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Moonhawk River Stone, MS, LMHC is a psychotherapist, consultant, educator and author in private practice in the Albany, NY area and is, himself, an out, open and proud transsexual man.

In his clinical practice, Mr. Stone has specialized in working with the LGBT community (especially with transgender people of all ages and their families), with survivors of childhood trauma, & people with dissociative disorders for over two decades. He has special expertise in working with young transgender children and their families.

As an educator/trainer, he has presented hundreds of workshops and trainings at numerous conferences locally, nationally and internationally, both academic & clinical on many topics, but specializes in transgender education, especially in human resource issues, policy development and implementation, and legislation. He has presented at such institutions as Yale University, Union College, State University at Albany, State University at Binghamton, and College of St. Rose, the Federally Employed Women’s annual National Training Program and New York State United Teachers union. A gifted public speaker Stone has been a keynote speaker at such events as the 2002 Bahamian LGBT Pride celebration and IFGE conferences, Connecticut Outreach Society and others.

He is a consultant to many agencies and businesses, such as IBM, Wyle Labs, Siemens Technologies, Inc. regarding transgender issues. Stone has done graduate work toward a Ph.D. in counseling psychology.

As a political activist, currently Stone volunteers his time with Albany Capital Region, statewide and national organizations. Previously he has sat on the Board of Directors of FTM International, Inc. as both a Director and Officer (Secretary) and has done the same for both the Aids Council of Northeastern New York (Treasurer) and for the GLSEN-New York Capital Region chapter (Secretary, Board Co-Chair). Locally, he has worked with The Committee for GLBT Families and Schools, and The Coalition for Safer School of NYS, and he has sat on the Board of Directors of Rainbow Access Initiative. Stone was a member of the former Capital District Trans Youth Task Force. In 1988, Stone was both cofounder and co-chair of the Fulton-Montgomery AIDS Task Force, an organization still providing support and education to date. He is a member of many national organizations devoted to civil rights for the LGBT community and other marginalized communities.

Stone is former Board Chair of the International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE), Inc. which produces the magazine, Transgender Tapestry, in which he previously contributed a column, From The Bridge.

Stone is former Co-Chair and Secretary of the Board of Directors, of the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA), Inc., having retired after 5 years of service to the organization. NYAGRA was the first statewide transgender organization in New York State. In 2003 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Empire State Pride Agenda, as their first transgender member where he served for 3 years. Stone was a member of the National Center for Transgender Equality’s Advisory Board for 2 years. Stone is a current member of the Disability Oppression and Access Committee of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force where he work on issues of accessibility, racism and a multicultural intersectional approach to social justice for all people.

As an activist, Stone has worked diligently for transgender civil rights, working in coalition with other transgender activists on the legislative campaign for the New York City Transgender Civil Rights Bill (In 2002, Local Law 3), and was part of the committee which wrote the implementation guidelines for the law. He worked to pass the Albany City Transgender Civil Rights Ordinance (passed April 7, 2004) and worked to pass the Albany County Transgender bill which was unfortunately withdrawn from consideration by the Albany County legislature in March 2005. Previously he has worked on the New York State Dignity for All Students (DASA) Coalition advocating transgender inclusive passage of the NYS DASA bill. He was responsible for the initial language in the legislation which made it transgender inclusive. He has testified at the New York State Senate on behalf of same-sex marriage. Currently he is working on the statewide coalition to pass the transgender civil rights bill, GENDA in New York State as well as several other national initiatives. He is a member of the GENDA coalition.

Stone is a frequent writer on transgender issues and has a monthly column, Trans View, in the Albany LGBT newspaper, CommUnity, and previously had a monthly column That Trans Thing in Q Northeast.

In September 2004, he presented a paper entitled: “Gender Identity is for Everyone: Creating A Paradigm For Change” at the 6th International Congress on Sex and Gender in Manchester, UK. A highlight of his professional career, Stone’s paper on reform and removal of Gender Identity Disorder from the DSM was one of two papers which opened the Congress.

In October 2004, Stone was the recipient of the Capital District Gay and Lesbian Community Council’s highest award, the Harvey Milk Award for his long-standing contributions to LGBT activism. The previous year, September 2003, he had received recognition from the Rainbow Alliance of the Bahamas during their first pubic Pride Celebration where he was a keynote speaker.

In February 2005, he presented a paper entitled: “Approaching Critical Mass: An Exploration Of The Role Of Intersex Allies In Creating Positive Education, Advocacy and Change” at the first ever multidisciplinary international symposium on Intersex: Intersex Education, Advocacy, & The Law Symposium at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University in New York. His paper has since been published in the Cardozo Journal of Law & Gender, vol. 12 (1), pp. 353-366).

In September 2007, Stone presented a paper on Gender Identity Disorder at the biennial WPATH Symposium in Chicago, IL entitled “Shifting Paradigms: Making The Case for Moving Gender Identity Disorder Out of the DSM” in which he proposed a new diagnosis for transgender care based in endocrinology.

Over the past five years, Stone has taken a leadership role with other activists on a concerted effort to remove the stigmatizing and discriminatory Gender Identity Disorder from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, and is the leading voice for its removal.

Stone currently serves on the Board of Directors of The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Foundation, Inc. where he chairs the Board’s Diversity Committee. Stone also chairs the Trans Health Care Committee at the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association and is on the Board of Directors of Trans Youth Family Allies, Inc. where he serves as Vice President. He has worked with the National Coalition for LGBT Health since its inception, co-chairing its Ending Disparities Committee for over two years and now working on issues related to Healthy People 2020 and healthcare reform. Stone is a member of the National LGBT Aging Roundtable and sits on Out & Equal’s Transgender Advisory Committee. Finally, Stone is working in collaboration with the leading activist on transgender healthcare coverage in public and private insurance, André Wilson, to make transgender healthcare fully inclusive for transgender individuals.

Stone relaxes with his love of gardening, reading, nature photography and music, enjoying studying piano, and playing with his three cats, Annie, Buster and Charlie, and making jam and jelly from the fruit of his small orchard.

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