Fantasia Fair: October 19 - 24, 2014
The girls dining at Ross's Grill, left to right, Andrea, Stana, Melissa, Natalie, Diana and Emeraude.
In the past, it was reputed as being a getaway for
The Fantasia Fair of the 2010s is different. Its attendees include female-to-male transgenders. And maybe it's just me... maybe I evolved since 2008, but it seems to me that a lot of the male-to-female attendees are in various stages of transition.
One thing that hasn't changed is that Provincetown is very diverse and accepting, so it affords a place where you can crossdress to your heart's content. But during Fantasia Fair it is impossible to pass no matter how passable you are because the civilians know what's up and read (right or wrong) every tall woman as "trans."
I wrote here that during the "Walking Tour of Historic Provincetown," our guide claimed that the B&B where I stayed during the Fair, Chicago House, was the birthplace of the International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE). After the tour, I asked around and some people disputed that claim, while others seemed to support it.
Lynda e-mailed me in support of the claim.
She wrote, "I sat with the organizers of the IFGE at the Chicago House as the discussion of the plans for the organization took place. Merrissa Sherrill Lynn led the discusion and I believe became the first head of the IFGE."
Here is a shout-out to the girls I hung out with throughout the week (in alphabetical order). You ladies all made my week special and I hope we can do it again someday.
- Andrea, my Connecticut Outreach Society sister
- Davina, my Chicago House sister from Brazil
- Diana, my blogging sister from Connecticut
- Emeraude, my Chicago House sister from California
- Melissa, my Connecticut ham radio trans sister
- Natalie, my Chicago House sister from Connecticut (thanks again for the stamps, Natalie!)
- Also want to shout out to Sirena, a Connecticut expatriate. We kept passing like ships in the night in Cape Cod Bay throughout the week, but never found an opportunity to chat.
- Also, Robin, another Connecticut sister, who fell ill during the week and missed the tale end of the Fair.
- And Janie, my blogging sister from Canada. We met up way too briefly after one of the presentations during the week. I had not seen Janie since Fantasia Fair 2008 and it was great seeing her again. It was also nice to see that neither of us had changed one bit during the ensuing six years!
Wearing Krikor Jabotian.
A favorite photo from Fantasia Fair.
Taken by Luna Maria.
Taken by Luna Maria.