Transgender lobbyists met with members of Congress on the second day of the event. Get the latest LGBT headlines in your inbox with our free daily newsletter! Join Topics trans rightsendaCongresslobbytrans advocacySNDATransgender Lobby Day Share on WhatsApp 0 reader comments
A record number of transgender activists and allies have taken part in a lobbying event in D.C. to urge lawmakers to push through a version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) which does not include the broad religious exemption clause.
The proposed religious exemptions have caused several LGBT rights groups to drop their support for ENDA, which is currently being delayed by the House of Representatives.
Speaking to Senators and Representatives, around 200 lobbyists at the Transgender Lobby Day 2014 instead recommended Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (1964) as an example of religious exemption which is narrow enough not to undermine the entire purpose of the Act.
Lobbyists also urged members of congress to support the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA), introduced to both Houses in March 2011 to protect LGBT youths against discrimination in schools.
The two-day event, which took place from 14-15 July, included break-out sessions on improving transition-related health care, working against police profiling, and building power and diversity within the trans movement. The estimated 200 attendees is a record for the annual event.
It was organised jointly by several organisations: National Center for Trangender Equality (NCTE); Trans People of Color Coalition; Trans Latin
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