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Free Events

GO Free! The events listed below are free for anyone to attend — no conference registration required!

The free event schedule for the 2017 conference will be available in early summer 2017. Below is the free event schedule from the 2016 conference.


5:30 PM Family Meet & Greet
Seattle U. Student Center – Cherry St. Market
Our opening evening party will provide conference attendees a chance to meet each other and socialize. Join our Family hosts for mingling, some children’s activities. and a chance to preview the program book. Food available for purchase.
5:30 PM Teen/Tween Meet & Greet
Seattle U. Student Center – Cherry St. Market
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!
5:30 PM People of Color Exclusive Meet & Greet
The GARAGE – Echo Room (21+)
Want to connect with other People of Color (POC) right away? Join us at this POC-only event. Gender Odyssey committee members will be there to welcome you and can give you the heads up on what is in store for the weekend. Join us for this chance to connect with other POC before the later general meet & greet begins.
6:30 PM until we’re done! Opening Party
The GARAGE – Echo Room (21+)
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!


4:50 PM Keynote by Geena Rocero
WSCC (open to all)
Geena Rocero, born and raised in Manila, Philippines, is a model, producer, trans rights advocate and host of the new USA Network TV Show ASPIREist. On March 31, 2014, in honor of International Transgender Day of Visibility, Rocero came out as transgender at the annual TED Conference—her talk has since been viewed almost 3 million times. Geena is the founder of Gender Proud, an advocacy and media production company that tells stories to elevate justice and equality for the transgender community. She recently produced and presented  Beautiful As I Want to Be, a digital-exclusive series on LogoTV highlighting trans youth,  which received a 2016 GLAAD Media Award. Geena has spoken at the White House and the United Nations, and been featured in many noteworthy campaigns and media publications such as on E’s I Am Cait, the CoverGirl #GirlsCan Campaign, CNN, The Today Show, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair, The Advocate, MTV, and others.
7:30 PM Art Reception and Cocktail Party
WSCC – Main Lobby
Celebrate! Enjoy cocktails, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic drinks at the no-host bar, and taste the delicious hors d’oeuvres. Featuring Imagine the Possible: Tran Teens Paint and photographs from artist Jess Dugan’s To Survive on This Shore.
8:00 PM Double Feature: Becoming Johanna and Raising Zoey
8:00PM | WSCC – Rm 616/617
Meet two Latina transgender teens being raised by single mothers in these touching documentaries directed by Jonathan Skurnik and Dante Alencastre. Follow Johanna and Zoey as they travel the challenging and ultimately rewarding road to authenticity. A Q&A session with both young women and the films’ directors will follow the screening!
8:30 PM Storytelling: “The First Time”
8:30PM | WSCC – Rm 619/620
Join us at our inaugural storytelling event, where you’ll hear six people share their true personal stories related to “the first time.” This event is open to all ages; however, stories will not be censored and parental discretion may be advised for younger children.


4:10 PM Keynote – Maddie Deutsch
WSCC (open to all)
Madeline “Maddie” Deutsch, MD, MPH, is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Family & Community Medicine at UCSF. She is the director of clinical services at the UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, with her clinic based at UCSF Women’s Health Primary Care, in partnership with the National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. Dr. Deutsch has been involved in a number of research and capacity building projects focused on transgender health, in areas such as HIV care engagement and pre-exposure prophylaxis, cervical cancer screening in transgender men, effects of hormone therapy, and collection of SOGI data and use of electronic medical records.


3:00 PM MAJOR! – Film
WSCC Rm 607/608
Annalise Ophelian; 2015; US; 91 min.
MAJOR! explores the life and campaigns of black transgender elder and activist Miss Major Griffin-Gracy. Commonly known as “Mama,” she has been fiercely advocating for her girls—trans women of color who have survived police brutality and incarceration in men’s prisons—for over 40 years. A veteran of the Stonewall Rebellion, a survivor of Attica State Prison, and a former sex worker, Miss Major is a living library of the queer rights movement. Both a condemnation of the prison-industrial complex and a historical portrait of diverse LGBT communities, MAJOR! uses first-person narration and innovative storytelling to personalize this vibrant and charismatic woman with love and humor. www.missmajorfilm.com
Contains adult themes and language and mention of rape.
 4:30 PM Gender Odyssey Wind Down!
Kaladi Bros (Calamus Auditorium)
The Wind Down Party is your last chance to connect with others from Gender Odyssey 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.