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Financial Assistance

Trip Planning

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Helping Out


Registration

Who can attend the Gender Odyssey conference?

Gender Odyssey is open to everyone interested in the thoughtful exploration of gender! This conference is open to all transgender, nonbinary, and gender-diverse people, their families, partners, and friends. Anyone seeking information about working with transgender people of all ages—medical and mental health care providers, social workers, educators and school administrators, employers, lawyers and policy makers, caregivers and guardians, and students in these fields who wish to learn more—are welcome to attend. Our successful, innovative programming spans a wide spectrum of topics.

To attend the Family workshops, registration for the Family Program is required. Similarly, to attend the Professional workshops, registration for the Professional Program is required. Those registered for all three days of the Professional Program may also attend any session in the Family program, as well as GO Medical* and the Employment Fair*. Not every session is for every attendee but it is guaranteed that you’ll find something that provides you food for thought.

*GO Medical and Employment Fair offered in Seattle location only.

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How do I register for the Gender Odyssey conference?

Please take advantage of our online registration. You can save time and money by registering early.

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When are the registration deadlines?

You can substantially save on your registration costs if you register in advance. For full details, please see our Registration page. Our greatest discounted registration rate, the Early Bird rate, is available through March 1, 2018, for both locations. Regular registration is available through May 4, 2018, for GO Los Angeles and through June 14 for GO Seattle.

Late registration and pre-printed name badges are available through June 11 for GO Los Angeles and July 30 for GO Seattle. After that, you may continue to register online until the first day of the conference and then at the door. Register early for best rates!

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I can no longer attend, but I’d like to donate my registration fee to the subsidy fund. Can I do this?

Yes, you can and we’re so sorry you can’t make it! Email us and we’ll take care of it for you. Thanks for letting us know—someone else will certainly appreciate your generosity!

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I have already paid but I can’t make it. Can I transfer my registration to someone I know?

Yes, you can. Email us and we’ll be able to make the switch for you through May 25, 2018, for GO Los Angeles and June 15, 2018, for GO Seattle. Note: You must provide all the registration contact info. for the recipient.

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I need to swap locations. Can I transfer my registration from LA to Seattle or vice versa?

Yes, you can. Email us and we’ll be able to make the switch for you through May 25, 2018, for GO Los Angeles and June 15, 2018, for GO Seattle.

Note to Presenters: We are not able to transfer your session to the other location/date after it has been approved. We can add you to the wait list for the other location at your request. Please contact the Program Manager to discuss your cancellation.

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Can I get a refund if I need to cancel?

Of course you can, as long as your refund request is submitted in writing (no emails or phone calls please) and postmarked by May 25, 2018, for GO Los Angeles and June 15, 2018, for GO Seattle. There is a $55 cancellation fee per family. We are unable to provide refunds on cancellations after the deadlines stated here.

Mail your refund request to:
Gender Odyssey
6523 California Ave SW, #360
Seattle, WA 98136

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Financial Assistance

How can I contribute to the subsidy fund and help others attend?

Your assistance is greatly appreciated and 100% of your donation goes to help other individuals. Donations from past attendees have even helped us get people here from South Africa, Australia, and Scotland! Visit our Donate page for more info.

Are you a local resident with a spare room or extra sleeping space? Consider becoming a Local Host for our Community Housing program (Seattle only).

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Finances are tight and I can’t attend without some help. Do you offer scholarships and/or work exchange?

We offer a variety of options to help make Gender Odyssey financially accessible to all:

  • Student discounts
  • Sliding-scale pricing options
  • Group discounts for groups of 5 or more
  • Low-income subsidies. Subsidies are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, so we encourage you to apply early.

Note: Discounts and subsidies apply to registration costs only. As a community-supported conference, we are not able to assist with lodging or travel expenses. Not all discount options are available for all programs.

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I received a subsidy to attend, but am not able to come. Can I transfer my subsidy to someone else?

No. Each person should apply separately so their individual situation may be considered. Please let us know as soon as possible if you’re unable to use your discount or subsidy so that we can award it to another applicant.

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I found ways to reduce the registration fee, but are there other ways to decrease expenses?

The best way to keep all expenses as low as possible is to PLAN EARLY! Registration and travel expenses are lower if you get a head start. Some ways to reduce costs:

  • Consider staying with local conference attendees to reduce housing costs.
  • Sign up for lower-cost lodging at Seattle University (Seattle only).
  • Find sponsorship for your conference attendance. Many attendees get registration expenses covered and other stipends by simply approaching multicultural centers, LGBTQ organizations, reconciling (LGBTQ-friendly) ministries, or various university departments.
  • Book your bus, train, and/or airline ticket early—look for specials.
  • Consider camping at a nearby campground! Luckily, the weather is almost always lovely during conference time. Camping can be tons of fun for families, too.
  • Ask family and friends to pitch in. Available resources are difficult to find. This conference provides one-stop access to a wide range of families, resources, and experts.
  • Crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo are often good sources for raising travel funds. Even Facebook has a Causes
  • Apply for community housing (Seattle only). No-cost housing is extremely limited and thus priority is given to low-income subsidy applicants who apply by March 1, 2018.

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Trip Planning

What is the conference schedule? When should I plan to arrive and leave?

  • GO Professional: Beginning in 2018, both locations will extend GO Pro to three days, beginning Thursday morning and running through Saturday late afternoon. Friday and Saturday sessions run concurrently with the first two days of GO Family. A full three-day GO Pro registration includes access to all GO Family programs and events, including Sunday.
  • GO Family: If you want a full conference experience, plan to arrive Thursday in time for the welcome parties and leave on Monday morning. The Family conference kicks off early Thursday evening with various receptions and events, including fun times for the kids. Friday through Sunday are packed solid with workshops, social opportunities, and events. Sunday is a FULL DAY of programming with workshops ending in the late afternoon, followed by a wrap-up social event. Book your travel accordingly! Join our mailing list and re-visit our website as the year progresses to get more details on the various events, workshops, and receptions.

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Is there a host hotel?

  • Gender Odyssey Seattle’s host hotel is the Silver Cloud Broadway. Conference attendees get a reduced rate. It is a very busy weekend in Seattle, so BOOK EARLY! They have guaranteed that rooms will sell out! Executive Hotel Pacific is also offering conference attendees reduced rates. There is also more affordable housing available at Seattle University, just a 20-minute walk from the Convention Center.
  • In Los Angeles, the full conference is hosted by the Sheraton Pasadena Hotel. A special room rate is available to attendees. Visit the LA Accommodations page for details.

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I want to offer my home (spare room, couch, etc.) to host an individual or family from out-of-town. How do I do this?

If you would like offer some hospitality and host an out-of-town family, please complete an Application to Host and our Community Housing team will connect you with a family in need. Know your parameters in advance (for example: non-smoker, transportation to and from conference provided, no meals provided, pet-friendly person, etc.) and discuss them thoroughly beforehand.

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At the Conference

What is the restroom policy at the conference venue?

During the conference, all-gender restrooms will be available. Check your program book for site-specific details.

  • Los Angeles: Information about restroom policies at the Sheraton Pasadena will be available in the program book.
  • Seattle: All Washington State Convention Center restrooms located within the proximity of our activities on the 2nd and 6th floors are open to all genders. Public restrooms on the first and third floors are gender specific.

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What is Gender Odyssey’s policy on photography, videotaping, and social media?

Photography and video/audio-recording by the public are not allowed at any time in conference spaces. Occasional pre-screened members of the media may be onsite for conference-approved projects. Additionally, our conference photographer will be on hand taking pictures for archival purposes only.

Your privacy is of utmost importance. We offer all registrants the option to not be photographed by a badge indicator. Please wear your badge at all times. If you have any concerns, please contact us.

Selfie photos for social media are welcome in front of the Gender Odyssey photo banner in the lobby. Help spread the word about the conference using hashtags #genderodyssey and #genderdiversity.

Do not take, tag, or post photos or videos of other participants on social media without their express permission.

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Do I have to wear my name badge?

Yes. Your name badge is your pass to the conference. Staff will need to see it for you to gain access to most conference spaces and events. Please help us keep this conference secure for all and wear your name badge during all conference activities.

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For Presenters

I’m a presenter and I haven’t heard anything back regarding my workshop or presentation. Whom should I contact?

If it is after February 20, 2018, and you still haven’t heard from us, definitely drop us a line at workshops@genderodyssey.org.

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Sponsorship, Vending & Advertising

How do I become a sponsor or vendor at the conference?

Sponsors help us provide conference features and services we would otherwise be unable to provide. Benefits to the sponsors are many and may include multiple conference passes, a vending table, program book and/or web advertising, and much, much more!

Vending is a great way to expose your organization to hundreds of conference attendees. Our vendors do very well at Gender Odyssey, and we will likely sell out our vendor space again this year. Get in on the fun and get top exposure. Apply early! Visit our Vending, Advertising & Sponsorship page (Los Angeles or Seattle) for details.

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What are the advertising rates for the Gender Odyssey program book?

An ad in the Gender Odyssey conference program book is a great way to reach this target audience. Visit our Vending, Advertising & Sponsorship page (Los Angeles or Seattle) for details.

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I’m a vendor. Can I ship my products to you ahead of time?

Gender Odyssey does not have the capacity to handle or store your vending equipment or supplies. You are welcome to contact the venue directly for more information on shipping to the conference location.

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Helping Out

How can I get more involved with Gender Odyssey?

We have many volunteer opportunities available to suit a variety of involvement levels, schedules, skills, and abilities. Volunteering is a great way to get involved and we would love to have your help.

  • Planning: If you’re interested in participating year-round with planning the conference, apply to join the Planning Committee (Los Angeles or Seattle).
  • On-Site: It takes a village to produce a conference like Gender Odyssey! If you want to volunteer on-site during the conference, check out our Volunteer page (Los Angeles or Seattle) for the most up-to-date opportunities.

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How can I help spread the word about the conference?

We have a number of social networking channels to let others know about this conference. Sharing or liking our posts on FacebookTwitter, and Instragram is much appreciated! There are also the good old-fashioned, tried-and-true methods: talk it up, pick up the phone, send an email or letter. Help us reach as many people as possible! Even in the biggest cities, a person can feel isolated and without support.

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I have a raffle prize to donate. What should I do?

Every year, our annual raffle gets bigger and bigger. Last year’s prizes included airline tickets, gift certificates for medical services, books, gift cards, and much more. If you have prizes, gift certificates, or cash to donate to the raffle, please complete the Vending, Advertising & Sponsorship form (Los Angeles or Seattle), and the Raffle Coordinator will be in touch.

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