Pride 08 Post #10: Trans Equality “in the streets and on Capitol Hill”

Another first-ever! A historic one it is, too.

Yesterday, the House of Representatives held the first Congressional Hearing on transgender issues: “An Examination of Discrimination Against Transgender Americans in the Workplace.” Congressman Rob Andrews (D-NJ) called the hearing as Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) subcommittee of the Committee on Education and Labor.

From the T-Equality blog:

Listening to the testimony before Congress is an amazing experience. It is heartbreaking to hear the stories of jobs and families lost and the pain that transgender people have been through. At the same time, however, it is incredibly liberating to see trans people taking such a powerful stand for our community, speaking directly to members of Congress about the need for employment protections.

On the eve of the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, we can reflect on how we’ve come from the days when people of diverse gender expressions fought discrimination with fists and beer bottles. Now we are advocating for ourselves in the halls of Congress. May the work we’re doing now honor those who began the struggle because we need to be in the streets and on Capitol Hill.

Retired U. S. Army Colonel Diane Schroer was among those who testified before the committee. The highly-decorated veteran with a quarter century of experience in counterterrorism for U. S. Special Operations recalled how her job offer as a terrorism research analyst at the Library of Congress was immediately rescinded after she told her future supervisor that she was in the process of gender transition.

In 24 hours, I had gone from a welcome addition to the staff to someone who was “not a good fit” because I was a woman. Hero to zero in 24 hours.

Over at the Blend, Autumn’s first impressions

quenchzine liveblogged it, here and here.

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