Rep. Rob Andrews, D-N.J., held a hearing on transgender discrimination yesterday in the Capitol, winning praise from gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities. This was the first ever congressional hearing on transgender rights. Rep. Andrews called the hearing as Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) subcommittee of the Committee on Education and Labor. Rep. Andrews, who is not seeking reelection to his congressional seat, defended his decision to conduct the hearing by stating that “Congress has a responsibility to protect all Americans from unfair discrimination.”
Rep. Andrews called several witnesses who had personally experienced transgender discrimination, including retired Colonel Diane Schoroer. Ms. Schorer testified that a job offer as a terrorism analyst was quickly rescinded after she revealed to the Library of Congress that she was a transgender person. Ms. Schoroer retired from the military after a distinguished career as David Schoroer. Ms. Schorer’s story is below.
Additional witness testimony can be found at the National Center for Transgender Equality website.
Kudos to Rep. Andrews for understanding that discrimination against any minority, no matter how small or misunderstood, is discrimination against everyone.