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Wed, Sep. 9th, 2009, 12:01 pm
ftmichael: Transgender Equality Now

http://metro.us/us/article/2009/09/09/01/4820-82/index.xml

Transgender equality now
Metro Boston
Updated 21:27, September the 8th, 2009

A few years ago, Ethan St Pierre couldn’t have been happier. He loved his supervisor job in a security company, frequently receiving pay raises and excellent performance reviews. But when he made a transition from female to male, he suddenly found himself on the unemployment line for no reason other than changing his gender identity.

The transgender community has long faced intolerance by defying social expectations of birth sex appearance. Most people have a gender identity consistent with their sex at birth; But some, like St. Pierre, feel their birth sex isn’t compatible with their own gender identity and courageously decide to express it. However, Massachusetts currently has no transgender legal protections — leaving St. Pierre with little recourse. Given that recent media coverage has sensationalized rather than educated, such reform remains stymied.

During July hearings for a bill that would prohibit the type of employment discrimination that St. Pierre experienced, opponents shrieked about public bathroom accommodations, which media outlets reported with almost juvenile fixation. Their salacious headlines ginned up concerns about something most adults already know: Yes, transgender people use public bathrooms. But the proposed bill — which never mentioned bathrooms — extends sweeping protections in housing, access to health care and other public accommodations. It also secures individuals against the worst forms of physical violence by amending hate crimes laws and forbidding discrimination in schools.

These protections couldn’t come soon enough. Marginalized almost without second thought, transgender men and women are almost five times as likely to be unemployed and more than twice as likely to live below the poverty line, according to a study by the Williams Institute. Rates of violence against and suicide within the community are higher than average, too.

Mostly, this bill is about basic human decency. The degrading “bathroom bill” headlines say more about our own insecurities with gender identity than some looming restroom menace. If passed, the law extends dignity — rather than discrimination — to transgender individuals. Their seat at the table of equality is long overdue.

Mark Puleo is co-editor of the Brazilian Journal, a bilingual publication in Greater New England.

Metro does not endorse the opinions of the author, or any opinions expressed on its pages. Opposing viewpoints are welcome. Please send 400-word submissions to letters@metro.us.

Fri, Sep. 4th, 2009, 09:28 pm
thisfrozenlake_: Transcriptions: queer/trans open mic 9/10 (x-posted)

TranScriptions: Back-to-School Throwback
featuring EVAN GREER!


Thursday, Sept 10; doors @ 7:15pm (show up early to get an open mic slot)
@ Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St, JP
$5-10 sliding scale

Bring your cringe-worthy old journals, your gossip-laden notes, and your angst-ridden poetry. It’s the first day of school at Transcriptions High, and we're kickin' it old school, 'cause mortification loves company. And who knows - that hottie in the second row might just pass you a note.

EVAN GREER! is a femme, genderqueer singer/songwriter, community organizer, and popular educator based in JP. He writes and performs high energy acoustic songs that inspire hope, build community, and incite resistance! A founding member of the Riot-Folk! Collective, he recently returned from a 1600 mile, 100% gas-free bicycle tour of Florida, performing and offering workshops in community centers, high schools, universities, and detention centers across the state.

As always, Transcriptions is a radically inclusive space for all types of queer creative expression. Friends & allies of all ages welcome! Keep up with us on facebook: http://groups.to/transcriptions/

Thu, Sep. 3rd, 2009, 01:30 pm
agentmodem: Apoptygma Berzerk Concert

Hey guys!

I have an extra ticket to go see Apoptgyma Berzerk in Cambridge tomorrow.  I was wondering if any of you were APB fans and would like to go with me?  The ticket was $15 but I'd be willing to part with it for $10.

Hit me up if you're interested.  Also, the show is 18+.

-Ryan

Mon, Aug. 17th, 2009, 05:15 pm
__recidivist: Copy of a name change?

Hey folks. I changed my name at the Suffolk courthouse about two years ago and need another copy of my name change certificate. How do I get one? I saw the "form" (if you can call an .rtf file a form) on the website for a duplicate, but I'm not sure it's what I want.

Mon, Aug. 17th, 2009, 10:15 am
jtguy: Reminder: Transfabulous Brunch This Sunday!


Transfabulous Brunch: A Benefit for the Transgender Emergency Fund

Sunday, August 23rd  2009, 11AM-2PM

86 Winter American Bistro, 65 Water Street, Worcester

$20.00 at the door, includes brunch and juice/coffee

About the Transgender Emergency Fund:

The Transgender Emergency Fund responds to the needs of transgender people living in Massachusetts by providing immediate, short-term financial assistance to help  low-income transgender people with basic human needs.

 The Transgender Emergency Fund is currently accepting donations. The fund has virtually no overhead costs. Every penny donated will go directly to people in need.

To donate to the fund,  make out checks to AIDS Project Worcester with “Transgender Emergency Fund” written in the memo line. Send donations to:

Transgender Emergency Fund

c/o AIDS Project Worcester

85 Green Street

Worcester, MA 01604

OR make an online donation:

http://www.tgemergencyfund.org/id65.html

All donations are tax deductible!

Wed, Aug. 5th, 2009, 09:50 am
jtguy: Transfabulous Brunch--Please Forward


Transfabulous Brunch—Get Your Advance Tickets!

Transfabulous Brunch: A Benefit for the Transgender Emergency Fund

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009, 11AM-2PM

86 Winter American Bistro, 65 Water Street, Worcester

$20.00 at the door, $15.00 advance tickets

Contact Jesse Pack at (508) 755-3773 or jessep@aidsprojectworcester.org if you would like to order advance tickets.

We are also requesting donations of art, crafts, and gift certificates to include in our silent auction taking place at the brunch. To donate art please contact Jesse at (508) 755-3773 or jessep@aidsprojectworcester.org to make arrangements. All donations are tax deductible!

About the Transgender Emergency Fund:

The Transgender Emergency Fund responds to the needs of transgender people living in Massachusetts by providing immediate, short-term financial assistance to help low-income transgender people with basic human needs.

 The Transgender Emergency Fund is currently accepting donations. The fund has virtually no overhead costs. Every penny donated will go directly to people in need.

To donate to the fund, make out checks to AIDS Project Worcester with “Transgender       Emergency Fund” written in the memo line. Send donations to:

Transgender Emergency Fund

c/o AIDS Project Worcester

85 Green Street

Worcester, MA 01604

All donations are tax deductible!

 

 

Sat, Jul. 4th, 2009, 07:07 am
iam_v: urinary packer

Has anyone else had difficulty find urinary packers online recently? 

The STUD is unavailable at the moment and Nick doesn't know when he's going to make them again. 
dj.knowsdicks webpage won't come up no matter what computer I use or where I'm located.  
ManGo isn't taking orders until July 7 and has a large backlog of orders. 

Anyone know other companies that offer urinary packers on the internet that will ship to New England? 

Thank you!

x-posted to ftm, _ftm_, ftm_students

Fri, Jul. 3rd, 2009, 08:40 pm
thisfrozenlake_: TranScriptions: featuring Otter! (x-posted)

TranScriptions
featuring: Otter Eliconia

Thursday, July 9; doors @ 7:15pm
at Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St, JP
$5-10 donation, cash only please!

It's finally summer, and TranScriptions, Boston's monthly queer/trans open mic, is heating things up things up. Don't miss this month's feature, TranScriptions regular Otter Eliconia!

Otter reads hot consent-based porn to illustrate zan vision of healthier sex. Ze considers zan work direct action against dominating heteropatriarchal ideas about sexxx. Ze also speaks incendiary poetry and sappy love songs. Ze learned to be a vulgar loudmouth when ze was raised by a pack of wild sisters south of (A)tlanta, and ze hopes to be everything zan sisters taught zan. Other loudmouths should feel liberated to respond and participate vocally during zan performance.

TranScriptions is every 2nd Thursday and features a special guest performer each month. This space is for queer folks, trans people, genderqueers, lesbians, gay guys, dykes, bisexuals, butches, femmes, bears, crossdressers, pansexuals, poly people, drag kings 'n' queens, ftm's, mtf's, allies and YOU! Read a poem, play a song, spit a rhyme, bust a move, tell a joke, or just take it all in.

Keep up with us on facebook: http://groups.to/transcriptions/

Fri, Jun. 26th, 2009, 06:54 am
ftmichael: US: 40 ’transgender heroes’ honored at Stonewall bar

http://baywindows.com/index.php?ch=news&sc=glbt&sc2=news&sc3=&id=92846

Local activists among 40 ’transgender heroes’ honored at Stonewall bar
by Ethan Jacobs
Bay Windows staff reporter
Thursday 25 June 2009

Gunner Scott, Nancy Nangeroni and Grace Sterling Stowell
Stonewall’s legacy: (from left) Gunner Scott, Nancy Nangeroni and Grace Sterling Stowell will be immortalized as ’Transgender Heroes’ at the Stonewall Inn in New York City. (Source:Marilyn Humphries)

Historians have long credited poor and working class drag queens, bull dykes and other transgender and gender-non-conforming people as key participants in the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion, but within the wider LGBT community that defining moment is all-too-often remembered as a gay, rather than LGBT, milestone. The International Court System and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force hope to change that. On June 25, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the riots that marked the birth of the modern LGBT rights movement, the two organizations will hold a dedication ceremony at the fabled New York City bar to unveil a plaque featuring the names of 40 transgender heroes past and present.

The plaque will go on permanent display at the bar, and Bay State visitors will likely recognize a few familiar names on the list. Among the 40 heroes are Gunner Scott, director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC); Grace Sterling Stowell, executive director of the Boston Alliance of GLBT Youth (BAGLY); longtime activist Nancy Nangeroni, former president of the International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE), former co-host of GenderTalk Radio and current host of GenderVision; and Cole Thaler, an MTPC founder who is now the transgender rights attorney for New York’s Lambda Legal.

"It will be permanent, so people going into the Stonewall Inn will be able to see this plaque and see the names of these, to me, true heroes of our community," said Nicole Murray-Ramirez, a longtime San Diego-based activist who presides over the International Court System as Empress Nicole the Great. The International Court System was founded in 1965, four years before Stonewall. Member courts in the United States, Canada and Mexico, including the Imperial Court of Massachusetts, hold events in which members don campy and outrageous costumes and adopt royal titles, all while raising money for LGBT and HIV/AIDS organizations.
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Thu, Jun. 4th, 2009, 02:54 am
thisfrozenlake_: TranScriptions: Pride Edition! (x-posted)

TranScriptions: Pride Edition
featuring the Femme Show and Rachel K. Zall
Thursday, June 11; doors @ 7pm
Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St, JP
$5-10 at the door, cash only please!

TranScriptions, Boston's newest queer-themed open mic night, is
gearing up for our very first Pride show! Prepare yourselves for...
The return of anonymous love notes. Vegan baked goods. A chance to
express yourself in a radically inclusive space. And a DOUBLE FEATURE:

The Femme Show is a revue of smart, sexy, interactive performance
about queer femme identity that features film, dance, burlesque, drag,
and performance art from award winning artists. Since its sold-out
debut in October 2007, the Femme Show has toured the Northeast and has
been called "wild, raw, transparent, and unique." These fierce femmes
may just blow your mind.

Rachel K. Zall is a poet and activist living in Somerville, MA. One
local hate group has warned that she’s “what’s coming to our public schools!”
She will be reading poems from her book The Oxygen Catastrophe: Poems
1999-2006, as well as new work.

Make sure to show up early to snag an open mic slot - this is gonna be big.

Keep up with us on facebook: http://groups.to/transcriptions

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