2014 Keynote Speakers

14th Annual Philadelphia Trans - Health Conference 




 Opening Keynote Speaker

Janet Mock - is a writer, an advocate and the New York Times bestselling author of Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, released by Atria Books/Simon & Schuster.

After publicly proclaiming her identity as a trans woman in a 2011 profileAfter publicly proclaiming her identity as a trans woman in a 2011 profile  in Marie Claire magazine, Janet focused her efforts on speaking about the struggles, triumphs and portrayals of girls and women like herself. In 2012, she launched #GirlsLikeUs, a movement that encourages trans women to live visibly. She currently writes and speaks about her experience of living at the intersections of identities.
Janet is a board member at the Arcus Foundation, a global organization advancing social justice and conservation issues, and an advisor for the {young}ist, a young people-powered media site. She has also advised programming for trans youth at the Hetrick-Martin Institute in New York.
Janet was featured in the HBO documentary The Out List by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders in 2013, and has appeared on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report and MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry. Her commentary has appeared on BuzzFeed, The Washington Post, Salon, Slate, Feministing, NPR, Colorlines and more.
The Anti-Violence Project, ADCOLOR Awards and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project have honored Janet for her work. She was also named Woman of the Year in 2013 by the feminist site Vitamin W and named to OUT magazine’s Out 100 list, GOOD magazine’s GOOD 100, the Center for American Progress’s 13 Women of Color to Watch, the Huffington Post’s 23 Inspiring Women Blazing Trails for the LGBT Community and The Grio’s 100 most influential African-Americans. Her work has been nominated for a Women’s Media Center Award and a GLAAD Media Award.
A native of Honolulu, Janet attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, earned her MA in journalism from New York University, and worked as a Staff Editor for People.com (People magazine’s website) for five years. She lives and writes in New York City with her boyfriend and their cockapoo Cleo.
Janet Mock following  her Opening Keynote Speech ill be signing her new New York Times bestselling book Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More.


Friday's  Keynote Speaker


Harper Jean Tobin Esq, Director of Policy, coordinates all aspects of advocacy on federal administrative policies and regulations for NCTE. When she is not engaging with federal agencies and the current administration, she works to provide information for the public about laws and policies that affect transgender people. She also currently serves on the board of HIPS, a Washington, DC organization that promotes the health, rights, and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by sexual exchange and/or drug use due to choice, coercion, or circumstance.  Harper Jean previously worked at the National Senior Citizens Law Center’s Federal Rights Project, where she maintained a large attorney listserv, provided training and technical assistance to public interest lawyers, and wrote about court access issues for legal, policy and general audiences. Harper Jean's writing on transgender equality and other issues has been published in many academic and mainstream outlets. She received degrees in law and social work from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and is an alumna of Oberlin College.​

Personal message: ​PTHC has been one of the highlights of my year for the five years I've attended. At PTHC, people from every part of our community and a diverse collection of allies and loves ones come together to create community, share knowledge and support, and strategize for change. Coming from NCTE's work changing policies in nation's capitol and advising on policy efforts around the country, it's energizing and invaluable to attend this conference every year and see what folks are saying, hearing, and doing around the US, and around the world. We are moving so far, so fast, yet have so much further to go. I'm excited to be keynoting along with the incredible Janet Mock, and hope to help us all be bolder, broader, and smarter in the work we do in our communities, in our own lives, and across the nation.