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Boston’s Transgender Day of Remembrance, a Celebration of Community


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Boston’s Transgender Day of Remembrance, a Celebration of Community

Boston, MA – Each November, the worldwide transgender community turns its attention to its family, friends and loved ones lost to violence and prejudice. A tradition inspired by the Allston, MA vigil for slain transgender woman Rita Hester in 1998, it is even more poignant in 2015 due to increasing violence against trans women of color. The Transgender Day of Remembrance has become the worldwide rallying point for a community long under siege, as well as an engaging affirmation of transgender community.

On Sunday November 22nd at 4:00pm folks will gather in St Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral at 138 Tremont Street in downtown Boston for a program of speakers, community speak out, and a candlelight vigil on the Common. This free program will be followed by a potluck reception starting at 6:30 featuring hot cider and warm conversation.

Boston’s Transgender and LGB communities extend a warm welcome to all who would like to attend this important event to memorialize the lives of those we have lost, celebrate community and rejoice in our strength and survival.

Please join with us at this event to benefit the Transgender Emergency Fund, which provides assistance to low-income transgender people across Massachusetts, and the Transgender Clinic at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, which helps homeless transgender individuals improve and maintain their health.

Sponsors include Eastern Bank, Fenway Health, TransCEND a program of AIDS Action, Tiffany Club of New England, Boston Pride, the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, The Network/La Red, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, The Crossing, Boston Alliance of GLBT Youth, Human Rights Campaign, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), and more. Additional sponsorships are welcome.

More info and other local TDOR events can be found at

Event Background:

Fourteen years ago at this time, Boston’s LGBT community recoiled in horror at the discovery of the latest victim of transphobic violence. Rita Hester, a popular figure in the local rock ‘n roll scene, who also happened to be a transsexual, had been found brutally stabbed to death in her Brighton apartment. A local community of queer activists, rockers, family, friends and allies – over 250 of them – came together and held a speak-out and candlelight vigil in Rita’s honor, forming a human stream of light winding its way through Rita’s old Allston stomping grounds. One year later, a memorial vigil was held in San Francisco; the following year Boston and a few other cities joined in, and this year hundreds of observances will be held in dozens of countries. Boston’s transgender communities remember local victims Chanelle Pickett, Debra Forte, Monique Thomas, Georgette Hart, Denise Pugliesi, Monique Rogers, Lisa Daniels, CJ Garber, and Rita Hester. There have been many more, mostly uncounted and unnoticed by all but their friends and family. Organized by the all- volunteer Boston Transgender Day of Remembrance Organizing Committee.
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Mimi’s Family Gallery – 10/16

mimisMimi’s Family, photography by Matthew Clowney, an art exhibit for families featuring pictures of a family with a transgender grandparent, will appear at the Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress Street, Boston, MA. The Gallery Opening will be Friday, October 16, 6:00-8:00 pm, $1 admission. The exhibit will be on view October 17 – December 13.

The 2015 U.S. Trans Survey

The 2015 U.S. Trans Survey is the new name of the largest survey devoted to the trans community. This survey is a follow-up to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey which was the basis for the 2011 report: Injustice at Every Turn.

The 2011 report has been an important source of information about the trans community. The information has been used by advocates, policy makers and as an educational resource.

The new survey is for our community and is meant to include all trans identities. The survey is coming August 19th. You can go to their website which is to sign up for information. You can also visit the National Center For Transgender Equality to see the previous report. From their webpage click on statistics and you can download the full report or an executive summary as well as many other resources.

If you need help or have a question please contact Candice St. James at

John Warrener Memorial Service – July 19

DrWarrenerThis announcement comes from John’s web site:

A Celebration Of Life Memorial Service will be held Sunday, July 19, 2015, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm, on the grounds of Saint Anne Shrine, a place where John found great comfort and peace.

All who know or love John are welcome to attend. Please dress comfortably with respect for this holy place of God.

Saint Anne Shrine
16 Church Street
Fiskdale, MA. 01518
Sunday, July 19, from 12 Noon Until 4 P.M.

The following obituary is appearing in several local papers. Clearly John Warrener was a person of hidden depths, including a Ph.D.!

Dr. John J. Warrener went to heaven early Friday morning, June 19, 2015, peacefully, with his very close personal friend by his side, at his home in Massachusetts. Dawn will carry on, in his footprints!

Dr. Warrener leaves his brother, Joseph Warrener of Seekonk, MA., His uncle, Phillip Ferris, his cousins, Anita, Geraldine and Kathleen, his good friend Jennifer of CT. and thousands of friends all over the world.

John was born in Providence, RI. in 1952, son of the late John F. Warrener and Sarah F. Warrener. John grew up in Seekonk, MA. and graduated from high school. He then worked Several jobs to put himself through eleven years of college.

Dr. Warrener graduated with degrees from Rhode Island College. John then obtained several more college degrees and earned his doctorate in music education.

John’s writing has been published in peer-reviewed literature on several occasions.

He was a big fan and friend of both Jim Nabors and Tony Orlando, who each influenced his future in music.

John was also a singer and musician who enjoyed performing, and entertaining audiences. He enjoyed creating shows and theatrical productions for others as well, but, most important to him is that he loves his family, friends, students and patrons.

Dr. Warrener was a music teacher for over 35 years, positively influencing the lives of thousands of young people through music education and the performing arts. He retired from teaching.

Dr. Warrener was then self employed, generously and selflessly helping people, all over the world.

John Warrener

JohnWarrenerAs most of you already know John Warrener passed away on Friday morning June 19th.

The moment I heard of his passing I started remembering some of the things I shared with this wonderful man!

When we had our Christmas Party last year at the club, I received an email from John, asking me if we needed a Santa Claus . Naturally I said yes! He said okay I’m your Santa Claus. If I feel well enough I’ll be there but don’t tell anybody! So I just said in our Christmas Party Promotion, we might have a special  visit  from someone that evening and left it art that.

About 9:30 at our House Party Santa Claus came marching in yelling HO HO HO! Needless to say John was the hit of the party! He drove all the way from Sturbridge to do this! After his arrival he had to sit down for a while because he was weak from the chemo treatments!

At First Event John and I were walking toward the restaurant and while we were walking he takes his cell phone out of his pocket and pretended he was dialing it. I knew he wasn’t and he started ordering food, a bottle of wine, etc and he said, bill it to Paula Howard! We both laughed.

I will miss John very much but my memories of him will always be with me!

John, it was a pleasure to have known you!

Put in a good word for me!

Love, Paula
TCNE Chairperson

John Warrener, recipient of a First Event 2015 Community Service Award, 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 web site and after a five year non-compete opened a second online vendor in 2012, From shoes to wigs, John supplied generations of transwomen both locally and nationally. His retail store remains open, still located in Auburn, MA. For more history see

Trans Family Project Shows and Tells Family Acceptance

trans family photo gallery project Family acceptance is often hard for many of us, no matter how we identify in the transgender community.  A new project may help that family acceptance.  It is called the Trans Family Project. It is an art exhibit for children, featuring photographs of a family with a transgender grandparent. It is sweet, and its impact is significant as it shows how the kids relate to their grandparent and their acceptance and can open the dialogue for others on this topic.

The exhibit will debut at the Provincetown Library on Cape Cod for Family Equality Council’s Family Week in late July. After its run in P-town, the exhibit will re-open at Boston Children’s Museum in October. We hope to travel the exhibit to other venues after that.

You can read more about and see the intro video for it on their website here:…/trans-family-photo-gallery…


Summer Sizzler Party – June 12

It’s back – bigger and better than ever! The Most Sizzling Party of the Summer, Glamour Boutique’s SUMMER SIZZLER!

John Warrener and Glamour Boutique, 850 Southbridge Street, Auburn, MA, announces they are sponsoring its Third Annual SUMMER SIZZLER Party from 8:00 pm to 1:00 am on Friday, June 12th 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.

Although not a requirement, this is the opportunity to start the summer off right by wearing your hottest outfit. You are encouraged to sizzle up the night with your sexiest clothing option for the annual MISS SUMMER SIZZLER contest. The three finalists for MISS SUMMER SIZZLER of which be chosen by secret judges. The actual Miss Summer Sizzler will then be determined by the audience.

Royal Productions along with DJ Paula will be BACK providing an incredible DJ experience along with some special effect lighting to create an outstanding musical atmosphere for everyone. So be prepared to dance the night away.

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 absolutely NO OUTSIDE PEOPLE attending and thus, no chance of being outed. A great night for first timers as well as a great night for those used to being in public. The sponsors ask PLEASE, PLEASE do not put a damper on the event with poor behavior. The club has licences at risk should there be liquor and/or drug issues. Please help us maintain the event as a safe and fun one for everyone that we have had in the past.

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. Then in the center is a room with tables that people can sit and talk at which end is the bar. On the far right is a decent sized room with a dance floor and tables and chairs for resting and/or watching the dancers. The website address of the Indian Meadows Country Club is

All CDs, Ts, MtFs, FtMs, Admirers, Etc are welcome to party and dance the night away. Drinks are very reasonable at the club and we will have munchies available too. Kendra, who did a fantastic job with photography at out Spring Bling, will be back back everyone look better than ever.

The sponsors have made arrangements with the Econo Lodge for a group rate, which is 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 2 people ($10 more per person above that). The number for reservations is (508) 842-8941. Tell them you want the “SPRING BLING EVENT at Indian Meadows Country Club” rate. To get to the Econo Lodge 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 actual closest motel to the club is Motel 6 which is within a mile of the Country Club. Located on the same side of the street as Indian Meadows. They have decent rates and their address information is Motel 6, 399 Turnpike Road, Westboro, 508-366-0202.

Cost for the party is as follows: If you call or e-mail in a reservation you will only have to pay $10 at the door. Or Pay $15 at the door without a reservation. Parking is free and is within steps of the entrance. Remember the country club 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 GPS users the address is 275 Turnpike Road in Westboro (it is on the western part of Westborough) and please look for the Wendy’s on the opposite side of Route 9 as a guide point. (Please Note: there is another Wendy’s near 495 but it is east of the 495 junction.) The roadway to the country club is on the West Side directly across from the Wendy’s and has a red light of its own that is there for traffic heading down the long driveway to the country club which is bordered by. There is a Burlington Coat Factory Outlet behind the Wendys. For those of you getting off onto Route 9 from 495, it is 4.7 miles to the west on the right side. (Westboro Toyota, then Glick Nissan Dealership and then the driveway to the Country Club.)

If you need more info, just drop John Warrener a line at or call the store at 508-721-7800 (Toll Free: 888-721-3177) or drop on in at their store, Glamour Boutique, 850 Southbridge Street, Auburn, MA.

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For Makeover Appointments, please contact John Warrenere at or 508-721-7800 (Toll Free-888-721-3177) and he will arrange one of our make up artists for you.

So join us for a sizzling evening of great music, dancing, hot outfits, and conversations with some old and new friends on Friday, June 12th.

T- Social Party – April 30

T- Social Spring Party, sponsored by Fenway Health, is here! For all transgender, transsexual, gender queer, and gender non-conforming people, cross-dressers, SOFFAs, friends, and allies of anyone who crosses mainstream society’s notions of gender. Thursday, April 30, 2015, 6:00-9:00 pm. Club Café, 209 Columbus Ave,Boston, MA. Free & open to the public. Featuring light fare, door prizes and entertainment. For more information: call Alex 617.927.6449 or email

Film Screening – April 29

ChanceToDressA Chance to Dress by Alice Bouvrie (2015, 40 minutes) documents the challenges and difficulties that John Southard, a world- renowned and respected geologist and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,  experienced coming out as an open cross-dresser.  It also shows the TCNE clubhouse one evening. It will be shown at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts on April 29, 2015 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are required. See the website here.


An Open Letter from Mara Keisling, NCTE’s Executive Director, On Transgender Health Care

transgender health coverage 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 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


Mara Keisling
Executive Director
National Center for Transgender Equality