March 31st is Transgender Day of Visibility

Transgender Day of Visibility recognizes the generations of struggle, activism, and courage that have brought our country closer to full equality for transgender and gender non-binary people.  Their trailblazing work has given countless transgender individuals the bravery to live as themselves, openly and authentically. This hard-fought progress is also shaping an increasingly accepting world in which peers at school, teammates and coaches on the playing field, colleagues at work, and allies in every corner of society are standing in support and solidarity with the transgender community.

In spite of our progress in advancing civil rights for LGBTQ+ Americans, too many transgender people — adults and youth alike — still face systemic barriers to freedom and equality.  Transgender Americans of all ages face high rates of violence, harassment, and discrimination.  Nearly one in three transgender Americans have experienced homelessness at some point in life.  Transgender Americans continue to face discrimination in employment, housing, health care, and public accommodations. The crisis of violence against transgender women, especially transgender women of color, is especially prevalent. (White House).

We all know how hard it can be to discuss these issues, especially when negotiating a collective bargaining agreement for our members. Pride At Work is a constituency group of the AFL-CIO that organizes mutual support between the organized Labor Movement and the LBGTQ community to further social and economic justice. They have great resources to help start the discussion on these topics. See packet below:  LGBTQGuide2021

For more information about them or to join their cause click here.

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