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Thursday, September 27, 2012 12:00 AM

Celebrating LGBT History Month

Equality Forum LGBT History Month 2012 Calendar

In honor of LGBT History Month, the Consortium's Conference Call series has 4 calls in the month of October focusing on Spirit Week Programming, Ally Week Programming, Supporting LGBT Students of Faith, and Celebrating Our Past and Future. These calls are open to Consortium members only. To become a member click here.

Additionally, check out Equality Forum's LGBT History Month videos, which document the achievements of 31 LGBT Icons (one icon per day). The site also includes downloadable LGBT History Month Icon bios, posters, and more.

 
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Monday, September 17, 2012 12:00 AM

TONI Project

The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE)  just launched the TONI Project (Transgender On-Campus Non-Discrimination Information Project), a new website for trans and gender non-conforming college students to transform their campus. Learn more at www.transstudents.org

At the TONI Project, you can:

  1. Learn about the kinds of policies that exist at different campuses. Does a school have gender neutral housing? Does the University health care plan include transition-related care? Are there courses that examine transgender issues? There are a lot of things that mark a welcoming community for transgender people. Use this site to find out more about a school.
  2. Sign up to add your school into the TONI Project, or correct information about a school already in the site. The TONI Project relies on you to be the most accurate site for this information.
  3. Check in with the Resources section of the website for other information important to transgender students. And when you’re ready to take action, we have resources to help you organize your campus to be a better community for transgender people.
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Tuesday, August 07, 2012 12:00 AM

Statement in Regards to Chick-Fil-A

For Immediate Release

August 7th 2012

Contact: justin adkins, Publications and Communications Chair

As professionals in the field, the Consortium of Higher Education Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Professionals realizes that relationships with companies like Chick-Fil-A are much more complicated than the media portrays.  Sometimes our students play critical roles in decisions related to contracts with outside entities while other times our colleges and universities rely on contractors and subcontractors for services. Regardless, LGBT resource professionals may often have to explain and sometimes defend institutional commitments and contracts even when they contradict stated institutional policies and values. As LGBT resource professionals we have a responsibility to support our students while working within complex organizations and institutions.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012 12:00 AM

Immigration Rights

For Immediate Release

June 19th, 2012

Contact: justin adkins, Publications and Communications Chair

The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals has been busy this past week focusing on immigration rights issues.  We have signed onto 2 different statements.  

We joined LGBTQ organizations in a letter of thanks to the Obama administration for the President’s statement of support for undocumented students last week.  This effort was graciously organized by the Immigration Equality/Action Fund.  Of course, this impacts a huge number of LGBTQ youth and young people, including Jose Vargas, Felipe Vargas, Prerna Lal, and many other leaders of the DREAM movement, so it is a wonderful victory for our community.   

We also joined Lambda Legal and the Center for American Progress by signing on to a statement related to the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court ruling on immigration and immigrants’ rights. The statements explain why S.B. 1070 is bad for all immigrants, with an emphasis on how S.B. 1070 and the nation’s overall broken immigration system negatively impact people who are LGBT or living with HIV/AIDS.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012 12:00 AM

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: justin adkins, Publications & Communication Chair, [email protected]

The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals commends the The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) In what has been hailed as a "landmark" move.  On Monday the EEOC ruled that employers who discriminate against an employee, or potential employee, based on their gender identity is in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination based on sex.

M. Dru Levasseur, Transgender Rights Attorney for Lambda Legal says, “This is the first time the EEOC has held that transgender people are protected from discrimination by federal law.  This ruling, by the agency in charge of enforcing and interpreting federal discrimination laws, confirms the growing trend of court decisions holding that sex discrimination laws protect transgender people from discrimination. The decision applies to both private and public employees everywhere in the United States. It will be binding on EEOC offices and investigators across the country, and will be binding on all federal agencies. The decision will also be entitled to significant deference by the courts.”

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