TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

Out & Equal Appeals to Employees to Connect with Transgender Colleagues

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•    “We have a duty and a responsibility as a community to speak out against violence.” @Selisse_Berry 
•    “Employment rights and equal opportunities in the workplace help to ensure that #transgender people are valued and accepted. This can help end the violence.” @JamisonGreen #LGBTworkers
•    “Connect at a deeper level, find out who your #transgender colleagues are, and what this day means to them .” Lori Fox #LGBTworkers
•    "Joining a memorial service on @Transgenderdor is a significant show of support - it is also a meaningful experience that will not leave you unaffected." James Pignatella #transgender

November 19, 2013, San Francisco, CA—In commemoration of Transgender Remembrance Day this Wednesday November 20th, Out & Equal asks all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and ally employees to attend a memorial service.  Doing so will help raise public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people while demonstrating support for the transgender community.
 “As a community, we have a duty and a responsibility to speak out against violence. On this somber Day of Transgender Remembrance, Out & Equal honors the lives of our transgender brothers and sisters who were victims of hate crimes,” said Selisse Berry, Founder and CEO, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. 
“Transgender people always have in the back of our minds the awareness of our vulnerability to anti-trans violence. The national Transgender Day of Remembrance focuses that awareness and allows us to share our desire to make a difference,” said Dr. Jamison Green, author, policy consultant, transgender rights leader, and member of the Out & Equal Transgender Advisory Committee.

“We encourage you to reach out to your transgender colleagues, friends, and family members on this very powerful, yet very solemn day,” said Lori Fox, president of Lori Fox Business and Diversity Consulting, and member of the Out & Equal Board of Directors.

Transgender Remembrance Day is an opportunity to visibly support the transgender community, which includes people who identify as transgender, transsexual and otherwise gender non-conforming. Some members of the very diverse transgender community are facing real challenges for safety, job equity, and basic acceptance. According to A Broken Bargain for Transgender Workers  - a report authored by a consortium of organizations including Out & Equal - transgender people face unemployment at twice the rate of the population as a whole. 

“Employment rights and equal opportunities in the workplace help to ensure that transgender people are valued and accepted. This can help end the violence,” said Dr. Green.
“Out & Equal will continue supporting the transgender community, working year-round with our Transgender Advisory Committee and LGBTCareerLink to reduce the current 14% unemployment rate faced by the transgender community,” continued Berry. A special day of transgender specific programming was a central component of the 15th annual Out & Equal Workplace Summit, held last month in Minneapolis at which author and activist Janet Mock gave a rousing keynote ending in a spontaneous standing ovation from the audience of over 2,000.

"I urge allies to join the transgender community at a memorial service. Not only is it a significant show of support - it is also a meaningful experience that will not leave you unaffected," said James Scott P. Pignatella, Senior Systems Engineer at Raytheon and member of the Out & Equal Transgender Advisory Committee.

Memorial services can be located by visiting http://www.transgenderdor.org/memorializing-2013. Read the personal stories of transgender executives and workplace leaders – including Lori Fox and Jamison Green - along with 36 other leaders of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and ally community in Out & Equal at Work: From Closet to Corner Office.