FAQ | PTWC

FAQ | PTWC

FAQ

Updated: May, 7, 2024

When will the Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference (PTWC) happen in 2024?
PTWC will take place September 5-7, 2024! September 5th will be Continuing Education Track programming while September 6th and 7th will be General Track programming.

Where will PTWC take place this year?
PTWC will take place at Temple University’s Howard Gittis Student Center at 1755 North 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122.

Why is PTWC taking place at Temple University this year?
We are so excited for PTWC to return in-person for the first time since 2019! After scouting multiple venues across Philadelphia, we found that Temple University can host dynamic programming for this conference's needs at a more sustainable price than past venues. Temple University is well connected to public transit and parking options and is a short train or bus ride from Center City Philadelphia. The campus contains ample green space, dining options, and local food trucks for lunch during the conference.

How can I get to Temple University?
Temple University is located in the center of North Philadelphia and is well-connected to Philadelphia’s public transportation system, SEPTA. To access Temple University using SEPTA’s Broad Street Line subway, take the local route to Cecil B. Moore Station (an ADA-accessible station). Using SEPTA’s Regional Rail lines, take any line (except the Cynwyd Line) to Temple University Station (an ADA-accessible station). SEPTA bus routes 2, 3, 4, 16, 23, 39, and 47 all provide access to Temple University.

Where can I park my car at Temple University?
Limited street parking is available near Temple University. Parking is also available at the following paid locations:

  • Liacouras Garage at 1710 North 15th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122
  • Temple Towers Lot at 1651 North 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122
  • Cecil B. Moore Lot at 1223 Cecil B Moore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19122
  • Tuttleman Lot at 1205 West Montgomery Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19122
  • Montgomery Garage at 1859 North 11th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122
  • 15th Street Lot at 1855 North 15th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121

How can I register to attend PTWC’s General Track in person?
Registration opens on May 6 at 9:00 AM EST and closes on May 13 at 9:00 AM EST. Submit the registration form for yourself or for a group of up to four people, and choose to register for Friday, Saturday, or both days. Registration during this one-week period does not guarantee attendance at PTWC. With a venue capacity of 1,000 participants, in-person registration will be limited. If the total number of registrants exceeds the venue capacity, registrants will be entered into a random lottery. Selected registrants will be notified by email and asked to confirm their attendance. Walk-ins will not be permitted to the General Track. For more information on registration, please visit here.

How can I register to attend PTWC’s Continuing Education Tracks in person?
Registration for the Continuing Education Tracks (Legal, Medical, and Behavioral Health) opens on May 6 at 9:00 AM EST and will remain open until capacity is reached. There are fees to register for the Continuing Education Track that vary based on your registration type. If a Continuing Education Track reaches capacity, registrants may be placed onto a waitlist for that track. Walk-ins will be accepted to the Continuing Education Tracks until those tracks reach capacity. If attendees registered for the Continuing Education Track would also like to attend the General Track, those attendees must register separately for both tracks. For more information on registration, please visit here.

How much does it cost to attend PTWC?

There is no cost to attend the General Track of PTWC. Mazzoni Center is committed to not charging registration fees for General Track attendance at PTWC every year as we are honored to organize this lifesaving event for the trans, nonbinary, and gender-expansive community. Donations are welcome and greatly appreciated to help put on PTWC, and we thank you for your generosity. Donations can be made here. There are fees to register for the Continuing Education Track that vary based on your registration type. For more information on Continuing Education Track registration prices, please visit here.

If I am attending the Continuing Education Track, can I also attend General Track workshops?

If attendees registered for the Continuing Education Track would also like to attend the General Track, those attendees must register separately for both tracks. If the number of registrants for the General Track exceeds our capacity, all registrants will be entered into a lottery system and will be randomly drawn to determine who will attend the General Track. Walk-ins will not be permitted to the General Track this year. For more information on registration, please visit here

How can I submit a workshop proposal for PTWC?

Call for Proposals opens on April 29 and closes on June 1. To submit a proposal for the General Track, please visit here. To submit a proposal for the Continuing Education Track, please visit here. Selected workshop presenters should be notified by July.

Are minors allowed to attend PTWC?

Yes, teenagers can attend PTWC if they are registered along with their family. However, there will not be any youth-specific programming at PTWC this year. Childcare will not be offered at PTWC this year.

How can I register to table as an exhibitor or vendor at PTWC?

To apply for a table as an exhibitor or vendor, please visit here. For more information on exhibiting and vending, please visit here.

How can my organization or company sponsor PTWC?

Please contact David Weisberg, Executive Development and Communications Officer at Mazzoni Center, for sponsorship opportunities here.

Will PTWC programming be available virtually?

We are currently exploring options for limited virtual programming for the General Track. The Continuing Education Track will not have any virtual options. We hope to announce more information on virtual programming in the coming weeks.

Are workshops being recorded?

No, workshops will not be recorded to ensure the safety of presenters and participants.

Will there be a block of hotel rooms available for PTWC attendees?

No, there will not be a block of hotel rooms for PTWC this year. Attendees will be responsible for arranging their own accommodations.

What accessibility standards will be present at PTWC?

PTWC is committed to accessibility for all participants. Temple University’s Howard Gittis Student Center is 100% ADA accessible. ASL interpretation, program books in braille, and program books in large print will be available upon request. For more information on safety and accessibility, please visit here.

Is PTWC only for trans people?

The conference is open to trans, nonbinary, and gender-expansive people as well as their allies. We ask that cisgender allies recognize that this space is designed to primarily serve and center trans, nonbinary, and gender-expansive people. We recognize that gender is a journey and that there are people who are still questioning their understanding of their own gender. We ask that all participants who are cisgender contribute in a trans-affirming and respectful manner while holding space for trans participants.

How are workshops selected?

The content of the PTWC’s Continuing Education Track is selected by three profession-specific Continuing Education Review Committees (CERCs), one for the Legal Track, one for the Medical Track, and one for the Behavioral Health Track. The CERCs are made up of volunteer professionals from a variety of specializations within the given fields. The content of the PTWC’s General Track is selected by the Interdisciplinary Review Committee (IRC). The IRC is a volunteer committee comprised of trans, nonbinary, and gender-expansive community members which is tasked with ensuring that the content presented at the conference each year is affirming and empowering of the trans community and its many intersections. In the months before the conference, a Call for Proposals is opened for community members and professionals to submit workshop proposals. Committee members also solicit proposals from their networks. The committees develop value-based scoring rubrics to grade proposals and discuss content selection in regularly scheduled meetings. For more information on the CERCs, please visit here. For more information on the IRC, please visit here.

What should I do if I experience or observe discriminatory behavior from another participant?

Taking down some quick details like their name, where and when it occurred, and what was said will be a good first step. You can communicate with the planning team via our email [email protected] or by finding a PTWC staff member or volunteer. We will investigate any incident brought to us in good faith and take the necessary steps to ensure that the conference remains as safe as possible for all participants. 

Please contact us at [email protected] with any additional questions you may have that are not answered here.