Congressional Hearing on Discrimination Against Transgender Americans in the Workplace
This historic hearing took place on Thursday, June 26, 2008.
Testimony before the United States House of Representatives, Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, Committee on Education and Labor
Read the testimony submitted before the committee:
Organizations may also submit written testimony. Read what our allies are saying.
View the hearing on YouTube
"What is a Congressional Hearing?"
"Who gets to Testify?"
and Other Burning Questions
As we all look forward to Thursday's Congressional Hearing, some of you have been asking, and others are probably wondering, "What's this all about, anyway?" We have received a lot of questions, so we thought some of our members might appreciate some basic information about what a hearing is and how it works.
If you are curious, please check out our T-Equality blog for answers to questions such as:
- What is a Congressional Hearing?
- Why is the Hearing on June 26th so Historic?
- Who Testifies at a Hearing?
- Can Anyone Attend a Congressional Hearing?
- Where And When Is The Hearing?
- Will the Hearing be Broadcast on C-SPAN?
- Who is on This Subcommittee?
For more information on the Committee on Education and Labor see their website.
Congressional Hearing Witnesses Announced
The people called to testify before the Congressional Hearing "An Examination of Discrimination Against Trangender Americans in the Workplace," have been named by the Heath, Education, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee.
Chairman Rob Andrews (D-NJ) has called the following witnesses:
- Shannon Price Minter, Legal Director for National Center for Lesbian Rights (founding member of NCTE)
- Diane Schroer, Retired Colonel, US Army (member of NCTE)
- Diego Sanchez, Director of Public Relations and External Affairs for AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts (Founding Board of Directors for NCTE)
- Sabrina Marcus Taraboletti, Former Space Shuttle Engineer (founding member of NCTE)
- Bill Hendrix, Chair of Gays, Lesbians, and Allies at Dow (GLAD) for Dow Chemical Company
The minority party has called the following witnesses:
- JC Miller, Partner at Thompson Hine
- Glen Lavy, Senior Counsel for Alliance Defense Fund
NCTE's ED, Mara Keisling, Lauded for Her Work on Hearing
We all owe a big thanks for the leadership and dedication of the staff of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, the ACLU and the National Center for Lesbian Rights for helping us get to this day. In preparation of the upcoming hearing, NCTE staff and our allies have been briefing Committee Members' staff and witnesses on testimonials and questions that will be presented. Kate Kendall, ED for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, has this to say about Mara's work:
"Special acknowledgment and thanks for this historic event must go to Mara Keisling, the Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. Mara has been front and center in every facet of planning and preparing for this groundbreaking hearing, from briefing congressional staff, to collecting stories of discrimination from transgender constituents in the home districts of every committee member, to preparing witnesses. If it were not for Mara's visionary leadership and tireless advocacy for the needs and interests of transgender people, this day would not be happening and the gains we've made would be far less notable. The entire LGBT community owes an incredible debt of gratitude to Mara for the dignity, brilliance, and grace with which she has led the charge to secure federal protections for transgender people."
Read the rest of the Kate's blog to hear about all of the groups and people who have been instrumental in bringing us to this milestone.