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Black Trans Circles (BTC): develops the leadership of Black trans women in the South and Midwest through the creation of healing justice spaces to work through oppression-based trauma and incubate community organizing efforts to address anti-trans murder and violence.
Disability Project: Led by a multi-racial, cross-class, cross-disability advisory board of transgender and gender-nonconforming people, the Disability Project embeds disability, Deafness, and anti-ableism politics and expertise into LGBTQ movement work. The Project breaks isolation, grows connection, and builds leadership within trans disability/Deaf/chronically ill communities.
Positively Trans: Transgender people living with HIV are capable of forming our own network, telling our own stories, and developing our own advocacy strategies – and TLC’s Positively Trans program is the proof. Led by trans women of color living with HIV, Positively Trans addresses inequities, stigma, and discrimination nationally and in our local communities through community-driven research, leadership development, and storytelling.
TLC @ Song: formed in 2014, is a national collaboration based in Atlanta, GA. The collaboration joins the Transgender Law Center’s long history of legal, policy and trans-specific expertise with Southerners on New Ground’s well-respected southern base-building and organizing shop. TLC@SONG focuses on policy advocacy, legal work, public education and movement building.
TRUTH (trans and gender non-conforming youth storytelling movement): a collaboration between Transgender Law Center and GSA Network, is a national trans and gender-nonconforming youth leadership and storytelling program that aims to build empathy, understanding, and a movement for youth to share their stories in their own words and in their own way.
COVID-19: The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, the federal government’s failed response, and public panic all harm trans people in uniquely stressful and isolating ways. Rooted in the wisdom of trans elders and with the knowledge attained through our community?driven projects, Transgender Law Center (TLC) held a weekly video call?series on how trans people can support each other and advocate at a local, state, and federal level for the care, resources, and support they deserve.
Identity Documents: resources to update gender information on record.
Immigration: As the U.S. government continues to target Black and brown trans migrants living in the U.S. and at the border for violence, abuse, and imprisonment, legal resources are critical for transgender migrants and allies working to keep people safe and free. TLC has resources for people personally navigating the immigration system, trans people preparing communities for ICE raids, and advocates working to educate asylum judges and policymakers on the unique conditions trans migrants face.
Health: Knowledgeable care can mean the difference between life and death for our community. TLC improves access to health care and the quality of that care through provider and community education, litigation, and policy research and advocacy.
Employment: Unfortunately, too many bosses, corporations, and agencies deny or force people out of jobs simply because we are transgender or gender nonconforming, causing tremendously high rates of unemployment and underemployment in our communities. Transgender Law Center supports working people in their efforts to get and stay employed no matter how they express their gender. We combat workplace discrimination by providing information about the law, as well as about how to file a discrimination complaint with state, federal, and local agencies. We also educate employers about their legal obligations to create workplaces free from discrimination and harassment.
Prisons and Policing: Prisons and jails routinely subject transgender people in their care to abusive conditions, including denial of medical care, extended periods of solitary confinement, and harassment, sexual assault, and violence at the hands of guards and other people with whom they are incarcerated. Recent studies show that transgender women are 13 times more likely to be sexually assaulted in prison than others.
Youth: transgender young people are organizing and advocating for their own solutions through programs like TRUTH, Transgender Law Center and GSA Network’s joint youth leadership and storytelling program.
Public Accommodations: restaurants, grocery stores, health clinics, hospitals, health clubs, homeless shelters, and most social services often discriminate against transgender and gender-nonconforming people, including by refusing us service, treating us differently than our non-transgender peers, or subjecting us to harmful verbal and physical violence when we are simply trying to carry out daily activities like using the restroom. Over half of the transgender people surveyed in the 2011 National Transgender Discrimination Survey reported being verbally harassed or disrespected in a place of public accommodation.
Housing: In addition to federal housing protections, there are many state and local laws that protect transgender people from discrimination and harassment in living situations. At Transgender Law Center, we regularly provide information about relevant housing laws and policies and fight for protection.