National Center for Transgender Equality

The reason for the current trans bathroom panic is simple: our schooling was terribly deficient.
For a very long time we've wanted to act like we're protecting women by gendering spaces, but all we're really doing is enabling the misogyny to continue everywhere outside of those spaces.
"Raffi Freedman-Gurspan demonstrates the kind of leadership this Administration champions."
It's been a busy legislative season, and you would have to have been under a rock, to not know about the conservative attack on transgender people, and where we go to the bathroom.
We agreed that President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden have been the most trans-friendly administration ever in U.S. history. There has been much progress, but in 2015 there is still much work to be done to gain full equality and rights.
The "Season's Greetings" banner hung across South Florissant Road in Ferguson, Missouri, is a far smaller piece of incongruity than the Christmas truce on the Western Front during World War I a century ago, but it provides a contemporary reminder of the contrast between our ideals and our treatment of one another.
I would like to return to the post that generated the most debate and heat, "Burying the Lede: The LGBT Community's Deafening Silence on Federal Transgender Employment Protections," which provided in-depth background about the most momentous federal trans-rights advance in our history, and the community silence that followed. It struck a chord.
My discussion with Kris is centered around trans equality now and the future. We discuss the inequality still facing trans people, especially trans women of color, and how we as a community move forward to progress to full equality and being treated fairly without bias and discrimination.
If we're really going to make a better world for all trans people, it's not enough to keep doing what we're doing. We've got to go further, think bigger. We've got to make our movement stronger, bolder, and broader.
Combating mass incarceration and abuse behind bars belongs much higher on the LGBT movement agenda. We can only move forward as a movement if more people prioritize this work, and we hope NCTE's new guide can help energize and inform that work.
Even though the president has made it clear that LGBT people who work for the federal government are protected from discrimination, millions of federal contractor employees still have no law or policy to protect them.
In 2013, five states and the District of Columbia began telling insurance companies for the first time that excluding healthcare for transgender people from their plans constitutes unlawful discrimination.
The bill, however, also included broad religious exemptions that would reach beyond places of worship. Workers in private
Transgender Americans are protected against discrimination in employment in all 50 states under federal law. There, I said it. Our gay and trans organizations have been, at best, burying the lede, and at worst, remaining silent and even misrepresenting the current legal state of affairs.
As the U.S. becomes increasingly aware that transgender people exist in most workplaces -- in factories, in offices, and on construction sites -- it's increasingly clear that there is little awareness that these same people can lose their jobs for being transgender or gender-nonconforming.
Clearly Bradley Manning has created a stir by asking to be referred to as Chelsea Manning from now on. There is going to be a debate over whether she helped or hurt the cause of the transgender community to be more understood and accepted.
As I take my leave from the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), rolling off after six and half years of board service, I'd like to highlight the progress that the transgender community has made over the past decade, progress in which NCTE played a role.
As we face a new Congress with our rapidly growing power and a quickly filling armamentarium of legal remedies, we need to make sure that ENDA, when it passes in a few years, moves our rights forward. We are no longer powerless mendicants. We are no longer starting from zero.
The idea for Transgender Activism Month was born at last month’s National Gay and Lesbian Task Force conference in Atlanta