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Don't Tolerate Trans Exclusion

At 5:30 PM this Saturday, July 19, join Illinois Gender Advocates,the Gay Liberation Network and others in a protest against the exclusion of Transgender people from the proposed Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). The protest will take place outside of the annual fundraiser for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 151 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago (about 1 block east of Michigan Avenue).

Last fall after promising that his organization would oppose excluding Transgender people from ENDA, HRC President Joe Solmonese broke that promise and, in conjunction with leaders of the Democratic Party, wiped out ENDA's protections for Transgender people and severely weakened protections for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual people.

Since then, rather than apologizing for this appalling piece of non-solidarity and firing Solmonese, HRC has operated in major damage-control mode, setting up forums around the country to say we're sorry if your misinterpretation of our actions offended you. A who's who of LGBT organizations around the country have condemned the exclusion of Transgender people from the proposed ENDA, but HRC looks set to continue pursuing its "divided we fall" strategy. In this, they have been supported by leading members of the Democratic Party such as gay Congressman Barney Frank, who apparently has insisted on Trans-exclusion as the price for access to the corridors of power.

Apparently HRC only cares about two things: the approval of Democratic Party power brokers, and money. Our protest at the HRC fundraiser is aimed at hitting them at least on the latter point.

Please join the Gay Liberation Network as we support this important protest initiated by the Illinois Gender Advocates (www.genderadvocates.org), our state's leading Trans rights organization.


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