Are you a partner with questions?
If you a partner with questions or concerns, then Fantasia Fair is the place to be. The Fair has always offered
workshops specifically for partners, spouses, and couples, led by expert and empathetic professionals. Throughout the week you’ll find many sessions of interest to those in relationships. Some of these workshops are specific to partners, while others are more general. There are also sessions for transpeople partnered with other transpeople.
Help from licensed professionals, and from your peers
Fantasia Fair’s partner program has always been facilitated by licensed mental health professionals, and partners themselves have always taken an active role in the program.
Our professionals in recent years have been Maureen Osborne, Ph.D., and Carole MacKenzie, LCSW. Both have vast experience with transgender people and their partners and significant others.
About Maureen Osborne, Ph.D.
Maureen Osborne, Ph.D.
Dr. Maureen Osborne has facilitated the couple and partner track at Fantasia Fair for many years.
Maureen is a licensed psychologist who has specialized in gender identity issues for more than 30 years. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1984, and is a longtime member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). Her theoretical orientation and training in Contextual Therapy gave rise to her interest in relational ethics and justice dynamics as they apply to the transgender journey.
In 2015, Maureen retired from her suburban Philadelphia practice. She now maintains a small practice down Cape from Provincetown in Orleans, MA, where she works with transgender adults, adolescents, couples, and family members, helping them to maintain and rework important relational ties in the midst of changes in gender awareness and expression. She is also available to conduct evaluations for individuals seeking gender-confirming surgeries.
Maureen has given talks and workshops at many different community organizations, and gender conferences. She conducts a monthly online video support group for cisgender partners of trans persons She appeared in the award-winning film Trans and the documentary Just Gender.
In 2015, we honored Maureen with our Friend of the Fair award.
About Carole MacKenzie, LCSW
Carole MacKenzie, LCSW
Carole MacKenzie is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Hartford, Connecticut. She has focused upon service to the LGBTQ community for many years, working with trans* and queer clients, gender creative children, and their families and allies. In addition, she is an AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists) certified sex therapist and supervisor. She teaches Human Sexual Behavior at the University of Hartford, is a board member of Hartford PFLAG, and a member of WPATH. She is co-facilitator of the partner program at Fantasia Fair.
Do you just need to talk to other partners?
Often it is helpful to get the perspective of others in similar situations. If you just need to talk with other partners, Fantasia Fair gives you that opportunity. Every year, about a quarter of the people who attend the Fair are partners, so there are plenty of people to talk to. The week of the Fair gives you lots of time to meet and interact with other couples and individuals in T-partnered relationships, to share stories and insights, to become part of a community.
Participate as much or as little as you want
Partners are free to participate in the Fair to whatever degree they wish, guided by their own level of comfort and interest. Some partners become involved and take leading roles in Fair activities. Some partners just come to enjoy Provincetown and the people it attracts. You set your own level of participation. If you have an interest in learning and sharing ideas about your experiences, you will be able to share them–or not, if you prefer, at sessions and in conversation.
Have a vacation or work on your relationship–or both!
You can use the Fair to work on your relationship, or just enjoy the relaxed anything-goes atmosphere of Provincetown.
The unique aspects of Fantasia Fair–its length and breadth, encompassing all things “T” from the serious to the frivolous, and its charming setting make it a great event to attend as a couple. Imagine strolling about town or along the beach, hand-in-hand with your partner. From the natives, you’ll likely encounter friendly welcomes or benign indifference; transpeople are old friends to them–and you’ll find the tourists on their best behavior.
Discounts on Registration
The Fair organizers have long understood the value of the Fair to couples, and how much the presence of partners adds to the Fair.To encourage partners and couples to come to the Fair, we provide a generous discount for the partner’s registration. We urge you to take advantage of the special opportunities Fantasia Fair offers for couples. Come join us in October.