Conference on LGBTQ+ & HIV Health Equity

The Equitas Health Institute will host the 2019 Transforming Care Conference on LGBTQ+ & HIV Health Equity on October 17-18 at The Ohio State University Fawcett Center. Activists, academics, community members, and health & social service professionals are encouraged to attend this two-day conference that addresses health disparities affecting the LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS community.

The conference will provide a unique opportunity for professionals and community members to come together to share not only research and best practices but practical information like family planning, wellness activities, and health and safety initiatives.

Learn more about the 2019 Conference Theme: Discover Differences. Break Barriers. Reduce Disparities.

2019 Conference Speakers

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Kenyon Farrow

2019 Plenary Speaker

Kenyon Farrow (pronouns: he/him/his) is an award-winning writer, activist, and strategist. He has worked on campaigns large and small, local, national, and global on issues related to criminalization/mass imprisonment, homelessness, health justice and LGBT rights.

He is currently the senior editor with, a news and information site focused on HIV, LGBT health and social justice, and serves on the board of NY Transgender Advocacy Group (NYTAG). Prior to joining TheBody, he served as U.S. & Global Health Policy director for Treatment Action Group (TAG) and former executive director of Queers for Economic Justice. He’s also worked as an organizer and communications strategist for groups like Critical Resistance, FIERCE, and Housing Works.

In addition to his political work, Kenyon is a prolific essayist and author. He is the co-editor of the book Letters From Young Activists: Today’s Rebels Speak Out. His work has also appeared in many anthologies including Spirited: Affirming the Soul of Black Lesbian and Gay IdentityFor Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Still Not EnoughWe Have Not Been Moved: Resisting Racism and Militarism in 21st Century America, and Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam’s Call. His work has also appeared on websites and in publications such as The Atlantic, TheGrio, Colorlines, ReWire NewsThe American Prospect, and AlterNet.

Kenyon’s work has been recognized by many institutions including Out Magazine’s “Out 100” and The Advocate magazine’s “40 Under 40.” He was also named a “Modern Black History Hero” by Black Entertainment Television.

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Brandon Wolf

2019 Plenary Speaker

On June 12, 2016, life changed for Brandon Wolf (pronouns: he/him/his). He hid in a bathroom while a gunman opened fire in Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub, killing his two best friends, Drew Leinonen & Juan Guerrero, as well as 47 others. During the three years since, Brandon has made it his mission to honor the victims’ legacies with action.

For the past two years, Brandon has served as co-founder and Vice President of The Dru Project, a nonprofit organization that seeks to empower youth and enable future leaders in the LGBTQ+ community. He has acted as a surrogate for multiple political campaigns, including Hillary Clinton, Congressman Patrick Murphy, and Mayor Andrew Gillum, lending an intersectional voice to the campaign narratives. Brandon currently serves as the Media Relations Manager for Equality Florida. His current work includes lobbying the Florida Legislature for expanded LGBTQ+ protections, workplace equity, and LGBTQ-inclusive education.

Brandon will speak to the Transforming Care Conference on the impact of the stigma associated with seeking mental health services among LGBTQ+ communities of color.

Dr. Reece Malone

2019 Plenary Speaker

Dr. Reece Malone (pronouns: he/him/his) is a first generation Filipino Canadian, the CEO and founder of Sexuality Consultants and Support Services Manitoba, Inc. as well as its subsidiary training company Diversity Essentials. As a trainer, program developer and policy consultant, he has worked with local, national and international organizations including the Public Health Agency of Canada, The Canadian Human Rights Commission, and the World Health Organization on topics centering human sexuality, sexual orientation, and gender identity. He is the author of the Canadian Human Rights National Roundtable on Gender Identity and Gender Expression that helped lead to the inclusion of Gender Identity to the Canadian Human Rights Act and changes to the Canadian Criminal Code. He’s also the author of ShoutOut a resource for queer, trans and questioning youth and adolescents that has been distributed to over 90,000 youth throughout Canada. He, along with his research associates, has recently been awarded the prestigious George and Fee Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation on Patient Engagement examining healthcare barriers experienced by trans and gender diverse Manitobans. As a private practice sex therapist and sexuality education supervisor, his approach is grounded in existentialism, intersectional feminism and social justice. On his off time you can find him, his husband, and his 3 beloved dogs (1 lab and 2 chihuahuas) in the forest collecting wild mushrooms for Winnipeg’s most culinary palates and restaurants.

Elevate Your Voice!

New This Year at TCC 2019

Struggle to make your health a priority?
Sick of receiving homophobic or transphobic services?
Got your own definition of health and wellness?

We Want to Hear Your Story!

This year’s Transforming Care Conference will highlight a series of rapid-fire personal presentations featuring firsthand accounts of LGBTQ+ folks experiencing, navigating, and/or avoiding healthcare and social services.

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