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US, MA: MTPC Monthly Newsletter and HB 1722 update
Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition Monthly Newsletter - February 2008
Remember to vote tomorrow!
Tuesday, Feb 5th is Massachusetts Primary Day
Don't know where your polling place is?
HB 1722 Updates
Hearing for bill coming up very soon:
The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition is looking for Transgender people, family, friends and allies to submit letters of testimony and/or testify at the public hearing for HB 1722 "An Act Relative to Gender-Based Discrimination and Hate Crimes - This hearing will be before spring. This is our time to educate legislators on the issues of discrimination and hate crimes that affect Transgender/transsexual/crossdressing communities and those whose gender identity or expression doesn't fit the stereotypes of how men or women should look or act.
You may not be a direct victim of discrimination or a hate crime, but think about how your life maybe limited because of not being protected from discrimination - are you worried about trying to get a new job, move to a new apartment, what happens if you get a new supervisor at work, or if you should be outed? This legislation is also about preventing discrimination as well as addressing it.
Not sure what to say or what to write?
Visit our "Prepare to Testify" page at http://www.masstpc.org/legislation/howt
Ready to take the next step?
Contact Gunner at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, phone number, and email to find out more about the hearing, how to testify, or what to submit for written testimony.
New Message board
Our web maven Nancy has installed a new message board on our website - click on "Forum" on the navigation bar on the front of our website or visit http://www.masstpc.org/discuss/. Post up or look for trans-friendly jobs, housing, announcements, events (which can also be posted on our calendar), or just discuss issues affecting you in your community. Message board users will have to register to post.
In the coming weeks we will also have a new phone number where you can reach someone usually Monday-Friday during business hours.
Going to NGLTF's Creating Change Conference in Detroit this week?
Look for MTPC members presenting a workshop on (Jump) Starting your Transgender Political Organisation on Friday at 3p.
Next MTPC Boston General Meeting
Monday, Feb 11th - 7p at BAGLY conference room at 14 Beacon St. Boston. General meetings are open to everyone interested in advancing Transgender rights and access.
Next Free Legal Clinic for Low-Income Transgender People is 21st February
Clinic Time: 6-8 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of each month
Location: TransCEND, a program of Cambridge Cares about AIDS, 17 Sellers St, Cambridge MA
A team of Trans and ally law students and attorneys will provide FREE monthly legal services, based on its members' availability and expertise, and following an initial assessment meeting with each prospective client. email@example.com
Supported by: Massachusetts Transgender Legal Advocates, TransCEND, a program of Cambridge Cares about AIDS (CCA) AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts (AAC) Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC)
Your tax-deductible donation makes our work for in advancing gender identity and gender expression rights and access possible.
Donate online at http://www.masstpc.org/about/donate.sht
General Community Message:
New England Transgender Pride March and Rally
The first New England Transgender Pride March and Rally will be held on June 7, 2008 in Northampton, MA. The event is organised by members of the trans and gender diverse community, and their allies, with the intent of taking a visible and positive stand for Transgender rights. The March and Rally is dedicated to diverse representation among organisers and participants. We seek to educate and build awareness of the movement against gender-based discrimination. We promote self-acceptance and acceptance of our whole identities and lives. We gather to celebrate and affirm our individuality, diversity, and strength. Visit their website for information on meetings, donating, and/or participating.
Director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition
Find out how you can support HB 1722 - "An Act Relative to Gender-Based Discrimination and Hate Crimes"