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Gender Activist to Speak Sunday Feb. 10 at The Experience

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Sacramento interfaith organization The Experience will host Ben Hudson, executive director of Sacramento’s Gender Health Center, as its special guest speaker at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10, at St. Paul’s, 1430 J Street in Sacramento. Hudson’s topic will be “A More Authentic Me,” a discussion of diversity and one’s journey to a more authentic gender identity and expression through the lens of spiritual and emotional growth.

Hudson has more than15 years of experience as a community organizer and peer counselor. He has served on the board of the Sacramento Gender Association and is a co-founder of Sacramento Transgender Coalition and TransFamilies Sacramento. He was one of the lead organizers of the Transgender Leadership Summit in 2009 and of the first California Transgender Advocacy Day at the State Capitol in 2010. Hudson also served as a regional field manager for statewide LGBT advocacy organization Equality California following the passage of the anti-gay marriage ballot initiative, Proposition 8, in 2008.

The Gender Health Center opened to the public in July 2010 with a mission “to provide excellent counseling/therapy services to anyone who self identifies or is perceived to be gender variant.” The organization provides accessible therapy and counseling under the guidance of Clinical Director David Nylund, associate professor of Social Work at California State University, Sacramento, and a world-renowned expert on transgender mental health care. The center also offers educational workshops on issues such as gender and name change and a hormone clinic. For more information about the Gender Health Center, visit www.thegenderhealthcenter.org or call (916) 455-2391.

The Experience is a non-profit religious organization dedicated to building bridges between faith communities meeting weekly at 4 p.m. on Sundays at St. Paul’s for interfaith worship. Each service incorporates elements of at least three faith traditions, as well as a wide variety of musical performances, ranging from show tunes to Christian hymns to Sufi folk music. At least once a month The Experience features a guest who speaks about his or her ethnic heritage and faith tradition. Guest speakers at The Experience have included representatives of Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Church of Latter Day Saints, Science of Mind, Wiccan, and many other philosophical and faith traditions. The organization also is lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-affirming. For more information about The Experience, visit experiencesacramento.org.

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