Women of Color of Trans Experience in
Leadership, Advocacy, & Mentorship

A National Virtual Summit
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Save the Date
August 11-12, 2021


Headlining Mila Jam & Hope Giselle

- As part of the Signature Keynote Conversation -
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Presenting Sponsors

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The University of Kansas Health System Gender Diversity Clinic


Community Sponsors

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Susie McClannahan

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About  the  Summit

We are excited to share that one of our first new programs will be prioritizing the leadership, wisdom, and mentorship of women of color of transgender experience featured at our two-day virtual summit on August 11-12, 2021. This program is centering on mentorship for transgender young girls of color and will be free and accessible to transgender and nonbinary young people, transgender and nonbinary people of color and we will have a suggested sliding scale donation for other community members to attend.

  • This virtual summit will be hosted on the Zoom platform. Reservation required to attend.
  • August 11 - 12, 2021 (A Two Day Summit)
  • Be sure to check out our official summit website for more information!

The Lineup

With Hosts Gabrielle Inès (Community Activist, Public Speaker; STL) & Joss Barton (Writer, Journalist, Spoken Word Performance Artist)

A Phenomenal Lineup of Women of Color of Trans Experience Speakers

& Featuring our Signature Keynote Conversation:

A Black Trans Women Intergenerational Conversation: Grounding Ourselves in the Work.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Black women of trans experiences who are established leaders will participate in a discussion on what is expected and required of us to do this work. The highs and lows of being in leadership, the epidemic of violence disproportionately impacting Black trans women, and sharing some wisdom with the younger generations on what to expect and how to remain resilient, living their truths, and doing the work. (Please note - this conversation will embrace candid conversation and share stories navigating violence.)

Moderated by Marissa Miller (National Advocate, Executive Director of Trans Solutions Research & Resource Center)

Keynote Panelists include Dee Dee Watters (Life Coach, Entrepreneur, & Community Leader) Dominique Morgan (Artist, Activist, & Executive Director of Black & Pink; Omaha) Korea Kelly (Community Advocate, Entertainer, Prevention Education at Kansas City Care) Mila Jam (Pop Recording Artist, Community Advocate, Transgender Star) and more!

With Box No 512 Podcast: Grown Black Trans Women Talk

& Performances by Lila Star Escada (Rapper, Showgirl & Overall Mother of House of Escada) & P. Nykole (Rapper, Artist, Fashion Designer)

Workshop Topics

  • Signature Keynote Conversation: A Black Trans Women Intergenerational Conversation: Grounding Ourselves in the Work
  • Trans 201: Cause Y'All Should Already Know Some Stuff...
  • Medical Overview Model, Estrogen & Feminine Surgical Intervention Training & Conversation (led by Dr. Meredith Gray ft. TWOC guests)
  • State of Trans Rights & Legislation (led by Bryanna A. Jenkins, Esq.)
  • Summit Icebreakers & Participant Check-In: Building the Momentum
  • Transformations Summit Official Kick-Off: Why Now - Kick-Off & Reflections from Co-Hosts & Transformations Leadership
  • Bad A** Leaders: Future Voices from Young Women of Color
  • A Summit KiKi Performance Series
  • Working for the Coin & the Cause: Non-Profit Employment & What to Expect
  • Living in the Heartland: Experiences of Growing Up in the Ozarks & Rural Midwest (Moderated by Joss Barton)
  • "Live from the 2021 Summit" Box No 512 Podcast: Grown Black Trans Women Talk (Hosted by Aeon & The Lioness)
  • The Hustle of Love & Dating: The Real T Behind Relationships, Sex & the Apps (Moderated by Gabrielle Inès Souza)
  • Harm Reduction & Staying Safe: Tips, Strategies & Wisdom on Moving Through Community as a Trans Young Woman of Color (Moderated by Joelle Bayaa-Uzuri Espeut)
  • Closing Thoughts & Reflections: Where Do We Go From Here?
  • & More Workshops To Be Announced!
  • Why this summit?
    Why now?

    As trans girls of color accessed our programs, many of them shared that virtual programs are safer and more preferred options than in-person activities. Many young trans girls of color have shared they do not feel affirmed, supported, or safe going to drop-in programs because they often don’t see women like themselves, or those programs continue to harm these girls. When they go back to their communities, they often experience active harassment and violence at the intersections of citizenship, racism, misogyny, transphobia, classism, access to transportation, housing instability, neglect, and lack of full family support.

    Many transgender women of color learn about themselves online, including tips on transition and meeting other trans sisters. While self-awareness starts early, many are often not allowed to even start their transitional journey until later adolescent years because of outside barriers and the risk of violence. In Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas, many trans young women of color are still kicked out of their homes or disowned, have to maintain financial independence from family, navigate the street economy and survival sex work to stay alive, and are at much higher risk of experiencing violence from the child welfare and foster care systems, emergency shelters, first responders, law enforcement and the criminal injustice systems. As they are learning to thrive, they also need to save up enough money to have housing, food and pay for expensive laser hair removal and electrolysis procedures, hair care and wigs, makeup and beauty supplies, clothes, as well as pay for medical and surgical gender-affirming procedures.

    We can’t wait to share all the amazing speakers we have lined up and the diversity of workshops, panel discussions, and our keynote conversation. More information will be shared soon, including the registration details to participate right here!

    We have chosen to use and embrace the word "dolls" because this language has such a rich history with women of trans experience, and specifically among many women of color of trans experience, we will often use it positively with each other, to celebrate our successes and beauty.

    $25

    General Registration

    All are welcome to attend.

    $10

    Reduced REGISTRATION

    All income levels are welcome.

    Free

    Free REGISTRATION

    For young trans/nonbinary folks & trans/nonbinary people of color.

    pricing

    Registering is required to receive a zoom registration link.

    All registration prices are self-determined. As an organization, we value honesty, transparency, and accountability.

    Please note - this summit is intentionally centering the conversations and mentorship between older and younger women of color of trans experience.

    Anyone is welcome to attend.

    - General registration is $25.

    - A reduced-cost registration of $10 is available for those who are dealing with financial hardship.

    - If you self-identify as a transgender or nonbinary young person, or a transgender or nonbinary person of color, we welcome you to attend this summit for free.

    If you’d like to sponsor someone who can’t pay otherwise or are interested in helping sponsor this summit, you can always purchase additional registration tickets for us to share with others or donate at transformationskc.org/donate.

    If you have more questions or feedback, feel free to email us at transformationskc@gmail.com

    Signature Keynote Conversation:

    A Black Trans Women Intergenerational Conversation: Grounding Ourselves in the Work.

    WEDNESDAY
    3:35 Pacific
    4:35 Mountain
    5:35 Central
    6:35 Eastern

    MODERATOR:
    Marissa Miller

    GUESTS:
    Korea Kelly
    Dee Dee Watters
    Dominique Morgan
    Hope Giselle

    Established Black women of trans experiences who are established leaders will participate in a discussion on what is expected and required of us to do this work. The highs and lows of being in leadership, the epidemic of violence disproportionately impacting Black trans women, and sharing some wisdom with the younger generations on what to expect and how to remain resilient, living their truths, and doing the work. (Please note - this conversation will embrace candid conversation and share stories navigating violence.)

    Marissa Miller

    MARISSA MILLER
    National Advocate
    Executive Director of Trans Solutions Research & Resource Center

    Korea Kelly

    KOREA KELLY
    Community Advocate, Entertainer
    Prevention Education at Kansas City Care

    Dominique Morgan

    DOMINIQUE MORGAN
    Artist, Activist
    Executive Director of Black & Pink

    Dee Dee Watters

    DEE DEE WATTERS
    Life Coach, Entrepreneur, & Community Leader

    Dee Dee Watters

    MILA JAM
    Pop Recording Artist, Community Advocate, Transgender Star

    Dee Dee Watters

    HOPE GISELLE
    National Advocate, Activist, Author

    Share your Truth!

    Submit a Question, Comment, or Share your Experience for the Summit!

    • Have a comment, experience, or topic area you would like to be explored within the workshop session?
    • Got a specific question for one of our speakers or artists at the summit?
    • Wanna share a shout-out to the summit or specific workshop panelists?
    If you see a workshop session, speaker, or artist that you'd like to know more about, this is your chance to get those questions in before the summit even begins! When submitting a question, we'd love to know your first name and identities (age, gender, race, and where you're located!) Please feel to send any questions or feedback about the summit. This will help the hosts and speakers guide the conversation as we shape it to participants' specific interests and also help answer your questions during their session. Of course, you can always ask questions or share feedback, affirmations and experiences during the summit as well!

    Optional - Only provide if you'd like to be contacted by a member of Transformations and/or receive e-mail communications.

    Summit Graphics & Design: Odd Fox, Inc.