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How to Be a Trans Ally

May 13, 2022 from 8:15 am to 9:15 am

Speaker: T. Michael Trimm (he) & Jace C. Ryden (he)

“How to be a Trans Ally” is an interactive presentation introducing active allyship to those seeking to support the transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) communities. Key terms and definitions will be discussed as well as tangible tools in moving from passive allyship to becoming active accomplices in justice, equity, equality, and more for TGNC communities. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define key terms in relation to transgender and gender nonconforming communities.
  2. Identify microaggressions and privilege and how they negatively impact the lives of transgender and gender nonconforming people.
  3. Discuss tools on how to be active allies and accomplices for and to the transgender and gender nonconforming communities.

Presenters: T. Michael Trimm & Jace Ryden

Michael has made a name for himself as performer Teddy Michael, has represented the Imperial Court of Arizona, was featured on MTV’s ‘True Life’ in 2009 and 2015, and is an award-winning promoter and pageant owner. He is currently the Executive Director of Services for the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico. Jace has been performing as Freddy Prinze Charming since 2005 and is the current Mister USofA MI Classic. 


A multi-award winner, Jace spends a good part of his time educating folks on sex, and the kink and poly lifestyles, whether it be through the weekly webcast ‘Let’s Have a Fefe’, or during his sex-themed trivia nights. He has volunteered and worked with several organizations around Arizona, including Joshua Tree Feeding Program, Rebel & Divine, GLSEN, and more.

Both Michael and Jace have used their platforms throughout the years to educate, fundraise, and be outspoken activists. Their passion for education is evident in the way they seek to teach others about the transgender and gender expansive community through compassion and understanding, and a willingness to open a dialogue.