When it comes down to it, there are two things we hope to accomplish within this conference.  One is to help all of us become more informed about the issues facing our children so that we can make the best parenting decisions possible.  The second and equally critical objective is to provide opportunities for families and kids to meet each other.  Our event schedule is designed for just that reason.

As you plan your conference weekend — especially when booking travel — keep in mind these opportunities for connecting. We strongly recommend that you plan to attend the entire weekend, from Thursday early afternoon through Sunday evening, to optimize your family’s experience.

2016 Event Schedule

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Gender Odyssey Professional Seminar, Day 1
8:00AM – 5:30PM | WSCC
(separate registration)


Gender Odyssey Professional Seminar, Day 2
8:00AM – 5:30PM | WSCC
(separate registration)

Want to touch base with us prior to our Meet & Greet events listed below? Visit our “info desk” at the Silver Cloud – Broadway hotel (1100 Broadway) from 4:00pm to 7:00pm on Thurs, Aug 4th. We’ll get you pointed in the right direction!

Gender Odyssey Family Conference Meet & Greet
5:30PM | 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 Gender Odyssey Family conference hosts for mingling, some children’s activities. and a chance to preview the program book. Food available for purchase.

Gender Odyssey Teen/Tween Meet & Greet
5:30PM | 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!

Gender Odyssey People of Color Exclusive Meet & Greet
5:30PM | The GARAGE – Echo Room (21+)
1130 Broadway Ave (next to Silver Cloud)
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.

Gender Odyssey Opening Party
6:30PM until we’re done! | The GARAGE – Echo Room (21+)
1130 Broadway Ave (next to Silver Cloud)
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!


Keynote | Geena Rocero
4:50PM | 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.

GENDEREVOLUTION: Friday Evening Events at WSCC, 6th Floor

Art Reception and Cocktail Party
7:30PM | 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.

Parents’ Night Out
7:30PM | WSCC – Rm 614
Drop the kids off for supervised movie time and popcorn and take in the many offerings at Genderevolution while connecting with other parents for camaraderie and support. Parents must pick children up no later than 10:00 pm.

GENDERCON: Teen Social
7:30PM | WSCC – Rm 613
Join us for a transtastic good time at this year’s teen social. Whether you missed out on Comicon or simply wish it wasn’t over, now’s your chance to experience it at Gender Odyssey’s GenderCon 2016. This year’s focus is on the hit show Steven Universe, one of the most queer-positive cartoons on TV. Come as any character you choose. Don’t have a costume or makeup? No problem, our make-up ready volunteers will cosplay you into any creation you desire.

Meet the Authors Book Fair
7:30PM | WSCC – West Lobby
Come and schmooze with a number of 2016 authors and celebrate their recently published books. Copies of their books will be available and can be personally autographed for you!

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!

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.


People-of-Color Lunch
11:40PM – 12:45PM | WSCC – Rm 603
Want to get your conference off to a good start by meeting some amazing people? Join us in Gender Odyssey’s dedicated room for people-of-color for a catered lunch and socializing! We’ll get to know each other a little and feed our bodies and our souls.
Note: This lunch session is for people-of-color and their families of whatever color. Attendees from the Gender Odyssey Family conference are invited and encouraged to come.

Keynote – Maddie Deutsch
4:10PM | 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.

Gender Odyssey All-Conference Picnic
5:00PM – 7:30PM | Central Lutheran Church
Join us at Gender Odyssey’s most popular event! Feed your belly and your soul with the delicious, authentic food from Seattle’s own Salvadorean Bakery and Restaurant. Vegetarian and meat options are available to satisfy a wide array of palates. This event is free to all Gender Odyssey attendees (Wear your lanyard!) although donations are accepted with gratitude. Friends and community are welcome for a $10 fee. This event is all about the food and hanging out with friends.

Gender Odyssey Pool Party
8:00PM | Medgar Evers Pool
500 23rd Ave, Seattle (near Garfield High School)
Get ready to make some waves at the conference pool party!
This swim party is exclusively for GO conference attendees (adults and youth 12+).
Seattle Transit / public bus is available to pool from Cal Anderson park / picnic location.

Gay City Pub Crawl (21+)
10:00PM | Silver Cloud (1100 Broadway)
This is not your mother’s idea of a wholesome night out! This year’s Gay City Pub Crawl is for folks who are interested in trans/gay/bi men. From the seasoned pro to the newbie in gay culture, you’ll get a tour of Seattle’s gayest, hippest clubs and gain an opportunity to learn more about gay male culture than we dare write about. All are welcome! Meet up at the Silver Cloud by 10:00 PM!


Gender Odyssey Wind Down!
4:30PM | Kaladi Bros (Calamus Auditorium)
517 E Pike St
The Wind-Down Party is your last chance to connect with others from both Gender Odyssey conferences 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.

Thursday Evening, August 4, 2016

Time Venue 5:30pm 6:00pm 6:30pm 7:00pm
Seattle U. Student Center
Cherry St. Market

Family Meet & Greet

Teen/Tween Meet & Greet

The Garage
Echo Room
Gender Odyssey
People of Color Exclusive Meet & Greet

GO Opening Party
Echo Room
6:30pm to close
Open to all 21+

Friday Evening, August 5, 2016

4:50 – 5:45   7:30pm 8:00pm 8:30pm 9:00pm 9:30pm

Geena Rocero

6th Floor East

6th Floor West Lobby

To Survive On This Shore & Gender Diversity Teens

Meet the Authors
Book Fair
616/617   Raising Zoey & Becoming Johanna
Film Double Feature
Q&A w/ film directors and stars
619/620     Storytelling:
The First Time
613 GO Teens
614 GO Kids: Movie Night

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Time 7:00am 8:00am 8:30am – 11:40am 11:40am – 12:45pm 12:45pm – 3:55pm 4:10pm – 5:20pm 5:00pm – 7:30pm 8:00pm – 10:00pm 10:00pm
GO Registration Opens   Workshops


POC BYOBrown Bag Lunch

Workshops Keynote:
Maddie Deutsch
GO All-Conference PICNIC
1710 11th Ave.
GO Pool Party @Medgar Evers Pool
500 23rd Ave
Age 12+
Pub Crawl
Meet at Silver Cloud @10pm
1100 Broadway Ave.
GO Teens
GO Kids   GO Kids Camp Opens GO Kids Camp   GO Kids Camp

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Time 8:00am 8:30am 9:00am – 12:10pm 12:10am – 1:30pm 1:30pm – 3:00pm 3:15pm – 5:00pm 4:30pm – 7:00pm
GO Registration Opens GO Kids Camp Opens Workshops LUNCH Workshops MAJOR!
Wind Down Party

Calamus Aud., Kaladi Bros.
517 E. Pike St.
GO Teens
GO Kids   GO Kids Camp GO Kids Camp

Last updated 07/19/16. Schedule subject to change.

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