LGBT Elders in An Ever-Changing World Conference
The conference planning committee has decided to postpone this year's conference until 2021. We will now focus on ensuring that the 2021 conference will continue in the tradition that we have established of providing engaging and dynamic experiences for presenters and participants alike.
Time is TBD
Location is TBD


Program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing at 244 CMR 5.00 for 5 contact hours.

Applications for social work and certified case management continuing education credits have been submitted.
Please contact Care Dimensions at 888.283.1722 for the status of CE accreditation.

Interested in Presenting in 2021?

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ADA Accommodations

We encourage people of all ability levels to participate in the conference. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about physical access, please contact us to ensure we are able to secure appropriate accommodations.

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Keynote Presentation:

Representations of older transgender people are nearly absent from our culture and those that do exist are often one-dimensional. For over five years, photographer Jess T. Dugan and social worker Vanessa Fabbre traveled throughout the United States creating To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults. Seeking subjects whose lived experiences exist within the complex intersections of gender identity, age, race, ethnicity, sexuality, socioeconomic class, and geographic location, they traveled from coast to coast, to big cities and small towns, documenting the life stories of this important but largely underrepresented group of older adults. The featured individuals have a wide variety of life narratives spanning the last ninety years, offering an important historical record of transgender experience and activism in the United States.

The resulting portraits and interviews provide a nuanced view into the struggles and joys of growing older as a transgender person and offer a poignant reflection on what it means to live authentically despite seemingly insurmountable odds.


Keynote Speakers

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.


Jess T. Dugan is an artist whose work explores issues of identity, gender, sexuality, and community through photographic portraiture. She holds an MFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago, a Master of Liberal Arts in museum studies from Harvard University, and a BFA in photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Dugan’s work has been widely exhibited and is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the International Center of Photography, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the RISD Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Harvard Art Museums, the St. Louis Art Museum, and many others throughout the United States.

Dugan’s monographs include To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults (Kehrer Verlag, 2018) and Every Breath We Drew (Daylight Books, 2015). She is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, an ICP Infinity Award, and was selected by the Obama White House as an LGBT Artist Champion of Change. She is represented by the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, IL.


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Conference Schedule

(subject to change)


8:30 AM Event Start


8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Registration

Continental Breakfast provided


9:00 AM - 9:15 AM Welcome Remarks

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM Keynote

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM Session 1- (Choice of one session)

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM Session 2- (Choice of one session)

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch

Lunch provided

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM Session 3- (Panel Presentation)

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Reception


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