Descriptions of Events

(If your workshop is missing or there is a typo, please let us know. This page will be used to generate the printed Participant’s Guide.)

 

2018 Keynotes

(Listed by Day)

 

Monday
So, You Want to Live in Ptown?
Robyn and Audri Bazlen-Weglarz

A discussion of the realities of buying a business, employment, housing, cost of living, and the social and economic aspects of Provincetown. We will share our story and experiences of how we navigated them and settled into our life here.


Tuesday
The world’s Only Chair in Transgender Studies and the World’s Largest Transgender Archives: What Are They and How Did They Happen?
Aaron H. Devor, PhD

What is the Chair in Transgender Studies? Why is it important to have a transgender archive? How did all of this end up at the University of Victoria, of all places? These two singular resources were decades in the making. Aaron Devor, the founder and first holder of the Chair in Transgender Studies and the founder and Academic Director of the Transgender Archives, will talk about what the Chair and the Archives do, and will provide some of the history and context for how the Archives and the Chair came into being.


Wednesday
Love, Marriage and Acceptance. A life as an SO living with a Crossdresser/Transgender partner. 
Hera Navassardian

When first faced with the truth of your partner is struggling with and secretly living with another identity and would love nothing more than to be truthful and honest and come out, what do we do?

It’s a wild and woolly ride being an SO in a relationship with a CD/TG spouse. The realities of this truth reveal countless challenges, difficulties, predicaments and decisions that rapidly turn your world upside down. Jump aboard as Hera chronicle’s the emotional roller-coaster that so few have ridden. Hold on its going to be a wild ride.


Thursday
Candidate for State Representative! 
Gerri Cannon

Candidate for State Representative in New Hampshire and newly elected member of the Somersworth, New Hampshire School Board. Gerri became the eighth transperson in the US to win a public election last November. Gerri is a longtime activist and supporter for LGBT rights. Gerri transitioned at age 45; she faced many challenges and obstacles in her personal life and career. A career that began as a technology executive, to a business owner, to a truck driver and finally as an elected official. Come and hear how she overcame the numerous challenges in her life, including her accounts on being on the campaign trail.


Friday
Trans Rights Now – From Bills to Ballots 
Mason Dunn

Much has changed in the landscape of trans rights over the past ten years. Here in Massachusetts, we’ve gone from limited legal rights on the books to achieving historic wins in the State House, and, now, impending challenges at the ballot box this November. We’ll discuss the history of this movement, but more importantly, how we plan to defend our rights, and where we go from here. Now is the time to get involved—we have so much to gain and everything to lose.

 

Saturday
Energize your journey by empowering YOUR truth!
Tony Ferraiolo

For many the revelation of being gender variant in today’s society can be an overwhelming and isolating experience. Finding the energy to overcome the obstacles, doubts and fears in embracing this truth can be even more daunting. Certified Life Coach and motivational speaker Tony Ferraiolo knows this all too well. Come and hear Tony outline techniques he developed to break free from the bonds of negative energy that surrounded his journey to become a lightning rod for others to do the same. Tony will show you how to harness the power of positive thinking, utilize effective self-care and learn how to develop compassion, kindness and empathy. You are guaranteed to leave with a renewed sense of power over walking YOUR truth! It all starts with you!

 

 

2018 Workshops & Events

(Listed Alphabetically by Event Title)

 

Workshop:
A History of Transgender Medicine in the United States
Dr. Carolyn Wolf-Gould, MD
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Although transgender people have been described throughout the world since early-recorded time, the history of medical intervention for individuals with gender dysphoria dates back just to the start of the 20th century. Medical and mental health providers have spent the last one hundred years developing an understanding of transgenderism and language that accurately reflects patient experience and can be used to guide treatment. The history of transgender health in the United States is tied to the history of medical research and technology, the popular press, academic thought, and various human rights movements. It is peppered with accounts of extraordinary individuals whose voices have shaped social change, often at great personal risk. Despite evidence that transsexuality occurs naturally across time, cultures and socioeconomic/ethnic groups, a constant theme has been the struggle to legitimize medical care, and hence legitimize the lives of transgender people themselves. Patients have and continue to be labeled mentally ill, and the providers who treat them considered suspect. This talk provides a brief history of transgender medicine in the United States and explores how treatment for this population has moved from the margins toward mainstream medical care.
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Workshop:
Any Which Way You Can: Customizing Your Gender Journey

Dallas Denny & Liz Winter
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There is no single “right” way to be trans. Our journeys are our own, and we are free to tailor them in any way we wish to make our lives more livable. Not all of us transition; nor do all of us want to—and yet some of us do. It’s all okay. Come prepared to talk about how you balance your gender identity with the realities of your body and your life.
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Workshop:
Being trans in a committed relationship with a Cis gender partner – (All trans people in a relationship are invited)
Carole MacKenzie, LCSW
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This workshop will focus on the trans member of a relationship, and the challenges they have faced in trying to balance their needs for gender expression/transition with the needs of their cisgender partner to catch up with the new context this presents for them.
Focus Questions:
How did you come out to your spouse as trans? Was it a relational ripple or a tsunami? If you are still together, how are you dealing with the day-to-day dilemmas of balancing your needs against your partner’s? How do you manage the problem of your changing needs, i.e., the moving target issue? If your relationship did not survive, what were the reasons, as you see them?  How does this reality fit into the larger frame of your individual life history? How do you see the future?
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Workshop:
Book Preview: A Reflective Workbook for Partners of Transgender People: Your Transition as Your Partner Transitions
D.M. Maynard
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Being in any type of relationship with a person who is transitioning and/or crossdressing can be exhilarating, confusing, and scary, all at the same time. Though many workshops focus on those who are in transition and/or crossdress, rarely is there a forum for partners that completely honors their thoughts and feelings by encouraging them to share their experiences, concerns, and questions. This interactive facilitated workshop offers participants time and space to self-reflect by journaling and will provide an opportunity to address the often-overlooked needs, realities, and fears of partners in a safe and structured environment. This workshop will provide a platform for partners to have their voices respected and heard as they candidly discuss various topics of their choosing, which can include: sex/intimacy, living stealth or not, possible medical and/or social options, seeking personal/couple support, stages of grieving, and open communication.
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Workshop:
Catholics, Christians and the faithful in the Closet
Alice T.
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“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.
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Workshop:
Dance Instruction Latin & Brazilian Zouk

Jose Cuadra
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Latin style partner dance. No partner is required to attend, and feel free to either lead or follow. Brazilian Zouk is a more sensual, romantic and dramatic style of Zouk. The dancers use the slow-quick-quick rhythm, making turn beat in the Zouk music. Moves such as body rolls and extensions are typical, as well as movements influenced by jazz, ballet, and contemporary dance.
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Dancing at Club Purgatory
After the Follies, come party at Club Purgatory at 9 Carver Street, in the basement—it’s “Almost Heaven.” This after party will double as an optional costume party. Earl Kendall will have a sumptuous banquet laid out for all you witches and princesses and pirates, yaaaarrr!
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Fantasia Fair Follies
Lorelei Erisis & Rhonda Williams
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Come see some of the community’s brightest new talents, both professional and amateur, in this charity fund-raising cabaret and talent show. For more information, please see the Follies page.
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Workshop:
Fantasia Fair: The Early Days

Niela Miller, MS.Ed
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This is an opportunity for those who were at the fair circa 1980- 2005 (doesn’t have to be exact) to reminisce, share stories and artifacts about their experiences at the Fair and in the town, and their perceptions of themselves and the event then and now. What is the same? what has changed? Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and share their experiences.
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Fashion Show
Cody Suzuki & Nick Greiner
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Once again, Fantasia Fair is proud to present its 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 early—we have 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.
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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 recipients. For more information, including a list of previous awardees and award categories, please see the Gala Awards Banquet page.
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Workshop:
Girl Talk
Heather Leigh
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This is a candid discussion regarding the societal norms of living as a woman, mediated by cis gender trans ally Heather Leigh. Learning objectives are:
  • Understand the differences between sex, sexual orientation, and gender
  • Have better control over one’s voice to more closely align with their gender presentation.
Gain knowledge of how cis woman think and perceive the world. This understanding will help you merge and present as your authentic self into mainstream society. Minimized being “clocked” and realize how and why this may have happened
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Workshop:
Gendercraft: Tools to align body and mind.

Carrie Chandler, MD, PhD
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Gendercraft is a toolkit of devices, methods, and skills for trans, cross-dressing, and gender non-conforming people seeking more masculine or feminine gender expressions. The tools include management of hair (either wanted or unwanted), face, torso, genitalia, posture, movement, and communication (both verbal and non-verbal). The toolkit also addresses the potentially harmful practices of binding breasts and tucking genitalia, for which we will assess benefits and risks. We will also discuss the emotionally-charged concept of passing, and how to make shopping efforts both productive and pleasurable.
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Group Photo
Dan McKeon
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Please join us for a group photo! There are two dates scheduled for this, with the second being the rain date.
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Workshop:
History, Biology and Resiliency
Allyson Hale
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History: Starts with the first transgender person in 1503 BC and walks through time, showing key people in history. Touches both male-to-female and female-to-male.
Biology: Touches on the XX, XY, XXY, and X0 chromosomal configurations and testosterone receptors and inability of receptors during pregnancy.
Resiliency: I talk about what happened to me, how I was outed at work (I work in the Department of Corrections and serve in the Massachusetts National Guard), what I needed to do in both settings to be comfortable as I transition to become the woman I need to be, and how I owned it all, walked tall, and made a strong foundation of friends and supports in both lines of work.
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Workshop:
It Ain’t Me, Babe – or Maybe It Is – (Cis partners only)
Maureen Osborne, Ph.D.
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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?
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Workshop:
Knit with Flare

Ryan “Flare” Cook
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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, or discover something you want to work on in the shop! If you are a new knitter, there will be a starter kit. There will be light refreshments!
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Workshop: (This session will be offered twice, please choose one)
Learning to Define Your Own Terms, Speak Your Mind, and Negotiate with Your Partner Around Transgender Expression and/or Transition (Couples in Attendance Only)
Maureen Osborne, Ph.D.
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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?
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Workshop:
Life in the Gender Rapids: Living a Gender-Fluid Life

Dr. Sirena Rivera, MD
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Not everyone in the glorious kaleidoscope that is the gender spectrum chooses a path of full‐ time transition. At the 2012 and 2014 Fantasia Fair, I spoke of my own life living as a dual‐gender/gender-fluid person, and brought my own perspective to the phenomenon. More forms of gender expression have come to the fore, with more visibility for those who consider themselves genderqueer, non‐binary, and even identifying with no gender at all. I will once again focus on what life is like for three people who live in the ebb and flow of gender.
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Workshop:
Lost in the Pink Fog

Liz Winter
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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, and we suppose Lavender Fog for nonbinary folks) 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 your peers and get suggestions on how to find your way out of it. Highly recommended for first timers
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Lunch
Five lunches and two brunches are included with your full-week registration. These meals are in various restaurants, all within easy walking distance from the center of town. When you check in at the office to get your registration packet, you’ll receive a sheet of tickets for the restaurants you pre-selected at registration. You’ll need these tickets when you arrive for lunch or brunch. Tickets are good only for the date and location printed on them.
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Workshop:
Makeup and Image Consulting

Hera Navassardian
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How to better understand how to present yourself, in a semi‐private session. Limited seating (advanced on-line registration required).
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Workshop:
Meet Your Fellow Couples: Telling (or Updating) Our Unique Love Stories (Couples in Attendance Only)
Maureen Osborne, PhD and Carole MacKenzie, LCSW
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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 FanFair 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?
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Meet Your First Fair Mentor!
Tina Simmons & Jolie LaValle
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If you are interested in getting the most out of your First Fair experience, having a mentor could make all the difference. If you haven’t met your mentor, or are interested in one, stop by right after Orientation for a brief chat and we will point one out to you.
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Night Out on the Town!
Part of what makes Fantasia Fair special is 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 the Participant’s Guide and on our website. When making your choices, please be sure to tell the wait staff and manager 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, for those wearing sky-high stilettos, a short cab ride from the center of town.
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Workshop:
Not Transitioning? Want to Talk?

Linda
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This workshop is an informal mutual support conversation for those who are not transitioning and have no plan to do so or have chosen the middle path. Choose from three separate 45-minute sessions offered. Choose to come to one, two, or all three for topical discussions and conversations. Subjects might include but will not be limited to the path/spectrum; where are we on it, and why; hopes, fears, joys, strategies, relationships; and any other topics you want to talk about.
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Orientation for New Arrivals
Dee LaValle
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Arriving at Fantasia Fair mid-week? Come meet others and get critical information to help you get the most enjoyment possible from your time in Provincetown.
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Workshop:
Panel: Transgender Youth

Tony Ferraiolo
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The thought of living out our truth early in our lives might sound like a wonderful dream. Too often, the experience of transgender youth is still not being heard, or they are told “You have it easy.” Join Certified Life Coach Tony Ferraiolo and a panel of transgender teenagers who will discuss their struggles and celebrations of being young and trans in today’s society. They will also put into context their appreciation for the trans people of the past and present who paved the way for them to be able to embrace their truths. Each panelist will share their own personal story, followed by an open discussion with audience members.
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Pioneer Award Banquet & Auction
Dee LaValle & Dallas Denny
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Every year, Real Life Experiences honors transgender leaders—those who have sacrificed their careers, their families, their fortunes to change the world so transgender 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 Aaron H. Devor, Ph.D. See the Transgender Pioneer Award Banquet page for more about the evening and more about Dr. Devor.
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Workshop:
Policing in Provincetown and Beyond!
Sgt. Carrie Lopes, Ret. and Officer Emmett Catanese
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This workshop will provide a history of policing in Provincetown in regards to the LGBT community. This workshop will describe how we, as the Provincetown Police Department, strive to make sure the trans community feels protected and safe while in Provincetown. We will discuss the anatomy of a hate crime, including the dynamics of hate incidents and bias indicators. Even if an incident does not rise to the level of a hate crime, we will explain why it is important for people to report the incident to the police. Additionally, we will discuss how to be a good witness and what to expect after you report an incident to the police.
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Workshop:
Reclaiming Emotional and Physical Intimacy: Is it possible? Cis Partner group Part 1:(Cis partners only)
Carole MacKenzie, LCSW
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A loss of intimacy is the most often reported casualty of a relationship in which one partner comes out as trans. We will explore the many reasons for this and will dig into practical strategies for reclaiming emotional closeness and sexual expression against the daunting headwinds of trust damage and perceived changes in sexual orientation.
 
Focus Questions:
What changes in sexual and/or emotional intimacy have you experienced in relation to one partner coming out as trans? How have they affected you individually and as a couple? What do you need in order to rework the underpinnings of intimacy in your relationship? What about you and/or your partner gets in the way? What are you willing to willing to try to change these patterns?
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Workshop:
Reclaiming Emotional and Physical Intimacy: Is it possible? Trans group Part 1: – (All trans people in a relationship are invited)
Maureen Osborne, Ph.D.
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A loss of intimacy is the most often reported casualty of a relationship in which one partner comes out as trans. We will explore the many reasons for this and will dig into practical strategies for reclaiming emotional closeness and sexual expression against the daunting headwinds of trust damage and perceived changes in sexual orientation.
 
Focus Questions:
What changes in sexual and/or emotional intimacy have you experienced in relation to one partner coming out as trans? How have they affected you individually and as a couple? What do you need in order to rework the underpinnings of intimacy in your relationship? What about you and/or your partner gets in the way? What are you willing to willing to try to change these patterns?
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Workshop:
Reclaiming Emotional and Physical Intimacy: Is it possible? Part 2 ***
Carole MacKenzie, LCSW and Maureen Osborne, Ph.D.
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***Requirement: This workshop is for those couples present at the Fair and who attended the individual morning workshops.
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Registration & Check-In
Even if you registered in advance, you still need to check in! This is just like having to check in at a hotel, even though you booked a room in advance. During check-in, you’ll get an Identification badge and a sheet of tickets you’ll need to gain entrance to the many events that take place throughout the week. You’ll also receive a packet of goodies, which will include a welcome letter with contact information, the first issue of our daily newsletter, Fantasia Fair Gazette, a map of Provincetown, programs for the Fashion Show and Follies, a printed copy of the schedule for the week, a printed copy of the Participant’s Guide with an admission ticket to the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum inside, and a printed copy of the new Activity Guide, plus a colorful Provincetown tote to hold it all.
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Workshop:
Self-Care—Because You Matter

Tony Ferraiolo
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Join Certified Life Coach Tony Ferraiolo for this empowering workshop, where you will be given the tools for self-care. This workshop will start with a guided meditation and continue with the discussion of what self-care is and will answer the common question “Where do I start?” Participants will leave the workshop with their own personalized self-care plan.
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Singles/Couples Social and Desserts
Jolie & Dee LaValle
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Not attending the Fashion Show? On Wednesday at 8:00 pm, come on over to Roomers at 306A Commercial Street to enjoy company and conversation,  plus awesome sweets and fabulous desserts. The title says it all: Singles/Couples Social and Desserts. Now isn’t that a beautiful thing‽
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Significant Others’—Get Acquainted Lunch (Dutch Treat)
Jolie LaValle
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If you are the cisgender significant other of a transgender or nonbinary 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, and hear how to get the most out of the Fair. You’ll discover that we share a lot in common! You can meet us at the Lobster Pot or walk down as a group after Orientation concludes. (For cisgender partners only).
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Significant Others’—Daily Meet and Greet Gathering
Jolie LaValle
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This is a relaxed, safe space to connect with other SOs who are attending the Fair. 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 highly recommended for all SO’s. (For cisgender partners only).
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Significant Others’—Good bye Circle
Jolie LaValle
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A look back at the week and a chance to trade contact information, plus get a lot of hugs! (For cisgender partners only).
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Sunday Worship Service
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Fantasia Fair attendees have been worshiping at Provincetown’s UU Meeting House for more than 40 years. Join together in fellowship with your friends and P’Town natives for contemplation and worship.
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The FanFair Sing-a-long…
Dallas Denny & Niela Miller
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Join Niela Miller and Dallas Denny for an old-fashioned sing-along. Bring chords and lyrics and acoustic instruments and jump right in. Bring also your Rise Up Singing songbook, if you happen to have one. Niela was a folk singer back in the day–her song Baby, Please Don’t Go to Town, was modified to become Hey, Joe. Check out this cover of her album! Dallas just stumbles along, but that doesn’t slow her down. What she lacks in talent she makes up for in enthusiasm.
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Workshop:
The Power of Optimism & Positive Thinking
Angelina Vail-Bouros
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This is a workshop on how to nurture, harness, and sustain the power of positive thinking. How having continuous positive and optimistic thoughts can transform our lives. How to turn negative energy into positive energy. Learning how to be and remain happy.
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Workshop:
Thoughts on Running Transgender Support Groups

Jan Brown
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This will be a discussion of what has and hasn’t worked for Jan while running a TG support group, from different points of view. 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 whether you are already involved in a support group or want to start one. Jan was the co-founder of Mid-Hudson Valley Transgender Association, her local support group in New York State.
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Trans attendees—Daily Meet and Greet Gathering
Cody Suzuki & Tina Simmons
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This is a relaxed, safe space to come to connect with others who are attending the Fair. Come share a coffee and talk about how to get the most out of your time at Fantasia Fair. It’s a great way to start your day. If you have questions, our facilitators will be able to point you in the right direction. These sessions are recommended for first-timers.
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Trans* Open Poetry/Mic Night
Cody Suzuki & Erin Daily
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HEAR YE HEAR YE
‘Tis time once again to announce Fantasia Fair’s One & Only
Trans* Open Mic & Poetry Night!
Coming live from the Cabaret Room 7-9 on Thursday night
That’s right, step right up to the mic
Or sit back and enjoy our show!
Welcome One, Welcome All
To Hear And To Share
The genuine voices and music of our very own Fantasia Fair community! Let’s delve into the gender spectrum together with our authentic words, songs, and notes in creating a night for all to enjoy! That’s right–this year we are happy to combine our verbal expressions first, with musical expressions second, and closing with an in-house sing-along! This is a non-competitive, non-judgmental event, and all are welcome to the mic. Set to an Open Mic forum. Sign-up sheets available at the door. Come early and reserve your spot!
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Workshop:
Transcribe and Transform: A Writing Workshop

Carolyn Wolf-Gould & TJ Gundling
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The process of writing in a group can have deep and lasting value, both as a way to find voice for one’s experience and to create a caring community. This workshop uses brief writing exercises as a means to build community and explore our experiences from the unique perspective each individual brings. Participants will be asked to respond in writing to a series of diverse prompts and then further asked (but not required!) to share their writing with others in the group. You don’t need to be a professional writer—we ignore grammar, spelling, and punctuation. We ask only that you come with a willingness to put words on a page, and possibly share them. Through the writing, we hope to get to know one another more fully and also ponder the impact of identifying as trans or of knowing someone who is trans in a safe, nurturing environment. All members of the trans community and their allies (SOs, extended family, friends, advocates, providers, etc.) are welcome for one day or every day!
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Volunteer Planning
Emily Sheldon
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If you want to get the most out of your Fantasia Fair experience, then get involved! Find out about opportunities to volunteer throughout the week in this brief get-together.
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Walking Tour
Rob Anderson
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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 is 1.5 hours. Please wear your comfortable walking shoes!
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Workshop:
Watch out for the Pink Fog

Liz Winter
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You finally made it to Provincetown and Fantasia Fair, and you are having the most fabulous experience of your life. You’re getting pumped up, full of new self-confidence and unable to think about anything but expressing yourself in your preferred gender role. The reality of everything else in your life is beginning to take a back seat. Congratulations. You’re are approaching the Pink Fog. The Pink Fog (Blue Fog for FTMs, and, we suppose, Lavender Fog for nonbinary folks) 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 it with those in attendance, express your feelings and ideas on how not to get lost in the Pink Fog, and learn how to find your way out of it. Highly recommended for first timers. Be sure to check of the follow-up workshop, Lost in the Pink Fog, on Saturday.
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Welcome Orientation Brunch
Dee LaValle & Dallas Denny
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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. We will explain this year’s new programs and features in detail.
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Welcome Reception
Planning Committee
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After a long day of travel, relax with your old friends and meet your new ones at the Pilgrim House, 336 Commercial Street. Come dressed formally, come dressed casually, come dressed as a guy, or come dressed as a gal—just come by Pilgrim House on Sunday from 6-8 pm and enjoy yourself!
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Workshop: (This session will be offered twice, please choose one)
What do we do about trust? – (Couples in Attendance Only)
Carole MacKenzie, LCSW
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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?
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Workshop:
What We’re Feeling When We are Feeling Our Gender

S.J. Langer, LCSW-R
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How do you know our gender? This workshop will begin with an explanation of how we know what we feel and how we connect to our internal sensations to know our gender. I will explain my theory of gender, which based on the free energy principle, a unifying theory of neuronal processing. By using this theory, I will describe this new model of how and why we feel gender equilibrium, and the tool of my gender algorithm. We will explore how this tool can be used to explore various elements of the gendered body and behavior to find your personal gender balance.
Workshop:
Wrap-up and integration of the week’s learning experiences – (Couples in Attendance Only)
Maureen Osborne, Ph.D and Carole MacKenzie, LCSW
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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.  
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Workshop:
Your Feminine Toolkit: Pathway to a Woman’s Heart!

Niela Miller, MS.Ed
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If you were raised as a male and are interested in enhancing your womanhood, this workshop will help you learn skills you can practice throughout the Fair and beyond. The practice will include accessing and expressing feelings, attending to the women around you, listening and communicating with your heart, and being expressive with your voice, facial expression and body language. We will focus on both the communicator and the receiver and what it is that women do to connect with one another. Come embrace your womanhood and gain confidence in retraining yourself to be your unique feminine self.
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Workshop:
Your Ideas for the Future of Fan Fair

Dallas Denny and Dee LaValle
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To continue to prosper, the Fair must grow and evolve along with its participants. This session is dedicated to hearing your thoughts concerning the Fair, what works, and what might be improved. We also will be distributing a list of specific jobs that may be of interest if you wish to get involved. There is no need to volunteer for anything at this session, but please do come and share your thoughts.