Founded in 2001, the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) is an advocacy, education, and community-building organization that works to end discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression. This includes working towards the empowerment of all persons who have been, are being, or might be deprived of equal rights and/or fair treatment because of their gender expression or identity. MTPC is a fiscally sponsored 501c3 non-profit with one full-time staff, active Board, dedicated volunteers, and statewide chapters. MTPC does not engage in campaign or electoral politics.
MTPC is governed by a Steering Committee (SC), made up of persons of all ages who self-identify as transgender/gender variant/genderqueer/intersex (majority) as well as non-transgender family members, partners, friends, and allies (minority). SC members, elected on an annual basis by the voting membership, oversee its executive director and direct policy and priority, as captured in a mission statement and bylaws. The SC also performs much of the work of MTPC in the absence of adequate paid staff.
MTPC provides a consistent voice to key decision makers about the lives of transgender youth and adults and their families. While there are many legal, advocacy, and social organizations focused broadly on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community there are very few that are led by and created specifically for the transgender community and in Massachusetts MTPC is that organization.
The aim of MTPC’s programming is to improve the lives of the Massachusetts transgender youth, adults, and their families by 1) organizing and empowering transgender people to advocate for themselves; 2) developing leadership within transgender communities through community education and opportunities; 3) educating the public, the media, and institutions about issues facing transgender communities; 4) increasing the awareness of policy makers about the needs of transgender communities; and 5) advocating for equal access through policy changes at the institutional, state, and local levels. This programming was created in direct response to the needs voiced to MTPC by transgender people through requests and further reiterated in the findings of a 2009 community needs survey conducted by MTPC.