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Eli Erlick    

Founder of Trans Student Educational Resources, Activist & Writer

Eli Erlick an internationally awarded writer, activist, and educator. In 2011, she founded Trans Student Educational Resources (TSER), an organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans students. It quickly became among the largest transgender organizations in the country and the only group led entirely by trans youth. In the years that followed, Erlick has been at the forefront of transgender justice through her writing, organizing, and speaking tours, where she discusses LGBTQ+ issues, transgender youth, and social movements.

After obtaining her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2023, Erlick continued to be a public face of the fight for gender-affirming care in the United States. Her work and writing have been featured in hundreds of outlets including The New York Times, Time Magazine, and The Washington Post. These accomplishments gained recognition from dozens of institutions around the world. Refinery29 named her their youngest “30 Under 30” awardee for her activism. Teen Vogue later named her “The New Face of Feminism,” as a young woman working to improve the lives of trans people everywhere. She also became the first trans woman named Glamour Magazine’s College Woman of the Year in 2017. Erlick currently resides in New York City and continues to pave the way for future generations to fight for their truths.

Speech Topics

Safe Schools for Trans Students

How do we create safer spaces for young trans people? Leading expert on transgender students Erlick addresses the broad issues affecting trans students today. Attendees will collaboratively discuss a range of issues including problems impacting trans students, policy, law, media, and law.

Bringing together a decade of leading the only national organization focused on trans students with cutting-edge research, Erlick helps attendees develop their own change making models to improve the lives of trans students around them.

The broad presentation is oriented to benefit educational professionals, staff, faculty, mentors, and trans students themselves. With each aspect tailored to the specific needs of the community, attendees will come away with a better understanding of how to support trans students in their schools, colleges, and universities today.

Transgender History

What can we learn from transgender people of the past? Is being transgender something new? Transgender activist and historian.

Erlick brings attendees through over four millennia of trans history in an interactive, thought-provoking presentation. Erlick will review the amazing records of emperors, cowboys, and teenagers that we might call transgender today. From the ancient Mesopotamian civilizations to the present, trans people have always been part of society.

A longtime transgender organizer, Erlick focuses on how to use these histories to combat misinformation affecting trans people – particularly trans youth – today. Merging long-known cases with original groundbreaking research, the presentation reveals how trans history is actively hidden from society but can be recovered with time and care.

Attendees will come away with a better knowledge of the origins of the transgender movement, the lengthy record of transgender youth, and trans history as a whole.

Growing Up Trans

What does life look like for young trans people? How can others support them? Transgender activist and researcher Eli Erlick will take attendees through a broad range of issues affecting young trans people over the past century.

Through an engaging, interactive presentation, attendees will explore many aspects of transgender life that are overlooked in the broader public. Having transitioned at eight years old and worked with thousands of trans youth herself, Erlick will guide attendees through a reflective and comprehensive view on problems affecting trans youth today.

Attendees will walk away with a better knowledge of trans youth issues, healthcare, ethics, culture, and history. With every aspect tailored to the specific needs of the community, the presentation will help attendees gain insights into uplifting trans youth in their lives.

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