2017 Trans Conference Guide

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The transgender conference circuit has expanded significantly over the past decade, particularly in the United States. Not surprisingly, attendance at these events has also ballooned, with good reason: Transgender conferences offer trans men a unique opportunity to learn, share and connect with long distance friends and mentors. Plus, surgeons often make themselves available for informal Q&A and 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 specifically for trans men. (There are a number of other conferences that are more geared towards trans women, families and providers.)

Which conferences will YOU be attending?

2017 Conferences at a Glance

Conference Name Location Dates
First Event Marlboro, MA Jan 25-29
Asterisk Trans* Conference Riverside, CA Feb 24-25
TransCon Miami Miami, FL March 3-4
TRANSforming Gender Conference Boulder, CO March 10-11
The Keystone Conference Harrisburg, PA March 22-26
South Bay Trans Day of Visibility San Jose, CA April 1
Black Trans Advocacy Conference Dallas, TX April 24-30
TransOhio Trans & Ally Symposium Columbus, OH April 28-30
Transgender Lives: The Intersection of Health and Law Conference Farmington, CT April 29
Sparkle Manchester, UK July 7-9
Gender Odyssey Seattle, WA Aug 24-27
Schweizer Transtagung Bern, Switzerland Sept 2-3
Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference Philadelphia, PA Sept 7-9
Genderfest Las Vegas, NV Sept 7-10
Southern Comfort Conference Ft. Lauderdale, FL Sept 14-16
Trans-Inter-Active Magdeburg, Germany Sept 22
Trans Fitness Conference Atlanta, GA Oct 5-7
Gender Infinity Houston, TX Oct 13-14
Translating Identities Conference Burlington, VT Oct 14
Fantasia Fair Provincetown, MA Oct 15-22
Virginia TIES Richmond, VA Oct 21
Transgender Spectrum Conference St. Louis, MO Nov 4-5

Money Saving Tip

Note 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!

2017 Confirmed Conferences

First Event – 37th Annual!
Now in its 37th year, First Event has grown into one of the largest trans gatherings in the world, and it’s the only major winter conference. Entertainment, workshops and activities, plus a luncheon for trans men.

When: January 25-29
Where: Marlboro, MA
Cost: $295 complete conference package, single day passes also available.

Asterisk Trans* Conference – 3rd Annual!
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 24-25
Where: UC Riverside, CA
Cost: $10-20 individuals, scholarships available.

TransCon Miami
A free conference produced by Aqua Foundation For Women for the transgender community in South Florida. It serves as a space to educate and empower the transgender community as well as allies.

When: March 3-4
Where: Miami, FL
Cost: $10-20 individuals, scholarships available.

TRANSforming Gender Conference – 11th 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.

When: March 10-11
Where: Boulder, CO
Cost: FREE

The Keystone Conference – 9th 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 22-26
Where: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Cost: NA

South Bay Trans Day of Visibility – 6th 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 more.

When: April 1
Where: San Jose, CA
Cost: $5-25 sliding scale, no one turned away.

Transgender Lives: The Intersection of Health and Law Conference – 11th 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 29
Where: University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT
Cost: $25, scholarships available

Black Trans Advocacy Conference – 6th Annual!
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 24-30
Where: Dallas, TX
Cost: FREE – $150

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: April 28-30
Where: Columbus, OH
Cost: $105 for a 3-day package, single day passes also available.

Sparkle – 13th 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 7-9
Where: Manchester, UK
Cost: FREE

Gender Odyssey Seattle – 16th 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 24-27
Where: Seattle, WA
Cost: Early Bird $150-$280 sliding scale, scholarships available.

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.

When: September 2-3
Where: Bern, Switzerland
Cost: TBA

Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference – 15th 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: Sept 7-9
Where: Philadelphia, PA
Cost: FREE

Genderfest
Genderfest is a conference not only about the intersectionality of gender, but also about growth, learning about the different ways gender is explored and expressed, and navigating through the gender journey.

When: September 7-10
Where: Las Vegas, NV
Cost: $50 (students); $75 (regular).

Southern Comfort Conference – 27th 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 14-16
Where: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Cost: TBA

Trans-Inter-Aktiv
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.

When: September 22
Where: Magdeburg, Germany
Cost: TBA

Trans Fitness Conference
Gearing up for its 4th 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 4th annual bodybuilding competition!

When: October 5-7
Where: Atlanta, GA
Cost: $125 Early Bird; $165 Regular.

Gender Infinity – 7th 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: October 13-14
Where: Houston, TX
Cost: TBA

Translating Identities Conference – 14th 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!

When: October 14
Where: Burlington, VT
Cost: FREE

Fantasia Fair – 42st 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 notable trans men have presented at Fantasia Fair, including Jamison Green, Ethan St. Pierre, Stephen Whittle, Hawk Stone, Tony Ferraiolo and Dru Levasseur.

When: October 15-22
Where: Provincetown, MA
Cost: $390-$650

Virginia TIES
Produced by Equality Virginia, TIES is a conference for trans people, allies and providers. This year’s event includes a name and gender marker change clinic, free mental health appointments, workshops and evening events.

When: October 21
Where: Richmond, VA
Cost: TBA

Transgender Spectrum Conference – 4th Annual!
Initiated by the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2014, the conference brings together a wide range of people interested in celebrating the lives of transgender people in the St. Louis area and beyond. Our goal is to create dialog, to educate ourselves and our community, and to improve the lives of all gender variant people.

When: November 3-4
Where: St. Louis, MO
Cost: TBA

2017 Conferences – Dates To Be Announced

Texas Transgender NonDiscrimination Summit – 9th 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: TBA, usually July
Where: Dallas, TX
Cost: TBA

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: TBA, usually November
Where: Atlanta, GA
Cost: TBA

Genderevolution – 9th Annual!
TransAction’s annual gender conference is the pinnacle event of a month full of trans-awareness events in Salt Lake City.

When: TBA, usually November
Where: Salt Lake City, UT
Cost: TBA

National Trans Health Conference – 5th Annual!
The three day event in downtown Atlanta will be filled with workshops on advocacy, health, legal, social and mental health.

When: TBA, usually November
Where: Atlanta, GA
Cost: TBA

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.

When: July
Where: Cambridge, MA
Cost: FREE

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.

When: August
Where: Chicago, IL
Cost: TBA

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.

When: October
Where: Missoula, MT

Trans* Wellness Conference – 6th 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.

When: October
Where: Buffalo, NY
Cost: FREE

Your True Gender
Entering its 3rd 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
Where: San Luis Obispo, CA
Cost: TBA

Transcending Boundaries
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.

When: November
Where: Springfield, MA
Cost: TBA

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Last updated: 04/08/17

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