Guests

To add diverse perspectives to the discussions we invited activists, writers, trade unionists and health professionals to join with us, and contribute to the workshops.

KATE BORNSTEIN

Keynote speaker, visitor to each strand; respondent to the day

Kate Bornstein is an author, playwright, performance artist and activist. Kate's books are taught in over 120 colleges and universities around the world. She has performed her work live on college campuses and in cinemas and performance spaces across the USA, as well as in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Austria. She is currently touring colleges, youth conferences and high schools, speaking and leading workshops on the subjects of sex, gender, and alternatives to teen suicide.

Kate's published works include the books Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us, My Gender Workbook and the cyberromance- action novel, Nearly Roadkill with co-author Caitlin Sullivan. Her latest book Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws, hit the bookshelves in July 2006.


CHRISTINE BURNS MBE

Keynote speaker,Trans Health Choice strand

Christine Burns is a transsexual woman and has been an active campaigner for trans people's equality and social inclusion for over fifteen years. A member of the Parliamentary Forum on Transsexualism and a former Council member of Liberty, she has written extensively on every issue confronting trans people in everyday life and has been an advisor to Ministers and Senior Civil Servants on the occasions when legislation has been introduced to protect people's privacy and rights.

She currently chairs the Transgender work stream of the Department of Health's Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Advisory Group (SOGIAG) and has been responsible for the commissioning of a groundbreaking series of projects to research trans people's needs and generate educational material for health professionals. She was awarded an MBE in 2004 for her contribution towards Gender Issues in the UK. A business and IT consultant for most of her career, Christine now works in the Social Care field, helping to run an organisation providing care and support to adults with Learning Difficulties and long term mental health problems.

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PROFESSOR STEPHEN WHITTLE OBE

Invited speaker, The Workplace strand

Professor Stephen Whittle OBE, PhD, is a trans man who has been a community activist for over 30 years, since his own transition in 1975. He lives with his partner of 28 years; Sarah Rutherford who he married in 2005. They have 4 children by donor insemination. He and his family were the applicants in the European Court of Human Rights in the case of X,Y & Z v UK Government (1996).

He is Professor in Equalities Law at Manchester Metropolitan University and Vice-President of "Press for Change ; and in 1989 founded the FTM Network for (female to male) transgender men. In that capacity has been a stakeholder representative on numerous government consultations, including the drafting and implantation of the Gender Recognition Act 2004, and he is now a member of the Expert Reference Group which works alongside the UK Government’s Equalities Review and Discrimination Law Review.

He has won many awards, including the Liberty/Justice Human Rights Award (2002) and in 2005 he was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for his work on Gender Issues. He has published widely on transgender law and theory. His publications include Respect and Equality;Transsexual and Transgender Rights (2002) and (with Susan Stryker) A Transgender Studies Reader (2006).


JÓ BERNARDO

Invited speaker, The Workplace strand

Jó Bernardo is 41 years old, born in Lisbon- Portugal and started her transition when she was 19 years old. She started to work as sex worker at the age of 14 and stopped at the age of 29. She is founder of the first LGBT bookstore in Lisbon, Portugal and founder of the first Portuguese Transgender NGO. Besides being a leading international trans, LGBT and sex workers’ rights activist, Jó is also an actor and director of the film Gisberta-Liberadad.


EMMA ROEBUCK

Invited speaker, Trans Health Choice strand

Gay Advice Darlington is an LGBT Sexual Health Charity seeking to support LGBT people in crisis in County Durham & Darlington. Funded by Comic Relief Emma Roebuck is the first Homophobic/ Transphobic Hate Crime-specific worker in England. She has worked in the LGBT voluntary sector for over 15 years working in areas such as Sexual Health, Domestic Violence,Transgender Support, Hate Crime, Housing, and Debt Management.

A Bisexual Trans Woman who, like most struggled for a significant part of her life to come to terms with herself. She has had a varied career path, including working as a rock group roadie and Pharmaceutical Chemist. She has delivered keynote speeches at varied events from challenging Domestic Abuse to Community Engagement events for the Crown Prosecution Service.


JAMISON GREEN

Invited speaker, Visibility: Safety and Education strand

Jamison "James" Green is an internationally respected leader within the Transgender movement in the United States and beyond. A dynamic speaker and compelling writer, James is an acknowledged inspiration for thousands of people, transsexual and non-transsexual alike.

James’ most recent publication is Becoming A Visible Man published by Vanderbilt University (2004). James currently serves as chairman of the board of Gender Education & Advocacy, Inc. (GEA), a nonprofit educational organisation, and on the boards of the Transgender Law & Policy Institute (TLPI) and the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association (HBIGDA). He is also a member of the Human Rights Campaign Business Council, a board member of The Equality Project, and an advisory board member of the National Center for Transgender Equality. He was the leader of FTM International, Inc. from March 1991 to August 1999.


IGNACIO RIVERA

Invited speaker and facilitator, Private Spaces strand

Ignacio Rivera is a queer, Black,Trans multi-gender queer, experienced community organiser and consultant. He is also a poet /performance artist. Ignacio’s consulting and organising work specialises in racial, class and economic justice issues, violence against women and trans people and cultural competency. Ignacio provides training, workshops and consultation services. He facilitates sessions such as The Ins and Outs of Queer Parenting which examines the concept of family, the ways that queer people parent, and the presence and impact of homophobia and transphobia in the family.