Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Congressional Hearing Update

Update: Congressional Hearing, An Examination of Discrimination Against Transgender Americans in the Workplace

As many of you all may know, Rob Andrews (D-NJ), chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Subcommittee, has invited a wide array of witnesses prepared to speak about the devastating and pervasive problem of gender identity and expression discrimination. This hearing is historic because the Congress has called upon community members capable of speaking with unquestionable authority about the experiences of trans citizens who live in a nation where they are exposed to the most ostensible and egregious discrimination based on gender identity and expression. The witnesses prepared to testify tomorrow include:

· Shannon Price Minter, Legal Director for National Center for Lesbian Rights (founding member of NCTE)

· Diane Schroer, Retired Colonel, US Army (member of NCTE)

· Diego Sanchez, Director of Public Relations and External Affairs for AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts (Founding Board of Directors for NCTE)

· Sabrina Marcus Taraboletti, Former Space Shuttle Engineer (founding member of NCTE)

· Bill Hendrix, Chair of Gays, Lesbians, and Allies at Dow (GLAD) for Dow Chemical Company

Additionally, the minority party has requested the following witnesses to testify:

· JC Miller, Partner at Thompson Hine

· Glen Lavy, Senior Counsel for Alliance Defense Fund

The hearing will take place tomorrow at 10:30 am in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building. If you cannot attend in person, we encourage you to watch the hearing live from the Subcommittee’s website. For a full report of the hearing, please be sure to check out the blog tomorrow afternoon!

- Rhodes Perry

No comments: