GiveBIG: A Special Message From Aidan

GiveBIG May 15 2013To our Gender Odyssey friends and supporters: 

Mark your calendars for MAY 15, because a very BIG event is just a couple of weeks away!

That’s right—the Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG is a one-day, online, charitable-giving event in which you can increase the amount of your gift to Gender Diversity (the non-profit organization that produces the conference) merely by going online to submit your donation! The purpose of GiveBIG is to inspire people to give generously to their favorite regional nonprofit organizations and to help raise money for more than 1,400 nonprofit organizations.

The Seattle Foundation’s corporate sponsors will MATCH a share of every contribution made to Gender Diversity through the online Giving Center during the 24-hour period of May 15th!

We’re thrilled to again be one of the beneficiaries of this annual event! We want to use this great opportunity to raise the needed funds to hire a FULL-TIME CONFERENCE DIRECTOR!


I started the Gender Odyssey conference as a way to help myself and others find support for our gender exploration.  I was not alone in that search and Gender Odyssey has come a LONG way since 2001. We’ve expanded to include dedicated programming for the Trans* community including families (Gender Odyssey Family) and professionals (Gender Odyssey Professional).

In addition to the conferences, requests for trainings and support groups have exploded.  Gender Diversity was formed to help meet this need.  My first support group for parents of trans youth has turned into FIVE groups in just a few short years.  Calls for school trainings, agency support, and referral services come in daily.  I have taken on more and more work with this increased need and pulled in incredible volunteers to help in various capacities. 

Often, those of us who do this kind of work have been described as “tireless” advocates.  That is not quite accurate.  At times I get tired.  But, when someone gains a foothold in life because of Gender Odyssey; when a parent moves through their fear and confusion to then celebrate their trans child; or when a wide-eyed teacher excitedly talks about their new understanding of gender; I am reinvigorated to do more.  I love this work!!   

I want to share that feeling! The time has come to add additional leadership. As the conferences continue to grow in size and scope, the need for a dedicated conference director has become critical. This is a huge opportunity for us to grow and meet the increasing numbers of requests in all capacities of this amazing work.

Think about the effect that the Gender Odyssey experience has had on your life, the life of someone you love, and the community as a whole. Each Gender Odyssey conference provides so many opportunities for information and affirmation, connection and compassion, conversation and celebration.


Mark your calendars for May 15th and DONATE! We have a 24 hour window beginning at 12:01am and ending at 11:59pm.

To make the most of this 24-hour opportunity, please help us in three ways:                

  1. Make a donation on May 15th
  2. Ask your friends and family to do the same
  3. If you use Facebook, RSVP for GiveBIG – Click here

THANK YOU and I hope you will help me manifest this important next step!!

Aidan Key

Aidan Key, Conference Founder and Director

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