Mycroft Masada is a trans and queer faith leader who moved to Gaithersburg, Maryland (Montgomery County near Washington DC) from their lifelong home of Boston in 2014. A TransFaith National Council member, TransEpiscopal Steering Committee member and former Congregation Am Tikva board member, Mycroft is particularly called to pursue LGBTQI+ and fat justice, and is an advocate, organizer, consultant, educator, trainer, writer and artist. They are married to Julia McCrossin, the massculine fatshion blogger, and with her they co-parent a dogter. Their central online home is MasadArts.blogspot.com.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I’m searching for paid work (temp and perm)

I’m searching for paid work, both temporary and permanent. For temporary work, there are many things I can and will do. For permanent work, there are too, though I tend to think a full-time office job would be best. No gig is too small to be considered.

Below my signature is a version of my resume. I type 85+ words per minute. Please enquire about my publications, awards, and references. If you don’t see a skill, experience, etc., just ask – I may well have it.

Thank you,
Mycroft

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Dr. Indra Mohindra, OD (optometrist)
Computer tutor / autobiography editor / personal assistant
January 2007 – Present

Ocular Research of Boston (ORB) / Kolis Scientific / Korb & Associates
Ophthalmology research companies and optometry practice
Research Assistant, Front Desk Assistant
January 2005 – March 2008

SpeakOut
Working to create a world free of homo-bi-trans-phobia and other forms of prejudice by telling the truths of people’s lives. (The nation’s first GLBT speakers bureau.)
Administrative Director
October 2004 – May 2006

Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Youth (BAGLY)
A youth-led, adult-supported organization that creates, sustains and advocates for programs, policies and services for the GLBT youth community.
Office Manager / Development Assistant / Executive Assistant
May 2000 – November 2003

Arlington Street Church (Unitarian Universalist)
Gathered in love and service for justice and peace.
Assistant Church Administrator / Executive Assistant
September 1998 – May 2000

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Interfaith Coalition for Transgender Equality (ICTE)
Clergy, lay leaders, and faith communities working primarily for the passage of the Massachusetts bill An Act Relative to Gender-Based Discrimination and Hate Crimes.
Co-Founder, Chair
June 2007 – Present

Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC)
Dedicated to ending discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression.
Member, Steering Committee; Chair, Training Committee
June 2010 - Present

Congregation Am Tikva (People of Hope)
Boston’s community of GLBT Jews and friends.
Board member
September 2001 - Present

Keshet (Rainbow)
Working for the full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Jews in Jewish life.
Emeritus Founding Chair, Transgender Working Group (TWiG)
June 2002 - 2009

Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Youth (BAGLY)
A youth-led, adult-supported organization that creates, sustains and advocates for programs, policies and services for the GLBT youth community.
Youth Steering Committee (including President), Youth Speakers Bureau, Board
December 1993 – July 1999

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~ Temporary Work ~
  • Harvard University (through the Spherion agency) -- Temp, then Senior Temp, then Manager during Harvard’s project of producing, testing and distributing upgraded replacements of their 70,000+ ID cards; other assignments have included Dining Services, Mail Services, Continuing Education, Real Estate, and ushering at Memorial Hall / Sanders Theatre.
  • US Census (Non-Response Follow Up operation; enumerator)
  • MassPort (mystery/secret shopper)
  • Boston College (bookstore during “rush”; sales associate)
  • Abt Associates (Clinical Trials; data entry)
  • Tufts University (Office of the Boards of Overseers, Development Office - Stewardship Programs; administrative assistant)
  • New England Research Institutes (NERI; administrative assistant; this and the previous three through the Randstad agency)
  • Massachusetts Department of Public Health (consultant)
  • Justice Resource Institute -- Health (JRI Health; consultant)
  • Tobacco Education For GLBT Youth (TEGLY; then Boston Children’s Services, now merged with The Home For Little Wanderers; )
  • Mensch Cleaning (cleaner, personal assistant)
  • Fresh Pond Clay Works (general assistant, sales associate)
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~ Education ~

Brookline and Newton Public Schools
1981 - 1994
Northeastern University (Criminal Justice)
1994 - 1996


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I'm showing my art at the Jamaica Plain library again!

I'm showing my art at the Jamaica Plain library again!


Mycroft Masada Holmes art show at Jamaica Plain library!

August 5 · 6:00pm - 8:00pm*
Jamaica Plain public library
12 Sedgwick Street
Jamaica Plain, MA

Hello!

In July of 2008, I showed my artwork at the Jamaica Plain public library (a branch of the Boston Public Library). I did it through the Jamaica Plain Centre/South Main Streets organization’s First Thursdays program.

“Each first Thursday of the month, businesses along Centre and South Streets are transformed into galleries featuring works from local artists. Opening receptions at each location, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., offer a chance to meet the artists, enjoy refreshments, and experience JP's fabulous businesses in an entirely new light. Artworks usually remain on display for the remainder of the month.”

It was a great experience, and I’m sorry that I was too busy last summer to do it again. I’ll have the display case. Another artist might have the wall space. I will be there the whole time, there will be refreshments, and the library will be open for business.

*Thursday August 5th is the opening reception -- my show will be there all of August.

My 2008 show (my blog post):

First Thursdays website:
First Thursdays blog:

JP public library website:

: - ) Mycroft

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Mycroft Masada Holmes
Co-Chair, Interfaith Coalition for Transgender Equality (ICTE)
Member, Steering Committee, Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC)
Emeritus Founding Chair, Transgender Working Group (TWiG), Keshet
http://masadarts.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

MTPC Press Conference & Community Action Day -- my letter

MTPC Press Conference & Community Action Day -- my letter

The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) held a Press Conference & Community Action Day today at the Massachusetts Statehouse, calling for action towards the passage of An Act Relative To Gender Based Discrimination & Hate Crimes (House Bill 1728 / Senate Bill 1687) before the end of the legislative session on July 31st.


Here is the letter I wrote. If you've written yours, thank you! If you haven't, please do so as soon as you can -- click here for help.

July 14, 2010

House Speaker Robert DeLeo Senate President Therese Murray
State House State House
Room 336 Room 330
Boston, MA 02133 Boston, MA 02133

Dear Speaker DeLeo and President Murray,

My name is Mycroft Holmes, and I am a transgender person who lives and works in greater Boston, where I was born and have always lived. I love Boston and the rest of Massachusetts; they’ve always been my home and I hope they always will be.

I’m an interfaith transgender leader, and have been for almost twenty years. I’m a Co-Chair of the Interfaith Coalition for Transgender Equality (ICTE), a member of the Steering Committee of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC), and the Emeritus Founding Chair of the Transgender Working Group (TWiG) of Keshet. I’m also a board member of Congregation Am Tikva, the GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender) synagogue of Boston.

Keshet is the local and national non-profit organization that works for the inclusion of GLBT Jews in Jewish life; ICTE is the coalition that works for the inclusion of transgender people in faith communities and public life. Keshet and ICTE work together to increase faith-based support for the bill An Act Relative to Gender-Based Discrimination and Hate Crimes (House Bill 1728 / Senate Bill 1687). ICTE created and has submitted to you several updates of our Declaration Of Religious And Faith-Based Support For Massachusetts Legislation An Act Relative To Gender-Based Discrimination And Hate Crimes, signed by hundreds of Massachusetts communities and individuals.

I write to you today to urge you to take action on An Act Relative To Gender-Based Discrimination And Hate Crimes (House Bill 1728 / Senate Bill 1687) so that it can pass before the legislative session ends at the end of this month. This bill would finally give transgender people our civil rights. This is so vital, so long overdue, and we are so close. Please, take action as soon as possible.

Thirty-four years ago, I was born biologically female, transgender, and a person of faith, and I am so grateful for and proud of those things. I wouldn’t change them if I could. Like Adam the first Earthling, and all beings, I am made and remade btzelem Elohim, in the image of God. My identities are gifts and blessings, meant to be shared with the world and used to practice tikkun olam, world healing.

Ever since I was a small child, I wanted to work in criminal justice. After public school in Brookline and Newton, I attended Northeastern University as a Criminal Justice major and the first openly transgender student. The university was supportive, but classes, campus life and housing were very challenging. After my sophomore year, I tried to participate in the cooperative education program -- students are placed in jobs in their majors during their next three years of classes, and hopefully find employment in their field for after graduation. The co-op department was supportive, but the employers wouldn’t even communicate with me, never mind interview me. Because I was transgender, I was the only one of the 200 criminal justice students who wasn’t placed in a job. Without the experience and financial support of co-op, I had to leave Northeastern.

It was devastating to learn that I couldn’t pursue my dream because I was transgender, and that I had no legal recourse. Yet the experience also made me realize that my calling was to be a transgender leader. The day my co-op advisor called to tell me I couldn’t be placed, and the details of the discrimination, I finally truly understood what it meant to be a member of a group of citizens that don’t have civil rights. And I knew that helping to make my cities, state, country and world a better place for everyone to experience and express their gender was my calling, my life’s work.

I have been discriminated against because of my gender identity and expression many times, especially in employment. So have my loved ones, and all of the many other transgender people I know and know of. Every time we leave our homes—sometimes even within them—we must fear for ourselves and for each other. None of this should be, and it can be changed -- this bill will help to change it.

Thank you for your time. I hope that I and the rest of MTPC’s Community Action Day and press conference at the Statehouse today have furthered your understanding of transgender people and the urgency of taking action on An Act Relative To Gender-Based Discrimination And Hate Crimes (House Bill 1728 / Senate Bill 1687).

Thank you,

Mycroft Holmes
{my home address}

CC: Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz Representative Elizabeth A. Malia
State House State House
Room 413-C Room 33
Boston, MA 02133 Boston, MA 02133

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Mycroft Masada Holmes
Co-Chair, Interfaith Coalition for Transgender Equality (ICTE)
Member, Steering Committee, Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC)
Emeritus Founding Chair, Transgender Working Group (TWiG), Keshet

MTPC Press Conference & Community Action Day

MTPC Press Conference & Community Action Day

Orly Jacobovits, Senior Organizer & Community Educator, Keshet; Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge and Mycroft Masada Holmes, Co-Chairs, ICTE; Joanna Ware, Community Organizer & Jewish Organizing Initiative Fellow, Keshet; Avi Schechter, Intern, Keshet; Aliza Krevolin.

The rest of the ICTE & Keshet group -- including Idit Klein, Executive Director of Keshet -- needed to leave before this was taken. Photo by M. Barusch.

The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) held a Press Conference & Community Action Day today at the Massachusetts Statehouse, calling for action towards the passage of An Act Relative To Gender Based Discrimination & Hate Crimes (House Bill 1728 / Senate Bill 1687) before the end of the legislative session on July 31st.

A standing room only crowd of 100 supporters attended, plus supportive legislators (State Representative Carl Sciortino, State Representative Byron Rushing, State Representative Denise Provost, and several aides from several other State Representatives' and Senators' offices) and press.

The speakers were Gunner Scott, Executive Director of MTPC; Christina Knowles, State Director and Lobbyist, Massachusetts Chapter of the National Organization for Women (Mass. NOW), Jennifer Springer, Vice President, MA chapter of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (MA AFL-CIO); Rebekah Gewirtz, National Association of Social Workers, MA Chapter; DeeDee Edmondson, Political Director, MassEquality.

I was very proud to stand behind the speakers with Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge and Idit Klein; we represented ICTE (as Co-Chairs) and she Keshet (as Executive Director).

After the press conference, the community, led by Gunner and his staff, took action by visiting the offices of the Senate President and the Speaker of the House. We delivered constituents' letters urging action on the bill. Click here to read my letter.


Thanks to everyone who attended and supported. If you haven't yet taken supportive action -- primarily writing a letter -- please do so as soon as you can! Click here for help.

: - ) Mycroft

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Mycroft Masada Holmes
Co-Chair, Interfaith Coalition for Transgender Equality
Member, Steering Committee, Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition
Emeritus Founding Chair, Transgender Working Group (TWiG), Keshet

Monday, July 12, 2010

MTPC Press Conference & Community Action Day -- THIS Wednesday


Dear ICTE Supporters –

Good afternoon!

MTPC is having a Press Conference & Community Action Day THIS Wednesday, July 14th at 11:00 a.m. at the Massachusetts State House, Room A2.

You should have received a Facebook invite:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=135922613096027&ref=ts

Please attend, invite others, and otherwise publicize; and please write and gather letters. We particularly encourage clergy and lay leaders to attend, and to do so vested.

MTPC's announcement and press release are below our signatures.

Thank you for partnering with us to show how much people of faith support transgender equality!

Best wishes,
Mycroft Masada Holmes
Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge
Co-Chairs, Interfaith Coalition for Transgender Equality (ICTE)

http://www.InterfaithCoalition.org/
http://www.interfaithcoalition.blogspot.com/
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MTPC Press Conference & Community Action Day
THIS Wednesday, July 14th, 2010 at 11:00 a.m.
Massachusetts State House -- Room A2

THE TIME IS NOW TO ACT FOR TRANSGENDER CIVIL RIGHTS

MTPC and the Transgender Civil Rights Coalition will be holding a press conference and Community Action Day at the Massachusetts State House on Wednesday, July 14th, 2010 at 11 am in Room A2. All transgender people and our allies are encouraged to attend.

MTPC and members of the Transgender Civil Rights Coalition will be urging legislators to pass House Bill 1728 / Senate Bill 1687 “An Act Relative to Gender Based Discrimination and Hate Crimes” before the clock runs out on formal session which ends at midnight on July 31st.

We urge you to attend the conference and join us in our mission to secure civil rights for all of Massachusetts’ citizens. Stand in solidarity with those who are continuously harmed by the legislature’s resistance to grant all its citizens legal protections necessary to ending discrimination and violence. This is the opportunity to show your support!

How to Act!
Tell the leadership about your dissatisfaction with the lack of movement on this bill.

The leadership must hear from you, it has been one year since the hearing before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary. We need you to write a letter to the Senate President and Speaker of the House, insisting that they move forward on voting on this bill. Sample letters are provided. We will be hand delivering these letters to House Speaker DeLeo and Senate President Murray after the press conference. Please email us or mail us your letter as soon as possible so we can print them out. Lets flood their offices with letters calling on them to pass this bill.

Use a template letter: http://www.masstpc.org/legislation/actionday.shtml
Send your letter to info@masstpc.org
Visit http://www.masstpc.org for more info
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PRESS RELEASE
LGBT and Women's Advocates Call for Passage Transgender Civil Rights Bill this Session

The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) and partners of the Transgender Civil Rights Coalition will be holding a press conference at the Massachusetts State House on Wednesday, July 14th, 2010 at 11 am in Room A2.

MTPC and members of the Transgender Civil Rights Coalition will be urging legislators to pass H 1728/S 1687 “An Act Relative to Gender Based Discrimination and Hate Crimes,” before the end of formal session, which ends at midnight on July 31st. This press conference also marks the one-year anniversary since over 65 transgender adults, youth, families, allies, women’s groups, civil rights advocates, and LGBT advocates testified before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary
and over 100 pieces of written testimony were presented to the committee, in support of the bill.

H 1728/S 1687 will add Massachusetts to 13 other states, Washington D.C., and 125 counties and cities, including Boston, Cambridge, Northampton, and Amherst, that protect on the basis of gender identity and expression. This bill will make the protection of transgender people explicit, uniform, and visible to the general public. It will include gender identity and expression in the state’s non-discrimination statute and will amend existing hate crime laws to explicitly protect people targeted for violence and harassment.

“Transgender people continue to experience overwhelming amounts of harassment and discrimination, particularly in the workplace” said Gunner Scott, Executive Director of MTPC “In fact the 2009 National Transgender Discrimination Survey conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian task Force found that 97% of transgender people surveyed had experienced some form of harassment or mistreatment on the job due to their gender identity or expression. This is why we must pass this bill now. Not tomorrow or next session. Transgender people just can’t wait any longer for fairness in the workplace”.

In the same survey, 47% experienced an adverse job outcome, such as being fired, not hired, or denied a promotion. Additionally, transgender people experience double the rate of unemployment regardless of the economic climate, double the rate of poverty, with 15% of transgender people living on $10,000 or less a year. Transgender people face discrimination in housing situations as well. Of those surveyed, 19% were either currently homeless or had been in the past, 11% faced eviction, and 26% were forced to seek an alternative temporary space.

Polling shows that the voting constituents of Massachusetts support this bill. In statewide polling conducted by Lake Research Partners, more than four in ten voters have a very positive reaction (44% very, 76% positive overall) to legal protections in employment, housing, or other public accommodations for individuals who are transgender, with 73% wanting their legislators to vote in favor of the law. This bill garners support across the board, with 81% of women polled supporting the bill, 70% of men, 90% of Democrats, 74% of Independents, and 53% of Republicans. Another survey, conducted by Harris Interactive, showed that seven out of ten (71%) heterosexual adults agree that how an employee performs at their job should be the standard for judging an employee, not whether or not they are transgender.

“This is not a partisan issue, nor a political issue, but a basic human rights issue. Fear and hate have no place in determining public policy. Passing this bill is a chance for legislators to take a stand against discrimination. It is time for Massachusetts to join the growing number of places that protect the basic civil rights we all deserve,” said Gunner Scott. Other cities and counties, such as Missoula City, Montana, have recently passed similar legislation.

Some of the speakers at the July 14th press conference will include: Gunner Scott, Executive Director of MTPC, Christina Knowles of Mass. NOW, Rebekah Gewirtz of the National Association of Social Workers Massachusetts, and Arline Isaacson of the Massachusetts Gay and
Lesbian Political Caucus.

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About The Transgender Civil Coalition: The coalition is made of over 80 LGBT, civil rights, women’s groups, labor unions, faith, and student groups partnered with MTPC including Mass Lesbian and Gay Bar Association, Massachusetts Chapter of National Organization for Women,
Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus, Massachusetts Chapter National Association of Social Workers, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), MassEquality, and the Massachusetts Chapter of the ACLU.

About MTPC: The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) is dedicated to ending discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression. MTPC works for a world where persons of all genders are treated with respect and fully participate in all areas of
society, free from fear of prohibition, harassment or violence based on their gender identity and/or expression. Its members educate the public, advocate with state, local, and federal government, engage in political activism, and encourage empowerment of community members
through collective action.