Friday, November 18, 2016

HRC launches Parents for Transgender Equality Council - LGBT WEEKLY

by Steve Lee
Originally published: November 15, 2016

Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) will launch its groundbreaking, new Parents for Transgender Equality Council, a coalition of the nation’s leading parent-advocates working for equality and fairness for transgender people. The council’s launch begins HRC’s commemoration of Transgender Week of Awareness, dedicated to the progress, continued challenges, and unfinished work in the fight for transgender equality.

Transgender young people have been thrust into the center of the national debate on transgender equality. Increasingly, parents of transgender children and young people have played an integral role in educating the country and pushing back against hateful, anti-transgender efforts in communities and states across the country. This year, more than 200 anti-LGBTQ bills were introduced in state legislatures and many specifically targeted transgender students.  Similar attacks are expected next year and despite significant progress over the last several years on transgender equality, the results of last week’s election have put many of the advancements at the federal level at risk.  And Congress is currently considering the Russell Amendment which would allow for religious discrimination against LGBTQ employees in all federally funded programs.