Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund is committed to ending discrimination based upon gender identity and expression and to achieving equality for transgender people through public education, test-case litigation, direct legal services, and public policy efforts.

TLDEF is proud to honor Governor Andrew Cuomo at the 2017 Freedom Awards

TLDEF is proud to honor Governor Andrew Cuomo at the 2017 Freedom Awards

In 2015, Governor Cuomo became the first executive in the country to introduce regulations through the state Human Rights Law that unequivocally bans harassment and discrimination against transgender people. Governor Cuomo's record includes passing marriage equality in New York, strong gun safety laws, a 30% increase to the funding for education, and laws to raise the minimum wage.

TLDEF joins all trans New Yorkers in honoring this achievement and thanks the Governor for using his executive authority to ensure that trans people have the same civil rights as all New Yorkers. Come join TLDEF on June 8 to honor Governor Cuomo and the legal contributions of Cleary Gottlieb and BakerHostetler.


May 26, 2017

Transgender Legal Honors Fallen Trans Servicemembers on Memorial Day Weekend

New York, NY- As the nation observes Memorial Day Weekend, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund pauses to remember all of the trans individuals who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Statement from Executive Director Jillian Weiss

"On this Memorial Day Weekend, we reflect on the transgender heroes who fought in the United States Armed Forces, and paid the ultimate price for defending our freedoms. Most served in silence as the discriminatory ban on open transgender military service remained in place for decades. Thankfully, the outdated policy was lifted once and for all last year, finally allowing transgender military personnel to fulfill their duty as their authentic selves. When the ban ended in June of 2016, the United States joined 18 other countries, including several of our close allies, in permitting open trans military service. We honor all transgender people who sacrificed their lives to protect America. We pay tribute to the trans people who continue to serve valiantly today. We will never forget those gave everything, even in the face of bias." ... more