Know Your Rights

Policy & Legislation

In Conversation with Milwaukee’s Equal Rights Commission

August 6, 2020

Recorded on August 6, 2020

Join FORGE in conversation with Vice Chair Tony Snell Rodriguez and Commissioner Nathan Guequierre of Milwaukee’s Equal Rights Commission. We’ll discuss the Commission’s ongoing work supporting trans and non-binary residents, including the City’s current initiative to bring inclusive restrooms to Milwaukee. Come hear about the Commission, its recent achievements, and its role in promoting equity and protecting civil rights for all residents of Milwaukee.

Panelists: Vice Chair Tony Snell Rodriguez and Commissioner Nathan Guequierre of Milwaukee’s Equal Rights Commission

Facilitator: Shelley Gregory

Introduction 0:00
Shelley introduces topic/guests 2:44
Nathan’s introduction 4:17
Tony’s introduction 6:37
What is the ERC? What’s it’s mission and role? 11:23
ERC’s recent work 17:49

How do policies get implemented? 28:45
ERC’s accomplishments for the trans community 34:06
How can individuals learn more about the ERC? 41:54
Racism in Milwaukee/relations with law enforcement 48:05
ERC’s perspective on protests in Milwaukee 52:29

Interactions between ERC and the county’s Human Rights Commission 59:58
Intersections of identity and discrimination 1:03:41
How educated is the local government about trans/non-binary identities? 1:11:55
Closing words 1:19:36


ABOUT events
FORGE and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, Inclusion Health Clinic have created a series of events for trans+/non-binary community members, loved ones, and supporters, to come together for support, connection, learning, and empowerment. Participants will have the opportunity to find community, feel less isolated, and learn new skills and information.

Initiated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many topics focus on medical and mental health issues, coping strategies, access to public benefits, links to resources, where/how to access support, creative expression, and some time to have some fun.

Thank you to our funders:
This project is funded by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin.