Jeff Lutes, LPC - Austin, Texas

Jeff has a private practice in Austin, Texas, and has been a psychotherapist for 30 years. He is the founder of Q Marriage Mentors and the Contemporary Relationships Conference - an annual event on LGBTQ relationships that is now in its 6th year. He is the co-author of two chapters in Affirmative Counseling with LGBTQI+ People (American Counseling Association, 2017), a chapter in the Handbook of LGBT-Affirmative Couple and Family Therapy (Routledge 2012), and author of Okin the Panda Bear Finds His Family - a children's book about family diversity (Creative House Press, 2011). His articles about LGBTQ relationships and families have appeared on The Bilerico Project and Therapy Matters. He has presented at the conferences of the American Family Therapy Academy, the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy, the American Counseling Association, and the Texas Psychological Association. The former Executive Director of Soulforce; Jeff has spoken at universities, churches, and rallies around the country, and his social justice efforts have been covered by numerous media outlets, including NPR and CNN. Jeff and his husband have been together 20 years and have three adopted children.



Christine Hatchard, PsyD

Long Branch, New Jersey

Christine is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Clinical Psychology Research Center at Monmouth University. She is Director of Mosaic Psychological Associates and Executive Director of Making Daughters Safe Again. In 2015 she won the Early Career Psychologist Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association.

Ieshai is a PhD Candidate, Board Certified Sex Therapist, Board Certified Transgender Care Therapist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and Alternative Sexuality Competent Therapist. She works with the gender and sexual variant community on relationships, sexuality, transitioning, and lifestyle interest.

Jeff Zacharias, LCSW,


Chicago, Illinois

Jeff is the Clinical Director and Owner of New Hope Recovery Center, and in private practice where he works with the LGBTQI community on addiction, mental health, HIV/AIDS, and trauma. He was instrumental in helping ban conversion therapy in Illinois and was named Illinois Social Worker of the Year by NASW-IL in 2015.


Amelia Coffman, MA, PhD Candidate

Houston, Texas

Amelia is a writer and speaker finishing her Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the University of Houston, where she integrates her experience and knowledge of the LGBTQ community into research of broad topics, including feelings of love worthiness, depression and anxiety, coping, social norms, and dieting and eating disorders.

Phyllis Randolph Frye

Houston, Texas

Phyllis is a senior partner in Frye, Oaks, and Benavides and the first openly transgender judge in the nation. She is considered the "grandmother" of the national transgender legal and political movement. She is the recipient of many awards, including the 2015 Julie Johnson Founders Award by the National Center for Transgender Equality.

Micki Grimland, LCSW, ACSW

Houston, Texas

Micki is a psychotherapist, therapist supervisor, and an international speaker trained in psychodrama, group therapy, and mediation. She has appeared twice on Oprah, consults with Houston television stations, and has published in More Magazine and in "Dear John, I Love Jane" by Candace Walsh.

Ieshai Bailey-Davis, LMHC, CST

Jacksonville, Florida

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