Out on the Hill 2011 wraps

Town Hall event moderated by Darlene Nipper, Task Force deputy executive director.

Last week, the Task Force participated in the second annual Out on the Hill event which coincided with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Deputy Executive Director Darlene Nipper moderated a panel at the Town Hall style event on Wednesday night. The event focused on two topics, the achievement of marriage equality in Washington, DC and the discrimination and violence faced by transgender people. The panel focusing on transgender issues was especially powerful and featured a combination of personal stories and data from the recently released report, Injustice at Every Turn: A Look at Black Respondents in the National Transgender Discrimination Survey.

Task Force Federal Legislative Director Stacey Long speaking at the General Session to kick off this year's Out on the Hill event.

The next day, Stacey Long, Task Force federal legislative director and chair of Out on the Hill’s public policy committee, moderated the legislative issues briefing held at the Center for American Progress and also spoke about the need for federal employment non-discrimination legislation. Other speakers on the panel included Aisha Moodie-Mills, advisor for LGBT policy & racial Justice at Center for American Progress who spoke about health disparities, Shawn Gaylord, director of public policy at GLSEN spoke about legislation to address bullying and harassment, Maya Rupert, federal policy director with the National Center for Lesbian Rights discussed violence that affects the LGBT community and David Stacy, deputy legislative director at HRC discussed marriage equality. The panel continued conversations from the Town Hall the night before, specifically regarding violence targeting transgender women of color and also gave vital tips on lobbying your congressperson.

On Friday, Out on the Hill presented at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference Congressional Issue Forum, with the theme “From Civil Rights to LGBT Equality: African Americans and the LGBT Community at the Intersection.”

Task Force Policy Analyst Jack Harrison discussed the results of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey in more depth on Saturday including analysis of the report Injustice at Every Turn: A Look at Black Respondents in the National Transgender Discrimination Survey.

The Task Force was proud to work with the National Black Justice Coalition on this powerful and important event, and we look forward to next year’s event!