The new transgender task force, made up of nine members of the House of Representatives, wants to advance the transgender community using congressional resources. “The purpose of the task force is to analyze the challenges and barriers and figure out what the government’s role is in making life easier for transgenders,” Roddy Flynn, the executive director of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus told The Christian Science Monitor. “We need much more data about these barriers to the American dream.”
And LGBT Equality Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) lamented that transgendered people are often “left out” of LGBT campaigns. “We all celebrate the great strides we’ve made in recent years in the LGBT rights movement, but too many times, the ‘T’ in LGBT has been an afterthought,” he told reporters Tuesday.
The task force follows the White House’s hiring of its first transgendered staff member back in Aug. when it appointed activist Raffi Freedman-Gurspan as the new Outreach and Recruitment Director for the Office of Personnel. FULL REPORT