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. Check back periodically for updates as more 2018 conference dates are confirmed.
Note: This list is focused on conferences that have programming for trans men. There are a number of other trans conferences that are not included here as they are more geared towards trans women, families and providers.
Which conferences will YOU be attending?
2018 Conferences at a Glance
|First Event||Marlboro, MA||Jan 30 – Feb 4|
|TransCon Miami||Miami, FL||March 2-3|
|TransLife Community Conference||Santa Rosa, CA||March 3|
|The Keystone Conference||Harrisburg, PA||March 6-8|
|TRANSforming Gender Conference||Boulder, CO||March 10-11|
|Moving Trans History Forward||Victoria, BC, CA||March 22-25|
|Asterisk Trans* Conference||Riverside, CA||March 31|
|South Bay Trans Day of Visibility||San Jose, CA||April 7|
|Transgender Voices Festival||St. Paul, MN||April 13-14|
|Black Trans Advocacy Conference||Dallas, TX||April 23-29|
|TransOhio Trans & Ally Symposium||Columbus, OH||April 27-29|
|Rhode Island Trans Health Conference||Providence, RI||April 28|
|Transgender Lives: The Intersection of Health and Law Conference||Farmington, CT||April 28|
|Sparkle||Manchester, UK||July 6-8|
|Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference||Philadelphia, PA||Aug 2-4|
|Gender Odyssey||Seattle, WA||Aug 10-12|
|Southern Comfort Conference||Ft. Lauderdale, FL||Sept 6-8|
|Genderfest||Las Vegas, NV||Sept 6-8|
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!
2018 Confirmed Conferences
First Event – 38th Annual!
Now in its 38th 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 30 – Feb 4th
Where: Marlboro, MA
Cost: $295 complete conference package, single day passes also
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 2-3
Where: Miami, FL
Cost: $10-20 individuals, scholarships available.
The Keystone Conference – 10th 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 6-11
Where: Harrisburg, PA
TRANSforming Gender Conference – 12th 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 8-10
Where: Boulder, CO
Moving Trans History Forward
Join community activists, academic, artists, and allies from around the globe for the third Moving Trans History Forward conference, held at the University of Victoria.
When 22 – 25 March
Where: Victoria BC Canada
Fee: Variable $85 – $350 Cdn
Asterisk Trans* Conference – 4th 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: March 31
Where: UC Riverside, CA
Cost: $10-20 individuals, scholarships available.
South Bay Trans Day of Visibility – 7th 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 7
Where: San Jose, CA
Cost: $20, no one turned away.
Transgender Voices Festival
The festival offers a space for transgender and gender nonconforming (GNC) singers across musical genres and cultures to explore our voices and identities, grow as artists, and learn techniques for voice care. (For non-singers, there will also be opportunities to explore voice in other ways like storytelling and poetry.) The festival is also a place for voice teachers, music teachers, and choir directors to learn about transgender voice and receive tools to support singers in the classroom and beyond. Continuing education credits for music teachers will be available.
When: April 13-14
Where: St. Paul, MN
Cost: $0-$100 sliding scale
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 23-29
Where: Dallas, TX
Cost: FREE – $135
TransOhio Transgender & Ally Conference – 10th Annual!
More than 85 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.
When: April 27-29
Where: Columbus, OH
Cost: $105 for a 3-day package, single day passes also available.
Rhode Island Trans Health Conference – 4th Annual!
This year’s theme is Resistance and Resilience, empowering the local trans community with information and tools needed to be strong self-advocates and to build a community movement towards social justice. The conference also focuses on expanding the local network of knowledgeable and affirming healthcare providers. This year’s keynote speaker is Justice Gaines, a local activist and poet.
When: April 28
Where: Rhode Island College, Providence, RI
Cost: $0-$75 sliding scale, includes lunch
Transgender Lives: The Intersection of Health and Law Conference – 12th 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 28
Where: University of Connecticut Health Centre, Farmington, CT
Sparkle – 14th 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 6-8
Where: Manchester, UK
Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference – 16th 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: August 2-4
Where: Philadelphia, PA
Gender Odyssey Seattle – 17th Annual!
Gender Odyssey Seattle’s new format includes a Medical Program and Employment Fair, but no community workshops.
When: August 10-12
Where: Seattle, WA
Cost: Early Bird $150-$280 sliding scale, scholarships available.
Southern Comfort Conference – 27th 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 6-8
Where: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Cost: $50 – $125
* Would be 28th annual but 2017 conference was cancelled.
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 6-8
Where: Las Vegas, NV
Cost (2017): $50 (students); $75 (regular).
2018 Conferences – Dates To Be Announced
Trans Fitness Conference
Gearing up for its 5th 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!
Where: Atlanta, GA
Cost (2017): $125 Early Bird; $165 Regular.
Translating Identity Conference – 15th 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!
Where: Burlington, VT
Trans* Wellness Conference – 7th 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
Fantasia Fair – 43rd 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.
Where: Provincetown, MA
Cost (2017): $390-$650
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.
Where: Richmond, VA
Transgender Spectrum Conference – 5th 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.
Where: St. Louis, MO
Genderevolution – 10th 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.
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.
Where: Oakland Marriott City Center, Oakland, CA
Cost (2017): 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.
Where: Plummer Park, West Hollywood, CA
Cost: FREE, registration required for lunch and swag bag
LA Trans Con
Taking place in the fall of 2018, LA TransCon is a conference with inspirational and entertaining speakers, presenters and vendors from the worlds of entertainment, activism, politics, medicine, family services and more.
Where: Diamond Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City Hotel, Los Angeles, CA
Last updated: 02/14/18
Do you know of other conferences for trans men, particularly international events? Please add them in the comments area below!