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by Trystan Reese

October 6, 2020 | 2:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Keynote Overview
Trystan Reese (
www.trystanreese.com) will present his unique parenting story at the BCAPOP Virtual Conference on October 6th, 2020. He will be focusing on his experiences as a transgender man who gave birth in 2017. That decision, as well as the decision to tell his pregnancy story publicly, thrust his family into the international spotlight and inspired him to become an expert on trans fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum considerations. He will share both his personal story as well as concrete takeaways from his experience and what the research recommends when supporting transgender and gender non-conforming gestational parents around the country. 

Key takeways for attendees:

  • Define commonly-used terminology to describe LGBTQ+ communities, with a specific emphasis on transgender and gender-nonconforming terms;
  • Identify examples of transphobia (overt and covert) faced by trans birthing parents; and
  • Name specific supportive actions that can be taken when working with a trans birthing parent in the postpartum period.

About Trystan Reese

Trystan Reese is a Portland-based educator who works on transgender fertility issues specifically and LGBTQ+ family issues more broadly. His writings on the subject have been featured on HuffPost and he has been interviewed by CNN, People Magazine, the Washington Post, Vice News, and dozens of other journalistic outlets across the globe.

His trans family-building story was heard by millions when he performed on The Moth Radio Hour, one of the top 100 most listened-to podcasts in the world (it also aired on hundreds of NPR stations around the country).

As Director of Family Formation at Family Equality (the nation’s leading non-profit dedicated to supporting LGBTQ+ families and those who wish to form them),  Trystan has trained over 1000 family-building professionals utilizing the cultural competency online ecosystem he built from scratch.

He has been a keynote speaker at Postpartum Support International's global conference and Doula Training  International's 
Born Into This conference for  birthworkers. He provides quarterly online trainings on trans birth in partnership with Cornerstone Doula Trainings, and will be presenting at Yale School of Medicine's annual conference on LGBT health this year.

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