Saturday November 10, 2018 | 8.00a-5.30p
SLCC Redwood Campus
4600 S Redwood Road | Taylorsville, UT 84123

What is genderevolution?
November 10, 2018 will mark genderevolution’s 10th Annual conference!  Our theme, A Decade of Love celebrates Utah’s only gender conference for the tenth year in a row!  genderevolution 2018 will feature lectures, workshops, and panels offered by local community members and professionals.  Attendees are invited to educate themselves on a variety of topics including healthy self-image development, gender fluidity, the interplay of gender identity & sexual orientation, meditation techniques, legal aid, mental & physical health, transgender history and much more.  Come meet other gender variant folks, their parents, partners, families, friends and the professionals who serve them.

Download Conference Program HERE

This year – A Decade of Love

A Decade of Love will host two guest speakers this year in order to honor the longevity of this important gender conference and to celebrate our trans and gender fluid community.

Keynote Speakers

CeCe McDonald

CeCe McDonald is an activist, speaker and icon in the LGBTQ community.  Rising to international recognition after surviving a white supremacist & transphobic attack, CeCe has graced stages across the country where she uses storytelling to articulate the personal and political implications of being both black & trans. She fosters important conversations around mass incarceration, sexuality & violence and is the star of the recently released feature length documentary about her life & story, Free Cece! 

Buck Angel

Buck Angel’s message of empowerment through self-acceptance and the mission to encourage everyone to be comfortable in their own skin – whatever that means to them – has struck a passionate chord with people around the world.

Buck was born female on June 5,1962. He never felt female and struggled through life until he had the life-changing opportunity to transition from female to male and finally live life authentically. He had many obstacles during his transition mostly due to no information for transitioning for FTM transsexuals. But with the help of compassionate doctors, he lives his truth and now can help to educate the world with his story. His mission is to inspire people to re-define gender and to foster a new generation as they discover the fluidity of sexuality and navigate gender politics. His message “It’s not what between your legs that defines you” has sparked many a conversation and opened minds to the important message that gender is what you say it is for you, and that self-acceptance is not only what makes a person happy, it’s how others come to understand you.  More…

-Schedule at a Glance-

-Workshops & Presenters –


-Lunch Break Caucuses & Discussions-

Grab some lunch and join one of the following caucuses and discussions designed to help create brave and open spaces:

Poly Q is for those who are queer, trans, or gender nonconforming interested in or curious about or practicing polyamory. Openly discuss experience, learn from others, and get to know some folks who may identify the same way!

QTPOC stands for queer, trans people of color. This caucus will provide space for people of color who are trans queer or gender non-conforming who need support from other QTPOCs who understand their struggle.  genderevolution is delighted to offer our QTPOC family a secure place to share their stories and feel welcome in public spaces. The importance of acceptance to those who are  marginalized within an already oppressed community is imperative.

QTY Queer Trans Youth.  This caucus will be for queer and trans/gender non conforming and/or non-binary youth who want to be able to ask their peers questions about anything queer or gender related without any judgement or wrong answers. Some topics may be: How did you know you were trans? How to come out to parents/family?  How to date while trans and safety concerns? Being trans at school? And other things they don’t teach our youth at school.

PSPA Public Safety Pride Alliance discussion group – Building bridges between public safety and trans communities.  Join in this conversation between first responders and members of gender diverse communities to improve communication and enhance safety within our communities.

PARENTS This caucus will be facilliated by trans/non-binary and/or gender nonconforming parents who have children who are gender variant/agender. This caucus is open to parents who have gnc/nb/trans children, trans/gnc/nb parents raising children or soon to be parents who may want to learn from those who have successfully raised their own children outside of the gender binary in a world that doesn’t accept that we exist. 

2018 Presenter Application is now Closed.

Your presentation/workshop topic/title.  Do you have co-presenters?  Are you or your co-presenter(s) trained, certified, or degreed in your presentation topic?   How would you like your room set up.  Do you have any AV needs beyond projection.

Who can present?

Anyone really. We’ve had a wonderful array of workshops by our youth, some folks within the community, teachers, doctors, parents and family on everything from how to train your voice to safety in public restrooms or how to fend off an attacker with self defense tactics and how to use comedy as a healing process, so the possibilities are endless! Last year, we had a presentation “Resist from Bed” for differently abled folks presented via webcam from an activist presenter who was homebound. It was perfect  to encourage and teach those who may have felt their inability to leave home whether it was a physical !mental or emotional ailment meant they couldn’t be activists and fight against oppression.

Examples of previous topics?

Trans 101, HRT FAQ |  Packing and Binding | Voice Coach Therapy | Public restroom use/rights |  How To transition at work | Makeup workshop | Kids like me Q & A | FTM Chest Reconstructive Surgery | Bullying at School and What To Do – Self Defense Class


Here are a few audiences you can build workshops for:


Provide practical information, tools, tips, etc. for Trans identified folks. Some ideas are: Voice coaching, Legally changing your name and gender in Utah, safe sex, etc.

General Audience

Provide practical and theoretical information for allies, partners, families, employers, students, etc on trans identities and gender non-conforming issues. Ideas include: Gender non-conforming in the media, Trans 101, Trans in the Family, Privilege, Raising Transgender, Gender Noncomforming and/or Intersex Youth, Gender Diversity through time and around the world.

Youth Track

Provide practical and theoretical information aimed for youth. Ideas include: Trans History, Coming Out to your Parents & Families, Support for Trans youth.

Conference Norms


We respect the confidentiality of each member. We encourage everyone to take away what they learned, however we do not repeat the names or identifying information. “Take the plot, leave the characters.”

Before responding or countering someone else’s idea or point of view, we “try it on.” We see how it fits before reacting. Respond instead of react.
It’s not okay to attack our blame our self or others. Disagreements should not be personal. We focus on the topic of disagreement not the person we disagree with or ourselves for being disagreed with.
We use “I” statements. We can only speak for ourselves, not all trans folks/women/people of color, etc. We practice being aware of our intentions, our biases, our privileges and our prejudices.

Most things are not mutually exclusive, black/white and either/or. We practice allowing two seemingly conflicting ideas exist together at the same time. When appropriate, we try to use “and” in place of “but.”


Sometimes the things we say to others have an impact on them that we do/did not intend and cannot control. We try to be aware of our intentions and the impact our words have on others. When we are confronted with the impact of our words on others, we accept their feelings as valid. We take responsibility for the effect of our words (whether or not that effect was intended.)


Violence whether physical or verbal will not be tolerated. If someone acts in a violent fashion, they will be asked to leave.


We are here to share and explore our own feelings and experiences; we try not to give advice.


We all benefit from each other’s experiences. We want to encourage you to actively participate. Take this opportunity to share but also to listen to the diversity of experience around you.

We give supportive attention the person who is speaking and avoid side conversations.
phones should be kept on silent or turned off. Texting and playing on your phone is not allowed as it may appear to others as a breach of privacy. Please step outside to take a call or return a text.

Everyone has the right to ask a questions and a right to refuse to answer


Be excited about commonality and difference. The participants of this conference (yourself included) represent a fabulous spectrum of identities, experiences, backgrounds values and outlooks. How can we work together to build strong communities?


Workshops may be emotionally challenging. We want people to feel safe but we recognize that difficult questions are essential to growth. Whether listening or speaking, we do so with honesty with courage.

Nickolis Arteaga
He – Him – His

Nick Arteaga is a proud transman of color from So. Cal. Is the second oldest of ten children and cool uncle to 8 nieces and nephews. Coming from an LDS household, it wasn't until 6-7 years ago that Nick finally realized he wasn't going to hell for being queer or transgender.
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For many years, Nick lived his life in the shadows of envy for those who could live their journeys openly, unashamed. Tired of hoping and wishing, Nick started going to support groups for trans folks and since then found much needed encouragement he never had before to finally be himself. Since then, Nick enrolled @ Slcc and will be graduating with his Associates degree in Psychology Fall 2018! He's also engaged to be happily wed early 2019, to his other half, Kayla Aitken. Although an introvert, Nick has volunteered on the Genderevolution Planning Committee since 2014 and is honored to be this year's Event Director. Genderevolution is a conference for everyone who wants to better understand, LOVE and respect those who identify as trans, nonbinary and/or gender non conforming. We plan and diligently strive as a committee to make this conference a home for those who are trying to find a place in this world that does not grasp the importance and beauty of gender identity and the nuances of self expression outside of the binary. You are LOVED and this world needs you, we hope you'll find your way home @ Genderevolution; November 10, 2018

Kayla Aitken
She – Her – Hers

Kayla grew up in a tiny town rural Minnesota where her love of aviation grew. After serving a 2 year mission for the LDS church in Seoul Korea, she decided to follow her dream of flight at Utah Valley University.
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Her transition (and dried up funding), meant her studies would be put on hold. Now living in Salt Lake with her beau and inspiration Nick, she spends her time working at StubHub while she waits to begin her studies once more. Kayla also enjoys the sciences, politics, and her role on the Gender Evolution committee. She’s fun, witty, and committed to living life to its fullest. Kayla likes to think of herself as an environmentalist and is vegan in order to reduce her carbon footprint and help mitigate climate change. Also, she loves cheese.

Elisa Stone
She – Her – Hers

Growing up in rural Idaho, Elisa’s childhood resembled the movie Napoleon Dynamite. She somehow escaped to become a tenured Queer Studies/English professor at Salt Lake Community College,
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where she co-chairs the LGBTQ+ Steering Committee as well as the LGBTQ+ Awareness (Safe Zone) Committee, and she’s the advisor of the Queer Student Association. For her advocacy for LGBTQ+ students, staff, and faculty and her dedication to service-learning and community engagement, in 2018 Elisa received the SLCC President’s Inclusivity and Equity Award. In 2015 and 2016 she traveled to Cape Town, South Africa to help Westminster College create an anti-stigma campaign for the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation. Intersectionality is a passion of Elisa’s; she’s exploring the connection between human rights and animal rights. She recently certified as a vegan lifestyle coach and educator: Serving on the genderevolution Planning Committee has been her honor and privilege for the past two years: “Working with students who are marginalized and sometimes shunned from their families and communities of origin, I know first-hand how important genderevolution is, not only to create a safe and welcoming space, but also to educate and empower all who attend. Happy 10th to a conference that is affirming, enlightening, inspiring, and life-changing! Cheers to a decade of love!”

Dyllan Halligan
He- Him – His

Meet Dyllan, a seventeen year trans male that’s trying to live his absolute best life! This young man loves dancing, coffee/tea, listening to music, and just spending time with his friends and family in general.
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Excited to start his senior year at Riverton High, Dyllan plans to graduate and is still trying to figure out what’s to come next! Dyllan is actively involved in the GenderEvolution Planning Committee as our Youth Coordinator and looks forward to continuing his volunteer work as an advocate for our ever-growing trans/nonbinary/gender nonconforming community. Dyllan can be a little shy at first, but once he steps out of his bubble, he’s a wonderful person with a fun, dorky personality. Dyllan likes to crack jokes to make others laugh and smile and his positive attitude and great smile are very contagious!

Dallas Rivas
He- Him – His

“He’s a beast…in the kitchen. “ –Bon Appetit

“Our #1 guy for fashion advice.” –GQ

“Wish he was my personal trainer.” The Hulk

“God made him so firemen would have a hero.” –Steve Buscemi

“Everybody wants to marry him.” -Mom

Jennifer Lynn
She – Her – Hers

Happily married, Proud parent, Music lover, Hair Zapper and Trans activist working to make the world a better place. 

Miss Divine
She – Her – Hers

I have been volunteering at the Utah Pride Center since 2014.  I came out in 2015 and have been living full-time as a woman since March 2015. This is my 4th year working on the Genderevolution Conference Committee.