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.

WednesdayThe Closet previewLobby bar social hour
Welcome luncheon
Dinner on the town
Job fair
Art show
Sponsors’ cocktail hour
Community lounges
Dinner/cocktail hour
Fashion show
More events in the works
Youth & Family workshops
Free HIV/HCV/STI testing
Art show
Community lounges
Jack and YaYa screening
More events in the works
Cocktail hour
Love Disco Ball
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

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

Jack and YaYa” Screening

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.

Learn more

Saturday 1pm – 3pm

John Warrener Memorial Fashion Show

Fashion show model

A celebration of diverse gender identity and expression, with dozens of transgender and gender expansive models from age 7 to 77+. 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.

Saturday 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

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