One of my favorite events to attend since I'm moved back home and haven't missed is the Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Summit.
The second TTNS summit at Rice University was the first in state and in town event I attended mere weeks after my May 2010 return to Houston, and I haven't missed one since.
This 6th annual edition of the TTNS is going to be a historic and interesting one because for the first time it ventures out of its Houston area backyard and hits the Lone Star roads as founder Josephine Tittsworth intended it to do.
So whats the Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Summit?
The TTNS is a two day event that invites interested parties in higher education and interested advocates to discuss and come up with strategies and best practices in regards to codifying inclusion of "gender identity and expression" into institutional policy.
The TTNS summit serves as a way to facilitate that policy and procedural inclusion. It does so via discussion of divergent and respective strategies in regard to overcoming the inevitable barriers that always arise when proposing policies that will expand education opportunities for transgender students and the human rights for all.
The 2014 edition of the TTNS will take place at the LBJ Student Center on the campus of Texas State University August 8-9.
Our keynote speakers for this year will be Dr. Gage E. Paine, Vice President for Student Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin and Daniel Williams, Field Organizer and Legislative Specialist for Equality Texas.
In addition to the keynotes, the TTNS will have two days worth of seminars covering various topics, chances to network with other people doing this work and hopefully the TTNS chocolate break.
What subject? You'll have to roll to San Marcos and join us to find out.
But you still have time to do precisely that.