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  • Knowing terminology is a way to connect and empathize with your clients.
  • Knowing terminology is a way to connect and empathize with your clients.
  • See Joan Roughgarden, page 23.
  • Flowering plants pollen is the male part seeds or ovule is the female part
  • Flowering plants pollen is the male part seeds or ovule is the female part
  • Flowering plants pollen is the male part seeds or ovule is the female part
  • Sexism or any kind of ism is when we generalize from a single example and then impose that generalization. It is a simplification, and our brains do this naturally, until we are able to step back and re-evaluate the situation to see it as more complex than it was. The brain or ego loves to simplify which is an act of pre-judgement, or prejudice. Sexism is abusive.Assuming people are a way they aren’t is damaging and hurtful.For example:We shouldn’t assume men are aggressive and tough, but allow them to be compassionate and caring.We shouldn’t assume women are docile and weak, but allow them to be intelligent and capable of leadership.
  • Knowing terminology is a way to connect and empathize with your clients.
  • Knowing terminology is a way to connect and empathize with your clients.
  • Knowing terminology is a way to connect and empathize with your clients.
  • Within two hours of coming out as transgendered to her Human Resources department, corporate jet pilot Jamy Spradlin was put on paid administrative leave. To make matters worse, the Federal Aviation Administration delayed renewing her license to fly for nearly a year while they evaluated her psyche for stability after beginning hormone replacement therapy.Spradlin is 41 years old now, though she grew up as a biological male. She loves to fly. It’s in her soul and her passion, she says. "I’ve been flying since I was 16. I got bit by the flying bug and have to do it." She says it brings her great peace and great freedom, and she loves to share that with other people. But her former Dallas-based corporation said no, they did not want a transgender woman flying their executives around the country. Instead of asking how they could help her transition to female, the corporation’s lawyer asked her, "How can we help you transition - away from the company?" Spradlin does not wish to disclose the name of the corporation.Within four days of her coming out in March of 2006, the company asked Spradlin to tender her resignation. Because she was not in a financial position to fight a legal battle, she agreed to a settlement. Almost a year after being fired, Spradlin was ready to fly again, but her FAA medical certificate had lapsed. Getting that certificate reinstated has taken nearly another year, since last June. It should only have taken two hours as it had in the past, just like a driver’s license. "All of this is because I started taking estrogen," she says.Spradlin went to see her FAA-approved medical examiner, Dr. Gabriel Fried, M.D., in Dallas. Though she passed her First Class medical examination otherwise, when she told the examiner she was taking estrogen, Dr. Fried required two additional things: a letter from her licensed counselor describing her mental stability, and a letter from her family practitioner describing her hormone usage. The details of what Spradlin went through to get her medical certificate back almost requires a flow chart to understand. But the FAA thinks otherwise: Les Dorr, FAA spokesperson in Washington DC, maintains that "nothing happens" when you come out as transgendered to the FAA. Dorr says it is up to the individual medical examiner to determine whether pilots are fit to fly, but says that transgender people undergoing hormone treatment have "potentially associated medical psychiatric conditions." However, Dorr also says FAA chief psychiatrist Charles Chesanow is not aware of any transgender pilot that has ever been denied getting a license, nor of one that has ever lost a license.Though Dorr says the FAA leaves testing up to the medical examiner, the FAA required Spradlin to undergo extensive psychological evaluation, costing her $1400. In addition, Spradlin had to provide the FAA with a copy of her counselor’s therapeutic session notes. Spradlin says she is not aware of any non-transgender female pilots that have had to undergo such stringent evaluation when they began taking hormone replacement therapy. Spradlin believes the system is a mess. "The whole process was utterly frustrating," she says. "No one wanted to take responsibility." She says that most of the issues that came up were due to "lack of communication" and "lack of understanding". She believes that while she wasn’t personally discriminated against, the system unfairly assumes that transgender people are cognitively dysfunctional until proven otherwise. "They really didn’t have a clue, but I don’t blame them for not knowing what to do."Still, Spradlin remains optimistic that the FAA will eventually get it right. "You gotta laugh about it," she says. There was a lesson in all of this, she explains, and that is patience. Even as she was a day away from getting the needed medical certificate in the end, the assigned physician granting her a medical certificate had a heart attack, causing another three week delay. After two years of being grounded, Spradlin now has her medical certificate in hand and expects to find an industrial pilot position in the near future. She lives in Plano, Texas and is an active volunteer in the GLBT community and in her church. She is happy to have her wings back.Dr. Renee Baker is a massage therapist, transgender consultant and board member of Youth First Texas. She may be reached on her website at
  • It’s been over forty years since Martin Luther King Jr.’s embarked on his impassioned civil rights crusade, battled with police forces and ultimately was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. The recent beating of an African American transgender woman, Duanna Johnson, suggests that discriminatory police brutality in Memphis has not ended. WMC-TV in Memphis recently obtained surveillance footage from the reception room of a local police station, where Johnson was beaten and maced by two police officers. It’s "every trans-person’s nightmare come true," says Donna Rose, transgender woman and a leader in several national GLBT organizations.Johnson was booked on prostitution charges Feb. 12 at the Shelby County Criminal Justice Center in Memphis - charges that have now been dropped because the district attorney’s office found no probable cause for arrest. Video footage shows Johnson being brutally beaten by officer Bridges McRae, while probationary officer James Swain holds her down. Michael Silverman of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund says the outburst was not only unconscionable, but extreme and disproportionate to the case. Silverman says they receive many complaints of mistreatment by police, but none on this scale of brutality.Jennifer Donnals, communications director of the Shelby County district attorney’s office, says the case is now being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. When the FBI concludes its findings, the Shelby DA’s office will evaluate them for possible state charges. The U.S. attorney’s office will further review the findings for possible federal charges.The Memphis Police Department said in a statement that they are investigating the case. Officer Swain was immediately released from duty after the February beating incident. McRae was placed on non-enforcement status pending an administrative hearing until just yesterday, when he too was released from duty, according to WMC-TV.Donnals says that an investigation into how the video was released to the media is being done by a separate agency, as "release of evidence to the public in this manner could jeopardize a case" against the officers if it comes to trial. According to WMC-TV, the video was released to the media by Johnson’s attorney, Murray Wells, who felt it was an outrage that McRae was not immediately fired and no disciplinary actions were forthcoming. WMC-TV reports Memphis PD director Larry Godwin denies he was slow to hold a hearing until the tapes went public. McRae was fired just one week after the video footage was released to the media, and four months after the initial beating.What exactly prompted the officers to beat Johnson is still unclear. The consensus among witnesses at the event and LGBT organizations is that Johnson’s actions in no way justified the police officers’ violent actions. Johnson was said to have ignored prompts from the officer to stand up after he called her derogatory names such as "faggot" and "he-she."Patrick Callahan, public information officer of Transgender Community of Police and Sheriffs, an international organization of 800 transgender law enforcement officers and personnel, is very concerned about the video footage released. "The actual mistreatment or even the perceived mistreatment of a prisoner while in the custody of police officers sworn to uphold the law and to protect and serve is intolerable," he says.Callahan says that transgender police officers themselves have trouble transitioning in the workplace, and that many have to remain in stealth mode. "Police officers, just like the people they protect and serve, can often be very conservative people and may not easily accept change, particularly a change perceived to be as drastic as the transition from one gender to another." But Callahan thinks that the Memphis PD has more serious issues. "The severity of the attack on Ms. Duanna Johnson...suggests that there may be more severe issues that exist within the Memphis PD that place not only minority populations in danger, but the greater community as well."All those interviewed agreed education is needed. "The entire police department needs education," Rose says. "We need to find ways of turning this inexcusable act of violence into something positive so others will not have to face the same thing." Silverman, who says though we will have to wait for the legal process to mature, believes that Johnson should most likely be [financially] compensated and the officers should be punished. According to WMC-TV, Johnson is making plans to sue the Memphis Police Department. Though Johnson was not available for immediate comment, Wells says he is proud of how she is handling the case.
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    • 1. Understanding the Needs
      Transgender Clients
      Renée Baker, Ph.D., LMT
       2009 by Renée Baker. All rights reserved. No part of this work may be reproduced or utilized in any form by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, microfilm and recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from Renée Baker.
    • 2. Contents
      Part 1: From My Heart to Yours - A Personal Transgender Sharing (oral)
      Mystery of gender, a childhood look
      Growing up and family life
      Coming out
      Journey to self
      Transitional experiences from HRT to surgery
      Special discussion on hair removal experiences
      Part 2 – Working With Transgender Individuals (slides)
      Equality, rights and current events
      Transgender standards of care
      Marketing to Transgender Clients
      Back Matter
    • 3. Part 1
      From My Heart to Yours
      A Personal Transgender Sharing
      (oral presentation)
    • 4. Younger Years
    • 5. Transitional Changes
      December 2004
      Circa 2000
      First Day of Hormones
      August 30, 2005
      Right Before FFS
      May 2006
      One week after FFS
    • 6. Part 2
      Working With Transgender Individuals
    • 7. Terminology
    • 8. Males & Females
      Biologically speaking, the onlydefining factor for whether an organism is male or female is the gamete size it produces.
      Males – sperm or small gametes
      Females – eggs or large gametes
      Pssst…we haven’t talked about sex and gender yet.
    • 9. The Origins of Sex: Biological Hermaphrodites*
      • Hermaphrodite
      • 10. The most common reproductive system
      • 11. Produces both large and small gametes during a lifetime (biological term)
      • 12. Simultaneous hermaphroditic
      • 13. both gametes made same time
      Most flowering plants are simultaneously hermaphroditic
      as are many deep sea fish
      • Sequentially hermaphroditic
      • 14. both gametes made different times
      About ¼ of the fish near coral reefs are hermaphroditic.
      *Do not use this to refer to intersexed people.
    • 15. Sex
      Sex is defined as whether a human is either male or female, or by which gamete they produce.
      Assumptions about what genitalia should then look like are then made.
      The Problem
      Secondary sex characteristics and sexual anatomy are much more diverse.
      There is spectrum of human males and human females.
      About 2% of the human population is intersexed having a sexed body outside of what society “expects”.
      We’re X girl stuff
      I am Y boy stuff
      *See A. Lev
    • 16. Commonality of Intersexed Conditions
      • Intersexed people or mammals
      • 17. Produce eggs & sperm
      • 18. And/or have combinations of egg/sperm related genitalia
      • 19. Intersexed beings play an important role in society and in biology
      Commonality of Intersexed Conditions Among Mammals
      Percent of Species
    • 20. Varying Effects of Intersexed Conditions
      • There are over 70 types of chromosomal and hormonal conditions causing intersexed syndromes or ambiguous genitalia (Lev)
      • 21. Effects are quite diverse
      • 22. Varying penis or clitoris size
      • 23. Varying location of urethra opening along penis
      • 24. Closure of labia / scrotal appearance
      • 25. Varying vaginal depth or no vagina
      • 26. Varying size testes or partially descended or not descended
      • 27. No uterus or cervix or fallopian tubes
      • 28. Varying degrees of feminization or masculinization
      • 29. Varying body shapes
      • 30. Many intersexed people are raised as the “opposite sex” to their chromosomes
      • 31. Many intersexed people are given genital surgery for “correction”
      • 32. Many consider this practice unethical
      • 33. About five baby girls have their clitorises operated on each day (Ms. Mag.)
      • 34. Many intersexed people also identify as transgendered
    • More on Sex
      Modern or Better Definition
      Sex is the anatomical and physiological makeup of a human being, referred to as the biological or natal sex.
      Sex is not bipolar in one type of male and one type of female.
      Sex is a complex interaction of determinates that affect the body physiology and sexual differentiation in the brain
      In short, there are more than two sexes, even if we only legally have two.
      *See A. Lev
    • 39. Sexism
      Sexism is when an individual is judged to be certain way by virtue of their sex.
      See! As I said, all men clowns
      No we aren’t!
    • 40. Sex Myth Busters*
      Males and females are males and females for life. False!
      • The most common form of plant life is simultaneous male & female
      • 41. Half of the animal kingdom is simultaneously male or female or changes throughout life
      • 42. Females always give birth. False!
      • 43. In many species, the female deposits the eggs in the male’s pouch and the male tends the nest
      The male seahorse carries the baby and gives birth
      • Males are always bigger than females. False!
      • 44. No, in many species such as fish, the female is the biggest
      • 45. Males always have XY chromosomes and females have XX. False!
      • 46. In birds, the reverse is true (ZZ is male, ZW is female)
      • 47. In many species, males and females have the same chromosomes.
      The turtle’s sex is determined by temperature of egg laying environment
      *See Joan Roughgarden reference
    • 48. Sex Myth Busters II
      There are only two genders. False!
      • Many species have three or more genders
      • 49. Each sex can have more than one form
      Males and females always look different. False!
      • In some species, males and female look alike
      The male always has a penis and the female lactates. False!
      • The female hyena for example has a penis like structure
      • 50. The male fruit bat of Borneo for example produces milk in mammary glands
      Males always control females. False!
      • In some species, females actually dominate
      • 51. Females don’t always prefer a dominant male
      Females always prefer monogamy and males want to fool around. False!
      • In many species, males and females play around
      • 52. Lifelong monogamy is rare
      Sometimes the male of a species lactates
    • 53. Sex Myth Busters III
      No animal species changes their sex. False!
      • Many fish families change their sex (both ways)
      • 54. The moray eel changes its sex
      sex change
      Nature sometimes seeks a balance
      of males and females
      • Females change into males
      • Males change into females
    • Gender
      Gender is defined as a way a person expresses their sexual identity in a given society. The assumption is that all men have something in common and women differ from men. Men are considered the norm and women deviate.
      • Masculine - differing attributes of males
      • 55. Feminine - differing attributes of females
      Gender is defined in terms of attributes we ascribe to an individual regardless of their sexual identity
      Gender and Sex are not synonymous
      I am a
      real man!
    • 59. Gender
      Our gender role is the social roles we play in life, conscious or not.
      Our gender identity is how we describe ourselves in terms of gender
      Including man, woman or androgyne and so on. It is a self description.
      Person of gender is a term not used much, but I am promoting as
      an alternative to transgendered and is inclusive of all humans. It
      puts the focus on that we are persons first.
      The gender community is an inclusive term for gender variant
      Individuals and SOFFA (significant others, friends, family, allies)
    • 60. Transgender
      Masculine Females
      Feminine Males
      Drag Queens
      Gender Queer
      Stone & Soft Butch
      Trans Men
      Trans Women
    • 61. Transgender
      An umbrella term encompassing all those gender expressions that
      fall outside of the expected range for a given sex.
      A term of empowerment
      for those that use it.
    • 62. DRAG Queens
      Dressed As a Girl (DRAG)
      Most DRAG Queens are male identified female performers, often gay
      Some DRAG Queens are female identified female performers, often lesbian
      A typical performance is song and dance with lip syncing and comedy
      It is common for DRAG Queens to support local GLBT community fundraising (e.g., Lone Star Court / Gay Bingo)
      It is common for DRAG Queens to perform at clubs, organizations and schools as part of GLBT outreach
      DRAG Queen competitions are common and many earn money by performing
      DRAG is not universally accepted
      Miss and Mr. Texas Gay Rodeo Association hosting the UT Dallas DRAG Queen GALA, benefiting the Resource Center of Dallas, 2008.
      Source: Renee Baker
    • 63. Cross Dressers
      Cross dressers are those that occasionally wear clothes outside the socially prescribed gender norms
      Cross dressers are typically male identified and cross dress outside of their functioning male roles
      Women that wear men’s casual clothes occasionally generally don’t define themselves as cross dressers
      Many early cross dressers will later identify as trans women
      Many cross dressers do not identify with the term transgendered
      Cross dressers often just want to be a “girl for a night” to break from the male role.
      Majority of CDs are closeted in some respect.
      Derogatory and Passé - Transvestite
      A male identified cross dresser with a supportive spouse at Southern Comfort Conference, 2005. Source: Renee Baker
    • 64. Crossdressing Accessories
      Hip pads
      Breast Forms
      Crossdressers and transgender individuals will often go to great lengths to “pass” or “blend”
      The opposite of passing is “being read”.
      Part of the unfolding is to learn not to worry what others think. Passing no longer is a priority and instead self-expression is the key.
    • 65. Bi-Gender
      Many people reject the notion that we have one gender as male or female
      Some are androgynous displaying masculine and feminine traits simultaneously
      Some are gender neutral like “Pat” on Saturday Night Live
      Other common names
      Gender Queer,
      Third Sex
      Gender Bender
      Gender Warrior
    • 66. Trans Men and Women
      Transsexuals are people that alter their bodies (surgically or hormonally) with the desire to change their sex
      The term transsexual is a medical term and has a pathological history of abuse by the psychological and psychiatric community
      “Trans” is often preferred, or just man or woman
      Transgenderist is someone that feels they are more than a cross-dresser, but not a transsexual
      Ethan St. Pierre
      A Female to Male (FTM)
      Trans Man
      photo courtesy of
    • 67. Transition
      Transition is that time of life we go from one state to another.
      Three Steps
      • An ending occurs
      • 68. A challenging neutral zone of disorienting and reorienting is experienced
      • 69. A new beginning
      The big transgender question: Should I transition?
      Transition is often a painful time, fraught with uncertainty, sadness, depression and loss.
      Transition is a time that is disorienting and reorienting.
      Solitude is needed for a time of reflection to break patterns and awaken.
    • 70. Possible Steps in a Male to Female (MTF) Transition
    • 71. Coming Out
      Coming out is allowing self-disclosure
      We have a choice at each moment of encounter
      • To share who we are
      • 72. To hide who we are
      LGB people come out about their sexuality
      T people come out about their gender identity
      The more educated people become about gender and sexuality, the more accepting they are.
      Acceptance by allowing others to simply be is a great gift of love.
      Avoiding judgment allows others a chance to discover their authentic selves.
    • 73. MTF Hormone Therapy*
      • Typically, trans women take
      • 74. Estrogen: feminizing growth hormone
      • 75. Spironolactone: anti-androgen to decrease masculinization
      • 76. Typical feminizing effects
      • 77. Breast development
      • 78. Softening of skin
      • 79. Emotional changes similar to experienced in puberty
      • 80. An increase in fat
      • 81. Subcutaneous below the skin
      • 82. Hips and buttocks
      • 83. Decrease in size of testes and prostate gland
      • 84. Decrease in ejaculate and frequency of erections
      • 85. Eventual infertility
      • 86. Effects NOT expected
      • 87. Decrease in beard growth
      • 88. A change in one’s voice or increase in pitch
      Estradiol 2 mg
      Spironolactone 100 mg
      *Not medical advice. See doctor for proper treatment.
    • 89. History
    • 90. Roman History
      Eunuchs were well known throughout ancient Roman times. There were two types
      • Eunuchs by nature
      • 91. Eunuchs by castration
      Served as guardians for women and children
      Many were strongly female identified
      Many became priestesses to the goddess Cybele
      In the Middle East, Mukhannathun were a group of “feminine men” that would be considered modern day MTF transgendered
    • 92. Medieval History
      Jehanne or “Joan” is a popular hero for trans men
      Born in France in 1412
      A military leader who defeated the English at Orleans making the way for Charles to receive the crown
      Dressed as a man as religious duty
      Burned at the stake alive at age 19
      Jehanne D’ Arc
      Source: wikipedia, public domain
    • 93. Modern History
      “Ex-GI Becomes Blonde Beauty” – NY Daily, 1952
      Christine Jorgensen was the first widely known transsexual
      Woman in the U.S.
      The first modern day “sex change” was in 1945
      The stonewall riots of 1969 were in response of
      police brutality towards transgender women
      Transgender women and bi-gender individuals
      Ignited riots to protest
      Stonewall was the launch of the modern day
      gay rights movement.
    • 94. Etiquette
    • 95. Bathrooms
      Generally we should allow people to use bathrooms in the gender they are presenting in.
      A business has a right to decide which bathrooms people can use, or can escort the client off premises.
    • 96. Terms of Endearment*
    • 97. Phrases to Avoid
    • 98. Defamatory*
    • 99. Names and Pronouns*
    • 100. Equality, Rights and Current Events
    • 101. Equality
      Equality for transgender individuals is the same as equality for anyone else
      Everyone wants the same opportunity for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness
      If we can understand that everyone has a masculine and feminine side, then we recognize that equality for transgender people is equality for all.
    • 102. Rights
      Rights are moral principles defining a human's freedom of action in society
      Title VII of the Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits workplace discrimination based upon sex
      In 2004, it was ruled that transgender people were included under Title VII
      However, violence and discrimination is commonplace
    • 103. Example: Jet Pilot Fired
      Jamy Spradlin was fired in 2006 and lost her flying license
      It took two years of fighting to get back in the air
      She still has not found another flying job to replace her first one
      Jamy Spradlin
      Source: Renee Baker
    • 104. Example: Police Beating
      In June of 2008, footage was leaked to the press of a police beating caught on tape
      Two officers were fired
      The transgender woman filed suit
      She was mysteriously murdered “execution style” before trial
      Grainy security camera footage at Memphis police station shows police officers brutally beating Duana Johnson   
      Source:WMC-TV Memphis, Tennessee
      Duanna Johnson
      Murdered Nov. 9, 2008
    • 105. International Bill of Transgender Rights
      Right to a Gender Identity
      Right to Freedom From Involuntary Psychiatric Diagnosis & Treatment
      Right to a Enter Marital Contracts
      Right to a Conceive, Bear or Adopt Children…to be Parents
      Right to Sexual Expression
      Right to Change One’s Body
      Right to a Gendered Space
      Right to Free Gender Expression
      Right to Medical and Professional Care
      Right to Employment
    • 106. Current Event – Transgender Regret
      Sometimes, transgender people regret their transition.
      Christine Daniels, a sports reporter for the LA Times, decided not to transition.
      He is returning to live as Mike Penner.
      Data is sketchy, but about one in twenty that begin transition change their minds.
      Christine Daniels
      Source: USA Today 2/26/09
    • 107. Days of Importance
      Lawrence King
      Murdered Feb 12, 2008
    • 108. Transgender Standards of Care
    • 109. WPATH
      The World Professional
      Association For Transgender Health
      Mission is “to promote evidence based care, education, research, advocacy, public policy and respect in transgender health.”
      Publish the “Standards of Care and Ethical Guidelines” for gender transition
    • 110. Marketing to Transgender Clients
    • 111. Marketing to the Gender Community
    • 112. Marketing to the Gender Community
    • 113. A Few Organizations to Know
    • 114. Thank You!
    • 115. Back Matter
    • 116. References
      R. Baker, “The Mystery of Coming Out”, EDGE Publications, Aug. 20, 2008
      R. Baker, “Transgender Pilot Regains Her Wings”, EDGE Publications, June 20, 2008
      R. Baker, “Police Beating of Transgender Woman Ignites Controversy”, EDGE Publications, June 27, 2008
      R. Baker, “Metroplex Crossdressers Feel Support From Dallas Police”, EDGE Publications, Oct. 10, 2008
      A. Beall and R. Sternberg, 1993, The Psychology of Gender
      K. Bornstein, 1998, My Gender Workbook
      P. Currah, R. Juang, S. Minter, 2006, Transgender Rights
      A. Lev, 2004, Transgender Emergence.
      J. Roughgarden, 2004, Evolutions Rainbow.
      P. Sherman and J. Alcock, 1998, Exploring Animal Behavior: Readings from American Scientist, 2nd ed.
    • 117. Presentation Description
      Understanding the Needs of Transgender Clients
      Renee Baker, Ph.D.
      Most male-to-female transgender individuals undergoing gender reassignment surgery will undergo partial or complete facial hair removal. As transgenderism is an area not always widely understood, many individuals are unsure of how to approach and work with transgender individuals. In this talk, Dr. Renee Baker will present an overview of transgenderism as pertinent to those in the professional hair removal industry. In Part 1, Dr. Baker will share her life experiences as a post-operative transgender woman. She will share her journey in life so others can gain a more heart-felt understanding of some of the challenges one faces in transitioning from male to female. In Part 2, Dr. Baker will present a slide presentation covering issues and etiquette that an electrologist could be made aware of when working with transgender clients. Dr. Baker enjoys interaction and encourages questions even if they are of a personal nature.
    • 118. Renee Baker Biography
      Dr. Renee Baker was originally from New England, but grew up mainly on the Great Plains of South Dakota. Her father was a Spanish teacher and her mother taught ESL, so her home was that of international diversity. Her brother is a children’s educator and teaches the value of character. Though Renee grew up in a generally happy family, she struggled for years with her own sense of gender. While in her early forties, Renee was finally able to come to terms with being a transgendered woman and made the decision to surgically and hormonally transition from male to female. Renee now feels strongly that we have a long way to go in society to reach gender equality. She speaks whenever she can to help others understand our gender inequality is rooted in fear. Renee holds a doctorate in engineering and spent over 20 years in industry and academia. Renee currently owns her own massage practice providing mind-body-spirit therapy. She also owns her own transgender outreach practice providing diversity training, professional speaking and mentoring. Renee is a volunteer and past board member at Youth First Texas, a nonprofit organization supporting LGBT youth. She also writes stories of human interest for EDGE Publications. Renee has one son Alex and currently lives in Dallas with her partner Wendi and their furry, four-legged animal friends.
      Renee Baker, Ph.D.
      3530 Forest Lane, #306
      Dallas, TX 75234