We testified at a City Council Committee on Human Services hearing today in support of the confirmation of Brian Watson (current Director of Programs at Transgender Health Empowerment) to the Interagency Council on Homelessness. Here is an excerpt from our testimony to the Councilmembers:
As many of you are aware, homelessness affects LGBT individuals of all ages, particularly trans and gender non-conforming individuals, who find themselves victims of discrimination in employment, housing, access to healthcare and access to education, as well as family rejection. At present, the Interagency Council on Homelessness lacks an LGBT voice that can raise the concerns of our community and ensure that the needs of this key population are met. It is worth noting that in spite of the greater risk of homelessness that LGBT individuals face, over the past year the Interagency Council has not once discussed these issues in its public meetings. It is thus clear that Mr. Watson’s voice is needed to address this gap and ensure that the breadth of the District’s homeless population is considered when important decisions are made about providing services and allocating resources.
Best of luck to Brian! You can read our whole testimony online.