The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) is proudly announcing the 3rd Annual Transgender Awareness Week, which will take place from November 12th to November 20th. This week is 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. The Network/La Red, State Street Financial, ACLU of Massachusetts and the Transgender Equal Rights Coalition are co-sponsoring this year’s Transgender Awareness Week 2011.
“Public education helps to reduce negative stereotypes that exist about transgender people by bringing awareness to communities that transgender youth and adults are also our friends, family, and neighbors. By educating more people about the experiences transgender people face we expect more people will contact their legislators about the need to pass the Transgender Equal Rights bill” said Gunner Scott, executive director of MTPC.
Some of this year’s events include the documentary screening: “Cruel & Unusual” at AIDS Action in Boston, Nick Krieger, Reading from His Memoir, Nina Here Nor There: My Journey Beyond Gender in Amherst, Saving Our Lives: Preventing Suicide in Transgender Communities Video Launch event at the Samaritans, Inc in Boston, and a free introductory training for organizations and service providers by MTPC entitled Working with Transgender Communities in Boston.
In addition the public education events there will be several the Transgender Day Of Remembrance (TDOR) vigils happening around 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 tradition inspired by the Allston, MA vigil for slain transsexual Rita Hester in 1998, this day has become the worldwide rallying point for a community long under siege. In Boston, community members and allies will gather in St Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral downtown for a program of speakers, community speak out, and a candlelight vigil on the Common. This free program is on Sunday, November 20th and begins at 4 pm and concludes with a reception featuring hot drinks 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 your event or TDOR vigil to the online calendar, please visit http://www.masstpc.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (617) 778-0519.
Founded in 2001, the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) is a 501(c) 3 that 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 political activism, and encourages empowerment of community members through collective action