Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) is circulating their bi-annualcommunity feedback survey and conducting a series of community town hall meetings across the state this spring. MTPC last conducted this survey in 2009 and conducted community town hall meetings in 2010. With the needs of the community changing, especially with the passing of transgender rights in employment, housing, credit, and public education, MTPC is looking for input on the priorities of transgender youth, adults, and families for the coming year.
“MTPC’s community feedback survey and town hall meetings are critical for understanding what issues still face the transgender community so that strategies, programs, and plans can be developed to affect positive change for community members across the state,” said Gunner Scott, executive director.
The community feedback survey is anonymous and confidential and can be taken online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MTPC2012 or a paper survey can be mailed to anyone by calling 617-778-0519.
The community feedback survey asks transgender constituents and allies what issues they feel MTPC should be tackling, such as, improving access to health care and employment as well as if we should be providing training for employers, organizations, and schools. The survey is also asks constituents what kinds of workshops and community events they would like to attend in an effort to provide resources for individuals, create spaces that are affirming, and ways to build and strengthen the transgender community.
Currently, MTPC town hall meetings are scheduled in Worcester on Thursday, April 26th from 6p-8p at AIDS Project Worcester, Inc. at 85 Green Street; in Boston on Monday, April 30th from 6:30p – 8:30p at 14 Beacon St; in Salem on Thursday, May 3rd from 6:30p – 8:30p at Universalist Church of Salem at 211 Bridge Street; andProvincetown on Sunday, April 22nd with the location and time to be determined. MTPC also plans to hold town hall meetings in Western Mass and other parts of the state this summer.
In 2010 MTPC’s community town hall meetings had focused on engaging more citizens in advocating for the Transgender Equal Rights bill. This year, the meetings will be focusing on what the passage of the bill means and what to do moving forward on advocating for public accommodations protections in 2013 and learning about the issues transgender youth and adults continue to face across the state.
MTPC’s previous community survey conducted in 2009 indicated issues constituents felt the organization should prioritize in addition to gender identity non-discrimination legislation. Through the 120 surveys conducted MTPC was able to gather that 42% of respondents wanted to see an improvement in health care access for transgender people and 36% said that they wanted to see an improvement in employment access.
MTPC is looking for honest feedback from the survey and at the town hall meetings about how effective the organization is; how well MTPC is serving the community and what MTPC can do to advocate on behalf of transgender youth, adults, and their families. The responses will be used to improve MTPC and our work within and for the transgender communities in Massachusetts. For more information visithttp://www.masstpc.org or call 617-778-0519.