First Event

First Event is one of the longest running conferences in the U.S. for transgender and gender expansive people and those who love and support them. Join us January 30th through February 3rd, 2019 at the Best Western Royal Plaza hotel in the Boston area.  

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Our Sponsors

Boston Medical Center
Zukowski Center for Cosmetic Suergery
Dr. Mark Zukowski
Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel
Dr. Melissa Johnson
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Dr. Sherman Leis

Sponsoring First Event Conference gives incredible direct reach into the transgender community, with extensive opportunities for promotion throughout the 5-day conference. First Event Conference is presented by Trans Club of New England (TCNE), a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit. 

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Keynote Speaker – CeCe McDonald

Be The Change, See The Change: A Guide to Operating in Solidarity

CeCe McDonald, Transgender prison-reform activist
First Event 2019 Keynote Speaker
CeCe McDonald, Transgender prison-reform activist
First Event 2019 Keynote Speaker

CeCe is a transgender activist and revered icon of the LGBTQ community. She captured international recognition in 2011 after surviving a white supremacist and transphobic attack, later receiving a second-degree manslaughter conviction and serving 19 months in prison simply for defending herself.

She has been profiled in Mother Jones,, and Rolling Stone, the latter praising her as “an LGBT folk hero for her story of survival – and for the price she paid for fighting back.” In 2014, The Advocate included her among its annual “40 Under 40” list. That same year, she received the Bayard Rustin Civil Rights Award by the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club. She is the subject of the acclaimed documentary, “FREE CeCe,” produced by transgender actress Laverne Cox. Since her release, she has graced stages across the country where she uses storytelling to articulate the personal and political implications of being both black and trans.

As one of the founders of the Black Excellence Collective and Black Excellence Tour, created with best friend Joshua Allen, she fosters important conversations around mass incarceration, sexuality, and violence. With energy and conviction, she highlights the hope she now fights for – that all LGBTQ people can live their lives free of hate and prejudice and confidently pursue their dreams without fear.

CeCe McDonald will be delivering the First Event conference keynote during the Frances J. Cardullo Banquet on the evening of February 2, 2019. Her talk is titled Be The Change, See The Change: A Guide to Operating in Solidarity.

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