Kansas’ only transgender conference, TransKansas, comes to Wichita in July

WICHITA - The second annual TransKansas Conference, put on by the Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project (K-STEP), will be held July 11-13 at College Hill United Methodist Church in east Wichita.

    Last year, the inaugural conference was held in September at the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center in Lawrence and featured workshops on a variety of trans-related topics ranging from legal and family issues to navigating the dating scene. The conference also featured informational tables from local organizations and a photo shoot by the face of trans*, a local transgender awareness project.

    The second conference promises to build on that experience, making this year’s conference one not to miss. Confirmed workshop presenters include Thomas Witt, executive director and lobbyist for Equality Kansas, and Elle Boatman, founder and creative director of the face of trans*. There will also be a panel discussion focused on the experiences of trans-identified students in Kansas led by WSU assistant professor Jennifer Pearson.

    Additional workshops are being planned focusing on creating safer communities, transgender healthcare, dating, coming out, employment, documents, trans spirituality, trans persons of color, genderqueer, being a trans ally, and many more.

    But the workshops are only part of the experience! K-STEP will be presenting a trans art show featuring local trans-identified artists including Adam O’Brien from Manhattan and Kurt Alyxandir-Kyler and Taylor Miller of Wichita. the face of trans* will be hosting a photo shoot (rescheduled from June 7) for conference attendees as well. Also, dedicated gathering spaces will be available for trans men, trans women, non-binary persons, and trans youth as well as spaces for family members and allies.

    Box lunches will be offered for Friday and Saturday from Panera for $10 each. Orders must be placed no later than July 9 at 5pm to ensure that a lunch is ordered. Snacks and pop/water will also be available. Admission is $10 for the entire conference, $5 for students or College Hill United Methodist Church members. The church is located at 2930 E. 1st St.

    Additional information will be posted at the TransKansas website, www.transkansas.com, as it becomes available. Questions and suggestions can be sent to [email protected]

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Marcia McCoy, Ph.D.

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