Today is #GivingTuesday. Make sure your gift has impact!

Dear friends,

Giving Tuesday

I hope that you enjoyed your holiday weekend. Today is #GivingTuesday, a day to give back and support the causes we believe in. We have had an extraordinary year at TLDEF and have a lot to be thankful for. Most importantly, we are grateful for your support, which makes our accomplishments possible.

We saw tremendous victories this year in areas like access to healthcare. New York moved to remove restrictions on Medicaid access for transition-related healthcare. And the Department of Health and Human Services proposed regulations that would prohibit healthcare discrimination throughout the country, including banning insurance coverage exclusions for transgender health care. The Department of Defense took steps to lift the ban on open transgender military service.

But we also faced challenges on the path forward. Day-to-day life remains unreasonably difficult for many community members. We saw the introduction of legislation in a number of states targeting the transgender community for discrimination around access to sex-segregated facilities like bathrooms. And we won’t soon forget the sting of defeat in Texas, where voters repealed the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance after a campaign of lies about the law’s protections for transgender people. We said it then and repeat it now: The struggle for basic fairness is far from over.

Please donate now to help us continue our work for equal rights. Your gift will be especially impactful: Thanks to a challenge grant from the Calamus Foundation, new donors’ gifts will be doubled and returning donors’ contributions will be matched every dollar above their previous gifts.

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Thank you for supporting our work and standing with us this #GivingTuesday. We wish you a joyous holiday season.

Best wishes,
Michael Silverman
Executive Director