2011 JC Testimony Video

Massachusetts Transgender Equal Rights Judiciary Committee Testimony

June 8, 2011

You can also watch opposition testimony.


Below is a list of MTPC-arranged panels.  Sorry, this list does not include last-minute changes, so some panels are somewhat different than as listed below.  Also, this list  does not reflect the order of testimony, either of panels or within panels.

Legislative Sponsors

Sen. Ben Downing, Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, Rep. Byron Rushing, and Rep. Carl Sciortino

Rep. Denise Andrews

1.     Transgender Overview and Definitions

Gunner Scott – Executive Director, Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition

Grace Sterling Stowell – Executive Director, BAGLY, Inc.

2.     Implementation:

Attorney General Martha Coakley

Chairman of MA Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), Julian T. Tynes

Superintendant Christopher J. Burke, Cambridge Police Department

3.     Discrimination

Eva Krauss – Peabody

Nancy Nangeroni – Beverly

Daunasia Yancey – Boston 

4.     Business Panel 1

Lee Badgett – Williams Institute, UMass Amherst

Nancy Huntington Stager – Executive Vice Pres., Human Resources Director Eastern Bank

5.     Legal Panel 1

Jennifer Levi, Esq. – Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders

6.     Business Panel 2

Jon Albano – Bingham McCutchen

J.T. Scott – Crossfit Fenway

7.     Women’s Organizations – Safety Issues Panel

Maureen Gallagher – Jane Doe, Inc.

Nancy Scannell – MA Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

Vicky Steinberg/Beth Withers– Board, Massachusetts NOW

8.     Labor Panel

Sumner Delaney – CWA 1400

Brian Lang, President UNITE HERE Local 26

Ron Patenaude – President, UAW Local 2322

Vanessa Story, Director of Administration, SEIU Local 509

9.     Hate Crimes & Discrimination

Lisa – Lowell

Logan Ferraro – Dorchester

Ethan St. Pierre – Haverhill

10.  Medical & Mental Health Experts

Dr. Alex Gonzalez – Medical Director, Fenway Community Health

Melissa Savage, LICSW – NASW (National Assoc. of Social Workers)

Betty Morningstar – NASW Board President

11.  Parents

Marion Freedman-Gurspan, Brookline

Ken Garber –Firefighter, Quincy

David Hardy – former teacher, Hingham

12.  Clergy

Rabbi Joseph Berman, Temple B’Nai Israel

Rev. Sue Phillip, District Executive– Unitarian Universalist Association

Rev. Stephanie Spellers, Episcopal Church

13.  Employment

Dana Zircher – Microsoft, Cambridge

Michelle Figueraro – State Street Financial, Cohasset

14.  Economic Impact for Families

Chris Miller – self-employed parent, Medford

Holly Ryan – parent, Newton

Sara Schnorr – Angel, Palmer and Dodge, Wellesley

15.  Legal Panel 2 / Legal Community Support

Nancy Cremins – Women’s Bar Association

Cathy Reuben – MA Bar Association

Gavi Wolf – ACLU

16.  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Groups

Arline Isaacson – Massachusetts Gay & Lesbian Political Caucus

Kara Suffredini, Esq. – MassEquality