2012 Trans Conference Guide

2012 Trans Conference GuideTrans Conferences offer a great opportunity to learn, share and network, stretching your knowledge and understanding of our diverse experiences as transgender men. They’re often an excellent place to get free consultations with SRS surgeons and perhaps most importantly, “face time” with valued mentors and long distance friends.

Each year, the trans conference circuit is packed with high quality events and 2012 is no exception.  Below you’ll find details about the year’s upcoming conferences that offer programming for trans men.

Which conferences will YOU be attending?

Conferences at a Glance

Conference Name Location Dates
First Event Boston, MA Jan 18-22, 2012
Cirugía de Reconstrucción Genital Madrid, Spain Feb 17, 2012
Trans*Studies Conference Ontario, CA, USA Mar 2-4, 2012
TRANSforming Gender Symposium Boulder, CO Mar 9-11, 2012
Colorado Gold Rush Denver, CO Mar 22-25, 2012
The Keystone Conference Harrisburg, PA March 28-31, 2012
Black Transmen Advocacy Conference Dallas, TX March 29-April 1, 2012
The Empire Conference Albany, NY April 12-14, 2012
Transgender Lives: The Intersection of Health and Law Conference Farmington, CT April 28, 2012
OSISA Trans & Intersex Conference Windhoek, Namibia May 8-10, 2012
CIRCLES Transgender Conference & Retreat Warner Springs, CA May 11-13, 2012
Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference Philadelphia, PA May 31-June 2, 2012
Be-All Chicago, IL May 31-June 5, 2012
Trans Community Conference London, EN July 13, 2012
Gender Odyssey Seattle, WA Aug 2-5, 2012
Trans Health Advocacy Summit London, ON, CA Aug 10-12, 2012
TransFaith In Color Conference Charlotte, NC Aug 17-19, 2012
Southeastern Trans Health Summit Asheville, NC Aug 23-25, 2012
Queensland Transgender, Sistergirl, and Gender Diverse Conference Cairns, QLD, Australia Aug 24-25, 2012
The 4th European Transgender Council Dublin, Ireland Sept 7-9, 2012
Parents of Trans Youth Summit Cambridge, MA Sept 16, 2012
CPATH 2012 Winnipeg, MB, CA Sept 20-23, 2012
Southern Comfort Conference Atlanta, GA Sept 22-27, 2012
Translating Identities Conference (TIC) Burlington, VT Oct 13, 2012
Fantasia Fair Provincetown, MA Oct 14-21, 2012
Transcending Boundaries Springfield, MA Oct 26-28, 2012
Transgender Religious Leaders Summit Berkeley, CA Nov 1-3, 2012
Transgender Leadership Summit Berkeley, CA Nov 9, 2012
Transgender Conference: Outside the Lines Pomona, CA Nov 9, 2012


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!

2012 Confirmed Conferences

First Event – 32nd Annual!
First Event is one of the largest transgender conferences, welcoming everyone from the transgender community and our supporters: crossdressers, transsexuals, intersex individuals, M2Fs, F2Ms, and their significant others are all welcome. The 2012 conference has been completely revamped and promises to be an exciting, memorable and FUN time!

When: January 18-22, 2012
Where: Boston, Massachussetts
Cost: $20-$40 single day passes, $200-$250 complete conference packages, early bird discount available, SO’s get 50% off.

Cirugía de Reconstrucción GenitalCirugía de Reconstrucción Genital
This seminar event on FTM genital reconstruction procedures will be taught by Dr. Jesus Lago.

When: February 17, 2012
Where: Madrid, Spain
Cost: Free?

Trans*Studies Conference
This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to examine and explore trans* spectrum studies and activisms of all kinds. Join us as we critically explore: trans* identity, practice, communities and embodiment, etc. in contexts of race, class, (in)accessibility, health, citizenship, higher education, and rights within: legal, activist, medical, anthropological, sociological, psychological, artistic, cinematic, literary, linguistic, moral, social, (geo) political, philosophical, and religious dimensions, among others. Also on the way is a special track covering trans law, with the intention of making Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit available to attorneys.

When: March 2-4, 2012
Where: University of La Verne College of Law, Ontario, California
Cost: $10 – $175, member / non-member and sliding scale pricing

TRANSforming Gender Symposium – 6th Annual!
Sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies program and the GLBTQ Resource Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the TRANSforming Gender Symposium was founded in 2006 to create a space where the campus and wider community could learn about transgender and intersex identities and issues. The symposium has hosted numerous nationally and internationally known transgender and allied speakers, creating provoking dialogues throughout the community and furthering discussions throughout the year.

When: March 9 – 11, 2012
Where: Boulder, CO
Cost: FREE registration

Colorado Gold Rush
Hosted by the Gender Identity Center of Colorado, Gold Rush features three days of workshops covering a wide array of topics of interest for trans identified folks, plus a clinical track for students and providers.

When: March 22 – 25, 2012
Where: Denver, Colorado
Cost: 2012 pricing not yet available. 2011: $40-$80 for workshops only, $270-$350 for conference packages, early bird discount available.

The Keystone Conference
The 4th Annual Keystone Conference will be hosted by TransCentralPA. This year’s event  is a celebration of the unique diversity of gender and our central and unifying place in society. Attendees will find meaningful workshop and seminar programming, and numerous social functions. Last year’s programming included significantly expanded trans masculine and youth programs, and we expect Keystone will continue this trend in 2012. Also, Continuing Education credits will be offered for select workshops.

When: March 28-31, 2012
Where: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Cost: $45 – $90 conference-only packages, $85 – $210 full conference packages, early bird discount available.

1st Annual Black Transmen Advocacy Conference – NEW!
This new conference is dedicated to increasing the value of the human experience and the transformation of men into catalyst for social, political and economic change. This is our time to meet, unite, discuss, learn and celebrate. Plan for an event of a life time for couples, youth, singles, families and allies to trans men and the SLGBTQIH community.

When: March 29 – April 1, 2012
Where: Dallas, TX
Cost: FREE to registered guests with photo ID

The Empire Conference
Put on by TransEvents USA, the Empire Conference serves those who identify as transgender, crossdresser, transsexual, transvestite, FTM, MTF, SOFFAs, providers, students and educators. The conference provides informative workshops and skill sharing sessions. TRANSGENERATIONS is the conference theme for 2012, and many new programs and workshops will be of special interest to trans youth and trans seniors. Other highlights include networking and socializing, a health fair, special outings and entertainment.

When: April 12 – 14, 2012
Where: Albany, New York
Cost: $50 single day passes, $250-$350 conference passes, early bird discount available.

OSISA Trans & Intersex Conference
Funded by Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), this groundbreaking conference is a collaborative effort between African advocacy groups and will bring together trans and intersex delegates from Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Botswana. The agenda for the conference is health and human rights. The gathering will provide the opportunity to share knowledge of health, legal and other services available in each of the participating countries. Additionally, delegates will examine opportunities for strategic collaboration between advocacy organizations in southern Africa.

When: May 8-10, 2012
Where: Hotel Thule, Windhoek, Namibia
Cost: unknown

CIRCLES Transgender Conference & Retreat
CIRCLES is a small gathering of usually no more than 15 to 25 participants. Part conference, part retreat, CIRCLES offers safe space for trans women and men and allies, and time to relax and explore the deep issues of gender, identity, and living at choice. The informal atmosphere is complimented by the beautiful land at Manzanita Village. The schedule is co-created in part by the participants. Anyone who would like to can facilitate a workshop or lead a discussion. You don’t have to be an expert. Highlights include workshops and discussion groups, accommodation and fine vegetarian, mostly organic meals, an atmosphere of safety, confidentiality, and ease, and time for relaxation, sauna, naps, walks in the surrounding hills.

When: April 15-17, 2011
Where: Warner Springs, California
Cost: $250 – $395 sliding scale

Transgender Lives: The Intersection of Health and Law Conference
This all day conference is geared towards providers, medical and legal professionals, trans and gender non-conforming community, allies and all those interested in the health and law issues facing the trans and gender non-conforming communities.

When: April 28, 2012
Where: Farmington, Connecticut
Cost: 2012 pricing not yet available. 2011: $25, “no one turned away” policy.

Be-All – 30th Annual, 11th in Chicago!
Be-All is an empowering conference featuring entertainment, excursions, a vendor fair, and over 50 professional seminars. Everyone’s welcome: crossdressers, transsexuals, transgender, MTF, FTM, and SOFFAs. Note: Trans male specific programming is light.

When: May 29 – June 2, 2012
Where: Chicago, Illinois
Cost: 2012 pricing not yet available. 2011: $100-$345, early bird discount available

Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference – 11th Annual!
The PTHC focuses on the specific issues, needs, and experiences of trans-identified individuals with regard to the health of body, mind, spirit, and community. Everyone concerned about these issues is welcome to attend, including but not limited to: members of the transgender and gender-variant communities, partners, family members, allies, and service providers. Attendance has grown exponentially in recent years and programming has greatly expanded.  The 2011 conference offered over 185 workshops and over 30 additional activities during the three day event.

When: May 31 – June 2, 2011
Where: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Cost: FREE

Trans Community Conference
A one-day gathering put on by Gendered Intelligence featuring a series of workshops for members of the trans community from across the UK, and professionals who work with the trans community. The trans community includes family members, partners and lovers and friends and allies. In the run up to the Olympics and to recognise the achievements of the Sports Charter and Charter for Action, this year’s Trans Conference is themed around sports, movement and physical education.

When: July 13, 2012
Where: Central School of Speech & Drama, Eton Avenue, London, EN
Cost: ?

Gender Odyssey – 11th Annual!
Gender Odyssey 2012Gender 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. Exclusive programming for POC, teens, genderqueer, partners and more.

The 2012 Gender Odyssey conference will feature: Janet Mock, Associate Editor of PEOPLE.com, writer and advocate, who publicly stepped forward as a trans woman last spring in Marie Claire; and back by popular demand, Gene Tagaban, noted Tlingit storyteller and actor, sharing his wisdom and talent via dance, native flute and storytelling.

Gender Odyssey also produces two concurrent events: Gender Odyssey Family, for families raising gender variant and transgender children; and the Gender Odyssey Pro 1-day event for providers.

When: August 2-5, 2012
Where: Seattle, Washington
Cost: $135-$255 sliding scale, early bird discount available. Register Now or Submit a Workshop.

Trans Health Advocacy Summit
The goal of the summit is to provide trans community change-makers, activists and allies living in Ontario with opportunities to learn, share and gain new ideas, and support for their ongoing work.

When: August 10-12, 2012
Where: Western University, London, ON, Canada
Cost: $275 CAD, includes accommodation, food, registration. SOLD OUT.

TransFaith In Color Conference
The TransFaith In Color Conference is designed to provide a space where transgender people of various faith, racial, ethnic and social backgrounds can gather to build upon the already great work being done within the transgender and ally community.

When: August 17 – 19, 2012
Where: Charlotte, NC
Cost: FREE with registration

Southeastern Transgender Health Summit
This conference plans to offer a providers’ track, with workshops for trans health care providers, human resource directors and support staff, and a community day with workshops for the transgender community on aging, legal issues, community building, event coordinating, safe sex and empowerment.

When: August 23 – 25, 2012
Where: Asheville, NC
Cost: Pricing not yet available.

Queensland Transgender, Sistergirl, and Gender Diverse Conference
This conference is for community members and people providing transgender care including General Practice, mental health, surgery, specialist medicine, nursing, speech therapy, and Non Government Organisations: strengthening trans, sistergirl and gender diverse people and communities improving referral pathways, guidelines and clinical networks progressing our knowledge, and progressing trans health and well being.

When: August 24-25, 2012
Where: Rydges Esplanade Resort, Cairns, QLD, Australia
Cost: $82.50 – $330 AUD

The 4th European Transgender Council
The Council is the largest European forum for transgender rights and activism. Organized by Transgender Europe (TGEU) and a local host organization every second year, the conference attracts trans activists, policy makers, allies and supporters from across Europe. With over 200 delegates, first class key note speakers and panelists, ample workshops and a diverse cultural programme, the Council sets the agenda for European trans politics and celebrates Europe’s lively trans community.

When: September 7 – 9, 2012
Where: Dublin City University, Ireland
Cost: 2012 pricing not yet available.

Trans Youth Summit & Parents of Trans Youth Summit
For youth 24 and under from Massachusetts/New England that identify with, or could fall under, the label ‘transgender’ or youth who are in some way connected to the transgender youth community, such as partners/friends, to meet and connect with other transgender and gender variant youth. At the summit, youth will have the opportunity to share ideas, learn about their legal rights, learn about the larger transgender community, participate in workshops and fun activities. There will be a separate track with a full day of programming for parents and/or guardians of transgender and/or gender questioning youth. Parents/Guardians activities include such areas as: addressing legal issues and advocating for your child, health care with Dr. Ralph Vetters of Sidney Borum Jr. Health Center, and time for networking and guided support groups.

When: September 16, 2012
Where:  Microsoft New England Research & Development Center, Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA, USA
Cost: Free?

CPATH 2012
“Shifting Paradigms : Breaking with Pathology, Affirming Gender Diversity” is a two-day national conference preceded by a two-day pre-conference clinical training. The event is an ideal opportunity for professionals from various field to come together to share knowledge with a common goal of increasing access to health care for individuals with gender variant identities. The conference promises to bring exciting and relevant learning and exchange opportunities to anyone interested in the health of transgender persons in Canada.

When: September 20-23, 2012
Where: Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Cost: $135 – $275 CAD

Southern Comfort Conference – 22nd Annual!
SCC is a “top shelf” conference with a seminar schedule that reflects Southern Comfort’s commitment to serve the diverse needs of the transgender community. Topics include basic information for the newbie, the newly-out, as well as the transitioned, plus detailed legal, medical and political presentations; informative sessions on family relationships, sexuality and spirituality; and tips on makeup, presenting, and much more. Other highlights include entertainment, provocative speakers, lunches, dinners and social evenings, and plenty of options for shopping, dining, and entertainment in downtown Atlanta.

When: September 22 – 27, 2012
Where: Atlanta, Georgia
Cost: Pricing not yet available. 2011: $110 – $230 day passes, $250-$335 conference passes, early bird discount available.

Translating Identities Conference11th Annual!
TIC explores a wide array of topics in discourses regarding gender and transgender identities, expressions, communities, and intersections. A one-day, free event held in October in Burlington, VT, 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.

When: October 13, 2012
Where: University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
Cost: FREE

Fantasia Fair – 37th Annual!
A week-long transgender event that’s part conference, part social gathering. There are workshops, keynote speakers and special events each evening. (Light on trans masculine programming.)

When: October 14-21, 2012
Where: Provincetown, Massachusetts
Cost: $295-$650, early bird discounts available.

Transcending Boundaries
An annual community conference celebrating the diversity of gender, sex, sexuality and relationships. This year’s event will be an open forum for people of all genders, sexual orientations and relationship statuses to teach, learn, debate and discuss the civics, issues, concerns and joys of these elements of our identities.  This is an immersive weekend of networking, education, entertainment and social time. The theme of the 2012 conference is “Bringing Us All Together”.  We will focus on how to celebrate the different communities while finding our common ground.

When: October 26 – 28, 2012
Where: Springfield, Massachusetts
Cost: $54-74 early bird pricing

Transgender Religious Leaders Summit
TRLS is an ecumenical meeting of faith leaders who identify as transgender, gender-queer and inter-sexed, and their allies. It is also an opportunity to connect with leaders of all faith communities and, through sharing, to celebrate our common heritage while learning to appreciate and respect our differences.

When: November 1-3, 2012
Where: Pacific School of Religion, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, Berkeley, CA, USA
Cost: $25 – $75

These events and more are listed on the TransGuys Events Calendar. Subscribe to the Events RSS feed to be notified of new conferences and events for trans men.

Transgender Leadership Summit
Produced by the Transgender Law Center, the Leadership Summit has become a major annual event for identifying and building transgender community leaders is the US. Attendees participated in workshops to learn skills to be effective activists, including how to facilitate public policy change, encourage economic development, educate the media, conduct budget advocacy, and build local capacity.

When: November 9, 2012
Where: UC Berkeley, CA, USA
Cost: $10 – $50

2012 Transgender Conference: Outside the Lines
Strengthening Transgender Health & Resilience

The Transgender Task Force of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is made up of a team of professionals working to raise awareness of difficulties trans-identified individuals face. The conference will look at ways mental health professionals and university faculty and staff can improve service delivery to this population.

The 2012 Transgender Conference: Outside the Lines is open to everyone. Health professionals, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, administrators, academic faculty and staff, college students, community mental health partners, as well as friends and allies of the transgender community are especially invited to attend.

When: November 9, 2012
Where: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA (greater Los Angeles area)
Cost: Free for Cal Poly Pomona students, $10 – $50. 5 CEs avail. for Professionals.

2012 Trans Conference Map

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Trans Conferences with 2012 Dates TBD

These are trans conferences that were produced in 2011 but details about 2012 events were unavailable at the time of publication.

Transforming Health and Wellness Conference
MaineTransNet hosted this conference in 2011, designed to raise awareness about health and wellness-related needs of the transgender community, and to address how the many areas of life that affect wellness may be influenced by gender non-conforming experiences. The conference included workshops geared towards medical and mental health professionals as well as the transgender/genderqueer/gender-fluid community.

National Transgender Health Summit
An event previously held in April in San Francisco, CA for health care providers and health profession students interested in improving health care for transgender people. Programming included expert plenary sessions, workshops, films, and networking opportunities.

TransOhio Transgender & Ally Conference
The TransOhio conference was produced in Columbus in August 2011 and featured 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.

Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Summit
This summit held in August 2011 in Houston was for those 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. The summit sought to find means to this end through discussion of divergent and respective strategies in regard to the inevitable barriers that always arise.

Minnesota Trans Health and Wellness Conference
This 2-day event held in September 2011 in Minneapolis offered programming for trans and gender non-conforming individuals and community, including partners, family, friends and allies, plus free health screenings, films, surgery consultations, a resource fair, and more. Workshops for  health professionals, social workers, and students were also offered, with Certificates of Attendance available for providers to self submit for continuing education credits.

TransForm Community
TransForm events are produced by TransMentors and held in various cities across the nation to educate and raise awareness within the gay, lesbian, and bisexual community and the broader public on the transgender community, and to encourage unity as we continue to fight for LGBT equality. 2011 events were held in Arizona, Florida and Oregon.

Trans Health and Advocacy Conference
The conference held in Cape Town, South Africa sought to educate health care professionals on service provision to TG people; and to explore indigenous knowledge and communication in relation to TG persons. Tracks included: Indigenous knowledge, access to health, sexual and reproductive health issues and HIV. Last held in November 2011.

Trans-Unity Pride
The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s annual free celebration for transgender, transsexual, gender-queer and cross-dressing individuals and those who love them. Includes an art exhibit; workshops; march; and the Siren Awards to honor the work of transgender individuals, organizations and allies.

Also see: The 2011 Trans Conference Guide includes more historical conference information.

Help Expand Our International Content!

Do you know of other conferences for transgender, transsexual, genderqueer and gender variant folks, particularly international events and those with a focus on the trans masculine spectrum? Please add them in the comments area below!


  • Richard says:

    The 4th European Transgender Council will be held in Dublin, 7-9 September 2012 at Dublin City University, Ireland.

    The Council is the largest European forum for transgender rights and activism. Organized by Transgender Europe (TGEU) and a local host organization every second year, the conference attracts trans activists, policy makers, allies and supporters from across Europe. With over 200 delegates, first class key note speakers and panelists, ample workshops and a diverse cultural programme, the Council sets the agenda for European trans politics and celebrates Europe’s lively trans community.

    Registration details and scholarship information for the Council will be made available in the coming weeks at http://www.tgeu.org/council2012


    Contact TENI on +353 1 8733575 or email news@teni.ie.
    TENI Director Broden Giambrone is available for interview and can be contacted on
    +353 87 1359816.

    Contact TGEU Secretary Maria Sundin by email secretary@tgeu.org for more information and interview.

  • Joshua says:

    Excellent, thank you so much Richard! I updated the guide to include this most important event.

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