2013 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 2013 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 January 23-27
Cirugía de Reconstrucción Genital Madrid, Spain Feb 22
Colorado Gold Rush Denver, CO Feb 22-24
Trans* Health Matters London, UK March 12
Black Transmen Advocacy Conference Dallas, TX March 13-17
TRANSforming Gender Symposium Boulder, CO Mar 15-16
The Keystone Conference Harrisburg, PA March 28-31
Transecting Society Durham, NH April 5-6
The Empire Conference Albany, NY April 25-27
TransOhio Trans & Ally Symposium Columbus, OH April 26-28
Transgender Lives: The Intersection of Health and Law Conference Farmington, CT April 27
National Transgender Health Summit Oakland, CA May 17-18
Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference Philadelphia, PA June 13-15
Recognising Diversity? Gender and Sexual Equalities In Principle and Practice Leeds, UK June 20
Trans Youth Summit & Parents of Trans Youth Summit Cambridge, MA July 13
Texas Transgender NonDiscrimination Summit Houston, TX July 19-20
Gender Odyssey Seattle, WA Aug 1-4
Southern Comfort Conference Atlanta, GA Sept 4-8
TransKansas Conference Lawrence, KS Sept 6-8
Minnesota Trans Health Conference St. Paul, MN Oct 11-13
Trans* Wellness Conference Buffalo, NY Oct 18
Genderevolution Salt Lake City, UT Nov 16
Trans* Wellness & Wellbeing Conference Los Angeles, CA Nov 16
Gendered Intelligence – Trans Community Conference London, UK TBA


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!

2013 Confirmed Conferences

First Event – 33rd 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.

When: January 23-27, 2013
Where: Boston, MA
Cost: $40 single day passes, $210-$250 complete conference packages.

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

When: February 22, 2013
Where: Madrid, Spain
Cost: Free?

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: Feburary 22-24, 2013
Where: Denver, Colorado
Cost: ?

Trans* Health Matters
This conference will provide a trans* voice into the health debate and offer practical solutions for trans* engagement and strategic inclusion in the health and social care sectors.

When: March 12, 2013
Where: London, UK
Cost: FREE?, travel bursaries available.

Black Transmen Advocacy Conference
Now in its 2nd year, the Black Transmen Advocacy Conference is dedicated to increasing the value of the human experience and the transformation of men into catalyst for social, political and economic change. Meet, unite, discuss, learn and celebrate. This year’s theme: The Power of You.

When: March 13-17, 2013
Where: Dallas, TX
Cost: FREE to registered guests with photo ID

TRANSforming Gender Symposium – 7th Annual!
Sponsored by the Women and Gender Studies program and the GLBTQ Resource Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the symposium hosts national and local transgender and genderqueer activists to address issues surrounding transgender, genderqueer and related identities. Previous presenters and participants have included academics, health professionals, community organizers, performance and visual artists, students, faculty, staff, youth, family members, community members and other interested folks.

When: March 15-16, 2013
Where: Boulder, CO
Cost: FREE registration

The Keystone Conference – 5th Annual!
Hosted by TransCentralPA,  Keystone features meaningful workshop and seminar programming, plus numerous social functions. Recent years have seen  significantly expanded trans masculine and youth programming. Continuing Education credits will be offered for select workshops.

When: March 16-17, 2013
Where: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Cost: ?

Transecting Society
This 2-day symposium is dedicated to exploring controversial political topics related to trans* lives in contemporary U.S. All interested in rendering visible the oppression and agency of trans* people and in envisioning the advancement of our civil rights, human rights, and collective liberation are welcome.

When: April 5-6, 2013
Where: Durham, NH
Cost: ?

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. Other highlights include networking and socializing, a health fair, special outings and entertainment.

When: April 25-27, 2013
Where: Albany, New York
Cost: ?

TransOhio Trans & Ally Symposium
More than 70 workshops covering a variety of topics including: health & safety, sex & sexuality, partners, spouses & family, legal issues & employment,  religion & spirituality, education & advocacy, culture, media & arts. Sessions for providers will be offered on the 26th.

When: April 26-28, 2013
Where: Columbus, OH
Cost: 1-Day passes $55, full conference packages from $135. Early bird discounts and scholarships available.

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 27, 2012
Where: Farmington, Connecticut
Cost: $25-$50

National Transgender Health Summit
The NTHS aims to provide a multidisciplinary program presenting cutting edge research in transgender health and evidence-based clinical training curricula for healthcare providers of all backgrounds. CEUs, CMEs, and UCSF course credit offered.

When: May 17-18, 2013
Where: Oakland, CA
Cost: ?

Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference – 12th 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.

When: June 13-15, 2013
Where: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Cost: FREE

Recognising Diversity? Gender and Sexual Equalities In Principle and Practice
This 2 day conference seeks to bring academics working around equalities and diversities together with policy makers, activists, journalists, artists, and campaigning/support organisations to explore the significance of recent UK cultural, social, political, legal, and policy shifts which address gender and sexuality. The conference will centre the importance of dialogue both across academic disciplines and between academic and non-academic members and user group communities.

When: June 20, 2013
Where: Leeds, UK
Cost: £25-£150

Trans Youth Summit & Parents of Trans Youth Summit
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, and time for networking and guided support groups.

When: July 13, 2013
Where: Cambridge, MA
Cost: FREE

Texas Transgender NonDiscrimination Summit5th 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 19-20, 2013
Where: Houston, TX
Cost: By Donation

Gender Odyssey – 12th Annual!
Gender Odyssey 2013Gender 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. Gender Odyssey also produces two concurrent events: Gender Odyssey Family, for families raising gender variant and transgender children; and the Gender Odyssey Professional Seminar for providers.

When: August 1-4, 2013
Where: Seattle, WA
Cost: $145-$280 sliding scale, early bird discount available.

Southern Comfort Conference – 23nd Annual!
Workshop 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 4-8, 2013
Where: Atlanta, GA
Cost: $190-$365

TransKansas Conference
The first ever transgender conference in Kansas! The event will include a Friday night welcome meeting, multiple programming tracks on Saturday, Keynote & Banquet featuring Nathan Phelps, and a closing session on Sunday.

When: September 6-8
Where: Lawrence, KS
Cost: $20-$45

Minnesota Trans Health Conference
This year’s theme is “A Bridge to Access: Providers and Community Together,”  is about invoking and addressing a wide range of topics around access to health, health care, and daily life needs as they relate to trans and gender non-conforming people. MTHC encourages a wide range of topics in regards to gender identity, race, ethnicity, gender role, family make-up, sexual orientation, ability, culture, and class.

When: October 11-13, 2013
Where: St. Paul, MN
Cost: ?

Trans* Wellness Conference
The 2nd Annual TWC focuses on the health needs of transgender and genderqueer people. Registration is free! The Conference has something for everyone, whether you identify as trans*, an ally, or as a medical / social service professional.

When: October 18, 2013
Where: Buffalo, NY
Cost: FREE

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.

TransAction’s annual gender conference is the pinnacle event of a month full of trans-awareness events in Salt Lake City. This year’s theme is Community Building Community.

When: November 16, 2013
Where: Salt Lake City, UT
Cost: $25

Trans* Wellness & Wellbeing Conference
This new annual conference was founded by people of transgender experience for people of transgender experience and allies, with the goal of presenting workshops that speak to the wellness and the wellbeing of our community.

When: November 16, 2013
Where: Los Angeles, CA
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.

When: TBD
Where: Central School of Speech & Drama, Eton Avenue, London, UK
Cost: ?

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Last updated: October 30, 2013

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