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Posted by: | Posted on: December 16, 2017

Joint Statement in Response to White House Assault on Public Health

Boston, MA – On Friday, December 15, 2017, the Trump Administration took yet another step in their efforts to suppress the rights of transgender people and minority communities. In a report from the Washington Post, we learned that the White House has issued orders to the Centers for Disease Control, stating the CDC can no longer use the word transgender, along with six other words and phrases such as “diversity” and “evidence-based,” in budget documents. This is nothing more than a prejudiced attempt to erase lives and facts, through an attack on health policy at the national level.

“Our lives and identities will not be censored,” said Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition Executive Director Mason Dunn. “We will not be erased from the conversation. We stand together in the fight to ensure that fact and science prevails, even when those in power would deny them.”

“The federal government is improperly politicizing our public health agencies. This effort compromises the life-saving work of the CDC. It makes it even more challenging to reduce health disparities and will exacerbate negative health outcomes, particularly in vulnerable populations and marginalized communities,” said Lawyers’ Committee’s Executive Director Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal.

The banned words are:

  • Transgender;
  • Diversity;
  • Vulnerable;
  • Evidence-based;
  • Science-based;
  • Entitlement; and
  • Fetus.

The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, stand firm in our resolve to fight these unprecedented attacks on our communities.


The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition is dedicated to ending oppression and discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression.

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice fosters equal opportunity and fights discrimination on behalf of people of color and immigrants. We engage in creative and courageous legal action, education, and advocacy in collaboration with law firms and community partners.

Posted by: | Posted on: March 14, 2017

Share a Pie for us

I make really great pie.

The secret is in the crust. I found a recipe that uses shortening to make it flakey and vodka (Russians!) to make it smooth. As much as I love to cook, baking is not a task that comes easily to me. But I do especially love eating pies, and Thanksgiving just doesn’t feel right until I tuck into a slice of pumpkin pie with a healthy dollop of whip cream.

I recently learned that when Franklin McCain sat down at that Woolworth counter in February 1960, he asked for a slice of apple pie. Four black students seeking integration in public accommodations chose eating as an act of protest, and by doing so they shifted the narrative of civil rights. This is such a rich image in my mind; apple pie is often touted as the symbol of Americana. And in that moment, four black men having a slice of pie in a public place became a statement about who does or doesn’t belong in that image of Americana.

Only a few years later, in 1965, the LGBTQ community in Philadelphia held a sit in at Dewey’s Lunch Counter. This action, sparked by the owner’s new policy to deny service to those in “gender non-conformist clothing,” brought out approximately 150 trans and gender nonconforming people, led predominately by people of color. Together, they sat and ordered pie, risking discrimination, hostility, and abuse for their right to share a meal. And this, (followed later by Compton’s Cafeteria riot), occurred years before the well known Stonewall Riot.

Fast forward to July 2016, to the day the Transgender Public Accommodations bill was being debated in the Mass State House. Representative John Fernandes in his speech supporting the bill made the connection again to the civil rights movement. “You can’t tell people it’s OK to work at the diner, but it’s not to sit at the lunch counter. We learned that a long time ago.” He was the first of many legislators who would go on to vote in favor of the bill becoming law.

But then I left the chamber, and walked into the public foyer. There I watched as dozens of citizens verbally sparred about human decency, often grossly assuming that transgender people were the herald of sexual violence; I myself engaged in one such debate. And even though I was horrified by what our opponents were saying (and indeed shouting), I realize only now, that I was doing the same thing to them that they were doing to me. I was making assumptions about who they were, their upbringing, their ideologies and their morals. I cast them as the villain in my own hero story.

But just like a good piece of pie, the truth is so much more layered and rich. On paper, I have many ingredients that define me and make me into the queer trans man of color who I am. And rather than make assumptions about the wrapper, I always ask that people speak to me so that they can learn more about who I am and what I hope for. But I also need to be willing to swing that door in the other direction as well. The person who I engaged from the opposition was Asian, and because of her age and our shared race, she reminded me of my own mother.

In the past several weeks we at MTPC have seen some very scary harbingers of what’s to come. The law that we all worked so very hard to pass is already vulnerable to a ballot recall, and in 2018, everyday citizens will be given the choice to repeal it. In light of this, I am asking for your help to shift the narrative of civil rights. If I had the chance to sit with that woman and engaged with her as a unique human being, in short treated her the way I treat my mother, would she still have the heart to reject our pleas? If we could sit down and share a slice of pie together, would she still be a stranger to me? Because as I’ve said in the past, only a stranger would deny us our rights.
So bake a pie and share it with your next door neighbor. Listen to them when they talk about their hopes and dreams. Chat about what makes us all human in this crazy and illogical world. Find out the secret to their pie crust. And enjoy a slice of pie for me. Happy Pie Day.

Posted by: | Posted on: July 1, 2015


It was a weekend of celebration and excitement in the LGBTQ movement as Pride Month came to a close. Marriage equality has been achieved at the national level, and we congratulate the activists, advocates, supporters, and volunteers who made this win a reality.

But now it’s July, and it’s time to continue the work. We are one step closer to lived equality for all LGBTQ people, and we cannot stop now. Join us in the continued journey, and together we can make history for human rights.

As you may have seen, MTPC has joined forces with many LGBTQ and human rights organizations to form Freedom Massachusetts. This campaign is working to secure nondiscrimination protections for gender identity and gender expression in all Massachusetts public spaces. Please take a moment to join the campaign and sign the pledge.

Want to volunteer for the campaign? Email Katie: We need your help with phone banks, data input, organizing, and so much more. This is an opportunity to be on the ground floor of a very exciting campaign.

There is so much work left to do, but with this momentum, we are unstoppable. Join the movement, and together we can continue to change the world.






Posted by: | Posted on: January 20, 2015

Massachusetts Legislators File Nondiscrimination Bill!

Last Friday Representatives Denise Provost and Byron Rushing, and Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz filed legislation to fill the gap of the current statewide nondiscrimination laws pertaining to gender identity and expression in public accommodations in Massachusetts. This is a very exciting time for MTPC, and we’re thrilled to bring you up to date on this important action.

As you may know, last month Governor Charlie Baker spoke out against this legislation – but we won’t let that get us down. We’re working hard to bring in support in the statehouse and from the community.

Just a few days ago, the Boston Globe published a wonderful editorial about the importance of public accommodations protections for the transgender community. The editorial urges legislators and the Governor to fill the gap and pass nondiscrimination legislation.

But there is so much more work to be done. Already we are planning phone banks, lobby days, and looking for interns and volunteers to help with this work. Will you join us? Here’s how:

  • Click here to sign up for updates about upcoming phone banks, lobby days, or volunteer opportunities.
  • Are you going to First Event this week? Join us Thursday at noon for exclusive updates and training to get even more involved. We’ll work with you to craft stories to impact change, speak about the details of the legislation, and take your questions about the work ahead.
  • Click here to learn more about the legislation, public accommodations, and the state law.

If you have questions, or want to get involved in other ways, please email us at

And don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates on what’s happening.

Posted by: | Posted on: November 22, 2013

Final Twitter push TODAY about the need for the #MAtransbill

Ok. Here it is! This is the last push on the Twitter #MAtransbill campaign this month. Let’s put aside our #TransWk and #TDOR exhaustion for one more day and help make sure that the members of the Joint Judiciary Committee know that we want them to pass the Equal Access Bill out of committee to go for a vote in the full Senate and House. Screen Shot 2013-10-07 at 11.10.54 AM

We can tweet them directly and also ask Senators and Representatives who are not on the committee to encourage their colleagues to take the right step. They need to hear from YOU and your friends and family that equality matters and that in order to be fully equal in the eyes of the law, trans and gender non-conforming folks must be protected from discrimination in all public places.

If you find this information after November 22, that’s ok! The push for the equal rights is ongoing, and it’s never a bad time to let our legislators know that we’re counting on them to protect their people of Massachusetts. You can take to Twitter anytime and let them know that this issue is important to you. Be sure to use the #MAtransbill hashtag so that people can find and retweet you.

Below are tweets for you to copy and paste into Twitter. Be sure to ask current bill supporters to CONTINUE to fight for the bill.

Everyone should tweet these two messages:

Please keep fighting for #MATransBill to protect your constituents! @WBrownsberger @patjehlen @SenJohnFKeenan @RepHenriquez

Care abt ALL your constituents? Support the #MATransBill! @SenKClark @BruceJAyers @jeffroy @danwinslow @RepHarrington

Here are additional messages you can send. You can use whichever message(s) you prefer and then swap in the Committee members’ handles from the list below:

.@SenKClark Right to vote is 1 of most important freedoms. Support equal access to voting booths. #MAtransbill

.@RepColleenGarry Why’s it legal to be kicked off public transit if they don’t like “people like you”? #MAtransbill

.@BruceJAyers Everyone should be free to use public streets without harassment or discrimination. #MAtransbill

.@ElectClaire All ppl should have equal access to hospital care, govt buildings & voting booths. #MAtransbill

.@jeffroy All ppl should have equal access to doctor offices, law offices & hospitals. #MAtransbill

.@danwinslow All ppl should have equal access to nursing homes, restaurants & hotels. #MAtransbill

.@RepHarrington All ppl should have equal access to hospitals, libraries & public transit. #MAtransbill

Twitter handles for members of the Joint Judiciary Committee:

Representative Bruce Ayers: @BruceJAyers
Senator Will Brownsberger: @WBrownsberger (already a supporter!)
Senator Katherine M. Clark: @SenKClark
Representative Claire Cronin: @ElectClaire
Representative Colleen Garry: @RepColleenGarry
Representative Sheila Harrington: @RepHarrington
Representative Carlos Henriquez: @RepHenriquez (already a supporter!)
Senator Patricia Jehlen: @patjehlen (already a supporter!)
Senator John Keenan: @SenJohnFKeenan (already a supporter!)
Representative Jeffrey Roy: @jeffroy
Representative Dan Winslow: @danwinslow

If you want to go the extra mile, you can also contact the Committee members offline (especially ones who don’t have Twitter accounts):

Katherine Clark, Senate Chair; Gale D. Candaras, Senate Vice Chair (no Twitter); William N. Brownsberger (already a supporter!); Patricia D. Jehlen (already a supporter!); John F. Keenan (already a supporter!); Richard J. Ross (no Twitter). In the House: Eugene L. O’Flaherty (no Twitter), House Chair; Christopher M. Markey (no Twitter), House Vice Chair; Bruce J. AyersClaire D. CroninSean Curran (no Twitter); Colleen M. Garry; Sheila C. HarringtonCarlos Henriquez (already a supporter!); Kevin J. Murphy (no Twitter); Jeffrey N. RoyDaniel B. Winslow.

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Posted by: | Posted on: November 21, 2013

Please help us with the final Twitter push today & tomorrow

We’re all emotionally exhausted from #TransWk and #TDOR. But we can’t rest just yet. We hope you’ll stick with us for just two more days to finish up our Twitter campaign to raise awareness and build support for the Equal Access Bill in Massachusetts. This is such important legislation, and MTPC needs every bit of help you can give to make sure we finish the work in securing full legal equality and protections for trans folks in the state. Screen Shot 2013-10-07 at 11.10.54 AM


Today, please copy and paste the tweets below to let the Equal Access Bill’s sponsors know that you appreciate their support. A barrage of separate tweets from individuals demands more attention than retweets from an organization do. Please post these as original tweets and ask your friends and family to RT you.

Tomorrow we’ll post a list of educational tweets that you can send to your own state senators and representatives who have not sponsored the bill. It’s time to change their minds! But for today, here are your tweets:

Equality for #transgender & gender-nonconforming folks matters to me. RT me today & tomorrow to help pass the Equal Access Bill #MAtransbill

In MA, a public accommodation is any place open to the public to provide goods or services. Everyone deserves equal access! #MAtransbill

58% of #transgender residents in MA report harassment in public places. Support the #MATransBill to protect them!

To learn more about getting public accommodations protections for trans youth, adults & families, visit #MATransBill

Thanks 2 @deniseandrews for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 @RepCoryAtkins for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 @RepRuthBalser for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 @RepBrodeur for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 Rep Gailanne Cariddi for sponsoring Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 @RepTomConroy for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 @marjoriedecker for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 Rep Tricia Farley-Bouvier for sponsoring the #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 Rep Fox for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill  #mapoli

Thanks 2 @Garballey for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill  #mapoli

Thanks 2 @RepKenGordon for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 @DWGregoire for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 @RepHenriquez for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 @PaulHeroux for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 Rep Hogan who sponsored the #Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 @RepKevinHonan for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 @repjaykaufman for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 Rep Keefe for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 @repkay for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 Rep Kocot for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 Rep Lawn for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 @RepJasonLewis for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 @RepDavidLinsky for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 @replizmalia for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 @BrianMannal for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 @ERepMichlewitz for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 @ElectJimODay for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 @skpeake for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 Rep Provost for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 Rep Coakley-Rivera for sponsoring #Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 @ByronRushing for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill. #mapoli

Thanks 2 @Jeffrey_sanchez for sponsoring #MATransBill. #mapoli #Transgender

Thanks 2 @TSannicandro for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill. #mapoli

Thanks 2 Rep Scibak for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill. #mapoli

Thanks 2 @carlsciortino for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill. #mapoli

Thanks 2 Rep Smizik for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill. #mapoli

Thanks 2 Rep Story for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill. #mapoli

Thanks 2 @repswan for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill. #mapoli

Thanks 2 @AaronMVega for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill. #mapoli

Thanks 2 @RepChrisWalsh for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill. #mapoli

Thanks 2 @JamieEldridgeMA for sponsoring #Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 @SenKenDonnelly for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 Sen DiDomenico for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 @DanWolfMA for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 @Sen_Jim_Welch for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 @BarrettSenate for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 @SoniaChangDiaz for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 @BenjaminDowning for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 Sen Thomas McGee for sponsoring #Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 @SenStan for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 @PatJehlen for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 @CindyCreem for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 @KarenSpilka for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 @WBrownsberger for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 @SenChandler for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli

Thanks 2 @SenJohnFKeenan for sponsoring the #Transgender #MATransBill #mapoli