Saturday November 10, 2018 | SLCC Redwood Campus

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.

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.

Aside from all the amazing workshops, genderevolution will hold caucuses during our lunch break to create a safe and open space for the following  groups: 

Poly Q is for those who are queer, trans or gender nonconforming interested in, 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 a safe and open 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.  We hope to see you there!


We want to hear your message!

Apply today to present, exhibit or participate in a workshop at our 10th Annual genderevolution conference!

All presentations should take an intersectional/holistic approach, taking into account more than one identity/issue.  For example, if you want to present a workshop on make-up application, take into account the different types of skin, and skin tones, or if you would like to present on HRT, please consider other issues, like accessibility (ordering HRT online) the uninsured.  Focus on age, race, SES, National origin, etc. Frame your presentation with these identities in mind. Potential presenters are encouraged to submit a Spanish-speaking workshop as well.

What do you need to know before submitting your presenter application?

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

In order to create a safe and supportive community, we are guided in our interactions with each other by the following “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.

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

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.