Gender Summit 2017


To deepen our understanding of issues related to transgender and gender-expansive folks, increase the strength of our solidarity as people of faith, and above all hold space with and for people to discuss issues of spirituality in the complete fullness of their gender expression and identity/who they are, GLIDE Church is presenting a Gender Identity and Expression Summit, sponsored by the GLIDE PRIDE Team, on the weekend of May 5–7. 



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Schedule of Events


GLIDE Community Exhibit: Pain to Power

Opening Sunday, April 30, Following the 9:00 and 11:00 am Celebrations


This exhibit of poster art installed in the GLIDE CREATIVE SPACE celebrates the Transgender community through story and graphic symbolism. Just as GLIDE’s values of unconditional love and acceptance are practiced in our beloved, diverse, inclusive community, we celebrate everyone’s common humanity. The transgender community provides an opportunity to learn what it truly means to be sensitive and loving of all gender identities.

Contact: Janice Mirikitani



Friday, May 5, 6:30 pm, GLIDE Church


Documentary Screening: Free Cece
Enormously and tragically relevant today—as so far in 2017, nine transgender people have been killed, all of them people-of-color and eight of them trans-feminineFree Cece confronts the culture of violence surrounding trans women of color. Free Cece is the firsthand experience of Black, transgender woman Cece McDonald, told through the voices of Laverne Cox and Cece herself. (

Following the screening, we will conduct a panel conversation on the intersections of race, gender, class, and violence. 

Discussion led by Janetta Johnson, Executive Director of the Transgender Gender Variant and Intersex (TGI) Justice Project. Panelists include Cookie Bivens and Tessa Barbar Sarver; both formerly incarcerated Trans Women currently employed at TGIJP in the Melene Eleneke Grassroots Program. Q & A to follow discussion.




Saturday, May 6, 9:30 am, GLIDE Church


9:00a           Coffee & Donuts

9:30a           Opening/Welcome

                    Keynote (Min. Carmarion D. Anderson)

10:30a         Breakout 1 (“Expanding Understandings of Gender,” GenderSpectrum)

                    Breakout 2 ("Spiritual healing among trans, gender non-binary and two-spirit people", Bloom)

Noon           Break for quick lunch in the area

1:00p           Breakout 1 (“Fierce Allyship,” Our Family Coalition)

                    Breakout 2 (“I AM who I AM by God”, Min. Carmarion Anderson)

2:30p           Moderated Panel Discussion: Trans and Gender Variant Folks and Spirituality

                    (moderated by Rev. Hooper)

4:00p           Adjourn



Keynote Address: Do You See What I See

Presented by Minister Carmarion D. Anderson

When you look at the Transgender Community, WHAT DO YOU SEE? How is your EYESIGHT? Can you see CLEARLY? Are your eyes OPENED? In this opening session, Minister Anderson will talk about how the role of faith—“receiving a touch from the Lord and walking in our inclusive sight of love, compassion, and acceptance”—can help people learn to truly and without discrimination and prejudice see transgender and gender expansive people.


Expanding Understandings of Gender

Presented by Lisa Kenney, Gender Spectrum (

Discussions of gender are everywhere these days. Unfortunately, these discussions can leave us more confused than ever. In this session, we will discuss 3 different aspects of our gender, common terms you might hear and what they mean, the ways in which understandings of gender are evolving, and how all of us can navigate these expanding understandings in our families, work places, and faith communities.



Spiritual Healing Among Trans, Gender Non-binary and Two-Spirit People

Curated by Zami Tinashe Hyemingway and Tố Như (Lotus) Đào from (Bloom: Transgender Community Healing Project)

How does spirituality contribute to the wellness of trans, gender non-binary, and two-spirit people? Although many people's transition involves medical services, an individual's transition is a holistic journey of the body, mind, and spirit, especially for black, indigenous and other people of color. Join us to learn more about how we, as trans people of color, practice spirituality alongside our transition and explore the ways in which we can cultivate a more deeper understanding of gender and transition. This will be an intentional Trans and GNC space


Fierce Allyship

With Tarah Fleming (Our Family Coalition)

This workshop is an opportunity to explore our intentions and more importantly our impact as allies to LGBTQ people, people of color and other communities experiencing marginalization daily. Through self-reflection, storytelling and “group think” we will focus on and commit to the most positive practices in conscious allied living.


I AM Who I AM by God

Presented by Min. Carmarion D. Anderson

Have you ever wondered where in creation the transgender community falls? Was a transgender person thought of by God during the creation of man? How does one with these experiences understand where they belong? Has society segregated this community out of the spiritual formula of God’s creation? This workshop will offer a spiritual and biblical approach to understanding humankind as being formed both male and female from the beginning of creation and from a Transgender perspective.


Gender Expansiveness, Non-Conformity, and Spirituality

This workshop will feature a panel of trans and gender-non-conforming GLIDE members who will discuss their lived experiences as gender-variant and the intersections of race and spirituality.

Panelists: Blaze Kenyon, Teri Harpo, and TBA

Moderator: Rev. Liam Hooper




Sunday, May 7, 9:00 am, GLIDE Church


Sunday morning Celebrations, May 7, 9:00 and 11:00 am, GLIDE Church

GLIDE’s values of radical inclusion and unconditional love of all people will be preached through the words of Rev. Liam Hooper and Min. Carmarion D. Anderson.


Gender Variance and Spirituality

Then, from 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Rev. Hooper will lead a conversation designed for trans and gender-variant/gender non-binary folks to discuss issues related to spirituality and wholeness. A light lunch will be provided.





Minister Carmarion D. Anderson

A preacher's kid on both sides, Minister Carmarion D. Anderson felt her own calling to ministry as early as 12 years of age. As a 14-year-old boy, he came out as gay, sheltered and unaware of the differences between sexual orientation and gender identity. She began her male-to-female transition at the young age of 16. By 19, she was legally female. Carmarion is a visible trans-identified person who advocates for Inclusion and Social Justice within the LGBT community. She participates on many steering committees related to Transgender support, gender identity, sexual orientation, and HIV/AIDS resources. She is highly involved with various outreach initiatives while offering educational opportunities to redefine the “T” in Transgender. She is an anointed minister who puts the "active" in activist. Carmarion resides in Austin, Texas and has a Public Health background focusing on HIV/AIDS and other health disparities in communities. She is a well-respected clergy of faith, advocate, and educator and has had national recognition for her work. She is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Black Transwomen, Inc. and South Regional Minister for TransSaints of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries. Carmarion is the proud parent of one child and enjoys spending time with her adorable grandchild.


Rev. Liam Hooper

Rev. Liam Hooper is a UCC-ordained minister and serves as the national Transgender Community Organizer for Reconciling Ministries Network (, a Christian and United Methodist organization. Rev. Hooper is a gender theorist, trans/LGBQ activist-advocate, and theological activist, working to expand understandings of the Hebrew and Christian texts in ways that uncover and reveal the inherent value, dignity, and place of all persons in the vast and diverse continuum of creation. He is the founder of GRASP (Gender Re-visioning and Sexuality Pathways) and Ministries Beyond Welcome. Liam works within and across interfaith communities and secular communities to teach, preach, and otherwise rabble-rouse toward more just, loving, and compassionate communal interdependence. He lives in North Carolina with his patient and understanding spouse and their teen-age son, who keeps them on their toes. Liam can be seen throughout NC working for justice, speaking to groups, preaching, and engaging in all manner of holy trouble-making for the good of the kindom-kingdom.


Lisa Kenney is the Executive Director of Gender Spectrum. She’s a featured speaker at conferences and a consultant to organizations and corporations on the changing understanding of gender and the implications this has for parents and families, social institutions and corporations. She provides workshops and other events for adults on gender and co-authored, with Stephanie Brill, The Transgender Teen: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Teens.


Tarah Fleming, M.A.Ed, CPC has over 25 years of experience internationally and locally as an educator and facilitator on topics of social justice, equity literacy, anti-bias education and the dynamics of power and privilege. As a white identified, cisgender, heterosexual mother of a mixed heritage teenager, she brings a radical perspective on allied behavior and a strong desire to work as change agent in multiple solidarity movements. Currently she is the Education Director at Our Family Coalition (OFC) working with LGBTQ families, and previously she was the Co-Director for iPride; an organization dedicated to mixed heritage and multiethnic families. For the past 14 years, she has been a dedicated participant and presenter at the White Privilege Conference (WPC) and developed and co-directed the Youth Action Project (YAP) for high school students, which is now celebrating its tenth year of success at WPC. Tarah also directs her consulting and coaching practice called Start Dialog where she provides personal and professional coaching for educators and activists, as well as facilitated dialog and training for real systems change.





Gender Spectrum is a leading national organization whose mission is to create a gender-inclusive world for all children and youth. To accomplish this, we help families, organizations, and institutions increase understandings of gender and consider the implications that evolving views have for each of us.

Our Family Coalition believes in equity for all. Equity means just inclusion for all members of society. An equitable society is one where everyone, including LGBT families with children, can fully participate. Our Family Coalition works to remove barriers and create positive conditions that allow members of our community to thrive and prosper.


BLOOM: In 2016, a group of transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming like-spirited community members came together to envision and form a wellness collective, sparked by a wellness program curated by ​Tố Như (Lotus) Đào which provided free holistic health services to community members, by community members. Today, Bloom continues to centralize the needs, wisdom, and healing of transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming people, especially black, indigenous, and other people of color.


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