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Harper Jean Tobin
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As Director of Policy at the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), Harper Jean Tobin coordinates all aspects of advocacy on federal administrative policies and regulations for NCTE. When she is not engaging with federal agencies and the current administration, she works to provide information for the public about laws and policies that affect transgender people. Harper Jean previously worked at the National Senior Citizens Law Center’s Federal Rights Project, where she maintained a large attorney listserv, provided training and technical assistance to public interest lawyers, and wrote about court access issues for legal, policy and general audiences.

Harper Jean's writing on transgender equality and other issues has been published in the Harvard Kennedy School’s LGBTQ Policy Journal, Notre Dame’s Journal of Legislation, the Yale Law Journal Pocket Part, the Columbia Journal of Gender & the Law, the Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law, Clearinghouse Review, the National Law Journal, The Nation, and Roll Call. She received degrees in law and social work from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and is an alumna of Oberlin College.

Entries by Harper Jean Tobin

The Next Phase of the Trans Movement

(9) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 2:15 PM

Below is the keynote speech I delivered today at the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference, the nation's largest trans conference, drawing over 3,000 people. As the larger public increasingly turns its attention to our community and the issues we face, our movement must grow and evolve. In this speech I lay out...

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Putting Prisons on the LGBT Agenda

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 2:45 PM

"[T]here's a big chunk of [today's] prison population that is involved in nonviolent crimes. And it is having a disabling effect on communities. You have entire populations that are rendered incapable of getting a legitimate job because of a prison record. And it gobbles up a huge amount of resources."...
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Will It Be a Year of Action for LGBT Workers?

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 5:04 PM

It was a signature moment in the president's State of the Union address: "Wherever and whenever I can take steps, without legislation, to expand opportunity for more American families, that's what I'm going to do." So far, he has taken steps for families of federal contract workers when it comes...

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Democratic Agenda vs. Conservative Courts

(5) Comments | Posted November 25, 2008 | 11:27 AM

President-Elect Obama and the strengthened Democratic majority will come to Washington next year with an ambitious agenda and their best shot in a generation at enacting it. Yet while the American people have decisively rejected the policies of the last eight years, federal courts packed with ideological conservatives may prove...

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