MTPC is proudly announcing that Transgender Awareness Week 2010 will take place from November 13th to November 20th. This week will be 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 will be planned around the state by MTPC and a variety of other organizations and community groups. The Network/La Red is co-sponsoring this year’s Transgender Awareness Week 2010.
“Public education is the key to any policy change. While passing legislation is extremely important, it is also essential that we work to eliminate unfair myths and negative stereotypes that exist about transgender people,” said Gunner Scott, Executive Director of MTPC.
The week will culminate on November 20th with the observance of International Transgender Day Of Remembrance (TDOR) with events being held nationwide, including Boston on Nov 20, 2010. International Transgender Day of Remembrance is a time when transgender and allied communities gather to memorialize victims of anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder in Boston on November 28th, 1998, which kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project, and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved.
Previous events for Transgender Awareness Week have included: book reading and signings, worship services, and film screenings.
Organizations, congregations, college groups, civic groups, and community members are encouraged to increase their awareness and knowledge about transgender communities and issues transgender people face by attending one of the community events or by planning one of their own, such as a transgender movie screening, a book discussion, or a panel of transgender speakers. For more information on Transgender Awareness Week or to add your event to our calendar please contact MTPC at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at (617) 778-0519 or visit our website at http://www.masstpc.org.
About MTPC: Founded in 2001, the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) is dedicated to ending discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression. MTPC works for 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. Its members educate the public, advocate with state, local, and federal government, engage in political activism, and encourage empowerment of community members through collective action.