New Yorkers Join National Fight for Trans Equality – By Brett Krutzsch

Personal stories of harassment and discrimination were a uniting theme Tuesday night at the LGBT Center in Chelsea during a panel titled ?Clock In/Speak Out: Gaining Momentum for Workplace Equality in New York and the U.S.?

Almost 50 people attended the discussion on transgender rights, sponsored by the LGBT legal advocacy group Lambda Legal. The debut program was one of seven flagship events across the country that took place on Tuesday to raise awareness for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). Introduced in Congress on April 24, ENDA would make it illegal to fire, prevent promotion, or refuse to hire anyone based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

At Tuesday?s event, the panel discussed key issues facing the transgender community, including problems with the healthcare system, workplace discrimination, and harassment of transgender youth in New York City schools.