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
|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|
|Trans-Inter-Active||Magdeburg, Germany||Sept 22|
|Trans Fitness Conference||Atlanta, GA||Oct 5-7|
|Gender Infinity||Houston, TX||Oct 13-14|
|Translating Identity 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|
|Genderevolution||Salt Lake City, UT||Nov 11|
|National Transgender Health Summit||Oakland, CA||Nov 11-12|
|Trans Wellness & Wellbeing Conference||West Hollywood, CA||Nov 18|
Money Saving TipNote 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.
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
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
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
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
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
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!
2017 SCTC Conference is CANCELLED due to Hurricane Irma
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
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
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
Translating Identity 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
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
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
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
Genderevolution – 9th Annual!
Genderevolution is the pinnacle event of Transgender Education and Awareness Month, fostering community building in the Salt Lake City area, offering education for health and mental care providers, and celebrating trans* identities in an inclusive, healthy and positive way. Scholarships are available in advance and at the doors. No one will be turned away.
When: November 11
Where: Salt Lake City, UT
National Transgender Health Summit
The premiere national conference in transgender health is mostly geared to providers but includes a track specifically for trans and gender diverse people in health professions to strengthen their skill set and networks for leadership, community mobilization and professional development. CEUs, CMEs, and UCSF course credit offered.
When: November 11-12
Where: Oakland Marriott City Center, Oakland, CA
Cost: Physicians $550; Allied Health Professionals $550; Residents/Fellows/Students $275
Trans Wellness & Wellbeing Conference
A day of fun, learning, activity, and resources. There will be workshops focused on creative expression through art, music, dance, film, photography, etc.; nutrition, fitness, yoga, meditation, physical transition, healing, etc.; and mental and emotional wellness, including boundaries, communication, relationships, joyous living, overcoming trauma, etc.
When: November 18
Where: Plummer Park, West Hollywood, CA
Cost: FREE, registration required for lunch and swag bag
2017 Conferences – Dates To Be Announced
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.
Where: Buffalo, NY
2017 Trans Conference Map
Last updated: 09/18/17
Do you know of other conferences for trans men, particularly international events? Please add them in the comments area below!