Kansas transgender conference set for Wichita this weekend

The Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project (K-STEP) is hosting the second annual TransKansas Conference this weekend in Wichita.

The event will be Friday through Sunday at College Hill United Methodist Church, 2930 E. First St.

“We had about 175 people walk through the door at last year’s conference so we’re looking forward to another great turnout this year,” said Stephanie Mott, K-STEP executive director.

Registration begins Friday and Saturday at 9 a.m., with workshop sessions beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 5:20 p.m. both days. The conference concludes on Sunday with a short meeting to debrief and begin planning for next year’s conference.

Mott said workshop topics include disability and transgender identity; being a transgender ally; coming out as transgender; being the parent of a transgender child; Judaism and transgender identity, and politics and policy. Visit for a complete list of workshop topics.

Workshop speakers include Thomas Witt, executive director of Equality Kansas; Laura Arrowsmith, and Brian Cole, director of the Shawnee County Department of Corrections. Arrowsmith will discuss the medical aspects of transition and Cole will present the Shawnee County Department of Corrections’ policy for transgender inmates.

The conference will also feature an art show composed of art created by transgender artists.

Anyone who is interested in learning more about the transgender lifestyle is welcome to attend the conference. Admission is $5 for students; $10 for all others.

Contact Mott at 785-215-7436 for more information.