Learn about the transgender spectrum!
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Yachats Lions Club
We’re serving coffee and tea, tea cakes, sandwiches, and snacks. All FREE!
Local artist and musician Morrah Moth will be participating in the panel and performing her music at Gay Bingo!
Joe LeBlanc, Portland
Joe is a Cajun genderqueer butch who has made Portland his home since 2009.
He appears to have tons of energy, a passion for equity and justice, a knack for organization, and a gift for storytelling. It’s a powerful combination of ingredients. Joe quickly became involved in making the local LGBTQ community stronger. He was a founder and the coordinator for Q Patrol PDX, Portland’s first volunteer LGBTQ foot patrol from 2010-2012. He was awarded the 2011 Pride In Action Award by Pride NW for that work.
Joe also served on the Advisory Board at TransActive, and as the Assistant Citizen Co-Chair for the Alliance for Safer Communities. He volunteered with the Transgender Justice Working Group at Basic Rights Oregon before joining as a staff member in 2011. Over his four years with Basic Rights Oregon, he worked as a Transgender Justice Fellow, Development Coordinator, and Online Engagement Manager, helping to bring lived equality to all LGBTQ Oregonians. He currently serves as an Advisory Board member at Q Center in Portland.
Joe is also the Founder and Board Chair of BUTCH Voices, a grassroots organization, started in 2008, dedicated to all self-identified Masculine of Center people and their Allies. Under his guidance, BUTCH Voices has held four national conferences, four regional conferences, and several community conversations across the US and Canada. The all volunteer run organization focuses on the intersections of gender and racial justice with workshops on community building, social and economic justice, and advocating for culturally competent physical and mental health care. BUTCH Voices is looking forward to their tenth anniversary, with their next national conference happening in 2019 in Oakland, California.
Joe was honored as a Queer Hero by the Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest in 2016. He is currently working as an Organizing Specialist with SEIU Local 503. There he enjoys working to empower workers’ voices and build collective power. In his leisure time, Joe is an advocate wherever possible for gender and racial justice, loves road trips, and takes way too many pictures. You can usually find him online via social media or out in community, where he is often overdressed for Portland and wearing a dapper bow tie.
Alison has worked in health and social services most of her working life. She began this path in 1970 at Seattle’s Open Door Clinic where, as a conscientious objector, she was a part of the team providing health and behavioral health services at this early free clinic. She worked as a counselor and the Social Services Director at the clinic.
During the 1970’s, she trained with John Enright, PhD for six years in Gestalt and existential therapy. She went on to work in community mental health for the next 20+ years in a variety of settings and roles. In the 90’s she took a break from social services and went to make her fortune in the tech world of Microsoft. She did not get rich but was able to, finally, afford her own transition while working in the tech world.
Alison job took her to Tucson in 2001. In 2003, she went to work at the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAFE) as a case manager. While in Tucson she became a leader in the LGBT community. She served on the board at Wingspan, Tucson’s LGBTQ Center, and went on to become the Program Manager of the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance (SAGA) at Wingspan. She made presentations on Trans health and LGBTQ basics to schools, governmental groups, and businesses. She was invited to participate with faculty of the Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center (Pacific AETC) as an educator on transgender health. She worked with partners at the University of Arizona Medical School to make Trans (and LGB) identities familiar and understood by medical school students, staff, and medical professionals. She participated many number of AETC Border Health conferences as a presenter on Trans health. She also was a founding member of Arizona’s LGBTQ Behavioral Health Coalition where she helped change state-level behavioral health policies and education.
Alison moved back to Seattle in 2011 to be near family. In Seattle, she has more recently served as a member of the Board of Ingersoll Gender Center, one of the country’s oldest Trans support organizations. She has and continues to facilitate Trans support groups in Seattle. She currently works as the High Acuity Case Manager at Lifelong in Seattle.
Alison is a proud trans elder with a daughter and 13 year old granddaughter.