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"Nothing About Us Without Us"

The University of Missouri-St. Louis will host the fifth annual Transgender Spectrum Conference, Nov. 9-10, 2018. The conference brings together a broad community in the interest of advancing and celebrating the lives of transgender people in the St. Louis region and beyond.

Keynote Speaker- Janaya Khan  

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Known as ‘Future’ within the Black Lives Matter movement, Janaya Khan is a black, queer, gender-nonconforming activist (pronouns: they, them, theirs), staunch Afrofuturist and social-justice educator who presents an enlightening point of view on police brutality and systemic racism. Janaya’s eye-opening presentations are underpinned by a deep commitment to social transformation. With compelling narratives, Janaya illustrates how individual lives are affected by inequality and rouses audiences to actively seek justice for all.


This year’s theme, “Nothing About Us Without Us,” speaks to the current moment in transgender advocacy. This slogan was popularized by the Disability Movement, which has long struggled to reject medicalization and social exclusion. It has since been adapted by transgender activists to challenge instances of exclusion, such as laws and policies that target transgender concerns determined by cisgender people, or portrayals of transgender characters by cisgender performers, among others. Our goal is to promote self-determination and diversity, and to elevate the experiences of the community. 


Please check this website for conference updates as we get closer to the conference date.