Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2017-09-20
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Transgender report presented at Center
by Steven Chaitman
2011-06-01

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


Quantifiable proof of injustice against transgender and gender non-conforming individuals now exists in the form of a new national study. Titled "Injustice at Every Turn," the survey highlights the myriad of challenges trans people face in employment, educations, housing, public accommodations and more.

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) presented a summary of its 200-page report, created in conjunction with the National Center for Transgender Equality, May 25 at the Center on Halsted. The Center provided a local panel of equality advocates and an open community forum to discuss the findings and current efforts to improve trans rights and equality in Chicago and Illinois.

A total of 6,450 transgender and gender non-conforming individuals from all 50 states (including 173 from Chicago) completed the survey from September 2008 through February 2009. The survey's key findings were that most of its respondents lived in extreme poverty; trans people of color faced a significantly higher degree of discrimination; and 41 percent of respondents reported attempting suicide, compared to 1.6 percent of the general population.

The survey aimed to provide policymakers, community activists and legal advocates the data they need to improve efforts toward transgender justice and equality. NGLTF Deputy Executive Director Russell Roybal presented the summary and said that current equality efforts need to be more inclusive of the transgender community.

"Although there have been many positive laws at the state and municipal level that include sexual orientation-based non-discrimination, there have been many that did not include gender identity or expression," Roybal said. "So part of the goal of creating this survey was to provide the information necessary to make those policy changes at the local, state and national level."

After Roybal's presentation, Lisa Gilmore, Center on Halsted's director of education and victim advocacy, moderated a panel discussion and forum on trans issues and efforts on the local level. Panelists included Anthony Martinez, executive director of The Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA); Kate Sosin, co-founder of Genderqueer Chicago and Windy City Times reporter; and Owen Daniel-McCarter, project attorney for Transformative Justice Law Project (TJLP) in Illinois.

Sosin discussed Genderqueer Chicago's T-Friendly Bathroom Initiative, which launched in February to provide transgender individuals with safe public restrooms throughout the city.

"One of the stories that a lot of trans people share is anxiety over bathrooms," Sosin said. "It's so common. When we boiled it down and talked about it, your right to use the toilet should not be in dispute."

Daniel-McCarter said that TJLP holds day events in the city to assist transgender people with name-change paperwork. He also described the project's efforts to provide legal council for trans persons improperly assigned to sex-segregated prisons.

"In Illinois, people are placed according to the sex that was assigned to them at birth, not to their preferred gender identity," Daniel-McCarter said, "which means since about 93 percent of people who are incarcerated in our country are assigned male, most of our clients are transgender women who are in men's prisons and are experiencing some of the most horrific hate based violence that I've ever seen in my life."

Some organizations, such as TCRA, have already put the new survey to use. Martinez said TCRA's lawyers used the report to bolster their argument in a case involving a Metra worker who transitioned on the job and was denied the ability to use the locker room that best represented their gender identity. He says the next step is to use the information to help inform lawmakers.

"Now we want to use this report to help work with our legislators to help educate them around trans issues," Martinez said. "That's kind of the next frontier for the LGBT community in terms of ensuring transgender people have protections overtly and are able to do simple things like change their birth certificate to their current gender identity."

The full "Injustice at Every Turn" report is available at www.TheTaskForce.org, or www.TransEquality.org . More information about the survey can be found at www.EndTransDiscrimination.org .


facebook twitter google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

GLAD, NCLR react to transgender military ban, anti-transgender judicial nominee 2017-09-20 - ( WASHINGTON, D.C., September 20, 2017 )—Today, the National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders ( ...


Gay News

World news: Jewish lawmaker, LGBT crimes, trans school reopens 2017-09-20 - An ultra-Orthodox Jewish lawmaker resigned from the Israeli legislature after drawing rabbis' wrath for attending his gay nephew's wedding, Business Insider reported. Yigal ...


Gay News

National roundup: Trans bill blocked, student killed, Chelsea Manning 2017-09-20 - U.S. Senate Republican leaders blocked a bipartisan amendment to the annual defense bill that would have stopped the Pentagon from implementing the bulk ...


Gay News

Trans Disaster Relief Fund site launched 2017-09-18 - The TFA Trans Disaster Relief Fund website has been launched to aid trans, intersex and genderqueer community members affected by hurricanes Harvey and ...


Gay News

Trans woman is 20th killed this year 2017-09-18 - In Charlotte, North Carolina, Derricka Banner, 26, was found shot and killed in a vehicle on Sept. 12, according to QNotes. Banner is ...


Gay News

California Legislature Passes Bill Creating Non-Binary Gender for State IDs 2017-09-18 - Sacramento — The California Legislature last night approved a bill that would make it easier to change gender markers on state-issued identification documents ...


Gay News

Chicago Fringe Opera leads with transgender coming of age story at Center 2017-09-17 - Chicago — Now in its fourth year, Chicago's "alt-opera company" ( John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune ) Chicago Fringe Opera ( CFO ) ...


Gay News

Palm Center Statement on Bipartisan Support for Senate Bill to Block Trump's Transgender Ban 2017-09-15 - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Palm Center Director Aaron Belkin issued the following statement in response to today's introduction of a stand-alone bill to ...


Gay News

Groups tell courts: Ban already harming transgender troops, U.S. military 2017-09-15 - ( SEATTLE, September 14, 2017 ) — Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN today asked a federal court to halt immediately all steps taken to ...


Gay News

Advocates: Trump working to weaken protection against sex, gender discrimination 2017-09-15 - Washington — Even as another attempt surfaces in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut Medicaid funding, the Trump administration is ...


 



Copyright © 2017 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.