2019 Transgender Spectrum Conference

  • Friday, November 8, 2019
  • Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University in St. Louis will host the sixth annual Transgender Spectrum Conference November 8 & 9, 2019. The two-day Transgender Spectrum Conference explores the spectrum of sex and gender from multiple vantage points: lived experience, academic investigation, clinical practice, and activism. The goal of the conference is to provide space for the broad community to come together to enhance the visibility and knowledge of the trans and gender expansive community in the St. Louis region and beyond.

Keynote & Plenary Session Speakers


Plenary Session Speaker:

Vanessa Fabbre
“I’ve Got My Game On”: Insights from Trans Elders on Well-Being in Later Life
Friday, November 8 at 1:00 pm

Vanessa Fabbre is an Assistant Professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, where she is also Affiliate Faculty in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and a Faculty Scholar at the Institute for Public Health. She received her PhD from the University of Chicago and is a licensed clinical social worker. Prior to completing her doctoral studies, Fabbre served as the Coordinator of Older Adult Programs at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and worked as a volunteer psychotherapist at the Center on Halsted, the Midwest’s largest LGBTQ center. Fabbre’s research explores the conditions under which gender and sexual minorities age well and what this means in the context of social forces such as heteronormativity, heterosexism, and transphobia.

Keynote Speaker:

Courtesy Glenda Lissette

Pidgeon Pagonis
Saturday, November 9 at 9:15 am

Pidgeon Pagonis has slowly, oftentimes not so quietly risen to visibility in Chicago as not only an activist on behalf of intersex people, but also as a fighter for the recognition of marginalized others in general. Whether advancing youth advocacy with interACT, producing informational videos that go viral on Buzzfeed, writing for Everyday Feminism or appearing on the cover of National Geographic “Gender Revolution” special issue, Pidgeon has staked out a place at the fore of debates on intersexuality and otherness.  Learn more about Pidgeon by visiting their website.

For more information on this event visit: https://sites.wustl.edu/transgenderspectrumconference/registration/

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