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posted Friday, August 8 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 32
Gender Odyssey and Gender Odyssey Family conferences coming up next weekend - Many FREE community events scheduled
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Gender Odyssey and Gender Odyssey Family conferences coming up next weekend - Many FREE community events scheduled

Seattle's annual Gender Odyssey conference and Gender Odyssey Family conference begins Thursday, August 14, and continues through Sunday, August 17.

Gender Odyssey is a conference focused on the needs and interests of Transgender and Gender-nonconforming people. Gender Odyssey Family is a conference for families who are navigating the day-to-day realities of raising a Gender-nonconforming or Transgender child.

The two conferences run in tandem August 15-17 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily at the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) (8th Ave. & Pike St.) on the 6th Floor. Register at the door. (See website for full weekend conference fees: $210-$280 sliding scale. Single-day passes will also be available.)

The conference weekend begins on August 14 with an Opening Party from 6-10 p.m., at The Garage on Broadway (1130 Broadway, between E. Madison and E. Union Sts.). The venue includes bowling, billiards and a full service menu. The Opening Party is FREE and open to the community.

On August 15, Gender Odyssey hosts the following FREE events, including a keynote address by Aidan Key, founder and director of Gender Odyssey, at 4:50 p.m., and the Genderrevolution: Art Reception and Cocktail Party from 7-10 p.m., both at the WSCC. There will also be a Genderqueer reception at 7 p.m. at Kaladi Bros. Coffee (517 E. Pike St.) and a Teen Social from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Kaladi Bros. Coffee/Calamus Auditorium at Gay City (517 E. Pike St.)

On August 16, Gender Odyssey hosts the following FREE events at the WSCC, including a Gender Personal arts workshop presented by artist Jacqui Beck at 12:45 p.m. (www.genderpersonal.org), a screening of Boy Meets Girl at 2:25 p.m., and a keynote address by Eli Vasquez at 4:10 p.m.

On August 17, Gender Odyssey hosts the following FREE events: Gender Revolutionaries: Non-binary Film Shorts at 10:40 a.m. at WSCC, and Wind-down Party from 4:30-7 p.m. at Kaladi Bros. Coffee/Calamus Auditorium at Gay City (517 E. Pike St.).

All FREE events are open to the community.

For complete information on the Gender Odyssey and Gender Odyssey Family conferences, visit www.genderodyssey.org.

Courtesy of Gender Odyssey

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