I was only responding to the speakers use of the descriptor trans. Personally I feel trans sells short the fact that my soul is female and with trans being a chemistry term I feel it falls short.
The conference to me is about the attendees, not the vendors or speakers. They’re there to serve us. This years vendor area was not quite as full as last. I was also dealing with some personal difficulties and had to practice a lot of self care so I didn’t get to enjoy it as much as last year. T o me, the real value is in making new friendships and building the old ones. Online connections are great, but nothing is equivalent to sitting down with some one over a drink and sharing experiences. Oh how wonderful are the talks til the wee hours of the morning with people were a step away to give a hug, to see the laugh lines or the tears on their faces and know their hearts.