Daily Schedules, with Workshops
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There is so much to do at First Event 2020! In addition to the great social events and educational opportunities you’ve likely come to expect, we’ve added professional networking and a celebration of the arts with filmmaker documentary screenings, an art show, and an open mic.
First Event 2020 will be held Wednesday, January 29 – Sunday, February 2, 2020 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel.
|Wednesday||The Closet preview||Lobby bar social hour|
|Dinner on the town|
Workplace ally workshops
Professional networking event
Free CeCe screening
|Red carpet cocktail reception/dinner|
transFORMED Fashion show
Youth & Family Middle School luncheon
Youth & Family workshops
Free HIV/HCV/STI testing
Jack and YaYa screening
|Red carpet cocktail reception|
|Sunday||Packing, hugging, and heading home|
- Educational Workshops
- Social Events
- Celebrating the Arts
- Connecting with Resources (and shopping!)
- Professional Networking
Workshops are the heart of First Event, providing an incredible array of learning opportunities for transgender and gender expansive people and those who love and support them.
Thursday – Saturday
Wellness Track Workshops
The wellness track features free HIV/HCV/STI testing and numerous workshops on different aspects of trans wellness.
Free HIV/HCV/STI testing, courtesy of Fenway Health
Thursday – Saturday
Eastern Bank Workplace Ally Track Workshops
The workplace ally track provides essential training for diversity officers, HR staff, and other employees to learn how to best support transgender and gender non-conforming employees. The track also provides an opportunity for corporations to support the transgender community with professional development workshops. The day ends with the Eastern Bank networking reception.
Youth and Family Track Workshops
The youth and family track brings together transgender youth, their siblings, parents and other loved ones with professionals possessing decades of experience supporting trans youth. It offers an unparalleled opportunity to learn from others who have walked this complex path ahead of you, and for transgender youth to connect with their peers.
Red Carpet Cocktail Reception
The move to Boston is a great excuse to kick up the glitz and glamour at the cocktail hours preceding the Friday night fashion show and Saturday night banquet.
You’ll start by scaling the most gorgeous (and photogenic!) staircase you’ve ever seen. Enter the ballroom with your turn on the red carpet. On Friday night you might even be interviewed by Dale LePage for Pride TV which is distributed to more than 2 million homes around New England.
Look around the room. Who do you see? Friends from years of First Events or maybe ones you met earlier in the day. Leaders of the transgender community, like Carmen Carrera and Carter Brown (Saturday night). Professional transgender models represented by Dejzorn Gauthier‘s GVII Talent Management (Friday night).
It’s the night of a thousand pictures. Grab a friend, or a friendly face, and find the perfect photo spot. There will be plenty of picture-perfect spots to go around.
The red carpet cocktail hours are included with tickets for the transFORMED fashion show (except show-only tickets) and the Frances J. Cardullo banquet.
Friday and Saturday Night
transFORMED: A celebration of trans identity and expression
Honoring the memory of John Warrener
transFORMED brings together transgender and non-binary models and performers for a night of celebration of trans identity and community. Get outta the closet and onto the runway! Scheduled performers include:
- Singers Nicole Talbot, Black Bear Extraordinaire, and Ruffa Fuertes
- Drag performers Tee Sparks and Nikita LeFemme
- Models from GVII Talent Management
- Spoken word artist Christine Caulfield
Red carpet cocktail hour with dinner before the show. $20 tickets available for the show only without cocktail hour.
The Frances J. Cardullo Banquet
The conference peaks Saturday night at the Frances J. Cardullo Banquet. Dress to the nines for a night of socializing with friends old and new.
The highlight of the banquet is a keynote panel discussion hosted by the Reverend Irene Monroe featuring 6 community leaders:
- Carmen Carrera Model, actress, activist
- Carter Brown Executive director, Black Transman, Inc.
- Jes Tom Actor, writer, comic
- Ashley Brundage Diversity and inclusion leader
- Samantha Lux Social media influencer
- Jack Milligan Subject, Jack and YaYa
The First Event Stop the Killing of our Trans Women Mini Ball
Legendary New England Mother Athena West is back again hosting a Ball at First Event. Thousands in cash prizes, in categories to be announced.
Details on facebook.
We are working on plans for several different dance parties this year. We’ll make sure you have a great chance to unwind and let loose after a long fun day.
Thursday – Saturday
First Event provides great opportunities to connect with others like us – to make friends, to share experiences, and to learn from each other. With over 1,000 attendees, it can sometimes be hard to know where to start! We set aside community-specific lounges to gather with others who may know a bit more about what each of us as individuals experience. Look for lounges to connect with other people who share aspects of your identity, such as transmasculine, transgender people of color, non-binary, and trans youth.
Celebrating the Arts
“Free CeCe” Screening, hosted by CeCe McDonald
Free CeCe confronts the culture of violence surrounding trans women of color. It is told through the voices of Laverne Cox and Cece McDonald.
Discussion with transgender and prison rights activist CeCe McDonald follows the showing.
Filmmakers screening of “Jack and YaYa”
Jack and YaYa follows best friends who from a young age, saw each other as they truly were, a girl and a boy, even though the rest of the world didn’t see them that way.
Discussion with the filmmaker and subjects follows the film.
Saturday 1pm – 3pm
“Celebrating being transgender” Art Show
New for First Event 2020, an art show exclusively featuring the work of transgender and gender non-conforming artists.
Submit your original piece here by December 31st.
Friday – Saturday
Jazz Cafe and Open Mic
Relax after the Frances J. Cardullo banquet to the music of singer/songwriters Linda Marks and CiCi Eberle, along with the talents of many other conference attendees.
All performers welcome – sing, play an instrument, tell a story, share a poem. We’ll provide the mic, the stage, and a keyboard; you provide any additional instruments. Please keep instrument setup to a minimum. Email Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Connecting with resources (and shopping!)
Visit the vendor room to connect with transgender-focused retailers, service providers, medical providers, and community groups.
Thursday – Saturday
The Closet is a First Event exclusive popup thrift boutique. Prices and selection are incredible and all money raised goes directly to support TCNE. Come early for the best selection!
Wednesday – Saturday
Massachusetts LGBT Chamber of Commerce Job Fair
More than two dozen area employers dedicated to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce will participate in the job fair, presented in partnership with the Massachusetts LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Be sure to bring plenty of copies of your resume!
Friday, noon – 4pm
Eastern Bank Professional Networking Reception
The professional networking reception provides a unique opportunity for transgender professionals to connect with leaders in the corporate and non-profit communities who are committed so supporting LGBTQ equality. Come to see who receives the TCNE Community Ally award.
The professional networking reception is made possible through the generous support of Eastern Bank.