Ways We Help
Fantasia Fair helps the LGBTIQ Community
Fantasia Fair exists to help people.
In 1975, when the Fair was first conceived, it was in response to a "need for crossdressers and transsexuals to
learn about themselves in an open, socially tolerant environment." We provide education and support for not just
crossdressers and transsexuals, but also to the wider LGBTIQ community and those professionals who are involved
with the community.
Fund Raising for Charities and Civic Organizations
Provincetown was picked as the host city because of its reputation for tolerance and it had become somewhat of
an LGBT Mecca. We love the town and its people and we try to say "Thank you" - a lot.
One way that we try to say "thank you" is by helping various Provincetown charity and civic organizations.
Every year we are delighted to make a number of charitable contributions to different groups in town.
Over the years, the people coming to Fantasia Fair have raised over $50,000 for organizations that
serve the people of Provincetown and Cape Cod. We have made contributions to
the town library,
the local police department,
an AIDS support group,
a woman's shelter,
the local soup kitchen,
a senior services group,
a summer camp for LGBT youth,
and we helped buy the fire department a life-saving defibrillator. Can You Make A Recommendation?
If you would like to recommend a charity that Fairgoers can raise money for, please send a
message to firstname.lastname@example.org
Nominations are accepted each Winter/Spring and decisions are usually made before Summer.
It is important to note that these generous contributions come from you, the Fairgoer, and from those who attend
our events and not from registration fees. One way we raise money for charity is with the Fantasia Fair Follies, a talent show of Fair
attendees. Every year, the performers donate all the tips given to them in their performance to charity. When you come to enjoy
the Follies, we hope that you will tip generously!
Transgender Pioneer Awards
Because so many in the community have sacrificed their careers, their families, and their fortunes because
of their commitments to gender, we provide financial assistance in the form of scholarships. In addition, each year
we recognize and honor various transgender leaders who have dedicated their lives to change the world so transgendered
people could begin to come together in safety and comfort. Without them, so many of us would still be hiding in our
You can learn more about these Pioneer Awards and those individuals who have been honored on our Transgender Pioneer Awards page.
Personal and Professional Development
For more than thirty years, the seminars, workshops, and lectures offered during the Fair have helped people better
understand themselves and the challenges that we all face.
Every October, professional and academics from all over
the world made the trek to Cape Cod to share their knowledge and understanding. Recent Fairs have had
partners-focused programs, academic colloquiums, voice training workshops, discussions with noted authors
and filmmakers, as well as a wide variety of LGBTIQ-related seminars. These programs help not only the trans-person with
their self exploration but also the caring professionals who work with the community. The knowledge and skills
learned at the Fair are then brought back to the homes and businesses of each Fairgoer as well as the local community
centered and support groups each fairgoer is involved with. It is a wonderful "ripple effect."
It should be noted that the overall format of Fantasia Fair fosters personal developments in a great many aspects. Most
trans people were raised according to their sex rather than their gender. This usually means that they missed many
aspects of socialiations that their cis counterparts take for granted. By offering a combination of workshops and social activities,
attendees can learn about trans-related concepts and then put many of those concepts into practice in the various formal and informal
setting that the Fair provides. This better prepares attendees for, potentially, re-socializing after transisitioning to live in the gender
role that is most comfortable for them. For those who may not wish to transisition but still have questions concerning their gender,
these opportunities help them better explore gender roles to determine what is best for them in a safe and accepting environment.
The Fair organizers recognize that many individuals in the LGBTI community suffer from tremendous financial difficulties that
might make attending Fantasia Fair out of reach. To help, each year several scholarships are awarded to those with a financial