The Premier Transgender Conference of the Season


The Premier Transgender Conference of the Season

First Event – Westin Waltham Boston – Waltham, MA – January 21-25, 2015

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…

2014 was the biggest  and best ever! Join us in 2015 and keep us growing!

Volunteers Needed!

This year’s First Event promises to be the biggest and best ever!  In order put on such a great conference, we need committed volunteers to help out during the conference.  In return for volunteering a portion of your day we have the following:

  • A Volunteer’s Only room where you can store your belongings (it will be locked). This room will also have snacks and water.
  • Each volunteer will be provided lunch.
  • Each volunteer will be allowed to attend any of the daytime sessions that are opposite of the shift you are volunteering for – free of charge. So if you work the morning shift, you may attend any of the conference sessions in the afternoon. And, vise versa, if you work the afternoon shift you may attend any of the morning sessions.  This does not include any of the dining functions or any evening functions – those you must still pay for.

And, finally, you get to work with a great group of people!

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Shelley Hart, by filling out and submitting the form just below.

First Event 2015 Volunteer Form: If interested, please submit your name, email, cell phone, and times available with our online form. Thank you!


Workshop Schedule Posted

The First Event 2015 Workshop Schedule (also known as the Daytime Program) has been posted. These schedules are preliminary and subject to change. Additional presentations may be added in coming weeks. A few may be withdrawn or change times. Click on a workshop title to jump to its description along with present biographies on the Workshops and Presenters list. Check back for information about our planned smartphone / tablet interface for viewing the First Event 2015 Schedule.

Register and Reserve Rooms Now to Save Your Place

First Event is booming… I mean BOOMING! Right now the hotel has only 100 rooms left for Friday night. There are more available for Saturday night, but if you want to stay right here with us at the Westin, I suggest that you book your rooms immediately! In addition, we have less than 80 tickets left for Thursday Night’s Night on the Town.

It is the week before Thanksgiving. If you register now, and book your room you will surely have something to be thankful for this year…

Grace Stevens
First Event Co-Chair

2015 Workshops are Now Posted

The preliminary list of 2015 workshop presentations is now posted on our Workshops and Presenters page. The schedule of workshop days, times and rooms is not yet available and will be posted at later. We will also be adding to and updating the planned workshops, which are subject to change.

Check it out! Scroll down at the top of the page for for a concise index. Further below are the workshop descriptions, each with a short biography of the presenter(s), and you can browse them all by scrolling up and down.

What’s New Wednesday and Thursday


I am me bursting and cannot hold it in any longer!

Before I tell you about Thursday, I really want to encourage everyone to get to the hotel on Wednesday evening as we will be celebrating First Event’s new home for 2015 with some entertainment. Starting around 8:00 pm right in front of the amazing atrium window, we will be entertained by my friends, Lori Diamond and Fred Abatelli. has all info on Lori & Fred’s music – please enjoy, we hope to make the first night of First Event very special this year!

On Thursday January 22, 2015, you will start your day enjoying the Day of Wellness and Beauty. This has become a huge hit for the attendees as a variety of service providers provide services and consultations to help you in so many ways. Of course, Tiffany’s Closet will be in full swing with not just clothing. We will also have fashion consultants to help you select the best outfits that work just for you. And of course Julie will be there with her sewing machine to alter whatever you may need. This can all prepare you for Thursday evening and out Night on the Town.

Once again, on Thursday night we will be awarding our 2015 Community Service Awards. We are so excited and know that you will be too about this year’s honorees, who we shall name shortly (and yes, they already know who they are!)

Starting at 5:00 pm, the buses will arrive at the Westin hotel and your night begins as we bring you right into the center of Boston, to Club Cafe. As you arrive, there will be hors d’oeuvre served, so mingle and find your old friends or meet new ones. After the last buses arrive there will be a fabulous buffet dinner as we have the run of the cafe (which is closed to the public until 8:00 pm when we all move tot he back room to start the awards ceremonies, followed by the fabulous Peter Mac as he brings us Judy Garland (click your heels three times). Check the video below.

When the show is over, we will move back into the front room while the back room is transformed into Club Cafe’s regular dance club with DJ. There is also more entertainment in the Club’s Napoleon room up front.

You are also right in the middle of Boston where there are many other clubs that you can easily walk to. Club Cafe is open until 2:00 am in the morning and we will be providing buses to bring you home until the wee hours so you can truly have and make you very own Night on the Town!

However there is a little bad news. The number of tickets we have available for this is limited. Everyone who has already registered for the full conference or the Thursday Evening event is already in. At this point there are less than 100 tickets left for this fabulous Night on the Town, and I am certain that this night will sell out well before the conference starts. If I was a betting girl, I would wager we will be sold out before the end of this year. I encourage you to get on line NOW and make your Registration for First Event 2014, book your hotel rooms, and get here on Wednesday and enjoy everything First Event has to offer you!

..and now I can breathe again.

First Event Co-Chair

Registration Is Now Open!

Register now for First Event 2015. Online registration is now open using the easy link on our Registration page. We recommend registering online to guarantee your place and the lowest price. Those without a credit card or PayPal can download a printable form to mail in or bring with you to the conference.

Be sure to register early for a discount! Registrations received on or before October 31, 2014 qualify for a 20% Early Bird Discount! Paid-up TCNE Members get an additional 10% off, 20% for TCNE key members.

Halloween Howl Party 10/17

HalloweenHowl14John Warrener’s Glamour Boutique850 Southbridge Street, Auburn, MA, is proud to announce that it is sponsoring its SECOND ANNUAL HALLOWEEN HOWL PARTY on Friday October 17, 2014 from 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM 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 is situated way back off the main road in a very private and safe setting.

Please note that this is a closed party for T Girls and their admirers only. Unlike parties held at any of the local clubs there will be no outsiders attending. We welcome any and all CDs, TSs, TGs, MtFs, FtMs, Admirers, etc. to party and dance the night away or just enjoy a nice evening of conversation and friendship.

DJ PAULA will be spinning the dance tunes before and after their sets.
There will be additional entrainment and fun activities including some psychic card readers available for readings and some special scary guests.  Also, Melody Darkheart, a professional photographer, will be taking FREE photos for everyone interested. Plus, we will have Card Readers dazzling you with their look into your future. More activities will be announced later.

We are expecting 300-400 attendees for a great night of friendship, dancing, and friendships.

Prizes will be awarded at midnight for the BEST COSTUMES. Each and every person attending will receive a pumpkin ballot in a necklace. Those of you who want to be considered in the contests will get a special number.  Throughout the night people will be able to cast their ballots for their favorite costume. There will be three prizes and titles will then be given out:

Miss Halloween Hotty (2nd Runner Up)
Miss Halloween WOW (1st Runner Up) 
Miss Halloween Howl (Most Pumpkins)

Cost is as follows: If you call or e-mail in a reservation, you will only have to pay $10 at the door. Or pay $20 at the door without a reservation. PLEASE REMEMBER THE NAME OR NAMES THAT THE RESERVATION WAS MADE UNDER ! THIS WILL SPEED UP CHECK-IN GREATLY! Parking is private and free and is within steps of the entrance.

This will be a great opportunity to attend our HALLOWEEN HOWL PARTY in your favorite costume French Maids, Little Girls, Cheerleaders, Brides, Grooms, Glamour Queens, Sexy Girl next Door, Hunky Guy, Show Girls, Brides, Grooms, Sports Figures, Scary Monster. Cowboys, Cowgirls etc (or those just wearing their favorite attire)– OR JUST GO IN MALE MODE –are all welcome to join us for an evening of fun and getting to meet some great people. (But please no nudity or indecency. That is the only limitation.)

What makes this party an incredible night for anyone wishing to attend is that it is a PRIVATE Party where people can change into their femme outfits at the country club or come dressed – ready to party. There will be no outside people attending, so no chance of being outed. These parties are always a  great night for first timers as well as a great night for those used to being in public. 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.

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. For those needing a place to change into or out of their outfits, there are areas available at the country club.

To make your reservation or if you need more information, just drop John Warrener a line at Or call Glamour Boutique at 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 on Facebook at:

For Makeover Appointments, please contact John at or 508-721-7800 or 888-721-3177 and he will arrange one of Glamour Boutique’s make up artists for you.

We want everyone to be safe and respectful of each other. Should there be a problem, please let Dawn or John Warrener know. 

So join us for a wonderful evening of fun, conversation and great costumes.  It will be a great night for everyone to howl !


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 $59.95 for up to two people ($10 more per person above that). The number for reservations is 508-842-8941. Tell them you want the “Halloween Event 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, but there have been some complaints about them in the past, though feedback from the most recent Summer Sizzler party was more positive. Motel 6, 399 Turnpike Road, Westborough, 508-366-0202.

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

New for MBTA Riders: There is a station within a mile or so of the country club with regular stops during Friday afternoon and evening. If needed we can arrange to have some pick you up and get you to the party. The trains back, however, will not run until the next morning so you would need to make arrangements to stay overnight or find a ride home after the party.