2016 Trans Conference Guide

Transgender Conferences

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

Conference Name Location Dates
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
Gender Camp Medford, OR Aug 9-15
International Transgender Studies Conference Tucson, AZ Sept 7-10
Genderfest Las Vegas, NV Sept 8-10
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 5
National Trans Health Conference Atlanta, GA Nov 17-19

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!

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
Cost: TBA

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
Cost: FREE

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
Cost: TBA

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
Cost: TBA

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
Cost: TBA

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
Cost: TBD

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
Cost: FREE

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
Cost: FREE

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
Cost: TBD

Texas Transgender NonDiscrimination Summit8th 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
Cost: TBD

Gender Odyssey – 15th Annual!
go2016_180x150_joinusGender 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.

Gender Camp – NEW!
Focused on the nuanced needs and interests of transgender and gender diverse people in the context of exploring intimacy, personal growth, transparency, radical honesty, equality, compassion, sexual freedom, and the power of community. The programming is designed to support participants in reevaluating assumptions, considering new possibilities, stretching boundaries, and supporting the exploration of new territory within interpersonal relationships at an individual pace.

When: August 9-15
Where: Near Medford, OR
Cost: $400-$800 sliding scale; scholarships and work trades 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
Cost: TBA

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 8-10
Where: Las Vegas, NV
Cost: $50 (students); $75 (regular).

Transmission Retreat
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
Cost: TBA

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
Cost: TBA

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
Cost: $100-$250

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
Cost: $390-$600

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
Cost: TBA

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 5
Where: Salt Lake City, UT
Cost: TBA

National Trans Health Conference – 4th Annual!
The three day event in downtown Atlanta will be filled with workshops on advocacy, health, legal, social and mental health.

When: November 17-19
Where: Atlanta, GA
Cost: $200-$300

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.

When: TBA
Where: TBA
Cost: TBA

TRANS*forming Communities
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.

When: March
Where: CSU, Chico, CA
Cost: TBA

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
Cost: TBA

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.

When: May
Where: Madison, WI
Cost: TBA

Trans Studies Now Conference
Presented by the Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies (SCCS), in conjunction with the Brighton and Sussex Sexualities Network (BSSN).

When: June
Where: Brighton, UK
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

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.

When: July
Where: Indianapolis, IN
Cost: TBD

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

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: August
Where: Weimar, DE
Cost: TBA

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.

When: September
Where: Hamburg, DE
Cost: TBA

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
Where: Bern, CH
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
Cost: TBA

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!

When: October
Where: Burlington, VT
Cost: FREE

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.

When: October
Where: Buffalo, NY
Cost: FREE

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
Cost: TBD

Transcending Boundaries
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.

When: November
Where: Springfield, MA
Cost: TBA

2016 Trans Conference Map

Put this map on your website or blog.

Last updated: 07/06/16

Help Expand Our International Content!

Do you know of other conferences for trans men, particularly international events? Please add them in the comments area below!


  • Roni Keener says:

    Hello there, my name is Roni Keener Founder & CEO of
    Tran’s Hope United Network.
    We’re holding our Annual Transgender Equality For Life convention in Winston Salem NC @ Spring Hills Marriott Inn & Suites July 11th- 16th 2016
    I would like to advertise my organization and convention and sign up for your magazine,
    Sincerely Roni Keener
    Founder and CEO of Tran’s Hope United Network.

  • Lance Moore says:

    The South Bay Trans Day of Visibility will be held on April 2nd at the Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center. Full day of workshops, show at the night. Social space, New trans films, video games and much more.

  • Thank you for the info, Roni & Lance. Events added!

  • Moriko Betz says:

    How can we get our conference onto this fabulous list? http://www.genderconferenceeast.org

  • Thank you, Moriko, I’ve heard of GCE! This list is specifically for conferences that have programming for transgender men. Is the 2016 conference expanding programming to include this?

  • John says:

    Hi I’m john ftm from Philippines, but I’m here now in dubai.. Hope I can keep in touch with u guys..I want to adopt defferent kind of ideas and have new transmen friends..

  • The 2016 dates for the 26th annual Southern Comfort Conference were set months ago (announced at the 25th annual conference,actually). They are September 26 through October 1, 2016 at the Bonaventure Resort and Country Club in Westin (Ft. Lauderdale metro area), Florida. Thank you.

  • Mol Thompson says:

    Can you add the first ever Gender Camp? August 9-15 in Southern Oregon


  • Lance Moore says:

    Hi. Thanks for listing Transmission. Can you fix the link text?it should be https://geared4transmission.org. the site is very updated. ☺

    Lance Moore

  • Dallas Rivas says:

    Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, our 8th annual Genderevolution conference will be on November 12, 2016. Log onto our website soon to get more details.

    This is an event sponsored by The Utah Pride Center

  • Doug Anthony says:

    The 4th annual National Trans Health Conference will be held on November 17-19, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel in beautiful downtown Atlanta. The event is hosted by Someone Cares Inc. a non-profit 501 (c) (3) community base organization that’s celebrating their 20th anniversary of serving, advocating and being a voice to our Trans brothers and sisters. The three day event will be filled with workshops on advocacy, health, legal, social and mental health. Sponsors include, Gilead Sciences, DAVID Magazine, GA Voice, Janssen Therapeutics and many others. Registration portal is open at http://www.s1catl.org.

  • Andy R. says:

    The Genderevolution Conference in Salt Lake City, UT has been moved to Saturday, November 5th, 2016! Our website is being revamped for the 2016 conference, so stay tuned for more information :).


  • Tommy Gomez says:


    I would like to add TransCon to this list at it is a free two-day conference held in Miami. You can read more at TransCon.Miami.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *