Enact a Concrete Plan of Action Ending Transphobia/Gender Bias at HRC

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Enact a Concrete Plan of Action Ending Transphobia/Gender Bias at HRC

    1. Petition by

      Allison Woolbert

      Princeton, NJ

After so many years of the same embarrassing and costly slaps at the transgender community, HRC has continued to not address the root problem within their organization – transphobia and gender bias. This is simply unacceptable on all levels and threatens the very foundations of equality and directly harms and continues the oppression to the transgender community.

HRC has a fundamental oppression problem within its culture and behavior. Calling for equality for the transgender community while simultaneously suppressing the community is hypocritical and severely damaging to the very individuals they solicit funds to defend.

Being a global leader in the equality rights movement in the United States requires a standard of behavior that represents ALL individuals without oppressing the very groups HRC claims to be working for and soliciting funding for.

A cultural shift is required within the organization- this petition calls for a transparent and documented public process by HRC to provide for:

1. Direct PUBLIC TRANSPARENT Plan of Action to end the transphobia and gender bias that is consistently acted upon by their employees and staff.
2. Direct actions against those that exercise transphobia and gender bias towards the transgender community in their employment at HRC.
3. Concrete milestones of transforming the HRC out of the systematic oppression of the transgender community.
4. Termination of those employees that publicly and internally continue oppression of the transgender community.

HRC MUST BE ACCOUNTABLE for their failure to provide corrective actions within their organization for the continued biased actions of their staff. Without a public plan of action to change the culture of transphobia and bias, HRC will continue to damage the very community it purports to help by creating systematic oppression.

HRC MUST demonstrate through a concrete plan of action how they intend to rid their organization of the transphobia and gender bias that has plagued the movement, the HRC, and significantly impacted the transgender community.

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Recent signatures


    1. Tragedy Strikes the Transgender Community

      Allison Woolbert
      Petition Organizer

      Today I was notified of the deaths of two transwomen - both murdered. In Orlando Florida, Ashley Sinclair was pushed out of a vehicle and slaughtered with four shots. In Baltimore, another transwoman was shot and killed in her home on Wednesday. There currently are no suspects.

      When transgender people everywhere are marginalized, erased and hidden, others believe that we are simply there for the slaughter.

      I want to again ask you for desperate help -- can you call, email, tweet or Facebook share to every friend, every colleague, ever family member requesting they sign the petition and ask HRC to get serious about changing their actions of oppressing the transgender community, erasing our lives, and giving others a path to harm us?

      Our very lives depend on it-



    2. Reached 250 signatures
    3. HRC Employee Karen Quimby - HRC Southern Regional Field Director

      Allison Woolbert
      Petition Organizer

      The HRC employee who was responsible for last weeks transphobic episode of asking for the transgender flag to be removed was none other than Karen Quimby, the Southern Regional Director for HRC. This was not a person who had a limited amount of information or was ignorant of transgender rights, but is instead a leader of HRC in one of the most transphobic zones in the United States.

      Ms. Quimby has a reported long history of LGBT activism and political actions according to her bio on the HRC Website (see below).
      I would venture to say that having a person with such bias directly connected to one of the worst transphobic areas in the US is simply unacceptable.

      HRC must ask for Ms. Quimby to resign over her actions and put someone credible with ALL communities in the positions. The Southern Region deserves someone with knowledge and respect for our community.

      Dr. Quimby's HRC Profile is attached.

      Karin Quimby | Profile

      Karin Quimby joined the Human Rights Campaign in February 2010 as Regional Field Director. She manages the field and political activities in the Southern region of the United States, developing field organizing plans and implementing strategies to elect fair-minded candidates and to pass pro-equality federal, state and local laws.

    4. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 8 months ago

      Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, "She doesn't have what it takes." They will say, "Women don't have what it takes." ~Clare Boothe Luce

      I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a door mat or a prostitute. ~Rebecca West, "Mr Chesterton in Hysterics: A Study in Prejudice," The Clarion, 14 Nov 1913, reprinted in The Young Rebecca, 1982

      Women have been taught that, for us, the earth is flat, and that if we venture out, we will fall off the edge. ~Andrea Dworkin

      The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says, "It's a girl." ~Shirley Chisholm

      • 9 months ago

      I'm trans

    • John Meszaros MIDDLETOWN, CT
      • 9 months ago

      I have several transgender friends. I have personally witnessed the bullying, harassment and marginalization they face on an almost daily basis. As a leader in the movement for equality, HRC needs to protect and serve ALL people in the LGBT community equally.

    • a n n e Goldbauer JACKSONVILLE, FL
      • 10 months ago

      Some of us from the T community here in Jacksonville have experienced backlash and attempts at silencing us from the allies within HRO Coalition. When we raised concerns about process, Transgender issues and wanting allies and others, who serve on our HRO committee, to receive training for good allyship, we were pressured to have one-one meetings with the facilitator of the HRO Coalition group so that their concerns could be communicated through a third party opposed directly to us. The goal was never clarified but it basically was for this facilitator to meet with us and discuss our behavior.

      Some of us have run operations, done start ups, are activists and have run boards and facilitated meetings. This was insulting that Quimby would not respond to our recommendations in reply to her emails. We never heard from her again until I sent an email of resignation with all the reasons why I had concerns of gate keeping and undermining of LGBT in this community. I served on the HRO committee and I can tell you that I have contribute both as a philanthropist and activist in addition to working the underground on issues affecting T's in this community. Quimby appears removed from the T community. She seemed unaware of the significance and importance of the current day use of language and was resistant in accepting any recommendations from the T's serving on an educational committee.

      • 10 months ago

      stop transphobia now


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