For the third year in a row, the annual Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Summit is being held Aug. 12–13 in Houston, hosted this year by the University of Houston Department of English in the Roy G. Cullen Building.

The summit features keynote speakers Dr. Paige Schilt and Megan Stabler. For the third year in a row, the ACLU will be represented, as it has been since the conception of the summit. Representatives of ACLU and Phyllis Frye, Frye and Associates PLLC, will discuss case law related to trans issues on Aug. 12 and 13, respectively.

According to the Facebook page for the summit, a total of 9.75 credit hours will be available to professionals needing licensing requirements, and the symposium has been approved for .X CEUs or X.0 Clock for all social workers by the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston.

The University of Houston is one of the few colleges in Texas that specifies “gender identity and expression” in its nondiscrimination statement. Others include Rice University, University of Texas at Austin, South Texas College of Law and University of Texas Pan Am.

The University of Houston has also issued the Izza Lopez Memo that indicates discrimination against transgender employment is not tolerated.

On Aug. 12, the Houston Transgender Unity Committee and the Houston Transgender Center have collaborated to host dinner for the attendees at their center.

While online registration is now closed, participants can still buy tickets at the door. Regular registration is $20, and $10 for students.

To learn more about the Summit, visit their webpage at

— Draconis von Trapp