A San Francisco-based group has begun the first crisis hotline dedicated to helping transgender people who may be suicidal. The Trans Lifeline is staffed with volunteers who have personal knowledge of transgender challenges.
Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin apologized to the transgender community during a speech in Atlanta on Friday, expressing regret over the group's decision to back a non-trans inclusive version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in 2008. During his keynote address at the Southern Comfort Conference, Griffin acknowledged his role in causing the divide between HRC and the trans community. "What happens to trans people is absolutely central to the LGBT struggle. And as the nation's largest LGBT civil rights organization, HRC has a responsibility to do that struggle justice," Griffin said.
A convergence of combined energy from the business sector and civil society against poor governance issues in Africa can help drive more effective development and smart aid, rock star Bono writes in The New York Times. Traditional donor-recipient aid relationships that partner governments should become a thing of the past, the U2 frontman argues.
The debate over whether to include transgender protections in the Employment Non-Discrimination Act is the latest example of the fine line Democrats are trying to walk between passing legislation as the majority party and satisfying their vocal left wing. U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., the bill's chief sponsor, called the dispute "a moment of truth for responsible liberals in the Democratic Party." However, Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, contends ENDA should be inclusive, since the bill, with or without trans protections, is likely to be vetoed.