Grace Stevens, long-time First Event co-chair and both Treasurer and Board Member at TCNE, recently published No! Maybe! Yes! Living My Truth, an intimate memoir of her personal struggle to transition and live her true life authentically as a woman. She just contributed a featured article on Huffinton Post: My Transgender Life — Transitioning at Age 64. Check it out!
The monthly TG Discussion Group scheduled for Thursday, February 12 has been cancelled. Unfortunately, Brenda broke her ankle, requiring some surgery this week. Our best wishes for a swift recovery. The next meeting should be in March.
by Rachel Alter
[Note: The weekend after Christmas, 2014, 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn stepped in front of a tractor-trailer truck on Interstate 71 near her home in Kings Mills, Ohio. Her parents were hostile to her gender identity and had sent her to their minister for “conversion.”]
Who are you?
Who am I?
You can be you.
Why can’t I be me?
They say I can’t.
They tell me they make the rules.
They tell me who I am.
They. They. They.
Who are they?
They say I must believe them.
I can’t believe them.
They say I have no choice.
I do have a choice.
If I can’t be me, then I can’t be.
First Event online registration will close Friday, January 16 at 11:59 pm. After that you must register in person at the conference. After online registration closes, evening meals and entertainment may be sold out since we must give the hotel numbers before the conference begins. Thursday evening is likely to be sold out. If you want to guarantee that you can come to any one of the evening events you must preregister online. If you decide to walk in and pay at the conference, evening events, if available, will be $70 each. Register now online and they are only $60. Click here for the First Event Registration Page.
Join us again this month on Saturday, January 10, at the Randolph Country Club for dancing and fun. RCC, 44 Mazzeo Drive, Randolph, is an trans-friendly alternative club. GPS users beware, the club is behind an unrelated building with loading docks and is not quite visible from the road. As usual, we open TCNE in Waltham starting around 6:00 until 7:30 pm for those who want to dress or car pool. Then we meet at RCC in Randolph to dance the night away until the 2:00 am closing. There is also karaoke and an outdoor patio with pool when it is warm out. The “Friends of RCC” group also meets there that night, so come and make new friends!
The monthly TG Discussion Group with Brenda Thompson scheduled for Thursday, January 8 has been cancelled. The next meeting will be in February.
Dr. & Mrs. Mark Zukowski and family are presenting two community scholarships in memory of Jessica Garabedian, patient, friend, business woman, musician and longtime fixture in the Boston transgender community, who passed away unexpectedly March 20, 2014.
These two awards will go to deserving trans folk who are musicians, since Jessica was perhaps best known for her rock band, Temptress.
The scholarship awards are unrestricted grants. If you are a musician or music student in the transgender community, submit the form on the First Event website to apply for one of the $500 awards. Applications must be submitted prior to January 21, 2015. Decisions will be made by Dr. Zukowski and awards will be presented on Friday night during the Fashion Show.
First Event will present two Community Service Awards on Thursday, January 22, 2015. Each year the conference recognizes one or more who have made outstanding contributions to the transgender community. In 2015, Community Service Awards will be presented to Jennifer Levi and John Warrener.
“We are so pleased to be able to recognize these two who have done so much for our transgender community over so many years,” said Grace Stevens, Co-Chair of First Event 2015. “The diversity of our awards this year, going to a lawyer and a retailer, shows the range of services instrumental to transgender journeys.”
Jennifer Levi is the director of the GLAD Transgender Rights Project and a nationally recognized expert on transgender legal issues. She co-edited Transgender Family Law: A Guide to Effective Advocacy, the first book to address legal issues facing transgender people in the family law context and provide practitioners the tools to effectively represent transgender clients. Jennifer has served as counsel in a number of precedent-setting cases establishing basic rights for transgender people, including: O’Donnabhain v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue which established that medical care relating to gender transition qualifies as a medical deduction for federal income tax purposes; Doe v. Yunits, in which she represented a transgender student denied the right to attend school because of the clothing she wore; and Adams v. Bureau of Prisons, which successfully challenged a federal prison policy excluding medical care for transgender inmates who came into the system without a transition-related medical plan, among many others. She also has worked on a number of high profile family law cases including the Miller-Jenkins case establishing full parental rights for a Vermont civil union spouse and cases in Connecticut and Massachusetts that established the right of same-sex couples to marry. See GLAD.org for more information.
John Warrener opened one of the first transgender oriented web sites in 1996. It soon grew to include a brick and mortar store in Auburn, Massachusetts and eventually expanded to include a Glamour Boutique in Las Vegas and Studio City, CA. For decades, Glamour Boutique has been the go-to resource for transgender women requiring cross dressing advice, clothing and services, especially those new to the community. In 2007 he sold the GlamourBoutique.com web site and after a five year non-compete opened a second online vendor in 2012, TGFashions.com. From shoes to wigs, John has supplied generations of transwomen both locally and nationally, and has been responsible for developing many unique new product lines. His retail store is still located in Auburn, MA. For more history see TGFashions.com/about-us.
To celebrate our new venue at the Westin Waltham-Boston Hotel, there will be a House Warming Concert in the four-story atrium and main bar on Wednesday evening. Join us early in 2015 for a wonderful evening if music and conversation. This event is open to the public. Read more.
This Sunday, December 20, 2014, our very own Lida Mullendore will be participating in the American Rotational Women’s Division NE Regional final (pool tournament), which will be live streamed at:
She qualified with an 11-0 record and may well be up against some former pros as she is advancing through the tournament. We all wish her luck and perhaps she might be in a match that is streamed.