From my column over at LGBT Weekly entitled California’s 2012 Transgender Lobby Day:
…One of the two pieces of legislation that CTAD advocates lobbied for this year was Foster Youth: LGBT Competency (AB 1856). The legislation requires that the existing training programs for foster youth caregivers include information related to cultural competency and best practices for LGBT youth.
As the Transgender Law Center frames the issue, LGBT youth are disproportionately targeted for harassment and discrimination in the foster care system. This abuse is perpetrated not only by youth peers, but in some cases by facility staff, foster parents and other service providers.
The other bill CTAD advocates lobbied for the TRUST Act (AB 1081). AB 1081 reforms California’s participation in the federal government’s “Secure Communities” (S-Comm) program and will provide essential safeguards to address serious concerns raised over the program’s detrimental effects on public safety, community policing and civil liberties.
And beyond hate crimes, transgender people are disproportionately profiled by law enforcement. The Williams Institute and Bienestar recently released a report that indicated just under 70 percent of transgender Latina women report negative experiences with police…
There are no trans specific bills in California this year: We — because I was one of the roughly 50 transgender lobbyists there it’s “we” — lobbied for an LGBT bill and an immigrant rights bill.
Here’s a concept: at least 50 trans people, their significant others, friends, family, and allies (SOFFAs) in California care more than just about themselves…they care at least about issues that are at the intersectionality of trans and other minority populations. And, it’s extremely likely there are more than 50 trans and SOFFA citizen lobbyists who think this way.
Maybe lots of trans people are part of, and care about, the broader LGBT community; Maybe lots of trans people care about minority groups that only a portion of our trans community members intersect with.
Well, not really. Of course many of us trans people care about more than “just us.” Many of us actually care about justice.