Portland, OR October 1, 2016
Female to Male, a different trans perspective

Over the last 18months I've been transitioning from female to male. I identify as a transman. Negotiating tech space has been quite challenging, as I came into this transition in my mid thirties after working in tech as a woman for nearly two decades. As a long time member of the women in tech community I find it difficult to negotiate space as I transition; I have neither the network nor the social background of a cis man in tech. The women in tech network has been crucial to my ability to succeed, learn, and feel comfortable in the industry. Without transmale inclusive spaces I'm scared about my prospects for the future. I'd like to talk about my experience to start a conversation in the tech community about the need for space for folks like myself, and perhaps broader ideas about delineating space by gender.