Senate Hears from First-Ever Transgender Witness as Kylar Broadus Testifies on ENDA: VIDEO


As Andrew reported last week, Kylar Broadus, founder of the Trans People of Color Coalition, became the first transgender witness to testify before the Senate today when he made remarks at a hearing earlier today before the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee on ENDA.

Broadus testified on his experience of discrimination as a trans person.

Said Broadus (thanks to Think Progress for the transcript and clip):

When I used female restrooms, police would accost me. I would have to strip and then they still told me, “Sir, get out of the bathroom,” when I would use the ladies’ room. It’s just humiliating and dehumanizing to say the least.[...]

Prior also to the physical transition, I was working in the financial industry, which is actually a high-paying industry. But again, when I shifted or transitioned, that’s when all the trouble began. And it’s still emotional to me, because it impacted me emotionally — I suffer from post-traumatic stress as a result of the harassment that I encountered in the workplace from my employer.[...]

To be unemployed is very devastating, also demeaning and demoralizing. And then the recovery time — there is no limit on it. I still have not financially recovered. I’m underemployed. When I do talks, I tell people I’m not employable. I was lucky to be where I am and I’m happy to be where I am, but I’m one of the fortunate people that is employed. There are many more people like me that are not employed as a result of just being who they are — being good workers, but being transgender or transsexual.


Posted June 12, 2012 at 3:20pm ETC by Andy Towle
in ENDA, News, Transgender