First Event is looking for Volunteers for Security and Public Safety at First Event 2020

First Event 2020 Transgender Conference Public Safety and Medical StaffFirst event is looking for volunteers for First Event 2020 for Security/Public Safety.

We are currently taking applications for 4- 6 positions for the team, a security background is not necessary. However, the team is looking for any Volunteers that may have – EMT/Paramedic/medical-training, or a similar background.

This year’s security director is Hannah Moor, she will be responsible for reviewing all applications and conducting FE security team oversight during the event. All applicants will be expected to participate in a short meet and great phone interview prior to selection. These interviews will be conducted prior to the event and as schedules allow.

To volunteer, please fill out the short volunteer form and indicate Public Safety under the “Anything Else” section.

First Event 2020: Hotel Reservations and Workshop Submissions Now Open!

Need a room at First Event 2020 or interested in submitting to present a workshop?  The information below will help you with both!

HOTEL RESERVATIONS

FirstEvent 2020 Transgender Conference Boston MA    Discounted hotel reservations are now open for First Event 2020!  Enjoy your conference in style with a great rate at Boston’s historic Park Plaza hotel.  Follow this link for details and to register for our discounted rate!

WORKSHOP SUBMISSION

First Event 2020 Workshop Submission  We are now accepting workshop submissions for First Event 2020.  Our attendees are interested in a very wide variety of topics related to the transgender community.  From youth and family topic, to packing, top surgery, how to create a wardrobe, deportment, career topics and more.  Please follow this link  and then scroll down the page to submit your workshop!

Volunteers Needed for First Event 2020

We’re opening up our volunteer portal and putting out a call for volunteers for First Event 2020!

First Event is entirely volunteer organized and run. Being a part of this work helps everyone in the transgender community. Perhaps most of all, it helps YOU the volunteer as the reward of giving back is priceless!

We can use volunteers in so many parts of First Event 2020, from setting up rooms, to helping people get from one part of the conference to another, and more. We are especially in need of those trained as EMTs and in SECURITY.

So please jump on in. The volunteer crew is fun, and we do so many great things for the community by doing this. To fill out our simple form, go to First Event Volunteer Form.

Check out the First Event 2020 Schedule

First Event 2020 will be held January 29th to February 2nd at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. We are planning the biggest and best First Event yet as we celebrate our 40th anniversary!

The schedule for First Event 2020 is really starting to take shape. Everything you loved about previous years is back, including workshops, the banquet, fashion show, vendors, and lots of dancing. Much of the newer programming is also back, including the wellness track, the ball, and the job fair. And we are bringing in exciting new programming. While many details are yet to be confirmed, we are announcing a special showing of the documentary Jack & YaYa and an art show featuring the work of transgender and non-binary artists.

We are really excited about the new opportunities for First Event 2020 thanks to our much larger location right in downtown Boston. We are working on excursions around Boston to give you a chance to explore the finest our fair city has to offer. We are working to take our evening entertainment up a notch or two – there’s a lot brewing, but nothing I can share with you just yet.

Another highlight of the new location is that our large number of conference rooms allows us to pack our workshops all into three days, so no more racing from Youth & Family workshops to catch the Superbowl! We are so grateful that we can fold our youth and families back into the heart of the conference on Saturday, with access to all the vendors, the general medical workshops, and the great community.

So, check it out and tell us what you think below:

http://firstevent.org/schedule/

First Event is moving to Boston!

Boston Park Plaza Entrance

First Event 2020 will be held at the Boston Park Plaza in downtown Boston, from January 29 – February 2. This is the first time in 40 years that First Event will be held in Boston instead of in neighboring suburbs. This FAQ intends to explain why we are making this change and to give a sense of what to expect.

Why is First Event 2020 leaving the Best Western in Marlborough?

We outgrew the Best Western in Marlborough – there were just too many compromises to serve our growing community. The space crunch led to Sunday workshops, turning away vendors who want to support us, and a rather uncomfortable dining experience at the fashion show.

So we had to leave the Best Western, but why downtown Boston?

We had 3 “must have” requirements for our new location:

  1. Sufficient space for programming, including workshops and social events
  2. Accessible by public transit from Boston so that the greatest number of people could attend, including those without cars or with insufficient means to take private transportation
  3. Affordable, allowing us to offer comparable prices to First Event 2019

We ran an exhaustive search process, engaging in deep discussions with transit-accessible hotels in less-crowded Boston neighborhoods and in the neighboring suburbs. It might be surprising, but very few of these hotels had sufficient programming space. And those that did, like the Newton Marriott and the new Encore Boston Harbor Resort were way too expensive for both hotel rooms and conference costs.

Will it really be affordable? Boston is SOOO expensive!

Yes, it will. And there will be more options at different price points.

Hotel rooms will cost $109/night (cozy rooms) and $139/night (superior rooms). In addition, we have arranged for beds at a nearby hostel for $34/night. For reference, rooms at the Best Western cost $132/night.

Registration fees will be as close as possible to 2019 registration fees. While we haven’t worked out the final numbers, we expect to keep workshop prices steady and evening events within about $5.

Food and drinks on your own may be a bit more expensive at the hotel, but the beauty of being in the city is that there are so many options right at your doorstep.

We also are finding that our downtown location is making us more appealing to conference sponsors. Sponsors cover a growing percentage of the costs of First Event, allowing us to keep costs as low as possible for attendees.

But what about parking? Parking in Boston is dreadful!

You are right. Parking in Boston is brutal. There’s no way around it – you won’t find the combination of price and convenience of parking at a suburban hotel.

We are actively exploring multiple parking options, including:

  • Negotiated rates with nearby garages.
  • Free or cheap parking farther from the hotel, with some options for getting to the hotel like transit, a shuttle van, or coordinating shared ubers/Lyfts.

Is there anything good about being at the Park Plaza in Boston?

You bet! We are super-excited about our new location, and really hope you love it as much as we think you will. Here are the 10 best things about our move:

  1. No Sunday workshops
  2. Easily accessible by public transit
  3. O’Connor’s Pub is next door
  4. Shopping on Newbury Street
  5. Easy to get to from Logan
  6. More welcoming to more diverse (age, race, gender identity, financial means) attendees
  7. Expanded evening programming (stay tuned!)
  8. More interest from potential conference sponsors, vendors, and workshop presenters, bringing more resources to the trans community
  9. They don’t call Boston the “hub” (of the universe) for nothing! Boston’s got spahts and cultcha like nobody’s business!
  10. This is where we’ll have the fashion show and banquet. For reals!

Tell us what you think

We would love to hear what you think about the move. What are you most excited about? Any lingering questions or concerns? Post your thoughts below.

A BIG THANK YOU to all Our Participants, Presenters, Vendors, Sponsors and Volunteers

Thanks so much to all our participants, presenters, vendors, sponsors and volunteers for making First Event 2019 a huge success! We experienced record breaking attendance with just over 1,000 total participants and we’ve received lots of positive and helpful feedback. Each of you made it possible for us to help others, build community and support each other!

Got questions? We got answers! email us info@firstevent.org

Please follow us on our parent site, tcne.org, Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook or join our email list for information about First Event 2020!

Thank you to our Sponsors of First Event 2019



Boston Medical Center
Zukowski Center for Cosmetic Suergery
Dr. Mark Zukowski
Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel
. 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. 

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please email us at info@firstevent.org.

First Event 2019 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 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, Ebony.com, 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.



First Event Transgender Conference Starts Wed. January 30th – Pre-register by Tuesday and save 25%

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Trans Club of New England’s First Event, being held January 30th to February 3rd, 2019 is an excellent transgender conference geared to every point in your journey.  This year we will hold the conference at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough MA.

This Tuesday, January 29th is the last day to reserve your spot at First Event before prices increase 25%.

This year’s program has been revamped and updated:

We have a record number of workshops this year – OVER 150!

Transgender Job Fair at TCNE! Bring your resume or contact information! These companies are committed to building a diverse workforce and are actively recruiting for a wide range of professional positions

New programming by and for transgender people of color.

The Frances J. Cardullo Banquet featuring our key note speaker, CeCe McDonald. with her talk Be The Change, See The Change: A Guide to Operating in Solidarity

Enhanced transmasculine programming.

The First Event Ball, presented by New England Mother Legendary Athena West, 11pm-2am Saturday night. This is NOT to be missed. Want to know what to expect? Check out Athena’s World Aids Ball or watch the new FX show Pose.

A transgender wellness track on Saturday, with free HIV/HCV/STI testing to anyone who would like to participate and a full day of workshops dedicated to our physical, emotional, and mental health.

The Closet is a First Event exclusive popup thrift boutique.

Sunday workshops and vendors. Our conference is just getting too big to wrap up Sunday morning, so we have extended more programming into Sunday.

We are always tweaking existing programming to better serve you and to make room for all of the great new stuff. Some key changes this year:

Youth and family track is moved to Sunday (see all that is happening here). In addition to the dedicated day on Sunday, youth and families are encouraged to attend workshops and events throughout the conference.

More mingling at the John Warrener Memorial Fashion Show. The fashion show isn’t just about our models – it’s a chance for all of us to see and be seen. We’ve switched to a social dinner reception format to allow us to eat and mingle together.

The workshop schedule is up and  you can see it all here: First Event Workshop Schedule.  For pricing and packages please click to our registration page.

You can only save 25% IF you register by Tuesday! Need to stretch your budget? We try our best to accommodate all who wish to attend First Event regardless of ability to pay click to the Ken Garber Memorial Scholarship program.