Many are calling 2016 The Year of the Woman! The Human Rights Campaign is throwing a HER party in Palm Springs on Sunday, November 13th from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the Las Palmas neighborhood in Palm Springs.
Entertainment will be provided by comedienne Suzanne Westenhoeffer and singer Jennifer Corday. Local sponsors will be the following woman-owned businesses: Lynn Hammond (catering) and Studio Kate (decorations and flowers). The national sponsors will be Women on a Roll, Olivia Travel and Ketel One.
Event tickets are $50. The cost includes cocktails, appetizers, entertainment and annual or renewal membership in the HRC and supports the work of the HRC Foundation! Tickets may be purchased online at hrc.im/PalmSpringsHerHRC
All women are invited to attend. Let’s CELEBRATE!!!
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) believes that women, including transgender women, straight allies, women of color, and women of all economic backgrounds, are key to our success as a civil rights organization and essential to the LGBT movement’s ability to win equality for all. We also believe that we can and must reflect the diverse communities in which we live and work.
Women have an important role to play in the fight for equality. Recognizing that Women’s Rights are Human Rights, HRC’s Women & Leadership program prepares women to take on leadership roles as social change leaders and builds the leadership pipeline for greater representation and participation of women on HRC boards and volunteer steering committees. The HRC also places a priority on women’s issues, including health and safety, the workplace, and families.
The mission of the Her HRC Program is to gather women both to celebrate and to build a greater sense of community while learning about the importance of engaging in the LGBT civil rights movement. This program expands and diversifies HRC’s membership through events hosted across the country throughout the year.
From live performances to comedy events to film screenings to everything in between, each city across America is doing something to celebrate women! This year HRC anticipates between 20 and 25 events to take place.
HRC events are attended by over 5,000 women annually. One of those events is coming soon on November 13th!
There is a plethora of ways to get involved with HRC. We work on political campaigns; we host events, including a Gala event; we go to Pride celebrations; you name it!
We hope you will consider bringing your talents to this cause and becoming a volunteer with us! In addition to this, be sure you are registered with HRC to receive e-mails and take action online. Also, be sure to “Like” us on Facebook and Twitter.
More about HRC:
Women in the Workplace:
More women are joining the workforce than ever before. Today women are almost half of the workforce, but earn an average of 83 cents for every dollar that men earn. For women of color and transgender women, the pay gap is even larger.
The good news: The wage gap is closing. The bad news: That’s because men have been losing jobs at a faster rate than women during the recession.
The unemployment rate for transgender people is twice the national average. Many leading companies include sexual orientation in non-discrimination policies, but gender identity protection lags behind.
HRC’s Workplace Project works with companies to include these protections. It ranks many companies on their LGBT workplace policies in the Corporate Equality Index (CEI), which is published annually.
HRC also publishes a Buyers’ Guide every year in time for the holiday shopping season to inform consumers about what companies have fair workplace practices for LGBT employees. HRC is also working to pass inclusive non-discrimination legislation at the federal, state, and even local levels through lobbying, education, and technical support.
Women’s Health & Safety
Young women, low-income women, and some minorities are disproportionately victims of domestic violence and rape. Domestic violence affecting LGBT individuals continues to be grossly underreported due to a lack of awareness and denial about the existence of this type of violence and its impact.
Transgender women experience hate violence at alarming rates. One in every 1,000 homicides in the US is a hate crime against a transgender person. Transgender women of color have been particularly affected by hate violence.
After more than a decade of advocacy by the Human Rights Campaign, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act (HCPA) was signed into law by President Barack Obama on October 28th, 2009.
HCPA added sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender to the categories protected under federal hate crimes law. HRC is working with states across the country to expand their hate crime laws to fill critical gaps, particularly for property crimes and crimes lacking a federal nexus.
LGBT people face health challenges unique from the rest of the population. Within our community, lesbians and transgender women experience specific health disparities.
Up until now, federal health surveys and programs have almost entirely ignored the health needs of LGBT people. HRC is pushing the Department of Health and Human Services, as it implements the new health reform law, to ensure that LGBT people are an integral part of this effort to understand and improve the health of all Americans.
Women & Families
Among people of color, women of color are the most likely of all LGBT people to be a parent or plan to become a parent. The HRC Foundation Family Project serves as a comprehensive resource for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender families.
The project provides information on a wide range of issues including adoption, civil unions, custody and visitation, donor insemination, family law, marriage, parenting, schools, senior health and housing, state laws and legislation, straight spouses and transgender issues. In addition to maintaining inclusive and up to date resources for LGBT families in the US, the project provides guidance to those that work closely with these families in various fields such as adoption and social service agencies and healthcare institutions.
CONTACT; KATE CASTLE