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HRC's Only Trans Board Member Resigns Over ENDA

Breaking: Donna Rose sent this statement at 2pm on October 3, 2007. We applaud her bravery and wish her the best of luck!

My name is Donna Rose and I am the first and only transgender member of the Board of Directors of the Human Rights Campaign. I am releasing a statement in response to the recent decision by the organization to remain neutral in supporting non-inclusive ENDA legislation:

A Statement from Donna Rose, Community Activist on the Human Rights Campaign’s Position on ENDA:

“An impressive coalition of local and national organizations has lined up to actively oppose the divisive strategy on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that would leave our transgender brothers and sisters without workplace protections.

This effort has galvanized community spirit and commitment in ways few could have imagined, and it has demonstrated to those who would divide us that anything less than full inclusion is unacceptable.

Unfortunately, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) – a group of which I am the first and only transgender board member – is not part of this group. Their recently issued statement indicates while it is not preferable, they will not actively oppose a version of ENDA which is not fully inclusive. Because of this unacceptable position I feel compelled to resign my position on HRC’s Board of Directors.”
The full text of my letter is available at:



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