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WPATH symposium set for September
Local therapist Feleshia Porter says
she looks forward to attending
conference for professionals in
DRACONISVONTRAPP I Intern
The World Professional Association for Trans-
gender Health will hold its biennial symposium
in Atlanta, Ga., Sept. 24-28.
The conference meets in a different spot every
two years—it even came to Galveston in 2001 —
and has gone international, with locations rang-
ing from Italy to Belgium.
According to its website, WPATH, formerly
known as the Harry Benjamin International Gen-
der Dysphoria Association, is a professional or-
ganization devoted to the understanding and
treatment of gender identity disorders.
As an international multidisciplinary profes-
sional association, the mission of WPATH is to
promote evidence-based care, education, re-
search, advocacy, public policy and respect in
Local gender therapist Feleshia Porter is one of
the many gender study professionals who will be
attending WPATH this year.
"It's the only place I can go where I can learn
about gender/' Porter said, explaining that usu-
ally when she travels to a conference, it's Iter ex-
pertise others are learning from. WPATH is a
place where she can go and be a student and learn
from other professionals in her field, she said.
to WPATH is
open to profes-
study and sup-
porters for an an-
nual fee. Many
the week, includ-
trans man Chaz Bono, who is speaking on navi-
gating the media as a trans person.
The topics covered at the symposium cover
every possible corner of transgender health, from
surgical procedure techniques to bullying and
Registering for the symposium isn't cheap; for
Trans Nondiscrimination Summit is this weekend in Houston
For the third year in a row, the annual Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Summit is being
held Aug. 12-13 in Houston, hosted this year by the University of Houston Department of English
in the Roy G. Cullen Building.
The summit features keynote speakers Dr. Paige Schilt and Megan Stabler. For the third year in
a row, the ACLU will be represented, as it has been since the conception of the summit. Repre-
sentatives of ACLU and Phyllis Frye, Frye and Associates PLLC, will discuss case law related to
trans issues on Aug. 12 and 13, respectively.
According to the Facebook page for the summit, a total of 9.75 credit hours will be available to
professionals needing licensing requirements, and the symposium has been approved for .X
CEUs or X.O Clock for all social workers by the Graduate College of Social Work at the University
The University of Houston is one of the few colleges in Texas that specifies "gender identity
and expression" in its nondiscrimination statement. Others include Rice University, University of
Texas at Austin, South Texas College of Law and University of Texas Pan Am.
The University of Houston has also issued the Izza Lopez Memo that indicates discrimination
against transgender employment is not tolerated.
On Aug. 12, the Houston Transgender Unity Committee and the Houston Transgender Center
have collaborated to host dinner for the attendees at their center.
While online registration is now closed, participants can still buy tickets at the door. Regular
registration is $20, and $10 for students.
To learn more about the Summit, visit their webpage at
— Draconis von Trapp
non-members with a new membership fee/ the
cost is a hefty $650. The cheapest way in is as a
student at $350, which requires that the applicant
be a full-time graduate student in a program di-
rectly related to transgender health.
However, this still doesn't cover the cost of air-
fare and a hotel room.
According to Porter, though, the expense is all
worth it. And, she said, she just wishes she could
make the out-of-country symposiums as well. ■
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