THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — An internet firestorm created last week by the HRC when they asked a transgender activist to remove a trans pride flag during a marriage equality event in front of the U.S. Supreme Court has resulted in an official apology from the HRC.
This apology, however, is by no means a tidy end to the trans community’s beef with the HRC over their tradition of treating trans people as second-class citizens amongst our LGB brothers and sisters — gains made by the HRC on behalf of LGBT people didn’t always include trans people.
This most recent incident however, may serve as a wake-up call for the HRC. A number of trans advocates are now calling for the HRC to engage in direct dialogue with the trans community and find a way forward.
The following is the official apology from the HRC’s Fred Sainz:
“In the midst of a tremendously historic week for our community, two unfortunate incidents at the United for Marriage event at the Supreme Court last week have caused pain in the community. In one case, a trans activist was asked to remove the trans pride flag from behind the podium, and in another, a queer undocumented speaker was asked to remove reference to his immigration status in his remarks.
HRC joined in a coalition statement on Friday apologizing for these incidents and the individuals involved have personally offered their apologies to those affected. But to be perfectly clear, HRC regrets the incidents and offers our apologies to those who were hurt by our actions. We failed to live up to the high standard to which we hold ourselves accountable and we will strive to do better in the future. Through both our legislative and programmatic work, HRC remains committed to making transgender equality a reality.”
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