About Us

About Us


2017 Summer Gathering

CHARLEY KENNEDY started his transition in November 2016. Getting to attend the Transmission 2017 winter retreat was super important to him. He joined the summer planning team so he could give back. He’s super excited about contributing to planning of the next retreat and to see everyone over the long Labor Day weekend this year.

COLIN CLOSE spends his free time planning Transmission and raising awareness about gender diversity. He has helped dozens of agencies and organizations better serve people of all genders. Some of his previous projects include FTM Sonoma County, the Northern CA Conference on Trans Health & Wellness, the 2011 Transition Survey, and his 2014 masters thesis on Dr. Alan Hart’s transformation from female to male in 1917. Colin lives in Sonoma County with his wife, son, and fur kids.

JAKE HARPIN has been involved in Transmission from the start – as a participant, workshop facilitator, and Journal Writing facilitator. This is his first time on the planning team. Jake is inspired by the strength and confidence he has garnered at the retreats and is excited to be helping to plan and share that with others. Jake hails from Massachusetts and currently lives in Sonoma County with his 2 children, 2 dogs, and 2 cats.

NICK LAWRENCE works as a as a Foster Parent Educator at Santa Rosa Junior College and provides training to colleges and child development organizations on LGBTQ issues. He has developed and led personal growth workshops, ceremonies, and community building activities. Nick is a singer/songwriter who writes a wide variety of songs about transition, but specializes in ritual and ceremonial songs. His training background includes Depth Psychology, Education for Ministry, and Music That Makes Community.

SHAUN MORAN began transitioning in 2002 and co-founded FTM Sonoma County in 2004; he continues to facilitate the support group meetings twice a month. Shaun has served on the TransLife Conference planning team since its inception in 2015 and has also led workshops at Transmission gatherings each year. Each semester he speaks with college Human Sexuality classes about being transgender. Shaun lives in Santa Rosa and recently began completing 5k’s runs for fun.



Transmission was founded in 2014 by Colin and Kris to provide heart-centered not-for-profit retreats organized by and for trans men and trans masculine folks.

COLIN CLOSE – see bio above

KRIS has been involved with the Billys since 2012, and was inspired by his experience attending and volunteering at Billy gatherings to create a retreat for trans masculine people. He lives in Sonoma County with his boyfriend and dogs.


billysThank you to the Billys, our 501(c)3 sponsor. We are so grateful for your 25 years of building heart-centered community for gay and bisexual men (cis and trans) and your generosity and willingness to help us create the same for trans masculine folks. We are following your foot steps, honored to learn from your collective and individual wisdom. 



Transmission embraces the diversity of our trans masculine identities, races, bodies, races, ethnicities, ages (18+), sexual orientations and abilities. Participants are expected to treat each other and our differences with respect and kindness.