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Fantasia Fair 2019 update


This October trans people, partners, and allies from around the globe will descend upon Provincetown for  the 45th Fantasia Fair, the longest running transgender event in the world. Fantasia Fair will open October 20th and will run through October 27th, 2019.

This year’s Fair will be an epic celebration of the week-long event’s rich history and the people who helped define it and pave the way for the freedoms many of us have today. In this newsletter we are pleased to announce our lineup of keynote speakers, the Transgender Pioneer Award recipient for 2019, and updates in many areas. We are also asking for your help. The Fair needs you!


We are empowered by your responses in the recently published participant’s survey. The Planning Committee has begun building from last year’s successes and making the necessary adjustments. We’re developing new content and experiences to make Fantasia Fair 2019 a true celebration of our past, present, and future. Come join us in Provincetown on October 20th! 

Enjoy the update. 

Announcing Keynote Speakers

Fantasia Fair doesn’t have just one or two keynotes–we have six! Keynotes begin at 1:30 pm Monday through Saturday.

They’re heavily attended by Fairgoers and are free to townspeople and visitors.

We’re proud to announce Fantasia Fair 2019’s great keynote speakers:

Monday, October 21

Professor Miqqi Alicia Gilbert

The Philosophy of Crossdressing and Gender Through the Years.

Miqqi is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at York University in Toronto, long-time contributor to Fantasia Fair, and a former director. 

Tuesday, October 22

Marisa Richmond, Ph.D.

Women’s and Gender Studies, Middle Tennessee State University. activist and politician. 

Wednesday, October 23

Sandra Mesics, RN, MSN, CNM

Sandy attended the very first Fantasia Fair in 1975—as a reporter! She will talk about her experiences.

Sandy is Director of St. Luke’s School of Nursing.

Thursday, October 24.

Round Table Discussion: Remembrances of Fairs Past
(Full participant line up to be announced)

Discussion of the evolution of gender expression through the 45 years of Fantasia Fair.

Friday, October 25

Ariadne Kane

Ari is a visionary and co-founder, in 1975, of Fantasia Fair. For many years she operated the Outreach Institute for Gender Studies. 

Saturday, October 26

Niela Miller

Niela is a retired clinical social worker in private practice. She pioneered the development of Fantasia Fair’s couples and SO programs. 

Say Cheese… Again!!!!

We are very pleased to  announce photographer Dan McKeon will be on staff once again for FanFair 19. Dan will be available to the Fair exclusively for the entire week. Dan is personable and has the ability to bring out your very best because as he says, “If you don’t look good, I don’t look good.” By all accounts, he made us all look great last year. The successful secure photos option will also be returning for those No photo Fairgoers who have privacy concerns. If you want your picture taken, just ask him! Don't forget to smile:-) Your memories are priceless. This service is included for all Fairgoers at no cost.
Lead a workshop!

We are accepting workshop proposals for this Fall. We’ve received many exciting ones, but have room for more. Consider hosting a workshop. We are looking for wonderful, exciting, topical, stunning, fabulous, amazing workshops on every aspect of transgender existence: personal presentation, identity, relationships, community, activism, sexuality, history—you name it. Please consider sending us a proposal.

Don’t forget activity and interactive type workshops as well. Learn while having fun! Now, THAT’S the Fair.

For more information please visit or contact the program director at

2019 Transgender Pioneer Award Recipient Announced!

Marisa Richmond has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 Transgender Pioneer Award. Marisa, a Nashville-based transgender rights advocate and professor of history and Women’s and Gender Studies at Middle Tennessee State University, has been chosen as the recipient of Real Life Experience’s Transgender Pioneer Award for 2019. She will receive the award at a gala banquet on Tuesday, October 22 in Provincetown during the trans event Fantasia Fair.

Marisa is one those hard-working and selfless people. She has been active since the early 90s. In 1992 she co-founded the Tennessee Vals support group, which is still in existence. She served on the board until 2003. She also served as board member of the International Foundation for Gender Education (2000-2002) and as board chair of the American Educational Gender Information Service. She served on the board of directors of the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition from 2003-2007 and the National Center for Transgender Equality from 2008-2014.

In 2008, Marisa became the first openly transgender person to win an election in Tennessee when she was elected to the Davidson County Democratic Party (DCDP) Executive Committee. She is now in her fourth term and currently serves as a Vice Chair of DCDP. Also in 2008, she became the first African American, transgender person to serve as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention from any state. She also served as a delegate in 2012, and is a member of the national steering committee of Trans United for Obama.

Marisa is a nationally-known speaker on transgender issues. Often, she works quietly behind the scenes, and she gets the job done!

Congratulations, Marisa, for being named the recipient of the 2019 Transgender Pioneer Award.

Roomers is Back. . .
Fantasia Fair After Dark

Fantasia Fair’s nightly social hospitality suite, known as Roomers (306A Commercial Street) will once again be available for Fairgoers this fall. Roomers is a place to hang out at the end of each Fair day to socialize, meet new friends, or partake in some delicious snacks. Roomers is available exclusively to all Fairgoers and will be open every night beginning on Tuesday. Don't forget to pass me the M&Ms… 

Apply for a Scholarship!
We are accepting applications for scholarships. Every year, we award individuals/couples an opportunity to experience Fantasia Fair at either greatly reduced or completely waived rates, including lodging, based on financial need. Anyone can apply, regardless of gender identity or presentation, including if you identify as cisgender.

The cost of any transgender conference presents a barrier to some, and we are pleased that the generosity of our attendee base and our fundraising efforts allow us to offer these opportunities. When you register, consider making a donation to the scholarship fund. Any amount will help us bring people to the Fair whom otherwise would not be able to attend.

The application process will close mid-July, so get your forms in by the deadline. Please be assured, all applications will be kept private.

The application can be found on our scholarship page at
Off to PTown!
When Spring breaks in New England, it’s time to begin thinking about October and Fantasia Fair! In a few weeks, members of the planning committee will be descending upon Provincetown to begin the process of making arrangements for this Fall. We will meet with every vendor and venue to review your comments and suggestions from the survey, brainstorm this year’s event, and create contracts. 

As we did last year, be watching for daily video reports for updates on our progress. The May newsletter will have a wrap-up of the busy weekend. 
Your Help is Needed!

An event as complex as Fantasia Fair depends upon volunteers. Specifically, Fairgoers contributing small amounts of time to help the event to run smoothly. Without volunteers, the scale and depth of new offerings and events may become difficult. Voluntering is rewarding, fun, and a great way to give back by giving just a little of your time. Please reach out to Dee at if you are interested. 
Areas of need are:
Proofreader for our monthly e-newsletter and help with the Gazette during the Fair
Asst. Lunch Coordinator working with Lunch Coordinator Emily Sheldon
A/V Specialist to assist in making sure A/V needs are met
Hospitality Suite Coordinator to ensure the success of Roomers, our social hangout
Poster Coordinator to deliver posters and other ad material around town on Sunday or Monday of Fair week
Our Contact Information has changed:

Our mailing address is:
Fantasia Fair
P.O. Box 293
East Bridgewater, MA 02333.

Phone: 508-246-7762  (Year round)
Sponsored in part by the 
Provincetown Tourism Fund
Photo credits: Dan McKeon, Gerri Cannon, Dallas Denny, Dee LaValle, Marisa Richmond 
Copyright © 2019 Fantasia Fair, All rights reserved.

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