Speakers Bureau

PLEASE CONTACT  any of the following people for speaking engagements by e-mailing transgendertallahassee@gmail.com.

BIOGRAPHIES OF TRANSGENDER TALLAHASSEE COMMUNITY MEMBERS AVAILABLE TO SPEAK ON THE TRANSGENDER EXPERIENCE:

MARGEAUX MUTZ

Margeaux Mutz is the founder of Transgender Tallahassee and a current board member of Transaction Florida an initiative of Equality Florida. She facilitates its gender chat group, is the editor of its newly created newsletter ‘Transgenderscope’ and administers both it’s website and Facebook page. She has written numerous articles titled ‘Transgenderscope’ and ‘Ask Margeaux’ published in The Family Tree newspaper ‘Branching Out’ and its website familytreecenter.org., as well as a column called ‘Ask Margeaux’ in the aforementioned newsletter ‘Transgenderscope’.  She is a former board member of  The Family Tree, Tallahassee’s LGBT Community Center from which she received their inaugural Founders Award in 2008. Her various speaking engagements have included audiences at the FSU Colleges of Social Work, Medicine, and Arts and Sciences; as well as FAMU, TCC, FCI, churches, sororities and anyone who is interested in learning about the transgender experience. Her speaking style is upbeat and contemporary while filled with stories both pre- and post-transition. Time is also given to any questions with no reservations, as well as audience participation in skits that she has written.

Margeaux has a B.A. in Political Science, is the small business owner of Hairvoyance, A Salon de Beaute and works with the non-profit organization MAACA, Inc. in serving the minority community.  She is the parent of one child. Margeaux is a transgender transsexual female who through public acknowledgement of her transness hopes to de-mystify the transgender experience and promote the non-discrimination of all.

DR PETRA DOAN

     Dr. Petra L. Doan is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning in the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy at the Florida State University. After earning a B.A. in Philosophy at Haverford College, Dr. Doan completed a Master of Regional Planning and a Ph.D. from the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University in the field of International Planning. In 1998 she began her transition from male to female, and completed that process in 2001. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on international planning as well as planning for marginalized communities, with a special focus on lesbian, gay bisexual, and transgendered individuals. In 2011 her edited book, Queerying Planning: Challenging Heteronormative Assumptions and Reframing Planning Practice, was published by Ashgate. She has served as the faculty advisor for the Pride Student Union and the steering committee member of the Safe Zone Program. She is a past Board Member for the Family Tree, Tallahassee’s LGBT Community Center, and in 2010 was awarded the LGBT Educator of the Year award by the Family Tree. In 2012 she was selected as the John Bousfield Distinguished Planning Visitor for the Fall semester at the University of Toronto, where she taught a course, Beyond Queer Space Planning for Non-Normative Populations, and gave the Bousfield public lecture entitled “The Tyranny of Gendered Planning”

KANE BARR

     Kane Lyn Barr is a December 2013 graduate from Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University with a B.S. in Entomology & Structural Pest Control and currently working at an Agricultural Research Services unit in Tallahassee, FL. He was assigned as female at birth with his fraternal twin sister in June 1988. Kane started his transition journey in April 2010 with the purchase of his first binder and in 2012, spoke publicly about his transgender experiences for the first time at the Family Tree’s Transgender Day of Remembrance event. He came out to his mom that Thanksgiving and she gave him the name he now uses today. For National Transgender Awareness Month in November 2013, Kane wrote an article for The FAMUAN, the campus student paper, to inspire an inclusive and accepting atmosphere for transgender individuals.

  WILL RYAN

   Will Ryan is a PhD. Candidate in Biology at Florida State University and an active member of the Transgender Tallahassee gender chat discussion group.  By day, he studies the diversity of sexual systems in marine organisms; by night he is a writer, artist, musician and deep thinker about the oddity of the human experience. He has been engaged with public speaking and performance around Tallahassee as the singer of a biologist rock band, as an artist in railroad square and as giddy extoler of the virtues of the natural world, to both university students and bar patrons.  He has recently began speaking publicly about his experiences as a transgender man and his reflections on what it means to be a gendered being in our heavily gendered society

While not a scholar on LGBT issues, he has been engaged in the queer community and queer literature since discovering it at the age of 17; and has been an active explorer of the consequences of gender identity and expression in people’s lives ever since. His interest in engaging with audiences of all kinds about queer and trans topics is one of bridging gaps in understanding and experience to help people with all backgrounds find ways to relate to the lives of LGBT identified people. From the mundane details of basic words, definitions and concepts to the more difficult questions of why, what it means and what its like to transgress gender expectations as a daily habit, Will is an unflinching and joyous communicator about queer experiences. He welcomes the opportunity to discuss his experiences candidly with any group.

 Will holds a B.S. and a M.S. in Biology from California State University, Northridge.

REILLY-OWEN CLEMENS

           Reilly-Owen Clemens is a PhD Student in the Department of Sociology at Florida State University (FSU), where her research focuses on the impact of individual identities on social change. Primarily she focuses on identities formed or expressed later in life, such as those accompanying trans-identified status or visibility, minimum wage work, and criminal conviction. Her current and past projects include: qualitative inquiries into how trans-identified individuals resist or reshape binary gender structures, the role of technologies of tracking in constructing criminal status, and the role of work and neighborhood involvement in shaping individual interactions. Prior to pursuing her PhD, Reilly-Owen earned a Master of Arts in Women’s Studies from the University of Florida (UF) and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Alabama (UA). Between her first and second years at UA Law, she undertook gender transition from male to female, and soon developed a guiding interest in Civil Rights and social inequality. While at the University of Florida, Reilly-Owen worked with UF’s Office of LGBT Affairs to develop the Trans Resource Network (TRN), a campus work group and online resource hub aimed at improving the visibility and accessibility of trans resources on campus. In addition, she worked with the UF’s Student Health Care Center (SHCC) to develop guidelines for providing endocrine therapy to trans-identified students. Her undergraduate work was in Political Science (Major), French, and Philosophy (Minor), which she studied at Winona State University in Minnesota. Her CV can be viewed at http://reillyclemens.com/.