Umstead Park UCC LGBTQ Informational Workshop Day

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Umstead Park United Church of Christ

8208 Brownleigh Dr

Raleigh, NC 27617

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Umstead Park United Church of Christ, an open and affirming congregation, is hosting it's second annual LGBTQ Workshop Day on November 10, 2018. You will choose 4 sessions to attend from a variety of topics which include: Legal Issues, Family Planning, LGBTQ Worker's Rights, Financial Planning, Aging in the LGBTQ Community, Gender Affirming Surgery, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Mental Health Issues, Equality NC, Queer Theology, Alliance of AIDS Services-Carolina, Gender 101, Personal Journeys, Transforming Families of NC, PFLAG and more! We will have sessions just for Youth as well! (ages 13+)

Some of our Presenters include:

Dr. Keelee MacPhee-Gender Affirming Surgeon-3rd and 4th Sessions, Library "Overview of Gender Affirming Surgery" Speaking on a wide array of gender affirming surgeries and will focus on attendee's specific interests. Please be advised that there will be images of pre and post surgical bodies. Recommended for ages 16 and up.

Candy Stringer, P.A. Creedmore Center Endocrinology-1st and 2nd session-Foyer Conference Room-"Gender Affirming Hormone Therapy" Slide presentation regarding hormone therapy for gender care

Dr. William Meyer from Carolina Conceptions-1st and 2nd sessions-Library-"How to use assisted reproductive technologies to have a baby" This workshop will discuss the latest reproductive technologies for LGBTQ couples.

Attorneys Jennifer Tharrington and Angela Hass from Haas Tharrington, P.A.-Sessions 1-4-Worship Space -
"From Cradle to Grave" Jennifer Tharrington will lead Sessions 1 and 2 and offer information on marriage, family planning and parentage options for the LGBTQ community. Angela Haas will lead Sessions 3 and 4 and offer information on elder law and estate planning for the LGBTQ community.

Stan Kimer-Total Engagement Consulting-1st and 2nd Session-Classroom-"LGBTQ Worker's Rights-From Obama to Trump" This important presentation will provide a facts-based analysis and what could possibly change and how fast put together by Out and Equal Workplace Advocates, the US's leading LGBTQ workplace advocacy organization. Stan Kimer is a certified Out & Equal Building Bridges Trainer.

Phillip Bass Counselor, M.Div, ThM,MA,LPC,NCC-1st and 2nd sessions-Classroom-"Mental Health and the Queer Experience; the Impact of Heteronormativity and the Closet on LGBTQIA Individuals" In this workshop Mr. Bass will share some common experiences of the queer community, including how these impact mental health, relationships and sense of self within LGBTQIA individuals.

Shelley Gilmore Therapist, LCSW-3rd and 4th Sessions-Foyer Conference Room "Gender Exploration Therapy" Gender Therapist presents on issues related to exploring and identifying gender identity in therapy.

Julie Heustis, Therapist, MSW, LCSW JH Counsling PLLC-3rd and 4th Sessions-Foyer Conference Room-"Gender 101" This workshop will provde a general overview of gender and how it is experience by people in different ways. The importance of using affirming pronouns and terms will be explained as well. The information will be geared toward those who are newer to learning about gender expression.

Brent Childers, Directory of Faith OutReach Equality NC-1st and 2nd Sessions-Classroom-"Raising Awareness around the Positive Health Outcomes of Spiritual Affirmation for LGBTQ Youth and Families" This workshop will discuss ways affirming faith communities and persons of faith can assist North Carolina's LGBTQ youth overcome challenges to positivie health outcomes.

Mandy Mizelle Norris, MDiv, Chaplain Resident, UNC Health Care-1st and 2nd Session-Worship Space-"The Gospel of Coming Out: Gender, Sexuality and Faith" In this workshop we will explor what our LGBTQ siblings and selves reveal to us about God, radical love and faith. If you've ever been told that who you are, who you love, or how you identify is a sin, you, especially, are invited to come.

SAGE Raleigh LGBT Center-1st and 3rd Sessions-Worship Space-"Preparation for Life after 55" Discussion of topics such as housing options, healthcare choices, legal plans and conversations to have with family and support people.

Alliance of Aids Services Carolina 1st and 2nd Sessions-Foyer Conference Room-"HIV 101: What the Text Book won't tell you". Come to hear an indepth conversation about healthy sex lives and how to stay protected from HIV.

Courtney Maddox, Clinic Relations Manager Seattle Sperm Bank-Sessions 3 and 4-Classroom-"How to pick a Sperm Donor" This workship will cover what it's like to work with a sperm bank and answer commonly asked questions about finding your perfect match!

Francis D. Bobbie Certified Financial Planner Allman-Bobbie Group-3rd and 4th Sessions-Classroom-"Financial Planning for LGBTQ families" This workshop will discuss financial planning basics with an eye towards living trusts, prenuptual agreements and the benefits of marriage for LGBTQ couples.

Village Hearth CoHousing-2nd and 4th Sessions-Worship Space-"Aging Successfully-Living in Community" Participants will be introduced to the concept of intentional living within a community. We will explore a variety of approaches for aging successfully for participants to consider a path forward for a long happy life.

Interact of Wake County-3rd and 4th Sessions-Classroom-"LGBTQ + Intimate Partner Violence" Did you know that within the LGBTQ community rates of intimate partner violence (IPV) occur at a similar to higher rates than heterosexual relationships? It's important for everyone to know basic facts about IPV and what their options may be if they want to reach out for support or assistance.

Alicia Adrian and Georgia Springer-3rd and 4th Sessions-Worship Space-This workshop will discuss support resources available for parents, families and spouses of transgender youth and adults. It will offer valuable information about triangle area support groups, information about online confidential support as well as offering of resources.

We will also be offering personal journeys from 3 different LGBTQ couples on their lives, their love and what they faced in trying to expand their family.

We have a limited number of spaces for free child care (ages 5 and under) and a free lunch is provided through the generosity of Haas Tharrington, P.A. and Carolina Conceptions! All attendees need to register in advance through Eventbrite in order to have an accurate count for lunch.

Please email Gina Kentopp at if you need childcare. Include the number and ages of the children. Also, if you have a youth who is attending. Our Youth Room has limited seating as well.

Session Times


9:45-10:30 First Session

10:35-11:20 Second Session

11:25-12:00 FREE Lunch

12:05-12:50 Third Session

12:55-1:40 Fourth and Final Session

The Workshop is set up for attending all 4 sessions so be sure to arrive by 9:30AM!


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, but you do need to register through Eventbrite so that we have an accurate count for lunch.


Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Yes, we realize that for safety and/or privacy purposes some may not feel comfortable revealing their names on a public site.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

The main workshops are geared for adult audiences. We are offering workshops for youth ages 13+ in the Youth Room during the same time as the other workshops. Please contact Anne Maust, UPUCC's Youth Director, for any questions in regards to the Youth Workshops at


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact Gina Kentopp at

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8208 Brownleigh Dr

Raleigh, NC 27617

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