MA House Speaker to Keynote 3rd Annual Lawyers for Transgender Rights Event

Massachusetts House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo

Massachusetts House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo

Boston, MA —The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) is excited to announce its third annual Lawyers for Transgender Rights event on Thursday, April 12th at 6 p.m. at The Estate in Boston. Massachusetts. House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo will be accepting MTPC’s 2012 Transgender Ally Award and offering brief remarks.

“We are honored and thrilled to have House Speaker Robert DeLeo as our 2012 Transgender Ally Award recipient,” said MTPC Executive Director Gunner Scott. “We’re grateful for his leadership on the passage of gender identity protections in employment, housing, credit, and education in Massachusetts.”

House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop) has represented the 19th Suffolk District, including the Town of the Winthrop and a portion of the City of Revere, in the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 1991. DeLeo became Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives on January 28, 2009. Speaker DeLeo was an early and vocal advocate for the passage of Massachusetts’ Transgender Equal Rights Bill and has co-sponsored the bill in previous legislative sessions.

Speaker DeLeo also successfully brought nationally heralded legislation cutting healthcare costs for cities and towns in Massachusetts. The same session, he spearheaded far-reaching judiciary reorganization legislation in concert with the chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court. Speaker DeLeo’s priorities include job creation, workforce development, strong fiscal management and government and economy reform.

Lawyers for Transgender Rights is a cocktail reception and silent auction event that brings together lawyers, law students, law firms, legal organizations, bar associations and law schools to network and build support in the legal community for MTPC’s important work on behalf of transgender rights.

“Lawyers for Transgender Rights provides an opportunity to hear about MTPC’s exciting work while raising money for this amazing organization,” said Bri Lacy, co-chair of LTR’s Host Committee. “MTPC is the leading organization working to implement the newly passed transgender protections through training and public education as well as set the ground work future legislative and advocacy campaigns.” Catherine Deneke, also co-chair of the Host Committee, added, “We are so proud that the legal community continues to stand on the side of equality and has shown such tremendous support for MTPC and this event.”

Other highlights at this year’s event include live music by Urban Myth, a silent auction featuring items such as four tickets to the 100th Anniversary Game between the Boston Red Sox and the NY Yankees as well as four tickets to The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour this summer, donated by Foley Hoag LLP.

The 2012 Lawyers for Transgender Rights Event is sponsored by Ropes & Gray, WilmerHale, Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP, Mintz Levin, Edwards Wildman Palmer, Foley Hoag LLP, Wilson, Marino & Bonnevie, P.C., Day Pitney LLP, Ross Silverman LLP, Goodwin Proctor, McDermott Will & Emery, Joan M. Fund, Esq., Wade Horowitz LaPointe LLC, GLAD, Shilepsky Hartley Robb Casey Michon LLP, Bingham McCutchen, Stefanie Fisher, Esq., Law Office of Adam S. Minsky, Tammy Serata Designs, Kauffman Crozier LLP, WestlawNext, State Street Corp., Deborah and Ron Peeples, Janson Wu, Liz & Will Monnin-Browder, Vicky Steinberg & Gavi Wolfe, M. Barusch and Greg Price, Sam Bickett & Adam Edgerton, Gary Buseck, Eastern Bank, Michelle Figueiredo, Tennant Lubell, LLC, Hema Sarang-Sieminski, Attorney at Law and a number of other organizations and individuals (the full listing is available at

Advance tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available on MTPC’s website at Tickets will be on sale at the door the night the event as well starting at $65.00 for lawyers, $35 for non-profit, $15 for students. For more information please contact MTPC at 617-778-0519.

Founded in 2001, the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) is a 501(c) 3 that works to end discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression. MTPC educates the public, advocates with state, local, and federal government, engages in political activism, and encourages empowerment of community members through collective action.

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