Schedule Overview

Daily Schedule for Friday February 01, 2019

Click on the Activity/Event title to view the details. Click on the presenter's image for workshops (light yellow) to view their bios. Times & events are tentative and subject to change. We will post the most up-to-date information as we receive it so please check back often. The final schedule will be posted by mid January.

People of Color Program
Youth & Family Program
Spouse/Significant Other Program
Wellness Program
Transmasculine Program
Filter by Program: People of Color Program Youth & Family Program Spouse/Significant Other Program Wellness Program Transmasculine Program SHOW ALL   Filter by Event Type:   Activity | CoEvent | Social | Special | Workshop | SHOW ALL
Time Activity/Event   Presenter/Host Location
8:00A Registration and Information Desk - Open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Atrium
8:30A Vendor Room Open 8:30am-4:30pm Marlboro
9:00A Friends of Bill W. 9:00am-9:50am Jackie E. Hudson
Friends of Bill W. If you are an alcoholic in recovery or think you might have a problem with alcohol this is an open meeting to help one day at a time
9:00A The Closet 9:00am - 4:00pm Marlboro
Come shop for gently used clothing and accessories for all genders.
9:00A Newcomers' Orientation Ms. Lida Mullendore Northborough

Ms. Lida
Welcome Newcomers to the First Event Newcomers' Orientation. Please join us each morning at 9 am where we will welcome you personally and answer any questions.
9:00A How to Get Read in 10 Seconds Flat: Genetic Women's Perspectives on Enhancing the MTF Image Michelle The Tall Sterling

The Tall
You think makeup, hair, and clothes make you a lady? There are many things you must remember to enhance your image as a woman in the mainstream. This seminar is aimed at the novice MTF trans-person or anyone who would like to sharpen up her image. There are many "tells" that give you away, and this paper will discuss the Top 10 traps you fall into and the countermeasures you can learn to present at your best. Learn the building blocks for your feminine state-of-mind.
9:00A Being Trans and Aging: A Workshop For Trans Elders And Their Allies Wellness Program Rev. Moonhawk River Stone Sudbury

Rev. Moonhawk River
This workshop will be an interactive discussion among participants and the facilitator on both the practical and mundane issues related to aging and the emotional, psychosocial, spiritual issues related to aging. Discussion will touch upon the unique challenges faced by those who came out and/or transitioned years ago, and for those who have come out and/or transitioned during their senior years. The goal is to assist those participants in valuing and honoring the aging process and to embrace the aging process proactively and effectively.
10:00A Massachusetts LGBT Chamber of Commerce Job Fair 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Massachusetts LGBT Chamber of Commerce The Courtyard
Please join us from 10AM – 2PM on Friday February 1st for our Job Fair. This event is a collaboration of the Massachusetts LGBT Chamber of Commerce and First Event Conference. This event will take place in the Courtyard. There will be close to two dozen member businesses on hand to discuss employment opportunities. So, please be sure to bring along an updated resume! Follow the link for more information on the Mass LGBT Chamber of Commerce, and its member businesses, along with information on the Job Fair.
10:00A Volunteering for the Transgender Community Ms. Cheryl Katon BoxBorough

Ms. Cheryl
Volunteering for and with the transgender community is a great activity for you and the folks you serve. TCNE hosts Volunteering and Visibility events every other month. These are opportunities for us to present as ourselves and do good for others. Visibility itself is always helpful, but visibility BEING helpful and generous creates a positive sense of transgender people everywhere. Volunteering also provides unique depth for those of us who have limited opportunities to present but seek a full life for our transgender identity.
10:00A All Types of Hair Removal and Becoming Beautiful You Linda DeFruscio
Ms. Rachael Burke


Ms. Rachael
Linda DeFruscio, Owner, A & A Laser, Electrolysis and Skin Care Associates Ms. Rachael Burke, transgender woman A PowerPoint presentation discussing MTF & FTM facial, genital, arm, and full body permanent hair removal. How to prepare for electrolysis and or laser hair removal and how to keep your skin looking and feeling it’s best during transition. Linda will discuss cases that she and her staff have experienced during this process. Now available in a doctor’s office is electrolysis with sedation. Large volume permanent hair removal. The goal is to clear as much off your face, neck and or genitals in one day. Rachael will share her experiences with laser and electrolysis hair removal. There will be time for questions and discussion with us. For a longer consultation with Linda, please call our office at 617-964-1000. You can also see us in the Vendor Room. Pick up your personalized and autographed copy of Linda’s new book “Transgender Profiles: Time for A Change.” Thank you. Linda DeFruscio Rachael Burke
10:00A Power to the People: Advocacy, Activism, and Organizing for Trans Equality Mr. Carter Brown Hudson

Mr. Carter
Historically, we know that “the people” have the power to create change in society. As “the people” of trans identities, knowing what our powers are as individuals can subsequently enable our ability to better organize with other people to create social, economic, and political change. This session offers a basic overview of how to be an advocate an/or activist, and organizing for trans equality.
10:00A Looking your best: Advanced techniques for feminization and beautification. No surgery required! Wellness Program Dr. Onir Spiegel Northborough

Dr. Onir
Botox. Xeomin. Dysport. Versa. Juvaderm. Restlane. Voluma. IPL. Have you heard these terms but wondered what they were for? What about microneedling, erbium, or Defenage? If you don't know what to do with these things or the great feminizing and beautifying power they have, then this seminar is a must. Dr. Onir will teach you what to do, when to do it, and how to make the most of your appearance without needing surgery. Already had surgery? You'll learn how to keep yourself looking good. All attendees and their friends and spouses will have a great time. And, there may even be a live demonstration!
10:00A Physical Therapy for People who are Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Wellness Program Hollis Herman
Ms. Holly Cooper Kantor


Ms. Holly
Cooper Kantor
This workshop with Holly Herman DPT and Holly Cooper Kantor DPT will describe and answer your questions regarding how physical therapy can help people with issues of bladder, bowel, orthopedic and sexual function during transition, preoperative and post operative phases of their lives. Physical therapy can diminish pain, teach better binding and tucking methods, improve strength and range of motion, release scars and restrictions, instruct in dilation and promote exercise programs specific to individuals. The therapists will offer resources for finding physical therapists through out the New England region, books and websites. This is an interactive session, so, please bring your questions and concerns and let us share with you how to improve your function.
10:00A About Face - Sharing the Alchemy of Makeup Ms. Natasha Savoy Southborough

Ms. Natasha
An intimate sharing of the joys and power of makeup. We cover basic makeup techniques, product overviews, and specific tips for M to F makeup. We will devote time to discussion and demonstrations about participant's individual questions about makeup. Most importantly- how to determine what best suits your individual look - which features to highlight or minimize, how to select your best colors and how to simplify and tailor a makeup look.
10:00A History, Biology and Resiliency Ms. Allyson Hale Sterling

Ms. Allyson
This presentation is broken into three parts. History: Start with the first transgender in 1503BC and walk through historical time line to today, showing key people in history to talk about it, showed it, dressed in it. Touching on both Male to Female as well as Female to Male. Biology: Touching on the XX, XY, XXY, X0 but adding in as well the hormone receptors and or inability of the receptors during pregnancy. Resiliency: I talk about what happened to me, how I was “outed” at work, since I work in the Department of Corrections and serve in the Ma. National Guard, what I needed to do to be comfortable with both as I transition to become the woman I need to be. How I “owned” it all, walked tall and made a strong foundation of friends and supports in both lines of work. Objectives: 1- The attendees will gain a proper perspective on historical timeline of how long the Transgender community has been around, the people that have influenced history, medical and social areas. 2- The attendees will realize that the binary system of sex and gender is not so simple. What makes a “Man” and what makes a “Woman” is based on social ques of norms and behavior, which are all learned behaviors 3- What do we do when we are hit with the most difficult times of our life? How do we communicate with other vs. ourselves? When we are “free” we can do just about anything
10:00A What if God Is Transgender? Rev. Moonhawk River Stone Sudbury

Rev. Moonhawk River
As transgender people we can often have a difficult relationship with the organized religion in which we were raised--or a difficult time finding loving affirming religious community as adults. Some of us were not raised in an organized religion and are seeking something more than a religion to follow. This workshop is about moving beyond our wounds to what is next. What if we enlarged the discussion? What if we explored the differences between spirituality and religion in a very hands on practical manner? What if we drew together the best of what faith and spirituality have to offer us? What if we decided to create our own relationship to the Divine, our own understanding of God? What happens when we experience God in a much more personal, yet, Universal way? Interested the journey? Workshop will be a guided discussion introducing participants to a new, comforting, inspiring way to approach All That Is. It will give participants some suggested directions from which to explore spirituality as a path to affirming their LGBTQI identity, to finding peace, genuine connectedness while exploring kindness, compassion and, most especially, joy.
10:00A Navigating Health Care and Insurance for HIV Prevention and more Wellness Program Mr. George Hastie
Kevin Herwig

Mr. George

Health care and insurance are complicated and challenging to navigate, even more so for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, who are are disproportionately affected by HIV. In this workshop we will share specific resources in Massachusetts for people at risk for HIV and living with HIV, give people (whatever your health status or issues) helpful pointers on accessing and maintaining health insurance, and provide space to share and discuss stories about obstacles encountered in getting care. Topics can include health insurance confidentiality, concerns of youth and young adults as well as those of older folks, awareness of subsidized health care coverage. and issues for people who are undocumented. The workshop facilitators will share their work with the state's PrEP, nPEP, and HIV drug assistance programs.
10:00A Trans Women who are “Part Time” - We Are Trans, too. Mrs. Jennie White Westborough

Mrs. Jennie
“Transgender” encompasses a wide variety on the gender spectrum, including those who dress or express their femininity or masculinity “part-time”. While nearly all begin part-time, some remain “dual-gendered”, either by choice or constrained by outside factors. Exploring and sharing the reasons why, we gain greater understanding, support, mechanisms for coping, and more confidence in our lives and exploration of selves. This talk is open to all, including significant others, full time trans men and women, and those simply interested in the subject. The workshop will explore these issues, and include open discussion the last third.
12:30P MTF Top and Bottom Surgery: Aesthetically Natural and Functional Results in a One-Stage Procedure Wellness Program Dr. Sherman Leis Duchess

Dr. Sherman
Options for breast augmentation will be discussed and demonstrated including choice of incisions, shape and size of implant, saline versus silicone, placement of implants above or below the muscle, etc. Dr. Leis will also discuss his technique of one-stage vaginoplasty utilizing the penile inversion technique, neo-clitoris construction, and scrotal skin graft to increase vaginal depth. Recent cases will be demonstrated to show the natural results obtained with these techniques.
12:30P Avoiding a transition to financial ruin Robert Lapointe Hudson

For the TS, changing their gender can be the most expensive process in their life. We will look at some of the costs involved and how you might plan your transition and keep your financial dignity. Advice can be given on the bankruptcy process and how to avoid it.
12:30P Trans Rights Updates with the Mass Trans Political Coalition Mason Dunn Seminar

Join the Mass Trans Political Coalition for updates on trans rights, advocacy, and the work ahead in Massachusetts. We will provide brief updates, and then open for questions from community members and participants. Updates will include (but are not limited to): nondiscrimination laws, healthcare access, identity documents, youth rights, employment, legal resources, and volunteer opportunities.
12:30P Coming out to Children, Spouses and Family as Transgender Diane Ellaborn Southborough

What happens the “next day” after coming out to your loved ones as transgender? This participatory workshop will explore how to do planful successful telling, how to process initial and long-term reactions. Gender Specialist Diane Ellaborn, LICSW, DCSW will present the developmental guidelines about how to tell the children of different ages in your life and review guidelines for telling your spouses, family, children and even grandchildren. Transgender individuals will present their successes and challenges. There will be a time for questions and discussions.
12:30P Spirituality -- or not... Dr. Ruben Hopwood, MDiv, PhD Sterling

Dr. Ruben
Hopwood, MDiv, PhD
This is a discussion space for people who identify as gender diverse, transgender, non-binary, or as having transgender histories. Participants will not be asked to justify or defend their presence in the discussion. How do you define spirituality for yourself? Does it have a place in your life? Is there any room for spirituality in your life as a transgender or gender diverse person? How do you experience and include spirituality in your life, if you do? Why have you distanced yourself from spirituality, if you have? Discuss the role or presence of spirituality in your life as a gender diverse person. Share brief descriptions of your experiences and practices and how these help or hinder your self-expression, self-acceptance, and self-understanding related to your gender identity. There are no right or wrong experiences. This discussion will be moderated. There is no place for judgement about any other participant's experiences of, or expression of, spirituality in their own lives. In recognition that people identify with a wide variety of spiritual expressions, beliefs, and practices, this moderated discussion will seek to provide a space that is open to hearing about diverse practices and beliefs without privileging any single one. Participants are expected to speak only about their own personal experiences using first-person statements and to withhold statements about, comments on, or judgements about "all" people, other spiritualties or beliefs, or any other participant.
12:30P No Longer Lost in The Shuffle: Being Disabled and Trans-- Wellness Program Rev. Moonhawk River Stone Sudbury

Rev. Moonhawk River
This facilitated group discussion is open to all, but is intended to be a space for people with disabilities to discuss a broad cross section of issues from how our identities as trans people intersect with our being disabled. How do we integrate those two into our well being, especially when interacting with various health care providers? We will explore what the concept of access means in broad political social justice terms and explore how the transgender civil rights/human rights movement has/has not made space for those who are disabled. We will explore what it means to be disabled in a world obsessed with denial of those who are disabled and how we, as disabled trans people, struggle to be confident, self-assured human beings in the face of these challenges.
12:30P Surgery to change your voice Dr. James Thomas Wayland

Dr. James
Dr. Thomas will demonstrate how vocal cords function using video recordings of male, female and surgically altered vocal cords. Pitch and resonance are affected by the anatomy as well as how the anatomy is used. Surgical modification of the voice will be discussed, including Feminization Laryngoplasty (FemLar), one type of vocal cord (laryngeal) surgery designed to obtain a more feminine sounding voice in male to female transgender patients. Several other types of procedures target the frequency or pitch of the resting speaking voice to various degrees. CricoThryoid Approximation (CTA), vocal cord webbing procedures and laser treatments will be discussed and compared. At the conclusion of this lecture, the listener should better understanding the concepts that can help in decision-making about voice therapy as well as when, if and what type of surgeries to consider.
12:30P Are We There Yet? Life in the First Few Years After Transition Dr. A Evan Eyler Westborough

Dr. A Evan
The first year or so of transition is often a busy and exciting time for most people who come out as trans, who transition gender, or who make a significant change in gender expression. The practical aspects of coming out, renegotiating important relationships, starting treatment with estrogen or testosterone, changing documents, can be exhilarating -- and time consuming! But what happens next? This workshop is intended for people who have transitioned, or made an important change in gender presentation or expression, within approximately the last 3-5 years. We will discuss the challenges, triumphs, and practical concerns that often emerge when transition is no longer so new, but not yet "old history" in our lives. What's next? Are we there yet?
2:00P Relationships within the Context of Gender and Sexuality Dr. Gennifer Herley BoxBorough

Dr. Gennifer
This Group participatory workshop will explore the feelings of anyone in the Trans Community who has or would like to integrate their identity and sexuality with their spouse, girlfriend and or waqsignificant other. Regardless of your unique situation whether you are full-time, part-time, have realized your identity early or late. Whether, you consider yourself to be transgender, MTF, FTM, non-binary, crossdresser, genderfluid, or other. Whether, you sexually identify as straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer or other. As a group let’s hear each other’s stories so that may learn from one another. There are always similarities and differences from where we come from. Hopefully by sharing stories you will discover where you are going and where you would like to be in your current or future relationship. So come share your story in this workshop and let’s find some strategies and new ways to communicate in the relationship you are in or would like to be in
2:00P FTM Top and Bottom Surgery: Superior Aesthetic Results in a Customized One-Stage Procedure Wellness Program Transmasculine Program Dr. Sherman Leis Duchess

Dr. Sherman
Options for FTM Top Surgery will be presented and variety of cases will demonstrate excellent results in masculinization of the chest. Options for Phalloplasty will also be discussed. Dr. Leis will utilize multiple case presentations to demonstrate superior aesthetic results obtainable utilizing abdominal or groin flaps for Phalloplasty, labial deconstruction for Scrotoplasty and the options of testicular and penile implants. This surgery is done in one stage and results in a sensate penis via clitoral transposition, no obvious deformity of the donor site such as occurs in the forearm flap procedure, and the ability to have sexual intercourse with erotic sensation

Whether it will be the first time driving as you preferred gender or you have years of experience, you can benefit from this seminar. We will help you deal with the anxiety of your first time dressed as you new gender behind the wheel, what you need to be prepared, and how to handle various situations like accidents, dealing with other people, being pulled over by the police and your rights should you be ticketed or arrested for driving under the influence.
2:00P Keys to Customized Facial Feminization Surgery: Obtain the best results for You. Wellness Program Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel Northborough

Dr. Jeffrey
In this seminar Dr. Spiegel, who is recognized as a pioneer and leader in facial feminization surgery, will use his more than 20 years of experience to describe the best surgical approaches and techniques. You'll learn what to do, and equally importantly, what not to do. This interactive seminar is fun, informative, and interactive. You can be a fly on the wall or participate in full. Either way, you'll leave with deep understanding of what can be done and the many wonderful options available.
2:00P Preparing for Gender Affirming Surgery - A Practical Guide Wellness Program Dr. Elizabeth Boskey
Ms. Maria Semnack

Dr. Elizabeth

Ms. Maria
This workshop is designed for people who are considering one or more gender affirming surgeries. A nurse and social worker who work in a gender surgery center will present the most common eligibility guidelines for various surgical procedures and explain how and what you may be expected to prepare before attending a surgical consult. During this workshop, the providers will discuss WPATH guidelines, insurance coverage (focusing on New England), letters, hair removal, and other aspects of getting ready to undergo top or bottom surgery. They will also answer questions about getting ready for surgery, what the consult process is like, and recovery from different procedures. Interested in attending? Please bring questions! Prepared questions should focus on general surgical issues (how do I get coverage for hair removal?) rather than individual medical concerns. The providers will not be providing medical advice during the workshop.
2:00P How to attain and maintain the love you want and need. Diane Ellaborn Southborough

Diane Ellaborn, LICSW, DCSW This is a participatory workshop focusing on relationship issues including helping you identify past relationship patterns, clarify what has worked in the past and what has not, releasing unhealthy patterns and creating new paradigms that will lead to long-term mutual happiness in relationships. Whether you are in a current relationship or dating this workshop will help you better identify what you need and how to attain the love you want.
2:00P A Healthy, Happy Sex Life - HIV and STI Risk in the Transgender Community Wellness Program Dr. Robert Goldstein Sterling

Dr. Robert
In a joint presentation between the MGH Transgender Health Program and MGH Sexual Health Clinic, we will discuss the risk for HIV and other STIs in the transgender community, as well as ways to prevent and treat infections. There will be a focus on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for those at risk, as well as resources for free testing and treatment centers that can provide gender affirming sexual health care. Attendees will hear from social workers, nurses and physicians who are providing care to transgender and non-binary individuals in the community.
2:00P Thinking of Transition? Who do you include? A conversation about disclosure across generations. Rev. Moonhawk River Stone Sudbury

Rev. Moonhawk River
Transition does not happen in a vacuum. There is constant tension between the transitioning person’s privacy, emotional and physical safety and the necessity of others to be informed. There are the pitfalls and joys of bringing others along in one’s transition process. The presenter will offer an overview of some of these issues, then open the discussion in a structured way so that participants can share and learn and bring more possibilities and skills to the transition process.
2:00P What is Self Care, Anyway? Wellness Program Janhavi Madabushi
Mx. Kamaria Carrington
MaeBright Group


Mx. Kamaria

Self-care can mean so many things to so many people. In this workshop we'll go over some basics of self-care, how to listen to what our bodies, hearts, and minds needs, and how to incorporate those things into our lives.
3:30P Coming Out…..The Good, The Bad and the Indifferent Dr. Gennifer Herley BoxBorough

Dr. Gennifer
This Group participatory workshop will explore the feelings and Experiences of anyone in the Trans Community who has or would like to express their identity to their spouse, girlfriend, significant other, Friends, Family, Work and the World at Large! As a group let’s hear each other’s stories so that may learn from one another. There are always similarities and differences from where we come from. Hopefully by sharing stories you will discover where you are going and where you would like to be currently or in the future. So come share your story in this workshop and let’s find some strategies and new ways to help one another communicate our Authenticity to our loved ones and the World!!
3:30P Facial Feminization: Customized Evaluation and Treatment for Optimal Results Wellness Program Dr. Sherman Leis Duchess

Dr. Sherman
Dr. Leis will demonstrate and explain classic prototypes of masculine and feminine facial features. He will discuss a variety of options for feminizing facial features and demonstrate that in the majority of cases, excellent results can be obtained without extensive and expensive cranio-facial surgery. Cases are shown demonstrating excellent and natural results from selective and customized facial feminization procedures.
3:30P Transgender Divorce Robert Lapointe Hudson

One half of marriages end in divorce. Having a transgendered partner can add to the stress of a marriage and can increase the chances of a divorce. What should you know in advance? How can you protect yourself and still be fair to your partner? Is your marriage still valid after a transition? How will the gender issues affect the results of the divorce terms? What should I do before I get married? What can you expect during a divorce? Even if you don’t think you will get divorced, this seminar may be useful to you and your partner.
3:30P Name and Gender Marker Changes for Identity Documents Mason Dunn Seminar

Discussion about the process for changing a name and gender marker on identity documents for trans and gender nonconforming people.
3:30P Being Dual-Gender, exploring what it means to be Bi-Gender Ms. Linda Mills Southborough

Ms. Linda
A short introduction on what being Bi-Gender means personally to the presenter, the positive joys of being Bi-Gendered, and how this duality has enriched his/her life. To be followed by a group discussion with audience members sharing their own experiences.
3:30P Transgender and Conservative. Finding acceptance and understanding in the LGBT world. Ms. Christine Shustak Sterling

Ms. Christine
Transgender people who choose to be out, consistently face challenges to finding acceptance in the typically gendered world. They at least find support and a place at the table among their LGBT counterparts. Trans people who hold conservative political views find that they fit neither in the typically-gendered world, nor in the LGBT sphere. The trans community attacks conservative people like Caitlyn Jenner even more vehemently than the bigoted conservative world, making it very difficult for conservative trans people to find safe harbor in the political back and forth that defines our battle for trans rights. This workshop will explore how a trans person can hold conservative views, how they are working to change hearts and minds on the right, and how they view their connections to the trans community as a whole. The workshop will also facilitate an audience discussion to try to bridge the gap between sides.
3:30P Writing the Transgender Memoir Dr. Connelly Akstens Sudbury

Dr. Connelly
Our community has always been linked by stories. Sharing stories is a way we confirm our identity, and share that identity with others. Writing our stories for potential publication takes this process to another, more public level. The risks are greater. The demands on our craft as story tellers is greater. And the rewards in terms of self awareness can be greater, as well. In this workshop, Connelly Akstens will share her own process of writing the transgender memoir. She will read excerpts from her forthcoming memoir and discuss some other contemporary memoirs that might serve as inspiration for all of us. Then the group will brainstorm why and how each of us would write our own story. We’ll conclude with an exercise in writing that most important sand challenging of all sentences—the first!
6:30P Friday Evening Cocktail Hour & Dinner 6:30pm - 8:00pm Salon C
7:00P Transmasculine Pool Party 7:00pm-9:00pm Transmasculine Program Mr. Andy Gavin Pool

Mr. Andy
Party in the pool house with pizza
8:00P John Warrener Memorial Fashion Show 8:00pm-10:00pm Salon C
A celebration of diverse gender identity and expression, with dozens of transgender and gender expansive models from age 7 to 77+. Dinner is served at a cocktail party before the show.
10:00P Dance Party with DJ Greg 10:00pm - 12:30am The Courtyard