Saturday, October 13, 2007

Announcements from QJL's members and friends

1) One of our Canadian friends on MySpace asked that QJL help spread the word about Alvaro Orozco, a Nicaraguan man Canada is trying to deport despite the oppression he previously experienced in Nicaragua related to his sexuality:

Alvaro's personal website

Recent article about queer people's problems with the Canadian immigration system

Older article about Alvaro's situation

Please take a moment to sign this petition and secure Alvaro's essential human right to live in safety.

2) A resource for NYC-area trans people interested in securing legal name changes:

The West Village Trans Name Change Clinic offers legal information, and assistance filling out the forms required, for changing your name through the New York State Courts. The Clinic takes place on the first Monday of each month (unless it's a holiday) at the LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St. in Manhattan. Sign-in is from 6 to 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact agoad AT law dot nyc dot gov.

3) From the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF):

An "action portal" for contacting your congressional reps about the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (HR 2015/"ENDA"). ENDA, as proposed at the start of this Congressional session, is a potential federal law that would ban workplace discrimination on the basis of "sexual orientation or gender identity." On 9/27 the ENDA bill was abruptly revised to drop "gender identity" -- but making that change would sell out the trans community AND weaken protection for *all* people who experience discrimination on the basis of perceived gender nonconformity. Democrats in Congress have postponed voting on this issue, so there is a short window of time for informing representatives that gender identity needs to stay in the bill.

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