“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
“Things the Old Testament Bans”
NEW VIDEO. Gay Couples - Make You Feel My Love.
Colombia’s Constitutional Court has ruled that the country must extend marriage rights to same-sex couple within 2 years.
“The Colombian Congress must create an equivalent of marriage for gay couples by June 20, 2013, or else couples will automatically gain the right to go to any judge or notary public to formalize their union, according to the ruling. The country already offers civil unions, which grant almost all marriage rights.”
FIRED for being transgender
I made this about an hour after it happened. I want to put a human face on this issue; I want people to realize this affects real people with faces and feelings and families who have to suffer on a daily basis because of the way the law stands in the U.S.
To reiterate: there are no laws in the state of florida (or most other states) to protect transgender people from being terminated based on gender identity or expression, and there is no federal law addressing it. This is why it is so important to pass ENDA at a federal level.
LGBTQ* How To’s/Things You Can Do
Trans* Inclusiveness At A Local Level
- Work toward passing local laws
- Work to make homeless shelters in your area more accepting of trans people. See our information on trans homelessness here.
- Work with your local police/prisons or Emergency personnel to increase understanding of trans people.
- Get involved in or start a local support group.
- Participate is local civic committees, clubs, boards and commissions. This makes your community better and helps build expertise and credibility that can be useful in transgender activism.
- Vote! Policymakers who support trans issues and those who are hostile both come into office because people vote. In order to increase the number of trans supportive policymakers in office, trans people and our allies must vote. Register to vote now by clicking here.
- Volunteer on Political campaigns and in local political parties. People who work on campaigns often have enhanced access to elected officials. An office holder who knows that transgender people helped her get elected is likely to view us differently than one who does not.
- Run for political office yourself. There have been very few openly transgender elected officials. We will never have sufficient clout in public policy until there are more.
- Get other transgender people involved. Honor people’s right to participate in their own civil rights. And of course you can use the help. No movement can thrive without a constant influx of newly motivated and mentored activists.