Dane Ray is a Washington DC based mental health professional, who currently works with DC Deartment of Health (deployed at the Mayors Office for LGBTQ Affairs. Dane believes that in order to achieve equitable care, it is critical that mental health and community health providers be informed of and prepared to meet the needs of trans and gender expansive people. In working towards this goal, Dane has 12 years of experience as an educator, within and on behalf of the transgender communities, with additional experience in prevention education and research related to HAHSTA (HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and TB Administration). Dane’s current research interests center on public health communication in response to gaps in the healthcare system for self-identified trans and gender expansive people. Dane is a graduate student at University of the District of Columbia’s Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling Program, and is sitting for an Licensed Professional Counselor credential in DC. Dane received a Bachelor’s Degree in Religion from Birmingham-Southern College in 2007, and has worked for the DC government since 2016.