Congressman Jerrold Nadler’s Jewish New Year Message

Rosh Hashanah Walking Together in the New Year By Congressman Jerrold Nadler As we join with family and friends and prepare for the Jewish New Year, let us allow the shofar to call us to unity—and to action. Let the call of the shofar remind us that we must hold fast to our Jewish values … More Congressman Jerrold Nadler’s Jewish New Year Message

Lawsuit against Steuben County alleges Jail Violates Rights of Transgender People 

BATH, NY – The New York Civil Liberties Union, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, and the law firm BakerHostetler filed a lawsuit yesterday against Steuben County, the Steuben County Sheriff, and several officials and employees at the Steuben County Jail on behalf of a transgender woman whom jail officials housed in a men’s facility … More Lawsuit against Steuben County alleges Jail Violates Rights of Transgender People 

My Letter to Trump to Abide Court Order – Unblock Me on Twitter

Dear POTUS You Have Violated My First Amendment Rights Unblock me Now! I sent this e-mail and published this letter via Twitter and Facebook today- addressed to Donald trump and putting him on notice that the Court has upheld my First Amendment Rights, that he is not above the law and that he had better … More My Letter to Trump to Abide Court Order – Unblock Me on Twitter

Gay High Schooler Denied Valedictory Speech to Join Victory Fund at World Pride in NYC

Nat Werth to attend World Pride as well as Victory Institute’s Candidate & Campaign Training LGBTQ Victory Fund today announced that Nat Werth – the Wisconsin high school valedictorian who was denied a valedictory speech because he is gay – will march with Victory Fund at World Pride in New York City. He will also … More Gay High Schooler Denied Valedictory Speech to Join Victory Fund at World Pride in NYC

Victory: New York Passes Transgender Nondiscrimination Protections

After a 16-year battle, New York updates state law to protect transgender New Yorkers, becoming 20th state with explicit and comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people NEW YORK – Today the New York legislature passed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, providing explicit protections for transgender people from discrimination in employment, housing, public spaces, and education. … More Victory: New York Passes Transgender Nondiscrimination Protections

SCOTUS Affirms Bigotry in Devastating Muslim Travel Ban Decision

“Court’s Decision Gives a Green Light to Policy Based on Bigotry” MPOWER CHANGE. The U.S. Supreme Court, in Trump vs. State of Hawaii, upheld, (5-4)-  President Donald Trump’s travel ban restricting, an executive order that suspends refugee resettlement and permanently prohibits citizens of six Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States on the basis of their nationalities. The … More SCOTUS Affirms Bigotry in Devastating Muslim Travel Ban Decision

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Urges Trump Admin To Extend Nepali Temporary Protected Status  

Trump Administration to Decide By April 25th |Whether to Protect or Deport 9k Nepali Immigrants New York, NY – A TimesLedger piece highlights New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s push to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nepali TPS holders, who will learn on or before April 25th if the Trump Administration will extend or terminate the program.The … More NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Urges Trump Admin To Extend Nepali Temporary Protected Status  

87 Faith and Civil Rights Groups File Amicus Brief in Support of DACA Recipients in New York

Washington, DC – Last week, Muslim Advocates and the law firm of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, LLP filed an amicus brief on behalf of 87 religious groups and organizations representing or working with faith communities asking the United States District Court of the Eastern District of New York to suspend the government’s planned termination … More 87 Faith and Civil Rights Groups File Amicus Brief in Support of DACA Recipients in New York

An Unsual Attack on a Fellow Jew – After All these Are days of Awe!

“Listen to me you impotent bald fuckwit.,” she noted in her private Facebook message – to one of the loveliest men I am privileged to know. A father, a husband, a citizen, an activist and a well respected professional in his realm of work. Meet the messenger, the purveyor of the insult, one Revital Zarur, … More An Unsual Attack on a Fellow Jew – After All these Are days of Awe!

DOJ and EEOC Rare Opposition in Gay Discrimination Case at 2nd Circuit 

Tuesday: DOJ and EEOC to Oppose Each Other in Gay Discrimination Case at 2nd Circuit  – The en banc 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals will reconsider longstanding legal precedent concerning employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, while the federal government is a house divided NEW YORK CITY – This week, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in NYC will hear … More DOJ and EEOC Rare Opposition in Gay Discrimination Case at 2nd Circuit 

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

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

LGBTQI Documentary to Premiere at Soho International Film Festival.

On its road to acclaim, the new LGBTQI documentary, Between the Shades, has been given a weekend block to premier at The Soho International Film Festival. The film, premiering at the New York venue on June 17th, examines the immense power of labels and the transcendence of love, while putting faces to the letters that … More LGBTQI Documentary to Premiere at Soho International Film Festival.

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

Village Voice Partners with NYC Pride to Launch Awards

 ‘THE VILLAGE VOICE PRIDE AWARDS’  The Village Voice Pride Awards to honor LGBTQ local and global heroes contributing to the community’s growth, at VIP gala, June 21 New York, NY—May 3, 2017—The Village Voice announced today the launch of ‘The Village Voice Pride Awards,’ which recognizes local and global heroes in the LGBTQ movement. The … More Village Voice Partners with NYC Pride to Launch Awards

Callen-Lorde Board Elects First Trans Chair

New York, NY- Callen-Lorde Community Health Center’s Board of Directors has elected Laura A. Jacobs Chair of the Board, the organization’s first trans and genderqueer-identified Board Chair in the organization’s history. Jacobs is a psychotherapist in New York City, New Jersey and Westchester, who works with transgender and gender-nonconforming, LGBTQ, and sexual/gender minority populations. Jacobs … More Callen-Lorde Board Elects First Trans Chair

Global Vigils in Solidarity for Orlando LGBT Massacre

SAN FRANCISCO – stands with our brothers and sisters in Orlando. Please join us!  We will be joining together to mourn the loss of 50 lives and 53 injured (the last count) from the nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Fl.  Please bring candles and some to share if you can. Also, please remember to protect your … More Global Vigils in Solidarity for Orlando LGBT Massacre

New York Bill to help LGBT, Disability, and Veteran Owned Businesses

LGBT, Disability, and Veteran Owned Businesses to Gain Access with “New York State Supplier Diversity Act” Introduced into NY State Senate with Support of NGLCC Washington, D.C. — The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the business voice of the LGBT community, is excited to announce that New York State Senator Brad Hoylman … More New York Bill to help LGBT, Disability, and Veteran Owned Businesses

Killer of New York Trans Woman Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter

New York, NY – Today as a trial was set to commence, 24-year old James Dixon entered a guilty plea on first and second degree manslaughter and first degree assault charges for the August 17, 2013 killing of Islan Nettles, a 21-year-old African American transgender woman from Harlem. Dixon is charged with punching Islan in … More Killer of New York Trans Woman Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter

Trans Woman’s Confessed Killer Refuses Plea Deal

New York- The man accused of fatally beating Islan Nettles, a 21 year old transgender woman, turned down a plea deal today in a Manhattan criminal court, and will now face a jury trial scheduled for March 30, 2016. Judge Robert Stolz offered James Dixon only 12 years behind bars in exchange for pleading guilty … More Trans Woman’s Confessed Killer Refuses Plea Deal

New York Rally to Protest Transgender Attack

THE NYC SGL/LGBTQ COALITION HOLDS PRESS CONFERENCE & RALLY TO PROTEST ATTACK ON TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY LEADER WHEN: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12th – 5:30 PM WHERE: D-Train Station at West 125th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue WHY: Transgender Community Leader, NYC SGL/LGBTQ Coalition Member, and Founder and Director of Everything Transgender in New York City, Jennifer Louise Lopez, was … More New York Rally to Protest Transgender Attack

Transgender Man Wins Health Insurance Coverage for Gender Transition

Victory! Union Affirms Ongoing Coverage for Transition-Related Care in Health Plan By Melanie Nathan, December 22, 2015. New York, NY – The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) has secured insurance coverage for a transgender man’s medically necessary care after his union-sponsored health insurance plan refused to cover it.  Adrian Sealy works in a … More Transgender Man Wins Health Insurance Coverage for Gender Transition

Condemnation for New York State Senator’s Criticism of Transgender Rights

TLDEF Condemns New York Senate Majority Leader’s Disingenuous Criticism of Transgender Rights Regulations Posted by Melanie Nathan, November 02, 2015. New York, NY – The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) responded to comments made by New York Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan suggesting that Governor Andrew Cuomo went beyond his authority by proposing new … More Condemnation for New York State Senator’s Criticism of Transgender Rights

New Federal Funding to Serve Homeless LGBTQ Youth in NYC

Posted by Melanie Nathan, October 07, 2015. Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), and the Ali Forney Center (AFC) announced three new federal grants to help continue AFC’s important work serving homeless youth in New York City, an estimated 40% of which identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ). Combined, the more than $1 million … More New Federal Funding to Serve Homeless LGBTQ Youth in NYC

New York LGBT Newfest Film Festival Announces Lineup

The festival is in partnership with Outfest, and presented by HBO – Runs October 22-27 Posted by Melanie Nathan, September 21, 2015. New York, NY (September 21, 2015) – NewFest, in partnership with Outfest, today announced the lineup of their 27th annual celebration of the year’s best LGBT films from around the world. The program of nearly 100 … More New York LGBT Newfest Film Festival Announces Lineup

Urging U.S. President to Designate Stonewall as National Monument to Honor LGBT Struggle

Stonewall Inn deserves our highest recognition,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Victories like the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the passage of marriage equality in New York State and the final, decisive Supreme Court ruling securing our freedom to marry, were borne from the modern equal rights movement launched at Stonewall. It’s time for a national monument honoring the legacy of people and events that took place here.” … More Urging U.S. President to Designate Stonewall as National Monument to Honor LGBT Struggle

National Campaign Launch for First Ever National Park Site Honoring American LBGT History

Posted by Melanie Nathan, September 18, 2015. Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA),  city and state elected officials, advocacy groups and community members are launching a new campaign to help create a national park for Stonewall—the site of one of the country’s most pivotal uprisings for equality.  If created, it would be … More National Campaign Launch for First Ever National Park Site Honoring American LBGT History

Praise for NY State Education Department Guidelines to protect against Transgender Discrimination

TLDEF Applauds New York State Education Department for New Guidance Designed to Protect Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students from Discrimination Posted by Melanie Nathan, July 21, 2015. New York, NY –The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) commends the New York State Education Department for releasing comprehensive guidance to help ensure that transgender and … More Praise for NY State Education Department Guidelines to protect against Transgender Discrimination

New York Attorney General Launches Transgender Medical Care Initiative

TLDEF Applauds New York Attorney General on Initiative to Ensure Equal Access to Medical Care for Transgender People By Melanie Nathan, May 18, 2015. New York, NY – The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund commends New York Attorney General General Eric T. Schneiderman for launching a new initiative to ensure that transgender New Yorkers have equal … More New York Attorney General Launches Transgender Medical Care Initiative