Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions and answers from First Event Attendees

Payment Policy Online payment via the Registration System’s safe and secure website is the preferred method of payment. We prefer you register on line. Although hard copy downloadable registration forms are available. You may mail a check or money order (no cash will be accepted).

Confirmation Policy No registration will be honored without pre-payment. Registration and/or payment received after January 15, 2019 will be subject to availability. You will receive a confirmation email once your registration and payment have been processed. If you do not receive an email within 4 days (or 10 days if mailing), please contact us at finance@tcne.org

Cancellation Policy No cancellations will be accepted after January 15, 2018. All cancellations are subject to a 20% handling charge. To cancel, please email us at

What if I have a special need? If you require any special needs such as dietary arrangements, coordination, etc. please let us know in advance so provisions can be made at finance@tcne.org

First Event Security Team First Event and TCNE believe that the security of each attendee at the conference is of utmost importance. Whether this is your first time or 30th time coming to the conference, we now that a safe environment is important to everyone. Once again First Event will be having our own professionally trained security personnel to help with emergencies during the event and also uniform local police available during the evening social hours. In the past this has proven both very popular for all attendees.

What is included in my First Event registration? Your conference package determines which meals, events and activities you will be able to partake of. When you visit the First Event registration desk which will be in the vendor room, you will be given your registration packet which includes the conference program booklet, the conference badge which is your passport to the seminars/workshops/presentations, meal & activity tickets (as applicable) and various other material.

How do I become a presenter? If you would like to present at the First Event Conference, please visit our Submit a Workshop page and we will consider your proposal. We have limited slots available for presentations and workshops and our goal is to provide a diverse program for our attendees. Slots fill up fast, so send your proposal quickly. Deadline is November 15, 2018.

How to I register as a vendor? If you would like to be a vendor at the First Event Conference, please visit our Vendor Information page. Vendors must register to participate at the First Event. Space is limited, so please register early.

What First Event workshops are there? A seminar schedule will be included in your conference program booklet which is available when you check-in at the First Event Conference registration desk. The daily seminar schedule will be posted on the website in the Schedule section of the website. We hope to begin posting workshops in early December.

Who operates First Event? The First Event Conference is hosted by The Trans Club of New England (TCNE), a Massachusetts non-profit 501(c)(3) registered charitable organization that has been serving the Transgender community since 1978. First Event continues to grow and is now one of the largest and most exciting transgender conferences available. The organizer’s goal is to make this special event affordable for everyone, so please come join us!

What do I wear? As an attendee you are representing the Transgender community and hope you take pride and dress appropriately to portray a positive image. You may either dress in your birth gender, preferred gender or both, whatever you feel most comfortable in. Most people dress in business casual during the day. We even have attendees who change once, twice or three times a day–whatever you are most comfortable with! At our evening dinner events –Thursday through Saturday, the dress is business, semi-formal, or formal, please.

Which restroom do I use? While at the hotel, we abide by the general rule to use the bathroom that best aligns with the gender you are presenting. Please remember if you are using the ladies room, to sit rather than stand. Use common sense and respect.

Can someone who is not transgender attend? Absolutely! We welcome not only Transgender individuals, but also their spouses, significant others, families, friends & allies. In fact, many of our seminars and workshops are specifically included to meet the needs of those that are not Transgender, but know and care for someone who is.

Can I take photos or videotape at the conference? We are committed to protecting our members’ and guests’ personal information, identity and privacy. Therefore, we ask that everyone follow basic rules of respect and courtesy, so that each of us can feel free to be our true selves. No photos may be taken without the consent of the person(s) photographed. No photos may be posted or otherwise made public in any forum without the consent of the person or all the persons who are in the photos. Please be considerate of others’ privacy during the conference. During the registration process you may place a Red Dot on your namebadge indicating ‘No Photos Permitted.’ You may also select a No Photo Flair Pin when you create your profile.

Are spouses, significant others, and partners included? Absolutely! Not only are you welcome, but your participation is essential.  Please visit our PIP page for additional information.

Are their CEUs available for therapists who attend the conference? CEUs are not offered for therapists attending First Event.