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Annual gender conference expands

The third annual ‘Beyond the Binary’ gender conference,  to be held Nov. 12 at Westminster College, is expanding and attracting queers and allies from around the region.

The free event, sponsored by the Utah Pride Center, will feature Yoseñio V. Lewis, a transgender man and activist, as the keynote speaker, as well as workshops and discussion groups for gender variant people, their friends, family and other interested community members.

The conference is held each November in honor of Transgender Awareness Month and will include presentations and speakers from the community. It’s open to the public and topics ranging from health care to relationships will be covered.

“We want this conference to be available for all people and you don’t have to be trans to participate or learn,” said Dayne Law, the transgender program coordinator at the Utah Pride Center. “We’re going to be exploring ideas and topics that are applicable to everyone, especially queer people.”

Gender identity and expression concerns more than trans people, and the conference is designed to attract as wide of an audience as possible, Law said.

“Some gender non-conforming roles include men who are just considered more feminine and women who are considered more masculine or butch,” Law said. “Many of the issues we discuss will affect them as well. We really want this conference to be open to everyone.”

For more information and to register for the conference, go to UtahPrideCenter.org.

Seth Bracken

Seth Bracken is the editor of QSaltLake

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