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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

Click Here to Learn More about First Event 2016 Transgender Conference

Zukowski Scholarship in Memory of Jessica Garabedian

Dr. & Mrs. Mark Zukowski and family are presenting two community scholarships in memory of Jessica Garabedian, patient, friend, business woman, musician and longtime fixture in the Boston transgender community, who passed away unexpectedly March 20, 2014.

These two awards will go to deserving trans folk who are musicians, since Jessica was perhaps best known for her rock band, Temptress.

The scholarship awards are unrestricted grants. If you are a musician or music student in the transgender community, submit the form on the First Event website to apply for one of the $500 awards. Applications must be submitted prior to January 21, 2015. Decisions will be made by Dr. Zukowski and awards will be presented on Friday night during the Fashion Show.

Click here for the application form at the end of this page.

Reserve Before First Event Hotel Rooms Are Gone

The good news is that First Event 2014 is going to be bigger and better than ever! The bad news is the hotel is filling up much faster this year. The Marriott Peabody is close to selling out all hotel rooms for First Event on Friday and Saturday, January 24 and 25, 2014. Once those rooms are gone, overflow reservations can be made at a nearby Marriott Courtyard in Danvers, and we will be running free shuttles to the conference hotel. But if you have been delaying making reservations and want to stay at the Peabody conference hotel, you should try to book your room as soon as possible! Please visit the <strong><a href=”” target=”_blank”>First Event Hotel Venue</a></strong> page and click the link there to reserve your room online.

First Event Early Bird Pricing Ends Soon!

Please don’t forget to register for First Event 2014 by Thursday, November 7 for a 20% Early Bird Discount! Get the best price by registering now and plan to have a blast this coming January. The Full Conference Package saves even more this year. And TCNE members save an additional 10%!

First Event Wants You!

We are in the early planning stages for First Event 2014, (“What do you want to be when you grow up?”), January 22-26, 1014 again at the Peabody Marriott.

Help us make a vital and growing conference even better next year!  We are currently seeking volunteers to join the First Event Committee and help plan and manage  the conference in two important positions:

  • Transportation Coordinator
  • Evening Entertainment Assistant Coordinator

If interested, please e-mail us at with your name and contact information. Please include a short description of yourself and where you would like to help. Thank you!

Join Us at First Event This Week!

First Event 2013 happens this week, Thursday to Sunday, with the Tiffany’s Closet Consignment Shop also open Wednesday, January 23. Please join us!

First Event has grown into one of the largest trans gatherings in the world and the only major winter conference. Join us north of Boston for fun, friendship and facts to plan your journey. Come out of the cold for loads of entertainment, workshops and activities!

If you have not pre-registered, you can register at the Peabody Marriott beginning Thursday, January 24 at 9:00 AM.  TCNE members get a 10% discount, 20% for key holders.

There is nightly dancing until 1:00. So if will you need the sleep, rooms are still available at a special conference rate when you call the hotel at 1-978-977-9700 and mention “First Event”.

Visit the First Event 2013 web site to learn more:

Register Now for First Event and Save!

Time is running out. The Advance Purchase Discount deadline to register for First Event 2013 is the end of this month! Save 10% by signing up by December 31, 2012. Don’t miss out on all the fun this coming January and don’t miss the extra savings by registering right now! Plus TCNE members save an additional 10% or 20%. First Event 2013 promises to be the biggest and best ever and we need your support.

Visit the First Event Registration page for details and sign up either online or by mail.

First Event: Register Early Online

Don’t miss out on all the fun this January 23-27! TCNE members save an 10% or 20%. Some activities have limited space and registering early guarantees your place. First Event 2013 will be the biggest and best ever with your support.

We highly recommend registering for the conference online, especially if you are planning to attend any of the dinner functions. We must give the hotel the meal counts the day before the event starts to ensure there is enough food. Last year, we sadly had to turn down a number of people for dinner tickets who made last minute decisions at the event. We encourage you to reserve your place early and the best way to do that is to register online now.

Online Registration will close Friday, January 18 at 11:59 PM. Please register online before then or you must register in person at the conference the following week.

Visit the First Event Registration page for details and sign up either online or by mail:

First Event Workshops and More

It’s time to start getting psyched about First Event 2013 this coming January! If you have not already, check out to register online and book a room. We have now posted a preliminary list of workshop descriptions and presenter bios, so you can start planning what to attend. We’ve indexed the presentations by type this year too. There is also a preliminary list of providers for the Day of Wellness & Beauty on Thursday. And read about Amanda Simpson, next year’s amazing keynote speaker Saturday night!

Time Is Running Out

The Early-Bird deadline to register for First Event 2013 is less than a month away! Save 20% by signing up by October 31, 2012. Don’t miss out on all the fun this coming January and don’t miss the extra savings by registering right now!  TCNE members get an additional 10% or 20% savings added to the 20% Early-Bird discount. First Event 2013 promises to be the biggest and best ever and we need your support. Visit the First Event Registration page for details and sign up either online or by mail. Time is running out!