The Premier Transgender Conference of the Season

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The Premier Transgender Conference of the Season

First Event – Westin Waltham Boston – Waltham, MA – January 20-24, 2016

Now in its 35th year, First Event has grown into one of the largest trans gatherings in the world and the only major winter conference. Join us in historic Boston for fun, friendship and facts to plan your journey, in our new larger hotel. Come out of the cold for loads of entertainment, workshops and activities! Read More…

First Event 2015 was the biggest ever! This site does not yet reflect First Event 2016.

Film Screening – April 29

ChanceToDressA Chance to Dress by Alice Bouvrie (2015, 40 minutes) documents the challenges and difficulties that John Southard, a world- renowned and respected geologist and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,  experienced coming out as an open cross-dresser.  It also shows the TCNE clubhouse one evening. It will be shown at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts on April 29, 2015 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are required. See the website here.

Spring Bling Party – April 10

Bling15Glamour Boutique, 850 Southbridge Street, Auburn, MA, is sponsoring their spring party April 10! Glamour Boutique’s parties have become a popular tradition in the transgender community and are always one of the biggest events of the year.

Glamour Boutique’s second annual Spring Bling Party happens from 8:00 pm to 1:00 am on Friday, April 10th, at the Indian Meadows Country Club (also known as Acacia Functions). The Country Club is a very nice facility and, although on Route 9 in Westborough, it is situated way back off the main road in a very private and safe setting.

This will be a great opportunity for you to put away your winter blah outfits and pull out your spring finery. Then add a touch of BLING to get in the spirit of the new season. What better way than to say farewell to the brutal winter we have had than dancing the night away in your best outfit?

Any and all CDs, Ts, MtFs, FtMs, Admirers, etc are welcome to party and dance the night away.   Drinks are very reasonable at the club and we will have munchies available too.

There will be a Miss Sprint Bling that will be chosen by secret judge vote. Miss Gigi and/or Jackie Diamond who will make the announcement at midnight. Miss Spring Bling and two runner ups will receive tiaras. The criteria for this contest is BLING!

Our hostess of the night will be the vivacious Miss Gigi from Salem. Decorations will be done by the lovely Kelly. Miss Jackie Diamond of diamonddancemusic.com will be DJing for the event. She will be doing a special set of Karaoke Music. Please contact her if interested at: missjackiediamond@comcast.net.

For those of you who have not been to the country club, there are three rooms in the front section. On the far left is a section usually set up for Saturday weddings. In the center is a room with tables where people can sit and talk near the bar. And on the far right is a decent sized room with a dance floor with more tables and chairs for resting or watching the dancers.

If you call or e-mail in a reservation to Glamour Boutique, you will only have to pay $10 at the door. Or pay $20 at the door without a reservation. Parking is free and is within steps of the entrance. Remember the location is isolated away from the main street and encompassed by a huge golf course so there is complete privacy for those needing that security.

To make your reservation or if you need more information, email or call Glamour Boutique at jwarrener@aol.com or 508-721-7800 or 888-721-3177 toll free. Or drop by the store: Glamour Boutique, 850 Southbridge Street, Auburn, MA.

For party updates please Friend www.tgfashions.com on Facebook at:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/TG-Fashions/196975520352573

For Makeover Appointments, please jwarrener@aol.com, 508-721-7800 or 888-721-3177 to requiest one of Glamour Boutique’s make up artists.

Glamour Boutique has arrangements with the Econo Lodge for a group rate. They are about a mile away from the country club and have direct access from the room to the car so one does not need to go through any crowded lobbies. The rate is $64.95 for the full room. The number for reservations is 508-842-8941. Tell them you want the “SPRING BLING at Indian Meadows Country Club” rate. To get to the Econolodge from the Country Club, drive west on Route 9 and then take the 20 West exit. The Econo Lodge is almost immediately there after you get on route 20 (on the right side). The address is 380 SW Cutoff, Northborough, MA 01532 .

The closest lodging is Motel 6, within a mile of the Indian Meadows Country Club on the same side of the street. They have great rates: Motel 6, 399 Turnpike Road, Westborough, 508-366-0202.

Directions: Indian Meadows is at 275 Turnpike Road in Westborough, MA. It is on the western side of Westborough. Look for the Wendy’s on the opposite side of Route 9 as a guide point.  There is a Burlington Coat Factory behind the Wendy’s. (Note that there is another Wendy’s near I-495 on the other side of the I-495 junction.) The roadway to the country club is on the west bound side directly across from the Wendy’s and has a red light of its own. For those of you getting off onto Route 9 from I-495, it is 4.7 miles to the west on the right side. You will pass Westborough Toyota, then Glick Nissan, just before reaching the country club driveway on the right. The website for the Indian Meadows Country Club is www.AcaciaFunctions.com.

Please join us April 10 for a great yet safe night!

Online Registration Closes 1/16

First Event online registration will close Friday, January 16 at 11:59 pm. After that you must register in person at the conference. After online registration closes, evening meals and entertainment may be sold out since we must give the hotel numbers before the conference begins. Thursday evening is likely to be sold out. If you want to guarantee that you can come to any one of the evening events you must preregister online. If you decide to walk in and pay at the conference, evening events, if available, will be $70 each. Register now online and they are only $60.

Click here for the First Event Registration Page.

Zukowski Scholarship in Memory of Jessica Garabedian

ZukowskiCenterDr. & 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, fill in this form 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.







First Event 2015 Community Service Awards

First Event will present two Community Service Awards on Thursday, January 22, 2015. Each year the conference recognizes one or more who have made outstanding contributions to the transgender community. In 2015, Community Service Awards will be presented to Jennifer Levi and John Warrener.

“We are so pleased to be able to recognize these two who have done so much for our transgender community over so many years,” said Grace Stevens, Co-Chair of First Event 2015. “The diversity of our awards this year, going to a lawyer and a retailer, shows the range of services instrumental to transgender journeys.”

Jennifer Levi is the director of the GLAD Transgender Rights Project and a nationally recognized expert on transgender legal issues. She co-edited Transgender Family Law: A Guide to Effective Advocacy, the first book to address legal issues facing transgender people in the family law context and provide practitioners the tools to effectively represent transgender clients. Jennifer has served as counsel in a number of precedent-setting cases establishing basic rights for transgender people, including: O’Donnabhain v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue which established that medical care relating to gender transition qualifies as a medical deduction for federal income tax purposes; Doe v. Yunits, in which she represented a transgender student denied the right to attend school because of the clothing she wore; and Adams v. Bureau of Prisons, which successfully challenged a federal prison policy excluding medical care for transgender inmates who came into the system without a transition-related medical plan, among many others. She also has worked on a number of high profile family law cases including the Miller-Jenkins case establishing full parental rights for a Vermont civil union spouse and cases in Connecticut and Massachusetts that established the right of same-sex couples to marry. See GLAD.org for more information.

John Warrener opened one of the first transgender oriented web sites in 1996. It soon grew to include a brick and mortar store in Auburn, Massachusetts and eventually expanded to include a Glamour Boutique in Las Vegas and Studio City, CA. For decades, Glamour Boutique has been the go-to resource for transgender women requiring cross dressing advice, clothing and services, especially those new to the community. In 2007 he sold the GlamourBoutique.com web site and after a five year non-compete opened a second online vendor in 2012, TGFashions.com. From shoes to wigs, John has supplied generations of transwomen both locally and nationally, and has been responsible for developing many unique new product lines. His retail store is still located in Auburn, MA. For more history see TGFashions.com/about-us.