First Event 2017

Best Western Royal Plaza | Marlboro | January 25–29, 2017 | Photos Cassandra Storm

With this year’s theme, “Let’s Make a Difference,” over 800 gender variant and questioning persons, their families, allies and professionals gathered to celebrate, meet old friends, make new ones, teach and learn from each other at one of the oldest and largest transgender conferences in the world. The keynote speaker was Louis Mitchell of Transfaith. At its Community Service Awards, First Event honored Mason Dunn of Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition and Grace Sterling Stowell of BAGLY. The conference featured 160 workshops, with “Our Youth and Family Program” alone attracting over 150 participants. Highlights also included a therapist training program, the popular Tiffany’s Closet and the annual fashion show.