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Since 2001, MTPC has worked toward persons of all genders being treated with respect and fully participating in all areas of society, free from fear of discrimination, prohibition, harassment, or violence based on their gender identity and/or expression.

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MTPC’s Nancy Nangeroni Makes the Trans 100 List

We are proud to announce that Nancy Nangeroni, MTPC’s own steering committee chair, was named one of this year’s Trans 100. The Trans 100 is an annual listing of 100 trans individuals who are currently active in the work of making the lives of trans people better.

“I’m humbled to be included in such great company,” Nancy says. ”Congratulations to all my coconspirators for making this movement and this community so awesome! For every one of us honored tonight, there are many more out there doing great work to advance the integrity and self-respect of persons of diverse gender expression and identity, and they all deserve recognition. I salute each and every gender activist all around the world for growing this movement so beautifully.”

As many may know, Nancy has long been an activist in the trans community. She is the cofounder of GenderTalk and GenderVision, former executive director of the International Foundation for Gender Education, and was instrumental in the founding of the Boston Transgender Day of Remembrance. Additionally, as chair of MTPC, Nancy is active in all of our efforts, including the Equal Access Bill. This honor is well earned!

In addition to Nancy, MTPC’s good friend Logan Ferraro with BAGLY was also named to the impressive list of trans leaders. You can watch the event at http://gigity.tv/event/26151/.

Congratulations to all those named to the Trans 100!

Christine Howey, “My Passing, 1988”

Miles Walser, “Lillian”

Janani Balasubramanian, “trans/national”

Kit Yan, “3rd Gender”

Ethan Smith, “A Letter to the Girl I Used to Be”

Race is not a biological category that naturally produces health disparities because of genetic differences. Race is a political category that has staggering biological consequences because of the impact of social inequality on people’s health.
Dorothy E. Roberts, Fatal Intervention  (via wolfyson)

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Check out what Maxwell Ng, MTPC Steering Committee Co-chair, has to say about diversity.

And learn more about MAP for Health, a Massachusetts, non‐profit, Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islander (API) community‐based organization that works for fairness, equality, and inclusion for these communities in health care planning, disease prevention, primary care access, and service delivery.

Maxwell Ng
36 years old
NJ expat
Queer Professional American Asian Transman

"The two identities that definitely shape me are my American Asian and my Transman identities. Because personally for me, race and gender, not only motivate the work that I do, but they are the way I interface with the world. Therefore, they are also the ways in which I experience discrimination. I have been on the steering committee for QAPA: Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance for 4-5 years. But I have been a part of QAPA since 1999. I have also been on the steering committee for the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition for approximately 4 years. I am also the coach of my softball team- which may sound fluffy- but my softball team is specifically for Trans and gender non-conforming people. I coach the Barnstormers who are sibling teams with the Trailblazers. We have been in existence for six years now, and softball dominates my summer. It’s a way for us enjoy the sun but also a way to advocate for Trans people to have access to all sorts of places.”

"I laugh when I get mailings from the Human Rights Campaign. I am not a part of you. I’m not! Stop trying to ask me for money. They are all about conforming like—‘Look! We are just like everyone else. We are the bankers. We are your neighbors. We’ll bake you an apple pie.’ I’m like… No I’ll be making some sirracha fried rice and eating fish heads. Queer APIs in the United States have two battles. One is fighting a battle with larger Caucasian LGBT groups for API visibility. The other is fighting the battle with API families and community groups for LGBT visibility. I know that there have been studies done about Asian American communities feelings on same sex marriage. Unfortunately, most Asian American communities do not approve of same sex marriage. I think that goes to the concept of what visibility means. There is also a certain quantity of imperialism embedded in Asian American culture in the United States. I am a Christian, not because Christianity is a native religion to China, but because my people were converted. My father came to this country, of his choice, because he had this dream about what it would mean for him, his future, and his family. That dream is often very, very two dimensional. I think, once you start to sprinkle in LGBT voices, that’s when you get rich lives and families, and dynamic stories that round out the definition of what it means to be a happy, productive, thriving culture.”

What are the most important identities through which you interact with the world?

Alan L. Hart: Pioneer and Physician

By Aaron, MTPC Intern

In honor of Pi Day, the proud geeks of MTPC are excited to bring you a man of science for today’s transgender figure in history.

Alan L. Hart was born in Kansas during October 1890. Losing his father to typhoid by the age of two, Hart relocated with his mother to Oregon to be closer to family. Identifying as a boy from a very early age, Hart endured relentless teasing in school and dedicated himself to his schoolwork to escape the torment. Graduating at the top of his class in 1908, he went to Albany College (now Lewis and Clark University) before transferring to Stanford University. Close proximity to San Francisco gave Hart the freedom to more freely explore his gender identity and attraction to women. Once again graduating at the top of his class in 1917, Hart was celebrated as one of the first “women” to receive such honors.

After marrying Inez Stark in 1918 and beginning to practicing medicine, Hart became the first documented recipient of gender reassignment surgery, which at this point in history was a hysterectomy. Proceeding to live full-time as a man, Hart tried to shift his focus back to his medical practice. However, his transgender identity seemed to present a variety of complications in the professional world, where he had to relocate relatively frequently to avoid harassment. He and Inez divorced in 1923, reportedly influenced by this instability.

Remarrying in 1925, Hart and his new wife, Edna Ruddick, traveled to Pennsylvania where he received his master’s degree in radiology. Then they went on to Washington, where Hart was appointed to Director of Radiology at Tacoma General Hospital and ultimately became an expert in tuberculosis. At the time, tuberculosis was widespread and generally considered a death sentence. Hart’s work on the detection of tuberculosis, tubercular radiology, and research on the usefulness of x-rays were of enormous importance to the eventual decline of the disease.

While Hart dedicated his life to medicine, he also followed his passion for writing, publishing four books and many short stories during his lifetime. Themes and narratives in his novels often reflected those of Hart’s own personal experiences.

Considering the historical context in which Alan L. Hart lived, his successes cannot be understated. Reports indicate that his family accepted him as a transgender man and in the mid-1940s, he was one of the early recipients of hormone replacement therapy. Around the same time that he began hormone treatment, he agreed to be Idaho’s Tuberculosis Control Officer and worked to change the stigma around the disease through his years traveling through the state to research and treat the sick. A true academic, Hart also received a master’s in public health from Yale University in 1948 and became the Director of Hospitalization and Rehabilitations at the Connecticut State Tuberculosis Commission. Prior to his death from heart failure in 1962, Hart had revolutionized the medical technology and procedures surrounding the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of tuberculosis.

Referring to the protagonist of his 1963 novel, The Undaunted, who mirrored a great deal of Hart’s own story, he said, “He had been driven from place to place, from job to job, for fifteen years because of something he could not alter any more than he could change the color of his eyes.”

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Portraits challenge what it means to be LGBT

These are just some of the many ways members of the LGBT community identify themselves in a beautiful photo series from San Francisco-based photographer Sarah Deragon.

Deragon’s “The Identity Project” has taken her around the country as she “seeks to explore the labels we choose to identify with when defining our gender and sexuality.” Her portraits show the amazing diversity and vibance of a queer community that for too long has been defined by outsiders.

See more and quotes from Deragon

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