For the second engaging assignment, I looked check out the Human Rights Campaign Website and looked specifically at the page for transgender issues.
1. This website is the official Human Rights Campaign site. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is the largest civil rights organization in the United States working for GLBT equality.
The HRC has over 750,000 members and supporters (!!!) across the nation. It is run by a board of directors who have the ultimate authority over HRC action. The Board members are all volunteers and community or cooperate leaders from across the country. There is also â€śHRC Staffâ€? who head different branches of the foundation.
As the largest GLBT organization, the HRC has a unique ability of being able to unite people nation wide. Although weâ€™ve made a lot of progress, there is still a lot of work to be done for GLBT equality. The HRC exists to make these incredibly important legislative and community changes occur.
The HRC attempts to engage all Americans to put an end to GLBT discrimination in the work force, make sure families are treated equally under the law, and encouraging education and outreach programs. The HRC works on both the federal and state level, as well as working with grassroots organizers and other GLBT organizations.
The HRC website has a specific page for transgender issues, and includes a lot of links to other useful information. The page includes a FAQ section, and a lot of the questions and answers are directed toward cooperations who are facing the issue of equality in the workplace. A lot of the answers explain that it is actually quite easy and simple to make the workplace a safe and comfortable environment for transgendered individuals. The arguments in the FAQ section seem like they would be pretty persuasive in helping transform a workplace. The trans page also has a â€ścoming out guideâ€? that can be downloaded and printed, and can be used to help you or others in your life understand the transition process, which I guess would help decrease oppression in an individual level.
The â€śgetting involvedâ€? section of the site is all on one page, and doesnâ€™t seem to be geared toward one specific issue. The page, however, offers a lot of different optionsâ€“donating money, becoming a member, getting involved in activism, etcâ€“for getting involved with the campaign. One such option is â€śTell Your Storyâ€?â€“ people write about their own experiences with a specific issue and can possibly get it posted on that issueâ€™s page. There were quite a few links on the transgender page, which I guess can be seen as sort of an awareness thing for fighting oppressionâ€“letting others know what your experience is like and addressing discrimination.
2. The transgender page has a â€ślawsâ€? link, which takes the viewer to a list of various state laws in alphabetical order regarding gender identity. I checked out the section for Minnesotaâ€“only two laws for listed, but they both seemed like pretty important ones. The first was that post-operative transsexuals are allowed to change the sex on their birth certificates. The second is a non-discrimination law, which is simply that Minnesota law protects against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. I didnâ€™t know that the second law existedâ€“I knew we had some protections, but I wasnâ€™t aware there was a â€śblanket lawâ€? protecting against discrimination of any kind based on gender identity. I think it is great that this is existsâ€“transgender individuals are granted some rights (to not be discriminated against), on paper, but I donâ€™t know how this law is actually being enforced in societyâ€“that is, how many people actually â€śgetâ€? the rights that the legislation gives them. I guess this is part of the reason the human rights organization existsâ€“to make sure everyone â€śgetsâ€? the rights that the state is allowing them.