The Boston Congress of Public Health (BCPH) invites you to a special symposium honoring International Transgender Day of Visibility on Thursday, March 30, 2023 at 1:00 PM ET at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Sponsored by BCPH in partnership with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Health Policy and Management Department and Women, Gender, and Health Concentration, attendees can participate either online or in person.
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This moderated panel discussion will feature a brief history of the International Transgender Day of Visibility, as well as provide perspectives and expertise from respected members of transgender and gender diverse communities. Together, they will discuss the challenges faced by trans persons in today’s social and political landscape, while also celebrating the diversity of gender identities.
The event speaks directly to mission of TDOV, which transgender activist Rachael Crandall-Crocker established in 2009 that celebrated the lives of transgender persons, recognize and amplify the contributions of transgender people to society, and promote greater understanding and acceptance of gender diversity.
Rachel Craddock Crocker
Rachel Crandall Crocker, LMSW, Executive Director and Co-founder of Transgender Michigan, is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in transgender issues. She is also an international transgender activist, and the founder and organizer of the International Transgender Day of Visibility. Ms. Crandall has consulted for corporations, government agencies, and universities. She runs the Transgender Michigan help line which is the first transgender help line in the U.S.
Bamby Salcedo is a prominent and celebrated transgender Latina activist, known for her passionate and productive social, political, and economic influence. As the President and CEO of the TransLatin@ Coalition, Bamby steadily leads this nationally recognized organization that advocates for and addresses the issues of transgender Latinas throughout the United States.
Bamby received her Master’s Degree in Mexican and Latin@ Studies from California State University, Los Angeles, and also developed the Center for Violence Prevention & Transgender Wellness, a multimillion, multipurpose, multiservice space for Trans people in Los Angeles.
Bamby’s wide-ranging activist work has brought visibility and given a voice to not only the trans community, but to countless others whose efforts focus on critical topics that include immigration, HIV, at-risk youth, LGBTQIA+ issues, incarceration, and more. Through her dynamic leadership, Bamby has developed several organizations that have created networks and connections where there were none, and she, to this day, tirelessly advocates for the rights, dignity, and humanity of those who are often silenced. Determined to affect change at every level, Bamby actively engages and supports many local, national, and international organizations and planning groups.
Tamika began working with HIPS in June 2017. She started volunteering with mobile services, then as a peer educator and then with the secondary syringe exchange program, moved up to Policy and Advocacy Associate and is now the Policy and Advocacy Director. She is dedicated to helping and working to create positive policies and laws to help those engaging in sex work and drug use. She’s testified on behalf of HIPS at DC city council hearings, spoken on several harm reduction panels, and is managing SWAC (DECRIMNOW).
She also serves as an advisor to the Sex Worker Giving Circle, the Chosen Few, No Justice No Pride, is a member of the Urban Survivors Union, and a board member for the Church Of Safe Injection-Bangor Maine. She also has featured op eds in The Root and Medium, appears in several articles and is the recipient of an award from the Legal Society of Washington D.C. for work on the fare evasion bill. She also advised congressional members Ro Khanna and Aynna Pressely on proposed legislation.
Taylor Lianne Chandler, BCTCT
Intersex/Trans Activist, Mental Health Advocate, and DEIA Expert Taylor Lianne Chandler is a former sign language interpreter and crisis management consultant. Today, she runs her own consulting firm, TLC Consulting & Solutions, LLC, and sits on the boards of the Capital Pride Alliance, HealthHIV, FLUX AIDS Healthcare Foundation, and the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs. Taylor holds a degree in Social and Behavioral Science and is a Board Certified Transgender Care Therapist. She modeled for 20+ years, is a certified Stunt Woman, and frequently serves as a public speaker and advocate of Intersex and Transgender rights, as well as Black equity, access to healthcare, housing, and sustainable wages.
Michelle is a 41 year old transwoman. She is from Georgia, but has been living in Washington DC for the last 23 years. During this time, she experienced substance use, homelessness, survival sex work, and works to overcome depression and anxiety. Currently, she works at Safeway and also does harm reduction on the side. She feels impelled to give back to the community that helped her survive through my whole ordeal. She is certified in HIV/HCV testing and is also a trained chef. She has goals of buying a house in the future and starting a family.
Madeline Stump, MPH (She/Her) is a public health professional and community activist who is passionate about advocating for health justice for all.
As an activist, Madeline has worked in solidarity with carceral abolitionist, trans and queer liberationist, disability justice, reproductive justice, working class solidarity, and Indigenous sovereignty groups among others, always with a focus on those at the intersections of movements.
As a public health professional, she has worked with the MA Trans Emergency Fund to create New England’s first transitional housing center specifically for trans communities, sat for the past three years on the Trans and Queer Health Justice board of the rural trans, queer, and BIPOC nonprofit Out in the Open, founded the Boston-based transfem solidarity group Trans Woman and Fem(me) Network, consulted on projects for the MA Trans Health Coalition and Ibis Reproductive Health, received a scholarship from the national Guttmacher Institute for her work at the intersections of trans liberation and reproductive health justice, and coordinated the MA health policy efforts of the National Alliance of Public Health Students and Alums.
Currently she works as a Project Associate with Massachusetts’ Medicaid agency MassHealth, as a program evaluation consultant with UMass Chan Medical School, and as a community advisory board member with the Harvard School of Public Health Community Coalition for Equity in Research.