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Biden’s First 100 Days: What it Means for Trans & Non-Binary Communities

May 11, 2021

Much has changed dramatically for trans and non-binary rights since President Biden took office, including who’s representing our interests and how they’re discussed. Please join FORGE for conversation about what has changed in the first 100 days (and what’s stayed the same). We’ll review the administration’s commitments, explore roadblocks and what remains to be done, and hold space for discussion about how we as community members can contribute to making change.

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Introduction 0:00
Where we are starting from
2:59
President Biden addressing congress
3:32
Presentation outline
4:02
Biden’s first day in office
4:43

Executive orders 6:03
COVID-19 developments
6:34
Health care
7:36
Housing
8:53
Education
10:50
Identifying disparities
11:36

Insurance 12:02
Military
12:59
Personnel
14:29
Foreign affairs
16:52
Diversity training
18:04
Incarceration
18:59

Law enforcement 19:59
The Equality Act
21:01
Federal data collection
21:52
Trans diversity recognition
23:33
Transgender Day of Visibility
24:43

Shelley’s introduction 26:17
Revisiting the Equality Act
28:18
Protections under the Equality Act
30:28
Protections for youth
33:35
Prohibiting conversion therapy
40:47

Identity documents 43:22
Other priorities
47:49
Advocacy opportunities
57:40

Q&A 1:06:26
Are executive orders reworked from the Obama administration?
1:07:03
Documentation changes for intersex people?
1:07:51
What issues does the trans community face?
1:13:08
Can FORGE do training on communicating in communities?
1:19:51

Closing thoughts 1:20:18

Presenters: Shelley Gregory & Loree Cook-Daniels

Shelley Gregory (they/them or any pronouns).
Shelley is a trans human, activist, and advocate, and the Strategic Project Coordinator for FORGE. Shelley has worked actively in the LGBTQI+ community for over 25 years and began to focus their work on advocacy for transgender and non-binary folx nearly two decades ago. Their background is as a civil rights lawyer. Shelley continually aims to contribute to improving quality of life for trans and non-binary individuals and increasing our inclusion in society. Shelley presently assists survivors of violence through individual advocacy and peer support, as well as policy development and public education.

Loree Cook-Daniels.
Loree Cook-Daniels is the Policy and Program Director for FORGE, a Milwaukee-based national transgender and SOFFA (Significant Others, Friends, Family and Allies) organization. Cook-Daniels has been a policy analyst and advocate for LGBT issues for more than 40 years, and began working on anti-violence issues in the 1980s. With degrees in Women’s Studies and Conflict Management and a Certificate in Trauma Counseling, Cook-Daniels provides training, technical assistance, and/or services to transgender sexual violence survivors and the professionals who serve them under grants from the U.S. Office of Violence Against Women.

Recorded on May 11th, 2021.