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We all have genders. We all have races. And we all have ways that we go about thinking about those things. Emi Koyama's piece "Whose feminism is it anyway? The unspoken racism of the trans inclusion debate" addresses the specific issues of race and racism in the transgender community and transgender activism. This piece will bring a new perspective on both gender and race to the table. This event is a discussion of the article, available on Emi ...

Vagina Monologues – 2/15 and 2/16

Wednesday, 01. 30. 2008  –  Section: INTRAAupdates, Vault

UUI's Social Justice Committee presents "The Vagina Monologues" on Feb. 15 and 16 at 7pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis, 615 W. 43rd Street. Tickets are $15 each, and $10 for students/seniors (on sale at UUI on Feb. 3rd and 10th from 10am-12:30pm, and at the door OR for reservations). Proceeds will benefit Indiana Transgender Rights Advocacy Alliance (INTRAA) to end violence against transwomen. Partially underwritten by The Beacon Fund of UUI. Starring: Diana Asberry-Ferber, Robin Chestek, Lucy ...

On January 7, 2008, the New Jersey General Assembly passed A4591/S2975 by a large majority of 65-10. This follows action last week in the state Senate where the bill passed unanimously 35-0. The law that passed will now go to Governor Corzine's desk for his expected signature. The bill adds gender identity and expression to the state's hate crime law and gives teeth to New Jersey's safe school, anti-bullying laws. According to Garden State Equality specifically, "the new law does ...

NCTE has released a new guide for transgender individuals who have received a letter under the Social Security Administration's unfair gender "no-match" employment letter policy. Social Security Gender No-Match Letters and Transgender Employees - Information for Employees explains what Social Security no-match letters are and what transgender employees can do if the subject of one of these letters. Anyone who has been confused, curious, or concerned about Social Security gender no-match letters will find this information clarifying. More ...

Our work includes many outreach activities and writings. In one such activity, our current president, Vivian Benge, wrote a blog post for , an LGBT blog, about change in the Department of Homeland Security's "no match" policy. This post has been picked up by the Washington Blade. See the post on the Washington Blade website in the right-hand column. Read the post over at

December 1, 2007 Information Alert From INTRAA and the National Center for Transgender Equality The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) has agreed to immediately discontinue using gender mismatches solely as a reason for invalidating driver licenses. Indiana Transgender Rights Advocacy Alliance (INTRAA) and the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) successfully worked with officials at the Indiana BMV to bring about this policy change. On November 6th, the Indiana BMV began issuing warning letters to people in the BMV database whose ...

DHS Drops New “No Match” Enforcement Procedures

Wednesday, 11. 21. 2007  –  Section: TransNews, Vault

November 20, 2007 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has dropped its attempt at enforcing their new "No Match" enforcement procedures, issued in mid-August. The enforcement procedures encountered obstacles from the beginning with a lawsuit by labor and immigration groups blocking the rule's progress only a couple weeks after their issuance. During the rule's open-comment period, many organizations, including NCTE, filed comments opposing adoption of the rules, arguing that the procedures would unfairly jeopardize workers' jobs. The DHS rules would have required ...

The White House has released a statement describing reasoning for supporting a Presidential veto of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act HR 3685. Issues discussed include religious exemptions, effects on the Defense of Marriage Act, and the theoretical difficulties in enforcement of the bill. Contact the President directly regarding ENDA to share your thoughts: 202-456-1111 or See the text of their reasoning below.

Floor statement on ENDA from Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY)

Wednesday, 10. 24. 2007  –  Section: TransNews, Vault

GENDER-IDENTITY INCLUSIVENESS IN ENDA -- (House of Representatives - October 23, 2007) --- Mr. Speaker and my colleagues, later on this week or perhaps early next week, this House will embark on the latest chapter in our Nation's history of extending the civil rights that all Americans should be entitled to to one other group. We will be considering the Employment Nondiscrimination Act. It is an effort to make sure that people are not discriminated against in their workplace because ...

The House has voted on and passed the non-trans-inclusive ENDA. You all did amazing work putting in contacts to your representatives, and should be proud of the fuss we caused. Keep up the good work, making yourselves heard on Capitol Hill. Read more about the bill and its effect on the trans community at UnitedENDA.

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