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One Nation Working Together

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.

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Build the Safety Net!

Given the extremely high levels of unemployment and poverty in trans communities around DC, we are among those who will be hit hardest by the loss of important social services like health care and job training programs. Therefore, DCTC endorses this creative action and encourages all of our supporters to come out if they can!

Build The Safety Net!
Wednesday, May 19th 2010
Wilson Building
RSVP at http://bit.ly/BuildtheNet

Join Save Our Safety Net and the Fair Budget Coalition on May 19 at 8:30 AM as we build a human safety net around the Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW).

More than $100 million has been cut from safety net services during the recession, and despite broad support for a more progressive budget, the Council is still considering cuts to programs such as job training, interim disability assistance, health care, rapid housing, and support for grandparent caregivers.

We have 6 Safety Net Superheroes on the Council, supporting progressive tax reform to generate the revenue we need to protect these safety net services. We have just one week before the vote and we need a 7th hero. We need you to help show Council members what a strong safety net looks like.

After our action, we will head inside the Wilson Building to thank our supporters and make sure holdouts come around in time for the vote.

Two Ways to Stand With Trans Immigrants THIS WEEKEND.

Everyone deserves documentation in the country they live in, and no one should be denied legal status, whether because of immigration history or being they’re trans. This weekend we are asking our supporters to attend TWO very important actions to support trans migrants and refugees! At 10:45am on Friday March 19th, please attend a City Council hearing to show your support for the immediate halt of the “Secure Communities Program” (see below for more info). Then, on Sunday March 21st, come march with the DC Trans Coalition in the March for America immigration rally! We’ll be gathering by the WWII monument under the DC section between 11:30 and 12 pm.

Trans migrants and refugees face unique and especially difficult problems. Too often, this is not dealt with by either immigration reform or LGBT rights organizations. Stand with us to STOP THE DEPORTATIONS and demand human rights for all! For more general information about the situation of trans migrants and refugees, be sure to read our Press Release endorsing the March for America.

More info about the “Secure Communities Program” from the National Day Laborer Organizing Network: The DC Metropolitan Police Department has signed an agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to implement the FAILED “Secure Communities Program”. Urge the Council of the District of Columbia to demand for an IMMEDIATE halt to this FAILED program.

Attend the DC MPD Oversight Hearing:
Date:
FRIDAY March 19, 2010
Time:
10:45 AM (gathering time)
Location:
Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, ROOM 500
Washington, DC 20004

Real Community Safety, YES!          Fear and Criminalization, No!

* In November 2009, the DC Metropolitan Police Department signed an agreement to forward fingerprint information of arrested individuals (U.S. Citizen and Non-U.S. Citizens) to a database that will notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) about the arrestee’s immigration status regardless whether the person is guilty or innocent or the arrest is later deemed unlawful. The program is antithetical to community policing and the core promise of our justice system.

For more information contact: Sarahi Uribe (202)285-9673  sarahi@ndlon.org

Sponsored by: The Latino Federation, DC Jobs with Justice, Empower DC, Latino Action Coalition of DC, National Capitol ACLU, Different Avenues, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Rights Working Group, DC Latino Caucus, The Latino Association of Mt Pleasant, Mil Mujeres Legal Services, Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care, CARECEN, DC Trans Coalition, Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition and over 100 community and civil rights organizations

DC Trans Coalition Endorses 2010 March for America

For Immediate Release
March 18, 2010
Contact:
Rhodes Perry
(202) 403-7000 / Rhodes.perry@gmail.com

DC Trans Coalition Endorses 2010 March for America
“March Provides Opportunity To Raise Visibility for Trans Immigrants, Refugees and asylum seekers,” Group Says

Washington, DC – The DC Trans Coalition (DCTC) will participate in Sunday’s 2010 March for America, which provides an opportunity for the group to raise visibility around two interconnected and complex issues – transgender, transsexual and gender non-conforming human rights and immigrant rights.  The intersection of these issues continues to be largely ignored and neglected, despite the profound degree of discrimination, humiliation and outright violence trans immigrants endure, all of which jeopardize the most essential rights to life, dignity, and health.

“Tragically, too many transgender immigrants lack culturally competent and understanding legal counsel, or receive inaccurate legal information from attorneys who are not well-versed in this area of the law,” said Alison Gill, a DCTC attorney.  “As a result, trans immigrants fail to obtain immigration documents that correctly reflect their gender identity, file timely or comprehensive applications for asylum, or secure legal immigrant status through marriage to a US Citizen or resident.”

Trans immigrants face additional barriers to the already difficult and demanding legal immigration process. For example, the lack of explicit inclusion of “gender identity” as a protected class for asylum-seekers complicates asylum applications for those attempting to flee persecution. Additionally, many countries continue to require nullification of marriages before recognizing a trans person’s identity, making it more difficult for transgender immigrants to reunite with their families.

Failing to access sound legal advice – and knowing one’s rights in general – leads to increased marginalization of trans immigrants within the U.S., exposing far too many people to exploitation by employers, increased risk of discrimination, humiliation and abuse, negative health consequences of living in the U.S. without legal status, and detention in federal facilities pending removal hearings. Further, many transgender immigrants have experienced rape, sexual assault, harassment and other forms of violence – including the denial of life-saving HIV medications – while incarcerated in immigrant detention center.

“Clearly, more immigration attorneys need to understand the very unique and complex issues trans immigrants experience in particular, and sensitive attorneys unfamiliar with immigration law should recognize that there are good laws on the books addressing treatment of trans immigrants that are unfortunately not enforced and often misapplied,” said Gill.

According to guidelines from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), trans immigrants should be able to access accurate identity documents – i.e. work authorization, naturalization certificates, green cards, etc – in the “outward, claimed and otherwise documented [gender identity] of the applicant.”  Clarification as to what “otherwise documented” is necessary as officials from USCIS enforce this rule inconsistently, typically requiring trans-related surgical procedures prior to obtaining accurate identity documents.  In some extreme circumstances, officials will refuse to correct gender markers on identity documents for individuals who have undergone such procedures for no justifiable reason.

“We believe that no human being is illegal, and that no one should be denied accurate documentation, whether because they are transgender or due to their citizenship status,” said Sadie Ryanne Baker, a DCTC advocate.  “Without such documentation, trans immigrants will continue to be treated inhumanly, and made vulnerable to extreme discrimination, humiliation, underemployment and violence.  We plan to march on Sunday to help raise visibility around these complex issues, in hopes of building stronger coalitions with immigration advocates and ensuring that the good laws on the books are enforced appropriately,” said Baker.

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The DC Trans Coalition (DCTC) is a volunteer, grassroots community-based organization dedicated to fighting for human rights, dignity, and equal access for transsexual, transgender and gender-diverse people in the District of Columbia.

TOMORROW! Stand in Solidarity with Honduran Trans and GLB Communities

Tomorrow, there will be a gathering in front of the State Department in DC to condemn the de facto government in Honduras for rampant police abuse, torture and targeted murder of LGBT people in Honduras since they came to power in a military coup d’etat last year.

Of those killed directly by the regime and the police, or due to the transphobia/homophobia fostered by the climate of violence, the vast majority have been trans women – many of whom have been grotesquely disfigured or shot by uniformed government agents. [Note: May be triggering to some people. Also, some of the external links throughout this post contain potentially offensive comments about trans women and possibly some accidental use of incorrect pronouns.] The Honduran de facto government refuses to investigate any of the 17 assassinations that have been documented by human rights observers. Activists have accused the conservative church-backed coup government of encouraging  the murder of trans women and gay men, who are already marginalized and often forced to work the streets, because they are easy targets for violence.

Most recently, a gay peace activist who had released a statement stating “we say it is NOT ACCEPTABLE that in these past 4 months, during such a short period, 9 transexual and gay friends were violently killed” was himself murdered. The United States government has a long history of complicity in injustice in Honduras; join members of the LGBT community here in DC to tell the State Department not to recognize the coup government and to condemn outright the violence targeting LGBT Hondurans.

We must defend the human rights of trans people everywhere and stand in solidarity with trans communities in Honduras!

Date: Wednesday, January 27 2010
Time: 8-9am and 1-2pm rallies; 9am-1pm vigil
Action: Picket and speak out at U.S. State Department
Location: 2201 C Street NW

More info can be found below the cut, copy-and-pasted from the PFLAG blog.

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8/13/09 Newsletter: Announcing New Campaigns, and Other Updates!

Hi DCTC members, friends and supporters! There’s been a whole lot  going on for us lately, and we’d like to update everyone about what we’re doing. Here’s a quick summary, and you can read on for more. If  any of these sound exciting, we hope to see you at our next organizing meeting.

1. New Know Your Rights Material Released
2. Launching Health Care Survey & Access Campaign
3. Efforts to Improve Bathroom Safety Gaining Momentum
4. Fighting the Effects of the Budget Crisis on DC’s Trans Community
5. Continuing to Combat Police Harassment and Brutality
6. Beginning Efforts to Ease the Process for Amending Sex-Designations on DC Birth Certificates

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1. New Know Your Rights Material Released

We’re putting the final touches on an updated version of our Know Your Rights booklets. The new version includes new rights in DC homeless shelters, public schools and jails, information on dealing with police and an expanded list of local resources for trans and gender nonconforming people. If you’d like a copy (or several!), send us an e- mail at dctranscoalition@gmail.com or call 202.557.1951. Soon, you will also be able to download a pdf on the website.

We are also finishing up a new presentation to educate trans/GNC people about our rights in the District. We’ll be meeting with a group of gender nonconforming youth next month, and we’d love to do more! If you have friends, support groups or organizations you’d like us to talk to or give a workshop for, let us know and we’ll set something up.

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2. Launching Health Care Survey & Access Campaign

Thanks to the success of our survey on gender-segregated spaces, we’d like to initiate another survey for our community. This time, we’ll be focusing on the issue of trans and gender nonconforming people’s access to health care. We already know that our community faces huge barriers to appropriate care, but we’d like to know more. Do doctors or nurses mess up your pronouns? Do other clients harass you? Do you have trouble getting on health insurance? Can you find a clinic within reasonable distance that will see you? Does your insurance pay for hormones? These are some of the things we want to know!

We’re going to start working on the surveys soon, and would love to have input. If there are questions you think we should include, let us know! We plan on developing two: one for providers, and one for (trans/GNC) clients. The goal is to educate providers about trans people’s needs so that they can serve us better, and to learn what our community needs most so we can work on increasing our access to public benefits and health care. Keep an eye out for our survey, and expect to hear more from us about health care coverage soon.

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3. Efforts to Improve Bathroom Safety Gaining Momentum

Our Bathroom Access and Safety Campaign is continuing to grow. We have collected over 180 instances of gender-specific single occupancy restrooms that are not in compliance with the Human Rights Law. Please, keep sending them to [UPDATE] the DC Office of Human Rights! Submit the name and address of the establishment, and whether or not their bathrooms are in compliance using this web form or tweet that info (ideally with a photo) with the hashtag #safebathroomsDC. For more info, check out our website.

The “Pee in Peace” rally on the 25th of last month was a huge success. About forty people showed up, and we dispersed to investigate the local bathroom situation, helping us gather non-compliant establishments and raise awareness about trans/GNC people’s safety in public bathrooms. Several media outlets have covered the campaign, including local news, a cover story in the Washington Blade and national blogs like Pam’s House Blend. Also check out our op-ed in the Blade.

Just today, the Washington City Paper has a slightly more sensational article about gendered bathrooms in DC. Be sure to check out some of DCTC member’s comments about the article on the online version of the story and look for an upcoming letter to the editor, as we’d like to clarify a few things about our campaign for City Paper’s readers.

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4. Fighting the Effects of the Budget Crisis on DC’s Trans Community

As we recently announced, the City Council is cutting major funds to services for low income people, and the trans/GNC community is being especially hard hit. Check out this article over at the Blade about the effect this funding loss will have on DC’s homeless trans communities.

We’ve been busy writing letters, but sadly it looks like now we need to start working on ways to raise funds for groups that are in danger, especially Transgender Health Empowerment. THE has organized two upcoming fundraisers that we strongly urge everyone to attend! We’ll be letting you know about other opportunities to donate to organizations that work hard to provide crucial services.

Verna Moda True Fashion Show
Sunday, August 23rd, 3:00pm @ Zigfields 1824 Half Street SW
Special Appearance by Frenchie Davis
$20 in advance, $25 at the door.
For more info or to buy a ticket, call 202.636.1646 ex.109.

1st Year Anniversary and Awards Reception for the Wanda Alston House!
September 9th, 2009, 6:30-8:30pm @ True Reformer Bldg 1200 U St NW
Performances by Gordon Chambers. Minimum Donation: $50.
For more info or to buy a ticket, call 202.636.1646 ex.104.

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5. Continuing to Combat Police Harassment and Brutality

It’s been about two years since DCTC successfully pressured the Metropolitan Police Department to release it’s “handling procedure” for dealing with the trans community, and we’re still worried about how it’s being implemented on the streets. Early next month, we will be meeting with the transgender support group at HIPS to discuss ways to hold the police accountable. Bret Parsons from the Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit will be present for part of the meeting and will share MPD’s training material on trans sensitivity for us to review and comment. PLEASE NOTE: this meeting is only open to trans people. If you’d like to attend, e-mail us for the date, directions and more info.

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6. Beginning Efforts to Ease Process of Amending Sex-Designations on DC Birth Certificates

Finally, we’re also starting a campaign to make it easier for trans people who were born in DC to change the sex listed on their birth certificates to match their actual sex/gender. Right now, the statute requires us to have expensive surgeries that are impractical or not desired by many in our community. Stay tuned for more updates!

Hi DCTC members, friends and supporters! There’s been a whole lot
going on for us lately, and we’d like to update everyone about what
we’re doing. Here’s a quick summary, and you can read on for more. If
any of these sound exciting, we hope to see you at our next organizing
meeting. See our website (dctranscoalition.org) for more info.
1. New Know Your Rights Material Released
2. Launching Health Care Survey & Access Campaign
3. Efforts to Improve Bathroom Safety Gaining Momentum
4. Fighting the Effects of the Budget Crisis on DC’s Trans Community
5. Continuing to Combat Police Harassment and Brutality
6. Beginning Efforts to Ease the Process for Amending Sex-Designations
on DC Birth Certificates—————————————————————-

1. New Know Your Rights Material Released

We’re putting the final touches on an updated version of our Know Your
Rights booklets. The new version includes new rights in DC homeless
shelters, public schools and jails, information on dealing with police
and an expanded list of local resources for trans and gender
nonconforming people. If you’d like a copy (or several!), send us an e-
mail at dctranscoalit@gmail.com or call 202.557.1951. Soon, you
will also be able to download a pdf on the website.

We are also finishing up a new presentation to educate trans/GNC
people about our rights in the District. We’ll be meeting with a group
of gender nonconforming youth next month, and we’d love to do more! If
you have friends, support groups or organizations you’d like us to
talk to or give a workshop for, let us know and we’ll set something
up.

—————————————————————-

2. Launching Health Care Survey & Access Campaign

Thanks to the success of our survey on gender-segregated spaces, we’d
like to initiate another survey for our community. This time, we’ll be
focusing on the issue of trans and gender nonconforming people’s
access to health care. We already know that our community faces huge
barriers to appropriate care, but we’d like to know more. Do doctors
or nurses mess up your pronouns? Do other clients harass you? Do you
have trouble getting on health insurance? Can you find a clinic within
reasonable distance that will see you? Does your insurance pay for
hormones? These are some of the things we want to know!

We’re going to start working on the surveys soon, and would love to
have input. If there are questions you think we should include, let us
know! We plan on developing two: one for providers, and one for (trans/
GNC) clients. The goal is to educate providers about trans people’s
needs so that they can serve us better, and to learn what our
community needs most so we can work on increasing our access to public
benefits and health care. Keep an eye out for our survey, and expect
to hear more from us about health care coverage soon.

—————————————————————-

3. Efforts to Improve Bathroom Safety Gaining Momentum

Our Bathroom Access and Safety Campaign is continuing to grow. We have
collected over 180 instances of gender-specific single occupancy
restrooms that are not in compliance with the Human Rights Law.
Please, keep sending them to us! Remember to e-mail
DCTCBathro@gmail.com with the name and address of the
establishment, the date you were there, and whether or not their
bathrooms are in compliance. For more info, check out our website.

The “Pee in Peace” rally on the 25th of last month was a huge success.
About forty people showed up, and we dispersed to investigate the
local bathroom situation, helping us gather non-compliant
establishments and raise awareness about trans/GNC people’s safety in
public bathrooms. Several media outlets have covered the campaign,
including local news [ http://www.topix.com/city/washington-dc-adams-morgan/2009/07/peeing-i…
], a cover story in the Washington Blade [
http://www.washblade.com/2009/7-24/outindc/cover/14933.cfm?page=1 ]
and national blogs like Pam’s House Blend [ http://www.pamshouseblend.com/tag/bathroom
]. Also check out our op-ed in the Blade [
http://www.washblade.com/2009/7-24/view/columns/14932.cfm ].

Just today, the Washington City Paper has a slightly more sensational
article about gendered bathrooms in DC [
http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/sexist/2009/08/12/dc-bathroo…
]. Be sure to check out some of DCTC member’s comments about the
article on the online version of the story and look for an upcoming
letter to the editor, as we’d like to clarify a few things about our
campaign for City Paper’s readers.

—————————————————————-

4. Fighting the Effects of the Budget Crisis on DC’s Trans Community

As we recently announced, the City Council is cutting major funds to
services for low income people, and the trans/GNC community is being
especially hard hit. We’ve been busy writing letters, but sadly it
looks like now we need to start working on ways to raise funds for
groups that are in danger, especially Transgender Health Empowerment.
THE has organized two upcoming fundraisers that we strongly urge
everyone to attend! We’ll be letting you know about other
opportunities to donate to organizations that work hard to provide
crucial services.

Verno Moda True Fashion Show
Sunday, August 23rd, 3:00pm @ Zigfields 1824 Half Street SW
Special Appearance by Frenchie Davis
$20 in advance, $25 at the door.
For more info or to buy a ticket, call 202.636.1646 ex.109.

1st Year Anniversary and Awards Reception for the Wanda Alston House!
September 9th, 2009, 6:30-8:30pm @ True Reformer Bldg 1200 U St NW
Performances by Gordon Chambers. Minimum Donation: $50.
For more info or to buy a ticket, call 202.636.1646 ex.104.

—————————————————————-

5. Continuing to Combat Police Harassment and Brutality

It’s been about two years since DCTC successfully pressured the
Metropolitan Police Department to release it’s “handling procedure”
for dealing with the trans community, and we’re still worried about
how it’s being implemented on the streets. Early next month, we will
be meeting with the transgender support group at HIPS to discuss ways
to hold the police accountable. Bret Parsons from the Gay and Lesbian
Liaison Unit will be present for part of the meeting and will share
MPD’s training material on trans sensitivity for us to review and
comment. PLEASE NOTE: this meeting is only open to trans people. If
you’d like to attend, e-mail us for the date, directions and more
info.

—————————————————————-

6. Beginning Efforts to Ease Process of Amending Sex-Designations on
DC Birth Certificates

Finally, we’re also starting a campaign to make it easier for trans
people who were born in DC to change the sex listed on their birth
certificates to match their actual sex/gender. Right now, the statute
requires us to have expensive surgeries that are impractical or not
desired by many in our community. Stay tuned for more updates!

This Saturday, 7/25: RALLY for Safety & Equal Access!

Join DCTC, the trans community and our allies THIS Saturday, July 25th at 2:00PM at the intersection of 18th and Columbia Sts NW in Adam’s Morgan. We will be holding a public rally in support of bathroom access and safety for ALL DC residents!

While transphobic bigots spread fear and panic about trans people in public bathrooms, *we* are the ones who are regularly denied access, harassed and attacked just for trying to pee. Join with us to tell local businesses to let us pee in peace! We will briefly rally and then disperse to make sure that the area’s restrooms are in compliance with the DC Human Rights Law’s provisions to ensure accessibility for trans and gender nonconforming people.

To learn more about our campaign to promote enforcement of the Human Rights Law and how you can help, check out our website (www.dctranscoalition.org) and click on the heading “campaigns.” Hope to see you Saturday, and don’t forget to bring lots of friends!