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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 children, teens, young adults, and their families. 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 registration is required. Those registered for all three days of the Professional Program may also attend most sessions in the Family Program. Not every session is for every attendee, but it is guaranteed that you’ll find something that provides food for thought.

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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.

Onsite registration is also available during the conference.

If you need to pay by check, please contact us to make arrangements.

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When are the registration deadlines?

You can substantially save on your registration costs for Gender Odyssey 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 December 31, 2019. Regular registration rates are available through March 31, 2020.

Late registration and pre-printed name badges are available through June 17, 2020. After that, you may continue to register online until the first day of the conference and then at the door. One-day registration rates are also available. 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 April 15. Note: You must provide all the registration contact information for the recipient.

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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 April 15, 2020. 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 – refund request, 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.

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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:

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.
  • 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! 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. No-cost housing is extremely limited.

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Trip Planning

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

  • GO Professional Program: We have more to share with you than time in the day! So please plan to hit the ground running Thursday morning, bright and early.
    • Thursday: Professional programs only today. Sessions begin early; the day ends with a networking event in the evening. 
    • Friday: Sessions run all day, concurrent with the GO Family Program
    • Saturday: Sessions run all day, concurrent with the GO Family Program
    • Sunday: optional. A full three-day GO Pro registration includes access to all GO Family programs and events, including Sunday programming.
  • GO Family: If you want a full conference experience, plan to arrive Thursday in time for the welcome parties and leave on Monday morning.
    • Thursday: optional.  Free evening family & youth receptions
    • Friday: Sessions run all day, concurrent with the GO Pro Program
    • Saturday: Sessions run all day, concurrent with the GO Pro Program
    • Sunday: Sessions start mid-morning, and run until about 4 p.m.

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?

The full conference is hosted by the Marriott San Diego – Mission Valley hotel. A special room rate of $169 per night is available to GO attendees.  Book your group rate for Gender Odyssey here.

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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?

Thank you! You will probably make conference attendance possible for a family by offering space! Please complete the “Offer Housing to Attendees” form and our Community Housing Coordinator will connect you with a family in need.  The application form has lots of details to consider, like kitchen access, pets, tobacco use, and more, all to make sure matches are as comfortable as we can make them.

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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  details.

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Can I get continuing education credits at Gender Odyssey?

Yes. Gender Odyssey will be accredited for the following:

  • CME (Continuing Medical Education) – Physicians 
  • CNE (Continuing Nursing Education) – Registered Nurses
  • CE for the following professions: 
    • Advanced Practice Nurse
    • Physicians Assistant
    • Social Worker
    • Psychologist
    • LCSW
    • Educators

The entire conference will be accredited and will be between 15-24 credits depending on the number of days/sessions attending. It will be certified through Rush University Medical Center and attendees will be given a link to complete the required assessments to receive their credits.

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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.

Your privacy is important. Every attendee is asked permission to photograph during their registration. Attendees may change their minds at any time. During conference, lanyard colors indicate photo permission. 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 by wearing 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 December 31, 2019, 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 more!

Vending is a great way to expose your organization to hundreds of conference attendees. Due to limited space in 2020, all vending / tabling spaces are reserved for sponsors. Visit our Vending, Advertising & Sponsorship page 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 for details.

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What are the deadlines for advertising, vending, and sponsorships?

Item Deadline
Logos and ads for program book April 20, 2020
Website logo art May 31, 2020
Sponsorship application due May 15, 2020
Bag inserts & Swag received May 31, 2020

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I’m a vendor. What does my booth include?

  • Vending space includes either a full 8′ table and 2 chairs or a shared 4′ half of the table and one chair. Tables are covered and skirted.
  • The tables do not come with access to an electrical outlet.
  • The venue allows vendors to drape a sign or banner over the front edge of a table, but not to attach signs to the tables in any way. Nothing may be hung on the walls behind the tables.
  • Vending space is carefully planned, so please be sure to let us know if you have your own booth or equipment so we can place you accordingly.
  • In order to make the conference accessible to as many people as possible, Gender Odyssey is a nonsmoking and scent and fragrance-free event. Please do not bring any scented products.
  • No on-site, lockable or overnight storage will be available.
  • Securing a vending table does NOT provide access to conference programming for your table staff. Vendors are welcome to attend all the GO Free activities and social events, including the keynotes.
  • Additionally, we ask that you limit table staffing to one person at a time for a 4’ table or two for an 8′ table. If any of your organization’s members wish to attend the conference as well as staff the table, please contact us to arrange a customized sponsorship package to fit your budget and needs.
  • You may want to bring your own cart for unloading and hauling your items, as carts are limited and in high demand during set up time.

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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. Do not ship anything to us without prior approval. Email our Sponsorship team discuss options.

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I’m a vendor. What’s the vending schedule?

Set-up:

  • Details coming!

Vending fair hours:

  • Details coming!

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I’m a vendor. Where do I unload?

  • Stay tuned!

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I’m a vendor. To whom can I direct other questions?

Write to the Sponsorship Coordinator at sponsorships@genderodyssey.org.

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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 .
  • 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 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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