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Thursday, April 18, marks National Transgender HIV Testing Day 2019. The campaign is organized by the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health (CoE) as a way to raise awareness about the importance of getting tested and knowing your status.

Transgender People Living with HIV: The Numbers

HIV Diagnoses Among Transgender Men in the United States by Race/Ethnicity, 2009-2014.

  • A 2017 paper used meta-analysis and synthesized national surveys to estimate that nearly 1 million adults in the United States are transgender.
  • From 2009 to 2014, 2,351 transgender people received an HIV diagnosis in the United States.
  • Positively Trans Needs Assessment (2016) surveyed 400 transgender people living with HIV and found that 12% identified as FTM/transmasculine spectrum. The 2017 study reported 15%.
  • Around half of transgender people (43% of transgender women; 54% of transgender men) who received an HIV diagnosis lived in the South.
  • Among the 3 million HIV testing events reported to CDC in 2017, the percentage of transgender people who received a new HIV diagnosis was 3 times the national average.
  • Nearly two thirds of transgender women and men surveyed by the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) in 2014 and 2015 reported never testing for HIV.

Source: HIV and Transgender People

Because of gaps in research, not much is known about HIV and transgender men. Trans men have often been absent from HIV studies due to small sample sizes, eligibility criteria, limited research design, or the misconceptions that trans men are mostly heterosexual or are not at risk for HIV.

We don’t know much about trans MSM risk for HIV; estimates range from much less than cisgender gay and bi men to somewhat more.

“Although most T-GBMSM were not primarily or exclusively attracted to men, HIV-related sexual risk was higher among those who were, suggesting need for interventions for this subgroup.” — HIV-Related Sexual Risk Among Transgender Men Who Are Gay, Bisexual, or Have Sex With Men

“Many of my trans masculine patients have condomless penetrative sex with penises so are at risk of HIV infection.  Testosterone causes thinning and dryness or vaginal mucosa which increases risk of bleeding and tearing during sex. While there aren’t studies specifically looking at this, I believe trans men may be at higher risk of contracting HIV if exposed to the virus, compared to cisgender women.” – Dr. Jessica Rongitsch, a primary care doctor at Capitol Hill Medical, an LGBTQ clinic in Seattle, Washington has been providing gender affirming care for the trans community for over 15 years.

HIV and Transgender Men: What Do We Know? Invisible Men

Mainstream visibility of transgender men living with HIV is virtually nonexistent.

“I would like people to know we exist. That we are gay, straight, bi, and queer just like non trans people with HIV,” says Teo Drake, an HIV-positive, queer trans man who worked on the Positively Trans Needs Assessment. Living with HIV for decades, Drake says it was coming out as trans and living life as a queer man that helped him get healthy.

I know how healing living authentically can be. In 2002, prior to choosing to transition, I had 33 T cells and a viral load above the limits of detection. No treatment worked. The side effects were all too severe, and I didn’t have it in me to fight for a life that wasn’t the one I wanted to be living. I made the decision to transition as a last kindness to myself because I didn’t think I would survive another few years. The paradox is that as I stepped more and more into an authentic expression of my inner self, my health improved. I was able to tolerate the medication side effects because I had the life I finally felt was worth fighting for. Turns out that loving yourself is a powerful healing force.

Achim Howard on the January 2018 cover of Poz.

Achim Howard is at the forefront of the transgender HIV activism. “I became an advocate for trans men living with HIV when I became positive,” Howard says. Along with other HIV-positive trans men of color, Howard founded Trans Men Rising to help educate people. He’s disturbed by the alarming HIV rates in the black community.“It’s getting out of hand,” he laments, fearing efforts to address those disparities will fall short. “It’s hard because there’s limited funding and the current administration is not on any of our sides.”

There’s so much work to be done but the Center for Disease Control and its partners are working hard to maximize the effectiveness of current HIV prevention methods among transgender people. You can find out more about what CDC is doing at the bottom of this page.

Initiatives like National Transgender HIV Testing Day remind us of the importance of routine HIV testing, status awareness and continued focus on HIV prevention and treatment efforts among transgender people. If you haven’t been tested in a while, or at all, today’s a great day to take the steps to make that happen!

Resources

Where Can You Get Tested?
You can ask your health care provider for an HIV test. Many medical clinics, substance abuse programs, community health centers, and hospitals offer them too. You can also buy a home testing kit at a pharmacy or online. In the U.S.A., you can also find a testing site near you by: calling 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636), visiting gettested.cdc.gov or texting your ZIP code to KNOW IT (566948). Or, enter your ZIP code in the Locator tool below to find a testing site near you.

Find HIV/AIDS Prevention & Service Providers

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For more information on this widget, please visit HIV.gov.

Transforming Health
While the primary audience of these guides is trans women, they have a lot of information that’s useful for anyone.

  • HIV – What You Need To Know
    Know Your Status
    If You Are HIV-Negative – Staying Healthy and HIV-Negative
    What You can Do To Protect Yourself From HIV
    If You Are HIV-Positive – Seeking Treatment
  • Living with HIV: How to Protect Yourself and Others
    HIV Treatment: Taking Care of Yourself and Protecting Others
    How To Make Your Viral Load Very Low or Undetectable
    An HIV Diagnosis Can Be a Life-Changing Event
    Status Disclosure: Telling Your Partners and Encouraging Them to Get Tested
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TransGuys.com by Joshua Riverdale - 3M ago

In honor of International Transgender Day of Visibility, global streaming network Revry will premiere the award-winning, Sundance-backed documentary series America in Transition (AIT), a Revry Original that explores the community, family, and social issues of trans people of color across in the United States.

Transgender Filmmaker, educator and community Organizer, André Pérez, founded the Trans Oral History Project in 2008 motivated by the isolation he felt growing up in a military family in Virginia. Perez journeyed across the country to document the subjects of the series. Each of the four episodes explores one person’s story in depth, tackling intersectional issues such as HIV criminalization, living as trans in the South, family acceptance, trans exclusion from the military, and immigrant detention. AIT uses character-driven storytelling in order to highlight issues of importance to trans people in marginalized communities.

“America in Transition is a compelling and powerful portrait of trans people surviving in a world built for their exclusion. André Pérez tells these stories with the empathy and understanding that only another trans person can.” —Zachary Drucker, Producer of Transparent

“Over the past seven years, I’ve interviewed trans folks across the country who express parallel stories of being told trans didn’t fit with other aspects of our personhood,” said creator André Pérez. “How can you be trans and Muslim or black or Mexican or Southern? We found ways to reconcile the seemingly disparate parts of who we are.”

Called to Serve Trailer: America in Transition Episode 3 - Vimeo

“At what point will this country start to defend and protect me?”
– North Carolina’s Z Shane Zaldivar, a U.S. Marine discharged under “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” who finds himself and his wife under attack due to NC’s anti-trans HB2 bill.

At its heart, AIT is about how environments shape who we are. It will complicate notions of social change in underrepresented communities. This is a crucial moment to help people understand how trans realities differ based on identity, geography, and social context.

“We’re in an amazing moment,” said Perez, reflecting on the growing representation of trans people in mainstream media. “Part of what’s inspiring me about being a media maker is that media really changes our imagination of what the future could be. In a lot of ways, it’s really hard to envision what change looks like on the ground with big issues like racism, but when I think about how fast we can change with the media? Our role as media makers is to stimulate this imagination of an alternate world we can live in, and then we can build the bridge to get there.”

Episodes 1-3 are now available to watch on Revry.

Related: Watch Episode 1 of the POC web series Eden’s Garden

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The body of a 78 year old trans man has been held for months in Brazil due to a lack of documentation recognizing the deceased’s name and gender. Think this couldn’t happen to you? Think again. Unless you’ve had both top and bottom surgeries, the chance of being misgendered after death is staggeringly high.

“In life, transgender people face tremendous hurdles in trying to get accurate identification reflecting their true identities. In death, that’s no different.” — Michael Silverman, former executive director of the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund

Earlier this month, the Brazilian TV program Fantástico covered the case of Lourival Bezerra de Sá, a 78 year old man who died of a heart attack last October in central-west Brazil. His body has been held at the Legal Medical Institute of Mato Grosso do Sul ever since due to an institutional fault that prevents Lourival from having his identity recognized and receiving a dignified burial. The problem, you see, is that Lourival was transgender.

Lourival lived his whole life with a masculine identity and yet friends, neighbors, and even adopted children interviewed by the program said they didn’t know that he was trans. Considering his age, it’s not surprising that he lacked documentation of his name and gender: correcting documentation was not possible in Brazil until March 2018 when the Federal Supreme Court recognized the right of trans persons to rectify their civil registry without surgery, psychological evaluation or judicial process. Without this documentation, the coroner identified Lourival’s body as that of a woman and officials at the Legal Medical Institute, seemingly gripped by gender confusion, won’t release Lourival’s body.

Unfortunately, failing to recognize a trans person’s gender identity after death is not uncommon. Across Canada and in most U.S. states, the sex of a deceased person is determined by a coroner or medical examiner through observation of physical characteristics at the time of death or autopsy. Meaning, a trans person must have top and bottom surgery to have their gender identity recognized after death. As Callum Tate called it, “It’s the final ‘screw you.’”

The payload of being misgendered after death is multiplied when a transgender person’s next of kin or family hasn’t been supportive of their transition and doesn’t respect their gender after death.

[In November 2014] Jennifer Gable made national headlines. Gable was a 32-year-old transgender woman in Idaho who reportedly died of an aneurysm. During her funeral service, she was presented as a man with hair cut short and dressed in a suit. Despite having legally changed her name, the service—as well as the paid online obituary hosted by the funeral home—only made mention of her by the name she had been assigned at birth.

Misgendering after death is not only disrespectful to the deceased person, and difficult for the grieving family and friends, it can also negatively impact insurance claims, estate settlement, and genealogical records.

California is one of the states in the U.S. that has legislation in place to prevent the misgendering of transgender people after death. It was inspired by Christopher Lee, a transgender man who passed away in 2012 at the age of 48. After his death, the coroner identified Christopher’s gender as “female” on his death certificate, despite seeing a Driver’s License which identified him as “male” and hearing from his loved ones who said that he identified as a “Female to Male transgender man” and provided written documentation supporting this. The Respect After Death Act took effect in July 2015. The law ensures that death certificates reflect the authentic lived gender of the deceased, with various forms of proof accepted under the law, including written confirmation of the deceased’s wishes, updated birth certificates and driver’s licenses, or medical records of gender transition.

New Jersey unveiled similar legislation in July 2018, permitting gender identity to be listed on death certificates. And last month in Arizona, Representative Rosanna Gabaldón introduced HB 2290, which ensures the correct gender is listed on a death certificate.

“I want to see Arizonans get the dignity and the respect that they deserve … in life as well in death,” said Rep. Gabaldon.

For transguys who are unable or do not wish to undergo surgeries, there are a couple of legal options available to help prevent being misgendered after death:

  1. Make a will and provide instructions to your executor as to your wishes; or
  2. Complete an advanced health care directive (aka “living will”)

Most state governments have an advanced directive form that you can fill out on your own. The Transgender Law Center has a transgender-specific advanced directive document that allows you to appoint an agent with the power to enforce your wishes, as well as to list people who should have NO authority over arrangements following your death.

Back in Brazil, justice for Lourival is in the works. The Brazilian Institute of Transmasculinities (Ibrat) issued a statement repudiating the treatment of Lourival by the Fantástico report, which characterized Lourival as someone who mislead others about his identity. Additionally, the LGBTI + National Alliance issued a statement urging authorities to recognize Lourival’s gender identity. The damage has been done, but rectifying his mistreatment will at least offer some closure for Lourival’s loved ones.

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This video is from a resume-building workshop that’s geared specifically toward how to navigate resume-building and applying for a new job when you are transgender or gender-nonconforming.

Presenter Raymond Rivers delivers solid job search tips and information about how to write persuasively for your audience, as well as grounded advice about “stealthing” in the age of social media.

UPC Resume Writing Workshop - YouTube

Presented in cooperation with The Utah Pride Center, Salt Lake Community College, and The Community Writing Center.

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TransGuys.com by Joshua Riverdale - 5M ago

The transgender conference circuit has expanded significantly over the past decade, particularly in the United States. Not surprisingly, attendance at these events has also ballooned, with good reason: Transgender conferences offer trans men a unique opportunity to learn, share and connect with long distance friends and mentors. Plus, surgeons often make themselves available for informal Q&A and private consultations, making conferences an important stop on the road to surgery.

One big change from previous years is that there’s no longer a Gender Odyssey conference for trans adults. Gender Odyssey had a long run in Seattle, with 17 conferences over 18 years. It will be greatly missed! (Gender Odyssey still holds a conference for families and professionals in San Diego.)

There was some concern about viability of the ever-popular Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference when Mazzoni Center management reportedly took control over programming, marking the first time that the planning committee would not be led by an independent group of trans community volunteers and our allies. However, the Mazzoni Center announced in January the formation of the Interdisciplinary Review Committee (IRC) in an effort to continue to both center and expand diverse trans leadership in program selection for PTWC 2019.

Once again, this year’s conference calendar is packed with high quality events. Below you’ll find details about confirmed conferences that offer programming specifically for trans men. Check back periodically for updates as more 2019 conference dates are confirmed.

Note: This list is focused on conferences that have programming for trans men. There are a number of other trans conferences that are not included here as they are more geared towards trans women, families and providers.

Which conferences will YOU be attending?

2019 Conferences at a Glance
Conference Name Location Dates
Visibilidade Trans Rio de Janiero, Brazil January 28
First Event Marlboro, MA Jan 30 – Feb 3
TransCon Miami Miami, FL March 2-3
TRANSforming Gender Conference Boulder, CO March 10-11
The Keystone Conference Harrisburg, PA March 20-24
South Bay Trans Day of Visibility San Jose, CA March 30
Transgender Singing Voice Conference Richmond, IN March 30-31
Kenyon Queer and Trans Studies Conference Gambier, OH April 6
Black Trans Advocacy Conference Dallas, TX April 23-28
TransOhio Trans & Ally Symposium Columbus, OH April 26-28
Transgender Lives: The Intersection of Health and Law Conference Farmington, CT April 27
Trans Futures: Health and Wellness Conference Austin, TX May 9-11
Rhode Island Trans Health Conference Providence, RI May 18
Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Summit Houston, TX June 28-29
Sparkle Manchester, UK July 12-14
Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference Philadelphia, PA Aug 2-4
Southern Comfort Conference Ft. Lauderdale, FL August 15-17
Fantasia Fair Provincetown, MA Oct 20-27
Money Saving Tip
Note that many of the conferences have early bird discounts available. Register early to save on your expenses! Several conferences also offer scholarships and work trades!
2019 Confirmed Conferences

Visibilidade Trans
Full day of workshops covering topics such as suicide prevention, entrepreneurship, medical and ID documents.

When: January 28
Where: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Cost: FREE

First Event – 39th Annual!
Now in its 39th year, First Event is one of the longest running conferences in the U.S. for transgender and gender expansive people and those who love and support them, and it’s the only major winter conference. CeCe McDonald is the keynote speaker. Entertainment, workshops and activities, plus a luncheon for trans men.

When: January 30 – Feb 3
Where: Marlboro, MA
Cost: $265 complete conference package, single day passes also
available.

TransCon Miami
A free conference produced by Aqua Foundation for the transgender community in South Florida. It serves as a space to educate and empower the transgender community as well as allies. This year’s conference will include: name change clinic, job skills training, listening circle for providers, workshops, social events, complimentary breakfast and lunch, and complimentary transportation.

When: March 2-3
Where: Miami, FL
Cost: FREE

TRANSforming Gender Conference – 13th Annual!
The conference is dedicated to celebrating trans identities in all their forms and hosts workshops, panels, discussions and other conference sessions over two days. Programming includes sessions for trans people, family members, parents, educators, mental/medical health care professionals, and more. This year’s keynote speakers are Hina Wong-Kalu and Meredith Talusan.

When: March 10-11
Where: Boulder, CO
Cost: FREE

The Keystone Conference – 11th Annual!
Hosted by TransCentralPA, Keystone features meaningful workshop and seminar programming, plus numerous social functions. Recent years have seen significantly expanded programming for trans men. Continuing Education credits will be offered for select workshops.

When: March 20-24
Where: Harrisburg, PA
Cost: $250 complete conference package, single day passes also
available.

South Bay Trans Day of Visibility – 7th Annual!
An annual event focused on recognizing and celebrating trans lives and experiences. Enjoy a full day of workshops on medical, legal, SOFFA, non-binary identities, dinner and social night.

When: March 30
Where: San Jose, CA
Cost: $20, no one turned away.

Transgender Singing Voice Conference – 2nd Biennial!
TSVC is aimed at supporting gender-diverse people in the pursuit of their literal and figurative voice, is a two-day, multidisciplinary, research- and practice-oriented event. This event welcomes those who support the transgender and nonbinary people from a vocal and/or musical perspective – music educators, voice teachers, speech-language pathologists, music therapists, bodywork practitioners, etc. – as well as providing events and resources for transgender people. We hope to foster collaboration in ongoing research, inspire initiatives in education, and better equip educators and providers as they help their transgender students and clients achieve their vocal goals. General sessions on terminology, etiquette, and legal information will also be provided.

When: March 30-31
Where: Earlham College, Richmond, IN
Cost: $50-$100, FREE for students

National Trans Visibility March on DC

The Ties That Bind Us: We urge you join us on March 31, 2019 and April 1, 2019 as we march in solidarity in support of equal rights and inclusion for our community. March with us to demand justice for our siblings whose lives were taken through senseless murders. We will meet every year on Transgender Visibility day and will make our voices heard locally, nationally and globally in solidarity, as one. Register Now »

Kenyon Queer and Trans Studies Conference – 1st
The Kenyon Queer and Trans Studies Conference is a new biennial conference. Sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the conference developed from a need to provide a place for queer and trans scholarship, activism and community building. The conference is built upon a model of interdisciplinarity, intersectionality and equity.
The Kenyon Queer and Trans Studies Conference includes four tracks: healthcare and technology; visual and performing arts; humanities and popular culture; and politics, society and the law. Sa’ed Atshan will deliver the keynote address, focusing on the importance and impact of queer and trans studies in today’s sociopolitical climate. Atshan is an assistant professor of peace and conflict studies at Swarthmore College.

When: April 6
Where: Kenyon College, Gambier, OH
Cost: FREE

Black Trans Advocacy Conference – 8th Annual!
The National Black Trans Advocacy Conference & Awards Gala (BTAC) is a distinct educational and empowerment program, home to nearly 300 plus transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, our family, friends, community allies and corporate partners from across the country who are focused on advancing black trans equality. BTAC is a unique life changing 5 day event that furthers education, provides linkage to resources, community building and organizing, leadership development and celebration of diverse identities.

When: April 23-28
Where: Dallas, TX
Cost: FREE – $150

TransOhio Transgender & Ally Conference – 11th Annual!
This year’s theme is “Voices and Visibility.” Over 250 participants are expected to attend more than 75 workshops covering a variety of topics including health and safety, sex and sexuality, legal and employment issues, religion and spirituality, and culture, media and the arts.

When: April 26-28
Where: Columbus, OH
Cost: $55 for a general package, single day passes also available.

Trans Futures: Health and Wellness Conference – 3rd Annual!
Trans Futures aims to expand the possibilities for trans healthcare in Central Texas and beyond in the midst of intensifying violence and legal discrimination against trans people. Trans Futures will include community, medical, mental health, and tracks to explore a wide range of health and wellness issues impacting the trans community, as well as inviting engagement and collaboration between healthcare professionals, academics and the trans community. It will include workshops, lectures, featured speakers, video presentations and an arts area.

When: May 9-11
Where: Austin, TX
Cost:

Rhode Island Trans Health Conference – 5th Annual!
The conference focuses on expanding the local network of knowledgeable and affirming healthcare providers. This year’s keynote speaker is Mara Keisling, the founder and executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality.

When: May 18
Where: Rhode Island College, Providence, RI
Cost: $0-$40 sliding scale, includes light breakfast and lunch

Transgender Lives: The Intersection of Health and Law Conference – 13th Annual!
This annual conference seeks to raise awareness of the interconnectivity and interdependence of two critical areas to the lives of the trans and gender non-conforming individual: health and law. Attendance and outreach for this conference has grown substantially, making it the major Transgender Health and Law Conference in Southern New England. This year’s keynote speaker is Ben Power, Founder and Executive Director of the Sexual Minorities Educational Foundation (SMEF), Inc. and has been Curator of the Sexual Minorities Archives (SMA) since 1977. The SMA, located in Ben’s residence in Holyoke, MA, is one of the largest and oldest national collections of LGBTQ literature, history, and art in the United States.

When: April 27
Where: University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT
Cost: $25

Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Summit – 11th annual!
TXTNS is a grassroots effort to look at strategic approaches to the issues of social justice and policy implementation in regards to the concepts of gender identity and gender expression. TXTNS is committed to ensure no person or group on any educational campus stands alone in their fight for social justice. The summit offers support and resources to any and all advocates working towards inclusion of gender identity and gender expression.

When: June 28-29
Where: University of Houston – Clearlake, Houston, TX
Cost: $20-$40

Trans Youth Leadership Summit
Trans Youth Leadership Summit (TYLS) is a collaborative fellowship program providing young transgender people the opportunity to work toward liberation through collective organizing for solidarity, advocacy, and empowerment. TYLS fosters the skills of dozens of emerging trans leaders and puts them at the forefront of critical issues transgender people face. TYLS eligibility requirements: you are trans, two spirit, Hijra, Muxe, genderqueer, or non-binary; you are located in the United States; you are a youth (under the age of 26).

When: July 11-14
Where: Austin, TX
Cost: FREE, must apply and be selected to attend

Sparkle – 15th Annual!
The UK’s national transgender celebration is the world’s largest transgender event. Celebrate with music and events, and attend talks and workshops that are all FREE.

When: July 12-14
Where: Manchester, UK
Cost: FREE

Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference – 17th Annual!
PTWC is the largest free trans conference in the world. The General Track provides workshops over a three day period. It was created to educate and empower transgender individuals on issues of health and well-being, and educate and inform allies and health service providers, and to facilitate networking and community building. PTWC features an extensive exhibition space with many organizations and vendors tabling.

When: July 25-27
Where: Philadelphia, PA
Cost: FREE

Southern Comfort Conference – 28th Annual!*
One of the largest transgender conferences in world, SoCo has something for everyone: transsexuals, cross-dressers or in between;  spouses, partners and family members; all sexual orientations; post-op, pre-op or non-op; young, old; married, single; FtM or MtF – if transgender is an issue in your life, welcome! This year’s keynote speaker is Van Barnes.

When: August 15-17
Where: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Cost: TBD (Last year was $50 – $125)
* Would be 29th annual but 2017 conference was cancelled.

Fantasia Fair – 44th Annual!
Running for more than 40 years now, Fantasia Fair is a week-long transgender event held every October in the LGBT resort town of Provincetown, Massachusetts. Part conference, part social gathering, the Fair is a “full immersion” experience: attendees can spend the entire week presenting their gender as they wish. While the event has a stronger MTF presence, a growing number of trans men regularly attend. In recent years, a number of notable trans men have presented at Fantasia Fair, including Jamison Green, Ethan St. Pierre, Stephen Whittle, Hawk Stone, Tony Ferraiolo and Dru Levasseur.

When: October 20-27
Where: Provincetown, MA
Cost (2017): $410-$615

2019 Conferences – Dates To Be Announced

Asterisk Trans* Conference
A college conference for trans people and allies, to address trans health and well-being, and to provide education and resources for trans youth advocates. People of all gender identities and expressions are welcome.

When: March
Where: UC Riverside, CA
Cost: $10-20 individuals, scholarships available.

LA TransCon
When: April
Where: Hollywood, CA
Cost: TBD

Trans Health and Wellness Conference
This inaugural conference in Jamaica will cover topics such as research, media and visibility, mental health and wellness, sexual and reproductive health, and medical transition.

When: May
Where: Kingston, Jamaica
Cost: FREE

NEW Conference
The Networking Empowerment Wellness (NEW) Conference focuses on building connections over identity lines. While promoting wellness of the mind, body, and spirit. With a focus on connecting Trans POC, Stealth/ low disclosing individuals, and their allies. All are welcome regardless of race or transition status as long as you are respectful of the space and fellow attendees.

When: May
Where: Stamford, CT
Cost: FREE

Trans* Wellness Conference
An opportunity to bring members of the trans community together with community allies and providers of health and human services to share in learning and experience.

When: September
Where: Buffalo, NY
Cost: FREE

Virginia TIES
Produced by Equality Virginia, TIES is a conference for trans people, allies and providers. This year’s event includes a keynote address by Sarah McBride, a name and gender marker change clinic, free mental health appointments, workshops and evening events.

When: October
Where: Richmond, VA
Cost: TBA

Gender Infinity
This conference offers education, support, and resources for and by the transgender community. The event has workshops for everyone: trans communities of all ages, their families, significant others, medical and mental health professionals, and advocates. The program includes trans led discussions, local and national expert presentations, parent panel discussions, collaborative case consultation, and youth programming for teens, tweens, and kids. Continuing education is available for physicians, psychologists, social workers, licensed professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists. The two-day event is an opportunity for trans communities of all ages to unite, build relationships across generations, and collaborate with providers.

When: October
Where: University of Houston, TX
Cost: $105 regular registration, $75 for single day, $35/$25 for students

Proud2Be
PROUD2BE is a conference focused on sexual orientation and gender identity. Proud2Be brings together parents, youth and professionals to celebrate and strengthen our diverse LGBTQ2S+, gender non-conforming and allied community.

When: October
Where: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Cost: TBD

Translating Identity Conference
Explore a wide array of topics in discourses regarding gender and transgender identities, expressions, communities, and intersections. TIC is a free, student organized, non-profit conference that seeks to reach not only the University of Vermont & the Burlington community, but the nation as a whole. A one-day event, TIC has numerous sessions to choose from at any time that are directed towards people at all levels of inclusion in the trans and allied communities. This conference is a safe space for everyone to come, learn, and enjoy themselves! 2018’s Keynote Speaker is CeCe Mcdonald.

When: November
Where: Burlington, VT
Cost: FREE

Transgender Spectrum Conference
Initiated by the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2014, the conference brings together a wide range of people interested in celebrating the lives of transgender people in the St. Louis area and beyond. Our goal is to create dialog, to educate ourselves and our community, and to improve the lives of all gender..

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If you’ve ever worried about the possible long-term effects of being on Testosterone, you can relax because science has your back.

Italian researchers have concluded that “Testosterone administration in FtM subjects has a good safety profile” after finding “no significant serious adverse effects and no clinically relevant changes” in 45 FTM patients treated for at least 10 years with Testosterone.

Also notable: “Liver and kidney function tests did not show any significant changes.”

The aim of the study was to assess the effects and safety of Testosterone administration on body weight, lipid profile, hematological and bone parameters in trans men.

Largest Study to Date: Transgender Hormone Treatment Safe

The largest study to date investigating the safety of cross-sex hormone treatment of transgender adults confirmed the findings of smaller studies performed over the past decade, concluding that treatment is safe and leads to very few long-term side effects.

More than 2000 patients from 15 US and European centers participated in the retrospective 2014 study. 523 were female to male (FTM) and had a follow-up of 4.5 years and age of 27.5 years. The FTM subjects most often had the following side effects: acne with local treatment (2.9%, n = 15), weight gain (0.4%; n = 2), muscle pain (0.4%; n = 2), and liver-enzyme abnormalities (0.4%; n = 2).

“Our results are very reassuring,” said principal investigator Henk Asscheman, MD, PhD. “There are mostly minor side effects and no new [adverse events] observed in this large population.”

Prior to this landmark study, several other studies had already indicated the a good safety profile for Testosterone therapy.

  • The European Journal of Endocrinology published a paper in 2011 (Asscheman et al.) presenting mortality data from more than a thousand transsexuals followed for a median time of 18 years and who had undergone previous or were currently on long term cross-sex hormonal treatment. Researchers concluded that, “In the FtM transsexuals, use of testosterone in doses used for hypogonadal men seemed safe.”
  • A 2010 study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine relied on evidence derived from studies in female-to-male transsexuals treated with Testosterone for long periods of time with no apparent major adverse effects. No increase in mortality, breast cancer, vascular disease, or other major health problems were reported.
  • The prominent Dutch endocrinologist Dr. Louis Gooren led a study in 2008 that reviewed data from the Amsterdam gender clinic from 1975 up to 2006, which included 876 female-to-male transsexuals who received cross-sex hormone treatment. He concluded that Testosterone is acceptably safe over the short and medium term, but referenced a lack of solid data and did not go as far to claim long-term safety.
  • In the early 2000s, there were concerns about the increased cardiovascular risk with testosterone therapy in cisgender men, which resulted in an FDA warning. Recent studies found that these risks did not show an increase or improved cardio vascular outcomes in hypogonadal men who received testosterone therapy.

More recently in 2018, researchers analyzed outcomes from three different sites in the Kaiser Permanente health care system. Changes in lipid profiles in transmasculine patients included an increase in LDL and triglycerides and a decrease in HDL. This pattern is similar to what is seen in cisgender men receiving testosterone therapy. There is inconclusive evidence on the result of these lipid changes, particularly for increased or decreased cardiovascular risk. In this patient population, testosterone therapy did not result in a significant increase in short-term death, stroke, MI and thromboembolic disease.

We also know that Testosterone is good for trans masculine folks!

In 2014, researchers reported that, “Results indicate that testosterone treatment in FTMs is associated with a positive effect on mental health on measures of depression, anxiety, and anger.” The following year, another study published findings that suggest that “testosterone treatment resulted in increased levels of psychological functioning on multiple domains in transgender men relative to nontransgender controls,” indicating “a direct positive effect of 3 months of testosterone treatment on psychological functioning in transgender men.”


Source: http://coltkeo-meier.com/research
Meier, C., Fitzgerald, K., Pardo, S., & Babcock, J. (2011). The effects of hormonal gender affirmation treatment on mental health in female-to-male transsexuals. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, 15(3), 281-299.

References

Safety of More Than Ten Years Testosterone Administration in FTM Subjects.
Cristina Meriggiola, MD, PhD, Antonietta Costantino, PhD, Carla Pelusi, MD, Martina Lambertini, MD, Alberto Bazzocchi, MD. Book of Abstracts, WPATH 2014 Biennial International Symposium

A long-term follow-up study of mortality in transsexuals receiving treatment with cross-sex hormones. – FULL TEXT
Asscheman H, Giltay EJ, Megens JA, de Ronde WP, van Trotsenburg MA, Gooren LJ. Eur J Endocrinol. 2011 Apr;164(4):635-42.

Safety of physiological testosterone therapy in women: lessons from female-to-male transsexuals(FMT) treated with pharmacological testosterone therapy.
Traish AM, Gooren LJ. J Sex Med. 2010 Nov;7(11):3758-64.

Long-term treatment of transsexuals with cross-sex hormones: extensive personal experience.
Gooren LJ, Giltay EJ, Bunck MC. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2008 Jan; 93(1):19-25. Epub 2007 Nov 6.

Effects of Testosterone Treatment and Chest Reconstruction Surgery on Mental Health and Sexuality in Female-To-Male Transgender People
Samuel A. Davis & S. Colton Meier (2014). International Journal of Sexual Health, 26:2, 113-128.

Testosterone treatment and MMPI-2 improvement in transgender men: a prospective controlled study.
Keo-Meier CL, Herman LI, Reisner SL, Pardo ST, Sharp C, Babcock JC. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2015 Feb;83(1):143-56. Epub 2014 Aug 11.

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A Year in Transition follows a 21-year-old Arab-American transgender man in his first year of transition as he comes out, begins taking hormones, goes through gender affirmation surgery, and finds his own place in the trans community. The film is based out of Ypsilanti, MI and includes other transmasculine people in the Metro Detroit area. A Year in Transition is unique in that it shows a positive story of transition and has a transgender director at the helm.

Issa Ismail is the main subject of “A Year In Transtion” and was a co-founder of FTM A2-Ypsi, which is a support group for transmasculine people in the Metro Detroit area. Issa is always working on new projects to help educate and normalize trans lives, so please reach out if you’d like to collaborate.

Lorne Clarkson is a gay transgender filmmaker and advocate from Ypsilanti, MI. Lorne currently lives in NYC and is developing two creative projects, a queer/trans theater troupe and a new documentary that will focus on lgbt youth in the foster care system. Lorne holds a degree in cinematography from Columbia College Chicago and is the founder of Flagless Production, LLC.

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