Hello DC-area folks! I wanted to take a moment to invite you all to this year’s annual Policy Conference and Lobby Days hosted by the National Center for Transgender Equality.
If you live in the District and you’re like me, you probably ignore most federal lobbying efforts. We don’t have a voting representative, and why continuously bother Eleanor Holmes Norton, right?
But, this year’s Policy Conference and Lobby Days will have plenty of events that are relevant to local organizers. We will be networking with other activists from across the country, learning skills for lobbying and policy-making right here in the District, and listening to how federal policy changes affect all of us. Plus, members of the DC Trans Coalition will be available to discuss local issues. We hope you’ll join us!
Here’s the schedule of this year’s events:
Sunday, March 13
- 1:00 – 5:00 pm Policy Conference, Holiday Inn Washington, 1501 Rhode Island Avenue NW, D
- 7:00 p.m. Meet & Greet: Hosted by National Stonewall Democrats at Holiday Inn Hotel Bar
Monday, March 14
- 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Policy Conference and Training, Holiday Inn Washington, 1501 Rhode Island Avenue NW, DC
- 7:00 p.m. Moving Forward Together reception (separate ticket required – purchase here)
Tuesday, March 15
- 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Meetings with Representatives and Senators
- 12:00 p.m. Photo op, meet by Capitol Visitors Center
- 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Wrap up reception at Tortilla Coast, 400 1st Street SE (right near the Capitol)–included for registrants
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National Center for Transgender Equality
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We scored another victory in the struggle to acknowledge, understand and validate the experiences of trans youth!
The DC Trans Coalition, and dozens of other community organizations, signed on in support of a letter requesting the addition of a question looking at gender identity and trans youth on the next round of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) chiefly administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
We recently received the following e-mail:
On behalf of the organizations that coordinated this effort (Advocates for Youth, GLSEN, GSA Network, The National Coalition for LGBT Health, The Network for LGBT Health Equity and The Trevor Project), I am pleased to let you know that the letter sparked a promising dialogue with the CDC. Following a recent conversation with the CDC, they have agreed to add an optional question on gender identity to the pool of questions in the next round of the YRBS in 2013.
I and my colleagues hope you share our excitement in this commitment from the CDC that benefits transgender youth. Moving forward, the next step will be for all of us to advocate within our districts, states, and at the national level to ensure this question is used as widely as possible when the YRBS is administered next in 2013.
It’s nice to have something positive to report every once in awhile.
On October 2, 2010, thousands of progressive people will converge on our hometown of Washington, DC for the “One Nation Working Together” march. This march strives to counter the reactionary tone of other recent marches on Washington with a call for “a future of justice at home and peace abroad, where we create good jobs for all of us and take on the great challenges we face as a nation: rebuilding our economy; respecting all families; educating all our children in safe environments; transforming how we use energy; ensuring safe, vibrant, diverse communities; and providing for an economic future built on the principles that America has always aspired to achieve.”
The organizers of this march have reached out to LGBTQ organizations in an effort to show solidarity and build a movement that includes everyone. In return, dozens of LGBTQ groups — including Whitman Walker Clinic, Queers for Economic Justice, the National Center for Transgender Equality, the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, the DC Trans Coalition (that’s us!) and more — have endorsed the march. We’re excited to be part of this effort to look beyond identity and bring people together around our shared values and collective needs.
We hope that you’ll join us on October 2nd as we stand with our social justice allies. After Whitman Walker’s AIDS Walk, the LGBTQ and Youth contingents for One Nation Working Together are meeting up at Freedom Plaza at 10:00AM (on Pennsylvania Ave between 13th & 14th, NW). We hope you will join us there to support the AIDS Walk Washington closing ceremonies. Then, we’ll march as one delegation to the rally.
If you need more convincing, check out this great letter put together by the LGBTQ Table for One Nation Working Together.
The DC Trans Coalition is a signatory to the Trans-Latin@ Coalition’s letter to the US Department of Justice, below. The letter is a response to the ongoing deaths and human rights violations of trans women in Puerto Rico. The US government has contributed to the culture of anti-trans violence by failing to protect the civil rights of trans people. If any other organizations would like to support this action, please e-mail Bamby Salcedo at email@example.com.