Transgender conferences offer trans men an opportunity to learn, share and connect with long distance friends and mentors. Plus, surgeons often make themselves available for informal Q&A and free private consultations, making conferences an important stop on the road to surgery.
Once again, this year’s conference calendar is packed with high quality events. Below you’ll find details about confirmed conferences that offer programming for trans men.
Which conferences will YOU be attending?
Conferences at a Glance
|First Event||Waltham, MA||Jan 20-24|
|Asterisk Trans* Conference||Riverside, CA||Feb 26-27|
|The Keystone Conference||Harrisburg, PA||March 9-13|
|TRANSforming Gender Conference||Boulder, CO||March 10-12|
|Moving Trans* History Forward||Victoria, BC, CA||March 17-20|
|South Bay Trans Day of Visibility||San Jose, CA||April 2|
|Transgender Lives: The Intersection of Health and Law Conference||Farmington, CT||April 30|
|Black Trans Advocacy Conference||Dallas, TX||April 25 – May 1|
|Trans*-Tagung München||Munich, DE||May 5-8|
|TransOhio Trans & Ally Symposium||Columbus, OH||May 13-15|
|6th European Transgender Council||Bologna, IT||June 2-5|
|Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference||Philadelphia, PA||June 9-11|
|Sparkle||Manchester, UK||July 8-10|
|Transgender Equality For Life||Winston-Salem, NC||July 11-16|
|Texas Transgender NonDiscrimination Summit||Kileen, TX||July 29-30|
|Gender Odyssey||Seattle, WA||Aug 4-7|
|International Transgender Studies Conference||Tucson, AZ||Sept 7-10|
|Transmission Retreat||Upper Lake, CA||Sept 8-11|
|Gender Infinity||Houston, TX||Sept 16-17|
|Southern Comfort Conference||Ft. Lauderdale, FL||Sept 27 – Oct 1|
|Trans Fitness Conference||Atlanta, GA||Oct 6-8|
|Fantasia Fair||Provincetown, MA||Oct 16-23|
|THEA Peach State Conference||Atlanta, GA||Nov 3-6|
|Transgender Spectrum Conference||St. Louis, MO||Nov 4-5|
|GenderEvolution||Salt Lake City, UT||Nov 12|
Money Saving TipNote that many of the conferences have early bird discounts available. Register early to save on your expenses! Several conferences also offer scholarships and work trades!
2016 Confirmed Conferences
First Event – 36th Annual!
Now in its 36th year, First Event has grown into one of the largest trans gatherings in the world and the only major winter conference. Entertainment, workshops and activities, plus a programming track for trans men.
When: January 20-24
Where: Waltham, MA
Cost: $45 single day passes, $225-$330 complete conference packages.
Asterisk Trans* Conference
A college conference for trans people and allies, to address trans health and well-being, and to provide education and resources for trans youth advocates. People of all gender identities and expressions are welcome.
When: February 26-27
Where: UC Riverside, CA
Cost: $10-20 individuals, $200 organizations.
The Keystone Conference – 8th Annual!
Hosted by TransCentralPA, Keystone features meaningful workshop and seminar programming, plus numerous social functions. Recent years have seen significantly expanded programming for trans men. Continuing Education credits will be offered for select workshops.
When: March 9-13
Where: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
TRANSforming Gender Conference – 10th Annual!
The University of Colorado-Boulder’s TRANSforming Gender Conference hosts national and local transgender, genderqueer, and Two-Spirit activists and scholars to raise awareness of how we can celebrate the diversity of gender and biological sex. This year’s conference will feature keynotes by CeCe McDonald, Jennicet Gutiérrez, Tiq and Kim Milan.
When: March 10-12
Where: Boulder, CO
Moving Trans* History Forward
Join community activists, academic, artists, and allies from around the globe for the second biennial Moving Trans History Forward conference held on the beautiful University of Victoria campus. Two fantastic keynote speakers have been lined up: Martine Rothblatt and Jamison Green.
When: March 17-20
Where: Victoria, BC, CA
Cost: $100-$250 CAD
South Bay Trans Day of Visibility – 5th Annual!
An annual event focused on recognizing and celebrating trans lives and experiences. Enjoy a full day or workshops, social space, new trans films, a show at night and much more.
When: April 2
Where: San Jose, CA
Transgender Lives: The Intersection of Health and Law Conference – 10th Annual!
This annual conference seeks to raise awareness of the interconnectivity and interdependence of two critical areas to the lives of the trans and gender non-conforming individual: health and law. Attendance and outreach for this conference has grown substantially, making it the major Transgender Health and Law Conference in Southern New England.
When: April 30
Where: University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT
Black Trans Advocacy Conference – 5th Annual!
Now in its 5th year, the National Black Trans Advocacy Conference & Awards Gala invites trans and gender non-conforming individuals and our family, friends and community allies to gather, educate, learn, build and grow together.
When: April 25 – May 1
Where: Dallas, TX
Cost: FREE – $150
Trans*-Tagung Munchen – 9th Annual!
The Trans * Munich conference is for all people who are interested in a life beyond the gender boundaries. Topics include problems in the labor market, discrimination, exclusion, transphobia and violence, and self-discovery. Approximately 150 attendees gather from all over Germany, Switzerland, Austria and South Tyrol/Alto Adige.
When: May 5-8
Where: Munich, Germany
TransOhio Transgender & Ally Conference – 8th Annual!
More than 70 workshops covering a variety of topics including health and safety, sex and sexuality, legal and employment issues, religion and spirituality, and culture, media and the arts. Friday is Provider’s Day for therapists, social workers, and lawyers earning continuing education units.
When: May 13-15
Where: Columbus, OH
Cost: TBA. Scholarships available.
6th European Transgender Council
The European Transgender Council is the first and largest gathering of political transgender activists in Europe. With about 200 delegates, first class key note speakers and panelists, workshops and a diverse cultural program, the Councils are both a forum setting the agenda for transgender politics in Europe, and a celebration of a lively transgender community.
When: June 2-5
Where: Bologna, Italy
Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference – 14th Annual!
The mission of the PTHC is to educate and empower trans individuals on issues of health and well-being; educate and inform allies and health service providers; and facilitate networking, community-building, and systemic change.
When: June 9-11
Where: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sparkle – 12th Annual!
The UK’s national transgender celebration is the world’s largest transgender event. Celebrate with music and events, and attend talks and workshops that are all FREE.
When: July 8-10
Where: Manchester, UK
Transgender Equality For Life
An annual gathering that includes workshops and entertainment. Programming for trans men will include practical topics like binding and packing, as well as discussions about larger issues such as employment. This year’s speakers will include Thomi Clinton, Vanessa Denise Capella and David Bathory.
When: July 11-16
Where: Winston-Salem, NC
Texas Transgender NonDiscrimination Summit – 8th Annual!
The Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Summit invites interested parties in higher education to discuss what works and what does not work in regards to codifying inclusion of “gender identity and expression” into institutional policy.
When: July 29-30
Where: Dallas, TX
Gender Odyssey – 15th Annual!
Gender Odyssey is an international conference focused on the needs and interests of transgender and gender variant people, with a particular focus on the trans masculine experience. This one-of-a-kind annual gathering is packed with thought-provoking workshops, discussion groups, social events and entertainment.
When: August 4-7
Where: Seattle, WA
Cost: Early Bird – $150-$210 sliding scale, regular rates TBA. Scholarships available.
International Transgender Studies Conference
Trans*studies is a 4-day international academic conference that welcomes work from any field on any topic pertaining to transgender issues, sex/gender variance, gender nonconformity, and diverse embodiments.
When: September 7-10, 2016
Where: Tucson, AZ
A unique event that combines workshops, outdoor activities, Heart Circles and hang out time to connect with other trans men and trans masculine people in a beautiful, private setting.
When: September 8-11
Where: Upper Lake, CA
Gender Infinity – 6th Annual!
This annual conference in Houston connects families, providers, and advocates with a mission to help make the world a better place for all youth, regardless of gender expression and identity. Trans adults are encouraged to attend the Advocacy Training day to strengthen advocacy skills and share knowledge.
When: September 16-17
Where: Houston, TX
Southern Comfort Conference – 26th Annual!
One of the largest transgender conferences in world, SoCo has something for everyone: transsexuals, cross-dressers or in between; spouses, partners and family members; all sexual orientations; post-op, pre-op or non-op; young, old; married, single; FtM or MtF – if transgender is an issue in your life, welcome!
When: September 27 – October 1
Where: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Trans Fitness Conference
Gearing up for its 3rd year, TransFitCon (formerly FTMFitCon) is quickly building a reputation as a must-attend event for trans folks interested in fitness. Get “real-life” applicable knowledge in fitness, nutrition, wellness, finances, spirituality and sex/relationships. Plus, the 3rd annual bodybuilding competition!
When: October 6-8
Where: Atlanta, GA
Cost: $125 Early Bird; $165 Regular.
Fantasia Fair – 41st Annual!
Running for more than 40 years now, Fantasia Fair is a week-long transgender event held every October in the LGBT resort town of Provincetown, Massachusetts. Part conference, part social gathering, the Fair is a “full immersion” experience: attendees can spend the entire week presenting their gender as they wish. While the event has a stronger MTF presence, a growing number of trans men regularly attend. In recent years, a number of respected trans men have presented at Fantasia Fair, including Jamison Green, Ethan St. Pierre, Stephen Whittle, Hawk Stone, Tony Ferraiolo and Dru Levasseur.
When: October 16-23
Where: Provincetown, MA
THEA Peach State Conference
This event fills the void in Atlanta that the Southern Comfort Conference left when it moved to Florida. Organized by the Transgender Health & Educational Alliance (THEA.)
When: November 3-6
Where: Atlanta, GA
Transgender Spectrum Conference
An interdisciplinary event dedicated to educating participants about a wide range of transgender issues. The 2016 conference theme is Education, Liberation, and Healing. Conference presentations and workshops will be organized into four tracks: Health/Medicine; Education; Liberation; and Families.
When: November 4-5
Where: St. Louis, MO
Cost: Full conference pass ranges from $30-$300; Saturday-only passes available for $17-$50.
Genderevolution – 8th Annual!
TransAction’s annual gender conference is the pinnacle event of a month full of trans-awareness events in Salt Lake City.
When: November 12
Where: Salt Lake City, UT
2016 Conferences – Dates TBD
Transgender Leadership Summit – 10th Annual!
This one-of-a-kind leadership conference builds the foundation for community members to take action for transgender equality and justice through informative workshops ranging in topics from legal, health care, organizational development and much more.
Speakers, workshops, and panels dedicated to celebrating and honoring the diverse identities and experiences of trans* people. Trans* people and allies come together, share resources and knowledge, and create a community where people can flourish and live authentically. Anyone with a desire to learn and better our communities is welcome.
Where: CSU, Chico, CA
National Transgender Health Summit
This landmark program will present cutting edge research and evidence-based educational sessions across many disciplines and is the premiere national conference in transgender health. CEUs, CMEs, and UCSF course credit offered.
When: April 17-18
Where: Oakland, CA
WI Transgender Health Summit
Organized by a number of transgender-identified and non-transgender identified community members who noticed that we need to know more about experiences of transgender folks in Wisconsin and their experiences accessing resources and health care.
Where: Madison, WI
Trans Studies Now Conference
Presented by the Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies (SCCS), in conjunction with the Brighton and Sussex Sexualities Network (BSSN).
Where: Brighton, UK
Trans Youth and Parent Summit
An opportunity for transgender youth to meet and connect with transgender and other gender variant youth and the larger transgender community! Share ideas, learn about legal rights and health information, and participate in workshops and fun activities including: gender identity groups, art workshops, trans healthcare workshops, and more.
Where: Cambridge, MA
Indiana Transgender Wellness Conference
This inaugural event bring will bring public and private healthcare providers together for discussion and education on how best to serve transgender and gender-variant people. Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) will be awarded for Medical and Behavioral Health practitioners.
Where: Indianapolis, IN
Trans Law Symposium
One-day event that features leading edge attorneys who are bringing the cases and enacting the laws and policies that make a difference for the trans community.
Where: Chicago, IL
Conference in Germany for trans and intersex people, this year with a focus on youth and families. The core of the event is the exchange of expertise and experience between professionals in health, research and policy development.
Where: Weimar, DE
Hanse Intersex Transgender Tagung (HIIT)
Conference in Germany for people who identify as transgender, genderqueer, and intersex, as well as allies. Workshop topics include: scar treatment, hormone therapy, top surgery, voice feminization, eating disorders, media coverage and more.
Where: Hamburg, DE
Schweizer Transtagung (Trans Swiss Conference)
2-Day Conference in Bern covering a wide array of transgender topics: documentation changes, youth, post-transition, surgery abroad, parents and SOFFAs, genderqueer, sex toys, coming out, makeup and styling, handling the media, hormones and much more.
Where: Bern, CH
Gender Expansion Conference
The Gender Expansion Project strives to provide the best expertise available in North America when it comes to trans* health, policy development, community organization and community building for individuals of trans*, intersex and gender diverse identity.
Where: Missoula, MT
Translating Identities Conference – 13th Annual!
Explore a wide array of topics in discourses regarding gender and transgender identities, expressions, communities, and intersections. TIC is a free, student organized, non-profit conference that seeks to reach not only the University of Vermont & the Burlington community, but the nation as a whole. A one-day event, TIC has numerous sessions to choose from at any time that are directed towards people at all levels of inclusion in the trans and allied communities. This conference is a safe space for everyone to come, learn, and enjoy themselves!
Where: Burlington, VT
Trans* Wellness Conference – 5th Annual!
An opportunity to bring members of the trans community together with community allies and providers of health and human services to share in learning and experience.
Where: Buffalo, NY
Your True Gender
Entering its 2nd year, this event will present some of the brightest educators from across the country, and is intended to be an educational experience for trans individuals, as well as allies.
When: November 2016
Where: San Luis Obispo, CA
This annual conference is moving from from Hartford, CT to Springfield, MA for 2015, and also shifts dates from April to November. Transcending Boundaries brings together sexuality, relationship and gender minorities for three days of education, activism and community building. The weekend event includes workshops, discussion groups, social events and a keynote address by bisexual activist, Faith Cheltenham.
Where: Springfield, MA
2016 Trans Conference Map
Last updated: 04/22/16
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