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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.

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TLDEF Statement on the Loss of Justice Ginsburg

The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) joins the nation in mourning the loss of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.


TLDEF Leads Coalition Opposing HUD Anti-Transgender Emergency Housing Rule

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF), along with six partner transgender organizations, filed comments with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to oppose rulemaking that would restrict access to emergency housing shelters for transgender people. The proposed rule aims to create federal law based on gender stereotypes which would subsequently violate the decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, GA to protect gender identity from discrimination.


TLDEF Secures Health Care Victory for Railroad Workers Nationwide

After a 15 month process, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) and our client, Leah Kozak, announce major health care achievement in conjunction with railroad industry and labor unions that removes blanket exclusions for transgender-related care from all railroad health plans, covering virtually all railroad workers and their families nationwide.


Supreme Court Victory! Federal Law Protects Transgender Workers

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) hailed today’s landmark Supreme Court ruling that transgender people cannot be fired for who they are. In a 6-to-3 ruling, the justices issued a sweeping decision that affirms federal law protects transgender and non-binary as well as lesbian, gay, and bisexual workers under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, rejecting the federal administration’s attempts to roll back employment protections.


READ: Know Your Rights during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic presents a series of unique challenges that may have long-term impact on transgender people and their families. TLDEF has prepared a series of "Know Your Rights" guides for transgender and non-binary people who are confronted by COVID-19 and questions related to employment, housing, health care, identification, and accessing assistance from government agencies among other issues.


Updated on Oct 12, 2020