We aim to create a space informed by diverse perspectives and responsive to the needs of those we serve.
Gender Journey Conference was established to:
Often the terms “gender” and “sex” are used interchangeably. This idea has become so common that it is rarely questioned. We are born, assigned a sex, and sent out into the world. For many people, this is cause for little, if any dissonance. Yet biological sex and gender are different; gender is not inherently nor solely connected to one’s physical anatomy. Instead, multiple dimensions inform one's experience of gender.
Biological gender (sex) includes physical attributes such as external genitalia, sex chromosomes, gonads, sex hormones, and internal reproductive structures. At birth, it is used to assign sex, that is, to identify individuals as male, female or intersex.
Gender on the other hand is far more complicated. It is the complex interrelationship between an individual’s sex (gender biology), one’s internal sense of self as male, female, both or neither (gender identity) and one’s outward presentations and behaviors (gender expression) related to that perception. Together, the intersection of these dimensions produces one’s authentic sense of gender.
We gather community needs from families and professionals through conversations and conference surveys, as well as emerging trends. We curate our workshops and presentations with provider partners across various disciplines that serve families with transgender and gender expansive children.
Gender Journey Mid-Atlantic has its roots in Gender Conference East, which began in 2014 in Baltimore. The seed was planted when PFLAG moms in Maryland and New York wanted to create a local space for resources, support and community. PFLAG Columbia-Howard County, PFLAG NYC, The Ackerman Institute's Gender & Family Project and Gender Spectrum partnered to create Gender Conference East. In 2019, responding to an ever-growing need, Gender Conference NYC and Gender Journey Conference Mid-Atlantic were born. In 2021 we offered a well attended virtual mini family day event.
The Mid-Atlantic chapters of PFLAG are a part of the more than 400-chapter networks serving as the extended family of the LGBTQ community.
PFLAG envisions a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed inclusive of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Our mission is to build on a foundation of loving families united with LGBTQ people and allies who support one another, and to educate ourselves and our communities to speak up as advocates until all hearts and minds respect, value and affirm LGBTQ people. PFLAG is a 501(c)3 organization.
FreeState Justice is Maryland’s statewide LGBTQ civil rights advocacy and legal services organization that works statewide to improve the lives of LGBTQ Marylanders and their families through legal services, policy advocacy, outreach, education, and coalition building. Our work brings to the forefront the experiences of those of us at greater risk for discrimination, such as youth, communities of color, individuals with low-incomes, and transgender and gender non-conforming people.
Free-State Justice is a 501(c)3 organization. www.freestate-justice.org
Our goal is to provide LGBTQ individuals and their families with welcoming access to expert health information and resources that will enhance wellness and quality of life.
The health care system has been slow to offer comfortable and affirming health services to LGBT communities - in fact, Chase Brexton was founded for this reason. And, through the years, we’ve grown – but we never let go of our heart and our history: equal, expert, and affirming health care for our LGBT communities.
Our nationally recognized LGBT Health Equity training team curates and leads accredited trainings and symposia for clinicians and health and human services professionals. We also provide guidance to businesses and institutions working to create a welcoming and affirming workplace.
Chase Brexton is a 501(c)3 organization. www.chasebrexton.org
We are deeply grateful to the staff of Gender Spectrum. Their model, support and inspiration have helped us create this magical space of support, engagement and learning. Gender Spectrum provides education, training, and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment to all children and teens.