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Washington University in St. Louis will host the sixth annual Transgender Spectrum Conference November 8 & 9, 2019. The two-day Transgender Spectrum Conference explores the spectrum of sex and gender from multiple vantage points: lived experience, academic investigation, clinical practice, and activism. The goal of the conference is to provide space for the broad community to come together to enhance the visibility and knowledge of the trans and gender expansive community in the St. Louis region and beyond. We are currently accepting proposals for presentations. Information about how to submit a proposal can be found here.

Keynote & Plenary Session Speakers

Plenary Session Speaker:

Vanessa Fabbre
“I’ve Got My Game On”: Insights from Trans Elders on Well-Being in Later Life
Friday, November 8 at 1:00 pm

Vanessa Fabbre is an Assistant Professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, where she is also Affiliate Faculty in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and a Faculty Scholar at the Institute for Public Health. She received her PhD from the University of Chicago and is a licensed clinical social worker. Prior to completing her doctoral studies, Fabbre served as the Coordinator of Older Adult Programs at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and worked as a volunteer psychotherapist at the Center on Halsted, the Midwest’s largest LGBTQ center. Fabbre’s research explores the conditions under which gender and sexual minorities age well and what this means in the context of social forces such as heteronormativity, heterosexism, and transphobia.

Keynote Speaker:

Courtesy Glenda Lissette

Pidgeon Pagonis
Saturday, November 9 at 9:15 am

Pidgeon Pagonis has slowly, oftentimes not so quietly risen to visibility in Chicago as not only an activist on behalf of intersex people, but also as a fighter for the recognition of marginalized others in general. Whether advancing youth advocacy with interACT, producing informational videos that go viral on Buzzfeed, writing for Everyday Feminism or appearing on the cover of National Geographic “Gender Revolution” special issue, Pidgeon has staked out a place at the fore of debates on intersexuality and otherness.  Learn more about Pidgeon by visiting their website.


Click on the links below to refer to prior year’s program books.
2018 Program
2017 Program
2016 Program
2015 Program
2014 Program


Office of the Provost-Washington University in St. Louis

Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies-Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University Department of Medicine

Washington University School of Law Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series

Brown School Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Office of the Provost-Washington University in St. Louis

Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies-Washington University in St. Louis

Metro Trans Umbrella Group

University of Missouri-St. Louis

Office of LGBTQ+ Initiatives

Office of Gender and Sexuality Studies


Contact the planning committee.