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 transsexual and transgender people.
Dallas was Executive Director of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit American Educational Gender Information Service from 1990-1999 and in 1990 founded the still-active Atlanta Gender Explorations support group. She was one of many founders of the Southern Comfort and Peachtree transgender conferences and since 1991 has been a principal of the long-running Fantasia Fair Transgender Week Conference.
Dallas is a prolific author. She has written more than 20 book chapters and hundreds of articles for newsletters, magazines, and journals. Her books Gender Dysphoria: A Guide to Research and Current Concepts in Transgender Identity, were published in 1994 and 1998, respectively, by Garland Publishers, and Identity Management in Transsexualism in 1994 by Creative Design Services. She edited the groundbreaking journals Chrysalis from 1990-1998 and Transgender Tapestry from 2000-2008. Her historical novels Chance Down the Mountain and Second Chance are published by Foundation Books.
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.
Jennifer is attending her second Fair in 2021 (having been shut out in 2020!) and is a planning committee member for 2021. Not being an out or transitioning transwoman, Jennifer has made the most of, and enjoyed immensely, attending trans gatherings for the past decade and being herself. In addition to the Fair, she’s made many appearances at First Event and more recently Keystone. Jennifer is looking to contribute any way she can to make this year’s FanFair a rousing success.