Waltham, MA (OPENPRESS) December 23, 2009 -- Jamie Haley, chairperson of First Event 2010, announced that FE 2010 will offer more programming for the FTM community than ever before. Said Jamie, “With the TransMasculine Track, we are increasing the choices in programming for FTM folks at the conference. The exciting mix of workshops and activities bolsters Tiffany Club’s commitment to make FE 2010 inclusive to all communities. Furthermore, to make the conference more accessible to trans men, the single-day workshop registration fee has been reduced for FTMs.”
Initiated and coordinated by Anderson Clark, a FTM activist seeking to increase resources for the transmasculine community, the FTM track features a lineup of speakers and workshops. that will address many of the challenges that transmen face. Matt Kailey, the "National Transgender and Transsexual Issue Examiner" for Examiner.com, author of "Just Add Hormones: An Insider's Guide to the Transsexual Experience" and managing editor of "Out Front Colorado" will talk about defining masculinity and also about how to talk to the press. Jennifer Levi, the director of the Transgender Rights Project at GLAD, will discuss transgender legal issues. Gunner Scott and Ruben Hopwood will present a workshop on transgender suicide prevention and intervention, the first time this topic will be presented at First Event.. Dr. Peter Raphael from the American Institute for Plastic Surgery in Plano, TX will talk about the FTM surgeries offered at his clinic, and he is also sponsoring a transmasculine luncheon in association with his workshop. Hawk Stone will discuss FTM sexuality, and Mycroft Holmes will present a workshop on transgender faith, spirituality and religion. Dr. Evan Eyler will talk about preventative health care and hormones for FTMs.
Says Anderson, “The great thing about First Event and the TransMasculine Track is that resource providers are in one place at one time. At the conference, the men can get first-hand information directly from the speakers with regard to legal, spiritual, social or medical issues and then have the opportunity to ask questions and enter discussions, all in a single venue.”
“For significant others of FTMs, there is the Partners in Progress program. This is not a new program for First Event, but this year, on the Saturday of the conference, there will be partners of FTM-identified people working with the facilitators of the program to provide experience from that point of view.”
For more information on the FTM program and FE 2010 go to www.tcne.org
In addition to the FTM track, First Event 2010 will offer over 60 daytime workshops of interest to the entire transgender, spouse, and partner and allies community. Evening entertainment will include a fashion show, performances by Karen Grenier, a popular New England folk singer and milDRED Geserant, an international performance artist. Dr. Jillian Weiss, noted authority on transgender workplace issues, is the key note speaker.
FE 2010 will be held at the Boston Peabody Marriot in Peabody, MA from January 13-17. Registration forms and information for Tiffany Club’s First Event 2010 30th annual Transgender Conference are located at the club’s web site at http://www.tcne.org or by calling the club’s First Event program office at 802-356-4582 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tiffany Club of New England,, the sponsor of First Event 2010, is a 5013C corporation and an open resource and support organization for all parts of the transgender community from cross dressers to transsexuals, both Male-to-Female and Female-to-Male, allies and all intersexed persons.