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Resolution Affirming TLBGQQI Rights as Human Rights

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Whereas, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirms that human rights belong to all people without any distinctions, including those based on sexuality or gender identity; Whereas, the enjoyment of human rights has been denied to TLGBQQI people by systematic discrimination, homophobia, and transphobia; Whereas, June 27, 2009 marks the fortieth anniversary of the Stonewall Riot, an event symbolizing the courage of transgender people, drag queens, and other TLGBQQI people to resist systemic violence and discrimination and to claim their full humanity; Whereas, great strides have been made by the movement sparked by the Stonewall Riot, and the struggle for equality and justice continues; Whereas, the struggle for transgender rights has been especially marginalized and made invisible; Whereas, transgender people face high levels of hate violence, discrimination and other attacks on their dignity and physical and mental integrity; Therefore, be resolved that we, the undersigned, affirm and celebrate the rights of TLGBQQI people as human rights; and, Be it further resolved that we, the undersigned call on the Atlanta community to educate ourselves on the particular ways that transgender people face systemic denial of human rights and support advocacy efforts led by transgender people to gain respect for their basic human rights, with particular attention to the following three issue areas: 1: Employment Non-Discrimination (equal employment opportunity regardless of gender identity and/or sexual identity) 2: Access to Public Services (appropriate health care, housing including access to homeless shelters, documentation) 3: Public Safety (in bathrooms, parks, prisons, or any public place, and protection from police harassment) This resolution is hereby endorsed by the following people and organizations.


In the interest of supporting the human rights of transgender people, Human Rights Atlanta (HRA), in collaboration with TLBGQQI communities, asks your organization to sign on to the Resolution Affirming TLBGQQI Rights as Human Rights, and we invite and encourage you to participate in the events commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. (See links below) Human Rights Atlanta is a coalition of over 70 organizations based in Atlanta, GA. The coalition formed in 2008 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Links A site describing the Stonewall 40 Atlanta events taking place from June 25-29, 2009 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riot. The site representing Human Rights Atlanta, the group that coordinated and organized the 4 events on Stonewall weekend for 40 years since the Stonewall Riot.
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