Monday, December 16, 2013

Season's Greetings from MTPC!

Season's Greetings from MTPC!

Hello and Season’s Greetings!

Thanks to you, the trans community, and our allies, families, and friends, this has been a great year of growth and success for the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition.

You are the thoughtful, committed community members who make change possible! Looking back on the past year, it is clear that your time, dedication, and action have made MTPC a success in 2013. I want to thank each of you for your time and commitment to this organization.

As MTPC’s new executive director, I have been consistently humbled by the seemingly endless amounts of compassion and generosity in this community. It is an honor to serve you and our community in this capacity.

This has been a fantastic year for MTPC! We launched our redesigned website, heard from you in the Project VOICE survey, brought in newvolunteers and interns, marched in the Boston Pride Parade, developed a new Community Advocate Program that will launch early next year, and so much more. 

For more information about MTPC’s programs and events, check us out at We blog regularly and add new resources, so check back often.

As we prepare for 2014, I ask each of you, as friends to MTPC, to consider getting more involved in this organization.

MTPC is a community-led, community-driven organization dedicated to ending discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression in Massachusetts. We envision a world where trans people and our families, friends, and allies can live without fear of bias. And we rely on your support to help us make this vision a reality. Your gift to MTPC will help us make the impact needed to fight discrimination, educate the public, and provide resources to the trans community of Massachusetts. Your donation can make all the difference to our work!

Thank you for all you do for MTPC and the trans community. We wish you a warm and happy season! 

P.S. – Donate to MTPC before January 1st and help us make 2014 an even bigger year!

Never doubt that a small group
of thoughtful, committed citizens
can change the world;
indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
– Margaret Mead


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Send holiday cards to legislators to support MA Trans Equal Access Bill!

I wish I'd thought of this -- sending holiday cards to Massachusetts legislators to help them support the MA Trans Equal Access Bill! A particularly good opportunity for the faith community, too. Organized by Greater Boston PFLAG, the Massachusetts Commission on LGBT Youth, and MassEquality.  Click here for details and instructions.  #MATransBill

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Trans / loved one? Need friendly phone call this month?

Are you a trans person or loved one who could use a friendly phone call this month? Do you know someone who is? Please let the the 3rd annual December Project know!

Trans? Holidays got you down? WE WILL CALL YOU ON THE PHONE

Update, Dec. 9: Please scroll to bottom for the latest.
Hello there.  For the third year in a row, we are doing THE DECEMBER PROJECT.  The plan is simple.  If you are trans– or if you love some one who is trans– and you need a friendly voice, email us and we will call you on the phone.
We began this project in 2011.  I was thinking that year how hard the holidays can be for people– but they can be especially hard for trans people and their families.  Charles Dickens had it right when, in the CHRISTMAS CAROL, he suggested that it’s Christmas, not Halloween, that’s the most haunted of holidays.  Our memories are heightened at this time of year– we think back to our childhood, to our many struggles.  For some of us it’s a time when we’re acutely aware of how cut off we are from those we love.  The world is full of transgender people who are unable to see their children, their parents,  their loved ones, all because of the simple fact of who they are.
We cannot undo all the hurt in the world.  But what we can do is CALL YOU ON THE PHONE and remind you that YOU ARE NOT ALONE.  You don’t have to be in crisis to take advantage of this project.  All you have to do is want a friendly voice.
The project is run by four people– Jennifer Finney Boylan, national co-chair of GLAAD; Mara Keisling, director of the National Center for Transgender Equality;  Dylan Scholinski, director of Sent(a)mental Studios, and Helen Boyd, Professor at Lawrence University.  We are two trans women, a trans man, and a spouse of a trans woman.  Between the four of us, we have heard many different kinds of trans narratives.  If we can help you, we would be glad to do so.
How do you get us to call you? By emailing   I’ll use that email as the central mailbox;  if you have a particular preference to talk to one or the other of us, let me know– although I can’t guarantee that you’ll always here from the person you request.  Also please tell us the time of day and the date you’d be free for a call; you might want to give us a couple of options.  And of course, tell us your phone number.  WE WILL KEEP YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION ABSOLUTELY CONFIDENTIAL.
We will start with calls on December 1, and keep this going until New Years.
Sound good?  I hope so.  We hope we can help, even if just a little.
Three other caveats I should mention at the end here:
1) First, no one in the December Project gets a dime out of it.  This is a shoestring operation, largely consisting of four people trading phone numbers.  If you want to support our causes, you can let us know, and we’ll tell you how to give.  But this is not about that.
2) If you are in serious crisis, please bypass us and go directly to the national suicide prevention lifeline: 1-800-273-8255  WE ARE NOT TRAINED AS THERAPISTS or as counsellors for individuals in crisis.  If you need something more serious than a “friendly voice,’ please call the lifeline.
3) For the moment we are content with this project consisting of the four of us;  in past years, we have been a little overwhelmed (and yes, deeply touched) by the many, many of you who have wanted to join us.  While we thank you for your grace and your love,  it’s also overwhelming for us to sort through the requests; we hope you’ll understand if we ask that folks writing us be primarily those who want a call. There are many ways you can get involved in your own community, and we heartily encourage everyone who wants to spread some love around to do so in their own way, starting right at home.
Thanks so much!  Wishing you all the best for a positive, hopeful, loving holiday season!
Jennifer Finney Boylan, on behalf of the December Project
Update, Dec. 9:  We have been deluged with requests!  We are making the calls as swiftly as we can, but if you haven’t heard back from us, please be patient.  Also, please request calls via the email address listed above, and NOT through the comments section below!  Thanks so much.
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Erev Thanksgivukkah / National Day Of Mourning

This is the eve of Thanksgivukkah and the National Day Of Mourning.  

Our national partner TransFaith writes:

"Remembering Two Spirit People This Thanksgiving

Stonewall is often touted as the beginning of the modern LGBTQ movement, yet we know that Two Spirit people were honored in the Americas for centuries before European colonization.

To quote Irene Monroe's "Remembering Two-Spirits This Thanksgiving,"

As we get into the holiday spirit, let us remember the whole story of the arrival of the Pilgrims and other European settlers to the New World.

Remembering the profound impact of colonization is about respecting our Native siblings, but also about learning from their efforts to reclaim traditional worldviews that make space for all of us.

November is "Native American Indian Heritage Month" in the United States and in this season of Thanksgiving, I am delighted to bring your attention to Transfaith's new website section highlighting Indigenous Traditions.

I also want to take this moment to express my gratitude for the emerging Transfaith Two Spirit Advisory Council. Chief Bob, Lynn, Harlan, Janis, Rik, Anna-Sara, thank you for all that you have already taught me and given to us all!

With thanksgiving,
Chris Paige
Executive Director"

Locally, the focal point is the National Day of Mourning observance in Plymouth MA -- Facebook event | website.  

Friday, November 22, 2013

Peterson Toscano's "Transfigurations" & retreat with Rev. David Weekley - 12/5 & 6

As part of his Supervised Ministry project at Boston University's School of Theology, ICTE member Rev. David Weekley is helping to bring Peterson Toscano to BU on Thursday December 5th to perform "Transfigurations : Transgressing Gender In The Bible" -- and to co-lead "Narrative, Story, & Spiritual Autobiography (Tools & Practices for Renewal & Refreshment) - A Day Retreat for the Transgender Community" with David the next day, Friday December 6th, at United Parish of Auburndale (Newton MA; UCC / UMC).  And David's project will include future trans retreats.

Peterson's show has two Facebook events -- one by David, one by his wife Deborah -- and is on David's website; you can also contact David at and 971.344.6394.  And you can click here for the show's flyer as a PDF and here for the retreat's.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Ken Garber

Many of you know, or know of, the Garber family -- extraordinary members of the trans and allied community here in Massachusetts and beyond, including the faith community and ICTE.  I am so sorry to say that Ken Garber passed away yesterday morning.  He is survived by his wife Marcia and their daughter Sarah; their son CJ, a trans man, passed away in 2009.  May their memories be a blessing, as we say in Judaism.  Click here for the obituary that is copied and pasted below.  Click here for Ken's I AM : Trans People Speak video (5:04) and here for Marcia's (4:35).     

Kenneth M. Garber

February 19, 1953 - October 27, 2013
U.S. Veteran
Service Date: October 31, 2013

Obituaries » Kenneth M. Garber

Kenneth M. Garber, WFD, Ret., passed away at his Quincy home on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at age 60. Born in Waltham where he was raised and educated, he was a graduate of Waltham High Vocational School, Class of 1971.  A  Vietnam Veteran, US Navy, Ken joined the Waltham Fire Department where he served for 32 years until retiring in 2010. He received a Fire Protection & Safety Technology Associate in Science Degree from Middlesex Community College in 2006 and had served as Vice President of the WFD Local 866. A friend of Bill W., Ken was happiest outdoors. An avid golfer, he worked at the Cohasset Golf Club and was a member of the Pembroke Country Club, a sports enthusiast and enjoyed travelling. He served for 4 years on the MA Commission for GLBT Youth and worked tirelessly for the passage of the state Transgender Equal Rights Law. He was the recipient of the MTPC Youth Committee Award in 2009, the NAGLY Spirit Award in 2010, the Pride Interfaith Award in 2011 and the Ken Garber Ally Advocacy Award in 2013. Ken was also a blessed member of Dignity/Boston, a progressive inclusive Catholic Community founded in 1972.
The beloved husband of Marcia A. (Burgess) Garber of Quincy, Ken was the proud father of Sarah E. Garber of Manchester, NH. He was predeceased by his son Christopher John Garber and his dog, Sly. The loving brother of Trisha Doucette,  Gina LeDuke, both of Waltham, Allen R. Garber of Natick, Paul Garber of Marlboro, Lawrence Garber of Watertown, Mary Garber of Pepperell  and David Garber of Clifton Park, NY. Ken is also survived by many nieces and nephews and his aunt, Honey Waldman of Sudbury.
Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, October 30 from 4:00 to 8:00PM at the Dennis Sweeney Funeral Home 74 Elm St. Quincy Center. Family and friends are invited. On Thursday there will be a Funeral Service in the Funeral home at 10:00AM. Burial with Military Honors is at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.
In lieu of flowers, Ken and Marcia ask you to keep your hearts and minds open to the endless possibilities for the greatest gift of all: LOVE. Donations may be made in Ken’s memory to: Mass Trans Political Coalition PO Box 960784, Boston MA; Dignity/Boston PO Box 170428, Boston MA;  or National Alopecia Areata Foundation 14 Mitchell Blvd. San Rafael, CA 94903

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Becky Garrison’s articles re: trans & faith & more

You may remember our writer friend Becky Garrison from such roles as "Trans clergy are finally gaining greater acceptance (As we approach Transgender Faith Action Week, progress can be seen in attitudes to trans people within the church)" (England’s [Manchester] Guardian), "International Transgender Day of Remembrance: Getting the Story, in Their Own Words" (University of Southern California's Trans/Missions), and  “Trans Faith, Trans Web” (The Revealer).  We first met in person at the 2012 Philadelphia Transgender Health Conference.

Becky's 7th book, "Roger Williams' Little Book of Virtues", was published in March.

Last August, Becky became one of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism's six recipients of Knight Grants for Reporting on Religion and American Public Life -- “Becky Garrison, whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, U.S. Catholic magazine and The Revealer, will report on the challenges facing religious leaders who reach out to transgendered and gender nonconforming individuals."  Her nine-month project included Massachusetts. (And no, I don't know why the illo is a huge black cross.)

Here are Becky's other articles about trans and faith and more:
Becky Garrison’s “Telling Trans-Faith Stories”
The Revealer (A Daily Review Of Religion And Media)
Monday, June 25th, 2012

Becky Garrison’s “Out of the Box with Two Spirits”
Killing The Buddha (The Guilty Pleasure Of Angels)
Friday, June 29th, 2012

Becky Garrison’s “Anderson Cooper’s Coming Out Changes Lives”
Washington Post 
Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Becky Garrison's "On Being A Good Transgender Ally"
(Interview with Deacon Shannon T.L. Kearns, ordained at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference.)
The Religious Left (The Left Side Of Politics, The Right Side Of History)
Friday, July 6th, 2012

Becky Garrison's "Episcopal Church Promotes The “T” In LGBT Equation"
Washington Post
Monday, July 30th, 2012

Becky Garrison's "Vice President Biden Stands up for Transgender Rights"
Truth Wins Out (TWO; a nonprofit organization that fights anti-LGBT extremism and the "ex-gay" myth.)
Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Becky Garrison's "Voting While Trans -- Know Your Rights"
Truth Wins Out (TWO; a nonprofit organization that fights anti-LGBT extremism and the "ex-gay" myth.)
Monday, November 5th, 2012

Becky Garrison's "Trans 101 for Faith Communities"
Believe Out Loud (An online network that empowers Christians to work for LGBT equality.)
Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Becky Garrison's "Putting a Face on Gender Discrimination"
Truth Wins Out (TWO; a nonprofit organization that fights anti-LGBT extremism and the "ex-gay" myth.)
Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Becky Garrison’s “Remembering Transgender Voices”
Washington Post 
Tuesday, November 20th, 2012 (International Transgender Day of Remembrance)

Becky Garrison's “United Methodists Creating Trans Friendly Spaces In The Greater Chicago Area
Believe Out Loud (An online network that empowers Christians to work for LGBT equality.)
Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 (12.12.12)

Becky Garrison's “Queering The Good News: Gender Variance In The Bible
(Interview with theatrical performance artist Peterson Toscano.)
Believe Out Loud (An online network that empowers Christians to work for LGBT equality.)
Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

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Becky Garrison's “Crossing Boundaries: A Transgender Priest Becomes a University Chaplain
(Profile of Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge.)
Religion & Politics (a project of Washington University / St. Louis' John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics; "Fit For Polite Company")
Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Becky Garrison's "Campaigning for Transgender Equal Access in Massachusetts"
Truth Wins Out (TWO; a nonprofit organization that fights anti-LGBT extremism and the "ex-gay" myth.)
Friday, January 18th, 2013 (the day after MA Action Day for Trans Equal Access)

Becky Garrison’s “Whitewashing Stonewall?
Killing The Buddha (99% Fatwa Free)
Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Becky Garrison's "Creating Sacred Spaces For Trans & Gender Nonconforming People"
(Interview with Rev. Mykal Slack.)
Believe Out Loud (An online network that empowers Christians to work for LGBT equality.)
Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Becky Garrison's "Transgender in California: All are welcome in pluralistic America"
Washington Post - On Faith
Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Becky Garrison and Rev. David Weekley's "Coming Out Of The Wilderness & Into The City "
Believe Out Loud (An online network that empowers Christians to work for LGBT equality.)
Friday, August 16th, 2013

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

TODAY is the MA Trans Equal Access Bill's 1st hearing!

TODAY is the MA Trans Equal Access Bill's 1st hearing!  Click here for more info!

Here is my testimony:

July 9, 2013

Senator Katherine Clark
Senate Chair, Joint Committee on the Judiciary
Room 405

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

Dear Senator Clark, Representative O’Flaherty and other members of the Judiciary Committee,

My name is Mycroft Masada Holmes, and I live and work in greater Boston, where I was born 37 years ago last month and where I have always lived.  I love Boston and the rest of Massachusetts; this great city and state have always truly been my home and I hope they always will be.

I’m also a locally-based faith leader – Chair of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition’s (MTPC) Interfaith Coalition for Transgender Equality (ICTE), a Community Engagement Adviser at TransFaith, and a board member of Congregation Am Tikva.  I’ve testified before you in support of the Transgender Equal Rights Law.  Today I testify in support of the Transgender Equal Access Bill (House Bill 1589 / Senate Bill 643), which would complete the TER Law by restoring public accommodations – joining Boston, Cambridge, Northampton and Amherst, as well as state employees and companies with state contracts.

Founded in 2007, the MTPC’s Interfaith Coalition for Trans Equality (ICTE) connects transgender people in Massachusetts with supportive faith community, empowers them to further the welcoming and inclusion process, and organizes the MA faith community in support of trans equality.  ICTE led the successful faith campaign for the Trans Equal Rights Law and is working for the Trans Equal Access Bill.

ICTE created and has submitted to you several updates of our Declaration Of Religious And Faith-Based Support for the bill – you will receive the latest version today, signed by hundreds of Massachusetts faith communities, clergy, lay leaders and other individuals.  You will also receive testimony today and in the coming days from members of the MA faith community.  We’ve also organized Acts Of Faith, Transgender Faith Action Weeks, a clergy press conference at the Statehouse, clergy speakers at hearings and action days, and more.  The Massachusetts faith community wants to see this vital legislation passed this session.

Ever since I was a small child, I wanted to work in criminal justice. After public school in Brookline and Newton, I attended Northeastern University as a Criminal Justice major.  The university was supportive, but classes, campus life and housing were very challenging.  After my sophomore year, I tried to participate in the cooperative education program -- students are placed in jobs in their majors during their next three years, helping them pay tuition and living expenses and find employment in their field after graduation.  The co-op department was supportive, but the employers wouldn’t even communicate with me, never mind interview me.  Because I was transgender, I was the only one of the 200 criminal justice students who wasn’t placed in a job.  Without the financial support and experience of co-op, I had to leave Northeastern.

It was devastating to learn that I couldn’t pursue my dream because I was transgender, and that I had no legal recourse. The day my co-op advisor called to tell me I couldn’t be placed, and the details of the discrimination, I understood what it meant to be a member of a group of citizens that don’t have civil rights. And I realized that my calling was to be a transgender leader.  I’ve had a wonderful career, and have a bright future.  But very little of my career work has been or is funded – I’ve always needed other full-time paid work, and I’ve continued to experience employment discrimination because of my gender identity and expression, leading to underemployment and unemployment.    

My wonderful life partner Julia McCrossin is also gender non-conforming, and is a native and lifelong resident of Maryland and Washington DC – the former is working to pass trans equal rights laws, the latter has had them in place successfully for some years.  Julia has visited me here in Massachusetts several times over the four years we’ve been partnered.  We have considered making our home here, and in any case will remain connected and visit, and have much to offer my great state.  But we are both challenged by discrimination, including in public accommodations.  We and so many others need the Transgender Equal Access Bill to pass into law, and soon.

I want my family to have full civil rights whenever we’re here, and wherever we are.  I want us to be able to continue to live, work and play better than we has done, contributing even more to our society than we have.  I want this for all residents of and visitors to Massachusetts.  I don’t want anyone to experience discrimination – and yet I know that some will, and I want them to be able to take appropriate action.  

I urge you to do everything you can to further this vital and long overdue legislation.  I ask you to the TEA Bill out and on so that it can be voted on by the full legislature and pass during this legislative session.  This bill would finally give transgender people equal rights in our home state.

Thank you,

Mycroft Holmes
{home and e-mail addresses}

Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz
Representative Elizabeth A. Malia

Monday, June 24, 2013

June events of particular ICTE et al interest

Washington National Cathedral, November 22nd 2010; photo by Mycroft Masada Holmes.

Happy Pride Month!!!

What are we missing?  Please let us know!  Here, in our Facebook group, or

Through Friday June 14th
Yishay Garbasz’s
COMING HOME:  Portraits of Jewish Women

Thursday May 30th - Tuesday June 4th
Springfield Pride Week
(website | Facebook)
Includes two Interfaith Services and an Open & Affirming Celebration featuring the Pioneer Valley Gay Men's Chorus, all on Sunday June 2nd.

Friday May 31st - Sunday June 9th
Boston Pride Week
(website | Facebook)

Friday May 31st 
Erev Pride Week Shabbat Service & Dinner
(website | Facebook)

Saturday June 1st
Congregation Am Tikva's
Erev Pride Liberation Seder (29th annual)
(website | Facebook)

Tuesday June 4th
Keshet + LGBT Aging Project's
Pride Intergenerational Salon
(website | Facebook)

Wednesday June 5th
Central Reform Temple's
Pride Holocaust Memorial Vigil (20th annual)
(website Facebook)

Friday June 7th
Boston Dyke March
(website | Facebook)

Saturday June 8th

Boston Pride Day

Sunday June 9th

Monday June 10th - Wednesday July 10th
Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists'
Living Jubilee Revival Tour
(part of AWAB's 20th anniversary celebration)
"3500 MILES, 30 DAYS, 15 STOPS...
The Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists will be taking a road trip this summer to let America know that Westboro Baptist Church isn't the the only kind of Baptist out there!  We want to raise awareness about the Welcoming & Affirming movement within Baptist churches and we thought the best way to do this would be to go on the road with a revival tour, just like the evangelists of old!"

Monday June 10th
Exploring The Intersection Of Religious Liberty And LGBT Rights (webinar)
with Becky Garrison, Chris Stedman and Ed Buckner
(website | Facebook)

Wednesday June 12th
Pre-Event at Philly Trans-Health
(website | Facebook)

Thursday June 13th - Saturday June 15th
Philadelphia Trans Health Conference (12th annual; website | Facebook)
Includes a Spirituality track, which includes the PTHC Jewish Working Group's Erev Shabbat Dinner & Service (5th annual) on Friday June 14th at 5:45 and 7:00 p.m. (website | Facebook).

Friday June 14th - Saturday June 15th
Temple Beth Zion's
Pride Shabbat
(website | Facebook)

Saturday June 22nd
HBGC Boston's HUES Boston's
BASK: An LGBTQ Person Of Color Pride Picnic

Monday June 24th
Share Your Story For Trans Equality

Thursday June 27th
MTPC & GLAD & Greater Boston PFLAG's
Parents of Trans Kids: Sharing Your Story For Trans Equality!

Saturday June 29th
North Shore Pride
(website | Facebook)
Includes an ecumenical service.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Becky Garrison's "Roger Williams' Little Book of Virtues"

You may remember our journalist friend Becky Garrison from her coverage of trans and faith ( 

Her book about her 11th and 12th great-grandfather Roger Williams is out, and free through Sunday (Pentecost).


Proclaiming Liberty of Conscience in the 21st Century

The merger of church and state remains "opposite to the souls of all men who by persecutions are ravished into a dissembled worship which their hearts embrace not.—Roger Williams

In Roger Williams' Little Book of Virtues, religion writer Becky Garrison delves into the life of her 11th and 12th great-grandfather to uncover the untold story behind this forgotten pioneer of religious liberty.  How can Roger Williams' life and ministry shed light on the role of individual beliefs within the context of a pluralized global culture?  

Throughout this short e-book, Garrison speaks to those who share Williams' concerns about the historical influence of a politicized form of exclusionary Christian faith that enforces its will in the public square. In this age of horizontal social media where everyone can all state their views in the public arena, what prevents people from standing up to these modern-day Goliaths and taking away their media megaphone? Here Garrison sees hope in the rise of the "nones" for a new conversation. Like Williams, these seekers follow their own spiritual path and create spaces that embrace all including women, people of color, LGBT folks and others marginalized by the institutional church.  

"Among religion writers, Becky Garrison stands out as one of the most willing to 
respectfully and thoughtfully engage alternative views, especially those of atheists, agnostics, and even humanists like me. Religious and nonreligious alike should make themselves aware of her voice. With her great sense of humor, they'll be glad they did.
"—Greg Epstein, Humanist Chaplain, Harvard University

Becky Garrison contributes to a range of outlets including The Washington Post's "On Faith" column, The Guardian's "Belief" zsection, The Revealer, Believe Out Loud, American Atheist, Free Inquiry, Truth Wins Out and Killing the Buddha. Her seven books include Jesus Died for This? and Red and Blue God, Black and Blue Church (Starred Review, Publishers Weekly). 

From now through Pentecost, get this ebook for free by logging on to and using coupon code YQ46D.

May events of (particular) ICTE et al interest

May events of (particular) ICTE et al interest

Wednesday May 1st ~ 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
S. Bear Bergman's
Machatunim -- A Suite Of Stories About Making Queer Jewish Family
Half the tickets are available for $20 in advance, the other half are pay what you can at the door
Brickbottom Artists - Somerville MA

Thursday May 2nd - Sunday May 12th
Boston LGBT Film Festival (29th annual)

MTPC is co-sponsoring the trans films, which include the trans Episcopalian and TransEpiscopalian films "Too Cold Out There Without You" and "Voices Of Witness: Out Of The Box".  

**A special event for parents of LGBTQ children**
Melting Away Screening and Panel Discussion
7:00 pm | $15/$12 student, senior, BJFF/WGBH Member
West Newton Cinema1296 Washington Street, West Newton
RSVP Online
Melting Away, from director Doron Eran, marks the first time in Israeli cinema that a feature film depicts parents struggling with and learning about having a transgender child. Join the Keshet Parent & Family Connection for a screening of this Audience Favorite from this year's Boston Jewish Film Festival, followed by a panel and audience discussion about the experiences of Jewish parents of transgender children.

Northampton Pride Weekend
Friday May 3rd
Beit Ahavah's Pride Shabbat begins
5:30 - 6:15 p.m. ~ Tot Shabbat
6:15 - 6:45 p.m. ~ Tot Shabbat potluck veggie dinner, pride rainbow cake dessert; childcare provided
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. ~ Erev Pride Kabbalat Shabbat Service
7:00 p.m. ~ Kiddush and motzi, oneg
Saturday May 4th 
Beit Ahavah's Pride Shabbat continues
10:00 a.m. ~ Shabbat morning service, including bat mitzvah
11:00 a.m. ~ Gather to march with BA and more of the Jewish community in the Noho Pride parade (starts at noon); if you have a group, please contact Jodi Page-Lacoff at
SHOW YOUR PRIDE: Join MTPC in the Northampton Pride Parade
Want to March in the Parade?
We're marching and want you to join us. So spread the word, bring a sign, bring a flag, bring your friends, most importantly BRING YOURSELF!
All are welcomed. If you are interested in marching contact Robson Govine at for details.

10:00 am | Free
Temple Shalom, 175 Temple Street, West Newton
Temple Shalom invites the community to explore the pressures our children and grandchildren face about gender identity and sexuality, and how we can help them respond in positive, healthy ways. Led by Keshet facilitators, the program includes excerpts from the award-winning documentary film Straightlaced: How Gender Has Got Us All Tied Up.

Saturday, May 11, 2013 ∙ 8 p.m.
A Candlelight Vigil for LGBTQ Youth Suicide
Society of St. John the Evangelist
980 Memorial Dr. Cambridge, MA

Join the Brothers and interns of SSJE as we remember youth lost
to suicide in recent years due to bullying and discrimination around
their sexual and gender orientation. Share with us a time of healing
for all those whose lives have been affected by such tragic loss.
The Vigil begins in next-door John F. Kennedy Park with prayer and
candle lighting, then proceeds to the Monastery Chapel.
Speakers include:
The Rt. Rev. M. Tom Shaw, SSJE, Bishop of Massachusetts
Pam Garramone, Executive Director, Greater Boston PFLAG

Download a Poster to advertise this vigil

Tuesday May 14th - Wednesday May 15th ~ 8:00 p.m. - 4:15 a.m.
Charles River Learning's
Brookline Area Community Tikkun Leil Shavuot 5773
Congregation Kehillath Israel ("KI") - Brookline MA

Saturday May 18th
Massachusetts Youth Pride Day ~ 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m
BAGLY Prom (Boston Alliance of GLBT Youth) ~ 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Boston Common, march; Boston City Hall

Sunday May 19th
2:00 p.m. ~ Trans Family Picnic - Charles River Esplanade (near Hatch Shell)
6:00 p.m. ~ Interfaith Service - MCC Boston 
7:30 p.m. ~ trans performers - MCC Boston

Keshet’s Trans Day of Celebration

5:00 pm | Free

Kehillath Israel384 Harvard StreetBrookline
RSVP by 5/19
Whether you’re transgender or an ally, join us in a special moment to rejoice in who we are! We're especially excited to have the awesome band, Schmekel headline the event! (Learn more about this transcore band from NY - at least check out their famous matzah photo!)
Join us as we eat and share our journeys together in a celebration of where we have come from and who we are. Later in the evening, we’ll open the floor for an open mic to showcase our talented community members. For more information on joining the open mic or to get involved, contact

Tuesday May 28th ~ 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Club Cafe - Boston MA

Thursday May 30th ~ 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
MTPC's Interfaith Committee's monthly Gathering
14 Beacon Street #614 ~ Boston MA
MTPC's Interfaith Committee organizes the Interfaith Coalition for Trans Equality.  Please RSVP in our Facebook Group or to if you can, but please know that it’s okay to gather with us if you can't.  Share information, inspiration and support with other trans and allied people interested in working at the intersection of Massachusetts' trans and faith communities.

Through June 14th
Yishay Garbasz’s
COMING HOME:  Portraits of Jewish Women
Brandeis University ~ Waltham MA