6th TransOhio Transgender & Ally Symposium will be held on May 30-June 1, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio. Provider’s Day and General Symposium will be held at The Ohio State University Ohio Union in the heart of Columbus’ University District.
General Symposium Keynote Presenter: Kye Allums
This has been Kye Allum’s mantra for quite some time. Kye being ENOUGH, was the very catalyst for him to started sharing his story with athletic departments and Universities across the US, the story of being the first Division I, openly transgender athlete in sports history. He went on to graduate from The George Washington University with a degree in Fine Arts but his desire for change did not stop there. It was then that his mantra became his movement. Project I Am Enough was born and lives have been effected every since.
As Founder & Creative Director of his now thriving organization, Kye has dedicated his life to reaffirming, empowering and inspiring people in their power and purpose. The suicide rate continues to be very high among LGBT youth and knowing this is a constant reminder for Kye to continue his work diligently.
“We must learn to love ourselves before we can hope for change anywhere else”, says Kye. He goes on to say, “I am passionate about our youth and transgender rights. I will not stop pursuing equality until equality has been won!”
Although Kye speaks at many LGBT events and Universities around the country educating and allowing individuals to learn from his “coming out” mistakes, his message of being enough is for everyone.
Project I Am Enough enrolls people in their greatness through artistic projects, identity discussions and self-love encouragement. Teams of artists from across the world utilize their experiences and the experiences of others to encourage people that they matter and that they are ENOUGH!
Kye has been featured in the following:
- Out 100 in Out Magazine
- Advocate 40 under 40
- LGBT History Month Icon of the day
- Sports Illustrated: The Transgender Athlete
Provider’s Day Keynote Presenter: Dr. Kristen Benson
Kristen Benson, Ph.D., LMFT, CFLE is an Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Science at North Dakota State University. She earned her PhD in Human Development from Virginia Tech in Human Development with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and Certified Family Life Educator.
Dr. Benson’s research and clinical focus is on providing affirming therapy to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) people and relationships. Her current research explores the experiences of parents raising transgender and gender creative children. Dr. Benson is a clinical fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy where she chairs the Queer Affirmative Caucus and a member of the National Council on Family Relations where she co-chairs the Sexuality Focus Group.
Dr. Benson is committed to training therapists to create affirmative spaces to work with transgender and gender creative clients and the loved ones they are in relationship with.