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The International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE) Announces Grassroots Political Institute

Waltham, MA, January 17, 2009 --( The International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE) invites all activists and community leaders to participate in a Grassroots Political Institute on Wednesday, February 4th at the IFGE 2009 Conference in metro Washington DC. The Grassroots Political Institute is a free, day long pre-conference event comprised of workshops dealing with the past, present, and future of the transgender community, and how we can empower our community to take control of our own struggle for civil rights. The institute will be led by Ethan St. Pierre, in conjunction with Lisa Mottet, Marti Abernathy, and Mara Keisling. Everyone is invited to attend this event; sessions begin at 9:30 and run through the afternoon.

IFGE 2009 is their 23rd annual conference, and is being produced in conjunction with the Transgender Education Association (TGEA) of Greater Washington, D.C. The event will be held at the Hilton Mark Plaza Hotel in Alexandria, Virginia, February 4 – 8, 2009.

Special Advance Pricing Ends on January 22 - Make Your Reservations Now

Their discounted conference pricing on rooms at the Alexandria Hilton expires on January 22nd, and the flood of new people coming into Washington DC has all the area hotels selling out. So don’t wait; reserve your room now. Early Bird registration rates for the conference also run until January 22nd.

Go to to register for the IFGE 2009 conference.

Room reservations can be made at or call (703) 845-1010. Use the event code IFGE to get their discounted block rate.

Other Conference Highlights
A full slate of over sixty (60) workshops and presentations are planned, featuring leading experts in Transgender Health & Medicine and Sexual Identity/Gender Identity

Friday Luncheon Presentation of the 2009 Trinity Award winners:
Ms. Lisa Mottet
Mr. Spencer Bergstedt
Mr. Gunner Scott

Saturday Luncheon Keynote Address features Kelley Winters, Ph.D., the founder of Gender Identity Disorder (GID) Reform Advocates, whose mission it is to advocate reform of the psychiatric classification of gender diversity as a mental disorder.

Special performances by singer-songwriters Cathy Worthley on Friday evening, and Georgie Jessup on Saturday Evening

For additional details regarding the conference program, workshops, speakers, evening activities, hotel and registration information, please visit:

Contact Information
International Foundation for Gender Education
Stephanie Battaglino
201.704.2996 (cell)

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