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News :: Gender : GLBT/Queer : Organizing : Politics
Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition Communique
02 Jul 2009
Modified: 01:54:16 PM

Action Alert
Hearing for H 1728/S 1687
Community News

PO Box 301897
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Phone: 617-778-0519
info (at)

MTPC Meetings
Boston: General Meeting 2nd Monday of every month 7p-8p at 14 Beacon St, Boston, 02108 1st floor conference room

NSTA/North Shore: email northshoreta (at) for date/location

Worcester: 1st Sunday of every month 2-4p at APW, 85 Green Street, Worcester for more information email worcester (at)

Free Legal Clinic for Low-Income Trans Folks
2nd Thursday
5-7p at Boston Health Care for the Homeless
3rd Thursday
6-8p at AIDS Action Committee provided by MTLA.

MTPC is dedicated to ending discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression.
Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition
July 1, 2009

Transgender People Are Under Attack - Help Stop the Lies - Action Needed
We are hard at work, running a grassroots campaign in support of transgender equality. Meanwhile our opponents are spending thousands of dollars to spread lies and propagate fear about a bill that would quite simply protect everyone.

So, what are they saying?

Listen to the lies

What are we going to do next?

We are going to continue with an aggressive grassroots campaign, asking our supporters to contact their legislators in support of the bill.

We need your help calling our supporters. Please sign up for a phonebank in support of transgender equality next week. MTPC is working with MassEquality to do phonebanking, we need to generate phone calls legislaslators from constiuents that support civil rights and equality for transgender people.

To sign up for the Tuesday phonebank, click HERE:

To sign up for the Thursday phonebank, click HERE:

Phonebanking will be happening during the day and evening shifts. Anyone that signs up for a 3 hour shift Tues of Thurs Night between 5 pm and 9 pm will receive dinner.

If you can't come into our office in Boston for a phonebank, you can make calls from home.

Go to phone to sign up for the phone from home program. All you need is a computer with high-speed internet and a phone. Once your account is approved you will have access to all of our training materials and someone from our staff will be in touch to help you log in. If you have any questions please call Ryan Brown at 617-878-2309 at MassEquality or Gunner at 617-778-0519 at MTPC.

Please sign up today. With your help we can stop the lies and pass this important legislation.

Testify For Transgender Equality!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Tell The Judiciary Committee You Support Equal Rights!

The Judiciary Committee will be hearing testimony on An Act Relative To Gender-Based Discrimination And Hate Crimes on July 14th at 12 PM, and they need to hear from you!

We need as many people sending in written testimony as possible. Sending written testimony is quick and easy. Just write a page or two about who you are and why you support equal rights for transgender people in Massachusetts, and mail a copy of your written testimony to each of the committee chairs. A lso - VERY IMPORTANT - please send a copy via email to testimony (at)

Wondering what to write? Think about:
Why does this issue matter to you? (Do you care about civil rights, do you know trans people who have been discriminated against or harassed, etc)
Who do you know that is affected? (family member, partner, friend, co-worker, teacher, etc)
Why should legislators care? (You work/live/vote in MA, you are testifying about something personal or emotional that might affect their constituency, etc.)
What are the most important things you need to get across? Remember, the longer it is, the less impact it will likely make.

What everyone should include:

Your name and some identifying characteristic such as your work or your relationship to the transgender community.
The name and number of the bill you are testifying in support of. For Rep. O'Flaherty, the number is H.1728. For Sen. Creem, the number is S.1687. In both cases, the name of the bill is "An Act Relative to Gender-Based Discrimination and Hate Crimes."
Please sign and address a copy to each:
(Don't forget to email a copy to testimony (at)!)

Senator Cynthia S. Creem
Joint Committee on the Judiciary
Room 416B
State House
Boston, MA 02133

Representative Eugene L. O'Flaherty
Joint Committee on the Judiciary
Room 136
State House
Boston, MA 02133

Come attend the hearing for Transgender Civil Rights!

The hearing will be open to members of the public. The hearing starts at 12 noon in Gardner Auditorium at the State House, Beacon St. Boston.

We are also seeking people to testify in person, including trans people and our families. Do you have an interesting story that you can share about your experience as a trans person, or as the parent of a trans person? Contact testimony (at)!

Monday, July 13, 2009
Know Your Rights Workshop
Presented by MTPC and MTLA members

7-8p at MTPC Boston meeting space - 14 Beacon St, MA 02108, 1st floor conference room. Free!

Come learn about your rights on state, local, and federal levels. Want to know what you need to change your identity documents? Or what to do if you are harassed? Join us for this workshop and get your questions answered. More info email info (at)

Community News and Events
Take Action on ENDA
From the National Center Transgender Equality
What you can do:
· Make an appointment today to visit your member of Congress when they are in your district in August. You need to request your appointment as soon as possible. A sample appointment request and how-to information is available in our ENDA Toolkit
· Call your Representative and ask if s/he is a co-sponsor of ENDA; if not, urge them to become one.
For Massachusetts -
Constiuents of Rep. Richard Neal please ask him to co-sponsor - (202) 225-5601
Constiuents of Rep. Ed Markey please ask him to co-sponsor - 202-225-2836
Constiuents of Rep. Stephen Lynch please ask him to co-sponsor - 202-225-8273

· Sign the joint NCTE/Transgender Law Center petition supporting ENDA-this will send a letter directly to your member of Congress and record your support for the bill; we'll be publicizing the petition soon.

Learn more:
· View the full text of the bill on Thomas, the Library of Congress website that records the actions of Congress. Go to and search by bill number HR 3017.
· Check out NCTE's ENDA Toolkit for more ideas about how to take action for ENDA
· Read NCTE's ENDA Fact Sheet
· Listen to the recording of the ENDA Conference call from Wednesday night.

Saturday, July 11, 2009
THE NEIGHBORHOOD Queer/Trans Dance Party
w/Two Tranny Boys and an iPod

At the Midway Cafe, 3496 Washington St, Jamaica Plain
9p still only 5 bucks 21+

Get your Summer-tastic groove and shimmy down on the dance floor or slide up to the bar for a cold one, while you are at buy one for that cutie you been dancing next to all night!

This summer we will be featuring the DJ style of "Two Tranny Boys and an iPod" - Tre' Andre and Gunner
Pop, Punk, Disco, and Mix Ups, plus other special guest DJs and artists.

This is a space for all queer and trans folks... we like mixed up spaces and so should you! Always LGBT people of color, femme, butch, gender variant, fairy, leather, Bear, CD, Bi friendly and all queers. For more information, visit http://www.theneighborhoodjp.
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