What’s new at First Event 2019?

Thanks for asking! There’s lots new at First Event 2019 as we build on our great successes over the past several decades and continue to expand our reach to support the broad transgender and gender non-conforming community.

Here are some of the new things we are most excited about:

  • New programming by and for transgender people of color.
  • 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. Even better – attend Athena’s Ball December 1st in Roxbury, sponsored by TCNE/First Event. 
  • A transgender wellness track on Saturday, with free HIV/HCV/STI testing and a full day of workshops dedicated to our physical, emotional, and mental health.
  • 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. 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 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.

What do you think? Let us know with a comment below.

15 Replies to “What’s new at First Event 2019?”

  1. Hi. My child would love to participate in the fashion show — but I can’t find the information / sign up. Thanks!

  2. This sounds great! I hope you will also have a great professional learning program, as you have in the past.

    1. Maureen – we are not planning on having the professional learning program in 2019. I hope that you will find lots of other worthwhile activities at First Event 2019.

  3. I am very excited to see all the NEW STUFF at FE 2019. You all give me a kick start for the busy year I have planned. The dedication and love is felt in the 20 plus years I have with you. After my back incident in 2018 I knew I had to return As usual whatever is needed, I am very happy to help out Have a super and safe holiday season. Michael Christine Hochberg

  4. I love what you are doing. An added event for seniors might be welcome. I was present a number of years ago when someone from the audience asked the professional panel their thoughts on housing and life after retirement.

  5. love the change to the fashion show CD event.

    Also, you have now provided something for those of us who like to linger around Sunday.

    Any plans for a social event Sunday?

    1. Vanessa – glad you are excited about changes to the Fashion Show. Just to be clear – it’s much more than CD. We feature people from ALL across the gender spectrum – male, female, gender non-conforming; full-time, part-time, no-time, …

      We don’t have any specific plans for a Sunday social event. Maybe an informal Super Bowl party for anybody who wants to hang around???

  6. Hi, my name is Trace Ellis. This will be my third year at FE! Last year, I was part of an open mic on Saturday during Linda Mark’s coffee house gig. She contacted me resently, and I also spoke to Cody about stepping it up a notch by advertising beforehand and trying to recruit more performers with a sign up sheet beforehand. Could someone put together an ad/poster for online if I provide all the info? Unfortunately, I am very low tech, ugh. I can be reached by email or phone ( 518) 409 5338. Thanks

  7. Thanks, Trace. I’m happy to help a bit with promotion. Linda is scheduled to provide promotional details to her primary contact on our team. To make things simpler, could you pass along everything you are suggesting to Linda? I can work on this once I’ve got that from her.

  8. Hi, I’m Diana, and looking forward to the Thursday night dance party in the Courtyard! Always have a great time dancing the night away!

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