Daily Schedules, with Workshops

Schedule Overview
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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.

WednesdayThe Closet previewLobby bar social hour
Welcome luncheon
Dinner on the town
Job fair
Art show
Workplace ally workshops
TPOC luncheon
Professional networking event
Community lounges
Free CeCe screening
Red carpet cocktail reception/dinner
transFORMED Fashion show
Transmasculine luncheon
Youth & Family Middle School luncheon
Youth & Family workshops
Free HIV/HCV/STI testing
Art show
Community lounges
Jack and YaYa screening
Red carpet cocktail reception
SundayPacking, hugging, and heading home

Conference Highlights

Educational Workshops


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

Free HIV/HCV/STD Testing

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

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 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.


Social Events

Red Carpet Cocktail Reception

The stairway leading to the Grand Ballroom at the Boston Park Plaza

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

Sephora presents

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! 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.

Friday Night

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:

Saturday Night

The First Event Stop the Killing of our Trans Women Mini Ball

Love Disco 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.

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.

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 Movie

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

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

Acoustic guitar at the jazz cafe

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 to sign up.

Connecting with resources (and shopping!)

Vendor Room

Vendoir room

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

Thursday – Saturday

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

Professional Networking

Massachusetts LGBT Chamber of Commerce Job Fair

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!

Details here

Friday, noon – 4pm

Eastern Bank Professional Networking Reception

Eastern Bank. Join us for good.

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.