Hi everyone! DCTC would like to share a new resource, created by our friends at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. They just released a Fact Sheet on Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Youth in School that we think is great. Some of the information is specific to New York City, but most still applies here in DC. (See our Know Your Rights! section to learn your rights in DC.) We just wanted to make sure that everyone in our community has the opportunity to read this helpful document from SRLP.
DCTC sent a letter today to the Governor and Attorney General of Maryland, asking them to stop the proposed changes we wrote about earlier to the MVA’s policy on changing the gender marker on state-issued ID’s. For more background, a summary of the current policy and proposed changes, and DCTC’s recommendations on how to proceed, you can read our letter by clicking here. Thanks to the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Whitman Walker Clinic, Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, Maine Transgender Network, National Coalition for LGBT Health, the Gay & Lesbian Activists Alliance and all of our individual members who co-signed the letter on such short notice! This is a hugely important issue, and we’ll keep everyone in the loop as updates come through.
Here is an excerpt from the letter:
While each group has various reasons for concern, our common objection can be summarized as follows; transgender, transsexual and gender non-conforming (hereafter “trans”) Marylanders deserve identity documents that most accurately reflect the way they live their lives, and should not be forced to pay for expensive surgeries they may not desire nor need along with unnecessary legal fees in order to obtain accurate identification documents. Trans individuals already face tremendous challenges when accessing services and obtaining employment. Having to carry ID documents that do not match a person’s presentation or identity can place them at increased chances of discrimination, harassment and even physical violence. For the sake of trans Marylanders’ safety, we urge you to do what you can to help stop this dangerous and unnecessary policy change from being implemented.
Join members of DCTC and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project for two great events coming up on Thursday.
At 12:15 – 1:30 pm, there will be a lunchtime panel at Georgetown University Law on Trans Law, Policy & Activism. Please contact us for more information if you’re interested.
In the evening, the Prisoner Correspondence Project, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, and the DC Trans Coalition invite you to join us for a meeting about confronting violence and incarceration…
Thurs. Oct. 16th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Foundry Methodist Church, Room B2
1500 16th St NW, Washington DC
Snacks will be served! Some money will be available to help cover transportation costs if needed!
Join us for a night of networking and strategy discussions. We’ll dialogue with a panel of representatives from local and regional organizations to learn from each other’s work providing accessible healthcare, legal and other services to the trans community, and how these community-led efforts are planting the seeds of a world free of violence by providing concrete alternatives here and now.
Participating organizations include:
*Sylvia Rivera Law Project (NYC)
*Prisoner Correspondence Project
*DC Trans Coalition
*Critical Resistance D.C.
*And possibly more!
Then, let’s brainstorm ways to work together toward our shared goals of social, economic, sexual, racial and gender justice. How can we actively support folks who are in or just getting out of prison? How can we respond to poverty and violence in ways that don’t rely on policing or prison and that challenge racism, classism, sexism, ageism
and other kinds of oppression? Centering the experiences of those who are most directly affected by State and interpersonal violence, what might a world with safer communities and without prisons look like, where we could express gender without fear, discrimination, harassment or imprisonment?
For Questions or to RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-917-0446
*By Public Transportation: Exit Red Line Dupont Circle station, go east on P St until the corner of 16th St. The meeting is in the basement with an accessible entrance.
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Activists from the DC Trans Coalition hand-delivered over 200 petition signatures and comments from the online petition, in addition to formal commentary from the Coalition and comments from the Silvia Rivera Law Project in New York.
Many organizations and individuals made powerful statements to demand that the Office of Human Rights drop their proposed changes.
The DC Commission on Human Rights meets Thursday, September 11 at 6pm.
The meeting will be held at 441 4th Street, Suite 570 North, Washington, DC.
Call the Human Rights Commission’s office at (202) 727-0656 for room location and additional information.
These meetings are open to the public, and it would be a good time to let the Commission know your thoughts about their proposed changes to the Human Rights Act!