Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Lobby Congress for Job Protections and Safe Schools with NCTE and the Task Force

We are excited to work with the Task Force on the first-ever Lobby Day at the 24th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change. NCTE Executive Director, Mara Keisling, joins the Task Force’s Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Stacey Long, as a lead trainer. From the Task Force blog:

With a focus on employment nondiscrimination and safe schools, we will explain why fair hiring, promotion and retention practices, pay equity and anti-bullying policies are tremendous concerns for LGBT people. The “How to Effectively Lobby Your Member of Congress” portion of the day will include message training on the legislation and role-play visits to give participants a chance to practice messages. Thousands of everyday people will share their stories to persuade their representatives and senators to support and co-sponsor inclusive-and-focused LGBT legislation. We encourage individuals of all experience levels to sign up for Lobby Day. First-time citizen lobbyists are welcome and encouraged! With a significant focus on transgender education, the Creating Change Transgender Institute will participate in the Lobby Day. We hope that individuals who would otherwise have attended that institute will join us on Capitol Hill. Additionally, we hope pro-LGBT religious and spiritual leaders will join us in bringing their faith voices and perspectives. The Lobby Day will be part of the Practice Spirit, Do Justice programs at Creating Change.

To participate in the Lobby Day, you must register to attend the Creating Change conference. Under the “Additional Creating Change Conference Details” section, be sure to select, “First-Ever Creating Change Lobby Day” on Thursday, January 26th. Even if you can’t make it to the Lobby Day, there are lots of ways you can connect with us throughout the Conference. Hang out with us at our table on Friday, Jan. 27th and Saturday, Jan. 28th. Genny Beemyn and Sue Rankin will be signing copies of their new book The Lives of Transgender People at our table on Friday, Jan. 27th from 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM. You can also meet us at some of our workshops: Friday, January 27th 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM The Future of Sexual Orientation (Sexual Freedom Track) NCTE Policy Counsel Harper Jean Tobin 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM Incorporating Ambiguous Queer Identities in LGBT Organizing NCTE Director of Operations Avory Faucette 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Mapping Our Desire (Sexual Freedom Track) NCTE Policy Counsel Harper Jean Tobin Saturday, January 28th 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM Transgender Older Adults: Policy Reforms and Successful Aging NCTE Policy Counsel Harper Jean Tobin Hope to meet you soon! Again, in order to participate, you’ll need to register online.


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