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Posted by: | Posted on: September 17, 2014

Summer 2014 Recap

We have seen some amazing progress over the summer for MTPC and trans rights in Massachusetts, and we’re preparing for a busy fall. In case you missed the news of the summer, here is a recap of what we’ve been up to and the progress we’ve made for trans rights across the state:

State Bill and Local Ordinances

While the Equal Access Bill to add public accommodations protections to the state nondiscrimination law was not pNewtonassed this year, we haven’t been quiet on policy matters. MTPC and our coalition partners have been working statewide to pass local nondiscrimination ordinances that are inclusive of public accommodations.  So far we have doubled the number of trans-inclusive local nondiscrimination ordinances, with more to come.

Salem, Brookline, Somerville, Worcester, and Newton all passed nondiscrimination ordinances this past summer. They join Boston, Cambridge, Northampton, and Amherst in leading fairness in our state. More cities and towns are expected to follow in the coming months, so stay tuned to hear more. If you live in a city or town that does not have a local ordinance, or if you’re not sure and want to learn more, please contact Mason to learn how you can help the movement in your city or town.

MTPC and our coalition partners are also making plans to continue the fight for public accommodations protections on the state level during the next legislative session.  We plan to host a statewide Lobby Day in 2015, along with other events and opportunities for you to get involved. Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on our events and activities.

#WeAreMTPC 

#WeAreMTPC

#WeAreMTPC

This June, MTPC unveiled a new campaign to showcase our greatest asset: YOU! Hundreds of you took photos with us, showing how MTPC is all about the many faces, experiences, and perspectives embodied by our community.

Want to show your MTPC Pride beyond social media? Check out our new button packs. For $3 you get two buttons: one for you, and one for a friend or family member! To get your buttons and find out more, email info@masstpc.org.

Project VOICE

Thanks to the input from all those who participated in the Project VOICE survey. MTPC, in partnership with Fenway Health, was able to collect vital information about the health and wellness of the Massachusetts trans community.  The survey results show an alarming relationship between discrimination and overall health of community members. To read the report and learn more about Project VOICE, click here.

CAT MAGIC Returns

MTPC hosted our second CAT MAGIC event in July. The celebration was an amazing opportunity to bring community members together for feline-themed fun and fancy. This time, thanks to the talented Shannon Iggy,we were able to capture some of the fun on film. Check out the photos here, and be sure to tag yourself and friends!

CAT MAGIC started as a community night, focused on celebration of the trans community and our allies … and, naturally, cats. It continues to grow as an opportunity to feature trans artists and performers, celebrate being trans, and come together as a community. Plans are in the works for the next CAT MAGIC event, so stay tuned!

Health Insurance Progress

This year has seen unprecedented progress for trans people’s access to appropriate health care.  On June 20, Governor Deval Patrick announced reforms to health coverage policies to ensure that transgender Massachusetts residents have full access to treatments they need.  On the same day, the state Division of Insurance issued a bulletin that bars private health insurers from excluding medically necessary care for gender dysphoria from private health insurance plans.

There remain several questions about how this will be enacted, and when. MTPC, along with our coalition partners, are working with the Division of Insurance and private insurers to ensure that these new policies are enacted. We’ve also released this FAQ about the insurance bulletins.

Looking Forward

We’re seeing progress on many big issues that affect trans MA residents. But much remains to be done. Be sure to follow MTPC on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date. If you have questions, or want to get involved, email us at info@masstpc.org or call 617-778-0519.

Posted by: | Posted on: July 17, 2014

MTPC Announces New Steering Committee Chair, Maxwell Ng

Press Release: July 17, 2014

Contact: Mason J. Dunn, Executive Director 617-755-7852 MasonDunn@masstpc.org

BOSTON, MA – The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) today announced the election of Maxwell Ng as the new Steering Committee Chair.

Maxwell Ng, MTPC Steering Committee Chair

Maxwell Ng is a graduate of Boston University, and has lived in the area for almost 20 years.  Besides his work with MTPC, he also serves on the Steering Committee for QAPA (Queer Asian Pacific-Islander Alliance), and is a founding member of the Trailblazers, the Boston based softball team for trans and gender variant people.  He is passionate about visibility for Queer Asians, and strives to bring the complex issues that impact our enriched and intersecting communities to the forefront.

Nancy Nangeroni, MTPC’s out-going Steering Committee Chair, remains on the steering committee, serving as Chair Emeritus. “I’m pleased and honored to remain a part of this important and effective organization,” said Nangeroni, “and I’m excited to see Maxwell take on this new role which truly reflects the energy he is already bringing to MTPC.”

“I’m humbled to serve as Chair of the MTPC Steering Committee,” said Ng. “The work that this organization does has been empowering and challenging, and I am excited to further serve in this capacity.”

Prior to this position, Ng served as the Vice-Chair of the Steering Committee. He has been involved in the Fundraising, and Events sub committees as well as previously the Kaleidoscope group.

Founded in 2001, the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) works to end discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression. MTPC educates the public; advocates with state, local, and federal government; engages in activism; and encourages empowerment of community members through collective action. MTPC is a member of the Trans Advocacy Network, the Equality Federation, and the Massachusetts Transgender Equal Rights Coalition.

Posted by: | Posted on: August 13, 2013

A Message from MTPC’s New Executive Director, Mason Dunn

Just as the wave cannot exist for itself, but is ever a part of the heaving surface of the ocean, so must I never live my life for itself, but always in the experience which is going on around me.  — Albert Schweitzer

Mason Profile picAs I begin this new journey as executive director at MTPC, I find myself thinking back to this quote from Albert Schweitzer and the concept of living in the experiences around me. It is a joy and honor to be in a position that brings me closer to the trans* community and deeper into the movement for full equal rights.

First, however, I must thank those who have made this organization and its continued success possible. I want to thank Gunner Scott and Jesse Begenyi for their amazing work at the helm of MTPC over the past months and years. I also would like to thank Nancy Nangeroni, Maxwell Ng, and the other members of the MTPC Steering Committee for their outstanding leadership and guidance. And thank you to the army of volunteers and interns who have lovingly donated their time and talents to MTPC over the years. Each of you has been a pivotal part of this organization, and without you we would not be where we are today.

And now to the future! We have come so far as an organization and a justice movement, yet we still have a long way to go. Moving forward, I know many of us have our eyes on adding public accommodations protections to the current equal rights laws. Passing the Equal Access Bill (House Bill 1589/Senate Bill 643) is certainly a major focus for me, and I am eager to work with you on this process.

I’m also looking forward to the launch of the Community Advocate Program, which will provide leadership training and support for community members across the state. Additionally, I want to take this opportunity to hear from members representing the entire Massachusetts trans* community: from Lowell to Springfield to the Cape. Please, if you have any questions for me, or if there’s anything I can do, don’t hesitate to email me at MasonDunn@masstpc.org. There are some great projects in the works here at MTPC, and I’m eager to take part in our continued growth!

Thank you again for making MTPC’s successes possible. I look forward to working with you all soon!

Posted by: | Posted on: May 31, 2013

Choose Your Own Adventure: MTPC Volunteer, Leadership, and Internship Opportunities

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 tripVolunteer 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 groupIntern 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 courseJoin 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 volunteer@masstpc.org to RSVP for the training and to receive more information.

Posted by: | Posted on: May 3, 2013

MTPC Seeks New Executive Leader

The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC), the go-to transgender advocacy and education organization in Massachusetts, offers an extraordinary opportunity for a new executive leader to partner with its talented Steering Committee, staff and volunteers.  By attracting and mobilizing the under-utilized talents and skills of the transgender community, MTPC has increased the visibility of transgender people and built a vibrant and supportive transgender and allied community across the state.  MTPC is small, powerful, nimble and ready for its next stage of evolution.

mtpclogo-metalThe ED will report to the Steering Committee and is responsible for programming and fundraising, as well as financial and administrative management of the organization. MTPC’s new leader will be expected to play a strong, visible and strategic role in developing and implementing plans to promote growth, impact and long-term sustainability.

MTPC is spreading the word about this opportunity as widely as possible.  Please share this information to those in your network who should be aware of this opportunity.  For the complete position profile and application guidelines, please visit http://www.tsne.org/jobs/ed_ma_transgndr_poli_coalition/

We thank you so much for your assistance in getting the word out.  If you know of someone whom I should contact directly, please don’t hesitate to let me know.  Your involvement in outreach can have a big impact on MTPC’s future!

Posted by: | Posted on: April 30, 2013

MTPC Seeks New Executive Director

POSITION OPEN: Executive Director
Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition

Location: Boston, Mass.
Posted: 04/26/2013
Apply by: 05/31/2013

Founded in 2001, MTPC is dedicated to ending discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression. MTPC envisions 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. The organization has accomplished major advocacy successes including passage of the Massachusetts Transgender Equal Rights Act in 2011. By attracting and mobilizing the under-utilized talents and skills of the transgender community, it has increased the visibility of transgender people and built a vibrant and supportive transgender and allied community across the state. Its current annual budget is $100,000 under the fiscal sponsorship of the Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth (BAGLY). MTPC currently has in place an Interim Director, part time staff and interns, and a volunteer Steering Committee.

The Opportunity

MTPC is small, powerful, nimble and ready for its next stage of evolution. As the go-to transgender advocacy and education organization in Massachusetts, it is also frequently called upon to assist individuals in the role of direct service provider. Though committed to staying closely attuned to its community’s needs, it has been spread thin as a small organization with limited capacity. Recognizing and managing these (and other) disparate demands will be a key challenge for the new director.

The Steering Committee and staff have identified the following focus areas for the next three years:

  • Advocacy (coalition building and legislative strategy)
  • Education (community advocates program, trainings and speaking engagements)
  • Community (organizing effective community events)

The Position

The new Executive Director will lead an organization of diverse transgender activists and advocates seeking to continue an ambitious agenda of improving the lives of transgender people in Massachusetts. The incoming ED will share this goal and commitment to the organization’s mission, bringing aspirations, perspective and experience to guide the organization. The ED should be passionate, knowledgeable, and politically savvy. The ideal candidate is a seasoned manager with imagination and purpose, able to successfully implement ideas and plans, a skilled collaborator, committed to open dialogue and transparency, and a hardworking self-starter who is dedicated to social justice. The ED will have demonstrable successes as an innovative, facilitative and collaborative leader, able to create a vision and inspire others through positive, inclusive engagement.

The ED will report to the Steering Committee and is responsible for programming and fundraising, as well as financial and administrative management of the organization. MTPC’s new leader will be expected to play a strong, visible and strategic role in developing and implementing plans to promote growth, impact and long-term sustainability.

Application Process

Click here to see the full position description and instructions for how to apply.

Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible with a deadline of May 31, 2013.