TLDEF in the News!


In the last few months we have received a significant amount of favorable media coverage for our latest work, as well as our stances on important issues affecting the transgender community. At the end of February, The Advocate quoted TLDEF in an article about continued transphobic efforts to repeal California’s School Success and Opportunity Act, a law that affords transgender students in that state the ability to participate in sports teams and other activities consistent with who they are. TLDEF was also included in the Washington Blade’s coverage of D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s new health care protections for the District’s transgender community.

In March, our statement on the New York City Department of Education’s new transgender guidelines garnered news reports in 11 outlets including: amNewYork, The Advocate, Bustle, Gay City News, Gothamist, New York Observer, On Top Magazine, The Rainbow Times, Salon, Washington Square News and WFUV. Also in March, TLDEF weighed in about how insurance policies regularly discriminate against transgender people in an Al Jazeera America story about how Obamacare might impact transgender health care consumers.

In April, The Advocate published a feature story about TLDEF’s major victory in helping a transgender man’s surviving spouse win her late husband’s pension benefits from the major American car manufacturer where he had worked for 40 years before he died from cancer. Also in April, The Seattle Lesbian covered TLDEF’s efforts to urge the Civil Court of the City of New York to delete language from a woman’s name change order that unnecessarily singled her out as a transgender person.

And in May, both amNew York and Pink News covered TLDEF’s win in that case, when a judge did indeed delete the problematic language from Charlie Kerr’s name change. Also in May, the Buffalo News reported on TLDEF’s other recent name change victory involving Mikell Puglisi who was initially denied the ability to change her name in Niagara County because she could not afford the court’s $210 filing fee. Following TLDEF’s intervention, the Supreme Court of Niagara County reversed its decision. And most recently in May, TLDEF Executive Director Michael Silverman shared insights in a high profile and heavily circulated Associated Press article about nationwide efforts to create inclusive school environments for transgender students.

It is very rewarding to share our advocacy efforts with the world through these news reports. Look for more TLDEF media visibility in the months ahead.

You can read all the coverage here