FanFair
October 15-22, 2017 Provincetown, Massachusetts
   

Workshop Descriptions

Learn a bit about what you can learn about!


Workshops from Years Past
You can read about the offerings from recent years in the Participants' Guide for that year. These guides are in printer-friendly PDF format.
Interested in Presenting a Workshop?
If you would like to present a workshop yourself, suggest a topic for a workshop, or recommend someone to give a workshop, please submit a workshop proposal form.
Each year at Fantasia Fair, there are a great many interesting seminars and workshops. Below will be descriptions of the offerings as they become available. Workshop description are found also in the Participants' Guide, which is published in advance of the Fair each September.


Workshops for 2017



A Fantasia Fair Special Presentation of "A Self-Made Man"

Tony Ferraiolo
Fantasia Fair's annual public event that invites the public to join Fairgoers for an evening of entertainment. This year, "A Self-Made Man" -- a film about the life and work of transgender youth advocate Tony Ferraiolo - will be shown.


AA Meeting

Anonymous
A 12 step meeting designed to assist Fairgoers in maintaining their sobriety while away from home.


Alone at the Fair: Those who are here without their Partner

Carole MacKenzie, LCSW
While this is your week to break out, free of gender rules, dressing exactly the way you want to, and truly being yourself, you may be wishing your partner were here with you....or maybe not. Do you wish you could experience the Pink Cloud with them? Or perhaps you have anxious moments thinking about how they are feeling, or what awaits you when you return to your other life. Join us in private, confidential discussions in a safe place to explore some of these issues. Even if you don't have a partner now, but did, or want to, you are welcome to join us.


Artistic Expressions of Transgender Youth

Tony Ferraiolo
Transgender youth have a voice that is rarely heard. Through artwork, trans youth can give voice to their experiences and feelings. Artistic Expressions of Transgender Youth is a unique workshop presented by Tony Ferraiolo, CPC. Tony shares with his audience his one-on-one experiences working with transgender youth and the realization that trans youth don’t have gender identity issues — it is often everyone around them who has an issue with their gender identity. The workshop will showcase a slide show of actual drawings created by members of Tony’s youth groups, Translation and Create Yourself. The drawings are the artistic expressions of answers to questions like “Draw what anger feels like,” and “What makes you sad?”


Before Transgender; Conceptualizing an Identity without a Name

TJ Gundling, Ph.D.
The term Transgender, in describing the “big tent” identity category, appeared in the early 1990s and rapidly entered popular and academic discourse on sex and gender. Consequently, trans individuals born and coming of age during this period had access to information and support to help them understand and act on their experience. On the contrary, those born before about 1970 had very little to help them conceptualize a deeply personal and potentially isolating experience during their youth. Although allusions to various forms of “gender bending” were occasionally encountered these often reinforced the message that such behavior was at best fringe, and at worst pathological. This workshop presents excerpts from several early memoirs to demonstrate how some individuals reconciled their gendered experience despite a dearth of reliable resources. It then moves into a period of contemplation during which participants are asked to complete a short instrument to document their own experience of coming to terms with themselves as differently gendered persons. The workshop ends with voluntary sharing and discussion.


Being Trans and Being Active

Gwen Smith
Activism can take many forms, from shouting into bullhorns to quiet times with friends. Find out about how you can make a difference and learn from the examples of others, including Gwen's two decades of work and the Transgender Day of Remembrance.


Body, Intimacy and Sex

Dr. Eunice Avilés
“I don’t feel congruent”, “I don’t feel whole”, “I don’t like what I see in the mirror”, are some of the concerns that Dr. Avilés hears from her clients regarding their bodies. Many, although not all, have expressed that body dypshoria does not allow them to enjoy their sexuality. In this interactive workshop we will explore together ways in which individuals can address body dysphoria and work towards enjoying intimacy and sex with their partners.


Catholics in the Closet

Alice T.
"To submit to the guidance of traditional religion is to submit to a terrible kind of spiritual rape but to reject it is to face a terrible spiritual loneliness". The challenge is acute for many recovering Catholics and other Christians, and a 'stubborn itch' for others. This workshop invites the transgender perspective into the closet of religious recovery and discovery; what, how, who? Is there something to recover? Religion is a prime purveyor of history and tradition - power in a very deep sense. This workshop proposes it is possible, indeed, needed for the transgender community to claim that power as its own.


Coming Out... The Good, The Bad and the Indifferent

Dr. Gennifer Herley
This Group participatory workshop will explore the feelings and Experiences of anyone in the Trans Community who has or would like to express their identity to their spouse, girlfriend, significant other, Friends, Family, Work and the World at Large! As a group let’s hear each other’s stories so that may learn from one another. There are always similarities and differences from where we come from. Hopefully by sharing stories you will discover where you are going and where you would like to be currently or in the future. So come share your story in this workshop and let’s find some strategies and new ways to help one another communicate our Authenticity to our loved ones and the World!!


Communicating your Gender with Movement & Voice

Lezli Whitehouse
Communication of gender happens not just in the clothing and physical appearance we present, but also in the way we speak and move through the world. Welcome to people of all genders, expressing yourself in gender-consistent communication, or a fluid communication style …. Let’s talk about why physicality can make a difference, and how to SHIFT your style to communicate with accuracy the gender you want to convey.


Creating Community

Mónica Pérèz
This workshop is a great opportunity to find out how to build up community from the ground up as well as how to expand community by inclusive instead of exclusionary. We will learn the difference between functional and dysfunctional types of community, recognize the resources for building community, and learn to look for opportunities to cross-pollinate.


Effective Lobbying

Diana Lombardi
This workshop will help you to write your testimony so that it can be giving in three minutes allow at legislative hearings. What to say and more importantly what not to say and how not to say it. The workshop will also discuss how to talk to your legislator and how to develop your “elevator” speech and how to tell your personal story. We will also cover the “Do’s and Don’ts” when speaking about a bill. The workshop will also discuss strategy when talking about a bill. What to say to a legislator who is against the bill and what to say to a legislator who is for the bill, and what to say to everyone else. If time allows we will do some role playing talking to a legislator.


Fantasia Fair Follies

Lorelei Erisis, Mary Beth Cooper
Come see another some of the community's brightest new talents, both professional and amateur in this charity fund-raising cabaret/talent show. For more information, please see the Follies page.


Farewell Brunch

Come join your friends for one last meal and say goodbye until next year.


Fashion Show

Temperance DuWitt, Cody Suzuki
Once again, Fantasia Fair is proud to present their annual Fashion Show. Participation is open to all fairgoers but only to those who can handle the glowing admiration of the crowd. Remember to sign up as a fashion show participant real early – we've time and space for only so many of you fabulous models. Signing up takes place Monday afternoon in the Fair office at The Boatslip. For more information, please see the Fashion Show page.


Fashion Show Rehearsal

Cody Suzuki, Temperance DuWitt
This is our chance to walk through the Fashions Show, practice on the runway, and make sure we have a fabulous show put together. Please bring the shoes you plan to wear to the show, so you can test them out on the stage.


Feminization Makeup

Jessica Dubois
Learn the basics of using makeup to feminize the male face. Find out about contouring, shadowing, & color analysis and discover tricks to take into consideration. Get answers to such questions as “What kind of makeup suits best for passing?” “What should I use for everyday makeup?” and “What are new trends for night outings?” The discussion will also include looking your best through a clean and healthy lifestyle. One of the assistants will get a free makeup application.


First-time Attendees Meet and Greet (for Cis individuals)

Jo L.
This is a relaxed, safe space to connect with other SOs who are attending the Fair for the first time and get answers from some old-timers. Come share a coffee, ask questions, and figure out how to get the most out of your time at Fantasia Fair. These daily gatherings are for Significant Others only.


First-time Attendees Meet and Greet (for Transfolk)

Karen Jandro, Madeline Marquardt
This is a relaxed, safe space to come to connect with others who are attending the Fair for the first time. Come share a coffee and talk about how to get the most out of your time at Fantasia Fair. If you have questions, we have answers! These sessions are for first-time Trans folk only. We do this to avoid self-censorship, and out of respect for the privacy of those who are not accompanied by their spouses.
  • Meet new friends
  • Share experiences
  • Gather information
  • Gain support



Follies Final Rehearsal

Lorelei Erisis


Follies Individual Performance Coaching

Lorelei Erisis
No matter how much (or little) experience you have on stage, working with a performance coach can make a good thing better. Make sure to arrange time in advance.


Gala Awards Banquet

The annual Fantasia Fair Gala Awards Banquet is the highlight of the week! Show off your finest threads in this black-tie affair and congratulate this year's award winners. For more information, including a list of previous award winners and award categories, please see the Gala Awards Banquet page.


Gender Improv

Lorelei Erisis
Second City trained improviser and “Miss Trans New England” Lorelei Erisis will share and discuss insights about gender as well as the basics of improv and how it can be used to enrich your own relationships and personal presentation. This is a hands-on workshop that will explore the performative aspects of gender using the techniques and tools of improvisational acting. Participants will have the chance to stretch their legs, open their minds and get up on their own feet to learn some basic games and exercises. No improv or acting experience is necessary, (though experienced performers are welcome too!) just the willingness to try something new and have a little fun. Come ready to play!!!!


Group Photo

Please join us for a group photo! There are two dates scheduled for this, with the second date being the raindate.


Guided Vocal Warm-up Exercises

Lezli Whitehouse
Get an early start to your day by warming up your voice-- and get speech and performance tips from a qualified, professional vocal coach.


History, Biology and Balance

Allyson Fox-Hale
History: Start with the first transgender in 1503BC and walk through historical time line to today, showing key people in history to talk about it, showed it, dressed in it. Touching both Male to Female as well as Female to Male. Biology: Touching on the XX, XY, XXY, X0 but adding in as well the Testosterone receptors or inability of the receptors during pregnancy. Balance: I talk about what happened to me, how I was “outed” at work, since I work in the Department of Corrections and serve in the Ma. National Guard, what I needed to do to be comfortable with both as I transition to become the woman I need to be. How I “owned” it all, walked tall and made a strong foundation of friends and supports in both lines of work.


Holding on for Dear Life in a Sidecar: The Wild and Wooly Ride of the Partner

Dr. Maureen Osborne
In addition to identity challenges, being the partner of a transgender person can be a roller coaster ride of feelings that change on a daily basis. It’s definitely not for sissies. We will make a non-judgmental space for partners to share some of the feelings they have experienced on this journey. Focus Questions: What feelings have you experienced as the partner in this journey? Is there room in your relationship to talk about them without feeling guilty or bullying? How do you make your voice heard in your relationship? Do you know how to distinguish between your feelings in any moment and your longer-term inner truth? What ways have you developed of dealing with the “moving target” that is often part of a transgender person’s journey?


How to Cope with the Fear of Abandonment (the #1 Reason Why People Don't Transition)

Mónica Pérèz
The workshop participant will be encouraged to "lean in" and embrace feelings of abandonment instead of running away or going into denial. Learn to recognize the feelings of abandonment rather than confuse them with other feelings, such as loneliness, and that it is OK to have fear of abandonment. Discover ways to build multiple layers of support and learn how to network and find trustworthy "reality checkers" to help you on your journey.


How to Get Read (In a Literary Way)

Dallas Denny
Are you a blogger? A novelist, a writer of short stories, of plays, a poet? Have you written a memoir or a book to educate people about trans issues? Do you have a folder full of unpublished material? Come participate in a group discussion and learn how others have gotten their materials to others. Writers—and here we mean anyone who likes to write, even if your work has not yet been shared-- please be prepared to share your tricks, successes, and failures for writing and getting your work to others. What sort of writing do you do? How long have you been writing? Why do you write? Where do you write? Do you type directly into a computer or do you first write on paper? How many words do you write daily? Did you create a blog? If so, how does one do that? How did you find a publisher, or did you self-publish? If you’ve never been published, don’t worry. You’re a writer, even if you have not yet been read.

Writers, please be prepared to give a brief (5 minute) reading from your published or unpbublished work.


In Memoriam: Dr. Sandra S. Cole

Dallas Denny
For many years Sandra Cole shone an understanding and sympathetic light on spouses of Fairgoers and Fairgoers themselves. She worked intensively with hundreds of couples to enhance their relationships and in many instances to save them. She gave tirelessly of herself for more than 25 years, until failing health prevented her from making the journey. She died earlier this year. Sandra was gracious, kind, and loving, much adored, and every bit, in the old-fashioned sense, a lady. As a community, we miss her, as an event we miss her, and as individuals we miss her. We have honored her many times over the years, and we are now honoring her again. Please bring your mementos and remembrances of Dr. Sandra Cole to this Fantasia Fair memorial.


In Memoriam: Holly Boswell

Dallas Denny
This summer, we lost Holly Boswell. Holly was one of those special individuals who helped launch and define the Transgender Movement. In 1990, Holly wrote the groundbreaking and influential essay titled "The Transgender Alternative." By many accounts, this essay planted the seeds of the transgender revolution that today bears fruit. In fact, Holly's work was one of the references used to define the term "transgender" by the Oxford English dictionary. Holly's contributions were not limited to her writings. She co-founded the Phoenix Transgender Support Group in Asheville, NC, which is now the oldest open group in the South-East and is currently helping people in five states. Holly helped create the Southern Comfort conference as well as found the alternative Trans-Spiritual community known as Kindred Spirits. Holly was a very popular speaker and seminar presenter with various Transgender conferences, including such events such as California Dreaming, IFGE, Southern Comfort, and of course Fantasia Fair. Holly’s presentations often focused on gender expression beyond the binary, the spiritual aspect of our gender journeys, and the beauty of "humanness" regardless of gender. Holly Boswell's efforts have earned her two service awards from the Asheville LGBT Community, the 1998 Trinity Award and the 2003 IFGE Virginia Prince Award and the 2006 Virginia Prince Transgender Pioneer Award from Real Life Experiences, Inc.


It Ain't Me Babe - Or Maybe It Is

Carole MacKenzie, LCSW
This workshop will focus on the journey of the non-transgender member of the relationship. It will shift the conversation to their needs and challenges. Focus Questions: What does being the partner of a transgender person mean about you? How has it changed you? What have you learned? What are the losses and what are the gains? How does this fact fit into the larger frame of your individual life story? How do you feel as a cis partner in cis and trans spaces? How do you see the future?


Keynote Address for Friday (Keynote Address)

Rep. Sarah Peake, Kimberly Strovink, J.D., M. Dru Levasseur, Mara Keisling
"State of the (Trans*) Union"
With the changes in the political landscape that took place since the last U.S. election, the trans community has been impacted. The attempts by the U.S. Congress to repeal ObamaCare, uncertainty about trans people serving in the military, and Executive Orders withdrawing federal protections for transgender students are just a few examples. Come join an all-star panel for a discussion about the State of Union as it relates to the trans and gender non-conforming communities.


Keynote Address for Monday (Keynote Address)

Nick Adams


Keynote Address for Saturday (Keynote Address)

Dr. Elena Long
Finding, Making, and Being in Community: From Physics to Church to Neighborhood

Now more than ever, we as trans people need to be in community with each other. Dr. Elena Long knows how difficult that can be, from working as the only out trans nuclear physicist in a national lab, to moving to locations with little-to- no trans resources. She's worked to build a community of LGBT+ physicists which has recently researched the climate for LGB and, for the first time, trans people in physics so that communities and resources can be built to address the issues. This work has been internationally recognized recently, as Dr. Long was named one of Nature's '10 People Who Mattered' for 2016. She's also been a part of local activism in HIV prevention and volunteered with trans support groups in Ohio and Virginia, and over the last few years has started new trans and LGBT youth support and community groups at First Church Congregational in Rochester, NH to address the lack of local resources. She'll share her experiences in finding her people, the importance of intersectionality in building resources, and reflect on what it means to truly be in community with one another.


Keynote Address for Thursday (Keynote Address)

Mara Keisling


Keynote Address for Tuesday (Keynote Address)

Gwen Smith


Keynote Address for Wednesday (Keynote Address)

Lana Moore
Inclusion & Equality

A 35 year career in the fire service taught me many perspectives.  From my first day as a very young, privileged white male recruit to my last day as a female fire captain, it was an arduous journey of enlightenment. I went from viewing concepts such as diversity, affirmative action, inclusion and equality, as lofty and debatable ideals to finally realizing their real-life essential value of application.

I will share my story, lessons learned along the way, and how we identity and use our various privileges and intersectionality to come together and build pathways for Inclusion & Equality within the LGBTQIA community.


Knit with Flare

Flare
Whether you are new to knitting, or a seasoned professional, come to PÜRL for an afternoon of knitting, conversations and discussions!! Please bring your own projects that you are working on, or discover something that you want to work on in the shop! If you are a new knitter, they will have starter kits for making a scarf. There will be light refreshments provided!!!!


Late-Night Dancing at Purgatory

After the Follies, come party at Club Purgatory - it's "Almost Heaven." This after-party will double as an optional costume party.


Learning to Define Your Own Terms, Speak Your Mind, and Negotiate with Your Partner Around Transgender Expression and/or Transition

Dr. Maureen Osborne
Whatever the state or stage of your relationship, there are special challenges in a cis/trans relationship that require self-examination, fearless and mutually respectful dialogue, and negotiation. We will look at some principles and strategies that should ease the way. Focus questions: How do you handle conflict in your relationship? Does one person give in more often? Do you speak your mind or are you easily silenced? How do you ask for what you need? Do you know what you need? Can you slow things down or say no without risking hurt or alienation? Is one partner better with words than the other? Do you feel that one person has more power, and if so, why?


Lost in the 'Pink Fog'

Liz Winter
You finally made it to Provincetown, and Fantasia Fair was the most fabulous experience of your life. You're pumped up, full of new self-confidence and unable to think about anything but expressing yourself in your preferred gender role. Back at home, the world seems drab and you chafe at having to hide part of yourself from your family, friends, and co-workers. You want to burst forth, heedless of consequences, and proclaim yourself to the world, and you think you just might. Congratulations. You're in the 'Pink Fog.' The Pink Fog (Blue Fog for FTMs) is the state of euphoria we experience when we take our gender expression to a new level. It's a dangerous time to make decisions, and yet a time when we most want to. Come talk about the pink fog with those in attendance and suggestions on how to find your way out of it. Highly recommended for first timers


Lunch

A lunch (or brunch) is included with your registration. These meals are held in various restaurants within easy walking distance from the center of town. When you check in at the office to get your registration packet, you will be asked to select which restaurants you want for lunches and then you'll be given meal tickets for those restaurants. You will need these tickets when you arrive for lunch each day. Lunch tickets are good only for the date and location printed on the ticket.


Makeup and Image Consulting

Hera Navassardian
How to better understand how to present yourself, in a semi‐private session. Limited seating so advanced signup is recommended (at check‐in during the Fair).


Meet Your Fellow Couples: Telling (or Updating) Our Unique Love Stories

Carole MacKenzie, LCSW
In this workshop for couples only, we will give ourselves the time and space to meet fellow travelers, and tell our stories in a safe and supportive environment. Intended for first timers as well as couples who have been coming to Fain Fair for years. Focus Questions: How long have you been together? How did you meet? When and how did you hear about your partner’s transgender nature? How are you both handling that now? Do you have children? If so, tell us about them. Who among your family and friends know about the transgender part of your relationship? How has that been? What is the best thing about your relationship? The most difficult?


Night Out on the Town!

Part of what makes Fantasia Fair special is that it takes place in Provincetown. Few places are as accepting and affirming as our host city and here you will be safe, respected, and honored whatever your gender presentation. Fairgoers are encouraged to explore the restaurants, bars, and dance clubs of Provincetown. As you plan your dinner reservations for your nights out at the Fair, please try to support our Advertisers who have supported the Fair in your Participant's Guide and on our website. When making your choices, please be sure to tell them you saw their ad in the Fantasia Fair Guide. There are a variety of fine restaurants to choose from in all cuisines and price ranges, all within walking distance or a short cab ride from the center of town (for those wearing sky‐high stilettos!).


NTCE Reception

Mara Keisling
Mara Keisling, the Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) invites all attendees to a reception. Come learn about NCTE and the important work it is involved while you enjoy some wine and snack on morsals.


Orientation Brunch

In this late morning get-together, you'll have a chance to mingle with your new friends and find out what you can expect during the week. We'll point out who is responsible for what, where to get the latest information, and talk about the various happenings of the week.


Orientation for New Arrivals

Jamie Dailey
Coming to Fantasia Fair mid-week? Come meet others and get critical information to help you get the most enjoyment possible from your time in Provincetown.


Parenting the Transgender Child

Mónica Pérèz
Raising a child is challenging and raising a child that is transgender adds even more challenges – to you, your child, and your entire family. Learn to accurately recognizing transgender tendencies in your child. Discover how to teach soft skills to your child and their siblings. Help them develop their emotional intelligence so they can better recognize their own and other people's emotions and use this emotional information to guide thinking and behavior. Help your child find their voice and build a strong family life by developing self-esteem, self-confidence and resilience to your transgender child and their siblings. This is an excellent opportunity to learn and network with parents. Be prepared to take notes!


Policing in Provincetown

Sgt. Carrie Lopes
The Provincetown Police Department will discuss safety tips including what you should and shouldn't have in your wallet or purse, learning to be more aware, what your answering machine message should be and many more practical options. Also included will be a selection from a locally produced hate crime documentary.


Recovery in Transition

Dee Lavalle, Dominick Ruggierio
For many of us our gender identity is not the only issue in our personal narratives. Our community suffers from one of the highest alcohol/substance abuse rates in the world today. For the fortunate ones, self-recognition is key followed by developing an effective sustainable recovery plan. Finding a balance between being in recovery while being Trans can be daunting. Please join us for an honest topic discussion led by Dominick Ruggiero(FTM) and Dee LaValle(MTF) who are navigating these very issues daily. The workshop will begin with both presenters identifying their challenges, struggles and successes unique to being Trans while in recovery. Followed by an interactive conversation with the workshop attendees, each having an opportunity to raise topics that will lead the discussion.

For many of us our gender identity is not the only issue in our personal narratives. Our community suffers from one of the highest alcohol/substance abuse rates in the world today. For the fortunate ones, self-recognition is key followed by developing an effective sustainable recovery plan. Finding a balance between being in recovery while being Trans can be daunting. Please join us for an honest topic discussion led by Dominick Ruggiero(FTM) and Dee LaValle(MTF) who are navigating these very issues daily. The workshop will begin with both presenters identifying their challenges, struggles and successes unique to being Trans while in recovery. Followed by an interactive conversation with the workshop attendees, each having an opportunity to raise topics that will lead the discussion.

Some topics may include: steps in developing a successful plan for your recovery; building a support system by finding the right group, individual or program; the importance of fellowship and service; how to handle crisis’ that arise; high risk social activities; selecting a sponsor; overcoming the higher power thing; ideas to combat feelings to isolate; seeking care at a detox or medical facility because of gender status to name a few. We also will share the most recent statistics on dependency broken down by identity. All attendees will leave with a resource sheet filled with phone numbers, websites and Facebook groups that may be helpful in building your recovery plan. If you are in recovery or trying to build a plan to curb dependency while being Trans this workshop is for you.



Registration and Check-in

Staff
Even if you registered in advance, you still need to check in! This is just like having to check in with a hotel even though you booked a room in advance. During check-in, you’ll get a packet of goodies which will include a printed copy of the Participant's Guide, the first issue of our daily newsletter, Fantasia Fair Gazette, an identification badge, and the tickets you'll need to gain entrance to the many events that take place during the week. Also, you will be asked to select which restaurants you want for lunches and dinner choices for the banquets. For information about registration and the check-in process, please take a look at our Registration and Check-in page.


Relationships within the Context of Gender and Sexuality

Dr. Gennifer Herley
This Group participatory workshop will explore the feelings of anyone in the Trans Community who has or would like to integrate their identity and sexuality with their spouse, girlfriend and or significant other. Regardless of your unique situation whether you are full-time, part-time, have realized your identity early or late. Whether, you consider yourself to be transgender, crossdresser, genderfluid, MTF or other. Whether, you sexually identify as straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer or other. As a group let’s hear each other’s stories so that may learn from one another. There are always similarities and differences from where we come from. Hopefully by sharing stories you will discover where you are going and where you would like to be in your current or future relationship. So come share your story in this workshop and let’s find some strategies and new ways to communicate in the relationship you are in or would like to be in


Self-Defense for the Trans Person

Jamie Dailey
Gender based and sexual violence is associated with a host of short- and long-term problems, including physical injury and illness, psychological symptoms, economic costs, and even death. Many people, especially cis- and trans-women, fear that they will be victims of violence. Tragically, this fear has its foundation in fact. This workshop focuses on best practices for risk reduction to help you make the best decision in a potentially dangerous situation. The goal is no to learn how to fight, but how to avoid a violent encounter and, if violence is unavoidable, how to survive such an encounter. This workshop begins with a discussion which outlines a number of issues regarding awareness, risk reduction and avoidance of potentially dangerous situations and progresses to hands-on self-defense skills to resist and escape aggressive behavior directed toward them.


SO Farewell Circle

Jo L.
A look back at the week, a look forward at the next Fair, and a chance to trade contact information. Comments and feedback welcome!


SO's "Get Acquainted" Lunch

Jo L.
If you are the "significant other" of a transgendered person attending the Fair, you are cordially invited to join the other "SOs" for a Dutch-Treat lunch. Get to know each other, share experiences, swap advice, hear how to get the most out of the Fair. You'll discover that we all share a lot in common!


Sunday Worship Service

Fantasia Fair attendees have been worshipping at the UU Church for more than 40 years. Join together in fellowship with your friends and P'Town natives for contemplation and worship.


Take-aways from Last Weekend’s Fenway Conference on Transgender Health

Carrie Chandler, MD, Ph.D
Carrie will have attended the “Advancing Excellence in Transgender Health” transgender health conference in Boston, sponsored by Fenway Health, during the weekend preceding this year’s Fantasia Fair. She will bring the latest cutting-edge information concerning gender identity development in children and adolescents, primary medical and preventative care needs of transgender clients, gender-affirming hormone therapy, transgender and gender non-conforming people of color, and other topics.


The Evolving Diversity in Gender Confirmation Surgery

Dr. Rian Maercks
The surgical technology available for transgender men and women interested in gender confirmation surgery has expanded since the days of Christine Jorgensen. This workshop aims to educate on the history of gender surgery and display how surgical technology has helped advance the diversity seen in the trans community.


The Love Seat

Shaena Castro
“The Love Seat”, the first of its kind, is a workshop geared toward the TRANS* community to promote sex positivity & harm reduction for trans folks who indulge in substance use & risky sexual behavior.


The Signs of Suicide amongst the Trans/GNC Community

Leea Pronovost, IV Staklo
We will cover who is at risk in the Trans/GNC community and give a breakdown of % within each classification of the community. It will cover what the most common signs are of people who are on the edge of suicide. We will go over what each person can do for their loved ones who are on the edge and we will go over the various options for a person who is on the edge. We will compare the different options both benefits and shortcomings of the options. We will discuss the benefits of selfcare for the person offering help and support as well as the selfcare for the individual who is on the edge. We will also give resources for crisis centers and support lines both in the US and Canada, along with international options.


Thoughts on Running TG Support Groups

Jan Brown, Dallas Denny
This will be a discussion what has worked and not worked about running a TG Support Group from different points of view. Several experiences will be brought up for discussion and attendees are invited to talk about or ask questions about their support groups. We can always learn new things no matter if you are already involved in a support group or want to start one.


Trans* Open Mic Poetry & Acoustic Night

Cody Suzuki, Elizabeth Wintheiser
Hear Ye Hear Ye
Listen my friends & you shall hear
the voices of our trans* community & gender queer
On the 17th of October, Tues night
Announcing the One & Only
Trans* Open Mic Poetry & Acoustic Night!
That's right, here's your chance to step up to the mic
or sit back and enjoy the show!
Come One Come All
As we delve the gender spectrum together with our
authentic voices. Set to an open mic forum, welcoming
all genre of vocal expressions. Bring along your poems,
stories. words, lyrics, instruments,snippets, jots & chicken
scratches for all to enjoy!


Transgender Health: What You Need to Know

Lauren Abern, MD
This workshop will address the health care needs of transgender individuals. Topics to be discussed include: disparities and barriers to health care, risks and benefits of hormone therapy, monitoring while on hormones, general health maintenance, screenings for disease prevention, recommendations for navigating the healthcare system, and addressing these barriers to health care.


Understanding Hair Removal

Jamie Dailey
Hair removal is often an important and expensive issue for people in our community. This workshop discusses the options available without all of the marketing hype so you can make more informed decisions, get better results, and save money. Topics include background on how various hair removal methods work, including laser hair removal and electrolysis; what to expect during treatments; pain management; typical costs; and what results you should reasonably expect



Virginia Prince Transgender Pioneer Award Banquet

Every year, Real Life Experiences honors transgender leaders - those who have sacrificed their careers, their families, their fortunes to change the world so transgendered people could begin to come together in safety and comfort. Without them, we would not be here; we would be at home, hiding in our closets. We meet to honor their work and thank them for all they have done for us and to give them back a little in return for their decades of work on our behalf. This year, we are recognizing Gwen Smith and Martine Rothblatt.



Visibility in a Time of Peril: How Can I be Who I am and still be nobody at all?

Lola D Houston
Transition is a deeply personal process. We must each navigate a river of change that is medical, psychological, physical, social and political. Part of this process can quickly involve a decision around being out. Murder, suicide and social oppression in the trans* population is extraordinarily high, which means being out is a serious risk, and a complex decision. It is at once an act of definition, a statement of intent, a signal that “I’m here” as well as an act of raw courage. In the current political climate, it is a larger challenge than ever before. The intricacies of being out at any level cannot be taken lightly, so how do we decide? Here, we will talk about (and, optionally, share) the many different pieces of being out and how to summon the courage to step into our own while still being safe and keeping our sanity.


Visit to the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum

Join us in the Mayflower room of the Provincetown Museum, located at the base of the Pilgrim Monument, to enjoy some platters of finger foods and a cash bar as you take in the fascinating museum exhibits. You can even climb the 252 foot tower for the best view of Provincetown and the lower cape.


Voice & Movement Clarity: LET’S PRACTICE!

Lezli Whitehouse
This interactive workshop will offer time to practice your tools in a safe environment. Come and play with the creation of a “gender-consistent” communication style, or play with the fluidity. Come practice and play with your vocal-instrument, and communicate in a gender specific, fun, and safe way. How to get consistency? Practice, practice, practice. Lezli will guide you through the lessons learned earlier in the week, and offer useful ways to continue in your life.


Voice, Resonance & Gender Communication

Lezli Whitehouse
This workshop will offer information about: voice, resonance, intonation, pitch, and how to shift your voice in a safe and effective way to create a Gender-Clear vocal expression. Lezli will also be available for a few hours each day to coach voice or performance skills, working privately with you on your voice and communication consistency.


Volunteer Planning

Emily Sheldon
If you want to get the most out of your Fantasia Fair experience then get involved! Find out about opportunities to volunteer during the week in this brief get-together.


Walking Tour of Historic Provincetown: The Heart of Ptown

Robert Anderson
Experience the sites of Provincetown in this fun and informative tour that focuses on the history, art, and architecture of this seaside community. Your guide, Rob, will lead you through the fabulous streets and quaint hidden alleyways, discovering stories about the Pilgrims, presidential visits, missing floors, floating houses, abstract expressionism, Walter Chrysler, Eugene O'Neill, and the Vikings, among many other things! Tour time: 1.5 hours. Please wear your comfortable walking shoes!


Welcoming Reception

After a long day of travel, relax with your old friends and meet your new ones. Come dressed formally, come dressed casually, come dressed as a guy or come dressed as a gal - just come by and enjoy yourself!


What do we do about Trust?

Dr. Maureen Osborne
Some breach of trust is almost always present in a relationship where there is a trans partner, no matter at what point the truth was revealed. In this session, we will talk about the meanings we have for trust and its importance in any relationship. We will also explore ways that broken trust can be repaired and protected going forward. Focus questions: What do you mean when you say that you can’t trust your partner? How does it make you feel? What agreements did you make that feel as if they’ve been violated? Are there mitigating factors? Is intentionality important? Can you discern and communicate what you need from your partner in order to feel safe again in your relationship? Is there any part of your reaction to perceived trust violations that has its roots in your own family and relationship history? Is there anything that YOU do that makes it less likely for your partner to treat you in a trustworthy way? What kinds of behaviors and statements make you more and less likely to trust your partner?


Wrap-up and Integration of the Week’s Learning Experiences

Dr. Maureen Osborne, Carole MacKenzie, LCSW
In this final session, your leaders will gather together and reflect on all the wisdom we have generated as a group of intrepid pioneers navigating new frontiers of gender relationships. Each couple will have an opportunity to share what they have learned and what they hope to accomplish going forward in their relationship.


Your Ideas for the Future of Fantasia Fair

Dallas Denny
In order to continue and prosper, the Fair must grow along with its participants. This session is dedicated to hearing your thoughts concerning the Fair, what works and what might be improved. No needs to volunteer to do for anything other than share your thoughts.





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