There's Still Time to Support Our Work with a Year-End Gift!

Dear friends,


Thank you for helping to make 2015 another successful year for TLDEF and our work for equal rights.  Your support helped to propel the movement forward this year, but we face many challenges ahead and we need your help to continue making progress in 2016. Please support our work with a year-end, tax-deductible donation.

The past year was full of victories. Winning the freedom to marry accomplished a long-sought goal for the LGBT movement. Progress on transgender health care access was especially notable, with states as diverse as Connecticut, Nevada, and New York taking steps to increase insurance coverage for transition-related care. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services followed suit, proposing regulations that would bar health care discrimination – including insurance exclusions for transition-related care – against LGBT community members. We helped hundreds of clients fight for their right to health care, including people like Adrian Sealy, who helped ensure that transgender people in his union would receive the same insurance coverage as everyone else. The New York Times took note of TLDEF’s work in an editorial calling for transgender health equity.

We made progress in other areas, too. In South Carolina and West Virginia, we prevailed in lawsuits challenging cruel government requirements that transgender women look male in their driver’s license photos. The Department of Defense announced that it is taking steps to lift the ban on open transgender military service. And the Name Change Project continued to expand around the country, helping hundreds of community members match their legal identities to their lived experience. Just last week, The New York Times profiled Name Change Project client Kricket Nimmons in a sweeping multimedia portrait documenting her struggles and triumphs.

As we look to 2016, challenges loom. Day-to-day life remains unreasonably difficult for many community members, with unemployment and a lack of basic health care remaining common experiences. On every front, our opponents are hard at work.  They were vicious – and successful – in their efforts to turn back the clock on justice in Houston with the repeal of that city’s equal rights ordinance. Just last week, we saw the introduction of legislation in Indiana that would punish transgender people with jail time for using the bathroom.

We need to be prepared to defend our rights on every front.  With your help, justice and equality will prevail throughout our nation. Please donate before the year is up to help us start 2016 strong and ready-to-win. Your gift of $25, $50, $500 or even $1,000 supports our work for equal rights. Every gift matters.

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Thank you again for making 2015 a success. Everyone here at TLDEF wishes you a happy and healthy new year!

Best wishes,

Michael Silverman
Executive Director