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Transgender Lives Organizing Committee 
Ct TransAdvocacy Coalition 
860 255 8812 


Transgender Lives Organizing Committee 
Ct TransAdvocacy Coalition 
860 255 8812 


Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT

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Academic Building of the UConn Health Center 
263 Farmington Avenue
Academic Building
Farmington, CT 06030

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2019 Transgender Lives Conference

The Intersection of Health and Law Conference

April 27th, 2018

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The Thirteenth Annual Transgender Lives: The Intersection of Health and Law Conference being held on Saturday, April 27th at the UConn Health Center from 8:00 AM till 5 PM. This all day conference is geared towards Service Providers, Medical and Legal Professionals, Trans and Gender non-conforming community, allies and all those interested in the Health and Law issues facing the Trans and gender non-conforming communities.

General Registration price is $25 per person (including lunch), $50 for anyone seeking CEC credits from the National Association of Social Workers of CT (NASW/CT).  Can't afford it? We will have scholarships available the day of the event. The first 25 walk-ins will receive a free lunch.

High Level Conference Timeline

  • 08:00 - 08:30 AM : Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 08:30 - 09:15 AM : Welcoming Remarks and Introductions
  • 09:15 - 12:00 AM : Morning Workshops
  • 12:00 - 01:00 PM : Lunch
  • 01:00 - 03:30 PM : Afternoon Workshops
  • 03:30 - 04:45 PM : Keynote
  • 04:45 - 05:00 PM : Closing remarks and wrap up

Walk-ins welcome Scholarships are available at the door 

(The first 25 walk-ins or scholarships will include lunch)

If you require a sign interpreter please contact us at by April 15th 

2019 Conference Keynote Speaker


Dr. Elijah C. Nealy, PhD, M.Div, LCSW


The Connecticut TransAdvocacy Coalition is proud to announce Ben Powers as our keynote speaker for our Thirteenth Annual Transgender Health and Law Conference on April 27, 2018.


Ben Power, Founder and Executive Director of the Sexual Minorities Educational Foundation (SMEF), Inc. has been the Curator of the Sexual Minorities Archives (SMA) since 1977. The SMA, located in Ben’s residence in Holyoke, MA, is one of the largest and oldest national collections of LGBTQ literature, history, and art in the United States. Included within the SMA is the Leslie Feinberg Library – the personal research library of the late transgender author and activist – which Ben received from Lesiie and cataloged, and the Out Books On Wheels lending library, 4000+ LGBTQ books that circulate for free. 

Ben holds a Master of Arts degree in Socio-Cultural Processes from Governors State University, Governors Park, Illinois and a Bachelor of Arts in American Literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

He has lectured on queer archival and transgender issues and activism for faculty, staff, and students at Hampshire College, University of Massachusetts/Amherst, University Without Walls/Springfield, MA, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, Syracuse University, and University of Connecticut/Storrs, and has taught local LGBTQ history at the Historic Northampton Museum, at Forbes Library, and at SMA history talks and history walks.

Ben founded the East Coast FTM Group in 1992, the first-ever trans-male support group in New England, which met for 23 years in Northampton, MA. He was also a co-founder in 2008 of the first-ever New England Transgender Pride March organizing speakers for the rally, including trans activists Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, Gunner Scott, Monica Roberts, and Imani Henry.  Ben was honored for his trans activism on the Trans 100 List in 2015.

Ben is a medically disabled trans elder, working-class, anti-racist, anti-classist, pro-feminist activist who believes that Queer Archiving = Queer Activism and that education is the key to eliminating oppression. 

Pronouns: He/Him/His



Our conference is about relationships - relationships with ourselves and relationships with those who interact with us. It is about re-defining these relationship through knowledge and understanding and by helping to erase those misconceptions that have disempowered so many for so long. Our conference is also about community - and not just trans and gender non-conforming people but also our allies who support us, the professionals who work with us,
our families who care for us, and most-especially you.

Our primary theme “Intersection of Health and Law” seeks to raise awareness of the interconnectivity and interdependence of two critical areas to the lives of the trans and gender non-conforming individual. 

Each year the attendance and outreach for this conference has grown substantially, now making it the major Transgender Health and Law Conference in Southern New England. Our success is a directly attributed to attendees finding the conference to be informative, relevant, and positive. One of our goals for this conference is that you find your experience to be informative and positive. We hope to provide new information to you



If you are interested in sponsoring the conference, placing an ad in our program book or making a donation for scholarships please visit our sponship-advertisment-vendor table  webpage or contact us at


See you all on April 28th!!