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 

Over 30 Organizations File Amicus Brief in Support of Worker Who Was Fired for Being Transgender

More than 30 Transgender and Ally Organizations File Amicus Brief in Support of Worker Who Was Fired for Being Transgender Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) today filed a “friend of the court” brief with 33 other signatories in support of Aimee Stephens in her case before the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2013, a Michigan funeral … More Over 30 Organizations File Amicus Brief in Support of Worker Who Was Fired for Being Transgender

TLDEF Appoints Nationally Recognized LGBTQ Activist Andy Marra as Executive Director

New York, NY – Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) Board of Directors today announced the appointment of Andrea “Andy” Hong Marra as its new executive director. Marra is a nationally revered social justice advocate with a strong track record of service to the LGBTQ movement. Marra succeeds Dolph Ward Goldenburg who has served as … More TLDEF Appoints Nationally Recognized LGBTQ Activist Andy Marra as Executive Director

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 Applauds Federal Court Blocking Enforcement of Trump Admin’s Transgender Military Ban

New York, NY- Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund applauds news that a federal court in the District of Columbia has blocked enforcement of the Trump Administration’s transgender military ban. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly issued a preliminary injunction today. Earlier this month TLDEF filed an amicus or “friend of the court” brief with the federal court in Washington, D.C. … More TLDEF Applauds Federal Court Blocking Enforcement of Trump Admin’s Transgender Military Ban

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

TLDEF Condemns Action by AG Sessions to Rescind Workplace Protections for Transgender Americans

New York, NY- Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund today denounces the Trump Administration’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to roll back a federal policy recognizing trans protections. The policy, announced in a 2014 Department of Justice memo during the Obama Administration, recognized that transgender employees are protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights … More TLDEF Condemns Action by AG Sessions to Rescind Workplace Protections for Transgender Americans

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

Legal Victory Against Walmart Sam’s Club – Transgender Workplace Discrimination

TLDEF Wins Legal Victory Against Workplace Discrimination: Walmart Discriminated Against Transgender Employee Says EEOC New York, NY- A U.S. government commission has ruled in favor of Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund and its client, Jessica Shyne Robison, in her battle against workplace discrimination by Walmart subsidiary, Sam’s Club East, Inc. Ms. Robison faced bigotry … More Legal Victory Against Walmart Sam’s Club – Transgender Workplace Discrimination

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

TLDEF Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Send Gavin Grimm’s Case Back to Fourth Circuit

New York, NY- Today, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund responded to news that the United States Supreme Court has sent the case of Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board back to the Fourth US Circuit Court of Appeals. The Supreme Court also vacated the Fourth Circuit’s previous decision in favor of Gavin Grimm. Grimm … More TLDEF Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Send Gavin Grimm’s Case Back to Fourth Circuit

Name Change Victory for Transgender Man in New York

New York, NY- Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund announces a name change victory for a transgender man in New York. A state appeals court has granted a legal name change for Ben Stanford, reversing a lower court decision that initially denied his name change petition because he declined to share “medical evidence” of his … More Name Change Victory for Transgender Man in New York

TLDEF to Host 2016 Freedom Awards

New York, NY- Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund is set to host the 2016 Freedom Awards, commemorating 11-years of transgender advocacy. This year TLDEF honors U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, whose unwavering support and leadership at the Department of Justice has helped advance transgender rights. TLDEF will also honor HBO for its work on … More TLDEF to Host 2016 Freedom Awards

TLDEF Files Brief in Mother’s Lawsuit Against Employer Denying Son Transition Related Health Care

New York, NY—Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) has filed a friend of the court brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in support of a Minnesota mother fighting for health coverage for her teenage transgender son. Brittany Tovar sued her employer (Essentia Health) and her health plan administrator … More TLDEF Files Brief in Mother’s Lawsuit Against Employer Denying Son Transition Related Health Care

Federal Judge Halts Nationwide Protections for Transgender Students

New York, NY – Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund responded to news that U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor of Texas had issued an injunction against a federal directive protecting transgender students in schools across the nation. In May, the U.S. Education and Justice Departments sent a letter and guidance to every school district in the U.S. reminding them … More Federal Judge Halts Nationwide Protections for Transgender Students

TLDEF Denounces Federal Court Ruling in Michigan Funeral Home Case

 TLDEF Denounces Federal Court Ruling in Favor of Michigan Funeral Home that Fired Employee for Being Transgender New York, NY- Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) condemns a federal court ruling in favor of a Garden City, Michigan funeral home that fired an employee for being transgender. The court ruled that the funeral home … More TLDEF Denounces Federal Court Ruling in Michigan Funeral Home Case

Pentagon Ends Discriminatory Ban on Open Transgender Military Service

New York, NY – The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) today joins advocates across the nation in praising the U.S. Department of Defense for lifting the ban on open transgender military service once and for all. “Effective immediately, service members may no longer be involuntarily separated, discharged or denied reenlistment solely on the … More Pentagon Ends Discriminatory Ban on Open Transgender Military Service

Outpouring of Grief for and by the LGBTQI Community Mourning with Orlando

In the wake of the biggest mass shooting in American history, which took the lives of 50 people and wounded 53 more, in a LGBT nightclub massacre, politicians, organizations, and individuals in the United States and from around the world, are showing solidarity with an outpouring of grief and words of support: Equality Florida: We … More Outpouring of Grief for and by the LGBTQI Community Mourning with Orlando

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund Applauds New Health Care Regulations and Schools Directive

Obama Administration extends nondiscrimination protections to transgender individuals seeking health care and directs schools to allow transgender students to use appropriate bathrooms. New York, NY – The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) applauds the new regulations prohibiting health care discrimination against transgender people across the United States. Adopted today by the U.S. Department … More Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund Applauds New Health Care Regulations and Schools Directive

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant Signs Anti-LGBT Legislation

 TLDEF Condemns Sweeping New Discriminatory Law in Mississippi New York, NY – The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) responded to news that Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant has signed anti-LGBT House Bill 1523 into law today. The Mississippi Legislature passed the bill in a final vote yesterday. The measure allows individuals, religious organizations, and many businesses … More Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant Signs Anti-LGBT Legislation

TLDEF Condemns Sweeping Anti-LGBT Legislation in Mississippi

Urges Governor Phil Bryant to Veto Legislation New York, NY – The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) strongly condemns House Bill 1523 in Mississippi and urges Governor Phil Bryant to veto the legislation. The Mississippi Legislature passed the bill in a final vote today. Governor Bryant now has five days to sign or veto the … More TLDEF Condemns Sweeping Anti-LGBT Legislation in Mississippi

TLDEF’s Executive Director to Step Down

New York, NY – The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund announced today that Michael Silverman has informed the board of directors that he plans to step down as Executive Director of the organization. Silverman will be leaving the organization he founded in 2003. Under Silverman’s leadership, TLDEF has been at the forefront of transgender … More TLDEF’s Executive Director to Step Down

TLDEF Celebrates Transgender Day of Visibility

New York, NY – The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) today stands with advocates throughout the world in celebrating the Transgender Day of Visibility, a day set aside to amplify the accomplishments of transgender people globally. Statement from TLDEF Executive Director Michael Silverman: “On this Transgender Day of Visibility, we are proud to … More TLDEF Celebrates Transgender Day of Visibility

TLDEF Responds to Report of Sexual Assault at Stonewall Inn

Police looking for Information regarding the report of  a Sexual Assault Against Transgender Woman at Stonewall Inn New York, NY – The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) responded to news reports that a 25-year-old transgender woman was sexually assaulted last Saturday night in a single-occupancy bathroom at the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan’s West Village. The … More TLDEF Responds to Report of Sexual Assault at Stonewall Inn

TLDEF Applauds SD Governor for Vetoing Bill That Targeted Transgender Students for Discrimination

New York, NY – The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund applauds South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard for vetoing a bill that would have singled out transgender students for discrimination by prohibiting them from using bathrooms and locker rooms that match who they are as boys and girls. In February, South Dakota lawmakers passed House Bill 1008. The bill would have restricted facility access to students of the “same biological sex,” and defined that to mean “the physical condition of being male or female as determined by a person’s chromosomes and identified at birth by a person’s anatomy.”

Last week the governor met with transgender students who explained how harmful it would be to their health and well being to deny them use of bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with who they are. Thousands of activists across the nation joined them in urging the Governor to reject the legislation. Today the Governor did just that. Had the bill been enacted, it would have been the first law in the nation targeting transgender students for bias. … More TLDEF Applauds SD Governor for Vetoing Bill That Targeted Transgender Students for Discrimination

TLDEF Urges South Dakota Governor to Veto Bill Targeting Transgender Students for Discrimination

New York, NY – The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) urges South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard to veto a bill that would bar transgender students from using bathrooms and locker rooms that match who they are as boys and girls. South Dakota lawmakers passed House Bill 1008 last week. The bill restricts facility access to … More TLDEF Urges South Dakota Governor to Veto Bill Targeting Transgender Students for Discrimination

TLDEF Condemns Indiana Bill Targeting Transgender Youth and Adults

Bill Would Punish Transgender People with Jail Time for Using Bathroom Posted by Melanie Nathan, Dec 28, 2015. New York, NY – The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) denounces an Indiana bill singling out transgender students and adults for discrimination. Introduced by Republican state Sen. Jim Tomes, Senate Bill 35 would prohibit transgender students in … More TLDEF Condemns Indiana Bill Targeting Transgender Youth and Adults

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

Observing Transgender Day of Remembrance

TLDEF Observes Transgender Day of Remembrance Posted by Melanie Nathan, Nov 20, 2015. New York, NY- The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) commemorates the 17th Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), a day to memorialize all those lost to anti-transgender violence and to honor the spirit and resilience of transgender people worldwide. TDOR began in … More Observing Transgender Day of Remembrance