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In the Spring of 2023, there was a stir in the transgender community of Kansas City. A rise in anti-trans legislation coincided with Transgender Day of Visibility, leading trans people to take to the streets and raise their voices in defiance of what felt like an unstoppable wave of oppression. The power was palpable. However, it left some of us wondering - when do we get to rest? When every day feels like a battle, it can be hard to enjoy the simple things - like a warm spring day in the park. In this spirit, the first Trans Joy in the Park event was formed. It was a place for us to come together and just be in all our gender-bending glory. Over a hundred people of transgender experience showed up to this first event, and Trans Joy KC was born. Since then, we have expanded our mission to improving the quality of life for trans & gender-nonconforming folks of all ages living in the Kansas City area through community connection.

 

A nurse by trade, Kipp got involved in transgender activism while working as the Gender-Affirming Care Coordinator & LGBT+ Educator for a local clinic.  They now work as a pediatrics nurse and public speaker on topics of queerness and healthcare. Proud autistic, Kipp is working to create Trans Joy into an organization that connects & supports transgender people from all walks of life. On the rare occasion that they aren't working, you can find Kipp at home watching Steven Universe with their nesting partner, building miniatures, or snuggling with their dog Lola.

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Kipp Ellis, Trans Joy KC Founder and CEO (they/them)

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Adrienne Marcellus, LCSW had been a therapist for the last 10 years and also specializes in the treatment, education, and diagnosis of ADHD, Autism, and OCD.
As a queer & non-binary identifying person, they value adding in the educational lens of the LGBTQIA2S+ experience.


They love sharing education and information, you can check them out on their instagram page if you’re curious to learn more about them as well as learn some fun information :) @ALLFORTHEDOPAMINE

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Adrienne Marcellus (they/them)

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Riley Long is a public speaker and a trans inclusive educator. He aims to raise awareness and foster inclusion of the LGBT community in various settings, such as libraries, banks, schools, and churches. He has worked with over thirty organizations since 2019, providing basic and advanced training on trans allyship, as well as consulting on policies and procedures related to LGBT issues. Riley is also a special education teacher in the Blue Valley School District, where he supports students with diverse learning needs and abilities. Riley lives in Overland Park, KS with his fiance and his two dogs, Winnie and Wesley. 

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Riley Long (he/him) 

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Toren Wolf is an autistic teenager who is known for his social media presence on platforms such as Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube. Joined by his Mom Serenity, (known fondly as 'Mama Wolf' on Social Media) Toren posts videos sharing insights into their shared experiences with autism and ADHD, as well as reminders of love and self care to their audience. Toren was diagnosed with autism at a young age, and last year, a reassessment revealed the coexistence of ADHD. Serenity received her diagnosis of autism and ADHD around the same time last year after 48 years of being undiagnosed.

For Toren's Mom, learning about her neurodivergence has been a revelation. It has provided her with valuable insights into herself, allowing her to understand and accept herself with newfound compassion and forgiveness. 

For Toren, understanding the way his brain works has bolstered his self-esteem, confidence, and overall well-being in profound ways.

Driven by their shared experiences and the desire to connect with others like them, Toren and his Mom ventured into social media.

Toren Wolf (he/him) 

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Toren Wolf is an autistic teenager who is known for his social media presence on platforms such as Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube. Joined by his Mom Serenity, (known fondly as 'Mama Wolf' on Social Media) Toren posts videos sharing insights into their shared experiences with autism and ADHD, as well as reminders of love and self care to their audience. Toren was diagnosed with autism at a young age, and last year, a reassessment revealed the coexistence of ADHD. Serenity received her diagnosis of autism and ADHD around the same time last year after 48 years of being undiagnosed.

For Toren's Mom, learning about her neurodivergence has been a revelation. It has provided her with valuable insights into herself, allowing her to understand and accept herself with newfound compassion and forgiveness. 

For Toren, understanding the way his brain works has bolstered his self-esteem, confidence, and overall well-being in profound ways.

Driven by their shared experiences and the desire to connect with others like them, Toren and his Mom ventured into social media.

Toren Wolf (he/him) 

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Meet the panelists

Cait Kealey-Swensdottir, queer artist & creator, combines her life filled with art and creativity with a career and passion for media content. She has worked in front of the camera and behind the scenes for 10 years as a creator starting on YouTube, and working in live events as a multi-tasking jack of all trades technician for cameras, lights, audio, and video, with an often role of directing on the fly. With producing on TikTok and Instagram, Cait discusses topics ranging from her experience as a nonbinary transwoman, to her journey with mental health, to just the joy and humor that is living one’s authentic life.

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Cait Kealey-Swensdottir (he/him) 

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For Serenity, Toren's Mom, learning about her neurodivergence has been a revelation. It has provided her with valuable insights into herself, allowing her to understand and accept herself with newfound compassion and forgiveness. 

For Toren, understanding the way his brain works has bolstered his self-esteem, confidence, and overall well-being in profound ways.

Driven by their shared experiences and the desire to connect with others like them, Toren and his Mom ventured into social media. They recognized the importance of amplifying the voices of neurodivergent individuals and contributing to the ongoing conversation surrounding autism and ADHD. Through their online presence, they aim to foster understanding, acceptance, and community, empowering individuals to embrace their neurodiversity proudly.

Together, Toren and his Mom hope to inspire others to embrace their unique selves and celebrate the beauty of neurodiversity.

Serenity Wolf (she, her)

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Unlearning Trans Joy
Unlearning Trans Joy

Unlearning Trans Joy

Join our panel with lived experiences to explore what trans joy.

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Jun 05, 2024, 1:00 PM PDT

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About the event

We often hear about the struggles and oppression of trans and gender nonconforming people, but have you heard of “trans joy”? There are many ways trans people experience joy related to their gender, their transition, and their experiences, and their community. Let’s talk about what it is to experience trans joy.

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