Schedule Overview

Daily Schedule for Saturday February 01, 2020

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.

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Time Activity/Event   Presenter/Host Location
8:00A Coming out, as the Leader of your organization Corporate Ally Dr. Declan OConnor Newbury

Dr. Declan
There are many challenges, both internally and externally, to coming out on the job. But when you are the leader of your organization, or are a leader within your organization, the challenges multiply exponentially. Dr. Declan O'Connor strategically planned and successfully executed a plan for coming out on the job, as the leader of a public school, in ways that positively engaged the community and served him and his organization well. He wishes to share his story with other leaders seeking to come out on the job in ways that not only preserve their dignity and role within their organization, but in ways that positively impact the organization and those who see and hear their stories. He understands the courage, the patience, and intentional planning that makes for a positive experience. He seeks to share his story with other leaders, as he knows first hand, how stressful and seemingly risky this process can feel. He brings hope, and real talk, about this process and will create a space for others considering the risks, the strategy and the rewards, of stepping out authentically as the leader of your organization. The media coverage of Declan's public story can be found at and
8:30A Registration and Information Mezzanine - Exeter Foyer
8:30A Youth and Family: Welcome Youth & Family Program Carol Caravana
Tracy McKay
Beacon Hill


For family, youth, siblings, friends and allies, all are welcome to First Event 2020! We will have quick introductions of the people that helped organize the Family and Youth Programming. We will answer any questions about the upcoming day; such as, "Where will my children be?", "How do I know where the workshops will be held?" and many other more creative questions so everyone will be comfortable and excited for what's to come.
9:00A Non-Binary Community Lounge (9 AM - 1 PM) Berkley/Clarendon
9:00A Transgender People of Color (TPOC) Community Lounge (9 AM - 1 PM) People of Color Program Hancock
9:00A Free HIV-STD Testing Boylston
9:00A Vendor Room Mezzanine/Statler
9:00A "The Closet" Pop-up Thrift Store Terrace
9:00A Teen Meet Up (BAGLY) People of Color Program Youth & Family Program Nico Pang Back Bay

This session will be dedicated to checking in about what brings you to the conference and what you'd like to to get from it. We'll also do some fun interactive games to get to know each other. Open to High School Students
9:00A Connecting with Other Parents of Trans Children (of Any Age) Youth & Family Program Carol Caravana
Bob Caravana
Beacon Hill


All adults are welcome to this ice-breaker to connect with other parents and guardians for camaraderie, support, resources and laughter as we share the challenges, surprises, and joys of supporting our transgender or gender non-conforming children (of any age). The workshop will be interactive, with plenty of opportunities to connect and exchange information with other parents as we navigate the world of loving and supporting our transgender children.
9:00A Middle School Meet-Up (NEXUS) Youth & Family Program Kay Gordon Brandeis

This session will be dedicated to checking in about what brings you to the conference and what you'd like to to get from it. We'll also do some fun interactive games to get to know each other. Open to Middle School Students
9:00A Storytime Youth & Family Program Jae Johns Cabot

Kick back with a good book read by a local children's librarian.
9:00A LexPride: Making Change in Your Community Youth & Family Program Deb Zucker
Valerie Overton


A panel of organizers and community members involved with LexPride will discuss their successes and obstacles with making changes in their community. LexPride, from Lexington, MA, collaborates with LGBTQ organizations in nearby towns and would like to spread this collaboration to more communities. The panel includes: Valerie Overton (She/Her), LexPride Co-Chair; Julie Fenn (She/Her), Assistant Director for PE and Wellness at Lexington Public Schools and creator of the new standard fifth grade inclusive health education curriculum; Noah Stang-Osborne (They/Them, He/Him), transgender activist; and moderator Debbra Zucker (She/Her), Co-Chair of LexPride. Open to parents and anyone interested in community organization. LexPride Mission: Foster a safe, welcoming, inclusive environment for LGBTQIA+ people and their allies in Lexington. Co-Chairs Email: Facebook page: Closed Facebook group: Listserv: Email co-chairs to join listserv for weekly updates on LexPride activities
9:00A 5 Things Your Transitioning Child Wants You to Know Youth & Family Program Ms. Kathy Whitham Charles River

Ms. Kathy
As parents with transgender and GNC kids, we struggle every day to keep them safe, not only from an unfriendly world, but from themselves. It’s easy to feel caught between our own feelings (fear, grief, and guilt) and our compelling desire to support and help our child. The temptation is to “lean forward” toward our child by taking things personally, walking on eggshells and giving them too little or too much agency. In this workshop, created in collaboration with my adult transgender son, I bring his unique, inside perspective from the other side of transition to help you “lean back” into grounding strategies that most effectively support your child and leave you feeling calmer and more confident.
9:00A Dysphoria - what is it and how do you cope Mr. Jack Sturm Emerson

Mr. Jack
"Gender dysphoria involves a conflict between a person's physical or assigned gender and the gender with which he/she/they identify. People with gender dysphoria may be very uncomfortable with the gender they were assigned, sometimes described as being uncomfortable with their body (particularly developments during puberty) or being uncomfortable with the expected roles of their assigned gender." - DSM IV Dysphoria is a huge word that is thrown around a lot in the trans* community. It also is one of the things that can define us as a trans person, especially in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, where dysphoria literally defines us as transgender. Granted, this is up for debate in the trans community but that is not what the work shop would be about. This work shop would help delve into the definition of gender dysphoria, especially for the transgender man, and how we have learned to cope with this issue. For many of us, it is crippling and I can say for most of us it is something we don't talk about. I propose an open forum where we can define the demon, see how it affects us, our brothers, our sisters and become a sort of validation room. We can help each other see maybe what we see in the mirror isn't what others see, and we can discuss something that eats us all away and that no one has a comfortable place to talk about. At the end, my goal would be for others to find ways to comfort and affirm one another.
9:00A Legal Issues in Gender Affirming Care for Youth Youth & Family Program Patience Crozier
Andrew Cohen


This workshop is intended for the Youth and Family track. In this session, panelists from GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders and Health Law Advocates will discuss legal barriers to gender-affirming care and strategies to increase access. The panel will focus on Massachusetts and will include the participation of a youth patient and/or her parent. Panelists will address health insurance coverage and prior authorization as well as issues related to age-of-consent.
9:00A First time attendee orientation Gloucester

This will be a daily 1/2 hour session for first time attendees and those who want information about First Event.
9:00A Writing Your Transgender Memoir Dr. Connelly Akstens Holmes

Dr. Connelly
The most important word in the title of this workshop is "your." Each of us has a story to tell. The challenge is how to tell it. Writing a memoir is an important inner exploration for any transgender person. It is also important for the society in which we live; transgender people must be seen, must be known and must be heard. I've taught Creative Nonfiction writing at SUNY/Empire State College for more than twenty years, helping students to think about ways to tell their story that will feel authentic to them and have an impact on the audience. We will discuss several topics in this workshop: "How do I find my voice?" "How should I structure my memoir?" "What do I need to do to make sure other people can read it?" "What do I do if I'm stuck?" If you've already done some writing, bring it, please--with a short "clip" you'd like to read. If you haven't written yet, bring your ideas and your rich personal history--which you can share as much or a little as you'd like.
9:00A Telling your story through song, Music as Memoir Ms. Celia Eberle Longfellow

Ms. Celia
Storytelling through song has been around as long as humans have huddled around campfires. Modern folk singing, from its revival in the 60's through the early 2000's, to the modern Folk Punk being made today have the ability to reach individuals at a deeply emotional level. Both listening to and composing songs can invoke a sense of belonging and hope. Increasingly, trans and non-binary stories as becoming a part of the folk fabric. Songs can be written for a variety of purposes: to heal others, to encourage social change, to educate, to shout "I am here!", or simply to find a common thread of understanding with the listener. We all have a stories we want to share and tell and the process of catching a seed and growing it into a song can be rewarding on many levels. This workshop will present the song form and invite participation in creating original song seeds that are informed by each person's individual journey. No musical experience is necessary or expected, just an open mind, pen and paper. After an introduction and some demonstration, the audience will be invited to participate in a guided effort to capture and describe an experience that is suitable for expression in the folk song format. Topics will include: What is the folk song form? Verse, Chorus, Bridge? What do I write about? How do I create a first song? Who, What, When, Where? Object writing? ...putting it all to music...
9:00A Out Late: Transitioning or Coming Out About Gender in Middle and Older Adulthood Dr. A Evan Eyler Newbury

Dr. A Evan
This is a discussion group intended for trans or differently gendered people who have transitioned gender or come out about the true gender experience after approximately age 40. The trans and gender expansive communities have evolved substantially over time, and so has society at large. Many people in middle and older adulthood who did not have the opportunity to transition or come out earlier, or who held back for other reasons, are now doing so. So are people whose sense of self has evolved over time, and for whom a change in gender expression or presentation is now the best fit. Living as one's most authentic gendered self can be fulfilling at any age -- but the speed bumps and triumphs can be quite different at different times of life, and for people who grew up in different times. This discussion group offers an opportunity to share the joys and challenges of being "out late" in terms of gender. It is open to anyone ages ~40 - 100+ who has had the experience of going public about transgender or gender difference in middle or older adulthood, or who is considering doing so.
9:00A Show me your Package Transmasculine Program Andre Harris St. James

Have you wondered what prosthetics are available to transmasculine/ Non binary individuals ? In this presentation you will get the chance to see and touch many of the current and popular products in the market. There will be a presentation giving information about various STP and packers. There will be time at the end to touch and ask questions about the various products. Realistic prothstetic penis’s will be present. This is recommended for ages 18 and up. Younger individuals are welcomes with permission from adults.
9:00A For Folx Sake: Designing inclusive digital experiences Mx. Courtney Cox Wakefield Stuart

Mx. Courtney
Cox Wakefield
The demand for inclusive content has never been higher. Look no further than Google trends, where the topic “gender-neutral language” has steadily climbed in interest since 2012, reaching a new peak this month. This session will show attendees how to create digital content that appeals to an inclusive audience without watering down their message. At the end of this session, you will be able to: - Audit your content for the most common inclusivity mistakes - Reframe content to speak to an inclusive audience without creating confusion - Generate brand loyalty through inclusive digital experiences
9:00A Non-Binary Gathering and Discussion (Non-Binary participants only) Mx. Quinn Reid White Hill

Mx. Quinn
People identifying as bi-gender, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, or non-binary gather to share experiences, ideas, questions, answers, and support in a lightly-facilitated open discussion. Anyone questioning whether they identify as non-binary is also welcome.
9:00A Transgender Team: Questions and answers that will help you choose your best team of providers. Diane Ellaborn
Dr. Toby Meltzer
Dr. Stuart Chipkin
Tom Barber


Dr. Toby

Dr. Stuart

No matter how you identify in the transgender spectrum, you deserve a team of providers that are not just affirming but also knowledgeable and highly experienced working with transgender individuals. But how do you select providers to comprise your team when everyday there are more and more choices? One needs to be cautious when many of these new providers have little experience but have slick marketing. To help you create criteria to use in this selection and be a more educated consumer, Gender Specialist Diane Ellaborn, LICSW, DCSW, has assembled a team of expert providers including a Surgeon, Dr. Toby Meltzer, Endocrinologist, Dr. Stuart Chipkin, Primary Care Physician Dr. Thomas Barber, Surgeon Dr. Melissa Johnson and Adolescent Medicine Physician, Dr. Diane Blake. Diane Ellaborn along with these highly experienced panel of providers will not just talk about their view of optimal care but will answer audience members’ questions about your own care. The workshop will address issues and questions relevant to all ages including child, adolescent and adult issues.
9:00A Self Care and Community Care as a Political Act - For QTPOC People of Color Program Mx. Sol Martinez Guevara Winthrop

Mx. Sol
Martinez Guevara
How do we, Queer and or Trans people of color take care of ourselves? We experience a lot of traumas and or consistently do a lot of work in an attempt to build spaces for others and for ourselves. How do we stay energized? How do we maintain boundaries? To what do we say yes or no to? These questions apply to all the environments we have to navigate: our schools, homes, workplaces, public environments, and social media. Doing self-care for ourselves should not feel like a privilege we can’t afford, but at times it does. Thus, our existence in itself is a political act. In this workshop, participants will work through concrete questions of self-care and practice at both individual and community-based level to analyze the culture of how we navigate fighting for our rights while simultaneously building worlds of our own to exist in and thrive in. This will be an opportunity to create a concrete list or plan of self-care and community care to build lifelong practices that combat systems that still disproportionately impact the well-being of queer and trans people of color in the U.S. Note: This will be a workshop held for queer and trans people of color. If you wish to participate as an ally, please do research ways in which you can financially, socially, or mentally support your queer and trans siblings, especially folx of color.
10:00A Young Youth Games workshops Youth & Family Program Carol Caravana Avenue 34 Studio 1&2

10am - 11am
10:00A Writing & Fighting: Zines as Tools of Queer and Trans Liberation Youth & Family Program Mx. Dee Moore Back Bay

Mx. Dee
Zines are self published booklets of writing, art, and more. In this workshop, we'll explore the history of zine making in the queer community as a tool of self advocacy, community building, and activism. Then, we'll learn common tools and zine formats so that participants can create their own zines!
10:00A Mental Health Panel- Resources to Help Your Child and Family with Emotional Support Youth & Family Program Athena Edmonds
Erin Peterson
Dr. Blaise Aguirre
Dr. Aude Henin
Beacon Hill



Dr. Blaise

Dr. Aude
Blaise Aguirre, MD, Medical Director, 3East DBT Continuum, Assistant Professor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry, McLean Hospital; Erin Peterson clinical social worker who co-runs the Child and Adolescent Transgender/gender Center for Health at Boston Medical Center; Aude Henin, PhD, Co-Director, MGH Child Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Program, Department of Psychiatry. The members of the panel will provide an overview of their experience working with transgender/nonbinary youth and families. Open to adults and youth. Come with questions and learn about available support. Anonymous questions may be submitted on index cards. Facilitated by Athena Edmonds.
10:00A Talking with your transgender child about sex and relationships Youth & Family Program Rev. Sarah Carpenter Cambridge

Rev. Sarah
This is a panel discussion for parents, family members, allies and advocates of transgender or gender questioning children and teens that examines ways to set safe, healthy limits for relationships, sexual activities and the changing social environment they will experience when they transition. The panel consists of practitioners in the transgender healthcare field and members of the trans community.
10:00A Creating a transformative summer experience for trans and gender non-conforming teenagers. Youth & Family Program Mr. Adam Simon Charles River

Mr. Adam
We will have a panel discussion with transgender teenage campers and transgender camp counselors, as well as Director Adam Simon and development officer Genn Hurley, We will talk about some of the experiences and the gifts that a camp with 175 teenagers half of whom are genderqueer can provide. We'll also talk about some of the challenges of trying to make certain that every teen at camp is seen, respected and celebrated for exactly who they are, particularly as it relates to their gender identity.
10:00A Sephora's Teen Makeup Class Youth & Family Program Sephora Constitution

Learn to create a fresh-faced glow using soft, neutral hues and buildable formulas.
10:00A Why do we need gender inclusive restrooms, and the stories behind the issue Mr. Jeremy Du Emerson

Mr. Jeremy
he stories behind "why do we need gender-neutral restroom?" We are planning to collect the voices from trans community. We will only focus on why do we need gender-neutral restroom. Live interactive participation and video testimony.
10:00A Standing Up for Yourself and Others (Teens & Middle School) Youth & Family Program Valerie Overton Franklin

Learn how to stand up for yourself and others in a way that is safe and effective. Lead by Valerie Overton (She/Her), LexPride Co-Chair, and certified Active Bystander Trainer. Open to high school students.
10:00A Financial Empowerment: Gaining Control of Your Money Mr. Reese Himmer Gloucester

Mr. Reese
Being transgender or gender-non-conforming can be expensive, no matter what path we choose. As trans people we face the possibility of workplace, housing, medical, and legal discrimination and a higher chance of lost relationships and social ties. On top of that, we live in a capitalist society, where living in debt is the norm for everyone, trans or cis-gender. 78% of people within the US currently live paycheck to paycheck. Are you struggling financially either because of being trans or just because? Are you looking for ways to pay for a portion or all of your medical bills? Do you just wish you could be in a better place financially? Let’s give ourselves more power in the world by strengthening our finances! This workshop will explore strategies to gain control of your money, rather than letting it control you. We’ll talk about how to get out of debt, stop living paycheck-to-paycheck, and how to plan for a better financial future. All are welcome!
10:00A Health Care for Trans Feminine and Non-Binary Patients at Boston Medical Center Wellness Program Mr. Micha Martin Holmes

Mr. Micha
Micha Martin (Project Manager) Jenny Siegel (Primary Care and CTMS Director) or Carl Streed (Primary Care) Jordan Bensley (Patient Navigator) Katie Modzelewski (Endocrine) Jaromir Slama (Surgeon) / Robert Oates (Surgeon) Pam Klein (Nurse/Moderator)
10:00A Power Through Presence: Ditching Performance Anxiety for Good Mrs. Leah Marone Newbury

Mrs. Leah
Performance is a huge issue not only in sports and training, but in the game of life. The mind and the body have to be in sink for peak performance to occur. An understanding of what the signs of performance anxiety will then begin the process of identifying triggers and root causes. It is critical for coaches and trainers to be educated on this topic and learn how to approach and support athletes who are struggling with such symptoms. Research continues to prove that practicing presence and mindfulness techniques greatly reduce symptoms of anxiety and negative self-talk. Three (3) take aways from this presentation. 1. Identifying and understanding the signs of performance anxiety. 2. The importance of staying present and implementing effective coping strategies. 3. Providing tools for coaches/trainers to use when working with athletes that are stagnated by anxiety.
10:00A Gynecology for the FTM Patient and Options for Gender Affirming Surgery Transmasculine Program Dr. Yvonne Gomez-Carrion
Marybeth Meservey
Wanda Flores
St. James

Dr. Yvonne


This workshop will cover the preventative care for the FTM patient. In addition, it will also review the various options for gender affirming surgical options.
10:00A Sharing the Stories of the Transgender Community to Create Change Ellyn Ruthstrom Stuart

SpeakOUT Boston has been sharing stories of the LGBTQ+ community since 1972 and believes in the power of personal storytelling to open minds and change attitudes. Transgender members of SpeakOUT will share their own personal stories, will discuss tips on shaping an effective story, and will share experiences they have had with different audiences throughout the Greater Boston area and beyond. How do you deal with difficult or challenging questions or audience member? Speakers will discuss how their own activism around political change intersects with making personal connections through their storytelling, in particular their experiences of speaking during the lead up to the referendum on Question 3 in Massachusetts in 2018.
11:00A Dads Support Group (11:30 A.M.) Youth & Family Program Bob Caravana
Jim Dowrey
Beacon Hill


Facilitators trained by Greater Boston PFLAG will facilitate a confidential group discussion for Dads with children within the transgender umbrella or questioning gender.
11:00A Trans/Nonbinary Youth Relational Group Youth & Family Program Ms. Alice Kalafarski Brookline

Ms. Alice
Being transgender is about more than how we identify, it's also about how we relate to other people. Most of us hope to adapt relationships with existing friends, family, and coworkers while also making new connections. Ignorance and transphobia is often the biggest barrier, but there can also be more subtle problems. For those of us who've spent time in the closet, we can pick up bad habits that are tricky to notice and unlearn. Being open about who we are also brings a new vulnerability that can make it hard to tolerate conflict. This workshop will help participants develop insight into these challenges by exploring how we relate to each other. This will be a structured relational group that encourages more dynamic peer-to-peer interaction than most support groups. Our hope is that this here-and-now focus will help us understand difficulties we may be having in other relationships.
11:00A Parent Pick up Young Children in Cabot (11:20 AM) Youth & Family Program Carol Caravana Cabot

Arts and Crafts workshops
11:00A Parent Support Group (11:30AM Start Time) Youth & Family Program Carol Caravana
Wendy Dowrey
Jim Dowrey
Bob Caravana




Facilitators trained by Greater Boston PFLAG will facilitate a confidential group discussion for parents with children within the transgender umbrella or questioning gender.
11:00A Disability and Accessibility Listening Session: First Event and TCNE Wellness Program Erik H Commonwealth

Living with disability is challenging. We want to make First Event and other trans spaces more inclusive and welcoming to people with physical, mental, psychiatric, developmental, or other disabilities. Join us for a brainstorming session! A board member of Trans Club New England -- himself a wheelchair user -- will hear comments, questions, and suggestions for how we can make First Event and TCNE more accessible for all. This session is open to everyone who cares about this issue.
11:00A Storytelling Andrea Lovett
Meghann Perry


Stories have long been a way to learn about one another, to gain new perspectives, and to connect and empower people. Many people in the transgender community may tell their stories to each other in small gatherings or in presentations already. A  well crafted personal five minute story used allows people of all backgrounds to connect with, and in some way experience the teller’s stories on a deeper level. These stories are powerful and can be used to help inform audiences of their daily trials, joys and tribulations. This is a ninety minute workshop  teaching the basics of how to tell a five min. compelling story. Participants : Learn what elements make a compelling, palatable, relatable story that will reach a wide audience, including narrative arc, stakes, beginning, middle and end, and a strong first and last sentence. Learn what makes a great scene and how to use scenes in their stories for greatest impact. Learn how to use gestures, imagery, pauses, sound effects, facial expressions and body movement to enhance their stories Have an understanding and knowledge of storytelling they can apply to their stories in the future. Many participants in our storytelling workshops use their stories in a variety of ways: Conference presentations To assist others in making positive change in legislative procedures Offer insight to those unfamiliar with the transgender community , thereby creating new connections and understanding
11:00A Gender affirming family therapy Miss Ashley Webb Gloucester

Miss Ashley
Discussion of family work related to the gender affirming process. Creating safe spaces and the importance of supporting parents throughout the gender affirming process.
11:00A How does your Transmale Identity impact your ability to get or stay sober? Wellness Program Transmasculine Program Marc Tierney Holmes

Does being a transman impact your ability to get or stay sober? Do you share at meetings or groups that you are trans or not? Why? What is it like to express experiences and fears with or without the trans framework? What about anonymity? What about personal safety? Most importantly…...What about sobriety? Let's share our experiences.
11:00A Trans Privacy Online: Did Your Online Data Already Out You? Mrs. Stephanie Anne Jeffries Longfellow

Mrs. Stephanie Anne
OMG. Data breaches, hacked personal information, and identity theft are freaking you out. And you’re nervous that you might have abandoned old online accounts, or you didn’t restrict contact data, or you don’t know who’s posted which images of you where. These risks and fears are recurring, frightening facts of modern life. And they're especially alarming to trans people - who often have strong and deeply personal reasons to tightly-control their online identity and data … If you're in stealth mode, concerned about being unintentionally outed, actively redefining yourself, or simply worried about what you might lose if hacked, then [ kisses your forehead ] come to this session to take the first steps to control your online identities and privacy. You’ll benefit from a sister's expert guidance on keeping your online identity safe, controlled and consistent - so that you alone can manage how out your trans identity is. We'll review several scenarios for (and principles of) maintaining privacy of identity. Then, we'll dive straight into the different ways and places that your data is held – with organized and actionable tips on taking full control of your identity (or identities) online. Throughout the program, sharing of audience insights and participation are warmly welcomed but not expected.
11:00A Dating while trans. It IS possible to find your soulmate without selling your soul. Ms. Christine Shustak Newbury

Ms. Christine
If you listen to the narratives from parents of children possessing atypical gender orientations, one of the common worries voiced by many is “Will anyone ever love my child? Will they ever find a partner with whom they can share their life?” For gender variant individuals, finding a romantic partner and cultivating a serious relationship is an ongoing concern. Rest assured that finding love in a cis-gendered world is indeed possible. Join us as we bring together a panel of couples, one cis and one trans, who have put together healthy, successful, happy partnerships, and found ways to navigate all of the challenges of an atypical relationship. Our panel will tell their stories, and offer up insight about their relationships, and they’ll field questions and thoughts about how two people find love in today’s society.
11:00A Trans on the Trail - Surviving and thriving in the outdoors Mason Dunn St. James

No one ever said that hiking was easy. But backpacking, camping, or enjoying any number of outdoors activities can be particularly challenging when you are navigating that space as a trans or nonbinary person. So lets talk about it! In this workshop, Mason (he/him or they/them) will share their experiences as a trans person and outdoors enthusiast, including a recap of their 2018 adventure #Hike4Rights, some of their thoughts and considerations for outdoors safety, and how we can endeavor, together, to make the outdoors more accessible for all.
11:00A Chest Wall Reconstruction/Breast Surgery - FTM and MTF Dr. Melissa Johnson Stuart

Dr. Melissa
This presentation is designed to educate prospective patients on options for breast surgery. The FTM focus is on Mastectomy procedures for Chest Wall Reconstruction. MTF focus is on Breast Augmentation.
11:00A Trans 101 Dr. Roxanne Cherry Tremont

Dr. Roxanne
Are you new to the trans community and looking for information and support? Do you want to be an ally but aren't entirely sure what that entails? Would you like to have a conversation with a psychologist who specializes in gender concerns? Then this workshop is for you! Participants will learn respectful terminology to address concepts specific to gender identity issues, which will also communicate that you are educated and sensitized to gender creative individuals. We will also discuss common co-occurring conditions, such as social anxiety, depression and self-medicating behaviors. And we'll prepare ourselves to assist in goals that are common to gender-creative individuals, including coming out, medical and social transition, hormone therapy, changing legal documents, employment and school concerns. Please bring an open mind and your sense of humor!
11:00A << and your spouse is transgender, so now what>> Spouse/Significant Other Program Karine Scheurer
Heather Bourque
Debbie Jamieson
Rita Vaidya




Three ears ago, a group of strangers met in a cold conference room. We were all cis-wives, lonely, sad. We all had a similar story. We just did not know that this day would change our lives. Since then, we meet regularly, we talk to each other, we support each other, we cry, we laugh, we are tribe sisters. The blessing of finding each other brings us here today - we would like to share with others the gift we have been given. Transition is a life changing experience for not only the transgender but also the transgender spouse. How to deal with a life changing event you cannot control. The future won't be what you imagined, how to move forward? What does it mean to my own identity? How to redefine love for each other? This workshop explores the journey of cic-gender spouses from the early years or pre-transition to the post transition years through presentation, discussion and lessons learned.
12:30P Museum of Science Presents Youth & Family Program Mike Adams Avenue 34 Studio 1&2

Become a rocket scientist! Design, build, and test balloon rockets and re-entry parachutes. This hands-on workshop explores the science behind rockets and space exploration. Use your imagination to plan, build, and test your own design. These air rockets will launch across the room and challenge you to engineer a way for the payload to safely return to Earth. More information available at: The Museum of Science will run this workshop twice, once at 1:00 and then at 2:00. This workshop is intended for youth from late elementary school through high school.
1:00P Jack & Yaya - A candid documentary film about two lifelong transgender friends (1 P.M.-3 P.M.) Jack Milligan, James Duggan, Mary Hewey and Jen Bagley Arlington
Jack and Yaya met at ages three and two through their shared backyard fence. They spent their childhood together, building forts and burning trash cans in their small hometown in South Jersey. From a young age, Yaya and Jack saw each other as they truly were, a girl and a boy, even though the rest of the world didn’t see them that way. As they grew older, they supported each other as they both came out as transgender. Decades later, Jack and Yaya remain best friends. Jack now lives in Boston with his loyal pup, Plinko, and works as a kindergarten teacher, while Yaya lives in her childhood home, waiting tables and trying to make ends meet after her mother’s passing. During his summer vacation, Jack travels back to his childhood home to spend time with Yaya and his extended family.
1:00P Youth and Family Community Lounge (1 PM - 5 PM) Youth & Family Program Berkley/Clarendon
1:00P Transmasculine Community Lounge (1 PM - 5 PM) Transmasculine Program Hancock
1:00P Museum of Science for Middle School Youth & Family Program Mike Adams Avenue 34 Studio 1&2

Become a rocket scientist! Design, build, and test balloon rockets and re-entry parachutes. This hands-on workshop explores the science behind rockets and space exploration. Use your imagination to plan, build, and test your own design. These air rockets will launch across the room and challenge you to engineer a way for the payload to safely return to Earth. More information available at:
1:00P Medical Panel: Blockers. Hormones, Medical Procedures-What is best for my Child? Youth & Family Program Athena Edmonds
Dr. Jeremi Carswell
Ralph Vetters
Dr. Mandy Coles
Beacon Hill


Dr. Jeremi


Dr. Mandy
Dr. Ralph Vetters, primary care physician at Fenway Health, Dr. Jeremi Carswell, pediatric endocrinologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and director of the GeMS Clinic, and Dr. Mandy S Coles, Professor of Pediatrics at the Adolescent Center at Boston Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine, will provide an overview of their experience working with transgender/nonbinary youth. All parents and youth are welcome. Keep in mind it is never too early or too late to be educated about one's options for blockers, hormones and other possible medical innovations or when no medical innovations are appropriate. There will be time to ask questions and anonymous questions may be submitted on index cards. Facilitated by Athena Edmonds.
1:00P Evolving Sibling Relationships Through a Gender Transition Ethan Casteel
Mr. Ning X


Mr. Ning
Gender roles (as imposed by society at large and within families) can have significant impacts on the way we relate with our siblings. Some commonly gendered roles include -Caretaking (younger kids, aging parents, other family members with special needs) -Role models (especially models for masculinity/femininity) -Friendly rivalries/competition The goal of the workshop is to create a space for trans people to discuss how our sibling relationships have been impacted by transitioning. This includes interactions with our siblings as well as how our families are perceived by the rest of the world. The target audience for this workshop is trans people who are already out to their siblings and have ongoing and mostly supportive relationships with them.
1:00P Youth & Family Workshop: Transgender and gender non-conforming children, youth and parent panel: Youth & Family Program Diane Ellaborn Cambridge

A panel of transgender children, youth, young adults and their parents will share their personal stories, challenges and successes. Gender Specialist, Diane Ellaborn, LICSW, DCSW, will present an overview of evaluation, treatment and psychoeducation for transgender, gender non-conforming and questioning children, youth, young adults and their families, schools and communities. Presenters will talk about a range of options to live with one's unique gender identity including hormone blockers, social transition, medical and surgical interventions. The MA public school and up to date guidelines for creating a safe and supportive school environment for transgender students will be available, changes in name change procedure, possible changes in federal policy about transgender and current MA insurance commission policy about health insurance coverage will be discussed.
1:00P You Can Write the Ending of Your Life Story People of Color Program Youth & Family Program Spouse/Significant Other Program Wellness Program Transmasculine Program Corporate Ally Ms. Laura Meeks Charles River

Ms. Laura
Often those involved in a gender issue feel as if the universe has been pushing, pulling, or directing their story somehow and they wonder how the story will end. Will I survive? Will I be loved? Will my son/daughter be happy? What I learned is YOU get the write the ending of your story. In this seminar I use the story of my transition from Laurence to Laura to illustrate how you can choose your attitude, build a vision, and communicate with those you love to guide your life to the ending you are wishing for. My wife and I served full careers in the USAF. When we retired, we build a business together and during that time I made a full transition to Laura. We are still married after 33 yrs, we have 3 loving kids, 2 grand kids and a full and active life. You can have this too. This is a must see seminar for youth, family and those who want to know how to effect positive change in their lives.
1:00P Trans Youth of Color Affinity Group People of Color Program Youth & Family Program Nico Pang
Leo Austin-Spooner


We will discuss the intersections of being youth/young adults, trans, and people of color. What are the joys and challenges? How does one’s race/ethnicity impact their ideas about gender? What does it mean to be trans people of color navigating queer and trans spaces that are predominantly White? What about the racism we face in LGBTQ+ spaces? In this space, we aim to celebrate our identities and uplift the experiences of those in our communities. Please note: This is a closed community building space for youth and young adults ages 22 and under who are trans and people of color (not exclusively white). The group will be facilitated by BAGLY peer leaders who are young trans people of color, and supported by an adult staff member who is also a trans person of color.
1:00P Health Care for Trans Masculine and Non-Binary Patients at Boston Medical Center Transmasculine Program Mr. Micha Martin Holmes

Mr. Micha
Participants: Micha Martin (Project Manager) Jenny Siegel (Primary Care and CTMS Director) Jordan Bensley (Patient Navigator) Katie Modzelewski (Endocrine) Shannon Bell (OB/GYN) Jaromir Slama (Surgeon), Pam Klein (Nurse/Moderator)
1:00P Asian / Asian-American and Trans People of Color Program Shen C
Mr. Edwin Song


Mr. Edwin
Let’s discuss how our Asian and Asian-American cultures interact with our trans identities! Potential discussion topics include: • navigating Asian families & communities while trans, • navigating trans spaces while Asian, • how transition interacts with Asian cultural values, • Asian cultural models of masculinity & femininity, • specific challenges of being Asian & trans, • media representation of Asian trans people, • and anything else you want to discuss. This workshop is open to all trans and questioning people who consider themselves Asian, Asian-American, mixed, or who have a strong cultural connection. We’re not the gender police or the Asian-ness police. If you feel like you would fit in, please come!
1:00P Making Cisness Visible: Naming Cis Ideals That Shape Trans Lives Mr. Noah Lewis Tremont

Mr. Noah
Society is built around the needs of cis people and rarely takes into account the existence of trans people. If we are not aware of cis­gendered frameworks, attitudes, and beliefs that are operating around us, we unconsciously adopt them. This workshop provides a structure for making visible hidden cis ideals so that all people—cis and trans—can stop unconsciously perpetuating the oppression of trans people (including ourselves). Identifying these systems can be freeing. You will leave with the ability to name cis supremacy when you encounter it and thus be more prepared to eliminate it. This interactive workshop explores concrete examples of cis idealism in popular culture, the media, the law and places them in a broader context. Making these systems visible can provide a sense of relief and understanding for transgender people. Participants will gain the ability to name cis supremacy when they see it and recognize ways in which they might be contributing to it so that they can take steps to become more trans­-positive. We will also briefly discuss other ways of seeing and speaking that include trans experiences and perspectives and more accurately reflect a reality in which cis and trans are equal.
1:00P Female to Male Surgical Options: Genital, Chest, Revisions/Repairs, Facial Masculinization and Body Contouring Transmasculine Program Dr. Toby Meltzer White Hill

Dr. Toby
A PowerPoint Presentation discussing current surgical techniques, a discussion of procedures, risks and complications, before and after photos with time for questions and answers. Dr. Meltzer is available for brief individual one-on-one visits. You may contact our office at 866-876-6329 if you wish to schedule a one-on-one visit. Formal or longer consultations need to be scheduled at our Scottsdale office at 866-876-6329.
2:00P Museum of Science for High School Mike Adams Avenue 34 Studio 1&2

Become a rocket scientist! Design, build, and test balloon rockets and re-entry parachutes. This hands-on workshop explores the science behind rockets and space exploration. Use your imagination to plan, build, and test your own design. These air rockets will launch across the room and challenge you to engineer a way for the payload to safely return to Earth. More information available at:
2:00P Surgical Options for Transgender and Non-Binary Adolesecents and Young Adults (2:30PM Start Time) Youth & Family Program Center for Gender Surgery Boston Children's Hospital
Dr. Oren Ganor
Dr. David Diamond
Beacon Hill

Center for Gender Surgery
Boston Children's Hospital

Dr. Oren

Dr. David
This workshop will use the Boston Children’s Hospital Center for Gender Surgery experience to provide an overview of surgical options for transgender and non-binary adolescents (15+) and young adults (under 35). The surgeons will talk about requirements and indications for surgery and discuss when it is and isn’t appropriate to consider surgical options for minors. Topics will include types of surgery, age restrictions for surgery, and issues with insurance coverage. All parents and youth are welcome. There will be time to ask questions, and anonymous questions can be submitted on paper during the course of the session. Questions should be general, rather than related to individual medical concerns.
2:00P Trans-Sporting: Discussing Movement and Sport for Trans and Non-Binary Youth (2:30PM Start time) Youth & Family Program Dr. Coleen Williams
Dr. Jeremi Carswell
Mx. LB Moore

Dr. Coleen

Dr. Jeremi

Mx. LB
This workshop will create a safe space for T/NB youth along with their families and allies to discuss body movement, physical activity, and sport participation. The workshop will have an interdisciplinary lens from the medical, mental health, and coaching fields so that various topics can be explored and discussed. A review of example sport policies from organizations such as the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Women's Flat Track Derby Association will be provided briefly to address a variety of the systemic and structural contexts at the national level that shape gender-sport policies. The workshop will cover the current state of the inclusion of T/NB youth in sports and physical activities with a particular emphasis on the New England and surrounding region. As research demonstrates the importance of regular engagement in physical activity, it is imperative that T/NB youth along with families and providers identify and address barriers to participation. Workshop presenters will actively seek input from T/NB youth regarding their experiences with access to body movement and sport participation, as well as their experiences with barriers. This will not only give voice to T/NB youth in attendance, but will assist any family members, allies, and professionals who are present to better understanding how to further access and reduce impeding factors to movement and sport for our youth.
2:00P Understanding Blame and Shame and how to work through them Mr. Glenn Koenig Emerson

Mr. Glenn
Why do we often blame each other or ourselves? Where does shame come from and why is it so often difficult to overcome? In this workshop we will look at the origin of these feelings from a new perspective as we seek to understand the role they play in our lives. This workshop involves some simple exercises in which you are welcome to participate. So bring your curiosity, your sense of humor, and let’s explore together.
2:00P Keeping yourself safe as a gender fluid person in a cis-gendered world. Ms. Christine Shustak Gloucester

Ms. Christine
Despite incredible progress in the advancement of transgender rights, members of our community are at heightened risk of becoming the victims of crime. Alas, all is not lost. There are concrete things that you can do to keep yourself safe, and secure on the streets, at work, and in your residence. Join us for an in-depth discussion of the realities about crime, what you can do to prevent it, and if you find yourself in the middle of a situation, how you can extract yourself with a minimum of cost to your safety, your wallet, and your freedom. This will not be a hands-on seminar in self-defense technique. Instead, it will talk about how criminals think, and how they select potential victims. It will cover what you can do to avoid catching their attention, and how you can stop an attack before it even gets started. It will also talk about various self-defense options, and where you can go to become proficient. Finally, if you do become the victim of a crime, it will cover how to cope with the aftermath, and how to prevent it from destroying your life. Forest “Al” Clark worked as a public safety officer for twenty years for multiple departments in Illinois. Officer Clark spent twelve years as an instructor at the Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois. He is also the driving force behind Pancake Creek Self Defense Training since 2016. Finally, Officer Clark is well known to the First Event community, having served as security chief for First Event for the past ten years. Christine Shustak is an IT consultant in the medical industry, and has been a serious student of self-defense and personal protection since 1985.
2:00P The Bottom Line: Post operative bottom surgery discussion space for Trans masculine individuals Transmasculine Program Andre Harris Newbury

Have you had metodioplasty or phalloplasty? Come celebrate and talk about your experiences with other post operative individuals. This is restricted to individuals assigned female at birth and are post operative some form of genital reconstruction.
2:00P The Incomplete Guide to Trans and Non Binary Identities Mr. Anthony Arrien Stuart

Mr. Anthony
Anthony illustrates lessons in trans terminology, the four specrta in LGBTQ, transition myth busting and cultural competency which includes non-binary representation. The presentation highlights the importance of the use proper gender etiquette for transgender persons to prevent the worsening of dysphoria and to create awareness of the various statistics on suicidal risk according to gender identity, ethnicity and social stresses. Suitable for LGBTQ people providing arguments for self advocacy, and also for their allies, partners, employers, teachers, mental health providers and any future public policy warriors. Format: Questions and answers from the audience are welcome during the presentation to provide valuable feedback and deeper understanding during this workshop. A handout with a reading list, web links, and lists of transgender conferences is provided to the audience
2:00P Chest Surgery Show & Tell (for transmasculine people only) Transmasculine Program Erik H
Reese Himmer


This it it: the big chest surgery expo! View live, 3D models of top surgery results (grouped by surgeon), and ask questions from past patients, to help you decide which surgeon is right for you. In addition to showing results, we will discuss surgical aesthetics, sensation, cost, location & travel, complications, and other considerations. We encourage everyone who has had top surgery (and who is comfortable sharing) to please attend and share your results. For the comfort of everyone participating, this event is limited to transmasculine people only. (Keywords: FTM, transmasc)
2:00P Male to Female Surgical Options: Genital, Facial Feminization, Breast Augmentation, Revisions/Repairs and Body Contouring Dr. Toby Meltzer White Hill

Dr. Toby
A PowerPoint Presentation discussing current surgical techniques, a discussion of procedures, risks and complications, before and after photos with time for questions and answers. Dr. Meltzer is available for brief individual one-on-one visits. You may contact our office at 866-876-6329 if you wish to schedule a one-on-one visit. Formal or longer consultations need to be scheduled at our Scottsdale office at 866-876-6329.
2:00P What's the Latest Regarding Cross Gender Hormone Therapy (CGHT) Dr. Stuart Chipkin Whittier

Dr. Stuart
A review of recent studies involving hormone therapy will be presented in ways for non-medical people to understand. We will discuss strengths and limitations of the studies to put the findings into context.
2:00P About Face - The Alchemy of Makeup Ms. Natasha Savoy Winthrop

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.
3:00P OtherWise Christian Mx. Chris Paige Holmes

Mx. Chris
A discussion with the author of OtherWise Christian digging into gender non conforming representation in the Christian Bible.
3:00P Female Voice Training: Achieving Timbre and Inflection Mrs. Tris Ogram Buckley Longfellow

Mrs. Tris
Ogram Buckley
If you've experienced a testosterone-based puberty, attempting to speak in a female voice can be extremely frustrating. Once the vocal cords have lengthened, they can't be shrunk again, and hormone therapy doesn't help. Voice training can create a genuine female voice, but it can be a long, confusing process and voice coaches often wrongly focus on pitch to the exclusion of all else. Tris has collected a few important exercises that make the process of acquiring a female voice much, much easier. In this workshop, we'll touch on pitch and inflection, but the main goal is the most important gendered quality of voice: the ever-elusive timbre, or "feel" of the voice. Tris has a simple exercise that will make practicing your feminine timbre easy, and help you feel confident and self-affirmed when you speak. Voice training and practice is a life-long process, but if you're stuck, this workshop could be a huge leap forward.
3:00P Trans masculine bottom surgery 101 Transmasculine Program Andre Harris Newbury

In this workshop, we will discuss common terminology used with trans masculine genital reconstruction procedures. I will give some brief overviews of the different kinds of surgery available to interested people. After the presentation, the will be a small panel of post operative individuals who will will talk about their experiences. This is open to any interested individuals.
3:00P Transgender Personalities in History, Part III Melissa Morton Tremont

Since humankind began to define the boundaries of gender behavior, there have been people who have defied or crossed over those boundaries. Hear about some of these individuals, from the 15th to the 21st centuries. Some of them were male to female, others of them were female to male. Some of them were transgender for most of their lives, others for only brief but significant periods in their lives. The deeds of some of these people have inspired books, plays, operas, and even beverages. All of them left a legacy of some sort. A brief biography of each individual profiled is available upon request.
3:00P About Face - Sharing the Alchemy of Makeup Ms. Natasha Savoy Winthrop

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.
4:00P Friends of Bill W. Cabot

4:00P Young Youth in Cabot (3:50 PM Pick up) Youth & Family Program Carol Caravana Cabot

Parent Pick up from afternoon workshops
4:00P Trans Masc FAQ Transmasculine Program Mr. Parker M
Mr. Michael Alexander

Mr. Parker

Mr. Michael
A workshop to answer all the burning questions you’ve considered asking on Reddit and other places on the internet. The questions will be answered by verified humans. Anyone entering a new stage of transition, whether social, familial, hormonal, or surgical, might have a lot of questions that need answers. Questions might sound like “How do I know/explain/tell/find/get …” At this workshop, the following will be provided: Answers to any question you can ask; Lists of online and book resources; Flow charts to help navigate medical transition; information about a Boston-based support group called Compass.
4:00P Vaginoplasty and Genital Remodeling Surgical Options at Boston Medical Center Mr. Micha Martin Newbury

Mr. Micha
Jenny Siegel (Primary Care and CTMS Director) Jaromir Slama (Surgeon) Robert Oates (Surgeon) Pam Klein (Nurse/Moderator) Physical Therapy representative
4:00P Preparing for Gender-Affirming Surgery: A Comprehensive Guide Elijah Castle
Vibbiano Gonzalez
White Hill


The workshop will guide people seeking gender-affirming surgeries as well as anyone else who should know the process through the beginning -- finding a surgeon and scheduling a consult -- all the way through the day of surgery and navigating aftercare. The entire process of coordinating surgery will be covered here, from the logistical aspects to the emotional and interpersonal implications to holistic recovery tips. This workshop is a joint effort of two employees in the care coordination department at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center in NYC, whose job it is to help patients navigate the trans healthcare system.
4:00P Sephora's Smokey Eye Class Sephora Whittier

Learn the ins and outs of layering liner and shadow for a smoldering banquet eye look.
4:30P "Expressions of Gender Identity" Art Show Ms. Juliana Wall Terrace

Ms. Juliana
Art Show
4:30P Family Music with Alastair Moock Youth & Family Program Avenue 34 Studio 1&2
Alastair Moock is a 2014 GRAMMY Nominee, two-time Parents’ Choice Gold Medal Winner, recipient of the ASCAP Joe Raposo Children’s Music Award, and has twice been voted by the Fids & Kamily Industry Critics’ Poll among the Top 3 Albums of the Year. Long one of Boston’s premier folk artists, Alastair turned his attention to family music after the birth of his twins in 2006. The New York Times calls him “a Tom Waits for kids” and The Boston Globe declares that, “in the footsteps of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, Alastair Moock makes real kids music that parents can actually enjoy.” Moock and Friends’ live shows are rowdy, rootsy, singin’ and dancin’ fun for the whole family!
6:00P Red Carpet Cocktail Reception Ballroom B
7:00P Frances J. Cardullo Banquet Dinner with Keynote Panel Discussion Ballroom A
Join us for our most popular conference event. This year will feature a keynote panel discussion featuring six community leaders. Click here for more information.
9:30P Diva Social Dance Party with DJ Edwina Ballroom B
9:30P Stand-Up Comedy Show Berkley/Clarendon
After a long day of workshops, come, kick back, and enjoy some laughs! We have a great lineup of comedians, from Boston and beyond! Most of our comics are trans and/or NB, so, we get you. Prepare to be entertained! Our featured performer is nonbinary comedian from NYC, Jes Tom! Hosted by emcee Erik H. Learn more at
9:30P Jazz Cafe and Open Microphone Statler