Professional Symposium

In 2015, a group of dedicated individuals came together to create an event to foster a vibrant, healthy, and responsive community of, for, and by our transgender and gender-expansive population, those who love them, and those who support them. This became the first Community Conference.

Since that time, professionals have requested a space of their own to ask questions and gain a broader understanding of the needs of those people who identify as transgender/gender-expansive. The Translife Professional Symposium was created to equip, empower, and connect these professionals. This symposium is an opportunity to bring together medical, mental/behavioral health, legal, government, and educational professionals to learn about the unique needs, challenges, and cultural competencies necessary to provide sensitive and appropriate care to the transgender/gender-expansive community.


Workshops are held by a variety of professionals and content experts from Kaiser Permanente, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, No Bully®, the San Francisco Department of Public Health, local support groups, and trans-inclusive private practices. They provide a solid foundation in the areas of cultural competency, practical tools to working with the transgender/gender-expansive population, and resource access, as well as advancements in the mental health, medical, educational, and legal fields.

Past workshops have included:

  • Meeting the needs of trans youth in the school environment
  • Blowing up the binary, understanding the non-binary spectrum
  • Providing wrap around care for gender confirmation surgery
  • How to talk about sex with your clients from a sex-positive perspective
  • Trans perspectives: what trans people want you to know
  • Legal name, gender change, and affirming legal representation of transgender clients
  • Gender expansive teens with DSM-5 diagnosis
  • Ending bullying in a binary age
  • Healthcare 101: accessing care and overcoming barriers for transgender clients
  • Transgender medicine Q&A
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