Exploring Gender. Together.
Now in San Diego: August 1 - 4, 2019!
Gender Odyssey is an international conference focused on the needs and interests of transgender and gender diverse children of all ages, their families and supporters, and the professionals who serve them.
Our conference is packed with thought-provoking workshops, including medical information and consultation opportunities, professional education, discussion groups, networking, children and youth programming, and social events. This one-of-a-kind annual gathering attracts people from all over the world for an uplifting weekend of connection, support, and community.
Join Us for Gender Odyssey San Diego!
August 1 - 4, 2019
Gender Odyssey is open to all. Anyone may attend regardless of gender identity or gender expression. We embrace the presence and participation of our families, spouses and partners, organizations, and allies. We encourage the attendance of those who serve this community to expand their knowledge and understanding of gender diversity and transgender issues.
Gender Odyssey's Professional Program is for professionals seeking to advance their understanding of gender diversity and transgender identities in children, teens, and adults. Leading experts will offer sessions covering gender identity across the lifespan and life experience. Two full days, the Professional Program includes much of the content of the Family track including bonus programming on Saturday. Some continuing education credits are available.
Gender Odyssey's Family Program is for families who are working to navigate the day-to-day realities of raising a gender-diverse or transgender child. As one of the only opportunities in the country to find valuable resources, information, and networking opportunities, Gender Odyssey Family provides much needed guidance and connections for families as they seek optimal ways to support their child’s gender exploration.
Youth Programming - Our youth track (ages 13 - 19) provides dynamic workshops and ample social time.
Kids Day Camp - We welcome children ages 4-12 for all kinds of fun games and activities—including theater, dance, art, music, scavenger hunts, and costume parades—while their parents, guardians, and caregivers attended educational sessions. Kids Camp is FREE to children of registered participants (suggested donation: $25 per child per day).
Volunteer Opportunities Galore!
“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. Check back here for more information!
Gender Diversity’s mission includes expanding our community-building efforts beyond the greater Seattle area to provide support to families and professionals across the country and internationally as well. And we currently have two opportunities to propel this mission forward!
For over two years, Gender Diversity has had a deepening engagement with San Diego-based TransFamily Support Services (TFSS), led by dynamo Kathie Moehlig. TFSS was an instrumental partner in successfully launching Gender Odyssey in Los Angeles, California, these past two years. As our on-the-ground team, TFSS will be instrumental in networking with San Diego professionals, families, and youth; manifesting the people power needed for an event like this; and leading the outreach and accessibility efforts that are so crucial to Gender Odyssey’s success. We are very excited and grateful for this partnership and we’re looking forward to forging new ground!
This partnership also allows us to dedicate more attention to launching our newest program, TransFamilies.org, an online community resource for parents of trans and gender-diverse children of all ages. As a result, our Seattle conference program will go on hiatus for a year and then be reconsidered for 2020.
So, start planning your journey to San Diego now. Check back here and/or sign up for our newsletter and keep your eyes open for more details including dates, location, early registration specials, and our call for submissions.
Happy Double Thanksgiving!
Help us raise $90,000 for the coming year.
From November 15 through December 15, every donation to Gender Diversity will be matched DOLLAR-for-DOLLAR up to $45,000—towards a total of $90,000!
Whether you contribute $5 or $5,000, you can help us to reach our goal and provide the support and connection that you so deeply value and that our community needs!
Please watch our latest video to learn more about Gender Odyssey.