The 4th Annual Minneapolis Trans* Equity Summit kicks off this Thursday, Sept. 28, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The summit is hosted by the City of Minneapolis in conjunction with the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board.

Doors open at 9am and this year’s event will include a focus on health and history.

Monica Roberts, founding editor of TransGriot, a website focusing on elevating the voices of transgender women of color, will keynote the summit at 9am. Results from the U.S. Transgender Survey will also be presented during the morning session.

Breakout sessions throughout the day will focus on “meeting healthcare needs, being an ally, healthcare laws, public policy and more” according to the Minneapolis Parks website.

The event is free and open to the public.

Over the last four years, the City of Minneapolis has moved to make transgender equity a permanent part of the city’s work. In April, the city council voted to make the Transgender Equity Council an official and permanent part of the city’s work.

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Andy Birkey

Andy Birkey has written for a number of Minnesota and national publications. He founded Eleventh Avenue South which ran from 2002-2011, wrote for the Minnesota Independent from 2006-2011, the American Independent from 2010-2013. His writing has appeared in The Advocate, The Star Tribune, The Huffington Post, Salon, Cagle News Service, Twin Cities Daily Planet, TheUptake, and much more. His writing on LGBT issues, the religious right and social justice has won awards including Best Beat Reporting by the Online News Association, Best Series by the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and an honorable mention by the Sex-Positive Journalism awards.