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Thursday, April 21, 2022



Efforts to politicize LGBTQ+ rights have added significantly to the challenges for those seeking to affirm their gender identity. Hear from a panel of experts working with and providing support to transgender individuals.


Our Panelists

Amelia Averyt is dual boarded in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Although she received very little training in gender-specific care during her medical education, she found once practicing there was a tremendous need, and worked to educate herself and her clinical team in providing gender affirming care to all patients. She and her team strive to ensure the equitable and culturally sensitive delivery of evidence-based care in a safe clinical environment. Amelia also works closely with Doctors for Change, an advocacy organization focused on improving the overall health of Houston's most vulnerable populations. 

A seasoned litigator, mediator, arbitrator and appellate practitioner, Shelly Skeen is a Senior Attorney for Lambda Legal, the largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. Shelly holds a diploma in International Arbitration, has filed amici briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and successfully appeared before Texas Supreme Court.  Shelly served as the Chair of the LGBT Law Section for the State Bar of Texas (SBOT) and works with UT and UNT law schools on behalf of Transgender Texans in their legal clinics.

Adri Perez is the Policy & Advocacy Strategist for the ACLU of Texas, where they lead LGBTQIA+ advocacy on the Sexuality & Gender Equality team. Adri represents the ACLU of Texas in statewide coalitions, trains and educates families of transgender children and advocates at the Legislature on bills that affect trans Texans. Adri received the Rising Star Award from the League of Women Voters of El Paso and the “Golden Girl” Award from the El Paso Queer Bar Association in 2019.


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