Keynote Presentation: “You Wouldn’t, If You Knew”

Using statistics and storytelling from 20 years of living a publicly transgender life, trans advocate Scott Turner Schofield connects personal dots between anti-trans bias, mental illness, and substance abuse. Pointed questions—about where we are, and where we need to go—arise from lessons learned from the media, in-patient facilities, bars, and community conversations. A thought leader on trans acceptance, Scott uses personal narrative to dive deep on what acceptance really means—inside and out—for trans people as much as for the people around us. While one trans person’s story is exactly one trans person’s story, Scott has an award-winning way of articulating the silences we share, making emotional sense where science has so far failed, and calling everyone to loving, liberating action.