Keynotes and Presenters
2013 Keynotes and Presenters
Opening Keynote and Featured Workshop:
OUTstanding 2013 will be hosting Robyn Ochs as our opening plenary speaker, to speak on broad topics of the LGBT community. She often speaks of the injustices within the LGBT community, such as queer people being made to feel as if they are “not queer enough,” or “not the right kind of queer,” from the acts of other queer folks, as well as injustices outside of the LGBT community. She has a holistic and inclusive approach that allows her to reach the entire audience—whether lesbian, gay, bisexual, heterosexual, transgender or cis-gender—by making these issues that LGBT people face applicable and relatable to those who do not identify as LGBT.
Later, she will be presenting a more specific workshop on bisexuality. Since bisexuality is oftentimes overlooked in the ‘LGBT’ acronym as well as widely misunderstood, we believe Robyn will bring a unique and uplifting perspective to the topic of bisexuality. Robyn Ochs is an upbeat, motivating speaker and will bring much enthusiasm to our seminar!
An advocate for the rights of people of ALL orientations and genders to live safely, openly, and with full legal and social equality, Robyn’s work focuses on increasing awareness and understanding of complex identities and mobilizing people to be powerful allies to one another within and across identities and social movements.
In addition to speaking at colleges, conferences and youth groups in the U.S. and beyond, Robyn co-founded Harvard University’s LGBT Faculty & Staff Group and its Trans Task Force, and served as adviser for its LGBTQ student group. She is currently the board Vice President of MassEquality, her statewide equality group.
Robyn is the editor of the 42-country anthology, Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World and of Bi Women. She has taught courses on LGBTQ history and politics in the U.S. and Canada, on the politics of identity, and on the experiences of those who transgress binary categories of identity.
OUTstanding will be bringing Staceyann Chin as our closing entertainment, to perform an hour of her politically and emotionally charged slam poetry. Staceyann Chin presents a wonderful illustration of our goal for OUTstanding 2013: to educate our campus and community about how the intersections of diversity overlap and create richer experiences for everyone. Staceyann identifies as Jamaican, a mother, and a lesbian. With her intersecting identities and exceptional story, she can expose our campus to ideas about diversity in a creative and powerful way.
Staceyann Chin is the recipient of the 2007 Power of the Voice Award from The Human Rights Campaign, the 2008 Safe Haven Award from Immigration Equality, the 2008 Honors from the Lesbian AIDS Project, and the 2009 New York State Senate Award. She unapologetically identifies as Caribbean and Black, Asian and lesbian, woman and resident of New York City. A proud Jamaican National, Staceyann’s voice was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show where she spoke candidly about her experiences of growing up on the is land and the dire consequences of her coming-out there.
Widely known as co-writer and original performer in the Tony award winning, Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, her poetry has seen the rousing cheers of the Nuyorican Poets’ Café, one-woman shows Off-Broadway, writing-workshops in Sweden, South Africa, and Australia. Chin’s three one-woman shows, HANDS AFIRE, UNSPEAKABLE THINGS, and BORDER/CLASH all opened to rave reviews at the Culture Project in New York City. Be it on “60 Minutes,” or in the New York Times, Staceyann has a reputation for telling it exactly like it is. Staceyann is the author of the memoir, The Other Side of Paradise.
Workshops and Panels:
Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition Panel:
She is the current President of the Davidson County Democratic Women and is a member of the
Davidson County Democratic Party Executive Committee. She served as a delegate to both the 2008 and 2012 Democratic National Conventions, and was a member of the Steering Committee for Trans United for Obama.
She is a regular panelist on Out & About Today on News Channel 5+ in Nashville, and has written prolifically on transgender rights for several local and national publications. She has received numerous awards for her service.
Marisa has three degrees, all in U.S. History. Her A.B. is from Harvard University, her M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Ph.D. from George Washington University. She teaches history at both Middle Tennessee State University and Nashville State Community College.
Jaimee Faucette lives in Nashville and is the Secretary for the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition.
She is originally from South Carolina and has been here in Tennessee for 15 years. A former Republican she is proud to be a Democratic and very open as a transgender pre-op.
She is a Senior at DeVry University at the Nashville Campus, studying Business Administration/Technicial Management with a concentration on Entrepreneurship. As a overnight stock person for a Walmart store in Nashville she truly love working for a great company who wants you to expand your education, do all it can to let you move up the ladder in the company and takes pride in its diversity!
A big fan of everything Clemson University since she was little, I love Carolina Beach Music more than any other type of music and she is now learning to Shag, type of dance, as a female after knowing how to dance as a guy for many years, very hard.
Jayden Alfre Jones (JJ)
JJ is a transgender woman, a late bloomer beginning at 60 and at 65, live full time as a woman. She is a member of the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition, (TTPC), and proudly represents the T/Vals as secretary of the Board of T/Vals. She takes this responsibility seriously and strives to represent the members in an inclusive and responsible manner. She is in a 24 year committed relationship with her life partner, Warren. They have a small business, (Be Dazzled Beads), where they employ two special needs employees, a senior citizen, three heterosexual people, and one gay employee. When the current recession is over they look forward to hiring their first trans employee.
She is in the process of creating a tailor-to-fit garment line called Contour Couture. She teaches the art of silver smithing, lampwork, and bead art.
Her political agenda is the avocation of UNITED TRANSGENDER CIVIL RIGHTS, (UTCR ), and the education of the general public of what being a trans person entails. She is anti organized religion but pro god and prayer. She is pro life with the exception of special circumstances.
She is always open to new ideas and open debates and opinions regarding the CIVIL RIGHTS of all.
Jenny Moshak is especially known for her work as the athletic trainer overseeing the sports medicine program for all the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers. She worked daily for more than 25 years with the winningest Basketball Coach Pat Summitt, who celebrated eight national championships. Internationally, Jenny has been cited for superior performance at the Olympic festival and is on speed-dial of professional athletes and coaches throughout the world. She served as the 2011-2012 Co-Chair of the Chancellor’s Commission for LGBT People.
Jenny accomplished her own personal championship when she bicycled from the Pacific to Atlantic coast in 27 days. That remarkable experience serves as the backdrop for her new book, Ice ‘n’ Go: Score in Sports and Life, where she shares her expert knowledge about sport, healthy living, and healing—both on and off the court.