TLDEF Applauds Oklahoma Jury’s Verdict in Favor of Wrongfully Fired English Professor

New York, NY – Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund applauds an Oklahoma jury’s verdict today in favor of an English professor who was fired from from her teaching job on the basis of her sex. Dr. Rachel Tudor was denied tenure and terminated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma in 2011 after she … More TLDEF Applauds Oklahoma Jury’s Verdict in Favor of Wrongfully Fired English Professor

TLDEF Files Brief Supporting Transgender Servicemembers’ Challenge to Trump Military Ban

TLDEF Files Brief in Support of Transgender Servicemembers Challenging Trump Administration’s Military Ban New York, NY- Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund has filed an amicus or “friend of the court” brief with the United States federal court in Washington, D.C. in support of transgender troops who are challenging the ban on open transgender military service. Last July, … More TLDEF Files Brief Supporting Transgender Servicemembers’ Challenge to Trump Military Ban

Transgender Military Couple Serve in Stark Contrast to Trump

Transgender Military Couple Serve in Stark Contrast to Trump: Tacitly speaking to his inability to serve as Commander in Chief without uttering one word to that effect! Just by virtue of who they are and what they have done, this transgender military couple, Logan and Laila Ireland, slam the United States President and Commander in … More Transgender Military Couple Serve in Stark Contrast to Trump

Ugandan LGBTI Refugees Under UNHCR to Walk Out with Nowhere to Go

There is a large group of Ugandan LGBTI refugees who are in Kakuma Camp, in Kenya. These refugees have been fleeing Uganda’s anti-homosexuality climate, which was heightened by the passage of the now defunct Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2014, otherwise known as “The Kill the Gays Bill. ” Some have been there for several years in … More Ugandan LGBTI Refugees Under UNHCR to Walk Out with Nowhere to Go

Campus Pride Releases Shame List of Worst Campuses for LGBTQ

Campus Pride today releases its 2017 Shame List highlighting for the second year in a row a national listing of “The Absolute Worst Campuses for LGBTQ Youth.” Up from 102 campuses last year, the national listing includes 139 campuses that openly discriminate against LGBTQ youth in policies, programs and practices as documented on the site … More Campus Pride Releases Shame List of Worst Campuses for LGBTQ

International Fashion Model Reveals She is Transgender and Intends to Advocate for Transgender Rights

New York, NY –  Internationally acclaimed fashion model Teddy Quinlivan today shares with the world her authentic self, disclosing that she is transgender. Quinlivan makes this announcement for her own self-empowerment and as a call to action about the importance of transgender equality. “I want to help break the stigma of what it means to … More International Fashion Model Reveals She is Transgender and Intends to Advocate for Transgender Rights

CA Assembly Adopts Resolution to Prevent Discrimination Against Transgender Service Members

 SACRAMENTO — The California State Assembly adopted Assembly Joint Resolution 22 today condemning President Trump’s announcement that he will ban transgender individuals from serving in the military, directing the California military to not discriminate against transgender service members, and urging Defense Secretary James Mattis to allow trans service members to serve their country. The resolution is co-authored … More CA Assembly Adopts Resolution to Prevent Discrimination Against Transgender Service Members

Report Finds Arabic Media Perpetuates Homophobia Transphobia in Region

OutRight Action International has launched a new report titled, ‘Arab Mass Media: A Monitoring Report Looking at Sexuality and Gender Identity in Arabic Media from 2014 to 2017.’ The report is available in both English and Arabic. The report monitors widespread local and national newspapers in 14 countries in the Arab region, radio, TV channels, … More Report Finds Arabic Media Perpetuates Homophobia Transphobia in Region

Victory as EEOC Finds Evidence of Job Discrimination by Walmart in Transgender Case

Victory! EEOC Finds Evidence of Job Discrimination by Walmart Against TLDEF Client in North Carolina New York, NY – Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund has secured a victory before the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) on behalf of a transgender woman who endured employment discrimination at a Sam’s Club store in Kannapolis, … More Victory as EEOC Finds Evidence of Job Discrimination by Walmart in Transgender Case

Reported Ban on Transgender Military Health Care and Deployment Condemned

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund Condemns Reported Ban on Transgender Military Health Care and Deployment New York, NY – Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund today responded to reports that the White House is forwarding guidance to military officials that directs Defense Secretary James Mattis to implement policy within six months to cease all … More Reported Ban on Transgender Military Health Care and Deployment Condemned

California Legislative LGBT Caucus Introduces Resolution to Prevent Discrimination Against Transgender Service Members

SACRAMENTO — On behalf of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus, Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley), introduced Assembly Joint Resolution 22 today condemning President Trump’s announcement that he will ban transgender individuals from serving in the military and directing the California military to not discriminate against transgender service members. “Trump’s decision to ban transgender people from … More California Legislative LGBT Caucus Introduces Resolution to Prevent Discrimination Against Transgender Service Members

TLDEF Files Federal Lawsuit Against Amazon in Transgender Harassment Case

TLDEF Files Federal Lawsuit Against Amazon for Relentless Harassment of Transgender Woman and Her Husband at its Kentucky Shipping Facility Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund today filed a federal lawsuit against Amazon on behalf of a married couple who faced cruel and persistent discrimination at an Amazon shipping facility in Hebron, Kentucky. Allegra Schawe-Lane … More TLDEF Files Federal Lawsuit Against Amazon in Transgender Harassment Case

Breaking: Condemnation for Trump Banning Transgender Service Members

Trump: Transgender People a “Disruption’ to the Military, Are Banned From Service” Today the U.S. current President, Donald Trump declared that transgender Americans would be banned from serving in the U.S. armed forces in any capacity. In a string of morning tweets, Trump characterized transgender service members as a burden and a disruption. The policy implications of … More Breaking: Condemnation for Trump Banning Transgender Service Members

NY State Department of Corrections called out on Abuse of Transgender Woman

Transgender Legal Calls on New York State Department of Corrections to Immediately Address Reports of Abuse Targeting a Transgender Woman at the Franklin Correctional Facility in Malone, New York New York, NY- Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund is deeply disturbed by reports that Eyricka King, a transgender woman being held at the Franklin Correctional … More NY State Department of Corrections called out on Abuse of Transgender Woman

Retired Generals Urge Mattis Not to Reinstate ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ for Transgender Troops

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – In response to recent news reports that the Defense Department may reinstate “don’t ask, don’t tell” for transgender individuals because of resistance by some military leaders and social conservatives, three retired General Officers issued the following statement urging  United States Secretary of Defense James Mattis not to reinstate the discriminatory policy: “Anonymous sources … More Retired Generals Urge Mattis Not to Reinstate ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ for Transgender Troops

Shame on Texas Governor Pushing Anti-LGBT Agenda

Texas Governor Calls Special Legislative Session to Advance Anti-LGBT Agenda – Abbott’s decision is a capitulation to the Lone Star State’s rabidly anti-LGBT lieutenant governor, Dan Patrick WASHINGTON – Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced today that he is calling a special legislative session to tackle an inordinate agenda — including HB 2899, discriminatory legislation that bans municipalities … More Shame on Texas Governor Pushing Anti-LGBT Agenda

Wisconsin Lawmakers Introduce Historic Transgender Nondiscrimination Legislation

 This morning, for the first time in state history, Wisconsin lawmakers introduced legislation to extend nondiscrimination protections in housing, employment and public spaces to transgender individuals. “We Wisconsinites are proud of our efforts to protect people from discrimination, and deservedly so,” said Katie Belanger the Acting CEO and President of Operation for Freedom for All Americans. … More Wisconsin Lawmakers Introduce Historic Transgender Nondiscrimination Legislation

7th Circuit Issues Groundbreaking Ruling for Transgender Student 

Ruling upholds transgender boy’s right to use boys’ restroom at school; first-ever ruling of its kind by a federal appellate court Today the full 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a groundbreaking ruling in Whitaker v. Kenosha Unified School District, a case involving a 17-year-old transgender Wisconsin student whose school had denied him access to … More 7th Circuit Issues Groundbreaking Ruling for Transgender Student 

After 4th Circuit Appeal Loss by TRUMP America Must hold Him and Republicans Accountable

“The enormous damage is palpable” -Melanie Nathan, Executive Director of African Human Rights Coalition Tonight we celebrate the 4th Circuit decision to uphold the BAN on Trump’s Muslim travel ban and the denial of Trump’s second failed Executive Order which also sought to suspend the entire US Refugee Program. Trump lost because in America it is unconstitutional … More After 4th Circuit Appeal Loss by TRUMP America Must hold Him and Republicans Accountable

TLDEF to Honor New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at 12th Annual Freedom Awards

  New York, NY- Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund will honor New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at its 12th annual Freedom Awards. The event is set for Thursday, June 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Manhattan Penthouse. The Freedom Awards is TLDEF’s signature cocktail event that brings together 300 guests to celebrate the … More TLDEF to Honor New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at 12th Annual Freedom Awards

Historic Stonewall Inn to Launch “Stonewall Inn Gives Back” Initiative

Event Set for Thursday, June 1, 2017 NEW YORK, NY (May 19, 2017) – The historic Stonewall Inn, the very place where the spirit of LGBTQ Pride was born, is launching The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative on June 1st. The event will feature remarks by special guest Chelsea Clinton and a performance by out … More Historic Stonewall Inn to Launch “Stonewall Inn Gives Back” Initiative

IDAHOT 2017 Rally Pictures and African HRC Speech in Castro

Yesterday I was honored to be invited as a featured speaker for the San Francisco Castro IDAHOT rally:   Gary Virginia from Gays Without Borders organized and emceed the rally that featured speakers: • Tom Ammiano, former CA State Assemblyman; • Patrick Carney, Pride Week Pink Triangle , SF Twin Peaks; • Melanie Nathan, Executive Director, African Human … More IDAHOT 2017 Rally Pictures and African HRC Speech in Castro

San Francisco LGBTI Community to Rally for IDAHOT in the Castro

The date of Chelsea Manning’s liberation coincides with the IDAHOT, on May 17 The San Francisco Bay area community will gather for International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) on Wed., May 17, 2017, 6 to 7pm, at Harvey Milk Plaza (2401 Market at Castro Street.) Participants in IDAHOT events globally will be posting … More San Francisco LGBTI Community to Rally for IDAHOT in the Castro

Pictures of Police Using Force on LGBTI Refugees in Kenya outside UNHCR gates

This is an update reflecting some new pictures:  We wrote an article this week following the story of 18 LGBTI refugees detained and beaten by Kenyan police while outside UNHCR gates: In general when a refugee escapes war or persecution by entering a host country, they can be assured of support and protection, as by … More Pictures of Police Using Force on LGBTI Refugees in Kenya outside UNHCR gates

Army Secretary Nominee Mark Green hurtful to LGBT and Muslim Americans

Donald Trump’s choice to be the next Army secretary is Tennessee Republican state Sen. Mark Green. Although trying to walk some of this back, Green could not be a worse choice for the job, and  not only for failure to respect diversity but also for his active statements which only serve to harm inclusion and acceptance … More Army Secretary Nominee Mark Green hurtful to LGBT and Muslim Americans

Conservative Rabbis Pass Transgender Welcoming Resolution

Earlier this month an influential body of rabbis passed a resolution calling for synagogues to be “explicitly welcoming” of transgender people. As the country debates which bathrooms transgender people can use, the rabbis of Conservative Judaism officially declared their support of transgender rights. The Conservative movement is comprised of institutions including congregations, schools, camps and seminaries worldwide. The Rabbinical … More Conservative Rabbis Pass Transgender Welcoming Resolution

Growing List of Cities and States Banning Official Travel to North Carolina

An ever-growing chorus of cities and states are not fooled by North Carolina’s discriminatory “bait and switch” on HB2 WASHINGTON — Today,  Equality NC hailed the news that Chicago and California are maintaining their bans on taxpayer-funded travel to North Carolina. The announcements come after North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, Senate President Phil Berger, and House Speaker Tim Moore passed … More Growing List of Cities and States Banning Official Travel to North Carolina

European Court Ends Forced Sterilizations of Transgender People

The European Court of Human Rights today found that the sterilization requirement in legal gender recognition violates human rights. Setting the legal precedent for Europe, this decision will force the remaining 22 countries using the infertility requirement to change their laws. This historic decision is delivered in three joined cases against France about the lack … More European Court Ends Forced Sterilizations of Transgender People

One Refugee’s Poignant Protest Noted on this Transgender Day of Visibility

Today millions throughout the world celebrate the Transgender Day of Visibility. As I write this, my e-mail box is filling up with press releases and messages from Western organizations all doing imperative work around trans lives and various related issues.  I have not seen any messages reflecting on the hopelessness for survival that some trans people are … More One Refugee’s Poignant Protest Noted on this Transgender Day of Visibility

TLDEF Commemorates Transgender Day of Visibility

New York, NY – Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund joins millions throughout the world in celebrating the Transgender Day of Visibility. Transgender Michigan Executive Director Rachel Crandall started TDOV in 2010 “to bring attention to the accomplishments of trans people around the globe while fighting cissexism and transphobia by spreading knowledge of the trans … More TLDEF Commemorates Transgender Day of Visibility