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Mona Rae Mason to Present Findings of the Transgender Project at Tiffany Club FE 2010

Submitted by: Trans Community of New England

2009-09-30 00:01:59

Waltham, MA (OPENPRESS) September 30, 2009 -- Mona Rae Mason, the project coordinator for the recently completed Transgender Project will present the findings of this landmark study at two back to back workshops at First Event 2010. "We are thrilled to have Mona present at this year's conference," says Claire Johnson, FE 2010 Workshop Coordinator.

The Transgender Project was a longitudinal study from 2004 - 2009 of the male to female transgender population of the greater New York City metropolitan area. This research project was conduced by National Development and Research Institutes, Inc. and funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (R-01) from a grant proposal "HIV/STD's In a High Risk Urban Population: Male to Female Transgender" To date, it is the most in depth and largest study of its kind. Dr. Larry Nuttbrock (NDRI) was the Principal investigator. Dr's. Walter Boctking, Andrew Rosenblum, and Sel Hwahng were the co-investigators: Jeffrey Becker, MPH, MSW and Monica Macri, MPH, were the research associates.

Five hundred fifty volunteer male to female transgender persons between the ages of 19 and 59 years of age from different social and cultural backgrounds and of all of the transgender community, as well as numerous stages of transition were interviewed. The study looked at a number of areas: mental health, suicide ideation, sexual identity, employment, income levels, education levels, HIV/STI prevalence, family relationships, hormone use and more.

"It has truly been a privilege to have worked on The Transgender Project. It is not often one gets the opportunity in life to take part in something that is so important for so many, and to be able to help make a change for the positive in peoples lives. This is the most rewarding and personally satisfying work I have ever done", said Mona.

Mona has co-authored six papers for professional journal publication. She serves on the Board. of Directors of Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc., is active on various committees of The Transgender Health Initiative of NY, and was invited by the New York Police Dept. to help re-write the training manual for the NY Police Academy with regards to transgender diversity. She has twice spoken and offered workshops at IFGE conferences and was keynote speaker at 'Liberty' in Philadelphia in 2009. Ms. Mason has presented and participated in several transgender research forums at National Development and Research Institutes in NYC, SUNY-Albany, and the Mid Hudson Valley Transgender Assoc. She has also organized and promoted several food and clothing drives to benefit homeless transgender youth in the NYC area.

For the past 29 years Tiffany Clubs First Event has been one of the premier transgender conferences in the United States.
First Event 2010 is anticipating over 600 attendees this year and will feature daytime workshops of interest to the entire transgender, spouse, partner and allies community. Evening entertainment will include a number of exciting activities,. Tiffany Club's Saturday night community recognition awards banquet and keynote will cap off the exciting event.

Registration forms and information for Tiffany Club's First Event 2010 Transgender Conference are located at the club's web site at or by calling the club's First Event program office at 802-356-4582 or via email at

Tiffany Club of New England, the sponsor of First Event 2010, is a 5013C non-profit corporation and an open resource and support organization for all parts of the transgender community from cross dressers to transsexuals, both Male-to-Female and Female-to-Male, allies and intersexed persons.

Contact Info

Trans Community of New England
Phone: Not Given
Trans Community of New England
198 Tremont St., Suite 413
Boston, MA 02116-4705

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