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Dane Ray is a Maryland & Washington, DC based mental health professional. Dane has 14 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) through tenure at DC Health. 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’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 serves on the Board of Directors of the Rainbow History Project as well as on the Executive Board of the DC Mental Health Counselors Association. Dane graduated from the University of the District of Columbia with the degree of Rehabilitation Counseling, and is sitting for a Licensed Professional Counselor credential in Maryland. Dane has worked for the DC government since 2016.  Dane is also a first time parent.