Trans Awareness Month 2016

November is the time for trans education and awareness, as well as celebrating trans community

Dedicated to educating about transgender community and important issues facing trans people in Massachusetts, this month features events and educational opportunities statewide, hosted by MTPC and other organizations and community groups. It culminates with the Transgender Day Of Remembrance (TDOR), a worldwide gathering of trans and allied communities to memorialize victims of anti-trans hatred or prejudice.

Featured Events

Rally for Trans Rights

Sunday, November 6th, 4:00pm
Boston Common

As many of you know, our opposition was able to collect enough signatures that would place a question on the 2018 state ballot that would repeal the recent public accommodations law. To re-invigorate the community for this upcoming fight, members of the trans community (Maxwell Ng, Michelle Tat, Sasha Kaufmann, Eli Vivas) are holding a rally for trans rights on Sunday November 6th, 4pm at the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial on Boston Common. This event will last approximately an hour, and will feature a handful of transgender individuals speaking to why it is important for us to meet the opposition head on in the next fight. This rally is for the transgender community, by the transgender community. There will be no legislators, no police, and minimal media presence. All individuals transgender individuals and trans allies are invited! Please address all questions and comments to

When we fight, we win! Trans rights now!

Rainbow Room

Thursday, November 17th, 7:00pm
YWCA, 7 Temple St., Cambridge.

The Cambridge GLBT Commission, Cambridge Arts Council, and the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) present Rainbow Room, a celebration of queer poetry and music Thursday, Nov. 17, from 7-10 p.m., at YWCA, 7 Temple St., Cambridge. Rainbow Room is an accessible, inclusive, and community-focused event celebrating and lifting up local LGBTQ+ artists in Cambridge. Events are free and open to the public.

Trans Day of Remembrance Vigils

Sunday, November 20th

This year we gather once again to honor the lives of those who have been taken from us due to anti-trans violence. Vigils will be happening all across the state. See below for a full listing of details.

Gender Reel: Featuring “MAJOR!” 

Saturday, November 30th 
Fenway Community Health Center – 1340 Boylston Street, Boston

Gender Reel, is committed to providing an art space that is inclusive of people from all background and experiences. This year the festival will feature the film “MAJOR!.” This film explores the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a formerly incarcerated Black transgender elder and activist who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years.

Keep checking back in for updates on events in Massachusetts!

Event Planning

MTPC encourages community members to suggest and plan events. To add your event or educational opportunity to the printed calendar, please email or call (617) 778-0519. Let us know what you are planning! Please check the Transgender Day of Remembrance page for date and location of TDOR events.

Examples of events your group or organization could hold:

  • Transgender Movie Screening
  • Book Discussion of Trans-Themed Book
  • Hold a Panel Discussion with Local Trans Speakers
  • Trans Themed Art Show or Performance
  • Hold a Book drive for Prisoner Book Project — collect trans related books, soft cover only