T ransgender A merican
V eterans A ssociation


Massachusetts Chapter of TAVA
Director: Michael J. West 
Secretary: Rachel J.
Board Member-At-Large: Bryce L.

Treasurer: Natasha "Tasha" L. West 
Officially Incorporated in Massachusetts in December 2006


Michael West  


  (Right)  Treasurer: 

Natasha West







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Massachusetts Chapter Meetings to be held at Worcester VA Clinic!!

Massachusetts Chapter Meetings will be held at the Worcester VA Clinic starting June 11th.

The meetings will be held on the 2nd Monday of each month from 12:30 to 1:30PM in room 137.

Our meetings for May thru July have been cancelled.

All veterans, including retired veterans that do not use the VA clinic for services, will need to complete the VA form 10-10EZ and bring in their DD214s with them. This does not obligate them in any way to receive services through the VA or even to be on any mailing lists.

All non-veterans are encouraged to contact State Director, Michael West ahead of time for additional details and information required for and by non-veterans.

All Veterans are encouraged to completed their VA form 10-10EZ forms and TAVA membership applications ahead of time.

The Worcester VA Clinic is located at 605 Lincoln Street, Worcester, MA.

For more information read our Press Release

Worcester VA Outpatient Clinic


From Route 495: Take Exit 25B onto Route 290 West. Continue to Exit 20 marked "Lincoln Street" heading north on Route 70. Clinic will be 0.8 miles on the right.

From Route 290 heading West: Take Exit 20 marked "Lincoln Street" heading north on Route 70. Clinic will be 0.8 miles on the right.

From Route 290 heading East: Take Exit 21 marked "Plantation Street". Take a left at the bottom of the exit ramp heading north on Plantation Street. At the 1st set of lights, take a left onto Lincoln Street. Clinic will be 0.3 miles on the left.

From Route 9: Take a right onto Plantation Street heading north (near UMass Medical Center). Continue 2.7 miles to the fourth set of traffic lights. Take a left at the lights onto Lincoln Street. Clinic will be 0.3 miles on the left at 605 Lincoln Street.


Massachusetts Chapter of TAVA signs on to United ENDA

To join this list, send an e-mail to: info@UnitedENDA.org   Include full organization name, geography served/type of group (national, state, city, college, etc.), and contact name, email address, and phone number.

Join United ENDA to support a Fully Inclusive ENDA!!

The 1st Ever New England Trans Pride

March & Rally

Visit the Official Website of the Trans Pride March & Rally for more details at: http://www.transpridemarch.org/

If you want to March with The Mass Chapter of TAVA at the Trans Pride March & Rally, please drop us a line.


It is important we show the world that Trans Veterans are out there and that we served this country!!



Breaking NEWS

Massachusetts Chapter of TAVA  breaks ties with local advocacy Group 

In a decisive move today, Michael West, the Chair of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Transgender American Veterans Association (MATAVA,) informed the new Director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, Gunner Scott, and another board member, Holly Ryan, that MATAVA will no longer be part of their coalition.  This move came after an article appeared in Bay Windows, by the title of "Scott to head MTPC, HRC and local orgs provide financial support," dated January 10, 2008.  http://www.baywindows.com/index.php?ch=news&sc=blog&sc2=news&sc3=&id=54721.  The article stated that MTPC recently received a donation of $25,000 from the Human Rights Campaign and is planning on forming stronger ties with them.


West said, "The Massachusetts Chapter of TAVA feels that the timing of MTPC acceptance of funds from HRC is ill timed.  The MA Chapter of TAVA felt we needed to send a clear message by leaving the Legislative Coalition headed by MTPC.  This is about standing behind the entire Transgender Community and the MA Chapter of TAVA's integrity."


"The entire Board of TAVA fully supports Mr. West's decision to cut ties with MTPC," stated Monica Helms, President of TAVA.  "Mr. West's work in Massachusetts for TAVA has been phenomenal, as has his work as TAVA's Internet Director.  We applaud his show of integrity in this situation."


It should be noted that TAVA did accept a $500 donation from HRC back in the early part of 2004 to help pay for a bus at their first Transgender Veterans March to the Wall, to help disabled veterans participate in the event.  This was back when the transgender community began working with HRC.  The $25,000 received by MTPC was received in December of 2007, long after HRC came out and supported a gay-only ENDA when they originally said they wouldn't.


West feels that the decision by MTPC to align themselves with HRC will do nothing but split the transgender community of Massachusetts for many years to come.  He hopes that Scott with reconsider his decision before further damage is made.





Tasha, Bryce, Jurnee & Rachel at Transcending Boundaries & PFLAG Northeast Regional Conference 2006 (Worcester, MA)

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