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Let's Start A Campaign on Trans Workplace Issues!

A new US Administration and a new Congress creates a new opportunity to move the ball forward in the federal arena. The key to this is making sure that they know we're here, and that we need and deserve their attention.

This site has managed to garner over 300 members in a short time, and we are some of the strongest allies of the trans community. If we all channel our efforts, we can accomplish amazing things. The beginning of a new Administration and a new Congress is a time when our efforts can be especially effective. I would like to put together a steering committee to use this site and its networking capabilities to lobby Members of Congress around the country on trans workplace issues. If this effort is successful in creating some coordination, we can move on to some of the other issues key to challenging oppression, like educating employers and the public, state and local legislation, and increasing transgender job opportunities. We can also work on global issues.

I have some ideas, and I'm sure you do too. If you're interested in taking action on this, please reply to this post.

Here are some of my ideas. They need some tweaking, for sure. What are your ideas?

1) open a YouTube channel to lobby specific Members of Congress in key states and districts from their own constituents, using short (1 min or less) videos

2) standard email and letter writing campaign to accompany the effort

3) getting employers to publicly support a trans-inclusive ENDA

4) email and letter-writing campaign to the EEOC, which is called upon to give its opinion on new legislation

5) coordinating with non-profits that support a trans-inclusive ENDA

If you're interested in taking action on this, please reply to this post and we'll stir things up a bit.

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Comment by Sarah Siegel on December 18, 2008 at 8:13am
Maybe this already exists, but how about creating a trans inclusion kit to provide to Members of Congress and GLBT employee affinity groups alike? Like: Transpeople are already contributing to society, and so why not be more explicitly inclusive and welcoming of transpeople? The kit could include portraits and profiles of, e.g., a trans worker; a trans academic; a trans politician; a trans parent;a trans pet owner (I'm working at home today and am inspired by the kitty in my lap); a trans artist....
Comment by Linus Bourque on December 18, 2008 at 8:18am
I'd be game to help out with whatever is needed or wanted. I'm not sure what restrictions arise with me being from another country (visa and all that crap) but definitely want to help.
Comment by Greg Sensing on December 18, 2008 at 9:23am
Boston-area here and I am completely on board with this idea and would be happy to help in some way.
No brilliant ideas are popping into my head just yet but I am happy to help get out the word and drum up support in any way I can.
Comment by Tobias Packer on December 18, 2008 at 11:24am
I've noticed that there are a number of members in this group who are connected to one organization or another. This may be a great opportunity to re-ignite energy around United ENDA. In the Web 2.0 world, the constant churning of independent or disassociated campaigns create static electricity (random, spontaneous, attention grabbing) but rarely builds the foundation necessary to create a long-lasting strategic presence.

I think the You Tube channel is one of the better campaign engagement tools I've seen in a while. Also, I think there is endless possibility to drive corporate buy-in and support from advertising supportive businesses on a page. But it is my belief that in order for any of it to be successful these tools should be supported by an organization or a cohort of orgs.

I'm available to lend some time to thinking through building this infrastructure. Maybe a conference call is in order?
Comment by Gwen Walcott on December 18, 2008 at 3:35pm
Being unemployed, I'm a little short of change, but other than that, I'm willing to help any way that I can
Comment by Claire Jennifer Buckley on December 18, 2008 at 7:00pm
I especially like your idea #3) getting employers to publicly support a trans-inclusive ENDA and
#5) coordinating with non-profits that support a trans-inclusive ENDA

If we could get some/many major employers involved then it will have many bonuses, i.e it will be an internal endorsement of their supportive non-discrimination policy, it may actually help them to create an internal non-discrimination policy, and also show the world that they are forward thinkers who support social justice and civil rights.

For non-profits these same benefits apply, and I would like to think that somehow their non-profit status would gain "Brownie Points" by being so supportive.

It may take time but I would love to help in identifying and then contacting the key players in my community (N CA.).

Being likewise unemployed I have some extra time at present.
Comment by Rhiannon ODonnabhain on December 18, 2008 at 10:56pm
Hi Jillian,

You can count on me. I am looking forward to helping with this endeavor.
Comment by Gretchen Lindell on December 19, 2008 at 6:33pm
I'd certainly like to help with this initiative - count me in!
Comment by Shauna Baggett on December 25, 2008 at 3:55am
You can count me on as well Jillian.
Comment by erl on January 28, 2009 at 7:04am
Before we will be truly accepted in the workplace, we need to look at the rest of the world we live in. What are we doing to be seen in society with a positive image? We can do many things, none of them wrong or bad, but perhaps there is something we can do that is effective. Each of us pick one person, or entity, and begin a face to face campaign. It can be at the grocery, church, or city hall, anywhere. Simply meet and explain what we are, and what we trully represent, and share. Then be what we are, and represent ourselves to others, one on one everyday. We will be accepted in society when we share and give so as to be part of others lives. Let's share how we can do that. .

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