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How to Organize a Local Gender Family Conference
Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 2 – Saturday, October 26 – 1:45 PM – 3:15 PM
Room: Big Joe Turner B
We are on a mission to create resources to help PFLAG chapters host successful, local conferences supporting gender creative youth and their families. Whether your chapter is large or small, rural, suburban or urban, we want to make sure the resources we collect and create will help you build a successful gathering and expand your services to support one of the largest growing constituencies in PFLAG. We’ll speak briefly about how Maryland chapters are partnering and planning an upcoming conference and the tools we are using, and we also want to hear from you. What are your ideas? What tools and templates would you find most helpful? Help us create a toolkit of everything you need to get started right away.
Catherine Hyde, PFLAG National Board, PFLAG Columbia-Howard County
Catherine Hyde has worked in social justice for 20 years. She did not listen to her child when he, at age four, told her that something had gone wrong in her belly and that he was supposed to be a she. She did not understand gender identity until PFLAG educated her; and it was PFLAG that provided the support her family needed on their gender journey. Today, Catherine speaks and trains on transgender understanding and sensitivity; she is focused on sharing resources to help all PFLAG chapters support their trans and gender creative children and families. She serves on PFLAG’s National Board of Directors and has testified before the Transgender Task Force of the U.S. Senate's LGBT Caucus on safety issues facing trans youth.
Sam McClure, The LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton
Sam McClure is Director of the LGBT Health Resource Center at Chase Brexton, and a champion of LGBT Health Equity. In her previous role as Senior Vice President of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), McClure led affiliate relations, external affairs, public policy and advocacy, and supplier diversity. McClure is a nationally recognized keynote speaker, commentator, panelist, and an expert on LGBT Economic Development. An award-winning strategist, she created the LGBT Business Builder and built local collaboration models in thirteen cities. This innovative program ultimately won a “Bright Idea Award” from Harvard University. McClure has a wealth of experience and expertise in Team Leadership and Training, Resource Development, Program Planning and Development, Public Policy, Advanced Business Negotiation Skills and Organizational Development. Sam is passionate and dedicated to leading the LGBT Health Resource Center’s efforts to improve healthcare access and outcomes for all LGBT people in the Baltimore region and beyond.
JoAnne Wells, PFLAG Howard County
JoAnne is a retired project management consultant. When, at age 15, her child told her he was transgender, she did not understand transgender or gender identity until PFLAG provided the information she needed to help her son on his journey. Since then, JoAnne supports other parents as a co-facilitator of a PFLAG transparent support group and through one-on-one coffee talks. She also speaks and trains on transgender understanding and sensitivity. JoAnne was on the leadership team that brought the first of its kind gender conference to the east coast in 2014. In its fourth year in November 2017, the conference served over 800 attendees. She is excited to bring this conference back to Baltimore in fall 2020. She also served on a committee for Baltimore County Public Schools to draft guidelines to support transgender and gender expansive students, and currently serves as a steering committee member for PFLAG Howard County.