Category Archives: TCNE News

Pentagon To Cover SRS for Transgender Active-Duty Troops

Click on link to read the article!

http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/defense-department-covers-gender-reassignment-surgery

Insurers Offering Transgender Services

Looking for medical insurance or information about whether your insurance covers GRS??  Here is a webpage that may provide you with the answers you are looking for! Just click on the title below…

These Insurers Offer Transgender Health Care Coverage

TCNE Board Meetings

TCNE board meetings will be held on the first Tuesday of each even nunbered month beginning in October 2016.

Are You a New Visitor to Our Website??

Are you a new visitor to our website?  Are you looking for a safe/secure environment to express your gender identity?  The Tiffany Club of New England  welcomes YOU!!  At TCNE, we provide a confidential, respectful and safe physical location so that members and guests can express their true gender in a way that is comfortable for them. TCNE will provide you with an ample changing and makeup area if you so desire, or you are welcome to join us in whatever attire you choose!

Remember, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!  So come visit with us on Tuesday evenings from 7-10pm or Saturday evenings  from 7-11pm, and see what Tiffany Club is all about!

Tiffany Club of New England, 30 Guinan St, Waltham, MA 02454

Call anytime and leave a message and we will return your call, or call Tuesday or Saturday evenings during the above hours. (781)-891-9325

Attention TCNE Keyholders!

On Saturday, October 1, 2016 the lock on the outer door to TCNE is being changed!  After this date, a new key will be required to gain main door entry to TCNE!  The key to the upstairs entry and storage closet will remain the same as you were previously issued.  All keyholders should e-mail your name as registered with the club at the time you became a member,  a telephone number and time you can be contacted  t0 info@tcne.org.  In accordance with club policy, any info you provide will remain confidential!  You may also stop by the club during our Tuesday Open House from 7-10pm or our Saturday House Party from 7-11pm as well.

In order to receive a new main entry key, your membership dues need to be up to date.  New keys will be available as of August 1, 2016 for those who wish to maintain their keyholder status.  If you choose to opt out of being a TCNE keyholder, you may do so by returning your key any Tuesday or Saturday during the above mentioned hours.  Also, if you wish to remain a member of the club without keyholder status you may pay your standard membership dues of $65 any Tuesday or Saturday evening as well.

In addition, if you have keyholder status with the storage area option, you will need to remove any and all items from the storage area if you choose not to renew your keyholder with storage membership.  If you wish to maintain your keyholder membership with storage privileges, please make sure you contact the club to get a new main entry key and come into the club and clearly mark any items that belong to you.  TCNE suggests  hanging garment bags  for clothing and such that can be clearly marked with your name and/or storage bins clearly marked as well.  FYI, any items not clearly marked or removed from storage by December 31, 2016 will be considered a donation to Tiffany’s Closet!!

TCNE Tuesday Open House and Saturday House Party

Join us for the Tiffany Club Open House EVERY Tuesday from 7-10 pm, and for our TCNE House Party EVERY Saturday from 7-11pm ($10 donation from non-members on Sat. evenings is greatly appreciated). Stop by for a tour, meet and greet with TCNE members, members of our board of directors, as well as non-members in a safe and friendly environment!  We offer FREE parking, coffee, access to TCNE resources, and ample space for changing and make-up application.

For more info please call (781) 891-9325. Your call will be answered live at the above hours, please leave a message during other hours and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

***TCNE will not be open on Saturday, July 2 due to the Independence Day holiday weekend.  Please celebrate responsibly!! The club will continue it’s normal schedule on Tuesdsay, July 5.

Attorney General Maura Healy and Dr. Renee McLaughlin, Headline Speakers at 36th Annual First Event Transgender Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Grace Stevens
First Event Transgender Conference
info@firstevent.org

Waltham, MA (January 2016) – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey will be one of the keynote speakers at the Transgender Conference, First Event 2016. Ms. Healey will be among the many speakers, workshop leaders, and events at the conference. The conference, in its 36th year, is being held January 20th to the 24th, 2016, at the Westin Hotel, Waltham MA, just outside of Boston.

The conference kicks off Thursday with a special Therapist Training Program. This professional training focuses on advancing clinical competencies, knowledge and critical skills for beginning and advanced gender specialists. CEU’s will be offered and are pending for LCSW, LICSW, LMHC, LMFT.

Thursday evening will see the Black Tie Formal Affair, the major evening kickoff event for First Event 2016. During the evening First Event will recognize two prominent members of the transgender community with TCNE’s Annual Community Service Award: Nancy Nangeroni and Anderson Clark.

Maura Healey will speak at First Event’s Friday Evening conference dinner and fashion show. Ms. Healey is an advocate for transgender rights, having supported the 2011 “An Act Relative to Gender Identity”. Recently she testified in support of current legislation under consideration to protect transgender people in places of public accommodation.

On Saturday evening, at the Francis Cardullo Memorial Banquet, Dr. Renee McLaughlin, M.D., FACS, Senior Medical Director CIGNA Health Care, will be speaking. Dr. McLaughlin served in the United States Army during the first Gulf war. She is on the leadership team for Cigna’s LGBT colleague resource group and is an internal and external resource on transgender-related issues.

Thursday through Sunday there will be over 180 workshops, addressing the various medical, psychological and lifestyle needs of transgender people from children, to teens, to young adults, older adults and families. Topics covered will include:
– Support for men and women whose partner is transgender
– Children, Youth and Family topics
– Transmasculine, FtM workshops
– Topics related to transitioning at work and in one’s profession
– Medical considerations for transgender people
– Many more topics covering the spectrum for the transgender community and those who may be connected to it.

This year First Event welcomes the largest set of corporate sponsors in the event’s history including:
– Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
– Eastern Bank
– CeltiCare Health
– Cigna Health
– nd many more, including world renown surgeons and medical professionals in transgender healthcare

First Event 2016 is being held at the Westin Hotel, Waltham MA. For more information please visit http://www.firstevent.org or email info@firstevent.org

About First Event

Now in its 36th year, First Event is one of the world’s largest and leading conferences for the transgender community and their allies. First Event features workshops from some of the world’s leading medical professionals, educators, and therapists. The conference provides a venue for education and networking for the entire transgender community.

Huffington Post Addresses Transgender Children Who Are Disowned

The Huffington Post recently ran an  Op Ed piece entitled, “Did You Disown Your Trans Child”.  It is a moving post penned by Lisa Severn where she talks about rejecting a child who is transgender, what would motivate such an action, and that often it is the parents who have rejected the child whose hearts need to change.   You can read the full article at the Huffington Post here.

About 4 years ago Joanne Herman about 4 years earlier also published at Huffington Post on this topic, her piece, “When Parents Reject Their Transgender Child” looks at the same topic as Ms. Severns, but from the angle of the stories of 50 transgender teenagers who were rejected from their families.  These real life stories are heart breaking.  You can read Joanne’s piece at the Huffington post here.

But what if you are a parent struggling to accept your child who is transgender?  There are some great resources available.  First, on January 23rd and 24th at First Event Transgender Conference, there is a special track that addresses just this topic, click this link to learn more:   Transgender Child, Youth and Family Track at First Event 2016.

Second, it has been shown through research that parents and families who are accepting of their transgender child increase their child’s health, sense of well being, and opportunity for success in life – simply by being accepting of their child.  For some parents, this can be a real challenge due to religious, cultural or deeply held beliefs.  For parents who are open to input, we’d like to suggest two resources.   First is this brief from Georgetown University, “Helping Families Support Their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Children”  Click here to get your PDF copy for no registration, it is free.  Second, the Family Acceptance Project has a great website with excellent resources and help, click here to reach the Family Acceptance Project.   Boston has the excellent Greater Boston PFLAG with outstanding resources to help families as well, reach them at this link Greater Boston PFLAG.

Finally, this video from Ken Garber, a Dad who’s child was transgender, shows, from a Dad’s perspective, what acceptance of your transgender child is about:

Happy Holidays to Everyone!

We want to wish all our friends, followers, visitors to TCNE and First Event, past and present speakers,Happy Holidays from TCNE and First Event First Event attendees, supporters, and sponsors a Happy Holiday Season!    May it be joyous as you spend it with friends and family!   And please join us at First Event 2016, January 20-24, 2016 at the Westin Boston in Waltham, MA.

 

Annual BBQ & Clothing Sale – July 11

BBQWe will be holding the long postponed Tiffany’s Closet fire sale on Saturday July 11th from 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Come and fill up a grocery bag for $15. Everything except designer items and jewelry is included, and those will be discounted greatly!

Our wonderful and talented seamstress Jewels Johnson will be on hand to make alterations on site if possible.

We’re also having the TCNE Annual BBQ starting at 6:00 pm. Grace will be grilling up a feast… and I’m cooking sides and some great desserts. $10 donation if you’re not a member. Feel free to bring food or beverage if you’d like.

So come on by, shop an have some great food – and go home with a brand new outfit. Please not July 11 is the  Second Saturday in July, not the first or third!