One-of-a-kind summit aims to build community and empower activists

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SAN FRANCISCO – Transgender Law Center will host its 8th annual Transgender Leadership Summit from April 11-13th, at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) bringing together transgender community members, activists, leaders, and amazing artists and performers. This year the Summit will debut a pre-conference institute for people of color to be held Friday, April 11th, from 9am-4pm.
Featured speakers include Valerie Spencer – an award winning transgender health and social services expert with over 20 years of experience, Pat Cordova-Goff – a 17-year-old leader and advocate for transgender students, and Jay Toole – a longtime queer activist who is in the midst of opening the nation’s first LGBTQ adult shelter. Masen Davis, Executive Director of Transgender Law Center, will give a keynote speech on the state of the transgender movement.

Workshops will include:
 The Ties That Bind: Coming Out, Family Acceptance and Intergenerational Dialogue in Our Families of Color
 Action is Hot: campaign strategies from the ground up
 Immigration Benefits for the Transgender Immigrant Community
 Secret Survivors: Using Storytelling to Center Genderqueer and Trans Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
 Building More Trans Inclusive LGBT Organizations

Terrance Kayton Miller is among the many transgender leaders who have been attending the Transgender Leadership Summit for years. “Until the Summit, one thing I hadn’t quite found was my community,” he recalls. “That was a turning point for me – I not only acquired the tools I need to be among the many leaders creating a world free from discrimination, but I also found encouragement, hope and belonging.”

“Trans and Gender Non Conforming people have few opportunities to come together to share experiences, heal from the trauma of pervasive discrimination, and work together to create a better world,” said Kris Hayashi, Deputy Director of Transgender Law Center. “The power of this event to transform lives and create change cannot be overstated.”

The Transgender Leadership Summit will be held April 11-13th at California State University Northridge. Registration is $50 sliding scale no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Spanish and ASL translation services will be available. For more information or accommodation requests please visit