MTPC and cosponsors Eastern Bank and the Fenway Institute proudly announce the Fourth Annual Transgender Awareness Week in Massachusetts November 12-19.
TAW 2012 is a week dedicated to educating the public about the transgender community and the pressing issues that are currently facing transgender people in Massachusetts. Events and educational opportunities are planned around the state by MTPC and a variety of other organizations and community groups.
“Educating the public through events and learning opportunities helps to increase awareness and social acceptance of transgender youth, adults and families. By educating more people about the experiences of transgender friends, family and neighbors, we expect more people will contact their legislators about the need to pass public accommodations protections,” said Gunner Scott, executive director of MTPC.
Some of this year’s events include:
- “Celebrating Diverse Trans Masculine Sexualities,” a community dialogue at Fenway Health for gay/bisexual/queer trans men.
- Premiere screening at Fenway Health of I AM: Trans People Speak project.
- “Stories of Our LGBTQI Ancestors,” a presentation at Smith College about Marion Turner, a black, openly cross-dressing nurse who lived among the elite Abolitionist community at the turn of the twentieth century in Florence, MA.
In addition to public education events, there will be five Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) vigils happening across the state. Each November 20, the worldwide transgender community turns its attention to its family, friends and loved ones lost to violence and prejudice. TDOR is a tradition inspired by the Allston, MA, vigil after the brutal slaying in 1988 of Rita Hester, a popular figure in the local rock ‘n’ roll scene who also happened to be a transsexual. This day has become the worldwide rallying point for a community long under siege.
In Boston, community members and allies will gather at 4 pm in St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral downtown for a program of speakers, community speak out and a candlelight vigil on the Common. A reception following the vigil will feature hot cider and food.
Transgender Awareness Week events and Transgender Day of Remembrance vigils will be regularly updated on the MTPC website. MTPC encourages community members and organizations to suggest and plan additional events. To add an event or vigil to the online calendar, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to tag your tweets #TAW12 or #TDOR12 and RSVP to our Facebook event.