Love it or hate it - It is difficult to challenge the 500 pound guerrilla or to argue with the last man standing (so to speak). The Southern Comfort Conference has out lasted almost all of the other Transgender Conferences and is the undisputed USA largest. Politics has plagued the management (volunteer staff) and lack of self discipline has turned off many, especially within the cross dressing wing of the transgender community. if nostalgia serves me correctly, it started as a family oriented cross dressing convention. Yet it has survived when most of the other conferences folded.
This year is the 25th anniversary of SCC and it has a new venue. Lots of people are not happy with the new location and it is very hard to think of any part of Florida south of Palm Beach being "Southern". Maybe a new name should be in order -"Snowbird Comfort", "Peak of the Hurricane Season Comfort" or "English As A Second Language Comfort". I guess this week will tell if the die-hard Southern Comforter's will show up. Let's hope.
For me I am happy it is in my back-yard. After having been absent for a few years, I will be there this year! Most do not attend for the make-up seminars, big shoe vendors, or cold rubber chicken. We attend to socialize with our sisters - our separated at birth sisters. One of my friends described it this way: "This is the family we would really like to spend Thanksgiving with." Also in the year of the transgender celebrities, rumors abound as who might be in attendance.
So sisters - I hope to see you there. I will be hanging out in the vendor area working with a friend. But that is another post.