The city’s Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board (LGAB) and Transgender Advisory Board (TAB) held a joint meeting on Wednesday, June 29, the first such meeting between the two groups in a least five years members say.
Members of TAB offered a “Transgender 101” session, explaining concepts about being transgender that many LGAB members were not familiar with. That discussion included the various sub-categories of transgender including transvestites, cross dressers, transsexuals and drag queen/kings.
Members of TAB advised when meeting a transgender person to simply forget all the various labels associated with being transgender and get to know the person as an individual. They also advised asking which pronouns the transgender person prefers to be called by.
The TAB grew out of the LGAB in 2001, when it was conceived as a short-term task force. But once that transgender group was formed, the need to have an advisory board soon became apparent and the city soon created that board.
LBAG and TAB agreed to form a joint task force to work on issues facing the community together. Some of those issues include safety and passage of the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) making sure it includes gender orientation.