Trans Awareness Week

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Monday, Nov. 11 – Sunday Nov. 17(+), 2013

Dedicated to educating about transgender community and important issues facing trans people in Massachusetts, this week features events and educational opportunities statewide, hosted by MTPC and other organizations and community groups. It culminates with the Transgender Day Of Remembrance (TDOR), a worldwide gathering of trans and allied communities to memorialize victims of anti-trans hatred or prejudice.

Event Planning

MTPC encourages community members to suggest and plan events. To add your event or educational opportunity to the printed calendar, please email or call (617) 778-0519. Let us know what you are planning! Please check the Transgender Day of Remembrance page for date and location of TDOR events.

Examples of events your group or organization could hold:

  • Transgender Movie Screening
  • Book Discussion of Trans-Themed Book
  • Hold a Panel Discussion with Local Trans Speakers
  • Trans Themed Art Show or Performance
  • Screening of I AM: Trans People Speak videos/stories [receive a disc of 5 sample stories]
  • Hold a Book drive for Prisoner Book Project — collect trans related books, soft cover only


If you’re interested in sponsoring Trans Awareness Week, please contact

Transgender Awareness Week Events

Monday, November 11

Veteran’s Day

Tuesday, November 12

The YLC Presents: Being A Trans Ally
What are our trans and sisters looking for in an ally? What do they appreciate in a friend? How about from a co-worker? The Young Leaders Council of Fenway Health presents: Being A Trans Ally, a unique opportunity to answer questions like these and learn how to best support members of the trans community. We’ll hear from Donnie Collins, the Emerson College student whose fraternity brothers…
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Fenway Health Ansin Building, 1340 Boylston Street, Boston

Kit Yan at Wellesley
Kit will be performing at Wellesley College, Wellesely MA at 7pm. Kit Yan is a queer, transgender, and Asian American Brooklyn based slam poet from Hawaii. Kit’s work has been recently featured in Flicker and Spark and Troubling the Line two new queer and transgender poetry anthologies. Kit travels the country reading poetry and telling stories about love and family through the lens of being a queer, trans, person of color.
Please check out Kit’s compilation video!

Wednesday, November 13

MTPC Trans Awareness Week Reception

6:30pm, Club Cafe, Boston, MA

Home is where the ♥ is.

Come to our “open house.” Connect with other MTPC supporters, community members, and volunteers at Club Cafe. Meet with our new Executive Director, Mason Dunn. Mingle, chat and check in with the premier trans rights organization in the state. Tell us what you’ve been doing and see what we’ve been up to.

Appetizers served, cash bar.  – Facebook invite –

Screening of the documentary film “TRANS”: an up-close and very personal journey into the transgender world through the memorable stories and the unusual lives of a remarkable cast of characters. This event is free and open to the public and is brought to you by the Trans Health Team, Project LifeSkills, The Fenway Institute, and Fenway: Sixteen. More information on our online calendar and a flyer is attached to this email. If you have questions, email Jackie White at or Ruben Hopwood at

Thursday, November 14

LGBTQ Trans Law Reception: Please join the Committee for Transgender Inclusion of the LGBTQ Bar Association for a dessert reception for trans*, genderqueer, gender-nonconforming and gender questioning law students, lawyers and legal professionals.

7:30PM, Near Central Square

Please RSVP to for the address.

Friday, November 15

One LGBT Night Stand Up

One Night Stand Up
with FTM trans comic Ian Harvie
(benefits MTPC)
8-10 pm, 21+
at Who’s On First, 19 Yawkey Way, Boston

Saturday, November 16

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Race & Trans* Identity: Oppression and Privilege at the Intersections

Facilitators: Justice Roe, Charel Bjorklund, Reed Miller.

1:00p-3:00p, MIT Room 4-163, click for location info. Accessible from Mass. Ave or Kendall/MIT Red Line T Stop.

The Boston area trans* community is very diverse in terms of characteristics like gender identity, sexuality, ability, class background, race and ethnicity. This workshop will provide an opportunity for trans* people and allies to participate in facilitated discussions. Groups will explore what it means to have privilege and experience oppression related to trans* identity and racial identity.

Sunday, November 17

Boston's Transgender Day of Remembrance

Boston’s Transgender Day of Remembrance
4-7pm (doors open 3:30)
Cathedral Church of St. Paul (non-denominational event)
138 Tremont, Boston

Boston’s trans community and allies commemorate the 15th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), where we will gather and remember our global community members who have died this past year. Join us the day before to reflect, especially considering that the vast majority of those who have been killed are transwomen of color.  more info

Monday, November 18

Open Mic at The Meeting Point
7-9PM, 3464 Washington St, Jamaica Plain,
Join us at this event where we remember the lives of transgender people lost to violence and hatred, and honor and celebrate the struggles of those who continue to work for the safety, visibility, and recognition of people of all genders. Please bring a song, poem, story… any piece that you would like to share with our community in the spirit of this day. Light refreshments will be served.
for more information, or to sign up, contact

Tuesday, November 19

QAPA SpeaksOut: Me, My Gender and You
A Frank and Honest Conversation about Gender and Sexuality
7pm, BAGLY’s 3rd floor conference room, 14 Beacon Street, Boston

Let’s get it started in here… Gender and sexuality are fluid and linked. How you dress to go to work (Command Presence), how you dress to go to a party (Command Attention) and how you dress in the bedroom (Commando) range vastly. Let’s get together to ruminate on all the different ways we use our gender and sexuality to navigate every day life and love.

Light refreshments will be served. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated with advance notice.

Event Policy: QAPA values diversity and believes in being inclusive in our events. We welcome all QAPA members, their partners, and allies at our social events. We simply ask that you join our Meetup so we can expand our community outreach.

The QAPA Speaks Out series, however, is designed to be a safe discussion space for our members. Topics can be sensitive, and in order to create a confidential and safe space for our attendees, these events are limited to our members from Asian and multicultural backgrounds.

Worcester TDOR Proclamation
The City of Worcester will be observing Transgender Day of Remembrance with a Mayoral Proclamation at 7pm on Tuesday November 19, 2013 at the Worcester City Council Meeting. The public is invited to attend. City Council meetings are in the Esther Howland Chamber, 3rd flr of City Hall, 455 Main Street Worcester.

Thursday, November 21


Friday, November 22

Documentary: Too Cold Out There Without You
7:00 pm, Unitarian Universalist Church, 147 High Street, Medford

TooColdThe Unitarian Universalist Church of Medford’s 2013-2014 series of LGBT films continues with a showing of the documentary, “Too Cold Out There Without You,” free and open to the public. Rev. Christopher Fike, the subject of the documentary, will be present at the film and will answer questions afterwards.

The film introduces us to Episcopal minister Fike as he is coming through his gender transition. When he was ordained in the Episcopal Church five years earlier, he was a straight, married mother of two. Now he has completed his transition and identifies as a man. The film situates Rev. Fike’s struggle in the ongoing crisis in the Episcopal Church over issues of sexual orientation, and we see him dealing with the fall-out from his transition while simultaneously trying to balance his life as a priest, social worker and single parent.

The 2012 movie, directed by Amy Gattie, is a gripping, compelling story of one man’s journey to his transgendered identity. Educating and moving, “Too Cold Out There Without You” shows Rev. Fike dealing with his career and his children (who have their own problems), in the context of a church that is deeply divided over gender and sexuality. The film is a real-life human drama that highlights Rev. Fike’s own experience, while at the same time deepening our understanding of the many issues involved in the contemporary transgender experience.

Worcester TDOR service
7 pm at Worcester Friends Meeting House, 901 Pleasant St.