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Make Your Voice Heard: A Transgender Guide to Educating Congress

May 1, 2013

INTRODUCTION

Speaking with members of Congress to educate them or impact their views on policy decisions that affect the lives of the people they represent is a fundamental feature of our democratic process. Most people fail to realize the importance of speaking out on issues; we all have the power to affect change in our government.

Establishing a relationship with your legislators can be one of the most effective ways to advance the causes of transgender people. There are a number of ways to do this, including visiting, writing, e-mailing, faxing, or calling your representative. This guide is meant to help you learn ways to reach out to your elected officials and educate them on the issues that transgender people and our loved ones face.

This guide focuses on your national representatives in the United States Congress in Washington, DC; however, the material also applies to contact with your state representatives. Throughout this guide, you will find resources to aid you in preparing to make contact with your Congressperson. The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is committed to being a resource for those who wish to bring the needs of transgender people to legislators.

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