Thank you for suporting the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) and trans youth, adults, and our families. It has been an exciting and hectic year with the Trans Equal Rights law going into effect July 1, 2012. MTPC staff and volunteers have been working with state agencies to get the new law enacted through policy changes, issuing guidance, and providing trainings. As you know, we still have work to do in gaining complete protections. Adding non-discrimination protections for trans people accessing public accommodations is one of our top priorities for 2013.
Our work is not over.
Some of MTPC’s goals for 2013 include:
- Introducing a bill for non-discrimination in public accommodations for transgender youth, adults, and families in January 2013
- Releasing MTPC’s Best Practices Guides, one for K-12 public schools and one for homeless services and shelters
- Continue to assist trans youth, adults, and families in responding to discrimination, changing identity documents, and/or accessing services
- Developing a public education campaign based on the experiences trans people face in accessing places like hospitals, retail stores, libraries, or restaurants
- Developing and administering a health care access survey for trans youth, adults, and families
- Developing and delivering trainings, policy recommendations, and best practices to health care instutions, service providers, and law enforcement
- Expanding our outreach and programs for our trans people of color leadership committee, Kaleidoscope
- Developing new initiatives through our Interfaith Committee for Transgender Equality
- Providing training, support, and resources to our trans activists leaders network around the state
MTPC is always seeking to change the public’s perception about transgender and gender non-conforming youth and adults through effective public education campaigns, trainings, and community organizing, but we can’t do that without your help.
That is why I am asking you to donate today.
Your financial support means we can work toward reaching these goals in 2013 and we can continue to advocate effectively for our community members and bring the voices, issues, and experiences of trans youth, adults, and families to policy makers and the public.
Your tax-deductible gift to MTPC can be made securely online. Just click here to donate. If you prefer, you can send a check to: MTPC, PO Box 301897, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Thank you for your support, energy, inspiration, and dedication to transgender equality and the work of MTPC.
Take a look back at 2012:
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MTPC’s Executive Director Meets with White House Staff “I felt very honored to be included in this meeting with Obama administration and with other state, national, and international transgender leaders,” said Gunner Scott, MTPC’s executive director. “We each addressed issues that are concerning to the transgender communities and provided possible solutions. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to speak on the impact homelessness as on our transgender youth, adults, and families and bring that message to the administration.”
Trans Awareness Week goes national with the release of new I AM: Trans People Speak videos.
Keynote speaker, Micah Domingo at the 2012 Trans Youth and Parent Summit, with Outstanding Trans Youth award winner Karter Blake and adult supports and youth. Over 80 youth and 60 parents from New England attended.
Lawyers for Transgender Rights 2012
“If you had said to me, 22 years ago, when I was first elected to the Legislature, that Bob DeLeo would be up here accepting the Transgender Ally Award, I would’ve said ’you’re out of your mind,’” said Speaker DeLeo immediately after he accepted the award. “Now, I sort of feel good about myself because I have evolved. I’ve learned quite a bit. There were many times when I wanted to say ’I give up. There’s no way I can do it,’”
MTPC’s campaign I HEART Trans People to raise visibility that Trans youth, adults, and our families are loved, respected, and are integral to communities everywhere.
A Gender Discussion Group: By & For People of Color started this year, sponsored by Kaleidoscope & MTPC, to meet the needs and requests of the TGPOC community.
MTPC was chosen as one of the Grand Marshals for Boston Pride and State Representatives Carl Sciortino and Byron Rushing, Senator Sonia Chang Diaz, members of Boston’s all gender softball teams Trailblazers & Barnstormers, Sisters Group, UniTy Springfield, parents from GB PFLAG, and trans community members from around the state all joined us, making one of the largest contingents we have had.
MTPC at the GLAAD Media Awards
MTPC’s executive director and Tre’Andre, a I AM: Trans People Speak participant along with poet Kit Yan at the 2012 GLAAD media awards where Janet Mock and Laverne Cox announce the MTPC & GLAAD partnership to take the I AM: Trans People Speak campaign national.
Gov. Deval Patrick held a ceremonial signing and celebration of the passage of the Transgender Equal Rights Bill in the In the Senate Reading Room at the State House in which over 300 people attended and many legislative champions gave their remarks.