Schedule of Events

7:30AM - 8:30AM
Check-In & Registration
8:30AM - 9:00AM
Welcome
9:00AM - 9:50PM
OPENING Plenary - Wendy Ashley, Psy.D., MSW


Trans-Attraction: Not Kink or Fetish but a legitimate sexual orientation

Men who have sex with transgender women (MSTGW's) are a relatively invisible population, known primarily through porn, erotica, kink, fetishism or paraphilias. Labeled gyandromorphophilic by medical and scholarly communities, the monikers used to describe the sexuality of MSTGWs do not consistently encompass the nuances of orientation, attraction, identity and behavior of this population. Because they challenge conventional sexual orientation categories, MSTGWs are often reduced to designation as subsets of existing binaries or variant type of sexuality, excluding them from the validation, support and connection that comes with community identification. This workshop will explore from both a scholarly perspective and an individual lived experience of what we term 'trans-attraction,' focusing on trans-attraction as less of a urban phenomenon and more as a sexual orientation. Using a qualitative auto-ethnographic approach, the presenters will use existing research and Randy's personal story to explore trans-attraction, the limited binaries of sexual orientation, and how trans-attraction should be considered a valid sexual orientation.

9:50AM - 9:55AM
Break
9:55AM - 11:10PM
Workshop Session #1
11:10AM - 11:15AM
Break
11:15AM - 1:00PM
Main Plenary - Ellie Krug

 Grey Area Thinking

All humans habitually categorize and group others who are “different” from “us,” which often lends to black and white thinking, as in “good” versus “bad” or “native” versus “immigrant” and a host of other isolating labels. With this inclusivity presentation, Ellie Krug offers an innovative toolset—Gray Area Thinking©—for interacting with diverse humans in a mindful and compassionate way. Attendees will appreciate and value how it’s necessary to consciously engage in Gray Area Thinking© in their daily activities. Doing so will lead to a more inclusive life!

1:00PM - 1:55PM
Lunch 
1:55PM - 2:00PM
James Thacker, Sprint
2:00PM - 2:20PM
Bobby Cagle, BA, MA

Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services

"We continue to strive to meet the needs of LGBTQI+ youth and look forward to our ongoing collaboration with the Board of Supervisors and our other partners throughout the County."

2:20PM - 2:25PM
Raffle
2:25PM - 3:25PM
Screening of the award-winning film Bibi

Moderated panel discussion to follow  the screening of the film.

Victor M. Duenas, Director

JM Longoria III, Actor/Writer

Edward Enriquez-Cohen, Producer 

Vanessa Perez, Producer

 

Bibi is a ten minute short form film set in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley. This is the backdrop for our tale of love, hope, and forgiveness. A young Latino man receives a mysterious last letter from his estranged and recently deceased father after he’s forced to return to Texas to handle his final arrangements.

3:25PM - 3:35PM
Cookie & Coffee Break
3:35PM - 4:50PM
Workshop Session #2
4:50PM - 5:00PM
Thank You and Evaluations