The 2018 Transgender Pioneer Award was presented in Provincetown, Massachusetts to Dr. Aaron H. Devor, Chair of Transgender Studies, University of Victoria from RLE/TEA chair Dallas Denny. Dr. Devor in his acceptance remarks outlined the story of a first generation pioneer Virginia Prince.
The entire Award presentation can viewed here which has been broken into two parts:
Part 1: Opening Remarks and remembrances of Merissa Sherrill Lynn and Dainna Cicotello
Fantasia Fair and Transgender Education Association
7 November, 2018, 1 am EST
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A few hours ago, Massachusetts voters rejected bigotry and discrimination by overwhelmingly voting YES on Question 3, a ballot veto measure that sought to repeal Massachusetts Senate Bill 2407, which prohibits discrimination based upon gender identity. By a margin of more than two to one, voters upheld the law. A no vote would have repealed SB 2407 and allowed discrimination on public accommodations for transgender and gender nonconfirming people.
Mason Dunn, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition and Co-chair for the Freedom for all of Massachusetts Coalition sponsoring the Yes on 3 Campaign (and a keynote speaker at Fantasia Fair 2018), said “Voters here in Massachusetts have sent a powerful, unmistakable message that this is a state that values, welcomes, and honors transgender people.” Yes on 3 Co-Chair Kasey Suffredinisaid, “Winning this popular vote is irrefutable proof that public support for transgender people is growing, and tonight’s outcome will provide the necessary momentum to change the landscape on transgender rights everywhere.”
Fantasia Fair recently celebrated it’s 44th year in Provincetown. Provincetown, Cape Cod, and Massachusetts have been home to the Fair for 44 years and have provided amazing support and understanding for our event and our attendees. We are grateful to the people of Massachusetts for voting YES on 3, sending a clear message of tolerance and justice to the United States and the world.
Dallas Denny Chair, Transgender Education Association