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2010 Gender Spectrum Family Conference -- Online Registration Now Closed. Please Register on-site at the Conference

Gender Spectrum

Friday, September 3, 2010 at 4:00 PM - Monday, September 6, 2010 at 12:00 PM (PDT)

2010 Gender Spectrum Family Conference --   Online...

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Lead Workshop Presenter
For individuals who are the designated Lead for a workshop. Workshop proposal must have been accepted prior to registration.
Ended $75.00 $0.00
We offer scholarships on a sliding scale to make the conference available to all who are interested. We are grateful to the many community members whose donations to our scholarship fund greatly increase the number of scholarships we are able to provide.
On Site Cost/individual Ended $250.00 $5.99

Event Details

Gender Spectrum Family Conference and Kids Camp 2010

We began this groundbreaking conference to meet the increasing need for information and support for families raising gender non-conforming, gender variant, and transgender children and teens. The conference brings together people from all over the world to connect with one another, meet with experts in the field, share stories, find support, gather current information, and come to a better understanding of the journey as parents and others in these children’s lives.

Along with engaging workshops for adults, we also offer specific programming for teens, and our fabulous Kids Camp for younger children. This wonderful gathering is all about making connections. For the children and teens, meeting one another creates a sense of belonging and deepened understanding of their own experience. For parents, caregivers and other adults, the recognition that you are not alone brings an empowering sense community and strength.

Main Conference Registration Fees

This year’s fee structure (above) is designed to encourage family and caregiver participation as a unit. Our hope is that families will think about the entire support structure that is in place for their child or teen as they consider who should attend the event. “Family” in this case represents the entire constellation of adults providing that support. We encourage you to consider Family Registration; rather than having to purchase an individual ticket for each adult in a child’s or teen's life, Family Registration allows you the chance to bring the various individuals (up to six people 13 and older) that are playing key support roles. Please note that  Family Registration also means that beyond the first two people, any teens attending the Youth Conference will attend essentially for free. However, if only 1 adult and one or more teens are attending, purchase an individual ticket plus inividual Youth Tickets. Finally, remember that if you have children who will be attending  Kids Camp, this requires purchasing Kids Camp tickets above. If you have more than one child who will be coming, be sure to use the "Additional Child(ren)" ticket option for the second and any additional kids.

Payment: We have chosen to use PayPal to process conference registration fees due to its high level of security. To complete your order, choose the type and number of tickets your ordering, above. Click "order now," and fill in the requested information. Finally, click click on the PayPal or credit card icon. This will take you to a PayPal page. If you have your own PayPal account, you can use it; otherwise, there is an option for individuals who don't have one to use a credit card.

Don't use credit cards? If you do not use credit cards, you can pay for your registration by check or money order. Please send us a note with the type of registration(s) you wish to make, the names of the individuals who will be attending, the ages and preferred pronouns for any children or youth, and any other special information you wish for us to know. Use the selection process above to determine your costs, and mail a check made out "Gender Spectrum" to:

Gender Spectrum Conference Registration

1 Camino Sobrante #216

Orinda CA 94563

Please note that scholarships are also available; see below for more information. If you have any questions about which type of registration is best for your family, please email us at

The above Early Bird discounts apply through July 15.  After that standard rates apply as follows for the Individual, Family, and Day Passes:

Individual:     $250

Family:          $400 (up to six people 13 years of age and older)

Daily:             $175 (individual, single day attendance for either Saturday or Sunday)

Refunds: Gender spectrum will offer a full refund, minus a $25.00 processing fee, for cancellation until July 31, 2010. From August 1 until August 31, we will offer a 50% refund. Beginning September 1, we will be unable to provide any refunds.


Kids Camp Registration

The cost is $40 per child per day (discounts given for 2+ kids--please inquire!). Kids Camp scholarships are available. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. For further information or questions, email

Hotel Accommodations

We encourage you to make reservations as early as possible. We have set aside a limited number of rooms at special conference rates; in the last two years we sold out our room block.

When making your reservations, please mention the group code GSC to obtain the reduced group rate of $129/night; reservations must be made no later than August 12, 2010 to secure the conference rate. Reserve your room now online, or call 510-665-7122.

Each of the hotel's guest rooms has either a balcony or patio boasting some of the most breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay. All rooms offer features such as a work desk, two telephones with high speed internet access, voice mail, pay-per-view in-room movies, complimentary cable TV, hair dryers, iron and ironing board and coffee makers.


Programming Overview

This year’s event offers three days of amazing programming that is designed to optimize the entire family’s experience. We hold workshops for older kids and teens in addition to parent-related sessions, while younger children have fun, supervised activities at our Kids Camp.

Adult Programming: Each year, the Gender Spectrum program offerings have expanded to meet the growing needs of families raising these amazing kids. For many parents and caregivers, the information and resources made available through our robust programming is a lifeline. Armed with new learning and perspectives, parents leave the conference with a renewed sense of purposefulness as they navigate the journey of raising gender nonconforming children.

Youth Conference 2010: A separate track throughout the weekend, the Gender Spectrum Youth Conference features a variety of workshops, events, and activities for youth between the ages of 13 and 20. Current plans includes a variety of workshop topics, including Talking about Gender, Making & Keeping Friends, Dating and Relationships, Transgender History, Youth Empowerment, Health Decisions and Information, Knowing Your Rights in Schools, Being an Advocate/Working for Justice, and Talking about Religion. In addition, the Youth Conference will feature a mentor component, specific sessions for siblings, opportunities for writing and reflecting, social events and more. A major priority for this year’s overall conference planning, we are extremely excited about the Gender Spectrum Youth Conference 2010.

Gender Spectrum Kids Camp: While their parents attend workshops, children between the ages of 5 and 12 get to go to camp! The Gender Spectrum Kids Camp provides fun and well-supervised activities. We have two full days of creative games, engaging activities, outdoor fun and plenty of time for meeting and making friends. Experienced children’s educators and counselors will supervise a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities, with options that appeal to all playing styles and rhythms. Our new location offers a wonderful, yet easily supervised outdoor space that will allow exuberant youngsters to really get the wiggles out, and our expanded indoor spaces will feature a series of stations offering a wide selection of organized activities.

We will provide a detailed schedule of programming closer to the event on the Gender Spectrum website. If you have any questions about the programming before it is published, please contact us at



We offer scholarships on a sliding scale to make the conference available to all who are interested. We are grateful to the many community members whose donations to our scholarship fund greatly increase the number of scholarships we are able to provide.

To apply for a scholarship for this year's programming, please download the Scholarship Application. After completing the application, please email to Once we reeive your application, we will contact you directly to finalize your registration.

For More Information

Please visit us at for more information and updates about this year's event. You can also find lots of resources for parents, join our online communities, and  learn about our many other services and activities.



Have questions about 2010 Gender Spectrum Family Conference -- Online Registration Now Closed. Please Register on-site at the Conference? Contact Gender Spectrum

When & Where

Berkeley Marina Doubletree Hotel and Executive Meeting Ctr
200 Marina Blvd.
Berkeley, CA 94710

Friday, September 3, 2010 at 4:00 PM - Monday, September 6, 2010 at 12:00 PM (PDT)

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Gender Spectrum

Gender Spectrum provides education, resources and support to create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for all children and teens.

We accomplish this mission through school and organizational trainings, parent support groups, medical, family services, and mental health consultations, an annual family conference, and policy and research efforts related to gender, children, and families.
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