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Republicans begin 2017 overflowing with bathroom laws

Right-wing Republicans can’t keep their minds and taxpayers’ dollars out of the toilet. During the first week of 2017, GOP lawmakers in five states introduced bathroom laws to make transgender people use restrooms corresponding to their gender at birth rather than their current gender identity.

Three other states filed so-called “bathroom bills” last year for introduction in this year’s legislative sessions. And in Wisconsin, Rep. Jesse Kremer, R-Kewaskum, says he plans to reintroduce his bathroom bill, which went nowhere in 2016.

The sudden urgency to introduce such baseless laws in state after state is baffling, especially after the backlash against North Carolina’s House Bill 2. Titled the “Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act,” it caused that state huge economic losses. Businesses canceled plans to expand there, and entertainers, conventions and others boycotted the state.

On top of all that, the governor who championed the bill, Pat McCrory, lost his job to a Democrat on Nov. 8, even though his state went for Republican Donald Trump.

One would think that North Carolina might be a cautionary tale.

But no. Legislators are busy introducing bathroom laws and executive officials are embracing them. For instance, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick quickly ranked a bathroom bill as a top legislative priority.

The ‘rationale’

The rationale behind such bills is fear that men will pretend to be transgender and dress up like women to gain access to ladies’ rooms, female locker rooms and other gender-segregated facilities. Once inside, Republicans say, such men will ogle or attack innocent women.

A Google search reveals that while such incidents have occurred, they are extremely rare. They’re certainly not happening at anywhere near a rate that could justify Republicans’ obsession with the subject. And they were happening long before the word transgender even appeared on the world’s radar.

The reality

The real reason bathroom laws are written is ignorance, on several levels. Men who dress as women for kicks are transvestites — and they don’t don a dress to sneak into the ladies’ room. Transgender people — those whose gender identity does not match their birth gender — go through years of transitioning, including psychoanalysis and often expensive surgery, to live in the body they say expresses their true gender. Male-to-female transgender women don’t use ladies’ rooms until the use of hormones and other procedures have sufficiently feminized them.

Changing sexual identity is not done on a whim — and certainly not for ogling. Many transgender people lose their jobs, families, and friends when they come out. Transgender people are frequently subjected to discrimination and harassment. They’re subject to high rates of hate crimes, and some of those crimes are particularly brutal, especially for transgender women.

Trans people attempt suicide at a rate of 41 percent, compared with 4.6 percent for the overall population.

Who but the most ignorant — willfully ignorant — people would believe that a transgender woman would go through all of that just to spy on women using the john? Why can’t Republicans just leave them alone and let them do their business?

Perhaps the greatest show of ignorance among these bathroom-obsessed Republicans is the actual result of such bills: requiring female-to-male transgender men to use the ladies’ room.

We don’t usually include pictures in our editorials, but this time, we must. It’s a poster of Buck Angel, a muscular, hairy trans celebrity who is far from alone among transgender men in appearing hyper-masculine. Please send this picture — and others like it — to Rep. Kremer, to Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling and others on the religious right. Ask them why they want to force such men to use the ladies’ room.

Ignorance and an unhealthy obsession with other peoples’ sexuality make for a toxic combination. Welcome to the bathroom wars of 2017.

Transgender comedian Ian Harvie performs as Margaret Cho’s opening act. If GOP state Rep.Jesse Kremer had his way, Harvie would have to use the ladies’ room if he performed in Wisconsin.

US gives directive to schools on transgender bathroom access

Public schools must permit transgender students to use the bathroom consistent with their chosen gender identity, according to an Obama administration directive issued amid a court fight between the federal government and North Carolina.

The guidance from leaders at the departments of Education and Justice says public schools are obligated to treat transgender students in a way that matches their gender identity, even if their education records or identity documents indicate a different sex.

“There is no room in our schools for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against transgender students on the basis of their sex,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement accompanying the directive, which is being sent to school districts Friday.

In issuing the guidance, the Obama administration is wading anew into a socially divisive debate it has bluntly cast in terms of civil rights. The Justice Department on Monday sued North Carolina over a bathroom access law that it said violates the rights of transgender people, a measure that Lynch likened to policies of racial segregation and efforts to deny gay couples the right to marry.

The guidance does not impose any new legal requirements. But officials say it’s meant to clarify expectations of school districts that receive funding from the federal government. Educators have been seeking guidance on how to comply with Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in educational programs and activities that receive federal funding, Education Secretary John B. King said in a statement.

“We must ensure that our young people know that whoever they are or wherever they come from, they have the opportunity to get a great education in an environment free from discrimination, harassment and violence,” King said.

Under the guidance, schools are told that they must treat transgender students according to their chosen gender identity as soon as a parent or guardian notifies the district that that identity “differs from previous representations or records.” There is no obligation for a student to present a specific medical diagnosis or identification documents that reflect his or her gender identity, and equal access must be given to transgender students even in instances when it makes others uncomfortable, according to the directive.

“As is consistently recognized in civil rights cases, the desire to accommodate others’ discomfort cannot justify a policy that singles out and disadvantages a particular class of students,” the guidance says.

The administration is also releasing a separate 25-page document of questions and answers about best practices, including ways schools can make transgender students comfortable in the classroom and protect the privacy rights of all students in restrooms or locker rooms.

The move was cheered by Human Rights Campaign, a gay, lesbian and transgender civil rights organization, which called the guidelines “groundbreaking.”

“This is a truly significant moment not only for transgender young people but for all young people, sending a message that every student deserves to be treated fairly and supported by their teachers and schools,” HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement.

The guidance comes days after the Justice Department and North Carolina filed dueling lawsuits over a new state law that says transgender people must use public bathrooms, showers and changing rooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificate. The administration has said the law violates the Civil Rights Act.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has argued that the state law is a “commonsense privacy policy” and that the Justice Department’s position is “baseless and blatant overreach.” His administration sued the federal government hours before the state itself was sued.

Paul Ryan’s hometown passes transgender-friendly bathroom ordinance

Officials in Paul Ryan’s hometown passed an ordinance saying that transgender people must be allowed to use  public restrooms of the gender with which they identify. The ordinance is intended to end discrimination against transgender people.

The Janesville City Council voted 6-1 on Monday to pass the ordinance. Opponents said the bill could create a loophole for child predators, the Janesville Gazette reported.

City Attorney Wald Klimczyk said those concerns were without merit and that people would be prosecuted for lewd acts or offenses in bathrooms, regardless of gender identification. “Those laws still apply,” Klimczyk said.

Transgender advocates have questioned the thinking of critics who contend that people would go through sex reassignment — an elaborate, difficult and expensive process that can last years — just to spy on people in a public bathroom.

Similar laws designed to prevent discrimination have been passed or considered around the country. Gay rights advocates in North Carolina have sued over a law passed last week that prevents local governments from approving protections for LGBT people. Also, Georgia’s governor announced this week that he’d veto a “religious freedom” bill that critics of the measure say would have sanctioned discrimination.

Wisconsin’s Republican leadership attempted to pass such a bill during the last session. The Assembly approved it but Senate leaders apparently decided not to act on it after being contacted by outraged people and groups from all over the nation.

Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said his office will not comment on the local issue.



Restroom research: Study examines bathroom graffiti by men, women

A new article published in Gender, Place & Culture examines how men and women express themselves in the seemingly private and anonymous spaces of public bathrooms.

Texts or drawings in the bathroom stalls, while created in a private space and presumably during a very private moment, are meant to be public — transmitting ideas, images and even responses.

Using data collected in 10 university bathroom stalls, the study examines differences in communication patterns in women’s and men’s bathroom stalls through an analysis of graffiti content and style.

The research indicated that that while communication patterns tend to be supportive and relationship-focused in women’s bathrooms, the graffiti in men’s bathroom walls are replete with sexual content and insults.

In addition, an analysis of the response-and-reply chains suggests that, in the bathroom stalls, hierarchies of power are established and reinforced even in anonymous, unmoderated spaces, and even when no humans are physically present.

The first major study of bathroom graffiti was produced by Alfred Kinsey in the 1950s, which found that many wall inscriptions were highly sexual, but sexuality was defined quite differently among men and women. Men’s bathroom graffiti centered on sexual acts and sexual organs, women’s graffiti referred to love and relationships in non-erotic terms.

Further studies in the 1970s and 1980s suggested that women’s graffiti was becoming more sexual and political.

In the latest study, 60 years on from Kinsey’s work, Pamela Leong, an assistant professor of Sociology at Salem State University, monitored graffiti in 10 single sex bathrooms.  Leong found that women were more prolific, accounting for 70 percent of graffiti, and male graffiti was what she characterized as overtly sexual, crude, competitive and aggressive.

She characterized female graffiti as less sexually explicit — messages were more relationship oriented, confided private thoughts and feelings, as well as messages of support to fellow writers. She also said women often referred to bowel movements, indicating a need to discuss such things privately for fear of being judged “dirty” or “unfeminine,” a contrast to social acceptance of male lavatorial behavior.

Community bulletins | April 9, 2015

PrideFest Milwaukee expands restroom access

PrideFest Milwaukee plans to provide additional gender-neutral restrooms at this year’s LGBT Pride celebration.

According to a news release, “PrideFest Milwaukee is increasingly concerned about our reputation as a safe place for our trans guests and their loved ones. We are disappointed that our organization, policies and long-standing provisions may have been misrepresented. We apologize for any anxiety, confusion or doubt this misinformation may have caused.”

The organization then announced
plans to:

• Add gender-neutral restrooms for the festival.

• Clearly mark gender-neutral bathrooms.

• Offer a map of gender-neutral restrooms.

• Post PrideFest’s restroom policy and code of conduct at the entrance gate.

“We will be retraining our volunteers on approaching the restroom environment with sensitivity,” said Terrance Raffeet, PrideFest security director. “We are committed to protecting and serving all visitors and to creating a safe, meaningful and memorable experience.”

For more, go to pridefest.com.

More community bulletins …

• GOOD DINING: Pam Grier, Ted Allen, Mondo Guerra and Daisy Martinez serve as the celebrity spokespeople for Dining Out for Life, the national campaign to raise money for HIV service organizations. More than 3,000 restaurants participate in the annual event, set for April 30. For more, go to diningoutforlife.com.

SUMMONED TO EQUAL RIGHTS SUMMIT: Baltimore is to host “It’s Time 2015: The Partnership Summit to Elevate Women’s Leadership” on May 1–3. The purpose is to unite advocates in the campaign for gender equality. For more, go to www.itstime2015.com.

Conservation Lobby Day: With Wisconsin’s natural resources under greater attack than ever in the proposed state budget, this year’s Conservation Lobby Day is more important than ever, according to organizers. The deadline to register for the April 14 event is April 10. Go to conservationvoters.org, click on “act” in the blue bar at the top of the page, then scroll down to “events.”

WORK THE NETWORK: The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce hosts a networking breakfast at 8 a.m. on April 16 at Bella Caffe, 189 N. Milwaukee St., in the Third Ward. No registration is required.

• HAPPY CESAR CHAVEZ DAY: Milwaukee County Supervisor Peggy Romo West and County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic called for a holiday for Milwaukee County employees on the birthday of Cesar Chavez. The holiday would take place beginning in 2016.

SOCIAL JUSTICE AND SCHOLARSHIP: Members of Youth Empowered in the Struggle rallied on March 30 at Marquette University in Milwaukee, calling on the school’s administration to establish a scholarship fund for undocumented students. For more, go to vdlf.org.

LABOR LEADERSHIP: Pride at Work hosts its third annual LGBT leadership training program at the Communications Workers of America headquarters in Washington, D.C., this month. For more, go to aflcio.org.

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Push to repeal law protecting transgender students fails in California

Opponents of a new California law that provides transgender students certain rights in public schools failed to gather enough voter signatures to place a referendum to repeal the law on the November ballot.

At least 504,760 signatures were required to force a public vote on the statute approved by the California Legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last year. The law’s opponents submitted 619,387, but county election officers determined that just 487,484 of them were valid, according to a final count posted on the secretary of state’s website on Feb. 24.

The law took effect Jan. 1. It guarantees students in grades K-12 the right to use the school restrooms and to participate in the sex-segregated activities that correspond with their expressed genders instead of their school records.

The coalition of religious conservative groups behind the repeal effort said it violates the privacy of youngsters who may be uncomfortable sharing facilities with classmates of the opposite biological sex. The law’s supporters said it is needed to provide statewide consistency and to improve the school experiences of young people who decide to live by a gender different from the one they had at birth.

If the referendum had made the ballot, the law would have been put on hold until after the election as its supporters and opponents mounted a campaign that promised to be as bitterly fought as the one over Proposition 8, the 2008 constitutional amendment that banned same-sex marriage in California until last year.

Karen England of the Privacy for All Students coalition said the proposed referendum’s backers are not conceding defeat. They plan to review the disqualified signatures and, depending what they find, go to court to try to get enough of them added to the final tally so the measure would have to go before voters.

“We are preparing for the next stage of the battle,” England said in a statement. “After months of waiting, we now get to see why so many signatures were thrown out. Certainly some signers were not registered to vote or had moved without changing their address. But it is also certain that many of those signatures were rejected based on reasons that will not survive a legal challenge.”

California is the first state to detail the rights of transgender students in schools by statute.

Some school districts around California, as well as the education departments in Massachusetts and Connecticut, have implemented similar policies by regulation.

Although the law’s opponents have focused on potential abuses and awkward encounters in bathrooms and locker rooms, school districts have taken it as a mandate to evaluate yearbook photo dress codes, sleeping arrangements for overnight field trips and activities such as choirs and recreational sports where girls and boys are often separated.

Some have also given students who object to using restrooms or locker rooms with transgender classmates the option of using staff restrooms.

“This law gives schools the guidelines and flexibility to create an environment where all kids have the opportunity to learn. We need to focus on creating an environment where every student is able to do well and graduate. This law is about doing what’s best for all students,” said Masen Davis, executive director of the Transgender Law Center in Oakland.

Group sues California over new law protecting transgender students

Groups trying to overturn a new California law allowing transgender students to choose public school restrooms and sports teams that correspond with their expressed gender filed a lawsuit claiming state officials are unfairly refusing to count signatures seeking a referendum.

Sacramento-based Privacy For All Students, a coalition of right-wing groups, filed the lawsuit against the secretary of state and two counties.

It says a courier delivered signatures collected in Tulare ahead of a deadline of Sunday, Nov. 10, but offices were closed early before the three-day Veterans Day weekend. In Mono County, a courier dropped the signatures in a county mail slot a day before the deadline, but workers did not return to their jobs  until the deadline had passed, according to the plaintiffs.

The plaintiffs say the secretary of state’s office is refusing to validate the signatures from the two counties.

The secretary of state’s office did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment.

Opponents of the law that goes into effect on Jan. 1 said they have collected enough signatures for an initiative that would repeal it. Counties, however, were still reviewing the signatures.

The state previously said an early random sampling from counties via the secretary of state’s office found only 77 percent of the signatures qualifying.

The coalition submitted 620,000 signatures to get the initiative on the November 2014 ballot, said Frank Schubert, political strategist handling the signature gathering effort.

To qualify, at least 505,000 valid signatures of registered voters must be verified through a random sampling. After that, it is likely the state would order a full review before the measure could be place on a ballot.

Religious right targets transgender people’s use of public bathrooms

The right-wing leaders behind the campaign to ban same-sex marriage in California now want to repeal legislation intended to protect the rights of transgender students to equal access to school facilities, such as bathrooms, and school programs, such as sports teams.

They’ve made repeated claims that boys will game the system and pretend to be transgender so they can invade girls’ restrooms. They’ve dubbed the historic legislation that Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law as the “bathroom bill,” making light of a basic human need and ignoring the consequences of continued discrimination behind the doors labeled for him or her.

“I think just about anybody knows what it feels like to desperately need to use a bathroom,” said transgender civil rights advocate Nancy McCormick of San Diego. “Now imagine living your whole life being afraid to use a public bathroom because you don’t want to be assaulted or arrested or being barred from using a public bathroom because someone says it isn’t for you.”

Jody L. Herman, a researcher with the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, has studied transgender people’s experiences with gendered restrooms and found:

• 27 percent of the transgender people surveyed in Washington, D.C., experienced problems using restrooms at work. In some cases, the harassment was so severe that the person changed jobs.

• 54 percent of the transgender people surveyed experienced physical complications — dehydration, kidney infections, urinary tract infections — from trying to avoid public restrooms.

• 58 percent of the transgender people surveyed said they avoided going out due to a lack of safe public restroom facilities.

• 68 percent said they’d been verbally harassed while using a public restroom.

• 9 percent reported being physically assaulted while trying to use a public restroom.

Herman concluded, “Policies to protect transgender people’s access to restrooms can be understood as policies that are connected to the health and well-being of transgender people.” 

From anti-gay to anti-trans

The Privacy For All Students coalition wants a referendum next year on the California legislation that guarantees K-12 students access to sex-segregated restrooms and other facilities, as well as programs and activities based on self-identification of gender instead of birth gender or transition status.

The name of the coalition is new, but the alliance of the members is not: Many of the same organizations, activists and strategists were behind Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot initiative that defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman and barred same-sex couples from marrying in California. 

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling this summer led to the overturning of Prop 8 and left the Prop 8 defenders in search of a new cause to rally the far-right and raise cash. The National Organization for Marriage, for one, turned its focus to fighting marriage equality abroad. But NOM also committed to battling efforts to protect transgender Americans and safeguard their rights.

The most prominent battle is taking place in California, where NOM is working with the Capital Resource Institute and others in the Privacy For All Students coalition to repeal the School Success and Opportunity Act or AB 1266, set to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014.

On Nov. 8, the coalition filed petitions signed by voters who want a ballot initiative.

If the measure is certified, a veteran of the anti-gay marriage campaign, Frank Schubert, has been tapped to lead the repeal effort.

In October, repeal advocates rallied outside the headquarters of the Los Angeles Unified School District, which has had a policy similar to AB 1226 for a decade and reported no problems.

Repeal advocates also have rallied in rural northern parts of the state, including in Modoc and Siskiyou counties, where elected officials disenchanted with state politics have called for seceding from California and forming the new State of Jefferson. Their largely symbolic effort is over economics and agricultural regulations, but some, in challenging government’s reach, have cited AB 1226 as an example of the state going too far. 

John O’Connor of Equality California, a statewide LGBT group, said opposition to AB 1266 is “a predictable move by fringe groups that oppose all pro-equality measures.”

Broad support

Other supporters of the legislation include gay lawmakers Tom Ammiano and Mark Leno of San Francisco, the ACLU of California, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the Gay-Straight Alliance Network, the Transgender Law Center and also statewide parent and teacher organizations, including the California Teachers Association and the California State PTA.

The CTA said it supports the law because “educators see, firsthand, the often humiliating experiences transgender students endure. Transgender students who are denied access to a restroom appropriate to their gender identity often report they avoid using school restrooms at all, which not only places students’ health at risk, but also significantly interferes with the their ability to learn.”

Before Brown signed AB 1226, a transgender student in California filed a complaint with the civil rights divisions of the U.S. Education and Justice departments. The student alleged that Arcadia Unified School District violated his rights by excluding him from using the boys’ restroom and locker room and segregating him from his male peers on an overnight field trip. The complaint said the school rules caused the boy to be subjected to ridicule and to be excluded from afterschool activities.

The federal government, announcing a resolution of the complaint in July, said the district would revise its policies to ensure all students equal access and opportunity.

The student, who has remained unnamed throughout the legal process, said, “(Now) I can focus on learning and being a typical high school student, like my friends.”

The student’s attorney, Asaf Orr at the NCLR, added, “Hopefully school districts will take this opportunity to proactively address the needs of transgender youth through districtwide policies and training.”

Massachusetts and Colorado have statewide policies that offer protections similar to AB 1226, and Maine’s human rights commission has ruled that state law requires schools to respect a student’s gender identity. Communities and school districts across the country, including in Wisconsin, also have improved policies. 

In some of those locations, right-wing groups are challenging the reforms.

In Colorado, for example, three high school girls represented by the right-wing Pacific Justice Institute are alleging harassment because a transgender student is using the girl’s bathroom. PJI attorney Matthew McReynolds says allowing a “biologically teenage boy” in a girl’s bathroom “is inherently harassing.”

Meanwhile, Wisconsin Family Action, the organization that is challenging the state’s domestic partnership registry, is sounding alarms. In an “alert” to members in late October, WFA president Julaine Appling said being transgender is a perversion and warned, “It’s ‘gender identity and expression’ that has been at the forefront of the so-called ‘bathroom laws’ that have become more and more popular. These are the laws that say public bathrooms are to be re-identified as unisex rather than be what they have been since time immemorial — sex specific and sex exclusive.”

Appling said it is time to “stop making it illegal for people to say ‘no’ to those who are quite honestly perverting the image of God that has been stamped on each human being.”

McCormick said fringe groups such as Wisconsin Family Action distort the facts and ignore the need for protections. “The problem is not with how God did or did not stamp us — which is for each and every one of us to know individually not for Wisconsin Family Action to decide,” she said. “The problem is with those symbols stamped on bathroom doors and rigid rules about gender and segregation.”

NOM leading charge to overturn transgender student rights law

The anti-gay group formed to oppose marriage equality across the country is now leading the campaign to overturn a California law that requires public schools to allow students to participate in sex-segregated programs, activities and facilities based on self-perception of gender instead of birth gender or transition status.

The National Organization for Marriage announced it was working with another conservative group, the Capitol Resource Institute, to repeal the law at the ballot box. The anti-gay marriage group provided early fundraising and organizing for the 2008 ballot initiative that outlawed same-sex marriages, known as Proposition 8. Much of the funding for that campaign came from Catholic and Mormon organizations.

Opponents of the transgender student rights law have until Nov. 8 to gather the signatures of 504,760 registered voters to place a referendum on the November 2014 ballot that would nullify the statute.

NOM is encouraging its members to help circulate petitions and to give money that could be used to hire professional signature-gatherers.

The political strategist who ran the anti-gay Proposition 8 campaign, Frank Schubert, has signed on to manage the referendum push. Schubert said “it’s a virtual certainty” the campaign will hire paid petition-circulators to supplement work already going on at churches statewide.

“We are actively talking with donors about helping to fund that,” said Schubert, who has also served as NOM’s national political director. “A referendum is a very hard thing to do. It’s definitely an uphill thing.”

After passage of Proposition 8 in 2008, Schubert led campaigns to block same-sex marriages in Maine and to pass a constitutional amendment similar to Proposition 8 in North Carolina. He then oversaw four unsuccessful efforts to keep same-sex marriage from being legalized in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington.

California last month became the first state to spell out the rights of transgender K-12 students in state law when Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB1266. Supporters said the law will help reduce bullying and discrimination against transgender students. Families of transgender students have been waging battles with school districts across the country over what restrooms and locker rooms their children can use. The disagreements have sometimes landed in court.

Equality California executive director John O’Connor, whose organization co-sponsored AB1266 and helped lead the campaign to defeat Proposition 8 in 2008, said civil rights groups were closely watching and would be ready to respond if the proposed referendum makes the ballot.

“Frank Schubert has built a political career on these anti-LGBT measures that divide people and perhaps years ago he had some success,” O’Connor said. “We have turned the corner. The public is solidly in favor of LGBT equality now.”

Schubert said qualifying the referendum for the ballot will be difficult, but he thinks it would pass easily if put before voters.

“This is not a law people support by a long-shot,” he said. “This is an attempt to hijack an issue that may be legitimate for a small number of people and use it to impose a statewide mandate in pursuit of a larger political agenda … to strip society of all gender norms so there is no difference between men and women.”

FORGE to host forum on transgender issues

Milwaukee-based FORGE holds a forum Sept. 28 on transgender issues, specifically policies related to housing, health care, employment and also access to public restrooms.

FORGE’s invitation to the event – which takes place at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market St. No. 2, Milwaukee – states, “Come … hear about the phenomenal policy strides the trans community has made over the past few years and where we are going next.”

The program begins at 7:30 p.m., after an open support group session at 6 p.m.

Loree Cook-Daniels, FORGE’s policy and program director, is a scheduled presenter. So is Katie Belanger, president and CEO of Fair Wisconsin, who will talk about T-Fair, a state transgender advocacy coalition.

For more, visit www.forge-forward.org.