A Handbook for Activists Published
Organizing Manual Breaks New Ground in Bias Struggle
Book Defines and Describes Transgender Terms and Issues
Compiled By GayToday
The publication, Transgender Equality: A Handbook for Activists and Policymakers, reviews some 25 years of transgender advocacy and was co-authored by national leaders in transgender activism: City University of New York Associate Professor Paisley Currah and NCLR Senior Staff Attorney Shannon Minter, with an introduction by Jamison Green, past president of FTM International and current board chair of Gender Education and Advocacy, Inc.
"Transgender Equality is a powerful educational tool that marks a turning point for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender movement," said NGLTF Executive Director Elizabeth Toledo.
"This book works toward breaking down the barriers that have divided our movement for decades. It empowers all of us - not only transgendered people, but also gay, lesbian, and bisexual people and allies--to advocate effectively for inclusive equality in our communities and workplaces."
Through 27 personal stories and case studies, Transgender Equality defines and describes transgender terms and issues; discusses the ways sexual orientation and gender identity overlap and differ; examines the role of gender variance in homophobia and anti-gay violence; provides information on efforts to achieve basic legal protections for transgendered people; and suggests strategies for advancing inclusive anti-discrimination, safe schools, and hate-crimes legislation.
Despite such dramatic advances, however, transgendered activists often find themselves struggling for a voice in the fight for equality. "Policy and legislative issues affecting gender variant people are too often ignored," said NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell.
"NCLR is committed to ending the isolation of the transgendered community, and this publication represents a major bridge between the lesbian and feminist communities and the transgendered political movement."
In the book, authors Minter and Currah point out that between 1996 and 1999, 31 jurisdictions passed laws prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, but that only six of those laws included provisions for transgendered people.
Transgender Equality provides examples of successful legal language, offers talking points to assist efforts to educate both the public and policymakers about issues important to the transgender community, and discusses strategies to achieve transgender equality in workplaces and educational institutions.
In 1997, NGLTF became the first national gay and lesbian organization to amend its mission statement to include bisexual and transgendered people. One year later it became the first national GLBT organization to bring a transgendered person onto its board of directors.
The handbook is available free of charge from NGLTF online in the Library + Publications section at www.ngltf.org or for $10 by ordering online or calling (202) 332-6483, ext. 3205.