FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 27, 2017
Michael Lintecum (913) 269-7960
THE MID-AMERICA GAY & LESBIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AFFIRMS ITS SUPPORT FOR THE TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY AND INVITES THE PUBLIC TO OBSERVE INTERNATIONAL TRANSGENDER DAY OF VISIBILITY
Earlier this month, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education revoked landmark guidance to public schools detailing their obligations to transgender students. At the same time, state legislatures around the nation are once again considering “bathroom bills” and other discriminatory laws that would harm transgender persons and our communities, likely cost millions, and damage thriving business relationships.
The Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (Mid-America GLCC) affirms its support for our transgender members and the transgender community. “We believe that these recent actions by federal and state governments are discriminatory and perpetuates the illusion that equal bathroom access creates “safety” and “privacy” concerns. These actions discriminate against a small minority and are an affront to the human rights of the transgender community,” stated Danny Zaslavsky, Mid-America GLCC Board President.
The protection of an individual’s gender identity and expression is critically important to the Mid-America GLCC, as noted in our 2017 Public Policy Platform, which states: “We believe in the fundamental right of an individual to express their gender identity in a way that corresponds to who they believe they are. Whether in the office, restroom, or any other public place, individuals should be free to express their gender identity without fear of repercussion or persecution.”
Further, the Mid-America GLCC seeks to enhance business opportunities and believes “we should not implement artificial barriers that alienate individuals and prevent them from receiving products and services.”
In our continuing commitment to the transgender community, the Mid-America GLCC is proud to co-present with Human Rights Campaign – Kansas City the third annual observance of the International Transgender Day of Visibility on Thursday, March 30th. The day is dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide.
In the spirit of open and safe dialogue, the Mid-America GLCC encourages the public to attend this event to meet and learn more about the transgender community. For more information, please visit http://business.maglcc.org/events/details/transgender-day-of-visibility-1538.
The Mid-America GLCC is an organization that advocates, promotes and facilitates the success of the LGBT business community and their allies through the guiding principles of equality, inclusion, economics and education. The Mid-America GLCC’s purpose is to create, identify and enhance business opportunities for LGBT and LGBT-friendly organizations, thereby fostering a more inclusive and vibrant economy in Mid-America.