As you plan your Gender Odyssey weekend — especially when booking travel — keep in mind that, in addition to workshops, the conference features many exciting evening events! We strongly recommend that you plan to attend the entire weekend, from Thursday afternoon through Sunday evening, to get the best bang for your buck.

2014 Event Schedule (2015 Schedule will be posted in early June)

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Wednesday, August 13

icon-podium-36Gender Odyssey Professional Seminar, Adult Focus
8:15AM – 5:45PM | WSCC
separate registration

Thursday, August 14

icon-podium-36Gender Odyssey Professional Seminar, Youth Focus
8:00AM – 5:30PM | WSCC
separate registration

Gender Odyssey Registration
12PM – 5PM | Silver Cloud, 1100 Broadway Ave

icon-party-36Gender Odyssey Family Conference Meet & Greet
5:30PM | Silver Cloud – Madison Room
1100 Broadway Ave
Our opening evening party will provide conference attendees a chance to meet each other and socialize. Join our Gender Odyssey Family conference hosts for appetizers, mingling, and a chance to preview your program books. No-host bar and special menu available.

icon-party-36Gender Odyssey Teen/Tween Meet & Greet
5:30PM | Silver Cloud
1100 Broadway Ave
Start your conference off on the right foot! Join the teen programming coordinator Gil Rich and his team for a chance to meet other attendees before the action gets rolling. Don’t miss it!

icon-party-36Gender Odyssey Youth Pool Party
6:00PM | Silver Cloud – Pool
Families, kids, …the whole gang always has a great time at our conference-opening pool party so why wouldn’t we do it again this year?! Let the kids burn off some energy and make some great connections for the weekend!

Open Twelve-Step Meeting
6:30PM | Silver Cloud – Board Room
This is an open meeting for all conference attendees working a twelve-step program. Meet with others to find support and make connections for the conference weekend.

icon-party-36Gender Odyssey Opening Party
6:00PM until we’re done! | The GARAGE – Echo Room (21+)
1130 Broadway Ave (next to Silver Cloud)
Welcome to Gender Odyssey!  Our opening night party will provide conference attendees, as well as people from the local community, a chance to have fun and socialize. Grab a cocktail, start with an appetizer, and/or have dinner. You’ll meet new folks and, if you’ve attended in the past, have a chance to connect with old friends, too. We’ll have two private pool tables and lots of space to hang out. Don’t miss it!

Friday, August 15

Gender Odyssey Registration Opens

icon-food-36People of Color BYOBrown Bag Lunch
12:10PM – 1:20PM | WSCC – Rm 601
Want to get your conference off to a good start by meeting some amazing people?  Grab some lunch from one of the restaurants downstairs or brown bag it then meet us back in Gender Odyssey’s dedicated room for people of color!  We’ll get to know each other a little, and feed our bodies and our souls.
Note: This bring-your-own lunch session is for people of color and their families of whatever color.  Attendees from the Gender Odyssey Family conference are invited and encouraged to come. 

icon-podium-36Keynote | Aidan Key
4:50PM | WSCC (open to all)
Aidan Key - hoffmanOrganizer, educator, and longtime activist Aidan Key founded Gender Odyssey in 2001. Since the late ‘90s, Aidan has produced and directed twelve national conferences, facilitated support groups, and developed numerous community- based workshops. His past collaborations include teaming up with Three Dollar Bill cinema to launch the Seattle Translations Film Festival and co-founding Bay Area Gender Spectrum in 2007. Some of Key’s trans inclusion policy work involved the WA Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Washington Intercollegiate Athletic Association, and Seattle Public Schools.

More recently, Aidan Key authored the Trans Bodies, Trans Selves chapter covering topics related to the support and understanding of transgender children (Oxford University Press 2014). He is a sought-after speaker and has often been featured in the national media, including the Oprah Winfrey Show, NPR’s Diane Rehm Show and Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Al Jazeera America, and Larry King Live. Aidan is a proud father of his daughter Grey, grateful brother to his twin Brenda, and lives in Seattle with his life partner and wife, Kristin.

icon-food-36Couples Dinner
6:15PM | Jimmy’s – Silver Cloud (1100 Broadway)
The Couples Dinner is an opportunity for couples, both young and old, new and long-term, to get to know one another better over a delicious dinner at Jimmy’s, under the same roof as our host hotel, the Silver Cloud. Enjoy garlic parmesan fries, homemade chicken noodle soup, wonderful salads, burgers, seafood, and pasta, and if you can’t wait until morning, breakfast is served round the clock.  Don’t forget the burnt sugary goodness of a crème brulee or warm blackberry pie with vanilla bean ice cream. Full-service bar for those in the mood.

icon-food-36Gender Odyssey Families Dinner
6:15PM | Kaladi Bros Coffee (517 E Pike St – Calamus Auditorium)
Join others from the GO Family conference for pizza, salad, and socializing. $10/adult; $5/teen; children 12 and under eat for free.

Shabbat Dinner – CANCELED

icon-party-36Genderqueer Reception
7:00PM | Kaladi Bros Coffee (517 E Pike St)
Don’t box me in! If this is your motto, then we have the party for you! Get together with other genderfluid and gender-nonconforming queers and have a blast. Meet new people or reconnect with old friends over a cuppa joe and a vegan doughnut. Mix, mingle, and meld genders with other genderqueers!

icon-drinksParents’ Night Out
7:15PM | Silver Cloud – 1100 Broadway (childcare location)
Drop the kids off for supervised movie time and head out with your new friends to a neighborhood joint for drinks and/or dessert. This is a great opportunity to connect with other parents for camaraderie and support. Parents must pick children up no later than 9:30 pm.

icon-party-36Teen Social
7:30PM | Kaladi Bros Coffee (517 E Pike St – Calamus Auditorium)

icon-drinksGENDEREVOLUTION: Art Reception and Cocktail Party (open to all)
7:00PM | WSCC – 6th Floor
Experience the art, poetry, and transcribed interviews of Jacqui Beck’s Gender Personal project as well as photography by international artists Anselm Skogstadt and Kris Lyseggen (The Women of San Quentin). Celebrate! Enjoy cocktails, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic drinks at the no-host bar, and taste the delicious hors d ’oeuvres provided by our sponsors, Ingersoll Gender Center and Framesmith.

icon-drinksGay City Pub Crawl (21+)
10:00PM | Silver Cloud (1100 Broadway)
This is not your mother’s idea of a wholesome night out! This year’s Gay City Pub Crawl is for trans folks who are interested in gay/bi men. From the seasoned pro to the newbie in gay culture, you’ll get a tour of Seattle’s gayest, hippest clubs and gain an opportunity to learn more about gay male culture than we dare write about. Meet up at the Silver Cloud by 10:00 PM!

Saturday, August 16

Gender Odyssey Registration Opens

icon-podium-36Keynote | Eli Vasquez
4:10PM | WSCC (open to all)
Elizabeth "Eli" VasquezElizabeth “Eli” Vasquez is an Ecuadorian attorney and the founder of Proyecto Transgenero (Project Transgender), an organization in Quito that has spearheaded the rights movement for transgender and intersex people in Ecuador. Described as a “political proposal” as well as a nonprofit organization, Proyecto Transgenero’s work includes legal, social, cultural and art interventions and aims to strengthen trans identity in Ecuador. Proyecto Transgenero was born in 2002 and includes the programs Legal Patrol, Casa Trans, TransTango, and the Transfeminist Activist Training Program. In addition, Project Transgender promoted the creation of the Ecuadorian Confederation of Trans and Intersex Communities (CONFETRANS).

We hope you are as excited as we are to hear Vasquez share how Ecuadorian trans culture is influenced by tradition, political changes, street families, and so many other factors that differ from and progress beyond our Western medical-centric trans culture.

icon-food-36Gender Odyssey All-Conference Picnic
5:30PM | Central Lutheran Church
Join us at Gender Odyssey’s most popular event! Feed your belly and your soul with the delicious, authentic food from Seattle’s own Thai Ginger. Vegetarian and meat options are available to satisfy a wide array of palates. Accommodations made for those with nut allergies.  This event is free to all Gender Odyssey attendees although donations are accepted with gratitude. Friends and community are welcome for a $10 fee. This event is all about the food and hanging out with friends.

icon-party-36Gender Odyssey Youth Social and Movie Night (Teens & Tweens)

Gender Odyssey Adult Pool Party
8:00PM | Medgar Evers Pool (500 23rd Ave)
icon-party-36Have you been wishing that pool parties were not just for the kids? That you could go to a pool and feel comfortable as yourself? This is your chance. Join us for a transgender friendly adult pool party. Swim clothing: bottoms required and tops as personally comfortable. No alcohol permitted on the premises. $10 suggested donation. Ages 16+

Sunday, August 17

Gender Odyssey Registration Opens

icon-party-36Gender Odyssey Wind Down!
4:30PM | Kaladi Bros (Calamus Auditorium)
517 E Pike St
The Wind-Down Party is your last chance to connect with others from both Gender Odyssey conferences this year. Say goodbye to old friends and get that phone number from your new friends.  Open to all ages with a no-host bar. For those with any energy left, we’ll have an open mic as well.  Share a song, some spoken word, your comedy routine, or your best whistling. Hosted by Ingersoll Gender Center.

Event Schedule Grid

Thursday, August 14, 2014

8:00am 8:30am 12:00pm 5:00pm 6:00pm
WSCC GO Pro Registration Gender Odyssey Professional Seminar    
Silver Cloud Broadway   GO Registration   Family Meet & Greet 5:30pm
Silver Cloud – Madison Rm.
Teen/Tween Meet & Greet
Silver Cloud
  GOF Registration   Gender Odyssey Youth Pool Party 6pm
Silver Cloud Pool
    Open 12 Step Meeting 6:30pm
Silver Cloud – Board Rm.
The Garage   GO Opening
Night Party
Garage – Echo Rm.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Time 7:00am 8:00am 9:00am – 12:10pm 12:10pm – 1:20pm 1:20 – 4:30pm 4:50pm – 5:45pm Early Evening 7:00pm 10:00pm
GO Registration Opens
GO Kids Camp Opens Workshops POC BYO Brown Bag Lunch
Rm. 601
Workshops KEYNOTE
Aidan Key
Rm. 607-608
Couples Dinner Jimmy’s
Art Reception & Cocktail Party
WSCC – 6th Floor
Gay City Pub Crawl 21+Meet at Silver Cloud Lobby
Families Dinner Kaladi Bros.
Shabbat Dinner
GOF LUNCH GQ / GNC Reception Kaladi Bros.7pm  
GO Teens Parents’ Night Out
Silver Cloud 7:15pm
Teen Social Kaladi Bros.
GO Kids   GO Kids Camp GO Kids Camp  

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Time 7:00am 8:00am 8:30am – 11:40am 11:40am – 12:45pm 12:45pm – 3:55pm 4:10pm – 5:20pm 5:30pm 8:00pm
GO Registration Opens GO Kids Camp Opens Workshops LUNCH Workshops KEYNOTE
Eli Vasquez
Rm. 607-608
GO All-Conference PICNIC
GO Adult Pool Party
Medgar Evers Pool
GO Teens Youth Social & Movie Night
Silver Cloud Broadway Hotel
1100 Broadway
GO Kids   GO Kids Camp GO Kids Camp  

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Time 8:00am 8:30am 9:00am – 12:10pm 12:10am – 1:30pm 1:30pm – 4:30pm 4:30pm – 7:00pm
GO Registration Opens GO Kids Camp Opens Workshops LUNCH Workshops ALL-CONFERENCE
Wind Down Party
Kaladi Bros
(Calamus Aud.)
GO Teens
GO Kids   GO Kids Camp GO Kids Camp


  • WSCC – WA State Convention Center 8th Ave & Pike St
  • Silver Cloud Hotel – 1100 Broadway Ave
  • The Garage – 1130 Broadway Ave
  • CLC – Central Lutheran Church 1710 11th Ave
  • Jimmy’s – 1100 Broadway Ave
  • Kaladi’s – 517 E Pike St.
  • Medgar Evers Pool – 500 23rd Ave.

More information about the conference venues is available here.

Last updated 08/14/14. Schedule subject to change.

Conference hashtag: #GOcon2014