The 2018 Transgender Pioneer Award was presented in Provincetown, Massachusetts to Dr. Aaron H. Devor, Chair of Transgender Studies, University of Victoria from RLE/TEA chair Dallas Denny. Dr. Devor in his acceptance remarks outlined the story of a first generation pioneer Virginia Prince.
The entire Award presentation can viewed here which has been broken into two parts:
Part 1: Opening Remarks and remembrances of Merissa Sherrill Lynn and Dainna Cicotello
2018 Award Winners: LTR: Kim Ng (Fantasia Fair); Cody Suzuki (Fantasia Fair); Niela Miller (Lifetime Achievement): Rhonda Byrd (Congeniality); Jolie LaValle (Most Helpful); Carrie Lopes (Friend of the Fair): Arden.
Photos from Fantasia Fair 2018 have been released!!!
If you attended Fantair Fair 2018 as a registered attendee you have received a link via the email address we have on file in the registration system. If you had any secure photographs taken, they were e-mailed directly to you..
The link to the FanFair18 photo pool is shared only with registered attendees, so please be respectful of your fellow Fairgoers’ privacy by not sharing the link. Also, please seek permission from each person visible in each photograph prior to posting.
The photos came out exceptionally well, Thanks to Dan McKeon for a terrific job in capsulizing the week for us.
In the coming weeks, we will be reaching out for permission to use some of the photographs on the website and in next year’s Participants Guide. Now is also a good time for you to share with us any special images you captured. We are especially looking for a scenic image for the cover of next year’s Guide.
A link to the Pioneer Award presentation will also be included with the note you have received. It can also be found in the news section on the website.
In a few weeks, video clips from the Fashion Show and Follies will be available.
Fantasia Fair and Transgender Education Association
7 November, 2018, 1 am EST
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A few hours ago, Massachusetts voters rejected bigotry and discrimination by overwhelmingly voting YES on Question 3, a ballot veto measure that sought to repeal Massachusetts Senate Bill 2407, which prohibits discrimination based upon gender identity. By a margin of more than two to one, voters upheld the law. A no vote would have repealed SB 2407 and allowed discrimination on public accommodations for transgender and gender nonconfirming people.
Mason Dunn, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition and Co-chair for the Freedom for all of Massachusetts Coalition sponsoring the Yes on 3 Campaign (and a keynote speaker at Fantasia Fair 2018), said “Voters here in Massachusetts have sent a powerful, unmistakable message that this is a state that values, welcomes, and honors transgender people.” Yes on 3 Co-Chair Kasey Suffredinisaid, “Winning this popular vote is irrefutable proof that public support for transgender people is growing, and tonight’s outcome will provide the necessary momentum to change the landscape on transgender rights everywhere.”
Fantasia Fair recently celebrated it’s 44th year in Provincetown. Provincetown, Cape Cod, and Massachusetts have been home to the Fair for 44 years and have provided amazing support and understanding for our event and our attendees. We are grateful to the people of Massachusetts for voting YES on 3, sending a clear message of tolerance and justice to the United States and the world.
Dallas Denny Chair, Transgender Education Association
Fantasia Fair is pleased to announce Dee LaValle as the Director for 2019.
Dee was brilliant as she took on many difficult jobs for 2018. She was director of programs and updated and laid out the participant’s guide. She did a thousand other tasks. During the Fair she was up late every night producing and printing the daily newsletter. I can’t say for sure how late she stayed up, but I went to bed at 4:30 am on Saturday and she was still at it.