Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund is committed to ending discrimination based upon gender identity and expression and to achieving equality for transgender people through public education, test-case litigation, direct legal services, and public policy efforts.

Protect Vulnerable Transgender Communities

As Executive Director of Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, I have been hearing from many of you in the aftermath of our recent Presidential election. Many of us have been feeling surprise and disappointment. We will not have a progressive president with a pro-trans agenda. We at TLDEF are determined to be ready to protect trans people from rollbacks of our hard-earned advancements, particularly those most marginalized. Our plans include adding lawyers to our impact litigation team, increasing community education resources, and using new social media campaigns to alert people to developments and provide tools for them to use as events unfold. We ask for your support in doing so.

As one of the few trans-led legal organizations in the country, we have a perspective that provides an important lens for strategy. Our concerns include federal religious freedom restoration acts, federal healthcare nondiscrimination rules protecting trans people, loss of federal workplace protections, loss of federal protection for trans students, a return to military exclusion, and new barriers to securing passports and other federal IDs that match our gender identities. We will be watching to see where the fight needs to be brought, and with your help we will bring it.... more