The Eleventh Annual Transgender Lives: The Intersection of Health and Law Conference
April 29, 2017
Our conference is about relationships - relationships with ourselves and relationships with those who interact with us. It is about re-defining these relationship through knowledge and understanding and by helping to erase those misconceptions that have disempowered so many for so long. Our conference is also about community - and not just trans and gender non-conforming people but also our allies who support us, the professionals who work with us,
our families who care for us, and most-especially you.
Our primary theme “Intersection of Health and Law” seeks to raise awareness of the interconnectivity and interdependence of two critical areas to the lives of the trans and gender non-conforming individual.
Each year the attendance and outreach for this conference has grown substantially, now making it the major Transgender Health and Law Conference in Southern New England. Our success is a directly attributed to attendees finding the conference to be informative, relevant, and positive. One of our goals for this conference is that you find your experience to be informative and positive. We hope to provide new information to you and to provide old information in a new way that provides you with new or renewed perspective. As always, we invite you to share your thoughts and suggestions for future conferences.
Nicole Maines is our 2017 Keynote Speaker!
Nicole Maines is seventeen years old. She lives in Portland, Maine with her brother, Jonas, her mother, Kelly and father, Wayne. When she was four-years-old she started telling her family and soon after her community and state who she was. Every step of the way she has worked with her classmates and community to be open and honest so everyone could learn and grow throughout the process. Unfortunately, some people continued to fear the unknown. This fear impacted Nicole and her family’s ability to lead a normal life. These fears changed her world and her family’s world forever. Because of this painful journey, Nicole has become a strong woman with a clear and loud voice for safety and equality. She has been recognized nationally for fighting to make sure transgender students have the same rights as their classmates.
In January of 2014 the Maine’s Supreme Court ruled that Nicole's rights had been violated under the state's Human Rights Act, marking a historic and landmark victory for transgender rights in the U.S. It is the first time a state’s highest court has ruled that it is unlawful to deny transgender students access to the bathroom of the gender with which they identify.
For her hard work and commitment Nicole was named one of Glamour Magazine's 50 inspiring women of the year and was chosen to represent the state of Maine in the series "Hometown Heroes”, titled “50 Phenomenal Women of the Year Who Are Making a Difference." She also was named one the 14 Most Fearless Teens Of 2014 for standing up against injustice.