Transgender Lives Conference



The Twelfth Annual Transgender Lives: The Intersection of Health and Law Conference

April 28, 2018

Keynote Speaker
 Elijah C. Nealy, PhD, M.Div., LCSW

For the past 25 years, Elijah C. Nealy, PhD, M.Div., LCSW has worked extensively with LGBTQ adolescents and adults in both pastoral and social service capacities. Currently assistant professor of social work at the University of Saint Joseph, CT, Dr. Nealy provides consultation and trainings in health and mental healthcare on best practice with transgender and gender-variant children, youth, and adults. For the past 9 years, his clinical work has focused on transgender and gender diverse youth and their families. As a minister with Metropolitan Community Church, Dr. Nealy also preaches and provides workshops within faith communities.  An out trans man and author of Transgender Children and Youth: Cultivating Pride and Joy with Families in Transition [2017], he lives in West Hartford, CT with his partner and is the proud father of three amazing young people. 

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.