Schedule Overview

The schedule for First Event 2020 is really starting to take shape. Here’s what we’ve got so far. Stay tuned for updates as more events are confirmed. Detailed workshop schedules will be available in January.

First Event 2020 will be held Wednesday, January 29 – Sunday, February 2, 2020 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel.

WednesdayThe Closet previewLobby bar social hour
Welcome luncheon
Dinner on the town
Job fair
Art show
Workplace ally workshops and networking
Community lounges
Red carpet cocktail hour/dinner
transFORMED Fashion show
Love Disco Ball
Youth & Family workshops
Free HIV/HCV/STI testing
Art show
Community lounges
Jack and YaYa screening
More events in the works
Red carpet cocktail hour
SundayPacking, hugging, and heading home

Conference Highlights


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

Free HIV/HCV/STD Testing

The wellness track features free HIV/HCV/STI testing and numerous workshops on different aspects of trans wellness.

Thursday – Saturday

Workplace Ally Track

Workplace Allies

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 a networking cocktail reception.

Information on corporate packages for First Event coming soon.


Youth and Family Track

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.


Celebrating being transgender” Art Show

New for First Event 2020, an art show exclusively featuring the work of transgender and gender non-conforming artists.

Interested in submitting your art? Information coming soon!

Friday – Saturday

Filmmakers screening of Jack and YaYa”

Jack and YaYa Movie

In another First Event first, we are screening the breakaway documentary, 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.

Learn more

Saturday 1pm – 3pm

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.

transFORMED: A celebration of trans identity and expression

Honoring the memory of John Warrener

Fashion show model

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! Performers to be announced closer to showtime.

Dinner and cocktails before the show.

Friday Night

The Frances J. Cardullo Banquet

Park Plaza Grand Ballroom

The conference peaks Saturday night at the Cardullo Banquet. Dress to the nines for a night of socializing with friends old and new. Keynote speaker to be confirmed.

Saturday Night

The Love Disco Ball

Love Disco Ball

Legendary New England Mother Athena West is back again hosting the Live Disco Ball at First Event. Thousands in cash prizes, in categories to be announced.

Friday Night



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


TPOC Lounge/Lunch

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.

The Closet

Vendor room

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

Vendor Room

Vendoir room

Visit the vendor room to connect with transgender-focused retailers, service providers, medical providers, and community groups.

Thursday – Saturday

Job Fair

Sponsored by the Massachusetts LGBT Chamber of Commerce
Job fair

More than a 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