New York, NY
The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) joins the TransJustice Initiative of the Audre Lorde Project (The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color Center for Community Organizing) to observe June 22, 2007 as the 3rd Annual Trans Day of Action for Social & Economic Justice in New York City.
On this day, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC)People of Color and their allies will take to the streets of New York City to demand justice and work together towards dismantling the transphobia, racism, classism, sexism, ageism, homophobia and xenophobia that permeates throughout our movements for social justice.
IGLHRC asks its members and supporters to hold similar events in different cities and countries to highlight the ongoing struggle of the transgender community for equality and justice.
To mark the occasion, the TransJustice of the Audre Lorde Project has issued the points of unity, which hold together the purpose of this important march. This eight-point statement calls for:
1. Equal access to opportunities of employment and education for TGNC people.
2. Full legalization of all immigrants, including TGNC.
3. Solidarity with all prisoners and especially the TGNC community.
4. Access to respectful and safe living spaces for TGNC people.
5. Respectful and dignified treatment of all people receiving public assistance entitlements, including members of TGNC.
6. The right to the freedom of gender expression and identity for all children and youth, under the jurisdiction of the Administration of Children Services (ACS) and Private Foster Care Agencies.
7. The immediate removal of all U.S. troops from all countries under occupation and demand an end of use of U.S. dollars to cultivate and sponsor wars against people in the U.S. and abroad.
8. Justice for the many TGNC people who have been beaten, assaulted, raped, and murdered.
IGLHRC encourages an international statement of support to the organizers of the Trans Day of Action for Social and Economic Justice 2007. If you or your organization would like to endorse the points of unity, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the march, send an email to email@example.com or contact Elizabeth Rivera at (+1) 718-596-0342 x18.
The mission of IGLHRC is to secure the full enjoyment of the human rights of all people and communities subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of sexual orientation or expression, gender identity or expression, and/or HIV status. IGLHRC is a human rights organization dedicated specifically to sexual rights advocacy with a particular emphasis on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. IGLHRC believes that the right to define one's sexuality is an intrinsic right of each human being and has adopted a sexual rights framework to help guide its human rights programming, strengthen its connection to allies engaged in other sexual rights work, such as gender-based violence and the abuses and rights of sex workers, and to guide its HIV/AIDS advocacy.