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Transgender Child, Youth and Family Track at First Event 2016

first event 2016 trangender conference workshops for transgender child and family support One of the new and most growing parts of First Event is our Youth and Family Track. This set of workshops is specifically for families with a transgender child and supporting families.  There’s a good reason for the growth. According to the University of Maryland and an article in the San Jose Mercury News, there has been an upsurge in the number of referrals relating to transgender identities among children (1)(2). A key aspect that can get lost in the conversation around children or youth who are transgender is the supporting the family a a whole. What course of action should they take? Who can give them factual answers to their concerns about their kids and family? Are there other families facing the same issue, are they alone?

The good news is that there are many resources that exist today to support families. A helpful online resource is The Human Rights Campaign web page, “HRC Page of Support for Families with Transgender Children“. Another helpful source is at First Event with our Youth and Family Program.

The First Event Youth and Family Program is for all families of all ages. There will be a pizza and pool party at 5:00 on Saturday. Also available will be activities for elementary school aged children accompanied by an adult. Here is a list of the workshops for families:

All of these workshops fall on Saturday, January 23, or Sunday, January 24th, 2016

For Saturday January 23:

  • 9AM
    • Connecting with Other Parents of Transkids
  • 10AM
    • Toddlers To Teens: An Introduction To Issues Related To Transgender Youth (K-12) Who Need To Transition
  • 10AM
    • Supporting Transgender and Gender-fluid Children
  • 10AM
    • The Pineapple Project: A 30 Minute theatre piece for kids that celebrates the gender creativity in all of us.
  • 11:30AM
    • Transgender Children, Youth & Families, Part 1
  • 1:00PM
    • Saturday Family Luncheon
  • 2:30PM
    • Father’s Support Group with Transgender Children
  • 2:30PM
    • Transgender Children, Youth & Families, Part 2
  • 4:00PM
    • How to Make the School Transition Go Smoothly
  • 6:00PM
    • Kids Pool Party

For Sunday January 24 (more to come on Sunday!):

  • 11:30AM
    • Extended Family Conversations: Supporting Your Extended Family So They Can Support You
  • 2:30PM
    • Butterfly Music Transgender Chorus
  • 2:30PM
    • Running Trans Support Groups

You can visit the First Event Web Page to learn more or signup, click here.
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(1) The Emotional Well Being of Mothers of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Children
(2) San Jose Mercury News Story on Transgender Kids
(3) HRC Page of Support for Families with Transgender Children
(4) Did You Disown Your Trans-Child?

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Eastern Bank Sponsors First Event 2016 Transgender Conference

First Event and TCNE would like to send a BIG SHOUT OUT THANK YOU to Eastern Bank for their continued sponsorship of First Event! Thank you very much! Visit them at this link to say thanks! Eastern Bank

Eastern Bank Sponsors First Event Transgender Conference

Time is Running Out on a Discount for First Event 2016 Registration

Time is running out for a discount to join First Event 2016 First Event 2016 Final Discount Expires On December 31!

Just a more reminder that the final 5% discount for registering to FE16 will expire on Thursday 12/31/16.

Here is step by step instruction guide for registration –

You can also see a 1:30 video “HowTo” walking you through registration at this link: Video How To on Registering for FE16

Step 1:  Click to First Event 2016

Step 2:  On the top blue menu, click on the orange login button at the far right hand side of the top

Step 3:  You will come to a web page that says “welcome to First Event 2016, Please Login to Begin”

Step 4:  If this is your first time registering or logging in, then please enter your email address

Step 5:  On the next screen you will see buttons, one says “create an account” the other says “I forgot my account info”  Click on “create an Account”

Step 6:  On the next screen you’ll see a short form that will ask for your preferred email address, preferred first and last name. There are fields for city, state and zip code that we would like you to fill out but are not mandatory.

Step 7:  Your next screen shows that your new account has been set up and gives  you your password.  You will also see a big blue button to click to officially login.  Click on the big blue button to login

Step 8:  You will finally reach the event registration page, on this page you will see four blue buttons, You want to click on the third blue on the left hand side of the page, “My Conference Registration Information button” to fully login and register for your choices.

Step 9: Select a program from the Blue bullets on the top Note the general program is labelled Individual/Couple If you are a couple you can register for 1 person at a time- comp;let the first person, then go back and add the second person as part of a couple)

Step 10: Elect a package: FULL CONFERENCE; Fri-Sun; or A la carte.

Step 11.IF you choose full or Fri-Sat you can also ad on a la carte items now.

Step 12: Continue to your shopping card by clicking where the payment info box is

Step 13: You will be asked about donations and if you want to join TCNE or have a member discount code

Step 14: Make payment : via Paypal (recommended) or via check

Your registration is not completed until we receive payment.

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Professional Training On Clinical Practice as a Gender Specialist

First Event Therapist Training Program First Event 2016 transgender conference will feature gender specialist training.   The First Annual Professional Training On Clinical Practice as a Gender Specialist. “Advancing Clinical Competencies, Knowledge And Critical Skills For Beginning And Advanced Gender Specialists”.

This is a one day professional training for mental health clinicians.  Clinicians who attend will have the option of attending one track for the day or navigating other tracks throughout the day. Lunch will be included in your registration to give participants time to network.  CEU’s will be offered and are pending for LCSW, LICSW, LMHC, LMFT .

It is estimated that there are 35,000 to 45,000 transgender people in the Greater Boston area.  The need for clinicians to have familiarity and training in the needs of the transgender community is very real and this one day, multi-track, therapist training program will properly equip area clinicians to help this population.

Classes include:

  • Basic Concepts in Gender Dysphoria, Transgenderism
  • What does a gender specialist do? The early phase: What does your transgender client need?
  • Assessment and working with The New Generation “TNG”: Transgender youth
  • Assessment and working with The New Generation “TNG”: Gender non-conforming children
  • Working with spouses, significant others, partners, families and children of transgender clients
  • Getting it covered: Advocating for insurance coverage
  • Many more topics included in this professional clinician training

To see the entire list of classes, more details on this training, pricing and more details please visit First Event 2016 Professional Training Program.

Student and group discounts are available.

This  program is sponsored by:

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Chaotic Kiss Creates Anime Style Portraits of First Event Attendees

Chaotic Kiss Anime Drawings at First Event 2016 Transgender Conference Many fun, educational and helpful things happen at First Event that don’t even show up on the published program. One such fun thing at #‎FE16 will be at the Chaotic Kiss booth in the vendor area. Chaotic Kiss will be drawing anime style portraits for attendees … what a cool surprise addition to the conference!

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First Event 2016 Announces Workshop Schedule

First Event 2016 Transgender ConferenceFirst Event 2016 Transgender Conference has announced the schedule of workshops.  This year we have 150 total workshops spanning an INCREDIBLE number of  topics!  Here is a sample, but the full schedule is at our First Event 2016 Schedule of Workshops here.

Thursday, January 21, 2016 Workshops:

  • “About Face – Sharing the Alchemy of Makeup”, Thursday, 1PM
  • “Building a Support System to Follow Your Dreams and Aid in a Successful Transition Both Personally and Professionally” Thursday, 10AM
  • Whose Life Are You Living?”  Thursday, 10AM
  • So much more on the Thursday List for 2016 Workshops!

Friday, January 22, 2016 Workshops:

  • “Workplace Survival: A Panel Discussion”, Friday,  10AM,
  • “Partners in Process: A Support Group for Spouses Only”, Friday, 10AM
  • “Being Trans* and Aging: A Workshop For Trans Elders And Their Allies”  Friday, 1PM
  • “Coming out to Children, Spouses, and Family as Transgender”, Friday, 11:30AM
  • So much more at the Friday List for First Event 2016 Workshops!

Saturday, January 23, 2016 Workshops:

  • “Transgender and the Hair Removal Process (Laser and Electrolysis)”, Saturday 10AM
  • “Female to Male Top Surgery”, Saturday, 10AM
  • “About Face – Sharing the Alchemy of Makeup”, Saturday, 1PM
  • “Chest Wall Reconstruction / Breast Surgery”, Saturday, 4PM
  • So much more at the Saturday List for First Event 2016 Workshops!

See all the workshops at the First Event Schedule Page

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Happy Holidays to Everyone!

We want to wish all our friends, followers, visitors to TCNE and First Event, past and present speakers,Happy Holidays from TCNE and First Event First Event attendees, supporters, and sponsors a Happy Holiday Season!    May it be joyous as you spend it with friends and family!   And please join us at First Event 2016, January 20-24, 2016 at the Westin Boston in Waltham, MA.


Boston’s Transgender Day of Remembrance, a Celebration of Community


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Boston’s Transgender Day of Remembrance, a Celebration of Community

Boston, MA – Each November, the worldwide transgender community turns its attention to its family, friends and loved ones lost to violence and prejudice. A tradition inspired by the Allston, MA vigil for slain transgender woman Rita Hester in 1998, it is even more poignant in 2015 due to increasing violence against trans women of color. The Transgender Day of Remembrance has become the worldwide rallying point for a community long under siege, as well as an engaging affirmation of transgender community.

On Sunday November 22nd at 4:00pm folks will gather in St Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral at 138 Tremont Street in downtown Boston for a program of speakers, community speak out, and a candlelight vigil on the Common. This free program will be followed by a potluck reception starting at 6:30 featuring hot cider and warm conversation.

Boston’s Transgender and LGB communities extend a warm welcome to all who would like to attend this important event to memorialize the lives of those we have lost, celebrate community and rejoice in our strength and survival.

Please join with us at this event to benefit the Transgender Emergency Fund, which provides assistance to low-income transgender people across Massachusetts, and the Transgender Clinic at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, which helps homeless transgender individuals improve and maintain their health.

Sponsors include Eastern Bank, Fenway Health, TransCEND a program of AIDS Action, Tiffany Club of New England, Boston Pride, the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, The Network/La Red, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, The Crossing, Boston Alliance of GLBT Youth, Human Rights Campaign, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), and more. Additional sponsorships are welcome.

More info and other local TDOR events can be found at

Event Background:

Fourteen years ago at this time, Boston’s LGBT community recoiled in horror at the discovery of the latest victim of transphobic violence. Rita Hester, a popular figure in the local rock ‘n roll scene, who also happened to be a transsexual, had been found brutally stabbed to death in her Brighton apartment. A local community of queer activists, rockers, family, friends and allies – over 250 of them – came together and held a speak-out and candlelight vigil in Rita’s honor, forming a human stream of light winding its way through Rita’s old Allston stomping grounds. One year later, a memorial vigil was held in San Francisco; the following year Boston and a few other cities joined in, and this year hundreds of observances will be held in dozens of countries. Boston’s transgender communities remember local victims Chanelle Pickett, Debra Forte, Monique Thomas, Georgette Hart, Denise Pugliesi, Monique Rogers, Lisa Daniels, CJ Garber, and Rita Hester. There have been many more, mostly uncounted and unnoticed by all but their friends and family. Organized by the all- volunteer Boston Transgender Day of Remembrance Organizing Committee.
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Mimi’s Family Gallery – 10/16

mimisMimi’s Family, photography by Matthew Clowney, an art exhibit for families featuring pictures of a family with a transgender grandparent, will appear at the Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress Street, Boston, MA. The Gallery Opening will be Friday, October 16, 6:00-8:00 pm, $1 admission. The exhibit will be on view October 17 – December 13.

The 2015 U.S. Trans Survey

The 2015 U.S. Trans Survey is the new name of the largest survey devoted to the trans community. This survey is a follow-up to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey which was the basis for the 2011 report: Injustice at Every Turn.

The 2011 report has been an important source of information about the trans community. The information has been used by advocates, policy makers and as an educational resource.

The new survey is for our community and is meant to include all trans identities. The survey is coming August 19th. You can go to their website which is to sign up for information. You can also visit the National Center For Transgender Equality to see the previous report. From their webpage click on statistics and you can download the full report or an executive summary as well as many other resources.

If you need help or have a question please contact Candice St. James at