Ohio Celebrates 3 Transgender Victories! Cleveland, Akron and Summit County Pass Non-Discrimination Ordinances

Last night, Cleveland City Council voted 21 - 0 to protect against discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations based on gender identity and expression. Akron voted 10 - 2 to do the same based on both sexual orientation and gender identity and Summit County voted 11 - 1 to pass a countywide ordinance protecting against discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Thanks to all the advocates and coalitions who have worked long and hard to see these much needed protections finally included in municipal law!

We encourage Cleveland, Akron and Summit County citizens to thank their councilpersons. You can find Cleveland councilpersons' contact information at www.clevelandcitycouncil.org. Akron councilpersons' contact information at http://www.akroncitycouncil.org/Find_your_Councilperson/ and Summit County councilpersons' contact information at http://www.co.summit.oh.us/council/index.htm

Sylvia's Place NYC LGBT Youth Shelter Annual Holiday Benefit Drive


I hope this finds us all having survived the Thanksgiving holiday
relatively unscathed, but it is time to get down to some serious
issues...... and serious parties!.

Tuesday December 15 @ The Phoenix
Thursday December 17 @ Nowhere Bar

These are the dates for our annual food and clothing drives and
holiday parties for the benefit of Sylvia's Place, the emergency
shelter for homeless transgender, gay and lesbian youth in New York

I think anyone who reads my posts and blogs is aware of the homeless
TLGB youth crisis in New York. Sylvia's Place has been doing the best
it can for many years now, but they are in seriously bad shape this
year with the city having pulled the major portion of their funding.
Sylvia's now operates only with the help of people like you.


Desperately and urgently needed this year:

Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Personal hygiene products
Warm socks
Cold and Flu medicines-generics and store brands are fine
Basic first aid supplies
Canned and boxed food goods
Coats,jackets, and gloves-used and clean is fine
Hats and caps-used and clean is fine
Scarfs-used and clean is fine
Blankets-used and clean is fine

You can help our TLGB family, our kids, by donating any of the above
AND enjoy some great parties at the same time! Bring your items to:

Tuesday Dec. 15 @ The Phoenix
W. 13th Street btw. 1st Ave and Ave A
9 PM

Thursday Dec. 17 @ Nowhere Bar
322 E. 14th Street btw.1st and 2nd Aves
9 PM

We will make sure your donations get delivered to Sylvia's Place
promptly AND you can enjoy all the great Holiday spirit, great people,
and John's famous party food! (he's an awesome chef!) These parties
are NOT to be missed!

Can't make the parties? Not in the NYC area? That's a major bummer
and you'll certainly be missed, but you can still contribute and
donate to Sylvia's Place. You can send a small check or money order
to Sylvia's OR ship your donations there!

All donations are tax deductible and can be shipped directly to:

Homeless Youth Services

Checks and money orders should be made payable to
M.C.C.N.Y.Y. S

Sylvia's also accepts Pay Pal.
http://www.homeless youthservices. org/Generalpaypa l.html

Christmas Night, Dec. 25, John Williams of the Nowhere Bar (and now
Phoenix as well--congrats John!) and I will be cooking dinner again
for the kids at Sylvia's and YOU'RE INVITED!

Last year was a very special time, not only for the kids at Sylvia's,
but for all the sisters and friends who dropped by to spend a few
moments with our TLGB family. Ina, Hedda Lettuce, many of the members
of Crossdressers International and representatives and friends from
the NYPD all came by. it was a great night for us all, and I hope you
can all manage to come by for a visit and bite to eat. More details on
will follow.

Questions? Write me. Or phone: 914.457.5925

Let's ALL make this a wonderful Holiday Season for all of us, but
especially our younger brothers and sisters.

Mona Rae Mason

Trans Events USA. org

Metropolitian Community Church, New York, NY.

NY Times Giving Shelter: Portraits of Young Lives in Limbo