April 25-27 · Albany, New York
Transgender 2013, the Empire Conference and Providers Training Day are now history. And what a conference it was. We had the largest attendance in many years!
Dr. Milton Diamond was the "star" at both events and his presentation at the Friday luncheon was the highlight of the conference. Amanda Simpson delivered the keynote address at the Saturday Luncheon and inspired all of us to take an active role in our community. The faculty of presenters at the conference brought many new ideas and information to both the health care community and the transgender community. Arlene Lev and Carolyn Wolf-Gould did an outstanding job in organizing and presenting a great line up of workshops for Providers Training Day, full of useful information for the many health care workers who came to spend the day with us.
Our off-site, evening activities were outstanding. Thursday evening we overflowed the Albany Pump Station, a downtown brewery/restaurant; and Friday's dine-around gave conference attendees a choice from among three of Albany's better nearby restaurants. The Saturday evening banquet was a treat — featuring a delicious steak dinner and a varied menu of entertainment. There was an unexpected (and delightfully ear-splitting) visit from a bagpipe band, a clarinet solo by conference presenter Dr. Leis, a mini-concert by The Capital Pride Singers, and a swinging jazz combo for dancing organized by Carolyn Wolf-Gould and her (physician/bass player) husband Christopher that featured singing by Carolyn and also conference presenter Maureen Osborne.
What does the future hold for the Empire Conference? Kristine James has retired as the conference chair, but will remain as the Executive Director of TransEvents USA. A new conference chair has been selected and we are looking forward to new ideas and programs for 2014. Stay tuned for the exciting developments!