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Debra Davis & the Gender Education Center




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Photos from Debra's college travel, conferences & feature presentations
1995 - 2015



Debra [last row, center] with students at
Harvey Milk High School
New York, NY

Debra Davis travels to colleges, universities, companies, organizations & conferences throughout the country. We have enclosed some of our favorite photos and podcast excerpts from these travels.


Debra Davis transgender High School librarian - Podcasts from videos of Debra Davis presenting at companies, colleges, corporate training and gender transition workshops, as well as other film and video clips. Some include original video footage from her transition at Minneapolis Southwest High School in 1998 and other presentations from around the country over the last 25 years (Over 1,200 presentations & workshops)


The "2013-2014 photos section" This page includes some of the highlights of Debra Davis's activities during 2013 & 2014. Debra's Board of Directors and staff presentations at Laura Baker Services Association - MN, Debbie's presentation and workshop for the University of Minnesota - Law School, the University of Wisconsin - STOUT - Qubie Awards Gayla where the first annual "Debra Davis Transgender Advocacy Award" for outstanding trans' advocate - was presented, Debra's presentation for the Minnesota Department of Corrections - working with Wardens, supervisors, staff and guards in the Minnesota prison system, Debbie's attendance at the LGBT fund raising event at Sawatdee in Maple Grove, and Debra's presentation at the annual Minnesota Public Defenders Conference.

The "2012 photos section" includes some of the highlights of Debra Davis's activities during 2012. Debra's trip to Ohio Wesleyan University - OH, her visit to the Good Samaritan United Methodist Church in Edian MN, Debra's presentation at Slippery Rock University of PA., Debbie's working with the first year orientation leaders at the U of M (her 15th year working with this group of student leaders), the Twin Cities Pride event she organized and sponsored at Pittsburg Blue restaurant in Maple Grove - the first public Pride celebration in Maple Grove co-sponsored by a national restaurant chain, the Gender Education Center's booth at the 2012 Twin Cities Pride Celebration - her 20th year with a booth, Debra's presentation for the Winina GLBTA in partnership with local law enforcement agencies & the Law Enforcement program students, faculty, & staff at Winonw State University, MN, and Debra's visit to Northern State Univrsity in Aberdeen, SD.

The "Fall & Winter, 2011" photos section" includes some of the highlights of Debra Davis's activities during Fall & Winter, 2011. Fall in Maple Grove, Minnesota, - Debra's home town. Debra's presentations at the Education Minnesota Conference, the annual Fall conference with over 10,000 teachers (her 8th visit to this conference, Debbie with both Ronald and Lucy at that same conference, her trip to Westminster College in Pennsylvania, and her 9th visit (over the last 13 years) to Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota, for "Transgender Day of Remembrance".

The "Winter, Spring & Summer 2011 photos section" includes some of the highlights of Debra Davis's activities during Winter, Spring & Summer 2011. Debra Davis's 2 presentations at the National Creating Change Conference - 2011, her working with the first year orientation leaders at the U of M (her 14th year working with this group of student leaders), Debra's presentation for the Hennepin County Juvenile Advisory Committee, her presentation at Lincoln Land Community College, in Springfield, IL, her visit and presentation at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN., her "Respect n The Workplace" training at the VA Hospital in Minneapolis, MN., and of course her booth at Twin Cities Pride Festival 2011, her 19th year at this 2nd largest Pride Celebration in the Country.

The "Fall & Winter 2010 photos section" includes some of the highlights of Debra Davis's activities during Fall & Winter 2010. Debra Davis's workshop and Rainbow Jeopardy presentation at the Minnesota Out College Conference (MOCC), the premier showing of "Bullied" in Minneapolis - MN, Debbies visit to the State University of California - Chico, her presentation at Century College - Womens Health Class, and her receiving the 2010 "Woman of Distinction" award.

The "Winter, Spring & Summer, 2010 photos section" includes some of the highlights of Debra Davis's activities during late winter, spring and summer, 2010. Debra's visit to the Minneapolis Women's Center, her booth at the Minnesota Holistic Conference - MN, Debbie's workshops for the Twin Cities United Way staff, her presentation for the University of Minnesota first year orientation leaders (her 13th yearly visit to this group), her trip to Worcester College in MA, her 21st visit to the Family & Social Services class also at the University of Minnesota, Debbies booth at the Minnesota LGBT Health Conference, her presentation at Century College in MN, her visit to Spirit River Center in Anoka - MN, Debbie's visit and talk with the students at Maple Grove High School SAGE group - MN, and the Gender Education Center's booth at 2010 Twin Cities Pride - our 18th year with a booth, and Debra's visit with friend, ally & author Carol Gorman.

The "Summer & Fall, 2009 photos section" includes some of Debra Davis's activities during the summer & fall, 2009. Debra's visit to the Unitarian Universallist Society of River Falls - WI - helping them become a "Welcoming Congregation," her visit to St. Olaf College - MN, her presentation at Morrisville State College - NY, Debbie's presentation and staff workshops at the University of Virginia - VA, the 2009 Twin Cities Pride Festival (her 17th year with a booth), workshops witn the managers and employees at Excel Energy Solutions, at the Edge Life Intuitive Expo in Duluth - MN, and celebrating with the Unitarian Universallist Society of River Falls - WI - decision to be a "Welcoming Congregation, at the 2009 Minnesota Coming Out Lunch and at the Edge Life Intuitive Expo in Minneapolis - MN.

The "Winter & Spring, 2009 photos section" includes some of Debra Davis's activities during the winter & spring of 2009 -
Debra's visit to the Minnesota Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, her booth at the 22nd Multicultural Forum (her 13th consecutive visit), her talk with the University of Minnesota first year orientation leaders (also her 13th year working with this group of student leaders), her visit to Longwood University in VA, and her 20th visit to the Family & Social Services class also at the University of Minnesota.

The "Summer & Fall, 2008 photos section" includes some of Debra Davis's activities during the Summer & Fall of 2008 -
Debra's workshop at the Minnesota Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Prevention and Parenting Conference, Brooklyn Center, MN - Debra's presentation at Eden Prairie High School, Eden Prairie, MN - Debra's interview with Marge Charmoli, host of ŇBi CitiesÓ television program, St. Paul, MN - Debra's 16th booth at the Twin Cities Pride Celebration. Minneapolis, MN - Her workshop for the staff at Macalester College, St. Paul, MN - Debra's presentation at the Intuitive Forum, Maple Grove, MN - Her visit to University of Wisconsin, Stout, Menomonie, WI - Debra's 19th visit to the University of Minnesota's department of Family & Social Services class "Working with families in Social Services," St. Paul, MN - Debra's workshops at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, St. Paul, MN - her class visit at Augsberg College, Minneapolis, MN - Debra's presentation at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS - her trip to Millikin University, Decatur, IL - and her workshops for the employees at Tennent Company, Minneapolis, MN.

The "Winter & Spring, 2008 photos section" includes some of Debra Davis's activities during the Winter & Springl of 2008 -
Debra's trip to James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, - her involvement with the play "Looking For Normal" at the Garage Theater, Minneapolis, MN - Debra's workshop with Kim Cunningham of CalOPTIMA in Orange, CA at the Multicultural Fair in St. Paul, MN - Debra's 11th visit to the MBLGTACC Conference, Champaign, IL - her trip to Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA - her 11th year training the First Year Orientation leaders at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN - Debra's 18th visit to the University of Minnesota's department of Family & Social Services class "Working with families in Social Services," St. Paul, MN - and her trip to University of Minnesota Moorhead, to keynote the Women's Studies graduation celebration, Moorhead, MN.

The "Late Fall, 2007 photos section" includes some of Debra Davis's activities during the late Fall of 2007 -
Debra presenting at the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI - her visit to Elmhurst College - Elmhurst, IL - her presentation at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA - her work with the PFund LGBT grants committee, Minneapolis, MN - Debra's visit to the University of Minnesota's department of Family & Social Services class "Working with families in Social Services," St. Paul, MN - at PFundŐs LGBT Minnesota Opera Volunteer reception, Minneapolis, MN - And her December trip to Syracuse NY, talking at the Syracuse LGBT youth center, Syracuse University and Empire State College.

The "Summer & Fall, 2007 photos section" includes some of Debra Davis's activities during the Summer and Fall of 2007 -
Debra presenting at the PFund grant and scholarship awards at WM Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN - her visit to Caloptima to coordinate a gender transition in Orange, CA - her lunch presentation for meat packers, helping them celebrate diversity week at Cargill, Wichita, KS - her visit to Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN - traveling to Southern WI and speaking at Beloit College and UW Rock County - and her keynote address at the Minnesota Out Conference in St. Paul, MN.

The "April, 2007 photos section" This page includes some of Debra Davis's activities during April of 2007 -
Debra with the "first year students" Orientation Leaders at the University of Minnesota, Her visit to pride week at Drake University in Des Moines, IA - Working with the LGBT students at the Milwaukee LGBT Center - presenting for the Starshak lecture series at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI - her keynote address for pride week at Grinnell University, Grinnell, IA - Debra's conference keynote address at SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam, NY - and Debra Davis's 1,000th presentation at St. Thomas University, St. Paul, MN.

The "March, 2007 photos section" includes some of Debra Davis's activities during March of 2007 -
Debra with the PFund 2006 Scholarship committee - Her visit to Alfred University, Alfred, NY - Elmira College, Elmira, NY - Syracuse LGBT Youth Center, Syracuse, NY - Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA - and Debra's visit to the University of Minnesota's department of Family & Social Services class "Work with families in Social Services"

The "January & February, 2007 photos section" includes some of Debra Davis's activities during January & February of 2007 -
Her presentation to the Bloomington, Human Rights Commission meeting in Bloomington, MN - Debra's visit to Indiana University / Purdue University at Fort Wayne, IN - the 2007 Minnesota School Health Conference in Edina, MN - the 2007 Midwest Bi, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Ally College Conference (MBLGTACC) in Minneapolis, MN - the Multicultural Conference in St. Paul, MN - Debra's visit to Mankato giving a workshop for CADA and also a presentation at Mankato State University, Mankato, MN - Debra at the All Gender Health Conference in Minneapolis, MN and her visit to Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA.

The "November, 2006 photos section" includes some of Debra Davis's activities during November of 2006 - Her visit to the University of Minnesota's Family Social Science class "Preparation For Working with Families" St. Paul, MN - Debra's trip to Cypress Semiconductor - Round Rock, TX to coordinate an employee transition in their workplace, also her presentations at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson - NY, University of Missouri - St. Louis, MO, Minnesota School Health Conference in Edina, MN, University of Kansas, Lawrence KS, Bloomington Public Schools - Chemical Health and Violence Prevention Conference in Bloomington, MN and the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD.

The "October, 2006 photos section" includes some of Debra Davis's activities during October of 2006 - Her trip to the 2006 Education Minnesota Conference in St.Paul, MN - Debra's visit to Montana State University in Bozeman, MT - Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI - University of Northern Colorado in Greely, CO - North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND - Debra's Keynote address at the "Professional Issues Related to LGBT People & Their Families" Conference, Moorhead, MN - and the MNOut Conference in Minneapolis, MN where she presented her "Rainbow Jeopardy" game and also a workshop.

The "Early Fall, 2006 photos section" includes photos from Debra's trip to the 2006 Out & Equal Conference in Chicago, IL, Debra being named by Curve Magazine as one of the six "Trans Activists Every Dyke Should Know About," the PFund reception in St. Paul, MN, Speaking at the Stillwater MN - Human Rights Commission, her trip to Northern Minnesota and presentations at U of M Crookston and also at the University of North Dakota, and finally her trip to Kansas State Univerisiy, Manhattan, KS.

The "Summer, 2006 photos section" includes photos from Debra's trip to St. Cloud State University - keynoting their Pride Celebration and National Day of Silence, The Gender Education Center's window display at the Hennepin County Government Center as part of the "History of the LGBT life in Minnesota" Celebration, the award celebration for Philanthrofund scholarship winners, the 2006 TwinCities Pride celebration and the Gender Education Centers booth, Debra's visit to the Syracuse University LGBT Student Center in NY and the annual LGBT picnic with administration, faculty, staff and students from Empire State College / SUNY, also in Syracuse.

The "April, 2006 photos section" includes photos from Debra's trip to the University of Minnesota, speaking in the "Preparation for working with Families" class; Presenting a half-day workshop for Ramsey County Social Services workers: and Debra presenting the opening Keynote address at the Inver Hills Community College 2006 Faculty Retreat.

The "March, 2006 photos section" includes photos from Debra with the KFAI - FM Radio crew from "Fresh Fruit" & Debra's "T time with Debra Davis" show. Debra's trip to Eau Claire, WI, PFund's Reception for Kit Brehn - retiring Executive Director, Debra as a guest on Cable Television Show "KinPride", Debra and her granddaughter's trip to St. Olaf College - Northfield MN, Debra and her booth at the Minnesota Social Services Association Conference. Over 2,000 people attended this event and Debra's morning presentation was attended by so many people, they had to turn folks away. And Debra's keynote address for Truman State University's (MO) Diversity Week."

The "MBLGTACC College Conference, 2006 photos section" includes photos from Debra's trip to the 2006 Midwestern Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender & Ally College Conference in Souix Falls, SD.

The "January & February, 2006 photos section" includes photos from Debra's trip to New York - NY, Simpson College - Indianola IA, Millikin College - Decatur IL, Shippensburg University - Shippensburg PA, New College of Florida - Sarasota FL, Debra's booth and presentation at the Multicultural Forum - St. Paul MN, Safe Space training for faculty and staff of Hamiline University - St. Paul MN, Ally training at North Hennepin Community College with Anne Phibbs, & Debra with Kit Briem, outgoing Executive Director - Philanthrofund Foundation. Also, in early March, Debra working with the University of Mnnesota's "First Year Student Orientation Leaders" and her trip to Keynote the University of Northern Iowa's first ever "Pride Week."

The "Late Fall, 2005 photos section" includes photos from Debra's trip to Georgia Southern University, State University of New York - Fredonia - Diversity Month, Hatherford College - PA, "Respect in the Workplace" training at Best Buy - Corporate Office in MN, and her visit to Curry College in Milton, MA.

The "Early Fall, 2005 photos section" includes photos from Debra's trip to BiCities - television program, University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh, Human Rights Campaign 2005 Dinner, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Booth at Ed. Minnesota State Teachers Conference & "Ally Training" at Metro state University in MN.

The "Pride 2005 photos section" includes photos from the Twincities Pride 2005 celebration and the Gender Education Center's Booth & friends.

The "May, 2005 photos section" includes photos from Debra's trip to Grand Rapids, Minnesota; Philanthrofund's scholarship presentation event; Debra's presentation with her daughter for Rainbow Families in Minnesota; and her half-day Diversity Training for "Generations."

The "Late April, 2005 photos section" includes photos from Debra's trip to University of Minnesota, Morris and their Pride Week Celebration.

The "Early April, 2005 photos section" includes photos from Debra's trip to New York State and the University of Rochester and Nazareth College, both in Rochester.

The "March, 2005 photos section" includes photos from Debra's trip to the Minnesota Social Services Conference - where she presented a very successful workshop and also had a booth, the City of Lakes Crossgender Community - Spring Fling, her presentation at St. Paul Central High School, and her twice yearly lecture at the "Working with Families in Social Services" class at the University of Minnesota.

The "Winter, 2005 photos section" includes photos from Debra's trip to Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, a small conservative southern college, where she presented to nearly 400 students. She than traveled to the University of Connecticut to be their special guest for Transgender Awareness Day on campus. The following weekend she brought the Gender Education Center's booth to the Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and ally College Conference. She also presented a workshop attended by over 200 conference participants.

The "Fall 2004 photos section" includes 2 pages of photos, including some of Debra's fall events.
Included in the first set of fall photos is Debra with Connie Hope at the Human Rights Campaign dinner in Minneapolis, MN; Debra on her deck during her interview for LivingOUT newspaper; a photo from a march and vigil for a transgender youth that was brutally shot, Debra's booth and panel presentation for the Hennepin County's GLBT Family sessions, Debra's trip to Carleton College in Northfield, MN, Television interview at the University of Minnesota, and finally, her yearly trip to Education Minnesota, "Minnesota Teachers Conference" each fall.

The second set of Fall photos "Late Fall 2004 photos section" includes Debra's trip to Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, her first trip to New York City, and a presentation for Credit First Suisse of Boston. She also had the opportunity to spend some time with the staff and students at Harvey Milk High School in New York, just off Park Avenue and Astor Place. This is the nation's only GLBT High School and the students were awesome and wonderfully receptive. Debra next talked with the Advanced Health class at Irondale High School, just north of Minneapolis, and then on to talk with the confirmation class at the United Church of Christ, at their Fall Retreat. She spoke at the University of Minnesota, at the "Working with Families" graduate level class for the Family and Social Services Department, and then on to La Crosse, WI to keynote their Transgender Remembrance Week events.

The "photos from some of Debra's Summer Events, 2004" page includes the workshop at the "Re-examining Our Approach: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in the GLBT Community" Conference (mid-May). Debra presented: "Re-defining Services to Women - Creating Inclusive Shelter Spaces for Transgender Women." Debra and the Gender Education Center's booth at the Twin Cities PRIDE 2004 Celebration with her granddaughter Victoria. And photos after her presentations at the International Bisexual Conference in Minneapolis, and also after she spoke for the City of Lakes Crossgender Community's monthly meeting in St. Paul, both in early
August, 2004

The "photos from Debra's busy last week of April, 2004" page includes the "Transgender Voices Festival - exploring singing, speaking & stories" at Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, Minnesota, where Debra gave an opening presentation and workshop. Then to Prospect Park United Methodist Church, Minneapolis Minnesota, to talk with members of the congregation about transgender inclusion. Then off to the University of Wisconsin, River Falls and the Diversity Recognition Banquet where she delivered the Keynote Address and also a Feature Presentation later that evening. Then later in the week she presented the opening Keynote address for the Prep Centers "GLBT Forum - Gay, Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Students: The School Experience" Conference, School District 287 (all 13 suburban school districts in western Minneapolis, Minnesota). She also presented two workshops on "Transgender Issues in Education" at this conference.

The Early April, 2004 photos page includes Debra's trip to Lawrence University - Appleton, WI "Who are the people in your neighborhood" Conference, where she gave the Keynote Presentation, and then her travel to Coe College - Cedar Rapids, IA, "Pride Week" for a Major Presentation and also hosting their "College Issues Dinner." She then traveled to Madison, Wisconsin, to deliver the Opening Keynote address for their "Transgender Awareness Week." The next day she was off to Indiana University, Bloomington to help them observe the "National Day of Silence" and delivered their Opening Keynote address.

The February & March 2004 photos page includes Debra's trip to North Dakota State University - Fargo "Women's Week," potluck dinner with "Out in the Valley," the St. Croix Valley GLBT Social Group," State University of New York College at Genesee - "Pride Month" Feature Speaker and University of North Carolina - Greensboro, "PRIDE 2004" - Key Note Speaker.

Winter 2004 photos include a trip to Miami University at Oxford, Ohio and their "Awareness Week 2004," and the "16th Annual Multicultural Forum" at the Minneapolis Hilton. Also Debra's Keynote Address at the "TwinCities Pride 2004 Grand Marshall's Reception" and celebration at the Mall of America. All in February of 2004.

Fall 2003 photos include the Out & Equal Workplace Summit in Minneapolis, the Human Rights Campaign Heroes Reception and dinner, and the National LGBT Band Conference. Also a page including her visit at the Catholic Ministries on Sexual Minorities presentation series, Moravian & Lehigh Colleges in Bethlehem PA, Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter MN, Northern Michigan University in Marquette, and a series of photos taken at Debra's Feature Presentation for University of Wisconsin - La Crosse's "Transgender Remembrance Week" in November. And finally, a photo with Ronald McDonald, who was at the Education Minnesota conference where Debra presented to a "standing room only" crowd of Minnesota teachers, educators and administrators.

Winter and Spring 2003 photos including the 2003 Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender and Ally College Conference at Ohio State, LGBT Unity Conference at UNC Chapel Hill, LGBT Pride Celebration at Carleton College in Northfield - Minnesota, Students at Univeristy of Wisconsin - Madison, Debra's visit to Foothill College in California for their GLBT Heritage Month 2003 Celebration, and her visit to the State University of New York at Oswego.

Also in this group are photos from the Gender Blur New Year's Eve Celebration - 2003 where Debra was the Co-MC for the evening.

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Minneapolis Public Schools Staff
marching at the
Twin Cities LGBT Pride 2000 Celebration

The Gender Education Center spent two wonderful days at Twin Cities Pride Celebration in June of 2000. We've included pictures of the Pride Parade with Debra Davis as the 2000 Grand Marshall, our Gender Education Center booth, and of course Debra's granddaughter, Victoria, with the Rainbow Families children's choir.

 GEC Booth at Pride

 Pride Parade with Debra as the Grand Marshall

 Rainbow Families Children's Choir

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