2008 Transgender Leadership Summit
University of California, Berkeley
March 14-16 2008

Hosted by Gender Equity Resource Center, UC Berkeley

Nearly 300 transgender community members and allies gathered at UC Berkeley for an inspiring weekend of skills-building workshops, presentations, networking and fun. Attendees of the 3 rd Annual Transgender Leadership Summit ranged from seasoned community leaders to emerging transgender young people, families and allies.

The Summit was planned by a dedicated core of more than 25 community volunteers, including 14 transgender women and 8 transgender men. Community members and Transgender Law Center staff worked together to secure a location, plan workshops and plenary sessions, and manage logistics.

The theme of the 2008 Summit, “Transgender Grows Up, Change from the Inside Out,” was woven through the four inspiring plenary sessions and twenty-six workshops. Participants reflected on the incredible progress the transgender civil rights movement has made in recent years, and discussed what it will take to continue to gain equality for our communities.

Participants came from all over California, with heavy representation of the Los Angeles area, Sacramento, San Diego, and the Bay Area. There were participants from rural communities in far northern reaches of the state, and people from suburban areas of the central valley.

The diversity of the participants truly reflected the diversity of California’s transgender communities. Of the participants who indicated their cultural and ethic backgrounds, 53% self-identified as people of color. The ages off participants ranged from 14 to 65. A wide array of gender identities were represented, and the vast majority of participants indentifies as transgender.

Evaluations of the plenary sessions and workshops were overwhelmingly positive. Participants commented on the usefulness of the skills-building workshops and the resounding inspiration of the plenary sessions. Workshop and plenary presenters also provided incredibly positive feedback; many stating that the caliber of the discussions sparked added to their own expertise. Although simultaneous Spanish translation was provided for all plenary sessions, many participants asked that translation services be provided in all workshops in 2008. The Leadership Summit planning committee will do all it can to accommodate this request!

In all, the 2008 Summit was a huge success. Community members walked away inspired, empowered, and armed with information. Momentum for the 2009 summit is already brewing. . .

Read the full 2008 Summit Report here (190k pdf).

Summit Sponsored by:

Supported in part by a grant from The David Bohnett Foundation



Community Sponsors: Ally Action, Antelope Valley GLBT Community Center,
Center of Excellence at UCSF, Community Health Partnership’s Transpowerment Program,
Equality Federation, FTM International San Buenaventura Reed Erickson Chapter,
Gay and Lesbian Center of Orange County, Gay Straight Alliance Network, GenderQueer Revolution
LGBTI Resource Center at UCSF, Lighthouse Community Center, Lou Sullivan Society,
Marina Nolasco, OCFTM, Orange County Transgender Coalition, Pacific Center in Berkeley
Transgender Economic Empowerment Initiative, TransVision


– Plenary Session Videos –

Opening Statements:

Trans Grows Up: Maturation of a Movement:

Reflections on Leadership:

Deliver California: The Local and National for a Trans Inclusive ENDA:

What’s Next: Building the Movement for Transgender Equality: