Blog Posts for Massachusetts
The real test of a movement is whether it has the vision to imagine an even more just society for everyone, and the tenacity to get it done.
In the last year, the trans community has suffered from an epidemic of violence, both physical and psychic. Black trans women targeted and murdered for who they are. Trans youth we’ve lost because society wasn’t strong enough to appreciate them. I know I don’t have the luxury of time to figure out all the answers before taking action. And so, as an ally, I am choosing to begin by writing about the importance of loving trans people.
I have had the honor to observe Mary Bonauto’s work for 25 years – as a GLAD Board member, a GLAD Litigation Committee member, as Executive Director and as a colleague on the GLAD legal staff. What comes first to mind in thinking about Mary is her tenacity, thoroughness and fearlessness.
The Transgender Rights Project at GLAD is committed to using the best legal and advocacy tools available to ensure all transgender and gender non-conforming people can live full, open, authentic lives in safety, with dignity, and free from discrimination because of their gender identity or expression.
The journey toward Boston Pride marching in the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been long – remember when Major George F.H. Murray of the Ninth Regiment of the Army was the first chief marshal of the parade after General George Washington and the Continental Army succeeded in causing British troops to end their occupation of Boston? – About that long.
After growing up in your basic conservative home town from the movies, moving to the city for college was quite a shock. At 18, I quickly started to realize that growing up feeling different from the people I was surrounded by, was not all that uncommon. I learned that queer isn’t a curse word! And finally started expressing myself according to my true identity; an artist, a transgender man, a poet.
Ensuring access to medical care for transgender people is one of the most dynamic areas of GLAD’s Transgender Right’s Project’s work.
To help shelters better serve transgender guests, and to ensure transgender people know their rights when seeking shelter, the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) and GLAD are launching a shelter access education project.
Fenway Health, BAGLY, and Boston GLASS are teaming up with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth organizations in the Boston area to learn about programs that 13 to 17 year old youth attend or may want to attend.
At GLAD, we dream big and work hard to make those dreams a reality. One of our many dreams for LGBTQ youth is to get unaccompanied homeless LGBTQ youth out of the streets and into stable, long-term housing by providing welcoming, safe, and LGBTQ culturally competent housing program options.