“Transgender and gender non-conforming people experience overwhelming levels of harassment and discrimination in shelters,” said Mason Dunn, MTPC’s executive director. “This guide aims to give shelters and programs the tools they need to become inclusive spaces for transgender individuals.”
In 2011 the Massachusetts legislature passed “An Act Relative to Gender Identity,” which prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in employment, education, credit/lending and housing. The recommendations contained in this new guide offer shelters suggestions for how to conform to the 2011 law, with respect to housing.
“Studies show that nearly 20% of transgender people experience homelessness at some point in their lives due to transgender-related discrimination,” said Nancy Nangeroni, chair of the MTPC Steering Committee. “Shelters and services should take steps to ensure they conform to the housing nondiscrimination laws, and support the integrity of all people.”
Along with this guide, MTPC is launching a story share initiative, to collect information about current shelter conditions experienced by transgender people in Massachusetts.
With the legislature back in session, MTPC and ally organizations are renewing the push for passage of the Massachusetts Equal Access Bill. YOU can help us leverage the power of social media by joining our Twitter campaign for public education and outreach to members of the judiciary committee.
The campaign begins TODAY and will run through the end of November. The only thing you need to do is follow @MassTPC on Twitter and retweet our posts related to the Equal Access Bill and the need to protect access to public accommodations for all people.
By retweeting posts tagged #MAtransbill, you can help generate much-needed buzz about the bill and thank our legislative supporters.
This Twitter campaign will have three phases:
Oct. 7-31 will be educational tweets about public accommodations to members of the judiciary committee and Thank You tweets to legislative sponsors.
Nov. 1-15 will be tweets of news stories and facts about trans equal access and final Thank You tweets to legislative sponsors.
Nov. 16-22 will be tweets about how individuals can take action.
We can’t do this without you, so please help us make the #MAtransbill campaign a success.
Nancy Nangeroni, Chair of the Steering Committee, has announced the appointment of Mason Dunn as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, effective August 8, 2013.
Dunn brings ten years of experience in LGBT coalition, organization and community, much of it as a transgender community organizer and leader. A recent graduate from the University of New Hampshire School of Law, he comes to MTPC from the NH Civil Liberties Union, where he worked on a fellowship and filled a variety of roles, including communications, policy and research. He most recently served on the Steering Committee for Transgender New Hampshire, and as an adjunct faculty member at UNH Manchester in the Communication Arts department, teaching a course on LGBTQ Images and Perspectives. Prior to law school Dunn worked on the Board of Directors of TransMentors International, a nonprofit dedicated to mentoring in the transgender community.
“We are thrilled to welcome Mason, who for many years has committed himself to advocacy on behalf of transgender issues and community,” Nangeroni said. “He brings excellent skills along with a demonstrated dedication to the principles embodied in MTPC’s mission and values. He is the right person to lead our organization as we grow further in fulfillment of the increasingly recognized needs of our underserved community.”
MTPC Vice-Chair Maxwell Ng added, “I’m excited to work with Mason because of the energy and vision he brings to our organization. It’s an exciting time to be involved with MTPC.”
“I am honored to have been selected as the next leader for MTPC, and I’m looking forward to working in this amazing community,” Dunn said. “The Massachusetts trans* movement has seen astonishing progress over the past few years thanks to MTPC, yet we have a long way to go in achieving full equality for our community.”
Founded in 2001, MTPC is dedicated to ending discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression. The organization works to educate the public about transgender identities, advocates in state and local governments and encourages empowerment of community members through collective action.
The goal of the TYS is for youth aged 13-22 from Massachusetts and Greater New England who 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, get support, learn about the larger transgender community, and participate in workshops and fun activities.
In addition to the Trans* Youth Summit,there will be a separate track with a full day of programming for parents/guardians/supportive adults of transgender and/or gender questioning youth. Parents/guardians/supportive adults activities include such areas as: addressing legal issues and advocating for your child, health care, and time for networking and guided support groups.
This event is closed to the public and only registered participants will be admitted. Adults who are not registered for our Parent Summit will not be welcome in the space. Photo, video, audio recording is prohibited unless authorized by MTPC and BAGLY event staff.
TYS Breakfast starts at 9:30 am and Summit runs until 4 pm. The Summit will be held at the Microsoft New England Research & Development Center (NERD) in Kendall Square at One Memorial Drive, Cambridge. The site is in walking distance from the Kendall/MIT Square T stop on the Red Line. Parking in the on-site garage is $10 for the day.
Are you looking for volunteer or internship opportunities?
Do you want to become an active leader in the transgender community?
Do you want to be a part of an organization that is making active steps for the equality of transgender people?
Join us at the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition! Our next volunteer training is June 3rd.
MTPC is dedicated to ending discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression. We envision a world where persons of all genders are treated with respect and fully participate in all areas of society, free from fear of prohibition, harassment or violence based on their gender identity and/or expression. To that end we educate the public, advocate with state, local, and federal government, engage in activism, and encourage empowerment of community members through collective action.
MTPC has four ways that YOU can get in on the action and help us end discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression. Pick the level of time commitment you want and get involved today.
Make it a day trip: Volunteer for individual events.
An MTPC volunteer is someone who wants to come to Pride and other events to help us table, connect with the community, hand out materials, rally support for the Equal Access Bill, and help bring awareness to the issues currently affecting the transgender community.
Lead an expedition: Join the Community Advocate program.
A Community Advocate is more than a volunteer. They are a leader, an organizer, a resource, and a mentor who helps to create a connected community and promotes social and legislative justice for all trans* individuals. As a Community Advocate, you will have the support of MTPC to put into action informative workshops, discussion groups, and events by and for your local trans* community.
Join a tour group: Intern or volunteer at the MTPC office.
The MTPC internship/office volunteer program gives high school, college students, or any community member the opportunity to advance professionally and/or academically by learning about, and working in, a small non-profit that focuses on equal rights, non-discrimination, and political advocacy.
Help chart the course: Join an MTPC committee. Committees are one of the primary ways the MTPC Steering Committee, members, and volunteers do our activism. Committee activities range from public policy development to training and education to interfaith work. It’s easy to find a committee that fits your interests.
Our next volunteer training is June 3, 6:30-7:30 pm. If you’re interested in volunteering to help at an event, especially for Boston Pride, please email email@example.com to RSVP for the training and to receive more information.
Our hearts are heavy today. It is with great regret that we share with you the news that Liv Pangburn, a past MTPC intern, passed away this weekend from a bicycle accident.
Liv was an extraordinary person and we at MTPC are still in shock from this sad news. Liv was involved with our Trans Youth Committee, and during his internship with us he organized the fourth annual Trans Youth and Parents Summit. Liv was a great friend, son, partner, and activist. Our sympathy goes out to his family and friends.
Liv’s funeral service will be Saturday, June 8, 3:30-5:30 pm, Eliot Church, 474 Centre St., Newton Corner, MA. You can leave memories at his obituary page or email them to Liv’s family at firstname.lastname@example.org.