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House Proceeding 04-29-09 on Apr 29th, 2009 :: 0:51:15 to 0:53:35
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Barbara Lee

0:51:11 to 0:51:31( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: black caucus chair, the gentlewoman from california, my good friend, minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california is recognized for two minutes. ms. lee: thank you, mr. speaker. let me first thank the gentleman for yielding and for your steady and very fair leadership as a member of the house rules committee. also to chairman conyers, let me thank you for your hiredship in making sure this important legislation gets to the floor

Barbara Lee

0:51:15 to 0:53:35( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Barbara Lee

Barbara Lee

0:51:32 to 0:51:52( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: today. i also want to acknowledge the indispensable contributions of the lgbt caucus which i serve as a member which is led so ably by ngressman barney frank, congresswoman baldwin, and congressman polis. there is much to admire and celebrate in the history of the united states.

Barbara Lee

0:51:53 to 0:52:13( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: but regrettably there have been episodes in our his interest that are tragic, violent, and shameful. among the most horrific are violent crimes motivated by hate. notorious race riots in greenwood, oklahoma, and rosewood, florida in early years of church bombings and attks on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and

Barbara Lee

0:52:14 to 0:52:34( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: transgendered persons are painful reminders that we still have not perfected our union. whether it has been the color of their skin, their religion, gender, disability, national origin, or their sexual orientation or identity, the sad fact is that too many persons have been the victims of violence often ending in death simply because of a

Barbara Lee

0:52:35 to 0:52:55( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: characteristic of birth. sadly many of the recent attacks based on sexual orientation have been against gay black men like michael sandy who was beaten and robbed in new york by four men and lay in a coma for several days before he died. in court proceedings it revealed his attackers viewed g men as prey. fortunately new york's hate

Barbara Lee

0:52:56 to 0:53:16( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: crimes law now includes sexual orientation as a protected class. closer to my home, right outside of my district in california, young high school student named gwen arow had a was viciously beaten to death by four young men simply because she was born a male. gwen was comfortable as herself,

Barbara Lee

0:53:17 to 0:53:36( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: a transgendered woman, and lived her high school years as a girl with the love and support of her family, particularly her mother. gwen's story resonates with me. children are entitled to be free from hate motivated violence in schools. that'shy when i was in the california legislature i authored and beat pillson signed into law the california hate

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