Michael (ftmichael) wrote in queerconference,

US, NY: The Empire Conference - Speakers & Workshops


TRANSEVENT 2010:THE EMPIRE CONFERENCE will be at the Crowne Plaza in the historic section of downtown Albany, where nightlife abounds! Save the cab fare as fabulous fine dining, local pubs, and entertainment clubs are all within

Easy and realistic walking distance. Historic landmarks, incredible architecture, numerous museums, shopping, and fabulous parks are all in the area; and the beautiful Hudson River is only two blocks from our door!


For 2010 we are partnering with the Capital District LGBT Community Council, which celebrates its fortieth anniversary just two weeks after the conference.

With an incredible gathering of speakers and presenters, we have more than 40 workshops, programs and forums for MTFs, FTMs, and Trans youth.

There is something here for everyone! Your early registration is suggested.

Come join us for this important, educational, and entertaining conference. Meet old friends and make some new ones.


The EMPIRE CONFERENCE presents an INCREDIBLE line-up of speakers, workshop presenters and forum leaders:

KEYNOTE: Dallas Denny - Nationally known writer, activist, editor
KEYNOTE: Pauline Park - Chair, New York Assoc.Gender Rights Advocay NYAGRA
PLENARY: Hawk Stone - Psychotherapist, consultant, educator, advocate and activist.

Justin Adkins - Transgender Activist, Williams College
Michelle Alexander, RN, CLC - Author: 'The Color of Sunlight'
Mariette Pathy Allen - Author, photographer
Michele Angello, Ph.D. - Therapist
Tony Barreto-Neto - FTM activist, Consultant
Cris Benjamin - w/ Kim Watson
Jan Brown - Mid Hudson Valley Transgender Assoc.
Rev. Dr. Sarah Carpenter - U. Vermont
Ejay Carter - NYSPA
Joni Christian - Open Door Coffee House
Laura Clair - Cert. Life Coach
Lauren Cole - Cosmotologist
Anne Copps - Attorney
Kyle Cortis - MA, Womens dometic violence programs
Livia da Silva - Co-founder, Capital District Partners of Trans People.
Richard Docter -Internationally known author, researcher, clinical psychologist
Douglas Fish, M.D. -Medical Director, Albany Medical College's Division of HIV Medicine
Chelsea Goodwin - Co-founder, Metropolitan Gender Network
Dr Bud Heuer, Ph.D - American Institute for Voice and Ear Research.
Brian James - Trans youth advocate, Capital Region GLSEN Jump-Start Leadership Team
Ari Kane, Ed.D. - Exec. Dir., Educational Inst. Sex and Gender Diversity
Daniel Kayajian, M.S., CCC-SLP -Speech-language pathologist
Rachael Lynn King - Executive Director of THEO's Place
Lady Ellen - Le Femme Finishing School
Alison Laing -co-founder, Renaissance, past Executive Director-IFGE, Dir., Fantasia Fair
Sherman N. Leis, D.O., F.A.C.O.S. - Phil Ctr. Transgender Surgery
Arlene Lev - Nationally known author & therapist
Ross Levi, Esq. - Attorney, ESPA
Nathan Levitt - Callen-Lorde Community Clinic, NYC
Sassafras Lowrey - Author, activist, editor
Tre Luna - Therapist
Rusty Mae Moore, Ph.D. - Co-founder, Transy House, Brooklyn, NY
Dr Maureen Osborne - nationally known Clinical psychologist
Dr Douglas Ousterhout - Gen. & Plastic Surgery, Stanford U.
Jack Pickering - speech-language pathologist
Katherine Rachlin, Ph.D. - clinical psychologist and sex therapist, NYC
Dr Sandra Samons - Ph.D., L.M.S.W., L.M.F.T.
Jonathan D. Santos - Callen Lorde Community Health Clinic, NYC
Vanessa Sheridan - Diversity trainer, author- 'Transgender in the Workplace'
Michael Silverman - Exec. Dir., Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund TLDEF
Patti Smith - Ordained Deacon with the Catholic Apostolic Church in North America
Carey Jean Sojka - University at Albany, SUNY, youth group facilitator
Jeffrey Spiegel, MD -Chief, Div.Facial Plastic &Reconstructive Surgery, BMC
James Taylor - "Jay Tee" Transyouth activist
Jasan Ward - Program Coordinator- In Our Own Voices, Albany NY
John Warrener - Owner of Glamour Boutique
Kim Watson - Community Healthcare Network, Bronx, NY
Karen Ziegler LCSW, CASAC - Rape Crisis Counselor,D. A.'s Domestic Violence Advisory Board

On tap after dark:

Wednesday: The conference kicks off on May 19th with a welcoming reception and barbecue at the Capital District Gay and Lesbian Community Council from 5-8:30. Please join us for good food, good company and a tour of the oldest continuously operating LGBT Community Center in the country. The Center is at 332 Hudson Avenue in the historic Center Square neighborhood, with many friendly bars, restaurants, and shops just around the corner.

Thursday: With a nod to Albany's founders, a Dutch Treat Restaurant Crawl of the hippest downtown restaurants.

Conference Entertainment:

Friday night brings a choice to sit back and enjoy the show, or enjoy it even more by being in the show!

We're producing our own spectacular, Trannies Got Talent!, and every conference attendee is invited (and encouraged!) to take part. You'll never find a friendlier audience, so whether you're a seasoned performer or taking your first steps on stage, this is a great opportunity to shine.

All types of acts are welcome--musical, comical, magical, theatrical, or what have you. Make sure to bring your music, instruments, costume, and/or props to the conference; and practice practice practice! As we get closer to May, keep an eye on the conference web site for more details about getting involved.

Trannies Got Talent! is being put together by our own conference staff: produced by Mona Mason and directed by Cyndi Lindsey with the assistance of Erica Askew.

Saturday night finds us in the hands of the Master Entertainer Jade Esteban Estrada, which means we'll be very well taken care of indeed! He is a multi-talented show business phenomenon - writer, actor, singer, comic, impersonator, choreographer, and more.

Jade has created numerous one-man shows, including the unique and mesmerizing "ICONS" series that includes The Lesbian and Gay History of the World (now up to volume III) and TransWorld! The Transgender History of the World. When TransWorld! was presented at the 2007 IFGE conference it went over like gangbusters as Jade, with quick on-stage costume changes and on-target tableaus, took the audience on a moving and exhilarating romp through T history.

Make your plans now - The Empire Conference is going to be BIG! Get more details at our website: http://transeventsusa.org/empire/

See you in Albany!

Mona Rae Mason
Conference Coordinator
1914 457 5925
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