Attorney General Maura Healy and Dr. Renee McLaughlin, Headline Speakers at 36th Annual First Event Transgender Conference


Contact: Grace Stevens
First Event Transgender Conference

Waltham, MA (January 2016) – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey will be one of the keynote speakers at the Transgender Conference, First Event 2016. Ms. Healey will be among the many speakers, workshop leaders, and events at the conference. The conference, in its 36th year, is being held January 20th to the 24th, 2016, at the Westin Hotel, Waltham MA, just outside of Boston.

The conference kicks off Thursday with a special Therapist Training Program. This professional training focuses on advancing clinical competencies, knowledge and critical skills for beginning and advanced gender specialists. CEU’s will be offered and are pending for LCSW, LICSW, LMHC, LMFT.

Thursday evening will see the Black Tie Formal Affair, the major evening kickoff event for First Event 2016. During the evening First Event will recognize two prominent members of the transgender community with TCNE’s Annual Community Service Award: Nancy Nangeroni and Anderson Clark.

Maura Healey will speak at First Event’s Friday Evening conference dinner and fashion show. Ms. Healey is an advocate for transgender rights, having supported the 2011 “An Act Relative to Gender Identity”. Recently she testified in support of current legislation under consideration to protect transgender people in places of public accommodation.

On Saturday evening, at the Francis Cardullo Memorial Banquet, Dr. Renee McLaughlin, M.D., FACS, Senior Medical Director CIGNA Health Care, will be speaking. Dr. McLaughlin served in the United States Army during the first Gulf war. She is on the leadership team for Cigna’s LGBT colleague resource group and is an internal and external resource on transgender-related issues.

Thursday through Sunday there will be over 180 workshops, addressing the various medical, psychological and lifestyle needs of transgender people from children, to teens, to young adults, older adults and families. Topics covered will include:
– Support for men and women whose partner is transgender
– Children, Youth and Family topics
– Transmasculine, FtM workshops
– Topics related to transitioning at work and in one’s profession
– Medical considerations for transgender people
– Many more topics covering the spectrum for the transgender community and those who may be connected to it.

This year First Event welcomes the largest set of corporate sponsors in the event’s history including:
– Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
– Eastern Bank
– CeltiCare Health
– Cigna Health
– nd many more, including world renown surgeons and medical professionals in transgender healthcare

First Event 2016 is being held at the Westin Hotel, Waltham MA. For more information please visit or email

About First Event

Now in its 36th year, First Event is one of the world’s largest and leading conferences for the transgender community and their allies. First Event features workshops from some of the world’s leading medical professionals, educators, and therapists. The conference provides a venue for education and networking for the entire transgender community.

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