12th Annual Genderevolution Conference
Dates & Times
Friday, November 13th
From 9:30 a.m. to 4:20 p.m.
Saturday, November 14th
From 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Online - Virtual
Genderevolution is Utah's only gender conference and was created by TransAction, a trans-led, trans-positive program of the Utah Pride Center.
Genderevoution is open to everyone, trans, nonbinary, agender, bigender, genderqueer, questioning and is recommended to anyone working with the public, curious about gender and anyone else who wants to learn the social construct that is gender and how it affects us in every day life.
We encourage teachers, health and medical professionals, social workers, doctors, lawyers, law enforcement, community educators, activists and everyone to attend to better understand gender and to better understand each other.
Genderevolution is proud to continue educating the masses and engaging our community in a virtual space for the first time since this awesome conference began.
We are also expanding our one day event to two days, to better accommodate folx schedules and give the ability to see and attend more workshops than ever before!
The 12th Annual Genderevolution Conference allows us a time and a space to come together across intersecting identities of gender, sex, race, class, generations, ability, beliefs, and politics.
We enlighten one another, deconstruct our oppression, and strategize for equity.
Our goal to shatter binaries, form alliances, friendships, and mentorships as we explore our individual and collective identities.
We celebrate our journey, struggle, transition, finding community, intersectionality, and resources.
We welcome people at all levels of inclusion with the transgender and allied communities.
We do not want cost to be a barrier for anyone. If you need a scholarship, please fill out this form: http://bit.ly/GEScholarshipRequest.
Our theme this year is Shattering Binaries This is to teach us how to navigate the gray areas, the nuances in life, especially when gender is concerned. Not everything is binary, or black and white, we live in a world of uncertainty and Genderevolution is here to help us navigate those tough subtleties with kindness and respect for one another.
Theo’s submission of “Shattering Binaries” was ultimately chosen by our committee out of over 50 theme submissions as the winner for this year’s Genderevolution Conference.
Theo (they/them) is a non-binary, queer writer. They enjoy reading, drawing, and napping with their cats whenever they find the time.
Thank you, Theo!
Our 2020 Keynote Speakers
Kay Ulanday Barrett
Kay Ulanday Barrett is a poet, performer, and cultural strategist. K. has featured at The Lincome Center, The U.N., Symphony Space, The Poetry Foundation, The Poetry Project, Princeton University, Tucson Poetry Festival, NY Poetry Festival, The Dodge Poetry Foundation, The Hemispheric Institute, and Brooklyn Museum. They’ve received fellowships from MacDowell, Lambda Literary Review, Drunken Boat, VONA, The Home School, and Macondo.
Lydia X. Z. Brown
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Lydia X. Z. Brown also asks us to please consider donating to Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network (AWN) and/or the Fund for Community Reparations for Autistic People of Color’s Interdependence, Survival & Empowerment.
genderevolution Conference Planning Committee
Nick Arteaga he/him, they/them is a non-binary, transmasculine queer person of color. They are from So. California but have been in Utah for almost a decade. Read More
Nick comes from a large family and loves to spend his free time with them, especially his 11 niblings (gender neutral term for nieces and nephews). He currently works at the Utah Pride Center as Community Programs Coordinator and got his start with trans activism as a volunteer for the Genderevolution Planning Committee. Nick has been the Event Director of Genderevolution for the past 3 years and is always looking for new ways to keep our LGBTQ+ community engaged and educated in all things QUEER. Nick is a SLCC alumni and hopes to pursue his bachelor’s in psychology. He enjoys helping people and working with the public and is not afraid to ask for help. Nick has a loving partner, Kayla and lives happily in Salt Lake City. His true passion is advocating for marginalized voices, even within the LGBTQIA+ community. BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) are often the most oppressed folx and Nick intends to continue working to bring visibility to these extremely under resourced parts of our communities.
Kelsey earned their Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of San Diego. Read More
They originally joined the Utah Pride Center as the Suicide Prevention and Services Coordinator, and recently transitioned to the Youth, Family, and Education Manager. They are so excited to be a part of the Genderevolution Committee this year. They firmly believe in being the person they needed when they were younger, so they strive to foster welcoming and supportive environments for LGBTQIA+ youth across Utah. Their passion lies in improving services for traditionally underserved populations, especially for LGBTQIA+ youth.
Amanda holds a master’s degree in Education and a bachelor’s degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology, both from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is passionate about inclusion and social justice. Read More
Amanda began her advocacy with her research on, “The Effects of a Heteronormative Classroom Environment on LGBTQ+ Students.” Before the Utah Pride Center, Amanda worked in higher and elementary education. Amanda works at the Utah Pride Center as the Director of Youth, Family, and Education. She focuses on making homes more accepting and welcoming for our youth and families, schools and community spaces more inclusive for all, and to educate the current and future generations about our incredible LGBTQIA+ community.
Kayla is an autistic transgender woman and aspiring computer programmer and pilot. Though she was assigned male at birth, she knew from the young age of 5 that something was amiss with that assignment. Read More
She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah but moved to Minnesota at the age of 10 where she grew up and later moved to Utah to attend BYU after a 2 year mission in Korea for the LDS church. While at BYU her science and religion professors encouraged her to ask questions which eventually led her to atheism and a renounced church membership. This allowed her the breathing room she needed to finally explore her gender identity and begin transition. She has served on the genderevolution planning committee since 2016 with the love of her life and now chair of the planning committee, Nick Arteaga.
Raised in Idaho, Elisa’s childhood resembled the movie Napoleon Dynamite. She’s now a Queer Studies Professor whose passions bridge human and animal rights.
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Ash graduated from Utah State University’s Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning program. Read More
He is also a military brat who has lived around the world. His father’s Air Force career as well as his college experience have afforded him the opportunity to live in Japan and Slovenia, to which he is incredibly grateful. In his free time Ash enjoys walking, hiking, photography, travel and volunteering. He is a member of the polyamorous community and is currently in two relationships. Ash is also a proud member of the transgender community. One way he intends to “shatter binaries” in his own life is to start a family and carry a baby of his own as a trans man, when the time is right. Ash has been an active participant at the Utah Pride Center since 2018
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Jandy (she/they) spent several years charging the GE committee and presenting at the conference. She is currently enjoying GE retirement while sipping on a Cape Cod... but always willing to give her very loud opinion when the current board reaches out for input.