in clinical practice, but there were also sessions that focused on thriving. There was a stress release workshop, a writing workshop, and even a sing along session with the Cleveland Transgender Choir. Keynote speakers Wriply Marie bennet and Auguste Ever Bolden engaged the crowd in a fireside chat, allowing for an open dialogue with conference participants. Following the sessions, affinity groups met to allow trans and gender non-conforming people of color, white trans and gender non-conforming people, and cisgender folks to connect and organize around the unique needs and opportunities of each group. After the sessions concluded, there was a celebration featuring food and drink, a DJ, and performances from local talent.
All of these different elements came together to create an amazing display of the talent, knowledge, and resilience of Cleveland’s trans community.
- Over 130 registered guests attended
- 30 volunteers helped organize and operate the conference
- 15 workshops provided multiple opportunities for learning
- 26 presenters shared their experiences and expertise
- 18 trans-affirming organizations gathered to provide a buzzing resource marketplace for attendees
Thank you to all of the staff, volunteers, attendees, presenters, and others who contributed to making Trans in the CLE a great day! We hope to see you all again next year!