What: Transgender people come from many different ways of life and from many backgrounds, and it is difficult to tell if someone is transgender just by looking. Edinboro University will host a discussion about transgender language and identity, and learn what it really means to be a transgender ally.
Where/When: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m., Baron-Forness Library, 200 Tartan Drive, Edinboro University
About the panelists:
Tyler Titus, the father of two amazing little humans, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, advocate, trauma specialist and elected school board director in Erie’s Public Schools. In 2017, Titus became the first openly transgender official elected in Pennsylvania. He currently serves as the vice president of the Board of Directors for the Crime Victim Center. He was recently appointed to co-chair of the state’s first Commission of LGBT Affairs created by Governor Tom Wolf. Tyler regularly presents at local and national conferences on the topics of trauma, suicide and ways that communities can engage under-served populations.
Michelle Wolf, a male-to-female transgender woman, is a marriage and family therapist in the Erie, Pa., area and has been working with transgender clients for many years as a therapist. Michelle originally hails from Buffalo, N.Y., where she was the chair of the Spectrum Transgender Support Group of Western New York. Michelle also developed and has been teaching a Trans 101 seminar to universities, businesses, government institutions and other organizations for the past five years. Michelle uses personal anecdotes and candor as well as a sense of humor to help bridge the gap between transgender and cisgender people in order to promote comfortable understanding and mutual respect.
About the series: Launched during the 2017-2018 academic year, Uncomfortable Conversations was developed as a series to engage in meaningful, civil discourse on timely, often sensitive, issues that are shaping the national dialogue.
This panel discussion is free and open to the public.