And we both went to various other workshops.
While my dad went to a workshop on trans in mythology, I went to one about state violence. The speaker primarily spoke about trans incarceration and police brutality against trans people. It reminded me of this documentary along similar lines called "Cruel and Unusual" where the filmmakers spent three years with several trans women who were placed in cisgender men's facilities. This presentation (and the film) basically brought up how prisons don't have mechanisms in place for trans women.
As illustrated in the stories of the women in the film, for example, it didn't matter for any of the women how long they'd been transitioning, had breasts, etc. - if they hadn't yet had bottom surgery, they go to prison with men. End of story. Of course, higher incidents of rape becomes a problem, so the trans women are put in solitary confinement as a "step up" from rape, even though solitary confinement is a madness-inducing punishment.
The next workshop addressed health concerns and had a few professionals present, including an trans woman who's a therapist. I brought up my concern with being uninsured as a full-time student and how the insurance available for students is trans-exclusive. Most others also brought up problems with insurance being trans-exclusive. And how, once flagged as trans, the companies are able to argue out of covering most anything (even cold medicine for family members of trans individuals in some cases).
As I mentioned prior, my dad was on the Trans Family panel with me, where there were three other trans people with their moms. The panel facilitator had us share our stories and, eventually, had a brief audience Q&A. My dad said the most adorable thing when speaking at one point, saying that he never once felt like there was something wrong with his child, but that I've always been "incredibly unique" and "neat". Awwww.
The greatest thing I learned at the conference, by far, was news of a top surgeon here in Utah. Someone who will be $3,000-$5,000 max - no travel expense necessary! This whole time I've been planning to travel to Florida which would be $6,000 for the surgery itself and then however much two plane tickets would cost on top of that (one for myself and some poor friend to take care of me), motel for 1-2 weeks, and other expenses. This makes everything much more attainable and affordable. Very exciting!