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Today is Thursday, March 08, 2007

THU - SUN, MAR 29 - APR 1, 2007

FORGE Forward 2007 Conference - Milwaukee, WI

Conference website: FORGE Forward 2007 Conference

Get ready for the 1st National FTM/SOFFA Conference in the HEARTLAND:

March 29 April 1, 2007

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Four Points Sheraton Airport


* Largest gathering of transgender persons and SOFFAs in Wisconsins history.
* Unparalleled opportunities for training and networking on transgender issues
* More than 75 workshops
* Two full days of pre-conference Intensives
* More than two dozen plenary speakers and entertainers

Also offering:

* Onsite medical consultations
* Vendors
* Childcare (no additional cost)
* American Sign Language interpreters
* Speed dating
* 12-step meetings
* Hospitality room
* Scholarships for low-income participants

Want to help us offer even more? Were looking for organizers for:

* Film festival
* Art festival
* Clothing swap
* Boot Camp (what your father never taught you)
* Singles events
* Buddy/mentor program
* Onsite massage, yoga, spiritual events, rites of passage ceremony
* Milwaukee-area tour guides

Its been more than a decade since the first national, FTM-specific conference was held in 1995, held in San Francisco and sponsored by FTM International. Since then, there have been multiple other national FTM-specific conferences (sometimes explicitly including SOFFAs), particularly in the Washington, D.C. area (American Boyzs True Spirit Conferences), Seattle (lately named Gender Odyssey), and Boston. But there has never been a national FTM/SOFFA conference held in the Midwest.

Until now.

From March 29 to April 1, 2007, FTM+/SOFFAs who have been unable to afford and/or make it to one of the coasts for a national conference will finally have the opportunity to attend one closer to home. The FORGE Forward conference will also give Midwest service providers and LGBT community members the opportunity to hear and benefit from the best trainers, workshop leaders, speakers, and entertainers the transgender community has to offer. Plus, it will give us Midwesterners the chance to showcase what we have been doing while everyone else was looking toward the coasts!

Come and join us for the exciting inauguration of what we hope will be many Midwest-based FTM+/SOFFA conferences.

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