The following Frequently Asked Questions are based on various topics related to the Asterisk Trans* Conference. If you are confused about any topic and your questions are not addressed in the following FAQ, then feel free to e-mail us at asterisk@oxy.edu and we will get back to you.

What is the purpose of the Asterisk Trans* Conference?

Asterisks is a college conference intended to build community for trans* people and allies, to address trans* health and well-being, and to provide education and resources for trans* youth advocates. Though we will be centering the experiences of trans* folks, people of all gender identities and expressions are welcome!

How do I contact the Asterisk Trans* Conference organizers?

Email us at asterisk@oxy.edu and we will get back to you as soon as possible; please bear with us, however, as there may be some delays around the holidays and as we begin getting everything organized.

What does Trans* mean?

Trans* affirms all people who transcend gender norms, including transgender, genderqueer, genderfluid, non-binary, genderf*ck, transsexual, agender, third gender, two-spirit, bigender, trans man, trans woman, gender non-conforming, masculine of center, gender questioning, and many other gender-awesome identities and experiences.

When is the 4th Asterisk Trans* Conference?Saturday, March 31, 2018, which is Trans* Day of Visibility, with registration beginning at 9 am, presentations beginning at 10 am, and the formal program concluding by 6 pm. Schedule coming soon!

Where is the Asterisk Trans* Conference?

Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA (1600 Campus Road, Los Angeles, CA 90041) is hosting the conference; Occidental is located in the Eagle Rock & Highland Park Neighborhoods.

Who may attend the Asterisk Trans* Conference?

The conference is organized for Trans* college students and allies, and for advocates for Trans* youth (community members, college campus members, and K-12 educators). People of all gender identities or expression may register to attend.

Can out-of-state students attend?

Yes! We welcome students from any state.

Can high school students attend?

No, this conference is for folks who are 18 and over. Youth presenting workshops may attend with signed liability waivers.

Where else can I attend a Trans* Conference?

  • The Translating Identity Conference is hosted annually by the University of Vermont in the Fall. 
  • Gender Odyssey is hosted in L.A. and Seattle every summer, focused on the needs & interests of transgender and gender non-conforming people. 

How much does it cost to attend Saturday's events?

As a new campus host for Asterisk Trans* Conference, we are still figuring out the exact registration fee necessary to cover the costs of the event but anticipate registration fees to be no more than $25 per person with the opportunity for scholarships and group registration/co-sponsorships, similar to last year. Please stay tuned!

When does the online registration form to attend the Asterisk Trans* Conference open and close?
Registration will open in late January 2018; due to space constraints on our small campus, registration will close once the available spaces have been filled or on Sunday, March 11 - so be sure to register soon after it opens. Another announcement will go out once registration has opened.

What food will be provided?
Registered participants will be provided lunch on Saturday afternoon.

Will there be gender inclusive restrooms?

Yes. Most conference activities will take place in Johnson Hall. In this building, the bathrooms, which are multi-stall, will be gender inclusive; additional gender inclusive restrooms, including single occupancy, are available on campus and can be located here

Where do I park and how much does it cost?

Parking is FREE and will be available in two visitor parking lots on campus; should this parking fill up, overflow parking will be available along Campus Road.

What’s the best way to use air travel to attend the Asterisk Trans* Conference?Burbank Airport (BUR) is located approximately 14 miles from campus and Los Angeles International (LAX) is located approximately 26 miles from campus. Both of these airports are serviced with direct flights from around the country as well as having local SuperShuttle & Lyft service available. More information about how to get to campus can be found here.

Where can I stay near Campus and how much are hotels?

There are several nearby hotel options in the area that fit a variety of budgets; additionally, there are AirBNB options in the neighborhood.

Will ADA-related accommodations be provided to participants?

Please include needed accommodations when you register online; the earlier you register the more likely we will be able to provide accommodations.