You Could Design MTPC’s New Logo!

Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) is looking for a new logo.

In the past 11 years, we’ve grown immensely as an organization. We need a new logo that reminds us of where we’ve been and inspires us for the future.

Requirements

Entries that do not follow all of these requirements will be disqualified. 

  • All submissions must include entrant’s name, age, postal zip code, and email address.
  • We will accept no more than 2 design submissions per entrant.
  • Each design must be submitted as a high resolution PDF, EPS, JPG, or TIF.
  • Each file must be no larger than 5MB.
  • Designs may use only CMYK colors and have no more than 2 colors in addition to black.
  • Designs must also look good when converted to grayscale and black and white.
  • The acronym “MTPC” must be incorporated into the logo. The logo should not contain any other text.

Deadline

  • Design entries must be submitted via email to logo@masstpc.org no later than Monday, November 19 at 5 pm EST.  We will attempt to acknowledge all entries within 1 week of receipt. If you do not hear from us in a timely manner and feel your entry may have been lost, please let us know and include a copy of the original message showing the header with the original time and date stamp.

Intellectual Property

  • All submitted work must be original and not based on any preexisting design.
  • All designs submitted will become property of the MTPC and may be displayed on the internet, in print, and elsewhere.
  • The winner will be required to sign a contract assigning all ownership of the logo to MTPC.

Design Suggestions

  • Make it timeless so that it won’t look old-fashioned in 5 years.
  • Make it memorable, to allow immediate recognition.
  • Express the history, reputation, and credibility of the MTPC.
  • Don’t be overly representational (no human figures or outlines of Massachusetts).
  • Be sure the image resizes well. The image should look good on a poster and as a small Twitter icon.
  • Be sure the image translates well to grayscale and to black and white. We advise against the use of halftones, gradients, and spot colors.

Selection of Winner

  • A jury will select the top five entries and choose the grand prize winner. All decisions are final.
  • The winning designer will receive a transfabulous MTPC gift basket that includes a 1 ticket to MTPC’s Lawyers for Trans Rights Event in April 2013, 1 MTPC T-shirt, Kate Bornstein’s book Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks & Other Outlaws, a CD from Good Asian Drivers, a CrimethInc. Gender Subversion Kit poster, and I ♥ Trans People buttons and stickers. The four runners-up will win a CrimethInc. poster, Good Asian Drivers CD, and I ♥ Trans People buttons and stickers.
  • The winning designer must be available and willing to modify their submission and convert the file, if necessary.
  • MTPC reserves the right to disqualify any entrant or entry at its sole discretion and without explanation.
  • MTPC reserves the right not to select a winner if, in its sole discretion, it deems that no suitable entries are received.
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TODAY Is National Coming Out Day

October 11 Is National Coming Out Day

Celebrate National Coming Out Day by sharing your story with your friends and family about your experience of being transgender, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, questioning, or an ally.

 Trans Awareness Week Is Coming Up – November 12-19

For Transgender Awareness Week, MTPC and other organizations and community groups will host community events and educational opportunities. TAW12 is a statewide celebration of transgender lives, leading up to the national Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) on November 20. TDOR is a worldwide gathering of trans and allied communities memorializing victims of anti-trans violence or prejudice.

MTPC encourages community members to plan a variety of TAW12 events. Right now our TAW12 schedule is wide open, so when is your event going to be? How many ways will you find to commemorate Transgender Awareness Week this year? Email calendar@masstpc.org.

New Email Address for Calendar Listings: Please submit your calendar listings to calendar@masstpc.org.

Read the rest of this E-News

If you missed our October MTPC updates and event edition – you check that out here

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Joint statement of GLAD and MTPC on Commonwealth’s Appeal of Kosilek Decision

Joint statement of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders and

the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition on

Commonwealth’s Appeal of Kosilek Decision

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) reacted with disappointment today to the Commonwealth’s announcement that it will appeal the district court decision which established that gender reassignment surgery is necessary medical care for prisoner Michelle Kosilek.

Gunner Scott, Executive Director of MTPC said, “We are very disappointed that the Commonwealth has decided to go in this direction.  Care that is medically necessary for prisoners cannot be denied based on public opinion.”

Jennifer Levi, Transgender Rights Project Director for GLAD said, “Constitutional rights belong to everyone, even the least loved, least popular people among us.  Prisoners have a right to necessary medical care, and this is indisputably medical care, as the very strong district court decision established.”

She added, “There really is no legal ground for this appeal.  We believe the district court decision is very solid and will stand.”

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders is New England’s leading legal organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and HIV status.

The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition is dedicated to ending discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression.

 

 

 

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Massachusetts Transgender Legal Advocates Closes Free Legal Clinic

Dear Members of Massachusetts Transgender Communities,

We write to let you know that the last transgender free legal clinic was on August 9, 2012 provided by the Massachusetts Transgender Legal Advocates (MTLA). MTLA was conceived of five years ago and was originally a partnership between the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC), AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts (AAC) and TransCEND. For the last few years it has been a partnership between the MTPC, AAC and the Transgender Clinic at Boston Healthcare for the Homeless. MTLA has used the energy and skills of volunteer law students and attorneys to meet the legal needs of low income transgender people in Massachusetts. Whether working on a simple name change or a complex lawsuit, MTLA has always done what it could to work with each individual client to work toward the best outcome we could.

Unfortunately, August 9 was our last clinic and our last day taking on new cases and clients. MTLA volunteers will continue to work with our existing clients until their cases are resolved. We believe that meeting the needs of low income transgender people in Massachusetts is a crucial project and that it is time for us to step aside, hopefully to make room for a project that has more resources and infrastructure. This was not a sudden decision, but a slow realization that we do not have the resources or infrastructure needed to meet our goals. As you may have noticed, for over a year, we have nearly stopped advertising the clinic as a way of reducing the caseload to a manageable number of cases. We want to step aside and make room for an organization that can come in and can advertise so that every transgender person in Massachusetts can become aware that legal help is available when they need it and can get help with their legal needs. We just do not have the ability to do that. It has been a difficult decision to shut our doors, but we think it is the right one. Transgender communities deserve the best, most well-resourced legal services available. Individually and as a group, we are committed supporting whatever organization comes after us that may be better to meet the needs of low income transgender people. To those who have been clients of ours, we thank you for giving us the opportunity to fight with you and for you over the years and we thank you for sharing with us a piece of your lives. For those who have provided help, whether it was helping to set up an event or giving a friend a ride to the clinic, we thank you, too. We could not have done it without you.

 

Thank you again for five great years,

Volunteers of MTLA

 

MTPC note: If your law firm or legal clinic is interested in filling this much needed gap, please contact MTPC’s executive director, Gunner Scott, at gscott@masstpc.org or 617-778-0519

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2012 Trans Youth and Parent Summit, Sunday September 16th, 9:30am-4:00pm

There is still time to register for our 2012 Trans Youth and Parent Summit!  This event will take place this coming Sunday, September 16th, 2012 from 9:30am-4:00pm. Registration closes at 5pm on Friday September 14th.

The goal of the Youth summit is for youth 22 and under from Massachusetts/New England that identify with, or could fall under, the label ‘transgender’ or youth who are in some way connected to the transgender youth community, such as partners/friends, to meet and connect with other transgender and gender variant youth. At the summit, youth will have the opportunity to share ideas, learn about their legal rights, learn about the larger transgender community, participate in workshops and fun activities.

There will be a separate track with a full day of programming for parents and/or guardians of transgender and/or gender questioning youth. Parents/Guardians activities include such areas as: addressing legal issues and advocating for your child, health care with Dr. Ralph Vetters of Sidney Borum Jr. Health Center, and time for networking and guided support groups.

This event is free and light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Registration closes September 16th. This event is closed to the public and only registered participants will be admitted. For more information please contact MTPC at info@masstpc.org or 617-778-0519.

 

 

Youth Schedule

*I AM: Trans People Speak Video Filming with Jesse 10:30am-12:45pm and 2:30pm-3:45pm

9:30am-10:00am – Breakfast

10:00am-10:30am – Opening and Keynote with Micah Domingo

 Micah Domingo is a recent graduate of Boston University’s    International Relations program. He grew up in small town in Southeastern Massachusetts, where his father and mother emigrated to after leaving the apartheid regime in South Africa. From this influence, he began writing poetry and hip hop music, with a political and emotional edge. Since his freshman year of college, he has performed  around the Northeast and Los Angeles.

 

10:30am-11:45am – Identity Support Groups

MTF, FTM, Genderqueer, & Ally/Soffa

11:45am-12:45pm – Ask a Healthcare Provider with Dr. Vetters

Ralph Vetters, MD, MPH, is the medical director of the Sidney Borum Jr. Health Center in Boston.

12:45pm-1:30pm – Lunch

1:30pm-2:30pm – Workshops (pick one)

Let’s Talk About Relationships with Tre’Andre from The Network/La Red

We have relationships with everyone that we interact with. A healthy relationship is one that is free from violence, shame and guilt about who you are and is built on trust, communication, respect and understanding.

PLAY:  How To Change Your World & Have Fun Doing It
In this interactive theater workshop participants will learn acting and writing techniques used by The Theater Offensive’s True Colors OUT Youth Theater to apply to activism work.

Amplify Your Voice: Make Your Own Media with Jesse

Have you ever made your own YouTube video or I AM: Trans People Speak video? If you have, would you like to learn tips and tricks to make your videos look and sound even better? If you haven’t made a video before, would you like to learn how?

2:30pm-2:45pm- Break

2:45pm-3:45pm- Got LGBTQ Rights with Vickie and Allison of GLAD

LGBTQ students deserve to be able to take full advantage of their education: to attend school in safety, to participate fully in classes and activities, and to have their whole selves treated with respect.

3:45pm-4:00pm- closing circle

 

Parents Schedule

9:30am-10:00am – Breakfast

10:00am-10:30am – Opening and Keynote with Micah Domingo

10:30am -10:40am – Introduction & Welcome from Greater Boston PFLAG with Pam Garramone, Executive Director & Board President Deborah Peeples

10:40am – 11:50am – Panel Presentation and Discussion on the Parent/Child Experience

11:50am -11:55am – Presentation from Susan Maasch from Trans Youth Equality Foundation

11:55-12:40 – Lunch

12:40pm -1:40pm – Workshop with GLAD: Enforcing an Act Relative to Gender Identity in Schools

Massachusetts’ law specifically provides that “no person shall be excluded from or discriminated against in admission to a public school of any town, or in obtaining the advantages, privileges and courses of study of such public school on account of their gender identity, among other characteristics.

1:40-1:45 – Break

1:45-2:45 – Ask a Healthcare Provider with Dr. Vetters

Ralph Vetters, MD, MPH, is the medical director of the Sidney Borum Jr. Health Center in Boston.

2:45-2:50 – Break

2:50-3:50 – Support Groups for Parents
This event is free and light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Registration is open until Friday September 14th. This event is closed to the public and only registered participants will be admitted. For more information please contact MTPC at info@masstpc.org or 617-778-0519.

 

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MTPC’s statement on Federal judge’s ruling that state must provide gender reassignment surgery for transgender inmate

As we have seen over the last few years with such organizations as the American Medical Association and the American Psychological Association, whose positions have included that gender reassignment, hormone therapy, and other medical treatments are medically necessary for transgender individuals and/or those who are suffering from gender dysphoria (previously known as gender identity disorder).  This Federal judge’s ruling is in line with these well respected medical associations in understanding that gender reassignment surgery is medically necessary and can be part of a medical treatment plan for transgender individuals.

The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition looks forward to the day when all transgender individuals can have full and equal access and coverage to all medically necessary treatments, including gender reassignment surgery, as prescribed by health care providers in their treatment of gender dysphoria for transgender, transsexual, and gender non-conforming individuals.

Gunner Scott
Executive Director

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