Human Rights Campaign: Don't Silence Transgendered and Immigrant People

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Managing Director, HRC
Susanne Salkind
Chief Diversity Officer, HRC
Cuc Vu
President, HRC
Chad Griffin

Human Rights Campaign: Don't Silence Transgendered and Immigrant People

    1. Petition by

      Gwen Kash

      Carrboro, NC

There have been troubling reports that HRC staff members at the recent rally for marriage equality in Washington DC told transgendered activists that "marriage equality is not a transgender issue" and requested that Jerssay Arredondo, a representative of the Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project (QUIP), not mention his immigration status.

This type of behavior is unacceptable for an organization whose mission is to work "to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality." Our community is diverse, and HRC has a duty to provide space for all of us to speak - not to attempt to silence some of us.

Marriage equality affects heterosexual transgendered people whose legal gender does not match their identity and affects transgendered people who are also lesbian, gay, or bisexual. The issue of legally recognized marriage takes on particular significance for immigrant LGBT people as an issue that can help LGBT immigrants stay with the people they love.

This is a fight for all LGBT people and our allies. HRC claims to represent all of us. You have a moral obligation to live up to that claim. We therefore urge HRC to take the following actions:

1) Speak to the rally attendees who witnessed the incidents to find out what happened rather than dismissing the complaints.

2) Issue a public apology to the rally participants who were affected and the transgendered and queer immigrant communities in general

3) Make a public commitment to support the civil rights of the entire LGBT community, including transgendered people and queer immigrants. This includes supporting the right to speak out at HRC events. HRC must enforce a policy of never requesting that we closet aspects of ourselves for political reasons.


Susanne Salkind, Managing Director, HRC
Cuc Vu, Chief Diversity Officer, HRC
Chad Griffin, President, HRC
Human Rights Campaign: Don't Silence Transgendered and Immigrant People

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    Reasons for signing

    • Jessica Anderson COVINGTON, LA
      • 11 months ago
    • Jennifer Ross HONOLULU, HI
      • 12 months ago

      Until there are equal rights for all there are equal rights for no one.

    • Michael Landi FRISCO, TX
      • about 1 year ago

      As a bisexual blood donor I don't want to have to lie if I choose to have an intimate relationship with another male

    • Daisy Fry LINCOLN, NE
      • about 1 year ago

      It is a trans issue. I am a transgender, I have been able to get my driver's license changed, but NOT my birth certificate. Unless I can get that changed, I will never be able to marry here in Nebraska as it stands now. Furthermore, these issues affect ALL lgbt people. WE MUST STAND TOGETHER!

    • Shannon Perkins LONGMONT, CO
      • over 1 year ago

      I'm ashamed to see how HRC handled this situation. If you're going to call the organization "Human Rights Campaign" then start fighting for the rights of ALL the LGBT community, because the Transgender are people too. I was disheartened when I learned that transgender has been dropped from many campaigns and programs, such as the repealing of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and other protective rights by the people claiming to be fighting for them. Until everyone is equal, no one is equal. How can be argue and ask to be treated the same and given the same rights as the rest of the nation when we are not willing to do the same things ourselves? I will not be supporting HRC until it issues a public apology to the people they have harmed and starts fighting equally for the Transgender community.


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