Workshop Guidelines – General Track

The 16th Annual Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference (PTHC) will be held September 7-9, 2017 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (Philadelphia, PA).

The Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference hosts over 175 workshops each year. The success of the event is dependent upon the experience and expertise that comes from the community, so the planning committee is now soliciting workshop proposals from the community that are focused on the following areas:

Click on working groups above to see what specific workshop topics each group is looking for.

Please watch this website for more conference developments as plans are finalized, including details about sponsorship, advertising, and vending opportunities, as well as housing options, pre-registration, and more program details.  Ashley Coleman is the logistical coordinator on staff at the Mazzoni Center and can be reached at [email protected] or on the phone at 215-563-0652 x264.  Ashley is available to answer questions as well as help people submit workshops who do not have regular access to or the ability to use computers.

Click here to submit a workshop proposal

Trans male, transmasculine, and trans men (TM) 

We are specifically seeking workshop proposals that address the following themes and topics:


  • Top surgery show and tell
  • Lower surgery show and tell


  • FTM hormones
  • Stopping hormones
  • Hysterectomies
  • How to access PAP tests
  • Sustainable health issues  
  • What is health itself for those who are way past transition
  • HIV


  • Trans MSM
  • Partners of TM
  • Dating – mental and emotional realities around dating/finding dating partners for TM

Experiences/Social Network Building

  • Passing or presenting
  • Aging workshop for transmen
  • Stealth
  • Those who have been in transition for 5 OR MORE years, all ages
  • Those who have been in transition LESS THAN 5 years, all ages
  • Parenting as a TM
  • POC
  • Socialization-what does it mean to be a man
  • Non POC-white TM working on their privilege/what does it mean to be a white man amidst presumptions of privilege? How does class effect the socialization being a white TM?
  • TM survivors ( child abuse especially if the abuse is related to gender, and other abuse – the committee is very aware of the need to make sure that this workshop is done a safe and supportive way and is aware that this type of workshop can be challenging for everyone involved)

For questions specific to TM programming please contact Jayden Sampson at [email protected]

Trans female, transfeminine, and trans women (TF)

  • Trans women and (dis)abilities
  • Trans-feminism
  • Trans-womanism
  • Trans-feminine genderqueer-identified people
  • Trans women in gendered fields of work
  • White Trans women and Trans women of color in dialogue about race, privilege and unity
  • Trans-misogyny; oppression, marginalization and exclusion of Trans women by Trans men
  • Trans women and police harassment, profiling and brutality
  • Trans women and body image, weight and appearance
  • Trans women and passing/passing privilege
  • Trans women in recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction
  • Trans women and depression
  • Trans women formally/currently working in the sex industry
  • Trans women resisting sexualization, exploitation and degradation in the media and in pornography
  • Trans dykes
  • Trans women and lesbianism



As a place where both Trans and Intersex persons are present, PTHC provides a special
opportunity to promote the building of a common community. PTHC is also an ideal venue
to address the concerns of Intersex Transitioners, persons who have something in common
with both communities. Historically, there have been few resources addressing Intersex
Transitioners' needs within either the Trans or the Intersex communities.
We are particularly interested in workshop proposals within these areas:

  • Medical Information of potential usefulness to Intersex Persons
  • Ideas about how Intersex Persons can negotiate problems in their lives (including, but not limited to, education, employment, sexuality and obtaining medical care.)
  • What to tell children about their intersex condition, as they grow up, and who should tell them?
  • Any other topic addressing the practical, health, and counseling needs of Intersex persons
  • Information about the medical, legal, and/or practical aspects of transition that may be different from those of non-Intersex transitioners
  • Gender issues relating to Intersex persons, especially children
  • Personal narratives by transitioning, or transitioned Intersex community members
  • Any other topic aimed at helping Intersex persons who undergo gender transition and those for whom gender identity is a large issue in their lives
  • Explanation of goals, and strategies in Intersex activism
  • Examination of trends that may impact the Intersex and the Trans communities
  • Any other topic that helps Trans and Intersex persons understand each other better, and helps these communities work together productively
  • In addition to informational workshops, we are also seeking proposals for interactive sessions that provide Intersex attendees with an opportunity to establish dialog and build community


Self-care and Well-being

  • Health (Physical and Emotional) Concerns of Particular Interest to Trans Persons
  • Dealing with Emotional Stress and Problems that Result from Gender Transition or from being a Trans Person
  • Preserving relationships through Gender Transition
  • Activities and Skills that can improve one’s General Quality-of-Life
  • Dating as a Trans or Gender Variant Person
  • Enjoyable and Emotionally Beneficial Group Activities at the Conference


Indigenous and First Nations People

As Native people we are empowered when we are firmly grounded in our Native identities. We believe in claiming and reclaiming our traditions and in walking those traditions in our daily lives. We affirm the diversity of our indigenous perspectives; and the richness of gender experience rooted in our collective histories.

Through a variety of opportunities, we will explore our diverse traditions, nurture personal strength, build relationships, improve our health and support the integration of indigenous identity as a path to wholeness and vitality. The integrated strength of our indigenous traditions will empower us to work in unity, toward creating a more supportive environment for our Trans identified and gender nonconforming people within our families, friends and community.

We are specifically welcoming workshop proposals from Indigenous and First Nation People who Identify as Trans or gender non-conforming or Two Spirit or Nádleeh People or those with Varying Gender Identities or Expressions as well as allies within the Native and First Nations communities.

Potential topics include:

1)     Supporting one another: Mentorship and community among trans, gender variant, gender non-conforming people of Indigenous/First Nation heritage.

2)     Claiming or Reclaiming One’s Indigenous & First Nation Heritage while Enhancing a Personal Sense of Self.

3)     Supporting Trans and Two Spirit and Nádleeh young people and Indigenous youth with varying gender identities or expressions.

4)     Healthcare access and hurdles within Native and First Nations communities.

5)     Colonization and the Gender Binary: How this has impacted our Trans, Two Spirit, Nádleeh and Gender Non-conforming People.

6)     Reserve versus non-Reserve: How do we get support for Two Spirit/ Nádleeh/ people with varying gender identities or expressions?

7)     Research, Best Practices, and Cultural Competence in serving Indigenous/First Nation people, especially Trans, Two-Spirit and Nádleeh, gender-variant, and gender non-conforming people.

8)     Being an ally to Indigenous and First Nation Trans, Two Spirit, Nádleeh and people with varying gender identities or expressions.

9)     Exploring the impact of Christianity and other religions on Indigenous and First Nation people, especially those who express their gender in varying ways or who identify as Trans or Two Spirit or Nádleeh or gender non-conforming. 


Faith & Spirituality

In 2017, we are excited to announce that Transfaith (a national multi-tradition, multi-racial, multi-gender non-profit ) will be working closely with the conference planning committee to assist with the strategic redevelopment of PTHC spirituality programming.

Our current priorities include:

1. Expand spiritual resilience through literacy, practice, and relationship building.

2. Counter anti-trans bigotry through healing, educational, and activist approaches

3. Build movement capacity by convening strategic encounters between spiritual/cultural workers and other transgender leadership

4. Balance programming overall among Pagan Traditions (what is this?), Eastern Traditions (what is this?), Jewish Traditions, Christian Traditions, Muslim Traditions, and Non-Theistic Traditions (what is this?). We will also be working closely with the Indigenous working group of the conference, which functions independently.


We are currently seeking:

  • Volunteer committee members to help us recruit and/or construct programming (including but not limited to workshops) to meet our goals
  • Spiritual/cultural workers who are interested in providing leadership at the conference as facilitators, presenters, trainers, and/or spiritual care providers
  • Proposals for workshops, spiritual practices, gatherings, themes and other creative out-of-the-box ideas that to support our strategic priorities

Formal proposals may be submitted through the main conference proposal system.  To stay connected to spirituality planning, please sign up for our new mailing list. Other inquiries should be made through to [email protected].


International and Immigration

  • Multi-National Collaboration
  • Connecting U.S. based trans activists and communities with activists in other countries
  • Global situational mapping
  • Global solutions
  • Best practices and tensions related to collaboration with other communities defined by sexual orientation, race, philosophical or political persuasion, socioeconomic class, and other characteristics in an international context
  • The developing global infrastructure for trans human rights
  • Developing shared terminology that enables effective communication across national, cultural, and linguistic boundaries
  • Models for respectful partnership across national and cultural boundaries
  • Collaboration with unlikely partners (e.g. faith-based groups, school education/ youth organizations, mainstream gender sector, refugee organizations, etc.)
  • Trans  Health around the World
  • International Hospitality and Human Rights

Beyond the Binary

The Beyond the Binary working group encompasses any issues related to gender when it falls outside of the binary, including basic info about the gender binary itself. We will reflect non binary, gender queer, gender non conforming and gender neutral experiences around transition, sexuality, health care, advocacy, and provider training. The working group also addresses issues related to expressions of gender fluid identities including individuals whose gender identity may change and evolve over time.

We are specifically seeking workshop proposals that address the following themes and topics:


  • History of Beyond the Binary people
  • Beyond the Binary 101

Experiences/Social Network Building

  • Beyond the Binary Youth - support/discussion space
  • Beyond the Binary and People of Color
  • What if transition isn’t the end goal?
  • Options and resources
  • Support/discussion space
  • Living outside the box with PRIDE
  • Living with a fluid identity - how to navigate the world when presenting differently day to day
  • Drag performance as a Beyond the Binary person
  • Community support and resources for surviving and thriving “in between”


  • Visibility for Beyond the Binary identified people who present as binary
  • Those who have not medically transitioned
  • Those who have medically transitioned
  • Those who don’t desire medical transition
  • Presentation decisions for Beyond the Binary people- getting what you want and need from your presentation


  • Al-a-carte transition - picking and choosing what will work for you as a Beyond the Binary person to become yourself
  • By Medical professionals:
  • Medical transition options for people assigned female at birth
  • Medical transition options for people assigned male at birth


  • Partnering dynamics and sexuality - how to navigate and respect identity in relationships with Beyond the Binary people
  • Discovering, exploring, and advocating for your sexuality as a Beyond the Binary person


  • Educating others about how to be respectful of Beyond the Binary identity
  • Safety as a visibly Beyond the Binary person
  • Navigating different relationships (non-partner/dating) in your life with confidence as a Beyond the Binary person
  • Self advocacy in healthcare settings for Beyond the Binary people

Training for Providers

  • For Mental Health professionals: caring for Beyond the Binary people competently
  • For Medical professionals: caring for Beyond the Binary people competently
  • For family and educators: How to protect Beyond the Binary students from discrimination and bullying

For questions specific to Individuals Living Beyond the Binary programming please contact Cicely Smith at [email protected]



The Sexuality Working Group is seeking dynamic presenters who are excited to facilitate conversations about sexuality. Sexuality refers to sexual identities, sexual behaviors, sensuality, intimacy, sexual health, relationships, and more! Below is a list of specific workshops we would like to see offered at the 2017 conference:

  • Asexualities
  • Bisexuality
  • Pansexuality
  • Queer
  • Relationship structures e.g. polyamory, monogamy, etc.
  • Healthy communication
  • Sexual orientation negotiation through gender identity transitions
  • BDSM/Kink



  • Comprehensive workshops ranging from medical issues, to financial and/or legal concerns, and sexuality experiences as they relate to the aging population.
  • We are seeking to grow this track at the conference to include workshops addressing advocacy issues, family topics, long-term care issues, navigating public benefits, elder trans veterans, the Affordable Care Act, and the like.


People of Color (African-American, African, African Diaspora)

  • Providers
  • Call for POC surgeons, Physicians, Nurse practitioners, therapists, social workers and lawyers interested in presenting about their work and/or how to better assist POC members of the Trans community
  • Gender Identities
  • POC Trans Feminine
  • Mentorship amongst trans women of color
  • Surgical/ GRS discussion for Trans feminine
  • Dating and Disclosure for Trans feminine individuals
  • POC Trans Masculine
  • POC Top surgery/ Chest binding Show and tell
  • Masculinity for Trans POC
  • Socialization for POC (i.e. dealing with how you are seen now)
  • POC Non-binary/Genderqueer/Gender Non-conforming
  • Navigating being Non binary ID and a POC
  • Culturally Specific Workshops
  • Black/ African/ Caribbean/ American
  • Multi- racial
  • Youth
  • Dating and Disclosure for POC Youth
  • Ballroom 101
  • Safety
  • SOFFA (Significant Others, Family, Friends, Allies)
  • Being a Trans parent of color  Dealing with families of color while embracing a trans identity
  • Being in a relationship with a trans person
  • Trans MSM of color
  • Trans Aging
  • Trans Pioneers of color
  • Trans Faith
  • Black church Town hall meeting
  • Finding ways to afford Transition

People of Color (Latinx)

  • Language Access & Cultural Competency: workshops offered in Spanish and English with particular interest in workshops led by [email protected] presenters
  • Access to resources for the [email protected] Trans Community (connecting to care and reducing stigma)
  • Culturally relevant sexual health education: HIV/AIDS and STD prevention; safer sex practices & resources
  • Medical services in Spanish
  • Behavioral Health and Wellness services in Spanish
  • Legal services in Spanish
  • Housing Services
  • Prison Outreach
  • Addiction and Recovery
  • Diversity and Unity among Trans Latinx
  • Diffusing intra-latinx cultural conflict
  • Building community across [email protected] cultures
  • Immigration Resources
  • Status & Access to Legal services
  • ESL and English language course access
  • Family, Religion & Culture: trans identities in Latinx cultures, families, communities, etc.

People of Color (Asian Pacific Islander, Asian-American Pacific Islander)

  • Providers
  • Medical
  • Behavioral health
  • Mental Health treatment
  • Substance use treatment
  • Social Work/Case Managers
  • Gender Identities
  • API/AAPI trans-feminine
  • API/AAPI trans-masculine
  • API/AAPI non-binary/ gender non-conforming
  • Cultural Identities
  • South Asian/Asian-American
  • Southeast Asian/Asian-American
  • Middle Eastern
  • Immigrants/Refugees
  • Age
  • Elderly/ Senior Citizens
  • Young Adults
  • Teenagers
  • Youth
  • Supports & Allies
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Significant Others
  • Mentors
  • Challenges
  • Cultural barriers
  • Language barriers
  • Limited English proficiency
  • Family support
  • Stigma/Stereotypes
  • Americanization
  • Resources Available for API community (especially trans-community


Family Members of Transgender People

We are specifically seeking workshop proposals that address the following themes and topics:

  • Medical management workshops
    • Elementary aged children
    • Teen aged children
    • Young adults
  • Parenting your transgender child with PRIDE
  • National policies for transgender youth
  • Educating schools and advocacy for your transgender child
    • In elementary school
    • In middle school
    • In high school
    • In colleges/universities
  • Panel discussions
    • Siblings of transgender people
    • Trans-adults from different backgrounds/ages
    • Trans-youth and their parents
  • Facilitators for family discussions and support groups
    • For family of young children (0-8years)
    • For family of middle school aged children (9-13years)
    • For family of teen aged children (13-18)
    • For family of adults (18+)
  • Closed discussion groups
    • Dad’s group
    • Mom’s group

Family and Partners

  • Partners
  • Sexuality: Sexual orientation, including but not limited to asexuality, bisexuality, heterosexuality, homosexuality, pansexuality and/or queer sexuality
  • Sexual expression, including monosexuality, polysexuality, fetishism, kink, monogamy, polyamory, sexology, solo-sex, swinging and other creative play beyond our imaginations
  • Sex-positive, trans-, queer, & asexual-inclusive safer sex education
  • Consent, communication and accountability in sexual relationships
  • Support for survivors of sexual violence
  • Sexuality throughout the life span
  • Support for partners of all identities
  • Navigating a partner’s transition as a cisgender individual
  • Navigating a partner’s transition as a trans individual
  • Support for partners of color
  • Support for trans-amorous individuals
  • Families
  • Parenting
  • Supporting a trans child
  • Parenting as a trans person
  • Parenting through all stages of development
  • Parenting through all stages of transition
  • Gender-inclusive parenting
  • Family planning & reproductive options for trans individuals
  • Pregnancy & parenting as a youth
  • Support for families
  • Families of color of trans individuals

Disability and Trans Identity

  • Improving accessibility, confronting ableism, and addressing isolation within trans communities
  • Exploration of trans disability activism, including trans involvement in the disability rights movement
  • Examination of the intersections of ableism and transphobia in medicine, queer spaces, society at large, etc.
  • Best practices for self-advocacy/safety in medical and non-medical settings
  • Accessing disability resources as a trans person
  • Overcoming ableist barriers to trans health care
  • Managing trans health care and chronic illness
  • Self-care strategies
  • Dating and relationships as a disabled trans person
  • Disabled sex and sexuality, including adaptive sex and sex toys
  • Specific intersections of disabled & trans identities (such as disabled & trans People of Color, Deaf/HoH & trans, Autistic & trans, and more)
  • Opportunities for disabled attendees to establish dialog and build community
  • Fostering understanding, solidarity, and cooperation across different disabilities and identities 


  • Education for Allies of Transgender People
  • Transgender Basics (basic vocabulary and etiquette)
  • Beyond the Binary or Genderqueer Basics
  • Understanding Intersex (and how it differs from transgender)
  • Advanced Transgender 101 (exploring allying across other kinds of diversity, and intersections of identity)
  • Making your organization more trans*-friendly (educational, healthcare, human service, etc)
  • Empowerment for cisgender (non-trans) people who want to be involved
  • How to be an ally to (some segment) (e.g. transgender people, genderqueer people, intersex, sex workers, etc.)
  • Being an Ally to One Another
  • Allies together–A conversation between Binary and Non-Binary trans experiences
  • Trans Men and Trans Women, supporting one another
  • How adult trans people can support gender variant children
  • Supporting our cisgender allies
  • How to be an ally across lines of race, class, (dis)ability, age, religion, nationality, etc
  • Issues of power and privilege within trans communities
  • How to make your Trans 101 (or other educational work) more inclusive of the diversity of trans communities
  • How to be an ally to your own allies

Click here to submit a workshop proposal