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Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund's 5th Anniversary Benefit

From: Jim
Sent on: Friday, May 7, 2010 10:44 PM
Hi VegPals,

TLDEF's Benefit is happening Tuesday, May 25 at the William Bennett Gallery in SoHo from 6:30pm-8:30pm. You can find all the details here.

TLDEF's website states: Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund is committed to ending discrimination based upon gender identity and expression and to achieving equality for transgender people through public education, test-case litigation, direct legal services, community organizing and public policy efforts.

Please indulge my back story here. I worked at Lambda Legal Defense Education Fund twenty-one years ago (oh my, I am dating myself here) where I managed their docket. I still work in the legal system, albeit in the private sector. I believe that the legal system is the way to go for making long term societal change. It is all about test case litigation. New law is based upon precedent. Today I can be married in some jurisdictions. Twenty-one years ago, I was a sodomite.

Today I align my own convictions with organizations that are seeking legal recognition for all sentient beings. This is why I'm Vegan. I do not have permission to exploit or suppress others. Enough about me.

The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund is all about (from the website):

1. Access to Health Care
Our Access to Health Care Program works to reduce the prejudice that transgender people face in the health care system. We strive to re-engage the transgender community with culturally competent health care providers.
2. Fair Employment
Transgender and gender non-conforming people face tremendous obstacles to securing fair and steady employment. Our Fair Employment Project works to end workplace discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming people.
3. Educational Equity
Discrimination and violence are a pervasive aspect of the educational experience for many transgender students. Our Educational Equity Program works to ensure that transgender students have safe and equal access to educational opportunities.
4. Housing & Shelter
Transgender people often have difficulty finding and keeping homes and apartments because of discrimination. Our Housing and Shelter Project works to protect transgender people from housing discrimination.
5. Sex-Segregated Facilities
TLDEF works to ensure that transgender and gender non-conforming people can safely access sex-segregated facilities such as bathrooms and fitting rooms, where they are often subject to discrimination, harassment, and even arrest.
6. The Name Change Project
By ensuring that transgender people have adequate legal representation when seeking name changes, TLDEF's Name Change Project ensures that they can successfully negotiate the legal process and move forward with their lives.
7. Transgender Health Initiative of New York
Our community organizing project, the Transgender Health Initiative of New York (THINY), works to ensure that transgender people can access health care in a safe, respectful and non-discriminatory manner.

This is not an official VegOutting. I will be there and I hope that some or all 315 of you will join me that evening.

If one person is oppressed we are all oppressed.

Transgendered Men and Women, Bisexual Men & Women, Gay Men & Lesbians and people who identify as Queer must come together consistently and unite for what is right.

As a VegOut-centric individual I ask you all to consider our rights and animal rights all part and parcel of the same big bowl of vegetable soup. There are strong interests out there with deep pockets wanting to keep us and all sentient beings down. We have to remain strong individually and collectively.

TLDEF's work offers one more angle chipping away at traditionalism and the attitude of "because that's the way we've always done things."

Our judicial system is the framework provided for accomplishing these tasks.

Please join me on May 25 for this important benefit event.

Please also know that we have an official VegOutting coming up for Tuesday, June 22. This will be a CD release party for VegOut's very own Burn of Crash & Burn. There will be a short documentary on Stephen Wright's transitioning from Stephen to Burn followed by a performance of tracks from Crash & Burn's first cd. Before the event there will be free vegan food for all to enjoy. After the performance will be an opportunity to meet the artists and further enjoy vegan food. You can learn more about Crash & Burn here.

Details will be forthcoming - just mark your calendars, please.

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