Kylar W. Broadus

Director, Transgender Civil Rights Project, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Kylar W. Broadus is senior public policy counsel and manages the Transgender Civil Rights Project at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. In 2011, Broadus was awarded the Susan J. Hyde Activism Award for Longevity in the Movement at the Task Force's National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change. That same year, he made history as the first transgender American to testify before the U.S. Senate on behalf of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Broadus' testimony was also personal, because he has faced discrimination due to his gender identity.

Broadus has enjoyed a prolific career as an activist, writer, lawyer, professor, lobbyist and public speaker. As an attorney, Broadus practiced with a focus on LGBT law, particularly, transgender rights. He previously served as faculty at Lincoln University in Missouri.

Broadus is a Rockwood Leadership Institute Fellow and used his fellowship to lay the groundwork for the establishment of the Trans People of Color Coalition to support and advance the rights of transgender people of color. He is the former chair and currently serves on the board of directors of the National Black Justice Coalition. He also serves on the William's Institute Faculty Advisory Counsel and is part of the GenIUSS Group, a project that focuses on transgender data collection issues.

A prolific writer, Broadus has authored law review articles, op-eds and other educational materials related to transgender law and policy including a piece in the first-ever comprehensive work on Transgender Civil Rights by Currah, Juag and Minter in 2006 on "The Evolution of Employment Discrimination Protections for Transgender People" which is used throughout the country in Gender and Women's Studies classes.

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