As we come to the close of 2019, we've already started planning several events for 2020. First up: a panel discussion with five experts on the topic of Gender Identity, Gender Expression.

We invite the public to join our panel on Sunday, January 12, at 3:30pm, at Snapdragon Coffee and Social, 190 Monticello Ave in Jersey City.

What can you learn at this event?

  • what does science tell us about gender identity

  • how do transgender people know what gender they are

  • what is the difference between gender identity and gender expression

  • what does it mean to be non-binary, or gender non-conforming

  • how you can be an ally

Several LGBTQ+ groups are collaborating to create this panel discussion. Please support their work as well as ours!

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PFLAG Jersey City is one chapter of the nationwide PFLAG organization. Collectively we are observing Transgender Day Of Remembrance on Nov 20, 2019. The national organization has issued this statement, please take time to read and share it. ~Thank you.

Anti-Transgender Violence and Discrimination Policy

PFLAG was the first national LGBTQ+ organization to mandate the full inclusion of people who are transgender as part of its expressed mission statement, approved by the Board of Directors in 1998.

PFLAG recognizes that in the 20+ years since approving this inclusive mission, discrimination, violence, and harm against transgender and gender-expansive people has greatly increased, with violence against transgender people—in particular Black transgender women—growing to epidemic proportions. PFLAG also recognizes that transgender people of color experience a compounded negative impact from their intersectional identities, including poverty, homelessness, unemployment, and health disparities.

PFLAG commits to advocating with—and supporting—transgender and gender-expansive people; and to working to reduce and remove the root causes of this crisis of violence and injustice, including systemic racism, sexism, discrimination, and harassment. We are also committed to educating others and ourselves about gender identity and gender expression in order to meet unfounded fear with facts.

PFLAG will work to build communities that value transgender and gender-expansive people, and to reduce societal barriers that lead to harm, poverty and, too often, death. PFLAG will deploy its resources to listen to, engage, and bolster diverse transgender communities and the organizations that serve them, lifting up actions to increase opportunities for fair and just employment, housing, healthcare, and access to public services including law enforcement. PFLAG will also continue to educate law enforcement agencies and officers to reduce harm, and end the high rates of mistreatment, incarceration, denial of necessary medications, and physical and sexual assault in jails and prisons that transgender and gender-expansive people—especially Black transgender women—experience. 

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As we await the SCOTUS decision on whether the LGBTQ+ community is protected under current civil rights laws, it's worth looking at existing laws.

The Chamber of Commerce has a report which can be found here:

On the map below, which is in the report, the darker the shade of blue, the fewer protections for LGBTQ+ individuals. Please read the report!

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