The Boston University Transgender Mental Health Project will be conducting a study in the First Event 2013 vendor area. Take a survey and receive $10 and/or sign up for a phone interview for $25. Must be 18 years and older and have received mental health services. The focus of the study is to learn more about experiences with mental health, stigma, and work among transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. Clinical psychologist, activist, and researcher Lauren Mizock, PhD will be hosting the table. Thanks for your support!
Tiffany’s Closet is an annual First Event institution, selling donated clothing and accessories at incredible prices for the benefit of First Event and TCNE. We need your cast off items for this January! To donate clothing, female, male or whatever, just drop it by TCNE any Tuesday or Saturday evening when we are open. We can arrange pick up sizable donations! Make arrangements for donation by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will also gratefully accept donations dropped off at First Event. Just visit Tiffany’s Closet January 23-26. Thank you!
“Fairy Tales” by Grace Anne Stevens, Co-Chair, FE 2013, appears in this year’s Program Guide. Read it here first: Shhh!!!! Even though I really do not want to tell people about it, I must admit it! Yes, it is true, I am … Continue reading
We are pleased to announce that several local businesses will again be sponsoring models with donated outfits for the First Event Fashion Show, Friday January 25, 2013:
- Glamour Boutique (www.TGFashions.com), 850 Southbridge Street, Auburn, MA, which specializes in clothes and accessories for cross dressers.
- Florence’s Fashions, 68 Albion Street, Wakefield, MA, which has catered to the transgender community for many years.
- Buffalo Exchange (www.BuffaloExchange.com), new and recycled fashion with locations nationwide including locally in Somerville and Alston MA.
- Keezers Classic Clothing (www.keezers.com), 140 River Street, Cambridge, MA, offering the best value in new and used menswear since 1895.
Join Dr. Spiegel and his staff for an evening of fun and beauty at their Paint Your Lips Red event on Thursday, January 24, 2013 from 5:00-8:00 pm in Sophia’s Lounge at the Boston Marriott Peabody. Participants can find the perfect shade of red for their complexion and play at the “Lip Plumping” or “Lip Stain” stations, as well as get lip assessments and play “Kiss The Canvas”. There is something for everyone! This is a perfect opportunity to meet Dr. Spiegel and his staff, chat with other First Event attendees and get ready to paint the town red on Thursday evening. Come by and leave feeling gorgeous! Contact Jeffrey Spiegel’s office with questions at 617-566-3223 or email@example.com.
We are very pleased to announce that All The Kings Men will perform at First Event 2013 during the Saturday night banquet! Their ever-changing show features six prolific performers who collectively play between thirty and fifty gender bending characters per performance.
And if our plates will not already be full enough, there’s more! A real live Wedding Ceremony is planned during the banquet, uniting Anna and Jessica, complete with trans bridesmaids and cake for all!
Check our Saturday Evening Entertainment page for details.
A preliminary First Event 2013 Workshops Schedule with provisional days, times and rooms is now available online with links to Workshop Descriptions and Presenter Bios. Planned workshops, times and rooms are provisional and subject to change.
The First Event 2013 Transmasculine Track is pleased to include a talk on metoidioplasty outcomes by Ryan Salans, MA. Mr. Salans is a public speaker, diversity trainer, consultant, and author specializing in health care and workplace issues surrounding the LGBTQIA community. He also works with organizations and Universities on LGBTQ social issues, and media literacy related to eating disorders and body image. Since 2005, Ryan has traveled the nation sharing his story about transitioning from female to male with diverse audiences. His story is told with an intermixing of humor and intricate clinical details surrounding the transition process.
As Ryan journeyed through his transition from female- to-male, he also became an LGBTQ activist. He gained international notoriety after his two appearances on Larry King Live!, protests by the Westboro Baptist Church, and an article in Closer magazine. And he became known as a transgender mentor after his story was documented in Gender Rebel by the LOGO network. This past year Ryan has appeared on the talk shows, Trisha and Ricki: The New Ricki Lake Show, and in April 2012, his memoir, Second Son: Transitioning Toward My Destiny, Love and Life was released by TitleTown publishing.
Ryan’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in English and Anthropology, a Master of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
First Event 2013 is honored to have Ryan Sallans as a special guest and presenter. He will be presenting “Body Transformation: Finding Peace with Change and Genetics” on Friday and in our Trans Masculine Track on Saturday, he will be presenting “Metoidioplasty: Making the Decision and Sharing the Outcome”. We also would like to invite him as a special guest on Saturday to the Trans Masculine Lunch. Please come and hear Ryan who has come a long way to speak with us and I hope you will also take the opportunity to buy his book and get his autograph after his presentation.