ATLANTA, GEORGIA - The SCC announced over the weekend who their featured keynote speakers will be for the up-coming "2014 Southern Comfort Conference" which will take place in Atlanta on September 3-7. This years keynote speakers will include Christina Kahrl, Jamison Green, and Chad Griffin.
Christina Kahrl is a sportswriter and national baseball editor for ESPN.com. In addition to her current duties at ESPN.com, Kahrl has also written in the past for Sports Illustrated, Salon, and The New York Times. Kahrl is also a 2008 International Transgender Historical Society Hall of Fame inductee.
Jamison Green is internationally known as a leader in transgender health, policy, law, and education. Green is the author of the prize-winning book “Becoming a Visible Man,” is the current president of WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health), and is a 2013 International Transgender Historical Society Hall of Fame inductee.
Chad Griffin is a political strategist, as well as the president of the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization, the Human Rights Campaign. Griffin has been named one of The Advocate’s “people of the year,” and has been regularly featured on Out magazine’s "Out 100" and "Power 50" lists of influential LGBT Americans.
The Southern Comfort Conference is a transgender conference held annually in Atlanta, Georgia since 1991. The annual conference is regarded by most as being the longest running and most popular transgender conference in the United States, as well as having the largest assembly of transgender, researchers, educators, therapists, doctors, and LGBT organizations in the world.
Each year the multi-day conference offers various events and activities, as well as seminars featuring speeches by prominent individuals in the LGBT community. In addition, the conference also attracts numerous vendors offering goods and services specifically aimed towards transgender and transsexual people.
The conference itself was the major plot inspiration for the 2001 documentary, “Southern Comfort,” about the life and death of Robert Eads, whose goal in 1998 was to live long enough to attend the conference. Eads’ speech at the conference is featured in the documentary. In memory of Eads, the conference offers health exams through the "Robert Eads Health Project," working in conjunction with the Trans Health Initiative at the Feminist Women's Health Center.
This years conference will be held at The Crowne Plaza Hotel Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia, located at 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta GA 30346. For a complete list of this years events, activities, and seminars including dates, times and pricing, visit the Official Southern Comfort Conference Website.