Know Your Rights

Staying Safe

Policy & Legislation

Trans+ Advocacy and Activism

August 13, 2020

Recorded on August 13, 2020.

In a recent FORGE survey, 97% of respondents said they were interested in working to increase trans rights. In this Ask The Experts, FORGE staffers Shelley Gregory and Loree Cook-Daniels, both long-time T/LGBQ activists, will address how you can join those who are working on pro-trans policy changes locally, statewide, and nationally. Come with your questions about how and where you can fit in.

Presenters: Loree Cook-Daniels & Shelley Gregory

Introduction 0:00
Loree and Shelley’s introductions 3:29
The three branches of government 4:57
Examples of what the branches can do 6:12
What congress can do 6:49
What the white house can do 8:31
What the Supreme Court can do 10:31

Congressional powers 13:07
Executive powers 13:56
Court powers 17:11
Communicating with congress 17:40
Communicating with the executive branch 21:45
Communicating with the courts 25:55
Other ways to influence 27:43
Getting connected 29:27

State & local advocacy 33:07
WI state government – executive 34:12
WI state government – legislative 36:05
WI state government – judicial 37:39
Executive actions – trans/LGBQ+ 38:33
Legislation – trans/LGBQ+ 45:26
Judicial decisions – trans/LGBQ+ 54:26

City of Milwaukee government 55:57
Milwaukee County government 58:26
Local executive actions – trans/LGBQ+ 59:27
Common Council – trans/LBGQ+ 1:02:44
Communicate with state government 1:06:31
Communicate with MKE city government 1:09:06
Getting connected in WI & MKE 1:10:31

All gender bathrooms for trans people? 1:12:41
What is “trans-inclusive” health insurance? 1:15:38
Countering rollbacks on LGBT+ protections 1:18:33
Closing comments 1:20:16

ASL, Captions, and Trans/Queer-led:
Events will have an ASL interpreter and CART captioning. Please reach out with any access needs.

Support focused groups are trans and queer led.

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.

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

Additional funding support for this event provided by Victims of Crime Act Subgrant No. 2015-VO-01-15356 awarded by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Office of Crime Victim Services under a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime.