Win a Free Pass to Gender Odyssey 2011!

UPDATE, 12/17/10: This contest is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Zack! and Gender Odyssey have teamed up to offer this special giveaway in conjunction with the inaugural TransGuys Community Awards.

Everyone who votes in the TCAs is invited to enter to win a free pass to the 2011 Gender Odyssey Conference! Valued at $195 USD. Your conference pass includes access to three full days of workshops, films and presentations, an all-conference BBQ, special receptions, performances, vendor fair and numerous other events.

Gender Odyssey is a conference for those interested in the thoughtful exploration of gender. Packed with presentations, workshops, discussion groups, and social events, this one-of-a-kind annual gathering attracts people from all over the world. The 10th Gender Odyssey promises to be an uplifting, enlightening and exciting weekend of skill sharing and community. Don’t miss out! Aug 5-7, 2011, Seattle, WA, USA.

How to Enter

It’s easy! Register your TCA votes, then return to this page and leave a comment below. Tell us what you think about the Awards, or tell us why you’d like to go to Gender Odyssey. We’ll do a random draw and announce the contest winner alongside the TCA winners in the Best of 2010 feature article coming out on December 14.

What if I win, but I can’t attend the conference? Sorry you can’t make it! You can transfer your pass to someone you know, or you can donate your pass to the Gender Odyssey scholarship fund. We can provide further details.

Contest Rules
Contest Deadline: December 10, 2010. Drawing will be held on December 14, 2010.
Prizes: One (1) winner will each receive one (1) full conference pass to Gender Odyssey 2011. Conference pass only—does not include travel or other expenses.
Eligibility: Entries much be received between 11:00 a.m. PST on November 22, 2010 and 11:59:59 p.m. PST December 10, 2010 (”Contest Period”). Only one (1) entry per person/email address; entries with duplicate email addresses or multiple entries using different email addresses for a single individual will count as one entry.
Selection of Winner: Winner will be randomly selected by on or about December 14, 2010 (from among eligible entries submitted during the Contest Period). Winner will be notified by e-mail on or about December 14, 2010. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.


  • Daniel Borysewicz says:

    I’ve been to Gender Odyssey once before and loved it. I am doing work within the trans-community. As a cis-gendered man, I feel called to speak out for transgender acceptance and equality.

  • Lincoln says:

    I would love to go to Gender Odyssey. I co-facilitate a support group for trans guys and think it would be great to attend the conference so I could bring back the experience to the group members, and also promote the group there.

  • I’m just a guy transitioning a bit late in life at 50, living with very limited resources on a medical pension.

    I think the Transguys Community Achievement Awards are a boon to the community and help to spread the word about community services and the folks who make them happen. Kudos to you for putting the work into the awards.

    A trip to Gender Odyssey would be a great experience for me and my cis male partner.

  • Joshua I says:

    I think the TCA awards are a fantastic idea, there are many Trans guys out there doing a lot of good for others and it is about time they get some recognition for it.
    I’ve never been to Gender Odyssey before, but I am dying to go. Living in the UK it soon adds up looking at flights, hotel and conference prices as well as spending money and it breaks my heart and hurts my wallet knowing I can’t afford to make it to all the conferences over in the US that here in the UK lack seriously in. My goal is to make it to at least one of the conferences next year and receiving a pass would definitely help my funding towards it.

  • Li says:

    The TCA awards introduced me to a few blogs that I’ve never heard of and may find interesting. Getting the word out about resources to guys who don’t have them is a good thing. So then the TCA awards seem like a decent tool to help publicize quality community resources. Plus I’ve never been to Gender Odyssey which got me to vote in the first place.

  • sam says:

    i attended gender odyssey in 2009 and it was hands-down one of the most fantastic experiences of my life. being surrounded by so many trans and gender-non-conforming folks was so amazingly special and unique. i would love to be able to attend again but being a graduate student i have very limited funds. thank you for creating this contest!

  • Jayce says:

    I think the awards get more public awareness of trans existance. With having to reading about individuals like the DIRT blogger and what not can really put a negative attention on the subject of trans, and trans acceptance alike. I have never been able to attend the gender odyssey conference despite my shear passion because of the ticket prices. I am currently attending SCCC and then UW to major in a gender studies like program they are revamping. I love openly as a trans guy to not only show that we do exist but to develop a constant dialogue for those who are interested but also to allow those still questioning or afraid that they do not know anyone for a support group to have someone to talk to.

  • Sam Peterson says:

    This is a fantastic idea! There are a multitude of awesome people on our frontlines, doing very challenging, courageous work. Thanks for giving us a chance to say THANKS! Also, totally dying to go to Gender Odyssey.

  • Drift Mavyn says:

    I’m a sex shifter, gender drifter uncovering and (re)discovering the layers and depths of my heart and spirit within this human experience. I’m curious to the core about the great unknown, the close as home and manifesting love, peace, harmony, truth and intimacy. I strive to break open my guarded walls to sync with the community beat, to humbly and mindfully be accountable to tuning my static to the frequencies of a sacred melody with myself, with life, with you and all creatures.

    Sometimes I use these words to illuminate who I think I am at any given moment: genderqueer/tranimal/kinky pansexual,/faggoty dyke cub/witchy womyn faerie boi.

    And I want to go to Gender Odyssey 2011!

  • Patrick says:

    The vote is a good idea…but it needs to be more widely advertised. There are a BUNCH of transmen out there doing awesome work that may not be “main-stream” but the work is no less important. For instance, Nick Teich…founded Camp Aranu’tiq, the first camp for transkids.

    As for going to G.O.2011, I’d love to, but money is a major issue…as I’m sure it is for most of us these days.

  • Sam Thomas says:

    I think the awards are a fantastic idea. I have personally watched Smith for a while now and watching his videos has helped me a lot. There are so many brilliant people like all those nominated that I think deserve to get recognition.
    I would really love to go to Gender Odyssey because I will not be able to afford going without help and I would really benefit from learning and being around similar people and ideas.

  • I used to help run Amboyz and have such fond memories of the True Spirit Conference. I’ve never been able to make it to Gender Odyssey.

    Several years ago, I publicly “detransitioned” — something I regret. While I don’t identify strongly with any ‘traditional’ gender anymore, the ties I was forced to cut hurt me deeply. I’d rather not go into what the circumstances were in this forum.

    But I would very much appreciate a chance to come home.

  • Joshua A. Holiday says:

    This is fantastic. I’m so glad someone is doing this right.

  • Susie says:

    What an honor to have the right to vote.

  • Alex says:

    I’ve been wanting to go to Gender Odyssey for years now, but the cost + being on the other side of the country have always been hurdles. I’d love to be able to bring the guys back home some of that experience =)

  • Zavi Oh says:

    I just moved to Seattle last year and was quite disappointed that Gender Odyssey was canceled last year. I’ve never had the opportunity to attend any type of gender conference before and have heard Gender Odyssey is super awesome!

  • Jesse says:

    So many awesome nominees. A few of those categories were really hard for me to vote in!

    I’d love an opportunity to go to Gender Odyssey, I’ve never been to any trans conference due to cost.

  • Michael says:

    I am so glad that you are doing these awards.
    I’ve never been to Gender Odyssey & would love a chance to go. 🙂

  • Kevin says:

    How wonderful to publicly recognize those making a difference in our community. Great idea.

    It w/b amazing to be able to attend Gender Odyssey and meet new brothers.

  • Cj says:

    I have never been to Gender Odyssey and I think it would be a great opportunity for me to connect with other people. I think it would also be a great opportunity for my wife to meet other SOFFA’s and connect in a way that you can only do in person. We can’t afford to go without help and getting a free ticket would allow us to make our way to a conference we can only dream about. Thank you for all you do. Keep up the good work!

  • Lincoln says:

    These awards were pretty interesting. Even though I’ve been doing work in the trans community for quite a few years, I had never heard of a lot of these sites and/or programs. So now I have some new things to look into! Plus, it’s good that we have our own awards to recognize what trans men are doing. Perhaps eventually there may be categories to see what guys are up to offline as well?

    All of the guys on here who are entering the contest for Odyssey have really valid reasons for needing to go, so I know it will be hard to choose. I would like to go because it’s good to catch up with people I haven’t seen in awhile. This year, I also have an idea for a new form of direct service that it would be beneficial to be around a lot of folks from our community to start working some of the wrinkles out of.

    Good job with this website.

  • Nic says:

    I’m really excited about this! I voted for all of my favorites, they were all on the list! 😀

  • elias says:

    i’m a trans person, i define myself as a transguy half the time and genderqueer half the time. i’m an academic in performance studies working on trans and music, and i’m also a musician. pick me pick me!! i’ve never been. tx.

  • sean-michael b. gettys says:

    Great job on this guys, these awards are a great way to bring awareness into our community and beyond! I have always wanted to go to gender oddesy so that’s just a bonus!

  • Simon Elliott says:

    It is great to see so many resources these days. Thanks!

  • Samuel says:

    So exciting to see our community acknowledge and support each other. Going to Gender Odyssey is a chance to do more of that!

  • Stephan says:

    Hello Everyone! I’m glad to see the TCAs bringing awareness to all of the good that people do for this very diverse community. I would urge everyone to check out more non-mainstream trans sites and people who don’t fit the gender binary as well. This is a shameless plug, but I think collaboration channels such as offer a great way to see the variety of people at various points under the “trans umbrella.” I would be extremely excited to go to the Gender Odyssey Conference because I would like to see more programming for gender-variant and non-gender-conforming individuals in order to bring awareness and support for complex & non-binary gender identities.

  • Alex says:

    I’d like to go to Gender Odyssey because I’ve never gone before. I’ve actually never even met anyone else who was trans or even knew what it was without my explaining it.

  • Zander Keig says:

    thanks for the opportunity!!!

  • Todd says:

    I attended Gender Odyssey in 2009. It was a life-changing, life-affirming experience. Thank you for having this contest. I would love to go again. As a student focused on multi-cultural counseling attending these conferences is a wonderful opportunity to learn both about myself and my community whom I hope to be serving and fighting for in my academic and professional work.

  • Raymond says:

    I voted in the community awards.
    I would love to go to a trans event. I have never been too one.
    I’ve been struggling to make ends meet since my family made
    things hard for me to live with them when i came out as a FTM.
    I just haven’t been able to come up with money to go to conference.

  • Stormy says:

    Never been would love to go.

  • Morgan says:

    Fantastic Idea!! Finally someone is bringing attention to resources on the web for Transguys! As Transman looking for information it can sometimes be a hit or miss process. Kudos to bringing attention to some great sites. Being a anthropologist looking at transmen community, I am very excited to have found this website and I would love to go to Gender Odyssy for an opportunity learn more about how trans people are expressing gender and to meet some like minded people! Thanks again for putting this together!

  • B says:

    As a genderqueer individual attending a women’s college, I see and experience the work just calling out to be done. Going to Gender Odyssey would help me and my campus better answer that call for a rethinking of gender and the ways in which we experience gender.

  • Darrin says:

    I have only ever heard amazing things about gender odyssey and it would be a dream come true to go. I’m from Ireland so literally the only way that could happen would be by winning this. Paying for flights I could just about manage never mind $200 on top of that for the tickets and then spending money etc!

    It’s a great opportunity ye’re providing, anyone would be lucky to win this! Good job guys 🙂

  • TaranWanderer says:

    Thanks for this great opportunity! It was an opportunity for me to find some great sites and people I had not known about. Haven’t attended a conference since the TrueSpirit, and have heard great things about the Gender Odyssey. Congratulations to all the nominees and thanks for all you do!

  • Ken Rowe says:

    I’ve been to GO once and helped some people in the past get there. It would be great to go again.

  • abel says:

    I am FTM and an academic so participating in Gender Odyssey would enable me not only to connect with other trans or queer people but also stimulate my research; especially that there is a void in Poland concerning trans issues and visibility. Thank you everybody out there for making yourselves seen and heard and creating a powerful support system for all of us, even so distant geographically.

  • Sonam Ben Willow says:

    I’m an older FTM and pre-T, pre-Top surgery. I”m beginning my medical changes and am now ready to connect with the larger FTM, MTF, Gender curious and allied communities. I’ve heard great things about this conference. It would be amazing to attend for the first time.

  • ace says:

    wow, i thought your website couldn’t get any better– and then i saw the awards! just knowing that such amazing inspiring people are getting recognition in any way is really uplifting. thank you joshua and anyone else working on this, it is really the best resource i have seen.

  • Zack says:

    I’m so glad that the TCA’s is able to provide this chance to go to Gender Odyssey. I live in Portland, Or and would love the opportunity to have some financial assistance in getting a pass. I’m glad to see the how the online trans community has grown to be able to support each other via venues like the TCA’s and Thanks for creating this contest!

  • Kriss Murray says:

    I am a transman. I attended Gender Odyssey last year and was disappointed that it was cancelled this year. I am on SSI and would love to attend GO next year and winning a pass would make it possible for me to go next year. Otherwise I’ll have to apply for a scholarship. Thanks for making this possible!!

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