(Listed by Day)
Hormone Therapy – The Knowns and Unknowns in an Aging Society
Michael S. Irwig, MD
Michael S. Irwig, MD, F.A.C.E., is a board-certified endocrinologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, where he serves as Director of Transgender Medicine. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Irwig is a general endocrinologist with a particular interest and expertise in transgender care and androgens. His research has focused on transgender health, men with persistent sexual and nonsexual side effects of finasteride (Propecia), and men with borderline testosterone levels. He has over 40 peer reviewed publications, and his research findings have been featured in many national and international mainstream publications and broadcast outlets.
Substance Abuse in the Transgender Community: The Problem and its Treatments.
Carrie Chandler, MD
Dr. Carrie Chandler serves as medical director of a Midwestern, community-based, addiction agency covering six counties. Providing both behavioral health and medical services, the agency is also an Opioid Treatment Program and offers buprenorphine (e.g. Suboxone®), methadone, and naltrexone (Vivitrol®) medications to appropriate clients in conjunction with counseling. Dr. Chandler has been approved as a certified addiction specialist by the American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders.
Good Girls Don’t … But She Did Anyway
Carole MacKenzie, LCSW, AASECT
Carole MacKenzie, LCSW, grew up when good girls didn’t do anything they weren’t supposed to do. “Little girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice.” So, WTF is wrong with that? Almost everything.
Carole will tell us how and why she got from Pasadena 82 years ago to P’town and Fanfair today.
#Trigger warning: Controversial topics and rude words may make you uncomfortable which, according to Carole, is a good thing.
Same Storm, Different Boats
Carolyn Wolf‐Gould, MD
The pandemic changed all of our lives in profound ways. Some lost loved ones or suffered from illness themselves. Some worked extra hard and some lost their jobs. Some stepped up and out while others stepped back and in—all as part of the call to care for those in need. And now the Delta Variant of the COVID virus is creating new challenges, just when we thought it might be safe to move on. While buffeted by the same storm, we sail in dramatically different seas with unique ships. Although our experiences differed, most of us experienced isolation from our families and communities in ways that changed our relationships to one another, our work, and to our pre-pandemic lives. We will take this hour to reflect on our experiences, share our stories, bear witness to our varied experiences, and rekindle connections within our beloved community.
Demystifying Gender Affirmation Surgery – An Operative Tour
John Whitehead, DO
Dr. John L. Whitehead is a multi-board certified general surgeon and specialist in gender reassignment surgery. After completing medical school at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Whitehead completed a five year general surgery residency at the same institution. He trained as a trauma surgeon at Cook County Hospital. After a brief history of gender-affirming surgery, Dr. Whitehead will talk about the current surgical market trends in the US. He will then give you an operative tour of the most common transmasculine and transfeminine surgical procedures (graphic material will be presented).
Transgender Pioneer Award Presentation
The Reverend Moonhawk River Stone
Moonhawk River Stone is a psychotherapist, consultant, educator, and author in private practice in the Albany, NY area. He is an out, open, and proud transsexual man. Reverend Stone is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of New York, an Interfaith Minister, and a Hindi Sanyasi Monk. For more than 30 years, Reverend Stone has specialized in his clinical practice in working with the LGBT community (especially with transgender people of all ages and their families), with survivors of childhood trauma, and with people with dissociative disorders. Reverend Stone has served many roles as an activist and educator and continues to work diligently for trans transgender civil rights. Hawk is this year’s recipient of the Transgender Pioneer Award.
2021 Workshops & Events
(Listed Alphabetically by Event Title)
AFTER HOURS at Tin Pan Alley
Fairgoers meet after the conclusion of scheduled activities to socialize, talk, and share some laughs. It has been said the late night activities are the heart and soul of the Fair! Our late-night gathering spot for our Epic Reunion this year is Tin Pan Alley which is centrally located at 269 Commercial Street and has a wonderful quaint piano bar in the front, with tables in the back dining room. There will be a variety of drink specials and free snacks exclusively for Fairgoers every night beginning at 10 pm. Expect to see Fair organizers and staff, first-timers, seasoned Fairgoers, and the person with whom you just had lunch! For more information, please see AFTER HOURS on page 35 of the Participant’s Guide.
COMMON THREADS Fashion SHOW!
Cody Suzuki & Nick Greiner
Welcome all once again to our Common Threads Fashion Show! It’s here we weave together a show of fashion to the story an outfit speaks, woven into our common threads and creating a tapestry of our very own community! What a story can attire tell? It’s only the wearer who knows it well! For 2021, we bring a brand new category. Coming from these times of limitations, let’s have a limitless category! Not only do you design your outfit and bring the outfits’ story to life, but you can also create and name your category! Some ideas for your limitless category are holidays, musicals, mystical, cosplay, steampunk, dream vacation, canceled events.… You create it, and we will announce it! No worries! As always, we offer traditional, casual, and formal wear. Of course, you can participate in any or all three categories: CASUAL, FORMAL, and LIMITLESS! Be assured, our Common Threads Fashion Show is open to all Fair attendees, partners, and presenters.
Daily Photography Challenge
In this workshop series for those who want to take better photographs, we will meet daily to discuss that day’s photo assignment and go over the previous day’s photos. You don’t have to attend every session; you stop by one day or every day. You don’t need a fancy camera; a cell phone will do. What we want is to do in the workshops is get you to train your eye to composition. We will have a different photo composition assignment each day, and you’ll have all day to complete it. Then pick the photo you like best and email it to me. The next day, we’ll go over the class’s photos. For the workshop, you will need access to the internet, for there will websites we will discuss during the workshop. Note: In honor of the sensitivity that many of the fair attendees feel about having their pictures taken, we will not have any assignments that require photographing people. Monday: Composition, Tuesday: Color/Contrast, Wednesday: Night scenes, Thursday: Sunrise/Sunset, Friday: Reflections, Saturday: Review of Friday’s challenge and the workshops.
Epic Reunion Banquet & Dance Party
DJ Chris Racine
We celebrate the first full day of Fantasia Fair with the organizing committee and your new friends. We collectively have so much to be thankful for, and what better way to celebrate than with an old-fashioned Thanksgiving. Dress will be casual and comfortable—or feel free to don an ole pilgrim costume. Since Provincetown is the original landing spot of the Pilgrims, you’ll be right at home. Long time Fair contributor and resident DJ Chris Racine spins contemporary and timeless tunes and takes your requests.
Epic Reunion Comic Bingo Festival
Austin Tyler & Carrie Lopes
As the name implies, prepare yourself for a night of laughs, fun, and community with your fellow Fairgoers. When you enter, you’ll be given a book of bingo cards, and you can pick your favorite colored dauber. Winners of each game will be entered into a drawing for the prizes. Bingo, you say? And a comedy show? Is that true? It’s both! This spectacular event will also be the annual scholarship fundraiser. Baskets will be passed, with every dollar donated going towards bringing people to the Fair who otherwise wouldn’t have the means to attend. Your support is greatly appreciated! There will be a cash bar available.
Epic Reunion Kickoff Brunch
Monday morning is the annual kickoff brunch, you’ll have a chance to mingle with your new friends and find out what to 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’ll explain this year’s programs and features in detail. At the end of the presentation, stick around to help us fill volunteer needs for the week, and if you’re a first-timer, to be matched with a mentor—if you already haven’t been. For more information, see page 33 of the Participant’s Guide.
Epic Reunion Welcome Reception
After a long day of travel, relax with your old friends and meet your new friends downstairs at the Boatslip, 161 Commercial Street. Come dressed formally, come dressed casually, come dressed as a guy, or come dressed as a girl, or as your gender-nonconforming self—Just come by the Boatslip on Sunday from 7:30-9:00 pm and enjoy yourself!
Fantasia Fair Follies
Rhonda Williams & Nick Greiner with Kristi Chiasson
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.
Come as you are to the farewell breakfast at Bayside Betsey’s, where you can partake in a good hearty breakfast before you head home. The restaurant will open early for those who want to get an early start on their journey home. The breakfast is long enough so attendees can pop in and out as they prepare to leave Provincetown. You’ll order off the menu and use the $15 off coupon provided to you at check-in. If you need to leave really early and can’t make it, so long until next year!
Financial Planning for the Transgender Community: From Pre-Transition to Post-Transition
The transgender community faces many unique financial challenges, and the amount of resources to help transgender people create a financial plan for transition and life after transition is quite limited. This workshop will provide a high-level overview of financial planning considerations especially relevant to the transgender community. The workshop will consist of two modules: (i) an overview of financial planning considerations for those who are considering transition or are in the middle of transition and (ii) how to approach financial planning following transition. Topics include budgeting for transition; health insurance considerations; tax considerations, and post-transition life and retirement planning. The workshop will address topics of interest to people of all income levels and stages of life. Significant others and allies are encouraged to attend.
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 about the event and a listing of award categories, please see the Gala Awards Banquet section in the Participant’s Guide. For a list of previous awardees, please click here.
Gel Polish for Nails!!!
Gel or regular nail polish manicure for whoever wants one!
Please join us for a group photo! There are two dates scheduled for this, with the second being the rain date.
It Ain’t Me, Babe–But Maybe It Is (CIS Partners Only)
Karen 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.
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?
Journaling as Imaginative and Healing Exercise
Journaling provides a fabulous medium for recording one’s life and feelings, but it holds so much more potential for creatively examining one’s life, desires, and experiences through writing. This workshop will focus on using journaling as a generative tool to explore one’s life through imagining alternate pasts, futures, and presents and how writing through those can open opportunities for greater self-understanding and clarity.
Learning to Define and Communicate Your Needs and Negotiate with Your Partner Fairly. (Couples in Attendance Only)
Maureen Osborne, PhD, & Carole MacKenzie, LCSW
Whatever the state or stage of your relationship, there are special challenges in a cis/trans relationship–among them a loss of trust, a need for re-definition of self, potential disruptions in family ties, and a crisis of intimacy. Such challenges require self-examination, fearless and mutually respectful dialogue, and negotiation. We will look at some principles and strategies that should ease the way.
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? When your feelings change, can you slow things down or ask for more 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? What agreements have you made 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?
Lost in the Pink Fog
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.
Five lunches and a brunch 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.
Meet Your Fellow Couples: Telling (or Updating) Our Unique Love Stories (Couples in Attendance Only)
Maureen Osborne, PhD, & Carole MacKenzie, LCSW
In this workshop for couples only, we will give ourselves 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.
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 knows about the transgender part of your relationship? How has that been? What is the best thing about your relationship? The most difficult?
Meet Your First Fair Mentor!
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 immediately after Orientation for a brief chat, and we will point a mentor out to you.
My Gender Affirming Surgery
Temperance Faye DuWitt
In April 2021, Temperance underwent gender-affirming surgery (bottom surgery.) As someone who completed the research into the surgery, made the relevant inquiries, and made the conscious decision to undergo it, Temperance is fully aware of the intense anxiety which can accompany contemplating this life-changing event. The purpose of this presentation is for her to communicate her personal experiences before, during, and after her surgery. By attending this presentation, shared from a completely personal and subjective view, hopefully you may get a clearer understanding of the experience.
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, Here you will be safe, respected, and honored, whatever your gender presentation. Fairgoers are encouraged to explore the restaurants, bars, shops, 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.
Workshop:(Couples in Attendance only-split sessions)
Not What I Bargained For–Reimagining Emotional and Physical Intimacy
Maureen Osborne, PhD. (Cis partner in attendance only in this session)
Carole MacKenzie, LCSW (Trans partner in attendance only in this session)
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.
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 try to change in these patterns? Can you have satisfactory emotional intimacy even if sexual intimacy is not part of your relationship?
Office Hours and 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, a map of Provincetown, a printed copy of the schedule for the week, a printed copy of the Participant’s Guide, an Epic Reunion commemorative charm/pin, plus a colorful Provincetown tote to hold it all. You can also visit the office if you want to switch the next day’s lunch location.
Ongoing Research Project on the Histories of Transvestite Organizations and Publications
This session will provide information on a research project currently being conducted that examines the histories of organizations and publications by and for people who identified as transvestites or crossdressers. This includes, but is by no means limited to, organizations such as Fantasia Fair, the Foundation for Personal Expression (FPE), Empathy Club, or the International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE) and publications including Transvestia, New Trenns Magazine, Transvestite World Directory, Chrysalis Quarterly, or Salmacis. Focused on the period between 1960 and 1986, this work is hoping to better understand the multitude of identities and experiences which have existed and continue to exist under an umbrella of trans identity.
This session and research is being conducted by Ivy Monroe, a trans-femme (she/her) Masters student and scholar interested in the histories of trans identities, experiences, and organizations. Ivy is currently seeking people who would be interested in being interviewed about their experiences. All interviews will be entirely confidential. People of all gender identities and experiences are welcome and one need not have pursued any form of social, medical or legal transition or be publicly out to participate. This information session will provide a brief overview of Ivy’s work, how you can get involved, and will be followed by open Q&A.
Open Mic Night
Cody Suzuki and Abby Saypen
Let’s together delve into the gender spectrum with our words, stories, songs, and music as only we can! Welcoming all genders, we are promoting and encouraging a better understanding of ourselves and our community with our expressions. Bring along your offerings and instruments for all to enjoy, or just listen along! Set to an open mic forum, we open with verbal followed by musical expressions and close with our now famous sing-a-long! A sign-up sheet is available at the door. Come early to reserve your spot!
Oral Interviews with Virginia Prince and Ariadne Kane, Activists Extraordinaire
Over the course of the week of Fantasia Fair 1995 I spent many hours with the late Virginia Prince, recording her story and viewpoints. More than 20 years later I did the same in Albany, NY with Fantasia Fair founder and Director Ariadne Kane. Learn about these two historic personages, their accomplishments, their courage, their strengths, and their flaws, and listen to passages told in their own voices: How Fantasia Fair almost didn’t happen (Ari) and teenage crossdressing adventures (Virginia).
Policing in Provincetown & Beyond
Officer Jennifer Nolette
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 our town. We will discuss the anatomy of a hate crime, including the dynamics of hate incidents and bias indicators. Even if an incident doesn’t 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.
Jenna and Erin Daily
“Whether you believe you can do some or you believe you cannot either way you are right” – Henry Ford
What are your short-term intentions? What is standing in the way of your intentions? What is holding you back? We will show you some tools to help you along the way. Your thoughts have more of an effect than you think. Our intentions with this workshop are to help you change your thinking, so nothing stands in your way. This workshop will be an open forum to discuss and share tools to aid you during your transition, having a great week at Fantasia Fair, or even changing lifelong limiting beliefs that may stand in the way of living authentically.
Significant Others—Daily Meet and Greet Gathering
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 recommended for all SOs. (For cisgender partners only).
Significant Others—Get Acquainted Lunch (Dutch Treat)
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 the kickoff presentation concludes. (For cisgender partners only).
Significant Others—Goodbye Circle
A look back at the week and a chance to trade contact information, plus get a lot of hugs! (For cisgender partners only).
Some Issues When Writing About Transgender History: A Lively Discussion
Carolyn Wolf-Gould, MD and Dallas Denny
In December, we and co-editors Kyan Lynch and Jamison Green will be turning in the manuscript we have been working on for three years. Our publisher is SUNY Press, and the title of our book will be From Margins to Mainstream: A History of Transgender Medicine in the United States. Our topic isn’t the book itself (although we will be happy to answer any questions). Instead, we’ll be talking about issues we raised among ourselves in its preparation, including: what terms should we use to describe gender-variant historical personages who lived in a time before there were names for who they were? How do we honor them when we aren’t sure how they might identify if they were alive today? What pronouns should we use for those who gave no indication which they might prefer? We know which pronouns to use to describe those who transitioned, but what pronouns should we use when writing about their early lives? Come prepared for a lively discussion.
Stand By Me: Being Trans in a Committed Relationship with a Cisgender Partner (All trans people in a relationship are invited)
Maureen Osborne, PhD.
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.
How did you come out to your spouse as trans? Was it a long-anticipated relational ripple or an unexpected 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?
Sunday Worship Service
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 PTown natives for contemplation and worship.
The Reunion: Reading of the Play
Join us for a simple reading of Dallas Denny’s one-act play The Reunion. We’ll be assigning Fairgoers to the roles of Kathy (a trans woman), her evil twin brother Jonas, Pat (a waitress), and Brad (a piano player). We’ll also be looking for someone for the small roles of Secret Service Agent O’Grady and the occasional public address system. We guarantee you’ll have a good time—and don’t hesitate to volunteer for one of the parts. No acting is involved. You’ll just need to read the lines. A discussion of the play will follow the reading.
Thoughts on Running a Transgender Support Group (Including During a Pandemic)
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, It was definitely different/difficult during the pandemic. 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.
Trans Attendees—Daily Meet and Greet Gathering
Cody Suzuki & Tina Simmons
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. All are welcomed and encouraged to attend, especially first-timers.
Trans-Generational Coalition Building
As society continues to rapidly shift its understandings of gender and transness, the experiences of gender-diverse people can vary widely from one generation to the next. This workshop will focus on discussing ways of creating connections, coalitions, and relationships across generations and the emotional and social power that those can hold. This workshop will be hosted by Ivy Monroe, a trans-femme (she/her) scholar and artist based out of the University of Kentucky whose work focuses on the histories of geographies of trans identities and experiences.
Virtual Makeover: Why FaceApp is a Game-Changer, and How it Has Affected Me
COME PREPARED TO MAKE YOURSELF OVER! FaceApp is a photo and video editing application for iOS and Android. It uses neural networks to allow users to change their faces in a number of realistic ways. In early July, I idly downloaded it because I was curious. I wasn’t prepared for the impact it would have on me. I’ll talk about the application while projecting actual and enhanced images of my own face and invite those in attendance to download the program and alter their own appearances. As you might imagine, such a virtual paintbrush is a ready-made fantasy playground for transgender people—but for me, it was personal and realistic. I was able to make simple yet dramatic changes in makeup and hairstyle and color that left my facial features absolutely the same but allowed me to see how I might have looked had I been interested in being glamorous in my earlier years and paid more attention to my makeup and hair. I will discuss the insights this triggered about my psyche and how it led to recent decisions to alter my body.
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.
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, Carrie, is recently retired from the Provincetown Police Department, where she was responsible for touring the new recruits around town as part of their orientation. Today you will be the new recruits!. Come, and Carrie will lead you through the fabulous streets and quaint hidden alleyways and you’ll discover stories about the town. Tour time is 1.75 hours. Please wear your comfortable walking shoes!
What Causes Being Transgender?
Dana J. Bevan, PhD.
This workshop will describe the four factors of transgender causation which are supported by scientific evidence and the implications of these factors for cultural issues. Definitions for sex and gender used in the presentation will be provided, as well as current estimates of population frequencies of being transgender. Genetics, epigenetics, Western culture, and early learning appear to be currently involved. Our understanding of how gender behavior occurs is a cascade of factors that are mixtures of biology and human culture/learning, rather than strict nature vs. nurture. Scientific knowledge helps address such issues as the efficacy of gender change efforts (reparative therapy), affirmative treatment, and whether sex can really be changed. The workshop will also list factors that have been suggested in the past but are not supported or refuted by current evidence. These include prenatal hormones, DES, rapid-onset gender dysphoria, and childhood trauma.
Wrap-up and Question Box session (Couples in Attendance Only)
Maureen Osborne, PhD & Carole MacKenzie, LCSW
In the first half of this final session, Carole and Maureen will address anonymous questions put into the “question box” available during each group session. There are no dumb questions! Then, each couple will have an opportunity to share what they have learned in the week and to commit to one thing they want to do differently going forward, based on what they’ve learned.
Your Ideas for the Future of FanFair
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.