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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.

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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 info@masstpc.org.

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 9, 2012

Trans Awareness Week Starts Monday, runs Nov. 12-19


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 calendar@masstpc.org. Be sure to tag your tweets #TAW12 or #TDOR12 and RSVP to our Facebook event.

Check out our latest e-news for more schedule information.

Posted by: | Posted on: October 18, 2012

You Could Design MTPC’s New Logo!

Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) is looking for a new logo.

In the past 11 years, we’ve grown immensely as an organization. We need a new logo that reminds us of where we’ve been and inspires us for the future.

Requirements

Entries that do not follow all of these requirements will be disqualified. 

  • All submissions must include entrant’s name, age, postal zip code, and email address.
  • We will accept no more than 2 design submissions per entrant.
  • Each design must be submitted as a high resolution PDF, EPS, JPG, or TIF.
  • Each file must be no larger than 5MB.
  • Designs may use only CMYK colors and have no more than 2 colors in addition to black.
  • Designs must also look good when converted to grayscale and black and white.
  • The acronym “MTPC” must be incorporated into the logo. The logo should not contain any other text.

Deadline

  • Design entries must be submitted via email to logo@masstpc.org no later than Monday, November 19 at 5 pm EST.  We will attempt to acknowledge all entries within 1 week of receipt. If you do not hear from us in a timely manner and feel your entry may have been lost, please let us know and include a copy of the original message showing the header with the original time and date stamp.

Intellectual Property

  • All submitted work must be original and not based on any preexisting design.
  • All designs submitted will become property of the MTPC and may be displayed on the internet, in print, and elsewhere.
  • The winner will be required to sign a contract assigning all ownership of the logo to MTPC.

Design Suggestions

  • Make it timeless so that it won’t look old-fashioned in 5 years.
  • Make it memorable, to allow immediate recognition.
  • Express the history, reputation, and credibility of the MTPC.
  • Don’t be overly representational (no human figures or outlines of Massachusetts).
  • Be sure the image resizes well. The image should look good on a poster and as a small Twitter icon.
  • Be sure the image translates well to grayscale and to black and white. We advise against the use of halftones, gradients, and spot colors.

Selection of Winner

  • A jury will select the top five entries and choose the grand prize winner. All decisions are final.
  • The winning designer will receive a transfabulous MTPC gift basket that includes a 1 ticket to MTPC’s Lawyers for Trans Rights Event in April 2013, 1 MTPC T-shirt, Kate Bornstein’s book Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks & Other Outlaws, a CD from Good Asian Drivers, a CrimethInc. Gender Subversion Kit poster, and I ♥ Trans People buttons and stickers. The four runners-up will win a CrimethInc. poster, Good Asian Drivers CD, and I ♥ Trans People buttons and stickers.
  • The winning designer must be available and willing to modify their submission and convert the file, if necessary.
  • MTPC reserves the right to disqualify any entrant or entry at its sole discretion and without explanation.
  • MTPC reserves the right not to select a winner if, in its sole discretion, it deems that no suitable entries are received.
Posted by: | Posted on: October 18, 2012

TODAY Is National Coming Out Day

October 11 Is National Coming Out Day

Celebrate National Coming Out Day by sharing your story with your friends and family about your experience of being transgender, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, questioning, or an ally.

 Trans Awareness Week Is Coming Up – November 12-19

For Transgender Awareness Week, MTPC and other organizations and community groups will host community events and educational opportunities. TAW12 is a statewide celebration of transgender lives, leading up to the national Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) on November 20. TDOR is a worldwide gathering of trans and allied communities memorializing victims of anti-trans violence or prejudice.

MTPC encourages community members to plan a variety of TAW12 events. Right now our TAW12 schedule is wide open, so when is your event going to be? How many ways will you find to commemorate Transgender Awareness Week this year? Email calendar@masstpc.org.

New Email Address for Calendar Listings: Please submit your calendar listings to calendar@masstpc.org.

Read the rest of this E-News

If you missed our October MTPC updates and event edition – you check that out here

Posted by: | Posted on: July 24, 2012

Registration is Open for the 5th Annual Trans Youth & Parent Summit 9/16/2012

Sunday, September 16, 2012

9:30 am – 4 pm

For Youth Registration Click Here!

For Parent/Guardian Registration Click Here!

9:30 to 4:00 at the Microsoft New England Research & Development Center (NERD) In Kendall Square at One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142
Walking distance from the Red Line: Kendall Square T stop and on site parking garage ($10 for the day)

The goal of this summit is for youth 22 and under from Massachusetts/New England that identify with, or could fall under, the label ‘transgender’ or youth who are in some way connected to the transgender youth community, such as partners/friends, to meet and connect with other transgender and gender variant youth. At the summit, youth will have the opportunity to share ideas, learn about their legal rights, the larger transgender community, participate in workshops and fun activities.

There will also be a separate track with a full day of programming for parents and/or guardians of transgender and/or gender questioning youth. Parents/Guardians activities include such areas as: addressing legal issues and advocating for your child, health care with Dr. Ralph Vetters of Sidney Borum Jr. Health Center, and time for networking and guided support groups.

This event is free and light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Registration is open. This event is closed to the public and only registered participants will be admitted. For more information please contact MTPC at info@masstpc.org or 617-778-0519.

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Check the rest of our E-News for July

Posted by: | Posted on: January 11, 2012

Check Out MTPC’s Jan 2012 E-Newsletter

Click Here to Read MTPC’s January E-News Letter

Highlights include:
Photo Open Call! I AM: Trans People Speak COMMUNITY
Signing with Gov. Deval Patrick in the Morning & Celebration that Night for the Transgender Rights Bill
Info on First Event Conference and MTPC’s workshop 4 pm on Saturday – Know Your Rights/The State of Trans Civil Rights
“Transsexuals from Space” Film Premiere