TLDEF Commends New York City Council for Landmark Transgender Rights Funding

TLDEF Commends New York City Council for Landmark Transgender Rights Funding

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund today praised the New York City Council for its recent approval of $1.8 million in funding for the transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) community. TLDEF is among five other organizations to receive this landmark support as members of the Trans Equity Coalition. The other recipients are: the Ackerman Institute, Destination Tomorrow, GMHC, Staten Island Pride, and Translatina Network. TLDEF will be awarded $250,00 to expand its services.

“I’m am thrilled and honored to be part of this groundbreaking achievement with the Trans Equity Coalition,” said Tabytha Gonzalez who represents TLDEF in the group. “This crucial funding will allow TLDEF to expand our community based training and conduct surveys in our transgender communities that will help us identify and provide additional legal services in partnership with our strong pro bono networks.”

“I’ve been proud to work for several months alongside trans community leaders to convey to the City Council the importance of these essential services that uplift and empower the TGNC community,” Gonzalez said.

“We extend our immense gratitude to City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Council Members: Daniel Dromm, Mark Levine, Jumaane Williams, Alicka Ampry-Samuel, Jimmy Van Bramer, Carlos Menchaca, Ritchie Torres, Stephen Levin, and Keith Powers, for making transgender issues a priority in our city,” said TLDEF Interim Executive Director Dolph Goldenburg. “This financial boost will help improve the lives of the transgender people we serve and those served by the other members of the Equity Coalition. This news is especially welcoming during LGBTQ Pride Month.”

“As the home of the LGBTQ community, New York City will always have the backs of transgender individuals. The Council’s $1.8 million Trans Equity Initiative will help ensure trans New Yorkers receive the services that they desperately need and deserve. It is my honor to establish this initiative during my first budget, and I thank organizations such as Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) for their ongoing work and dedication to the LGBTQ community,” said Speaker Corey Johnson.