LGBT Family Conference

June 15-16, 2016
Conference & Expo: m2 Pictures 132 E. Queens Way, Hampton, VA
Party on the Peninsula: Crowne Plaza Marina, Oyster Alley & Regatta Grille 700 Settlers Landing Road

The LGBT Family Conference taking place Wednesday, June 15 – Thursday, June 16, is the first Virginia event of its kind where individuals and families have the opportunity to learn, discuss common issues in open forum, and interface with businesses and organizations that have specific interest in LGBT family dynamics and well-being. Please join us for a series of networking events and educational sessions that focus on best practices for raising an inclusive LGBT family. The topic has never been more relevant and the need for this open discussion has never been more prevalent. This completely inclusive event welcomes children to attend all of its components.

On Wednesdayday, June 15, the conference opens with the 2nd Annual Party on the Peninsula, held 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. on the Hampton waterfront in Oyster Alley at Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina Hotel, 700 Settlers Landing Road. Attendance is completely free of charge and open to the public.

On Thursday, June 16, attend a general session and continental breakfast before heading into individual education workshops led by ACCESS AIDS, Equality Virginia and the Trans Youth Equality Foundation. The day’s program will close with luncheon and keynote speaker Zack Paakkonen.

Throughout the event guests will also have the opportunity to meet with resource providers at the LGBT Family Conference EXPO. Participating vendors will address the unique needs of the LGBT family and want to do business with you!

Parking Locations


Register and pay for a room at the Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina Hotel under the code LFC and gain access for two adults, two children to the two-day conference.

Coming for the day only? You can access all of the Wednesday events for FREE! You will want to come back on Thursday to be a part of the first education conference of its kind in Virginia. The Thursday day rate is $25 per person and includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

Conference Registration


Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina Hotel is the Headquarter Hotel. Guests may call toll free at 1-866-375-6054 and reference code LFC, or simply click here to book online.

When using the booking link enter the arrival and departure dates, number of persons, and then click on check availability.

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Schedule of Events


All Day Pre-conference Familiarization Tours of Hampton Family Attractions available at the Hampton Visitors Center and Virginia Air & Space Center.


EXPO – m2 Pictures 132 E. Queens Way, visit with vendors that understand the needs of the LGBT Community and want to do business with you!


Party on the Peninsula – Crowne Plaza Marina front area and Oyster Alley & Regatta Grille, enter at wristband station in front of Hampton Maritime Center, this is a rain or shine event with a live band. Register and arrive early to ensure you get a free drink ticket and plenty of great food while it lasts!



EXPO & Continental Breakfast, m2 Pictures 132 E. Queens Way


Opening Session – Presented by the Trans Youth Equality Foundation


Fox Allen leads the youth advising programs at the Trans Youth Equality Foundation. He is a trans activist that is proud to be among the first trans youth to be able to transition in this country at a very young age. Fox loves to give back by producing the Trans Waves educational podcast program and has partnered with the Transgender Law Center to share these podcasts on their large social networks so they can reach youth and families in underserved areas. He has designed and led several Sex Ed workshops he calls "Sex Ed: Non Cis Style" in high schools and national conferences. At TYEF Camps, Fox has served as leader of the "Big Brothers" and Big Sisters" program that matches older campers with the youngest campers. He is now a college freshman majoring in Public Health.

Fox Allen

Susan Maasch is the Executive Director of the National Non Profit Trans Youth Equality Foundation. Along with attorney Jack Montgomery ESQ. she founded this non-profit organization in 2008. TYEF advocates for and educates about the unique needs of transgender children and their families. She also founded the TYEF summer and fall camp for transgender children ages 7-18. The children that attended come from all over the country to a beautiful location in New England. This is an empowering all trans experience were kids making lasting friendships, have fun, learn about their medical and legal rights and attend support groups.

Susan travels, lectures, advocates, and speaks about the medical, legal and school rights of transgender children and youth. You can find her and the foundation each year at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference offering workshops to families and providers. She is the very proud mother of a trans son.

Susan Maasch


Equality Virginia Presentation, Virginia Lamneck Program Director

Virginia Lamneck is the Program Director at Equality Virginia and leads education, organizing, and outreach efforts to build support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. For the past two years, Lamneck has led the statewide Transgender Information and Empowerment Summit (TIES), and is an appointed member of Governor McAuliffe’s LGBT Tourism Taskforce. In addition, Lamneck has served on the Board of Young Professionals at Greater Richmond Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN); and, most recently served as the Events Committee Chair for the ROSMY Junior Board. Lamneck holds a Master in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a field instructor for the School of Social Work.

Virginia Lamneck


ACCESS AIDS Presentation, Mary Aab, LPC, LGBT Center Director/Clinical Director

Mary Aab is The LGBT Center Director of Hampton Roads/Clinical Director. She has been involved in The LGBT Center since it opened and was part of the committee that conceptualized the opening of a center in this area. She has a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She has been in the counseling field for over 25 years providing services to the community. She provides counselling services through a private practice in addition to her work at the Center. She has been working to support the LGBT community through advocacy, civil rights, presentations, groups, and education since the age of 16.

The LGBT Center of Hampton Roads has been in operation since 2011 and some of the programing includes counseling, support groups, social events like movie night and game night and advocacy supporting the advancement of LGBT rights. The Centers goal is to provide a safe place for individuals to freely express themselves and have a place to meet others and feel supported.

Mary Aab


Luncheon & Keynote Zack Paakkonen – contributing author of the book Transgender Family Law, recipient of the National LGBT Bar Association’s Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 – Class of 2015

Zack Paakkonen is an attorney at Portland Legal LLC, focusing on helping the Maine LGBTQ community. Previously, Zack was a staff attorney at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, where he worked primarily in the Transgender Rights Project. He is from Bucksport, Maine, and was educated at the University of Southern Maine and Cornell Law School. He now lives in Portland, Maine. He is on the executive committee of the National LGBT Bar Association's Family Law Institute and is a board advisor to the Trans Youth Equality Foundation and on the board of Equality Maine. When not working, Zack is obsessed with baseball.

Zack Paakkonen


Event & Expo Closes