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Good news! [Aug. 6th, 2009|10:25 am]

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Fully-Inclusive ENDA Introduced in US Senate. Article includes statements from four of the bill's main sponsors. This bill had 114 cosponsors in the House, compared with only 62 for the 2007 version. It has 37 cosponsors in the Senate.
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US, TN: Trans person shot in Memphis [Jun. 29th, 2009|12:06 pm]
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From [info]transgriot.

TransGriot Note: This news is courtesy of the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition, and it's less than 24 hours after several Shelby County Commissioners loudly said there was no need for an anti-discrimination ordinance in Memphis.

We were contacted by a reporter with Channel 3 (WREG-TV) who provided a copy of an affidavit of a shooting that occurred in South Memphis on Wednesday, May 27. The man arrested for the shooting, Terron Taylor, told police that he did it because the victim “misrepresented his gender.”

The victim, identified as Kelvin Denton, is in critical condition after being shot in the nose and throat.

At this point, we do not know any details about Denton’s life, but regardless, we abhor this sort of violence for any reason. Our thoughts and prayers of everyone in the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition go out to Kelvin, family and friends, for a speedy recovery.

We urge Shelby County authorities to prosecute Taylor aggressively and not permit the use of the trans-panic defense.

We also urge members of the Tennessee General Assembly to pass HB0335 by Rep. Jeanne Richardson (D-Memphis) and 21 others, and SB0253 by Sens. Beverly Marrero (D-Memphis) and Ophelia Ford (D-Memphis), as soon as they return in January. This bill would add “gender identity or expression” as a hate crimes sentencing enhancement factor to Tennessee Code Annotated 40-35-114. Passage of this bill will make it easier for state and local authorities to track and prosecute hate crimes against all LGBT Tennesseans.

If you do not know the names of your state legislators, go to .

Federal Legislation:

In addition, we urge swift passage in the United States Senate of S.909, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act. The House of Representatives has already passed this legislation, which is supported by President Obama, by a vote of 249 to 175.

Please contact both of Tennessee’s Senators, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker and tell them you want to them to support S.909.

We also ask everyone to continue talking to both Representatives and Senators about the importance of the fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act. We anticipate that ENDA will be introduced in the coming weeks. It is time to end job discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. If LGBT people can find, and hold, decent paying jobs, then we are less likely to end up on the streets where we become vulnerable to hate crimes.
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Trans-inclusive ENDA introduced in the House. [Jun. 24th, 2009|03:42 pm]

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WASHINGTON, June 24 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund applauds today’s introduction of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would protect against workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Crossposted - apologies if you see this more than once.
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[Apr. 20th, 2009|11:45 pm]

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Dunno if you guys have seen this already, but there's a bill in the Texas House that would prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of "sexual orientation or gender identity/expression". If you know anyone (other than me) who is from Texas, please pass this along to them.
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US, MA: MTPC Monthly Newsletter and HB 1722 update [Feb. 4th, 2008|02:00 pm]
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Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition Monthly Newsletter - February 2008

Remember to vote tomorrow!
Tuesday, Feb 5th is Massachusetts Primary Day
Don't know where your polling place is?
Visit to find out where to vote in your community.

HB 1722 Updates
Hearing for bill coming up very soon:
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MTPC Updates
New Message board
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Going to NGLTF's Creating Change Conference in Detroit this week?
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Next MTPC Boston General Meeting
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Next Free Legal Clinic for Low-Income Transgender People is 21st February
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Your tax-deductible donation makes our work for in advancing gender identity and gender expression rights and access possible.
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General Community Message:
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Find out how you can support HB 1722 - "An Act Relative to Gender-Based Discrimination and Hate Crimes"
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