The Annual Events

Annual Events

The Trans 100 does two Annual Events each year. The first is the Release Day Event, which is held in March.  The second is the Vanguard Event, held in August.

The Trans 100 Event

Every March, The Trans 100 organizers and volunteers invite the community to come together and celebrate the release of that year’s Trans 100. Each year The Trans 100 recognizes the excellence of a selection of 100 individuals who are trans and doing great work on behalf of other trans people.

The release occurs on March 31, The International Trans Day of Visibility.

The Trans 100 Vanguard 25 Event

Every August, the Trans 100 will hold the Vanguard 25. At The Vanguard Event, we will release that year’s Vanguard 25, announce the Media 25 based on the Trans Rating, and recognize excellence in service to community of 25 persons who are not Trans but place themselves and their livelihoods at risk to represent and support the Trans community through the Benefice 25.


In 2013, 2014, and 2015, The Event was held in Chicago at Mayne’s Stage.

There was no Event in 2016.

In 2017, the Event is held in Little Rock, Arkansas. Details here.

In 2018, the Event will take place in Phoenix, Arizona.

In 2019 and beyond, the Event will begin traveling to different host Cities, with what is hoped to be two events happening simultaneously — one for the International 100, one for the North American 100.


The Requirements for a Host City:

Host City Teams are organized locally people who want to bring the event to their city, under the direction of the Event Director. Host Cities are determined by submitting a Proposal, then being vetted by the Trans 100 Team. No Host City may hold the event more than once in any 3 year period, starting in 2017 .


The goal of the Trans 100 Events is to provide Trans individuals with the ability to be involved in the event, at all levels. In a perfect world, the entire event would be backed, staffed, and involve Trans persons from the local community in all roles. We understand that is not always possible, but that is still the primary goal.  Whenever possible, those staff involved should be paid for their work at the event, from funding gained through local sponsorship, to keep funding in the local community and provide opportunities for experience, training, and community.

Local Trans organizations are particularly encouraged to submit proposals, especially where these organizations are non-profit and related to homelessness and medical services to persons with disabilities, persons of color, and re-entry.  We are excited whenever we can help contribute to fundraising for such organizations, which give trans people a chance often difficult to come by in the broader community.


  • Space for at least 250 attendees
  • Projection capabilities
  • Sound capabilities
  • Live Broadcast capability (internet)
  • Time: 3 hours, for 3 keynote speakers and presenters for the 100 names
  • Backstage space
  • Side Exit


  • Local Emcee
  • Staffing for the Event (Trans staffers preferred, in all roles, and paid whenever possible through the local sponsorships)
  • Local Sponsorships
  • Local Media Interest


  • Food & Beverage optional
  • Catering by a trans group is ideal
  • Recognition of March 31st as the Trans Day of Visibility
  • Space for an After Party that includes dance and related activities.


Submit Proposals no later than October 1st of the year prior.  So the Proposals for 2019 need to be submitted no later than October 1st, 2018, those for 2020 no later than October 1st, 2019.

We will shortly begin accepting Proposals for 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

For 2017 and 2018, we will be looking for a City to host the Vanguard Awards.

For 2019 and 2020 we will be seeking cities to host both Events.




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