Translating Identity Conference


Opening its doors to the public once more, the Translating Identity Conference (TIC) explores a wide array of topics in discourses regarding gender and transgender identities, expressions, communities, and intersections. The largest conference of its kind in New England, TIC is a free, student organized, non-profit conference that seeks to reach not only the University of Vermont & the Burlington community, but the nation as a whole. A one-day event, TIC has numerous sessions to choose from at any time, ranging from healthcare to law to education, that are directed towards people at all levels of inclusion in the trans and allied communities. This conference is a safe space for everyone to come, learn, and enjoy themselves!

This conference is open to the national public, but space is limited. Please register as soon as possible to guarantee your spot.

Registration and attendance are free!

History of TIC

  • March, 2003: Students held the highly successful first annual regional conference entitled Translating Identity. Three hundred attended the daylong multi-session conference. President Fogel and his wife attended afternoon and evening events.
  • February 28th, 2004: Free to Be hosts the second annual Translating Identity Conference. Registrations fill up even faster, cutting off at 325. Keynoter, attorney and Director of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Dean Spade, filled Billings CC Theater at the end of the day.
  • March 5th, 2005: Members of Free to Be hold the third annual Translating Identity Conference. Opening plenary features author and LGBTQA Services staff member, Eli Clare and keynote is by author Leslie Feinberg.
  • February 24-26th, 2006: UVM hosts the 4th annual TIC conference, this time a 2 day campus-wide event. Keynote speaker was Emi Koyama, who spoke to queer disability politics of gender.
  • February 24th, 2007: UVM's fifth TIC attracts over 500 attendees, keynotes were by Genny Bremen, Director of the Stonewall Center at Mass Amherst and Tarynn Witten, senior fellow and senior director of TranScience Research Institute.
  • November 8th,2008: UVM hosts the sixth annual Translating Identity Conference, Eli Claire presents as keynote speaker again.
  • October 9th, 2009: Seventh annual TIC keynote speaker is Miss Major, of the TGI Justice Project.
  • October 9th, 2010 : Eighth annual TIC, plenary by Jamie Clayton.
  • October 22th, 2011 :
  • October 13, 2012 : Keynote Speaker was Pauline Park, Chair, New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA) and President of the Board of Directors & Acting Executive Director, Queens Pride House.
  • October 12, 2013 : Keynote speaker was Mara Keisling.
  • November 1, 2014 : Keynote Speaker was DarkMatter, queer South Asian performance and literary arts duo.
  • October 10, 2015 : Keynote Speaker was Reina Gossett.
  • October 8, 2016 : Keynote speaker was Kat Blaque.
  • October 14, 2017 : Keynote speaker was Chris Mosier, United States Olympian who was the first out trans-athlete to make the U.S. national sprint duathlon team.