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National Center for Transgender Equality

Acting Director Kris Hayashi of the Transgender Law Center Discusses Trans Equality in 2014 and the Future

Toni Newman | Posted 08.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

My discussion with Kris is centered around trans equality now and the future. We discuss the inequality still facing trans people, especially trans women of color, and how we as a community move forward to progress to full equality and being treated fairly without bias and discrimination.

The Next Phase of the Trans Movement

Harper Jean Tobin | Posted 08.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Harper Jean Tobin

If we're really going to make a better world for all trans people, it's not enough to keep doing what we're doing. We've got to go further, think bigger. We've got to make our movement stronger, bolder, and broader.

Putting Prisons on the LGBT Agenda

Harper Jean Tobin | Posted 06.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Harper Jean Tobin

Combating mass incarceration and abuse behind bars belongs much higher on the LGBT movement agenda. We can only move forward as a movement if more people prioritize this work, and we hope NCTE's new guide can help energize and inform that work.

Will It Be a Year of Action for LGBT Workers?

Harper Jean Tobin | Posted 05.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Harper Jean Tobin

Even though the president has made it clear that LGBT people who work for the federal government are protected from discrimination, millions of federal contractor employees still have no law or policy to protect them.

10 Transgender Wins of 2013 You Should Know About

Mara Keisling | Posted 03.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Mara Keisling

In 2013, five states and the District of Columbia began telling insurance companies for the first time that excluding healthcare for transgender people from their plans constitutes unlawful discrimination.

Historic Workers' Protection Bill Passes in Senate, Will Protect Many in Asian American & Pacific Islander Community

Gregory Cendana | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Gregory Cendana

The historic Senate passage on Thursday of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a critical measure that would safeguard lesbian, gay, bisexua...

Burying the Lede: The LGBT Community's Deafening Silence on Federal Transgender Employment Protections

Dana Beyer | Posted 11.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Transgender Americans are protected against discrimination in employment in all 50 states under federal law. There, I said it. Our gay and trans organizations have been, at best, burying the lede, and at worst, remaining silent and even misrepresenting the current legal state of affairs.

The Cost of Trans Job Discrimination

Mara Keisling | Posted 11.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Mara Keisling

As the U.S. becomes increasingly aware that transgender people exist in most workplaces -- in factories, in offices, and on construction sites -- it's increasingly clear that there is little awareness that these same people can lose their jobs for being transgender or gender-nonconforming.

Referring to Bradley Manning as He or She Is Not the Issue

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 10.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Peter D. Rosenstein

Clearly Bradley Manning has created a stir by asking to be referred to as Chelsea Manning from now on. There is going to be a debate over whether she helped or hurt the cause of the transgender community to be more understood and accepted.

A Review of the National Center for Transgender Equality's Decade of Accomplishment

Dana Beyer | Posted 10.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

As I take my leave from the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), rolling off after six and half years of board service, I'd like to highlight the progress that the transgender community has made over the past decade, progress in which NCTE played a role.

No Longer at Zero: An Update on ENDA

Mara Keisling | Posted 05.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Mara Keisling

As we face a new Congress with our rapidly growing power and a quickly filling armamentarium of legal remedies, we need to make sure that ENDA, when it passes in a few years, moves our rights forward. We are no longer powerless mendicants. We are no longer starting from zero.

Hannah Bricker

San Francisco Makes Historic Move For Its Transgender Population

HuffingtonPost.com | Hannah Bricker | Posted 02.27.2013 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- City leaders made history last month with the announcement of a plan to expand Healthy SF coverage to transgender individuals. But wh...

2012: State Of Equality And Human Rights For All LGBT Americans

Toni Newman | Posted 12.26.2012 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

As an African-American transgender woman, I have faced much discrimination and injustice in my life. Transgender people of color continue to fight for basic human rights in the justice system, but today we have achieved broader awareness and understanding of our issues.

30 Days Of LGBT Holiday Giving: Give A Gift To The National Center For Transgender Equality

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.06.2012 | Gay Voices

Note: This holiday season, in lieu of a traditional holiday gift guide, we'll be featuring a different LGBT organization each day for our "30 Days Of ...

5 Campaigns That Push Vets, Marginalized Groups, Others To Vote

The Huffington Post | Zoe Mintz | Posted 11.05.2012 | Impact

Four years ago, voter turnout was 49 percent -- the highest since 1968. Still, it remains to be seen if voters will come out in droves as they did dur...

Taking Rape Out of a Prison Sentence And Why it Matters To LGBT People

Posted 08.11.2012 | Gay Voices

Since launching our Voice to Voice conversation series in January, we've tackled lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender literature, Black History Mont...

Voice To Voice: NCTE's Harper Jean Tobin And High Schooler Evan Morris Discuss Transgender School Issues

Posted 06.15.2012 | Gay Voices

This month we've shared a Voice to Voice conversation between author Whitney Joiner and the ACLU's Chris Hampton and one between Jason Cianciotto and ...