The Transgender Forum met at the YWCA in Brooklyn last week to discuss issues affecting the transgender and Gender Non-Conforming (GNC) community.
The Trump administration is expected to make big changes that will impact the lives of transgender and GNC people, including restricting access to public restrooms and potentially withdrawing their rights to serve openly in the military.
Over a hundred community leaders, elected officials and other professionals gathered in Brooklyn to share ideas on how to protect these communities.
The assembly heard from Carlos Menchaca, a member of the New York City Council, who called on transgender and GNC people to run for office.
“I want to see you on the city council, I want to see you on the community boards representing your views, and being a part of a government that right now is doing the opposite. If you want to run for office, let me know and we’ll do it together,” said Menchaca.
In a breakout session on immigration, community members discussed ways in which transgender and GNC communities will be impacted by Trump’s crackdown on immigration.
Many transgender and GNC people come to the United States seeking asylum from persecution in their home countries, and under Trump there are fears lots will be deported. In addition transgender communities are disproportionately impacted by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) dawn raids. Five days after his inauguration, President Trump signed an executive order to increase the number of ICE agents, stoking concerns that the frequency of dawn raids will also increase.
The group handed out information cards for transgender and GNC immigrants, which include information on what to do in the case of a raid or an arrest.
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