If you go

What: TRANSforming Gender Conference

When: Saturday and Sunday. State Rep. Brianna Titone will speak from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Saturday

Where: University of Colorado campus. State Rep. Brianna Titone's talk is in Koelbel 210.

Cost: Free

More info: Schedule of workshops and registration at colorado.edu/cisc/events/transforming-gender-conference/

The first transgender person elected to public office in Colorado will speak this weekend at the 13th annual TRANSforming Gender Conference at the University of Colorado.

Democratic state Rep. Brianna Titone, whose House District 27 includes parts of Jefferson County and Arvada, will speak Saturday at the conference sponsored by CU's Center for Inclusion and Social Change and local nonprofit Out Boulder County, according to a CU news release.

Titone, who is one of four transgender lawmakers in the country, is expected to speak about winning her district as an openly transgender woman, as well as the challenges of keeping her seat in a highly polarized district.


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Conference organizers hope her story inspires "a generation of transgender leaders to stand up, take the reins and fight for their destiny as visible, equal and empowered participants in our democracy."

The two-day conference includes 60 workshops on a variety of topics meant to celebrate transgender identities. Topics include how to be an ally, queer activism burnout and transgender inclusion in education.

The goal of the conference is "to increase visibility and education about transgender identities and issues while bringing the transgender and allied communities together," according to Morgan Seamont, assistant director of the Center for Inclusion and Social Change.

"The conference is a great opportunity to come learn more about what it means to be transgender, understand some of the issues trans people are faced with and build meaningful community amongst transgender people and their allies," Seamont said in an email.

The keynote speakers include Hina Wong-Kalu, who works with youth in Hawaii and advocates to maintain Pacific Islander culture, and Meredith Talusan, who is an editor for Condé Nast's community platform "them" and a recipient of the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism.

More than 700 people, including those from other Pac-12 universities and from around the state, attended the conference last year, Seamont said.

Madeline St. Amour: 303-684-5212, mstamour@prairiemountainmedia.com