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Catholics for Equality Recognizes 2011 Transgender Day of Remembrance - November 20, 2011

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Catholics for Equality Recognizes
2011 Transgender Day of Remembrance - November 20, 2011

Group Calls on Catholics Not Just to Honor the Dead, But to Speak Out for the Living
Calls on Congress to End Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity

 

WASHINGTON - Catholics for Equality, a national organization of Catholics who put their faith into ethical and effective political action on behalf of the LGBT community and their families, calls on American Catholics to participate in the 2011 Day of Transgender Remembrance by joining other pro-equality Catholics at local TDOR, by contacting their Members of Congress to pass the inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act, by supporting state and local gender identity non-discrimination legislation, and by joining fellow Catholics on Capitol Hill in Washington this Spring for the National Center for Transgender Equality annual lobby day.

The annual Transgender Day of Remembrance began in 1991 to honor the victims of anti-transgender hate crimes and murders and to bring attention to the problem of anti-transgender violence and discrimination across the globe. Injustice at Every Turn, a groundbreaking survey produced this year by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality found staggering levels of anti-transgender harassment, physical assault, sexual assault, workplace discrimination, and discrimination related suicide.

"It is impossible for any Catholic, or any person of faith, to listen to the consistent stories from our transgender brothers and sisters, or to read the Injustice at Every Turn report and not be brought to tears," said Catholics for Equality Executive Director Phil Attey. "But it's not enough to pray for a better world for transgender people. As American Catholics we must put our faith into action and call for social justice and equality for all people, regardless of gender identity. We must call on our elected officials to pass legislation to end discrimination against transgender Americans."

Catholics for Equality Foundation Director Joseph Palacios added, "Our faith calls us to respect the dignity of the human person. And fundamental to allowing a person to live with dignity is supporting their ability live in society without being harassed or assaulted, earn a living, and be a full and complete person. In all these areas, our society fails our transgender brothers and sisters."

Catholics for Equality encourages all Catholics to visit their online action center and send a free and important message to their Members of Congress, urging them to pass the inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a bill that both respects religious liberty, while ending workplace discrimination on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity.

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