Exploring Gender. Together.
Gender Odyssey 2020 Canceled
It is with a very heavy heart that we feel compelled to cancel our 20th anniversary Gender Odyssey gathering in June. We have been closely monitoring the progress of the new coronavirus across the U.S., and governmental response to it. Because families and their children are the heart of the conference, we are especially attentive to their welfare as well as the health of our all our attendees -- presenters, sponsors, volunteers and staff. So, while we are hopeful that the virus will be contained soon, this morning’s declaration of a global pandemic makes it quite clear that Gender Odyssey cannot take place in June.
We are making immediate efforts to contact our conference partners directly, and to work through refund policies. At the same time, our team is also assessing whether we can migrate some of the incredible workshops lined up for conference to an online webinar format. All of this is in play as we get clarity on the full emotional and financial impact this change will have on our small non-profit. Gender Odyssey is like a family reunion for us, as well as an important way to keep our year-round family programs going.
The Gender Odyssey team is deeply grateful for your patience and grace while we sort through next steps. We will continue to communicate with you as decisions are made.
Gender Odyssey Team
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.
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. See the 2020 schedule.
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. See the 2020 schedule here
Youth & Young Adult Programming - Our youth (13-18) and young adult (ages 19-22) tracks provide 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.
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 and co-producer, 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.
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.
Please watch our latest video to learn more about Gender Odyssey.