Condemning the senseless killings of LGBTIQA people in Colorado Springs

TCNE and First Event Conference are saddened and mourning for the senseless killings of at least five people at Club Q in Colorado Springs. We condemn the hatred and violence against LGBTIQA+ people that continues to occur across the country and the world. 

As today is the 2022 Transgender Day of Remembrance, we stand with the everyone in the transgender community and our LGBTQ+ siblings in asking for peaceful solidarity and safety for all

First Event Committee Kicks off Planning for First Event 2022; FE22 to be 1-16-2022 @ The Park Plaza Hotel

Happy New Year! We are so excited for the future. The First Event team has been getting re-vamped for January 2022! It’s exciting to know that next year at this time the conference will be back!

We’ll be back at the Park Plaza Hotel on January 12 – 16, 2022

Join us in participating in getting the word out and building the excitement for First Event 2020!

  • Share this blog post! Use the #hashtag #FE22
  • Post your favorite First Event pictures, or share your favorite FE story on the TCNE and First Event Facebook Page Post also announcing the kick off planning, use the #hashtag #FE22

First Event is looking for Volunteers for Security and Public Safety at First Event 2020

First Event 2020 Transgender Conference Public Safety and Medical StaffFirst event is looking for volunteers for First Event 2020 for Security/Public Safety.

We are currently taking applications for 4- 6 positions for the team, a security background is not necessary. However, the team is looking for any Volunteers that may have – EMT/Paramedic/medical-training, or a similar background.

This year’s security director is Hannah Moor, she will be responsible for reviewing all applications and conducting FE security team oversight during the event. All applicants will be expected to participate in a short meet and great phone interview prior to selection. These interviews will be conducted prior to the event and as schedules allow.

To volunteer, please fill out the short volunteer form and indicate Public Safety under the “Anything Else” section.

Volunteers Needed for First Event 2020

We’re opening up our volunteer portal and putting out a call for volunteers for First Event 2020!

First Event is entirely volunteer organized and run. Being a part of this work helps everyone in the transgender community. Perhaps most of all, it helps YOU the volunteer as the reward of giving back is priceless!

We can use volunteers in so many parts of First Event 2020, from setting up rooms, to helping people get from one part of the conference to another, and more. We are especially in need of those trained as EMTs and in SECURITY.

So please jump on in. The volunteer crew is fun, and we do so many great things for the community by doing this. To fill out our simple form, go to First Event Volunteer Form.

A BIG THANK YOU to all Our Participants, Presenters, Vendors, Sponsors and Volunteers

Thanks so much to all our participants, presenters, vendors, sponsors and volunteers for making First Event 2019 a huge success! We experienced record breaking attendance with just over 1,000 total participants and we’ve received lots of positive and helpful feedback. Each of you made it possible for us to help others, build community and support each other!

Got questions? We got answers! email us

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Thank you to our Sponsors of First Event 2019

Boston Medical Center
Zukowski Center for Cosmetic Suergery
Dr. Mark Zukowski
Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel
. Melissa Johnson

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Dr. Sherman Leis

Sponsoring First Event Conference gives incredible direct reach into the transgender community, with extensive opportunities for promotion throughout the 5-day conference. First Event Conference is presented by Trans Club of New England (TCNE), a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit. 

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please email us at

First Event 2019 Keynote Speaker – CeCe McDonald

Be The Change, See The Change: A Guide to Operating in Solidarity

CeCe McDonald, Transgender prison-reform activist First Event 2019 Keynote Speaker

CeCe is a transgender activist and revered icon of the LGBTQ community. She captured international recognition in 2011 after surviving a white supremacist and transphobic attack, later receiving a second-degree manslaughter conviction and serving 19 months in prison simply for defending herself.

She has been profiled in Mother Jones,, and Rolling Stone, the latter praising her as “an LGBT folk hero for her story of survival – and for the price she paid for fighting back.” In 2014, The Advocate included her among its annual “40 Under 40” list. That same year, she received the Bayard Rustin Civil Rights Award by the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club. She is the subject of the acclaimed documentary, “FREE CeCe,” produced by transgender actress Laverne Cox. Since her release, she has graced stages across the country where she uses storytelling to articulate the personal and political implications of being both black and trans.

As one of the founders of the Black Excellence Collective and Black Excellence Tour, created with best friend Joshua Allen, she fosters important conversations around mass incarceration, sexuality, and violence. With energy and conviction, she highlights the hope she now fights for – that all LGBTQ people can live their lives free of hate and prejudice and confidently pursue their dreams without fear.

CeCe McDonald will be delivering the First Event conference keynote during the Frances J. Cardullo Banquet on the evening of February 2, 2019. Her talk is titled Be The Change, See The Change: A Guide to Operating in Solidarity.

First Event Transgender Conference Starts Wed. January 30th – Pre-register by Tuesday and save 25%


Trans Club of New England’s First Event, being held January 30th to February 3rd, 2019 is an excellent transgender conference geared to every point in your journey.  This year we will hold the conference at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough MA.

This Tuesday, January 29th is the last day to reserve your spot at First Event before prices increase 25%.

This year’s program has been revamped and updated:

We have a record number of workshops this year – OVER 150!

Transgender Job Fair at TCNE! Bring your resume or contact information! These companies are committed to building a diverse workforce and are actively recruiting for a wide range of professional positions

New programming by and for transgender people of color.

The Frances J. Cardullo Banquet featuring our key note speaker, CeCe McDonald. with her talk Be The Change, See The Change: A Guide to Operating in Solidarity

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.

A transgender wellness track on Saturday, with free HIV/HCV/STI testing to anyone who would like to participate and a full day of workshops dedicated to our physical, emotional, and mental health.

The Closet is a First Event exclusive popup thrift boutique.

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 (see all that is happening here). 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 John Warrener Memorial 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.

The workshop schedule is up and  you can see it all here: First Event Workshop Schedule.  For pricing and packages please click to our registration page.

You can only save 25% IF you register by Tuesday! Need to stretch your budget? We try our best to accommodate all who wish to attend First Event regardless of ability to pay click to the Ken Garber Memorial Scholarship program.

Jazz Cafe returns to First Event on Saturday night after the Banquet Featuring Open Mic Night

First Event is excited to welcome back to our event Karen Marks, CiCi Eberle and the First Event Jazz Cafe and Open Mic! After singer/songwriters Linda Marks and Cici Eberle do an opening set, the mic will be open to musicians from the First Event community!  One vocal mic will be available, as well as Linda’s stage piano or an amp to plug in your guitar (please bring your own DI cord). Please sign up in advance, so we know who will be playing!  To sign up before the conference, drop a note to, and let us know what you will be doing (singing? instrument?). We look forward to seeing and hearing you!