The 16th Philadelphia Trans Health Conference has come to a close
The 16th Annual Philadelphia Trans Health Conference attracted thousands of people of all gender identities, races, and ages for a life-affirming, and for some, a life-changing experience. Amazing things happened at this conference through the efforts of many talented people.
We wish to thank, acknowledge, and show some love to the conference co-chairs Janis Stacy and Cicely, and the entire planning committee and working group volunteers. ALL of the content of the conference - soliciting workshop proposals, reviewing them, and selecting them - is a community effort. The leadership of the committees and membership is of the trans community and by the trans community. The decisions are made by trans activists and leaders from around the country and without their input and collaboration, the content of the conference, the awards, the plenaries, the special guests, and more would not be possible.
Among the many talented individuals who made the conference a success is Ashley Coleman, the conference’s logistical coordinator. In her first year, she has proven to be an essential asset to Mazzoni Center and the work that we do. Ashley did an outstanding job working to organize three days of details and moving parts of the conference. We are proud of the way the planning committee and Ashley, as community members and allies, pooled their talents together to create a superb event.
In addition, we are most grateful for the countless conference volunteers, interns, and all of the Mazzoni Center staff who worked extra hard to deliver a quality experience for about 4,500 participants. This year, we had an estimated 800 people participate in our professional track workshops in education, medicine, behavioral health, social work, and legal services.
Mazzoni Center would also like to recognize and honor the conference attendees. In the end, the conference is about the people who come from near and far. The youth leader from Columbia, Missouri. The elder from Oregon. The Mainers who came en masse to represent their rural communities. The trans people of color from Texas who seek to meet others from around the globe. The kids who paraded with their loved ones around the convention center at the tail end of Saturday brought cheers, loud clapping, and people to their feet in the last hours of the conference. To all of you, thank you!