A Blueprint for Equality: A Federal Agenda for Transgender People (2015)
National Center for Transgender Equality
Washington D.C. - It’s hard to believe how much has been accomplished in twelve years. When the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) was founded in 2003, transgender people barely had a voice in the Washington offices where major federal policy decisions take place. Now we’re at every relevant meeting, and our impact is felt at almost every table where our issues are discussed. Working in collaboration with our many allies, leveraging our power by working in coalitions on every issue, NCTE has been able to advance an incredibly full agenda despite our small size.
This updated Blueprint for Equality represents a new stage in our movement for transgender equality through federal policy change. We present here another ambitious agenda for the next two years, using strategies we’ve shown to be effective and relationships we’ve built with many advocates and federal agencies.”
We have also expanded the agenda to include additional important issues that, while they are not unique to transgender people, affect trans people disproportionately. NCTE’s theory of change includes the belief that we must work in concert with all communities who face discrimination, violence, or limitations on opportunities because of race, nationality, class, religion, ability, and other dimensions of identity.
To read the full introduction, or link to the pdf of the Blueprint for Equality, follow this link.
Are You A Victim of Financial Abuse?
DomesticShelters.org June 12, 2015
When people think of abuse, what comes to mind is usually physical abuse, followed by sexual, emotional or psychological abuse. Financial, or economic, abuse is another way batterers control their partners to keep them in a relationship. It’s a very powerful form of abuse that, like other types of abuse, often begins subtly and progressives over time.
In the beginning, a partner might make taking care of joint finances seem like an act of kindness, offering to take the burden off the other partner’s shoulders. But over time, the abuser takes more and more control, allowing the survivor less and less access to money, thereby making him or her increasingly more financially dependent on the abuser.
“Financial abuse is often neglected in the assessment of domestic violence,” says Sherry Hamby, Ph.D., author of Battered Women’s Protective Strategies: Stronger Than You Know. “But it is a really huge issue. There are a lot of ways batterers can affect abuse.”.
But the House rejected the governor’s proposal. Instead, lawmakers have proposed scaled down versions of the package. First the funding proposal was $52 million, then it was bargained down to $22 million.
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NASW National Committee on Lesbian, Gay, BiSexual, and Transgender Issues- Position Statement
NASW May 2015
In 1992, the NASW National Committee on Lesbian and Gay Issues (NCLGI) issued a ground-breaking document focused on the negative and stigmatizing impact of the use of ‘transformational ministries’ or ‘conversion or reparative therapies’ in an attempt to change or modify a person’s sexual orientation (NASW, 1992). Later that decade, the NASW National Committee on Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Issues (NCLGBI) updated the position statement. In 2000 the National NASW Board of Directors passed a ‘motion to adopt’ the Reparative and Conversion Therapies for Lesbians and Gay Men Position Statement (NASW, 2000). As advocacy efforts have grown, both for and against the use of conversion therapy, so has the need to educate clients and communities about the impact of these practices on individuals and families, and the implications for social work practice. In 2015, the NASW National Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues (NCLGBTI) updated the position statement utilizing the umbrella term sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE).
To read the full statement, follow this link.