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FTM International Awards Five Thousand Dollar Grant to FORGE Forward

San Francisco, CA, April 20, 2007 --( FTMInternational and FORGE announced the 1st National FTM/SOFFA Conference to be held in the Heartland March 29 – April 1, 2007 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

“We’ve met on the West Coast. We’ve met on the East Coast. We’ve met in small groups at larger conferences in Atlanta and Philadelphia and elsewhere, but never before have hundreds of those of us on the transmasculine spectrum and SOFFAs (Significant Others, Friends, Family, and Allies) invaded Middle America – until now! ” announced michael munson and Loree Cook-Daniels, co-founders of FORGE, an FTM organization entering its 13th year.

On March 29 – April 1, 2007, the “heartland” city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin played host to the FORGE Forward 2007 Conference and Intensives. One of the most ambitious transmasculine/ SOFFA conferences to date, the event offered nine full-day pre-conference “Intensives” focusing on specific topics in addition to 2-1/ 2 days’ worth of plenary keynote speeches and entertainment, a film festival, authors’ readings, a vendor hall, a dance, and nearly 90 planned and propose-it-on-the-spot workshops and caucuses.

“FTMInternational has provided a $5,000 grant to help get the word out about FORGE Forward 2007 to our community,” stated Rabbi Levi Alter, President of Female-to-Male International, spanning 21 years and 18 countries serving the FTM community.

The FORGE Forward 2007 Conference and Intensives were designed not only to give individuals the information they seek, but also to build community. To that end, all official programming was open to all identities. The Conference’s co-chairs, michael munson and Loree Cook-Daniels, made efforts to recruit participation by LGB and mainstream Midwesterners in order to raise trans awareness.

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