TransForming Inclusion: Launch + Panel Event


Alongside other community partners, CultureWorks is proud to be a sposnsor of TransForming Inclusion, a launch and panel with Leeway Foundation, who has developed a guide and resource for peer organizations, funders, and cultural organizers that provides tools for inclusion and affirmation of trans and gender nonconforming people. The launch event will include a moderated panel discussion featuring leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to gender self-determination and trans inclusion.

Featured panelists:


Alison Gerig 
pronouns: she/her
Alison is a licensed psychotherapist and culture change consultant originally from North Carolina. From 2007-2018, Alison was the executive director of Therapy Center of Philadelphia that provides affordable therapy to low-income women and trans communities. As a historically white feminist organization, Alison laid the framework for the agency to strive for trans and racial equity and they continue on this journey today. 


Celena Morrison
pronouns: she/her
Celena is originally from North Carolina, and has resided in Philadelphia for approximately nine years. Providing support, education, and building sisterhood throughout the community is a passion of hers and she is devoted to making a difference in her community. She is the current Director of Programs at the William Way LGBT Community Center.


Gabriel Foster
pronouns: he/him
Gabriel is a black, queer, trans, ‘momma’s boy’ living and loving in New York. Prior to making his way to the Eastern Time Zone, he worked in Seattle, WA with the Northwest Network of bisexual, trans, lesbian & gay survivors of abuse helping to create their youth programming. He is the co-founder of the Trans Justice Funding Project, based in NYC.


Heath Fogg Davis
pronouns: he/him
Heath is a professor of political science who teaches courses on anti-discrimination law, democratic political theory, and the politics of race, gender, and sexuality. As a community organizer and activist, he collaborates with and advocates for marginalized communities including transgender and gender nonconforming people, women, people of color, LGBQ people, and low-income people.

The panel will be moderated by:


V Varun Chaudhry 
pronouns: he/him
V is a brown trans boi originally from outside Baltimore, MD. He is an Anthropology PhD. Candidate at Northwestern University and a predoctoral fellow in the Center for the Study of Women in Society at the University of Oregon, as well as Leeway Foundation's Scholar-in Residence. His academic work builds on years of advocacy work with queer and trans communities of color across the US. He lives in Eugene, OR with his family.

TransForming Inclusion Launch & Panel Discussion
Thursday, November 8 | 3:00 - 5:00pm
The Skyline Room at the Parkway Central Library (1901 Vine Street)

Community Partners + Sponsors Include: CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, Office of LGBT Affairs, Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia, and William Way LGBT Community Center