We are transgender people, professionals who work with transgender people, and spouses, families, and friends of transgender people. We are physicians, mental health professionals, attorneys, educators, executives, pilots, chefs, factory workers, fishermen, farmers, you name it. We are healthy and unashamed, and we have been putting on this fabulous one-week event called Fantasia Fair every year since 1975.
52 Weeks a Year
Planning for Fantasia Fair begins more than one year out. People from all walks of life work hard all year long to build a flawless and inexpensive Fantasia Fair. There’s a lot to do, and doing it is immensely satisfying!
During the Fair, volunteers staff the office, collect tickets, see to the needs of presenters, update the schedule, set up video equipment, take deposits to the bank, manage the Fashion Show and Follies, introduce speakers, and do a dozen and more other things. Fantasia Fair would not be possible without them.
Fair attendees volunteer for all sorts of tasks, from taking tickets at lunches and evening events to making bank runs to helping in ther office. Our volunteer team, coordinated by Emily Sheldon, changes from year-to-year, but is essential for keeping the Fair running smoothly.
Volunteering is a great way to overcome your fears and get to know people. Please consider helping us out!
Professionals Donate Their Time
The Fair would not be the Fair without its professionals. Psychologist Maureen Osborne and Licensed Clinical Social Worker Carole MacKenzie work throughout the week with partners of trans people and trans people themselves. Carolyn Wolf-Gould is the medical director of the Gender Wellness Center in Oneonta, NY. She runs the writing workshop, a space for exploring the written word as a way to build community with one another during the Fair. Provincetown’s Dan McKeon takes professional photographs. Attendees with experience in a variety of industries provide their assistance as well
The Planning Committee works throughout the year to plan and implement Fantasia Fair. The committee maintains this website, publishes the Participants Guide and other Fair-related materials, manages registrations, solicits and selects speakers for the many workshops, sells ads, and publicizes the Fair. They coordinate these many tasks by participating in bi-weekly telephone conferences.
In May, members of the committee travel to Provincetown to negotiate and sign contracts for banquets, lunches, and meeting space.
During the Fair, the committee has hundreds of tasks, the most important of which are greeting and registering arriving Fairgoers, staffing the Fair office, holding a welcoming reception on Monday, making sure meal counts are accurate, and depositing proceeds in the bank.
Dallas Denny is renowned for her work on advocacy, policy issues, and health practices involving trans people. She has made hundreds of presentations and delivered dozens of keynote talks.
Dallas was founding director of the nonprofit American Educational Gender Information Service and was one of many founders of Southern Confort Conference. She has served on Fantasia Fair’s board and planning committee since 1992 and was Fair Director for seven years.
Dallas has written three books, more than 20 chapters in textbooks, and hundreds of articles, editorials, and columns for magazines and journals. She is former Editor-In-Chief of the journals Chrysalis and Transgender Tapestry. Her historical novel Chance Down the Mountain is in press.
Dee LaValle grew up in Southeastern Massachusetts. She is married and has been with her spouse for 37 years. They both have been blessed with two amazing teenagers. Dee began her transition almost six years ago and has been a Fair attendee ever since. Dee was named Fair Director in 2018.
Dee works for an international multimedia corporation, she currently is a Manufacturing Engineer/Operations Scheduler, responsible for the Northeast region. In her career she has held numerous senior leadership positions in Management, Operations, Procurement, Distribution/Logistics, Sales, and Marketing. Her skills include team building, project management, statistical analysis, Six Sigma, and Lean manufacturing.
You can call me Jaye or Jolie. As far as I know, no relation to Angelina. My loving spouse Dee and I have been married for 26 years. She came out to me in 2015. I was born and raised in Massachusetts, graduated from Wellesley College, now working in the financial services industry. Dee and I have one daughter in her first year of college with her sights set on law school. Her goal is to become a human rights attorney. Our son is 14, finally playing high school football. His dream? Playing for the NFL. We have a black cat who runs laps around the house and a dog who is determined to protect us from all who enter his domain. Call us the LaValle family with a capital V.
Rhonda was born a talker, and has parlayed that talent into a large variety of talking gigs, culminating in being Co-MC of the Fabulous Fantasia Fair Follies! She is a proudly outspoken advocate for the trans community, and never turns down an opportunity to … er, …educate her fellow humans on how to be supportive of society’s trans members. Rhonda is excited to be part of the Follies this year, and hopes she doesn’t fall down on stage, or leave her skirt tucked into her pantyhose like that one other time.
As the 2015 Fantasia Fair Miss Congeniality and 2017’s co-Miss Fantasia Fair, 2019 will be Temperance’s seventh Fantasia Fair. She is honored and privileged to be the Fair’s Registrar!
A native Washingtonian, Temperance studied music at the University of Maryland, College Park, Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland, and studied Computer Science from the ITT Technical Institute. She resides Milton, DE, but frequently travels to and from the Washington, DC area.
Temperance’s taste in attire could be classified at best to be eclectic, as, on more than one occasion, she has been observed dashing around Provincetown in some type of remarkable regalia. Her favorite type of dress is Victorian Gothic, particularly the magnificent and opulent ball gowns of the era, but she is also partial to the Civil War-era dresses.