Exploring Gender. Together.
Now in Los Angeles and Seattle! Gender Odyssey is an international conference focused on the needs and interests of transgender and gender diverse people, their loved ones, and professionals who serve them. Packed with thought-provoking workshops, professional training opportunities, discussion groups, networking, and social events, this one-of-a-kind annual gathering attracts people from all over the world for an uplifting weekend of skill sharing and community.
|CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Now open for both locations!
Deadline: December 17, 2017
Early Bird Registration
2018 is a big year of growth and change for our conferences—changes you'll see reflected in our programming at both locations. We’re excited to share these changes with you!
Gender Odyssey Los Angeles
July 19-22, 2018
We launched the inaugural Los Angeles Gender Odyssey conference in June 2017 to great attendance and rave reviews. This coming year we will add programming for parents and guardians of trans and gender-diverse children!
Gender Odyssey Los Angeles 2018 highlights:
Gender Odyssey Seattle
August 9-12, 2018
Since 2001, Gender Odyssey Seattle has been empowering transgender people and their families and allies to live full and authentic lives, and educating those who serve them on how to best facilitate that authenticity.
Gender Odyssey Seattle 2018 highlights:
Our highly acclaimed Gender Odyssey Professional is expanding to THREE full days of educational sessions, providing room for advanced topics and deeper conversations. GO Pro welcomes anyone seeking information about working with transgender people of all ages—medical and mental health care providers, social workers, educators and school administrators, employers, lawyers and policy makers, caregivers and guardians, students, and more. No licenses or certifications are required to attend, and continuing education units are available for a variety of professions. As a bonus, Sunday’s GO Family programming is included with your paid GO Pro registration!
The Gender Odyssey Family conference has been growing and going strong since 2007. This year, we will be deepening our programming beyond the early “coming out” conversations. In addition to those sessions, we’ll be adding workshops that reflect the needs and experiences of families who’ve so valiantly supported their children for much longer, and who are facing new challenges or seeking deeper conversations.
In Seattle, we had more than 120 children ages 4-12 together for THREE full days of all kinds of fun games and activities—including theatre, dance, art, music, scavenger hunts, and costume parades—while their parents, guardians, and caregivers attended educational sessions. This year, Kids Camp comes to Los Angeles, too!
We are proud to be partnering with the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA), the Pride Foundation, and other coalition partners to present a full array of sessions and networking opportunities for employers and human resources personnel, employees and job seekers, and entrepreneurs and small business owners within our Gender Odyssey Professional conference. This track will feature a pre-conference training series for local residents and culminate with a free job fair on Sunday.
Each year, more and more people are crowding into the medical care and surgical sessions. We are responding to this demand by offering a specially priced two-day program focused exclusively on building healthy bodies, minds, and lives. Attendees can register for this program with a stand-alone ticket or as a provider/professional/student via the Gender Odyssey Professional conference.
GO Seattle’s youth spaces are already busting at the seams. So, we’re going to add more!! Look for a track for our older teens and young adults (22 and younger) getting ready to launch into the world, plus more robust programs for all youth. The 2018 Los Angeles conference will include programming for this age group as well.
Subsidies and Group Discounts (Los Angeles & Seattle)
The Gender Odyssey staff values the participation of every attendee, and we are committed to getting you to the conference at a price you can afford. In addition to student, early bird, group, and sliding scale pricing for most programing, we also offer a very robust need-based subsidy program to offset or waive registration fees.
Volunteer Opportunities Galore! (Los Angeles & Seattle)
“It takes a village” If you’ve attended the conference before, you know how life-changing it can be. It takes dozens of folks pitching in to make the magic happen. We have volunteer opportunities both for the year-round planning committee as well as folks who just want to help out on-site. Click here for more information!
Despite retiring some of our original community programming that was profoundly instrumental in the lives of so many, we are enthusiastic about Gender Odyssey’s new direction. Our hope, as we make this transition, is to increase our visibility in society, continue to strengthen our communities, and to carve out a path for the next generations. This long-contemplated decision and direction will more closely match the year-round work of our organization, Gender Diversity. We believe this is a path to growth, and a deepening of our core foundation.
We are excited to be stepping into this new year with all of our Gender Odyssey family and friends. We are proud of what we have done together over the last 17 years—and ecstatic to see what the next 17 will bring. Together we will continue to make Gender Odyssey the life-changing, world-changing event that it is!