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Eastern PA Trans Equity Project hosts free virtual workshops on topics of interest to transgender folk. Our Trans Topics programming offers an opportunity for transgender and gender non-binary people as well as their allies and family members to learn more about issues such as transgender medical care, financial, legal, and political concerns, wellness, as well as transition advice.

Registration for these Transgender educational seminars is free, but is required. Registrants will be added to our EPTEP/Renaissance mailing list. You may unsubscribe from this mailing list at any time with a link provided in each email. Personal registration information will not be shared with presenters.

May 11, 2021: Post Surgical Recovery for Transgender Women

Shannon Whittington, RN/MSN/PCC/C-LGBTHEALTH. Author of “Home Care of Transgender Vaginoplasty Patient”

Shannon Whittington runs an award-winning program that provides in-home post surgical care for patients in the five boroughs of New York City. Her service supports GCS patients from Mt. Sinai and NYU Langone hospitals.

May 18, 2021: Top Surgery for Trans Masculine People

Please join us for a conversation with Dr. Sammina Wahhab as she discusses top surgery for trans masculine people. The program will include considerations for picking a surgeon, surgical techniques, recovery, and outcomes. Dr. Wahhab will take questions and provide answers to attendees.

Dr. Wahhab recevied he medical degree from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, PA and continued her medical training at Lehigh Valley Hospital. She has bee as a general surgery resident for three years. She continued at Lehigh Valley Hospital. She is is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. as a Plastic Surgery Resident for three years, completing her training in 2001.

June 8th, 2021: Transitioning in Faith

Join our panel of transgender individuals as they discuss the opportunities and challenges they faced as they spoke their truth in their church, synagogue or faith community.

June 22, 2021: Non-Surgical Options For Facial Feminization

Dr. John-Paul Regan, D.O. of Modern Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Newtown, PA

Transgender women can often achieve positive results without having to undergo the cost or trauma associated with surgery. In this workshop, Dr. Regan will explore non-surgical opportunities for facial feminization through the use of injectible therapies.

June 30, 2021: “Transforming” gynecology: A gender-affirming surgeon’s perspective

Gynocological care is critical to the ongoing health of transmasc, transfem and gender diverse individuals. In this Trans-Topics workshop you will join Dr. Ashley Brandt the Medical DIrector for Transgender Medicine and Surgery at Tower Health for a discussion about health considerations you should take into account post-recovery. This workshop is for transmasc, transfemme, and non-binary individuals

K. Ashley Brandt,D.O. is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist and fellowship trained gender affirming surgeon who is the medical and surgical director of the Gender Affirming Program at Reading Hospital/Tower Health system. She serves as teaching faculty for both the department of obstetrics/gynecology and plastic surgery at Tower Health; is the Director of gender affirming services at Reading Hospital where she provides hormonal therapy, routine health services, and gender affirming surgery for patients; serves on the board of directors at the Mazzoni Center.

July 27, 2021: Reading the Bible from a Trans and Non-binary Perspective – A Conversation with Joy Ladin

Joy Ladin is an American poet and the David and Ruth Gottesman Chair in English at Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University. She is the first openly transgender professor at an Orthodox Jewish institution.

Joy Ladin argues that trans and non-binary experiences should be seen as central to religious traditions because they are built around relating to someone, God, who, like us, doesn’t have a body or identity that fits binary gender categories. After explaining some of the ways trans and non-binary experience can illuminate religious traditions, we will put theory into practice, and look at a Bible passage together from trans and non-binary perspectives. All are welcome; neither prior knowledge of religion or Biblical texts, nor identifying as trans or non-binary, is required.

August 10, 2021: A Conversation woth Riki Wilchins

Riki Wilchins is a true pioneer in the fight for transgender recognition and rights. We hope you will join us for a provocative interview and conversation about her work, her views on the current challenges facing the trans community and much more. She will also be taking questions from attendees.

Riki Wilchins is the founder of the protest group Transexual Menace and the national advocacy organization GenderPAC, Wilchens’ work has been profiled by the New York Times and TIME Magazine has selected her one of 100 Civic Innovators for the 21st Century.

She is the author of multiple books on gender including “Read My Lips: Sexual Subversion & the End of Gender,” “Queer Theory/Gender Theory: An Instant Primer,” “GenderQueer: Voices from Beyond the Sexual Binary,” “TRANS/gressive: How Transgender Activists Took on Gay Rights, Feminism, the Media & Congress… and Won!,” “Burn the Binary! — Selected Writings on Living Trans, Genderqueer & Nonbinary,” and “Gender Norms & Intersectionality: Connecting Race, Class & Gender.”

Recordings of Many Trans Topics Workshops Can Be Found On Our YouTube Channel. Prior Transgender Seminar Topics Include:

  • Makeup for Blending In
  • Changing Your Name In Pennsylvania
  • Top Surgery for Trans Women
  • Travelling While Trans
  • Feminizing Hormone Therapy
  • Making Your Coming Out Plan
  • Using Mindfulness to Manage Gender Dysphoria
  • Building an Affordable and Stylish Wardrobe
  • Becoming Your Own Healthcare Advocat
  • Reproductive Healthcare For Trans Guys
  • Binding, Packing and Peeing for Trans Masculine Folk
  • Working with a Gender Therapist
  • Why Write? Because Only You Can Tell Your Story
  • Life Planning for Transgender Individuals
  • Non-Surgical Voice Modification and Feminization