National LGBTQ Task Force Joins Transgender Awareness Month Actions
WASHINGTON, DC, November 4, 2016—The National LGBTQ Task Force is joining lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) advocates across the nation in celebrating Transgender Awareness Month this November. Throughout the month, activists will be taking part in a series of actions including Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 18).
“This November, we’re lifting up the voices of the transgender and gender non-conforming community and increasing awareness and support for issues affecting the community, especially those most marginalized by discrimination. To this day, 31 states deny transgender people explicit non-discrimination protections in the areas of employment, education, housing, and public accommodations. Transgender people, especially transgender women of color, disabled transgender people, incarcerated transgender people, and transgender undocumented immigrants regularly face horrific violence. In addition, 90 percent of transgender and gender non-conforming people report experiencing mistreatment, discrimination and harassment in the workplace, and 78% of K-12 students experience harassment.
“This is a key moment in the decades-long fight for transgender justice, as for the first time, the Supreme Court has decided to take up a case involving anti-transgender discrimination in G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board. We’ve also seen historic support from the White House on transgender issues, including recent executive orders intended to stop anti-transgender discrimination.
“As part of Transgender Awareness Month, we will be taking part in a series of actions and educational efforts to secure basic rights and protections for transgender and gender non-conforming people. We invite all to join us and events in their local communities this month to advance freedom, justice and equality for transgender and gender non-conforming people,” said Rea Carey, National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director.
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