Thursday, November 2, 2017

Non-Profit Spotlight: TLDEF

Founded in 2003, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund is a nonprofit whose mission is to end discrimination and achieve equality for transgender people, particularly those in our most vulnerable communities. Transgender people have been subject to pervasive discrimination that has kept them, with rare exceptions, hidden from public view. While this discrimination has begun to lessen, transgender people still experience much prejudice and violence.

The work at TLDEF is focused on three key areas:

1.  Education
TLDEF provides education on Transgender rights.

2.  Impact litigation
TLDEF’s Impact Litigation Program brings cases and files friend of the court briefs in local, state, and federal tribunals across the country—expanding access to opportunity and democratic participation for all members of the transgender community.

TLDEF’s litigation work focuses on combating discrimination in four key areas: Healthcare, Employment, Public Accommodations, and Education.

3.  The Names Change Project
The Name Change Project provides free legal name change services to low-income transgender people through partnerships with some of the nation’s most prestigious law firms and corporate law departments.

For many transgender people, securing a legal name change is an important step toward making their legal identities match their lived experience. A lack of appropriate identity documents can deter people from applying for jobs, school, and public benefits, and can lead to discrimination. But securing a legal name change can be a challenging experience, involving interaction with the court system and judges that is foreign to many people. By providing people with adequate legal representation, TLDEF works to ensure that people successfully complete the process and move forward with their lives.

SUPPORTING TLDEF is key to ensuring members of the Transgender community gain access to supportive services. For inquiries on how the nglccNY membership can contribute click here or reach out to the roster of incredible Board members or Staff leading the charge of equality, visibility and effecting change.

For media inquiries contact, Cindi Creager, of Creager Cole Communications, at

Written by Ingrid Galvez,

Chair, Diversity & Inclusion and Programming,

Organizational Development Consultant, 

Strategic Remedy Group

Strategic Remedy Group is a certified LGBTBE focused on cultivating collaborative communities to propel business success.

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