Protect Vulnerable Transgender Communities

Protect Vulnerable Transgender Communities


As Executive Director of Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, I have been hearing from many of you in the aftermath of our recent Presidential election. Many of us have been feeling surprise and disappointment. We will not have a progressive president with a pro-trans agenda. We at TLDEF are determined to be ready to protect trans people from rollbacks of our hard-earned advancements, particularly those most marginalized. Our plans include adding lawyers to our impact litigation team, increasing community education resources, and using new social media campaigns to alert people to developments and provide tools for them to use as events unfold. We ask for your support in doing so.

As one of the few trans-led legal organizations in the country, we have a perspective that provides an important lens for strategy. Our concerns include federal religious freedom restoration acts, federal healthcare nondiscrimination rules protecting trans people, loss of federal workplace protections, loss of federal protection for trans students, a return to military exclusion, and new barriers to securing passports and other federal IDs that match our gender identities.  We will be watching to see where the fight needs to be brought, and with your help we will bring it.

TLDEF has been a fighter for our community for the past 13 years. We have a long record of success fighting for education, like our work on behalf of Coy Mathis in Colorado, for health care, such as our friend of the court briefs and appeals challenging insurance denials, and for trans workplace rights, like our case on behalf of  El’ Jai Devoureau, a transgender man in New Jersey who was barred from working in a male-only job in a drug treatment facility.


This new threat will require bolder plans and higher resources. With your help we can do it.  Our legal team is nationally recognized as experts in trans law. We are currently litigating in federal courts around the country. We are preparing to file an amicus brief in the US Supreme Court in support of Gavin Grimm, a transgender high school student in Virginia. We are busy assisting trans people with name changes, and it is our goal to provide community education about our rights and how to preserve them.

All we need now is you. Additional resources and staff are crucial to enable us to cover the legal playing field to protect the trans community and our right to equality. If you would like to receive our newsletter to keep up to date on these issues, click here.

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Thank you for any support you can give.


In solidarity,


Jill Weiss

Executive Director

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund