Alot of stuff going on in New England this week, as we play “catch up” with Iowa… my apologies for not getting this info out sooner.

But this is Transgender Equality Lobby Day, with the following planned from 10am to 1pm today at the Statehouse in Boston:

Tuesday April 7

10 am – 1 pm, MA Statehouse, Grand Staircase

Join with us as we speak with our legislators about “An Act Relative to Gender-Based Discrimination and Hate Crimes.”

They need to meet us and hear about the experiences that transgender people, family, friends, and allies face in the absence of statewide laws affirming the right to freedom of gender identity and gender expression.

To kick off the lobby day at 10 am there will be a panel of speakers including policy makers, transgender people, and family members; light refreshments; and a short lobbying training. All the necessary materials and handouts will be provided.

For more information or assistance with locating your legislators contact MTPC at or 617-778-0519.

From MPTC:

No one deserves to be fired, refused work, denied housing, education or credit, or suffer harassment or violence just because of who they are — but transgender and gender non-conforming people in Massachusetts routinely face all of these for transitioning from one sex to another, or simply for defying expectations of what a “normal” man or woman looks like.

From 2002-2006, transgender victims of hate crimes comprised over 6.3% of the total number of anti-LGBT hate crime victims — a number completely disproportionate to their actual population. In the Greater Boston area, a 2006 survey found that fewer than 25% of transgender women were employed full-time, only 20% held part-time employment, and 55% had been homeless at some point. Transgender people in Massachusetts have reported losing their jobs, being harassed by landlords, feeling unsafe in their own schools and even being turned away from local emergency rooms.

Nationwide, 13 states, Washington D.C., and at least 102 counties and cities have passed legislation to ban this discrimination in their communities — including Boston, Cambridge and Northampton.

“An Act Relative to Gender-Based Discrimination and Hate Crimes” has been re-introduced for the 2009 legislative session in the House by Representative Carl Sciortino and Representative Byron Rushing (HB 1728) and in the Senate by Senator Benjamin Downing.

This bill will make explicit the Commonwealth’s commitment to providing people of diverse gender identities and expressions equal protection under the law, and guarantee transgender and gender non-conforming people the opportunity to contribute to their communities and to the local economy. It sends a clear message that everyone should be able to work, go to school, and live without fear in Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition applauds the many policy makers who support “An Act Relative to Gender-Based Discrimination and Hate Crimes” including:

Governor Deval Patrick

State Attorney General Martha Coakley

Congressman Barney Frank

Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea Cabral

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino

Cambridge Mayor Denise Simmons

Northampton Mayor Clare Higgins

Boston City Council President Maureen Feeney

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC)

Co-sponsored by:

AIDS Action Committee

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Massachusetts

Bay State Stonewall Democrats

Boston Alliance of GLBT Youth (BAGLY)

Boston Dyke March

Dorrington & Saunders and Associates

East Coast FTM Group, Northampton, MA

Family Equality Council

Fenway Community Health and The Fenway Institute

Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD)

Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project

GLBT Youth Support Project and Health Care of Southeastern Mass

Greater Boston PFLAG

Human Rights Campaign

International Foundation for Gender Education

Jewish Alliance for Law & Social Action (JALSA)

Join the Impact MA


LGBT Aging Project

Massachusetts Chapter of the National Organization for Women (MassNOW)

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice

Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar Association (MLGBA)

Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC)

Matahari: Eye of the Day

National Association of Social Workers (NASW-MA)


Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus (MGLPC)

The National Council of Jewish Women

National Lawyers Guild, Massachusetts Chapter

The Network/La Red

North Shore Alliance of GLBT Youth (NAGLY)

People to People

h/t Lane




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