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.
2015 Event Schedule (2016 not yet available)
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19
Gender Odyssey Professional Seminar, Adult Focus
8:15AM – 5:45PM | WSCC
THURSDAY, AUGUST 20
Gender Odyssey Professional Seminar, Youth Focus
8:15AM – 5:45PM | WSCC
Gender 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 the program book. No-host bar and special menu available.
Gender 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!
Gender 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!
Gender Odyssey Youth Pool Party
6:30PM | 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!
FRIDAY, AUG 21
Keynote | Andrea Jenkins
4:50PM | WSCC (open to all)
Andrea Jenkins is an award-winning poet and writer. Most recently she was awarded a Bush fellowship and a fellowship in the Cultural Community Leadership Institute at Intermedia Arts, sponsored by the Bush Foundation, and named a fellow in the Many Voices Fellowship at the Playwrights Center. Last year, she won the Verve Grant for Spoken Artist at Intermedia Arts and the Naked Stages Grant for Emerging Performance Artist at Pillsbury House Theatre. Andrea has earned degrees in community economic development, human services/interpersonal communications, and creative writing.
Andrea works as a senior policy aide to City Councilmember Elizabeth Glidden, serves as board chair at Intermedia Arts, and lives in Minneapolis. She will surely be an inspiration to heart, intellect and soul.
GENDEREVOLUTION: Art Reception and Cocktail Party
7:30PM | WSCC, 6th Floor – Main Lobby
Celebrate! Enjoy cocktails, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic drinks at the no-host bar, and taste the delicious hors d’oeuvres. Kate Bornstein and Andrea Jenkins will be guests of honor and available for photos and chatting until 8:30pm.
Parents’ Night Out
7:30PM | WSCC – Rm 614
Drop the kids off for supervised movie time and popcorn and take in the many offerings at Genderevolution while connecting with other parents for camaraderie and support. Parents must pick children up no later than 9:30 pm.
7:30PM | WSCC – Rm 613
Join us for a transtastic good time at this year’s teen social. Come hang out with other teens and adult mentors for games, crafts, snacks, and a chance to connect.
Passport Office and Series
7:30PM | WSCC – Rm 609
Carina del Rosario’s interactive art project. Create your own passport as you’d like it to be. How do you define yourself? Want are the dates of importance in your life?
Transgress Press – Meet the Authors
7:30PM | WSCC – Rm 611
Come and schmooze with our 2015 authors, Rex Butt, Seth Jamison Rainess, Paige Schilt, and Dr. Michael Brownstein, and celebrate their recently published and forthcoming books. Get discounted copies of their books personally autographed for you. Light refreshments will be provided.
THREE TO INFINITY: Beyond Two Genders (Film)
8:00PM | WSCC – Rm 608
THREE TO INFINITY: Beyond Two Genders is a timely, fascinating film about people whose selected gender is neither male nor female. This groundbreaking documentary–the first to explore the world of people who claim no gender or live between masculine and feminine–changes the ways we think about masculinity and femininity. The film transports viewers on an intense cinematic journey to a provocatively new gender frontier. There will be a post-screening discussion with director and producer Lonny Shavelson.
Unicorn with a Cape (Performance)
8:30PM | WSCC – Rm 612
Having lived many genders, and finally genderless, Marcus Meta Magdalena brings an often controversial topic to the forefront. Augmented by experiences of addiction, homelessness, and depression, Marcus Meta Magdalena’s story, Unicorn with a Cape, is a theatrical medium of advocacy for the rights of all.
“I am a real Unicorn, just like you are your real you. My heart is Dragon, bold and brilliant. I am both, Unicorn and Dragon. I am real. What I am does not depend on you. What I am to you however, depends totally on you. And, what you are to me, is your real you, in all your Magnificence.”
SATURDAY, AUGUST 22
11:40PM – 12:45PM | WSCC – Rm 601
Want to get your conference off to a good start by meeting some amazing people? Join us in Gender Odyssey’s dedicated room for people-of-color for some delicious Vietnamese food and socializing! We’ll get to know each other a little and feed our bodies and our souls.
Note: This 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.
Keynote – Trans: Just for the Fun of It! | Kate Bornstein
4:10PM | WSCC (open to all)
Kate Bornstein is an author, performance artist, playwright, and public speaker who has written several award-winning books in the field of Women and Gender Studies, including Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us, and My Gender Workbook. Her 2006 book, Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws, has become an underground bestseller, propelling Kate into an international position of advocacy for marginalized youth.
She has earned two citations of honor from the New York City Council and garnered praise from civil rights groups around the globe. Her latest book, a memoir from Beacon Press, was released this May with the title: A Queer and Pleasant Danger: The true story of a nice Jewish boy who joins the Church of Scientology and leaves twelve years later to become the lovely lady she is today. Kate lives in New York City with her girlfriend, three cats, two dogs, and a turtle.
Gender 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 Salvadorean Bakery and Restaurant. Vegetarian and meat options are available to satisfy a wide array of palates. 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.
Gender Odyssey Youth Social (ages 12-20) at Gameworks
8:00PM | Gameworks (1511 7th Avenue -1/2 block from WSCC)
Come hang out with the other gender-awesome teens from the conference at GameWorks video game arcade in Seattle. There will be video game challenges and scavenger hunts with prizes, as well as soda, snacks, and more. Cost: Sliding scale: $14- $10 per person includes one hour game play card, pizza, cookies and soda.
Gay 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!
SUNDAY, AUGUST 23
Gender Odyssey Wind Down! (open mic)
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.
Event Schedule Grid
Thursday, August 20, 2015
|The Garage||GO Opening Party
6pm to close
Open to all 21+
|Silver Cloud||Family Meet & Greet
|Silver Cloud||Teen/Tween Meet & Greet
|Silver Cloud||Youth Pool Party
6:30 – 9:00
Friday, August 21, 2015
|Time||7:00am||8:00am||8:30am – 12:10pm||12:10pm – 1:20pm||1:20 – 4:30pm||4:50pm – 5:45pm||6:00pm – 7:30pm||7:30pm – 10:00pm|
|GO Kids Camp Opens||Workshops||LUNCH||Workshops||KEYNOTE
|GO Teens||Registration Opens
|GO Kids||GO Kids Camp||GO Kids Camp|
|Time||4:50pm – 5:45pm||7:30pm||8:00pm||8:30pm||9:00pm||9:30pm|
|GO Main Lobby||Genderevolution Art Reception
Meet our Guests of Honor, Andrea Jenkins & Kate Bornstein, from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
|Three to Infinity: Beyond Two Genders
|609||Passport Office & Series
Carina del Rosario
Meet the Authors
|612||Unicorn With a Cape|
Saturday, August 22, 2015
|Time||7:00am||8:00am||8:30am – 11:40am||11:40am – 12:45pm||12:45pm – 3:55pm||4:10pm – 5:20pm||5:30pm||Evening|
|GO||Registration Opens||GO Kids Camp Opens||Workshops||LUNCH||Workshops||KEYNOTE
Trans: Just for the Fun of It!
|GO All-Conference PICNIC
1710 11th Ave.
|Youth Social at Gameworks
|GO Teens||Pub Crawl
Meet at Silver Cloud 10:00pm
|GO Kids||GO Kids Camp||POC BYOBrown Bag Lunch||GO Kids Camp|
Sunday, August 23, 2015
|Time||8:00am||8:30am||8:50am – 12:10pm||10:40am – 12:10pm||12:10am – 1:30pm||1:30pm – 3:00pm||3:15pm – 4:40pm||4:30pm – 7:00pm|
|GO||Registration Opens||GO Kids Camp Opens||Workshops||Films||LUNCH||Workshops||TRANSVISIBLE
The Bamby Salcedo Story
Wind Down Party
Kaladi Bros (Calamus Aud.)
|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