Blog Posts from June 2011
Tuesday night at 10:30 pm, in a vote of 81-61, the Maine House of Representatives voted down LD 1046, a bill that would have repealed protections for transgender individuals to use the restroom that matches their lived gender. Wednesday morning, the Maine Senate finished the job with a vote of 23-11 to kill the bill. It is hard to overstate what a horrible outcome it would have been for this bill to pass, and GLAD (including Jennifer Levi, Mary Bonauto, Laura Kiritsy and myself) was proud to work tirelessly with our coalition partners (including Maine TransNet, MaineEquality, the Maine Civil Liberties Union, the Maine Women’s Lobby, and the Maine chapter of GLSEN) to ensure that these vital human rights protections were not rolled back for transgender people.
I could hardly believe that the moment for which I’d waited nearly six years had arrived. H.B. 6599, Connecticut’s transgender civil rights bill, had passed the House of Representatives nearly two weeks ago and I’d been waiting impatiently for it to be run in the Senate. But each time I e-mailed Betty Gallo, our staunch lobbyist who’s been tirelessly working this bill for years, there was little to report. I sent her a short e-mail earlier in the day asking, “Any info on timing?” She quickly replied, “No.” Honestly, I wasn’t even thinking about the bill when I left work that afternoon for my son’s baseball game. But when the call came from Jerimarie Liesegang, head of the Connecticut Transgender Advocacy Coalition (also a visionary, tireless and devoted advocate), I knew I needed to get there quickly.