The Premier Transgender Conference of the Season

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The Premier Transgender Conference of the Season

First Event – Boston Marriott – Peabody, Massachusetts – January 22-26, 2014

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. Come out of the cold for loads of entertainment, workshops and activities! Read More…

First Event 2014 is History!   Save the dates for 2015: January 21-25, 2015.

2014 was the biggest ever and feedback suggests it was also the best ever! Until we have information on next year’s First Event 2015, this site continues to show schedules and other reference information for the now-finished 2014 conference.
See you next January!

Riding the Wave: What does it mean to you?

FE2015PosterThe new theme for First Event 2015 next January will be “Riding the Wave“. If you have insight into what that might mean to you and our community, please let us know! We are looking for short essays of approximately 500 to 1000 words for possible publication on our new “Riding the Wave” theme. Thank you for your contributions!

Summer Sizzler Party

Sizzler14IT’S BACK – BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER!

Glamour Boutique, 850 Southbridge Street, Auburn, MA, announces it is sponsoring its Second Annual SUMMER SIZZLER Party from 8:00 pm to 1:00 am on Friday, June 6, 2014, 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.

Although not a requirement, this is the opportunity to start the summer off right by wearing your hottest outfit. You are encouraged to sizzle up the night with your clothing options by sponsoring a special contest.

Here’s how to win: Every person will receive Two $1 TGFASHION DOLLARS when they enter. One will be marked “10:00 – 11:00″ and the other “11:00 – 12:00″. If you wish to participant simply get as many of the dollars as you can during the correct time period. John even urges people to change into an even hotter outfit at 11:00 so they can try to gather even more dollars. Everything, goes but no nudity or obvious bulges. At midnight, the person with the most dollars will receive the matching number in real dollars. All others can use their Tgfashion dollars at the Glamour Boutique.

Royal Productions will be back, providing an incredible DJ along with some special effect lighting to create an incredible musical atmosphere for everyone. So be prepared to dance the night away! Of course, the pizza lady will also be back with the usual Party Pizza delivery around 10:00.

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.

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.

If you call or e-mail in a reservation to Glamour Boutique, you will only have to pay $10 at the door. Or pay $15 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, just drop John Warrener a line at jwarrener@aol.com. 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 www.tgfashions.com on Facebook at:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/TG-Fashions/196975520352573

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

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 “SPRING BLING 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. 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.

First Event 2015 is Growing!

WestinAndrea, Mechelle and I are SOOOOOOOO excited to announce that we have a new home for First Event 2015. Although we have loved being in Peabody for the past seven years, thanks to each and every one of you, the continued growth of First Event has made it clear that we both needed and are ready to go to a larger venue. Our challenge was to find a place that would be able to not only provide for the growth but still keep the wonderful sense of intimacy that we have had for so long. We believe that we have found the perfect place.

FE2015PosterWe are so happy to announce that First Event 15 will be held at the Westin Waltham Boston hotel. The Westin is very centrally located off of I95 (Route 128) at Exit 27, and close to the Mass Turnpike. It has close to 400 rooms, many more conference rooms, and a large restaurant that in the evening we will turn into our intimate dance club and still have room for people to sit and chat and in the giant atrium land be able to look out at the stars. We will truly be able to attend to the wishes and needs of all our attendees.

We are so excited and hope that you will be as well! We will continue to share more updates with you as soon as we can.

Stay tuned for more details as we organize the entire program for FE15, and we hope to have registration details available early in the fall.

Grace Stevens,
First Event Co-Chair

 

Spring Bling Party – March 28

SpringBling14Glamour Boutique, 850 Southbridge Street, Auburn, MA, is sponsoring their spring party March 28! 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, March 28th, 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.

All CDs, Ts, MtFs, FtMs, Admirers, etc. are welcome to party and dance the night away. Royal Productions will be providing an incredible DJ along with some special effect lighting to create an incredible musical atmosphere for everyone. So be prepared to dance the night away. Melody Darkheart will be taking photos again. Also Readings by Douglas doing free card readings.

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!

There will be a Miss Spring Bling chosen by audience vote! As in previous contests, those interested in competing will receive a number and everyone will get to vote for their favorite BLING choice by jotting that number down and submitting the vote into the ballot box. The winner will become Miss Spring Bling 2014 and the two runner ups will be part of her court. The reigning Miss Spring Bling, Miss Cha Cha, will crown the the new winner at midnight.

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.

If you call or e-mail in a reservation to Glamour Boutique, you will only have to pay $10 at the door. Or pay $15 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, just drop John Warrener a line at jwarrener@aol.com. 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 www.tgfashions.com on Facebook at:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/TG-Fashions/196975520352573

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

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 “SPRING BLING 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. 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 March 28 for a great yet safe night!

Menswear 101 Workshop

Bobbie Kay gave a basic course on men’s clothing, “Menswear 101″, at First Event 2014 and was asked for information time and again by the guys at the conference.

Click here for the Workshop Handout.  The following information will help you use it.

Sizes
The handout gives sizing information for shirts and jackets, pants, shoes, socks, and hats.  It doesn’t, however, tell you how to take the measurements for neck, chest, arm length, waist, hips, inseam, and head circumference, so here goes:

  • Neck, measure where you want the collar to fall, not too loose or it will chafe, not too tight or you’ll choke.
  • Chest, measure around the body at the broadest part of the chest.
  • Arm length, put arm at shoulder height in front of you, with the elbow at 90 degrees. Measure from center of back at shoulder height, along the outside of the arm around the elbow to about half an inch beyond the narrowest part of the wrist for shirts, and to the narrowest part of the wrist for jackets. [note: testosterone seems to result in relatively longer arms for a given neck size, so look for jackets marked as short (jackets are typically e.g. 40 or 40R for a regular 40" chest, 40S for short, and 40L for long.) shirt sizes, e.g. 16 32-33 means 16" neck, 32" or 33" arm length]
  • Waist, measure around the narrowest part of the waist. [pants sizes are by waist, so a 32 is for a 32" waist, however, men's pants sit mostly below the waist, and the hip measurement is often more important.  You can use the table provided to translate from your hips to a pants size. If there is a second number for pants, it is the inseam measurement.  Suit pants sizes are by convention 4" less than the jacket.
  • Inseam, measured down the inside of the leg, from where the crotch will hang to the shoe, the pants are expected to "break" on the front of the shoe, the amount of break being personal preference, although you want to make sure that when you hitch up your pants, it still breaks.
  • Hips, measure around the broadest part of the hips/butt.
  • Head circumference, measure around the head where you expect the hat band to lie. The hat size (given in eighths of an inch), is the diameter of a circle whose circumference is the head's circumference. [OK, I'm a mathematician by training, and couldn't resist.]

Neckties
The handout also shows how to tie the three most common necktie knots: the Four-in-Hand (ugly but all too common), the Half Windsor (more symmetrical), the Full Windsor (very symmetrical, but bulky and uses up a lot of the length of a tie  –  my favorite, I buy extra long ties).

The label on a necktie serves an additional purpose.  Once the necktie is tied, the narrow part of the tie goes behind the label so it doesn’t stick out.  Ideally the point of the tie overlaps the waistband of your pants but no more than the point.   It is harder to judge with narrow, square-ended neckties which should probably not overlap the belt.

No bow ties, you’re on your own.