February 26, 2016 at 2:36 pm EST | by Chris Johnson
‘Trans United for Hillary’ launches

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Hillary Clinton has launched a transgender panel. (Washington Blade file photo by Damien Salas)

A new nationwide effort has launched to encourage support among transgender people and their allies for the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton.

The group is called “Trans United for Hillary” and, according to the statement announcing its launch on Thursday, seeks to facilitate “volunteer opportunities, host events, and release resources for transgender people” on behalf of Clinton.

“Over the last seven years, the Obama Administration has made significant progress on transgender rights,” the statement says. “As secretary of state, Hillary played an integral role in some of the most important advancements for transgender people during President Obama’s first term. From reforming policies related to passports for transgender people to incorporating LGBT rights into U.S. foreign policy, Hillary has a record of results on transgender equality.”

Despite his pledge during an interview with the Washington Blade last year to make transgender issues visible as part of his campaign, Bernard Sanders in some circles has been criticized for failing to give sufficient voice to transgender people.

Making an implicit contrast with Sanders, the statement concludes, “This election, Hillary has outlined the most detailed plan for transgender equality ever released by a presidential candidate and has the experience and skills necessary to build on the progress of the last decade.”

The members of steering committee consists of a who’s who of transgender advocates in the nation’s capital and elsewhere. Here’s a list of the members provided to the Blade:

Mara Keisling (D.C.)
Sarah McBride (Del.)
Angelica Ross (Ill.)
Ames Simmons (Ga.)
Barbara Casbar Siperstein (N.J.)
Blossom Brown (Miss.)
Daria Lohman (Ariz.)
Daye Pope (Pa.)
Geena Rocero (N.Y.)
Jay Brown (Md.)
Kellan Baker (D.C.)
Kimi Cole (Nev.)
Lisa Mottet (D.C.)
Lou Weaver (Texas)
Marisa Richmond (Tenn.)
Meghan Stabler (Texas)
Melissa Sklarz (N.Y.)
Paula Schoenhower (Okla.)
Rhodes Perry (Ore.)
Zackary Drucker (Calif.)

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

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