A small committee room at the state Capitol was overflowing with people taking part in the first Transgender Advocacy Day.
“I’ve never seen so many transfolk at the state Capitol, it’s exciting.”
That’s Masen Davis with the Transgender Law Center. He says health care and employment top the list for people who identify or express themselves as the opposite sex. Davis says workplace difficulties he had when he came out as a transgender man are common.
“I worked with people who would take my staff the first week they were hired, and take them to lunch and tell them that I was really a woman and they really shouldn’t address me as a man in the workplace. We’ve got to figure out how to end that kind of harassment that unfortunately ends up pushing a lot of transgender people out of work.”
The group also supports a bill that would require the state to add questions about sexual orientation and gender identity to California’s government forms. Supporters say that would provide a more accurate count of the state’s lesbian, gay and transgender citizens.