Wednesday, January 20, 2016

There Is A Difference

One party wants to criminalize us and one party wants to embrace diversity.
Desert Stonewall Dems' forum talks transgender issues
The Desert Sun
By Mauricio Pena
January 20, 2016

Transgender issues -- everything from health care to unisex restrooms -- were discussed Tuesday night during a forum hosted by Desert Stonewall Democrats in Palm Springs.

“We’ve had victories in the LGBT community in the last year, but the trans- and gender non-confirming people across the country are still struggling to survive on a daily basis and continue to face ongoing discrimination,” said Kris Hayashi, executive director of the Transgender Law Center, a San Francisco-based civil rights organization,

Hayashi was joined by local community activists Lisa Middleton and Paulina Angel. The trio formed a panel that led Tuesday night's discussion, which took place at the Mizell Senior Center in Palm Springs.
James Williamson, vice chair of Desert Stonewall Democrats, said the panel discussion was prompted by a survey conducted 16 months ago where members expressed an interest in learning more about transgender issues.
Meanwhile, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee have agreed to support the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) which would expand the religious exemption from discrimination laws to make the non-discrimination laws worthless.

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