Panel : Queer Identity, Gender & Trauma

Queer Identity, Gender & Trauma Panel

January 20, 2021
6:00 – 7:00p

FREE virtual event
Live on facebook & YouTube

Join us for a discussion on queer identity, gender & trauma. We will be chatting with folks working with queer and trans communities in the areas such as suicide prevention, intimate partner violence response, and youth advocacy. The discussion will explore the many ways in which queer and trans people experience trauma, how gender identity impacts one’s experience of trauma, disparities amongst women’s and LGBTQIA+ communities, and how we can better serve queer and trans people as mental health professionals, advocates, community members and allies.

This panel is presented in partnership with Connecticut Women’s Consortium & Trans Lifeline.

This discussion will feature thoughts from Nadine Ruff, MSW, Shane Scott, IV Staklo and Brielle Roundtree. The panel will be modrated by journalist, activist, and Trans Lifeline volunteer Karleigh Webb.

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Our Speakers (from left to right) : Brielle Roundtree, Shane Scott, IV Staklo, and Nadine Ruff.
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Meet Our Speakers

Nadine Ruff, MSW – Panelist

Nadine (she/her), has lived with HIV for 33 years. Nadine is also the fourth Transgender woman of color in the nation with a Masters Degree. She is an LGBT activist and the founder of Divinely You, a support group for transgender people based in New Haven, CT. She works for APNH, a non-profit organization in New Haven, as the Program Coordinator of Aging Positively, an evidence-based intervention for people living with HIV who are age 50 and older. As a social worker, Nadine uses her clinical and community organizing to strengthen vulnerable communities. Nadine has received the 2020 Leading Lady Society Award and has been inducted a sisterhood “SisterLove” for women fighting in their community to end the epidemic on HIV/AIDS. Nadine is also received the Dorothy Awards a prestigious award to honors incredible LGBTQ+ Nutmegger’s that are having a huge impact and creating a positive change for Connecticut’s LGBTQ+ community.

Nadine’s education background include an AA in Human Services, from Gateway Community College (New Haven, CT) and a BSW (2017) and a MSW (2019) from Southern Connecticut State University (New Haven, CT). As an undergraduate student, Nadine earned Honors’ Distinction, graduating Cum Laude, and was awarded the 2017 Social Justice Award by the Department of Social Work, the 2014 Outstanding Scholastic Performance in Human Services Fieldwork, and the 2013 Frank Adams Jurczyk Scholarship Award.

Shane Scott – Panelist

Shane (he/him) is a licensed clinical social worker with over 8 years of experience working with client’s in various settings, including in-home programs, residential substance abuse programs, and outpatient settings. Shane currently has a private practice in West Hartford, where he works with the LGBTQIA+ community, including those who struggle with substance abuse and mental health conditions. Shane also facilitates trainings for True Colors and provides education, support, and consultation to the community and other professionals.

IV Staklo – Panelist

IV (he/him or they/them) is the Hotline Program Director at Trans Lifeline, leading a program for trauma-informed crisis & peer support by and for trans people. He holds a bachelor’s degree in forensic psychology. He also a political organizer around LGBTQI+ rights, labor rights, anti-racism and antiwar efforts with the ANSWER Coalition. He serves on the Board of Directors at Life In My Days and on the Steering Committee for the Connecticut Bail Fund.

Brielle Roundtree – Panelist

Brielle (She/her), is an African American transgender activist whose personal experiences of workplace discrimination have ignited her passion to help fight discrimination in hopes of building a future where all persons receive the gift of economic freedom. Brielle’s resiliency is most proudly demonstrated in her founding and facilitating Bridging the Gap Bookclub.Through Bridging the Gap, Brielle helps youth of color in her community navigate their own life experiences by creating support systems of friends, families, allies. This allows members to share experiences and cultivate love and understanding, amongst LGBTQ+ and their families. Brielle is currently the domestic intimate partner violence coordinator for Trans lifeline a hotline for and by trans and gender non conforming individuals connect our community to resources.

Karleigh Webb – Moderator

Karleigh (she/her) has been in sports journalism and sports broadcasting for 26 years. She is currently a writer-contributor to Outsports in addition to doing varied freelance editing/videography and producing projects through her firm Karleigh Webb Video in Connecticut.

When not chasing a story, Karleigh is a crisis operator for Trans Lifeline. North America’s only 24-hour-a-day, 7-days-a-week hotline dedicated to the need of transgender people. She considers her service as an honor as great as her awards and commendations she has earned as a journalist. It is this work that also fuels her work as a activist centering around human rights, anti-war issues, and the fight against economic violence placed upon working people.

Sports is not just a piece of her craft and passion, it is also her hobby. A lifelong athlete, Karleigh is an active, budding duathlete-triathlete, and love to get behind the plate in softball and be the signal-caller behind center in flag-football.

About Our Partners

Trans Lifeline

Trans Lifeline is a grassroots hotline and microgrants 501(c)(3) non-profit organization offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis – for the trans community, by the trans community. You can reach Trans Lifeline’s hotline at (877) 565-8860 [United States] or (877) 330-6366 [Canada]. Learn more at

Connecticut Women’s Consortium

Using advocacy, training, and education tools, The Connecticut Women’s Consortium strives towards a behavioral health system which responds to the needs of women, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color, as well as the people and organizations that affect them. With emphasis on holistic, trauma-informed, gender-responsive care, the Consortium works collaboratively with nonprofits, state departments, and direct service providers to promote environments that are safe, trustworthy, collaborative, empowering, and gender responsive. Learn more at