Southern Comfort Conference

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The Southern Comfort Conference is a major[1] transgender conference that has taken place annually since 1991.[2] It features seminars, events, speeches by prominent people in the LGBT community,[3] numerous vendors catering to transgender and transsexual people, and more, and is known as the largest,[3] most famous[citation needed], and pre-eminent such conference in the United States.[4] The organization offers scholarships to some attendees.[5]

The conference provided the title for[6] and is featured heavily in the 2001 documentary Southern Comfort, about the life and death of Robert Eads, whose goal in 1998 was to live long enough to attend the conference.[7] Eads succeeded, and his speech at the conference is featured in the documentary.[8] In honor of the memory of Eads, the conference offers health exams through the annual "Robert Eads Health Project"[5][9] in collaboration with the Trans Health Initiative at the Feminist Women's Health Center.[10]

The conference has built a reputation as a safe place for LGBT people with a familial atmosphere,[5] and aims at inclusiveness.[11][12] It attracts people from all over the United States, offering the opportunity for social and other interaction.[13] From the conference's founding in 1991 until 2014, the conference was held in Atlanta, GA. At the conclusion of the 2014 Southern Comfort Conference, the board of directors announced that SCC 2015-2017 will be held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


  1. ^ Erhardt, Virginia (2007). Head over heels: wives who stay with cross-dressers and transexuals. Haworth Press. p. 11. ISBN 978-0-7890-3094-8. 
  2. ^ Eleanor J. Brader, "Trans Health Care Reform: It's About Life and Death." Conducive August/September 2009.
  3. ^ a b Jarvie, Jenny (2007-09-16). "The Nation; Transitioning into new jobs, genders; At the first transgender career expo, men and women meet companies that accept them for who they are becoming". Los Angeles Times. p. A.18. Retrieved 2009-10-21. 
  4. ^ Federation of Film Societies (2001). Film ... the magazine of the Federation of Film Societies. British Federation of Film Societies. p. 27. 
  5. ^ a b c Dyana Bagby, "'It's like my world': Southern Comfort Conference provides safe space for trans people." Southern Voice 2 October 2009.
  6. ^ Guthrie, Marisa (2002-04-12). "Television; Regular folks; `Southern Comfort' follows a transsexual couple battling cancer and prejudice". Boston Herald. p. S.32. 
  7. ^ Bernard, Sheila Curran (2007). Documentary storytelling: making stronger and more dramatic nonfiction films. Focal Press. p. 28. ISBN 978-0-240-80875-8. 
  8. ^ Zad, Martie (2002-04-14). "Memorable Film Clips of History". The Washington Post. 
  9. ^ "Robert Eads Trans Health Project." Southern Comfort Conference. Accessed 02 May 2010.
  10. ^ "Robert Eads Health Project Fair". Feminist Women's Health Center of Atlanta. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  11. ^ Boyd, Helen (2003). My husband Betty: love, sex, and life with a crossdresser. Thunder's Mouth Press. p. 278. ISBN 978-1-56025-515-4. 
  12. ^ Watts, Trent (2008). White masculinity in the recent South. LSU Press. p. 198. ISBN 978-0-8071-3314-9. 
  13. ^ O'Keefe, Tracie; Katrina Fox (2008). Trans people in love. Routledge. p. 121. ISBN 978-0-7890-3572-1. 

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