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Keystone Conference 2020

Sally Stone

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March 25th to the 29th will be the 12th annual Keystone Conference, held in Harrisburg, PA.  I have attended this conference every year, and in fact, attended the event the year prior, where the conference was conceived.  Consequently, I am quite fond of Keystone, and I have facilitated a workshop 3 of the 12 years.  I have attended many different LGBTQ conferences over the years, but I must admit that Keystone, hands down, is my favorite.  It offers something for everyone.  It's great for first-timers and people just coming out, because the hotel for that weekend is for our exclusive use.  It's also great for those of us who are more out and more adventurous, because it offers a lot of social events throughout the week.  I think the best thing about Keystone though, is value for the money.  The cost of attending is less than any other conference I've attended, and with special room rates at the conference and supporting hotels, cost is quite reasonable.


Because of my personal schedule this year, I will only be attending the conference on Friday and Saturday, and I will not be presenting, although, my arm is being twisted as we speak to reconsider my presentation decision.  We will see.


If you've never attended a TG conference, I can't recommend a better event.  If your schedule doesn't allow it, or you can't afford the full conference, there are options for partial day attendance.  I highly recommend the conference gala, held on Saturday, it is the best excuse in the world to dress to the nines.  It will be an amazing and fulfilling experience.  And if anyone is going, please reach out to me so we can hook up over a glass of wine.


Here is the conference website:  https://www.keystone-conference.org/





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I would love to. Unfortunately I'm going to be laid up from GCS. Maybe next year? Another friend of mine (who also identifies as bigendered oddly enough) also suggested I attend. Honestly, it sounds like a blast!



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Jackie, as wonderful as Keystone is, your GCS, probably takes precedence, so you are forgiven, this year?





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Neat, I'll try to talk Jenny into going with me so I have somebody to show me around. Also maybe she splits the cost of the room.



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Seeing that I am from Southern California, this is not the closest for me, but I highly encourage any people that can make it to do so.  I am a strong advocate of people getting together and getting the experience of being one of a whole group of us and talking together, because we understand one another and can talk freely.  I take part in a couple of conferences out here on my coast and went to one in Georgia for several years before my Dr. limited my flying time to less in a day than it takes me to go cross country due to my DVT.  I too have been a presenter a couple of times, and preparing for a presentation really opens your eyes about yourself.  I encourage any newer Trans person to go to conferences it will be a fun adventure. 

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So, my arm was twisted sufficiently, and now I am presenting again at the Keystone Conference this year.  Even with my limited availability the organizers accommodated my needs, and I will be presenting on Saturday morning at 9 am, March 28th. 


My workshop is titled: "Making the Most of Part-Time Womanhood," a topic that is quite popular, if past attendance is any indication.  For the past three years it has always been standing room only.  Clearly, I'm striking a nerve with this topic.  Basically, I use my personal experiences to show that expressing one's gender identity can be amazingly fulfilling, even when one chooses to do it only part-time. 


It would be so great to meet with any of you that might be attending.  If so, reach out to me so we can be sure to meet.





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