CLAREMONT, NH — This week, Claremont resident and activist Liza Draper will join hundreds of transgender activists and allies from nearly 40 states and territories as they converge on Washington, DC for Trans Lobby Day. Hosted by the National Center for Transgender Equality. The two-day event will equip participants with skills and information and advocating policies to preserve rights and protections for the nearly 1.5 million trans Americans. Transgender Lobby Day will occur Thursday and Friday, June 8 and 9 in Washington, DC.
While at Transgender Lobby Day, participants will hear from speakers, experts and political officials to help them battle anti-trans bills at the state and federal levels, before meeting with their elected officials.
“I am excited to participate and represent rural Granite Staters,” said Draper, who recently helped found Rural Outright, a TLC Family Resource Center program that supports LGBTQIA+ residents of Sullivan and lower Grafton counties.
225 residents from New Hampshire participated in the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey (USTS), the largest survey examining the experiences of transgender people conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality. Nationally, more than 27,000 transgender people participated in the survey.
Of those who participated, seven percent were unemployed (compared with the national average of five percent), 18 percent were living in poverty (compared with the national average of 14 percent), and 10 percent experienced homelessness in the previous year. Nearly 75 percent who were out or perceived as transgender while in K-12 school reported being mistreated for their identity, including verbal, physical and sexual harassment. In addition, only 13 percent reported having their legal identity changed with the major reason for not doing it being that they could not afford to make the change.
For more information, please visit www.transequality.org/TransLobbyDay.