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 Names Jillian T. Weiss Executive Director

TLDEF Names Jillian T. Weiss Executive Director

July 12, 2016 - TLDEF today announced the appointment of Jillian T. Weiss as its new Executive Director. Weiss is a nationally recognized transgender rights attorney and law professor who brings three decades of legal experience to the post. Weiss succeeds Michael Silverman, who founded the organization in 2003. The story is featured at Buzzfeed News.

“Jillian has a powerful track record of fighting for the rights of transgender people in the workplace. Her cases have resulted in landmark settlements and rulings increasing protections for transgender employees and sending an unmistakable message that employment bias will not be tolerated,” said Alaina Kupec and Joseph A. Hall, co-chairs, TLDEF Board of of Directors. “Jillian is also one of the nation's preeminent transgender discrimination scholars who keenly understands the power of the courts and progressive government in achieving transgender equality under the law. She is the perfect individual to assume TLDEF's leadership mantle at this critical moment in our history. We are grateful that she has accepted the challenge and look forward to working with her as we advance TLDEF's mission... more