Alot has happened on the healthcare front for the transgender community in recent times. For those who’s gender journey includes surgery, Massachusetts now has laws in place requiring insurance companies to include transgender coverage (see more at the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition medical FAQ).
For general health coverage, financial assistance is available for those in the LGBT community who need it so that they can get healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Please see this open letter from Mara Keisling, the National Center for Transgender Education, Executive Director, for more information:
Yesterday was the start of open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Since the Affordable Care Act launched, over 7 million people have gotten covered in the Marketplace. But accessing affordable health care remains a major issue for LGBT people-1 in 3 are uninsured and much more likely than the non-LGBT population to be in the lowest income bracket.
Financial assistance is available to those who cannot afford insurance. In fact, an estimated 900,000 LGBT people may be eligible for financial assistance under Obamacare.
To see what type of financial assistance you may qualify for, visit HealthCare.gov today.
Even if you enrolled last year, we encourage you to revisit the Marketplace to explore new options. You may still be eligible for a cheaper plan during this enrollment period.
Despite the skepticism some people may have about Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act has opened doors for new coverage options, banned discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, and has led countless numbers of LGBT families toward financial security.
Learn more about the Health Insurance Marketplace at HealthCare.gov
National Center for Transgender Equality
I am me bursting and cannot hold it in any longer!
Before I tell you about Thursday, I really want to encourage everyone to get to the hotel on Wednesday evening as we will be celebrating First Event’s new home for 2015 with some entertainment. Starting around 8:00 pm right in front of the amazing atrium window, we will be entertained by my friends, Lori Diamond and Fred Abatelli. LoriDiamond.net has all info on Lori & Fred’s music – please enjoy, we hope to make the first night of First Event very special this year!
On Thursday January 22, 2015, you will start your day enjoying the Day of Wellness and Beauty. This has become a huge hit for the attendees as a variety of service providers provide services and consultations to help you in so many ways. Of course, Tiffany’s Closet will be in full swing with not just clothing. We will also have fashion consultants to help you select the best outfits that work just for you. And of course Julie will be there with her sewing machine to alter whatever you may need. This can all prepare you for Thursday evening and out Night on the Town.
Once again, on Thursday night we will be awarding our 2015 Community Service Awards. We are so excited and know that you will be too about this year’s honorees, who we shall name shortly (and yes, they already know who they are!)
Starting at 5:00 pm, the buses will arrive at the Westin hotel and your night begins as we bring you right into the center of Boston, to Club Cafe. As you arrive, there will be hors d’oeuvre served, so mingle and find your old friends or meet new ones. After the last buses arrive there will be a fabulous buffet dinner as we have the run of the cafe (which is closed to the public until 8:00 pm when we all move tot he back room to start the awards ceremonies, followed by the fabulous Peter Mac as he brings us both Judy Garland (click your heels three times) and Liza Minnelli (direct from the Kit Kat club) to entertain us all.
When the show is over, we will move back into the front room while the back room is transformed into Club Cafe’s regular dance club with DJ. There is also more entertainment in the Club’s Napoleon room up front.
You are also right in the middle of Boston where there are many other clubs that you can easily walk to. Club Cafe is open until 2:00 am in the morning and we will be providing buses to bring you home until the wee hours so you can truly have and make you very own Night on the Town!
However there is a little bad news. The number of tickets we have available for this is limited. Everyone who has already registered for the full conference or the Thursday Evening event is already in. At this point there are less than 100 tickets left for this fabulous Night on the Town, and I am certain that this night will sell out well before the conference starts. If I was a betting girl, I would wager we will be sold out before the end of this year. I encourage you to get on line NOW and make your Registration for First Event 2014, book your hotel rooms, and get here on Wednesday and enjoy everything First Event has to offer you!
..and now I can breathe again.
First Event Co-Chair
The transgender community experiences substance abuse rates of 20% to 30% of our total population. One of the most effective and proven ways to help with this is through peer support. And a new meeting just for this purpose is kicking of this Friday, November 7th.
“Transgender Unity” is an AA meeting being held at the Addiction Referral Center in Marlboro, MA. Confidential, supportive and non-judgmental, this new group is for the transgender and genderqueer community.
Here are the details:
- Location: The Addiction Referral Center
- Address: 33 Main Street, Marlborough, MA 01752
- Time: 7:30PM to 8:30PM
For questions or more information, please email Drew at UnityMeeting@aol.com
John Warrener’s Glamour Boutique, 850 Southbridge Street, Auburn, MA, is proud to announce that it is sponsoring its SECOND ANNUAL HALLOWEEN HOWL PARTY on Friday October 17, 2014 from 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM at the Indian Meadows Country Club (also known as Acacia Functions). The Country Club is a very nice facility and although on Route 9 in Westborough is situated way back off the main road in a very private and safe setting.
Please note that this is a closed party for T Girls and their admirers only. Unlike parties held at any of the local clubs there will be no outsiders attending. We welcome any and all CDs, TSs, TGs, MtFs, FtMs, Admirers, etc. to party and dance the night away or just enjoy a nice evening of conversation and friendship.
DJ PAULA will be spinning the dance tunes before and after their sets.
There will be additional entrainment and fun activities including some psychic card readers available for readings and some special scary guests. Also, Melody Darkheart, a professional photographer, will be taking FREE photos for everyone interested. Plus, we will have Card Readers dazzling you with their look into your future. More activities will be announced later.
We are expecting 300-400 attendees for a great night of friendship, dancing, and friendships.
Prizes will be awarded at midnight for the BEST COSTUMES. Each and every person attending will receive a pumpkin ballot in a necklace. Those of you who want to be considered in the contests will get a special number. Throughout the night people will be able to cast their ballots for their favorite costume. There will be three prizes and titles will then be given out:
Miss Halloween Hotty (2nd Runner Up)
Miss Halloween WOW (1st Runner Up)
Miss Halloween Howl (Most Pumpkins)
Cost is as follows: If you call or e-mail in a reservation, you will only have to pay $10 at the door. Or pay $20 at the door without a reservation. PLEASE REMEMBER THE NAME OR NAMES THAT THE RESERVATION WAS MADE UNDER ! THIS WILL SPEED UP CHECK-IN GREATLY! Parking is private and free and is within steps of the entrance.
This will be a great opportunity to attend our HALLOWEEN HOWL PARTY in your favorite costume French Maids, Little Girls, Cheerleaders, Brides, Grooms, Glamour Queens, Sexy Girl next Door, Hunky Guy, Show Girls, Brides, Grooms, Sports Figures, Scary Monster. Cowboys, Cowgirls etc (or those just wearing their favorite attire)– OR JUST GO IN MALE MODE –are all welcome to join us for an evening of fun and getting to meet some great people. (But please no nudity or indecency. That is the only limitation.)
What makes this party an incredible night for anyone wishing to attend is that it is a PRIVATE Party where people can change into their femme outfits at the country club or come dressed – ready to party. There will be no outside people attending, so no chance of being outed. These parties are always a great night for first timers as well as a great night for those used to being in public. Remember the location is isolated away from the main street and encompassed by a huge golf course so there is complete privacy for those needing that security.
For those of you who have not been to the country club, there are three rooms in the front section. On the far left is a section usually set up for Saturday weddings. In the center is a room with tables where people can sit and talk near the bar. And on the far right is a decent sized room with a dance floor with more tables and chairs for resting or watching the dancers. For those needing a place to change into or out of their outfits, there are areas available at the country club.
To make your reservation or if you need more information, just drop John Warrener a line at email@example.com. Or call Glamour Boutique at 508-721-7800 or 888-721-3177 toll free. Or drop by the store: Glamour Boutique, 850 Southbridge Street, Auburn, MA.
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For Makeover Appointments, please contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-721-7800 or 888-721-3177 and he will arrange one of Glamour Boutique’s make up artists for you.
We want everyone to be safe and respectful of each other. Should there be a problem, please let Dawn or John Warrener know.
So join us for a wonderful evening of fun, conversation and great costumes. It will be a great night for everyone to howl !
LODGING AND DIRECTIONS
Glamour Boutique has arrangements with the Econo Lodge for a group rate. They are about a mile away from the country club and have direct access from the room to the car so one does not need to go through any crowded lobbies. The rate is $59.95 for up to two people ($10 more per person above that). The number for reservations is 508-842-8941. Tell them you want the “Halloween Event at Indian Meadows Country Club” rate. To get to the Econolodge from the Country Club, drive west on Route 9 and then take the 20 West exit. The Econo Lodge is almost immediately there after you get on route 20 (on the right side). The address is 380 SW Cutoff, Northborough, MA 01532 .
The closest lodging is Motel 6, within a mile of the Indian Meadows Country Club on the same side of the street. They have great rates, but there have been some complaints about them in the past, though feedback from the most recent Summer Sizzler party was more positive. Motel 6, 399 Turnpike Road, Westborough, 508-366-0202.
Indian Meadows is at 275 Turnpike Road in Westborough, MA. It is on the western side of Westborough. Look for the Wendy’s on the opposite side of Route 9 as a guide point. There is a Burlington Coat Factory behind the Wendy’s. (Note that there is another Wendy’s near I-495 on the other side of the I-495 junction.) The roadway to the country club is on the west bound side directly across from the Wendy’s and has a red light of its own. For those of you getting off onto Route 9 from I-495, it is 4.7 miles to the west on the right side. You will pass Westborough Toyota, then Glick Nissan, just before reaching the country club driveway on the right. The website for the Indian Meadows Country Club is www.AcaciaFunctions.com.
New for MBTA Riders: There is a station within a mile or so of the country club with regular stops during Friday afternoon and evening. If needed we can arrange to have some pick you up and get you to the party. The trains back, however, will not run until the next morning so you would need to make arrangements to stay overnight or find a ride home after the party.
Join us again this month on Saturday, September 13, 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!
Tiffany’s Closet will be holding its annual Summer Sale on Saturday, August 23, from 5:00 until 10:00 pm at the clubhouse. New donations arrive all the time, so please join us that evening for shopping and conversation!
We are also thrilled to announce that Jewels Johnson, seamstress extraordinaire, will once again be on hand with her sewing machine. Have clothes altered on site for minor adjustments or she’ll make arrangements to return them for major ones. Her fees are very, very reasonable and she does a great job. We know because she has adjusted a lot of clothes for our community over the years!
So come down to the TCNE clubhouse the fourth Saturday in August, 8/23 (normally Movie Night), to check out all the clothes, shoes and accessories! Buy something new and have it fitted or hemmed while you wait! Tiffany’s Closet opens at 5:00 pm. Non-members are very welcome!
Join us again this month on Saturday, August 9, 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!
As usual, but hamburgers, hot dogs, soda and chips are on the menu. If you have any special requests, let us know. Please feel free to bring salads and desserts.
The festivities start around 6pm and last until 11pm or so.
Join us again this month on Saturday, July 12 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!