Transgender people are targeted, profiled, harassed, and abused by law enforcement nationwide. A new report from NCTE shows how police departments can evolve to meet the needs of their community.

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As laws and policies evolve and modernize, transgender people are increasingly becoming more visible and active members of our communities. …


Content Warning: The following article details instances of sexual violence in an incarceration setting and may be upsetting to some readers. If you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence and is in need of help, please contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1–800–656–4673.

By Janetta Johnson

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There are few people exposed to more violence and abuse in our society today than a transgender woman in prison. According to our US Transgender Survey, transgender people are ten times as likely to be sexually assaulted by others in prison and five times as likely to be sexually assaulted by staff. …


Transgender high school students are frequently mistreated and denied basic rights by schools ill-prepared to give them the support they need. The Equality Act could change that.

By Ketaki Deo

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Middle school and high school are often a reminder of the turbulence of adolescence- struggling to find oneself in the face of societal pressures. For students like Brandon, 17, a Massachusetts high school student, that struggle was further complicated by having to navigate the public school system as an out transgender student.

Brandon describes his middle school as “fantastic”- a safe learning environment dedicated to its students. In eighth grade, however, Brandon came out as transgender. Brandon’s middle school, like so many others, found themselves completely unprepared for a transitioning student. …


What the Supreme Court’s decision to hear a landmark transgender nondiscrimination case means for you

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What is Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC?

Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC is one of the dozens of cases where transgender people who have faced discrimination have won in federal court. In this case, a woman named Aimee Stephens was fired from her job in a Michigan funeral home when, after working there for six years, she disclosed that she was transgender and planned to transition.

With the help of the Equal Employment Opportunity Comission (or EEOC, the federal agency responsible for enforcing workplace nondiscrimination laws), she sued and her case went up to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. And like most courts to have considered the issue over the past two decades, the Sixth Circuit made it clear that firing someone for being transgender is a form of sex discrimination under Title VII, the federal law that prohibits discrimination in the workplace. …


Many transgender sex workers don’t report violence for fear for being arrested. A new bill proposed in CA could help change that.

By Ketaki Deo

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This June, millions around the world will observe the anniversary of the Stonewall riots, an event that famously spurred the LGBTQ equality movement in the United States. It was transgender sex workers, like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, that were the leaders of the protest, and the targets of police violence.

While the roles of these women are frequently ignored in mainstream narratives, they tell an important story about the prominence of sex workers in the movement — a significant but vulnerable part of the transgender community. …


On April 9, the House Education & Labor Committee held hearings about the Equality Act, a historic bill that would extend civil rights protections to LGBTQ people. Kimberly Shappley, the mother of an eight-year-old transgender girl, gave the following testimony before the Committee.

By Kimberly Shappley

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My name is Kimberly Shappley. I was born an army brat in Alabama and raised in the south, am a middle school nurse, an ordained evangelical minister, and the proud mother of a beautiful transgender eight-year-old girl named Kai.

I grew up in northeast Mississippi on the land my great grandparents settled when they came to America. As an adult, I relocated to Brazoria County Texas. My family and I lived in Pearland, an ultra-conservative area that was once a great fit for my strong evangelical faith and tea-party ideology, until we moved two years ago. …


Transgender people across the country need and deserve the strong legal protections offered by The Equality Act, but many are falsely claiming it will limit religious liberty. A guest post from a transgender pastor clarifies why The Equality Act is good for both LGBTQ people and people of faith.

By Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn Howard

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The prospect of providing clear civil rights protection to LGBTQ people has been making some anti-transgender groups very anxious. This sentence should not be surprising news (unless perhaps you’ve been stranded on a remote island and talking to a volleyball with Tom Hanks for the last 20 years) as many of these groups — like the Family Research Council and the Heritage Foundation — have been increasingly vocal about their distress for some time. …


A bipartisan coalition in Congress is introducing The Equality Act — a nationwide law that would ban discrimination on the basis of your gender identity or sexual orientation. Here’s what that means for transgender people and their families.

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A bipartisan group of members of Congress has introduced The Equality Act, a historic piece of legislation that would explicitly and strongly extend civil rights protections to cover LGBTQ people nationwide.

The ambitious piece of legislation represents a major step forward for the transgender equality movement, and transgender people and their families might have reasonable questions about what it is and what it does: Who is covered by the Equality Act? How would it impact my job, my school, or my health care? What if I already live in a state with legal protections for transgender people? …


Lawmakers in Tennessee are introducing bills that threaten the rights and dignity of the state’s 31,000 transgender residents

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GRAPHIC: Credit: The Washington Blade

Just weeks after the state Attorney General became the first in the South to affirm Tennessee’s hate crimes law covers transgender people, the state capitol in Nashville is preparing to vote on no less than six anti-LGBTQ bills.

“The Slate of Hate,” as local advocates are calling it, goes after LGBTQ students and the ability of transgender people to live our lives in peace and without fear of prejudice. …


To start this Women’s History Month, we’re highlighting the lives and work of just a few of the bold and revolutionary women fighting for the equality and safety of all people.

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Earlier this week, advocates and lawmakers launched legislation that would decriminalize sex work across the state of New York. If passed, the legal penalties for anyone engaged in sex work would be completely dropped, largely ending the targeted persecution of sex workers that leaves them unsafe, exposed to violence, and a common target for abuse by police.

Sex work is a crucial and valid source of income for many marginalized people across the US, including immigrants, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community. According to the U.S. Transgender Survey, one in five transgender women have engaged in sex work, including nearly half of all Black transgender women. Because their livelihood is arbitrarily criminalized, those who do sex work not only face harassment and violence but are discouraged from seeking help when they need it. …

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