Program:  The Elephant in the Room


Kyle is a paramedic, works in a hospital emergency room and happens to be transgender.
He has spoken throughout the Northeast about his journey and explains in plain language
why the body and mind doesn’t always match up. He will help his listeners understand how
best to be a friend and ally to the transgender community and to support people identifying
as transgender.

Ilene Corina is a Board Certified Patient Advocate and President and founder of Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy.. She has worked closely with the transgender community as many have gone through their transition and experienced general medical care. She has studied and written about the often unconscious bias toward people who are transgender. She is a trained youth advisor and speaks to healthcare professionals and community members as well as young people about becoming involved in their medical care and overcoming obstacles to safe,
quality care.

Together, Kyle and Ilene will open the doors for safe communication – addressing bias and helping us understand what it’s like being a transgender person in a world not yet understanding of people who are.