Written by D Ojeda, Policy Advocate at NCTE

Many trans advocates choose to remain visible even when attacks continue to be hurled against our community, especially our trans youth. If the Equality Act becomes law, it would dramatically change things for the better and federally prohibit discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Photo by Shingi Rice on Unsplash

“ I just wanted to hang out with my friends” Stella Keating responded when a U.S. senator asked about her opinion on trans youth in sports. Stella, a 16-year-old girl from the state of Washington, is like any other kid and she also happens to…


On March 31st, the National Center for Transgender Equality will host its annual Trans Equality Now Awards, an opportunity to commemorate movement workers, allies, and fresh voices who have all committed to advancing transgender equality.

Among the honorees at this year’s ceremony will be Representative Marie Newman (D-IL), serving as the U.S. Representative of Illinois’ third district. Recently, she is known for her display of the transgender flag outside of her office in opposition to anti-trans rhetoric. Rep. Newman’s commitment to transgender equality is far more reaching.

A picture of Rep Newman (right) & her daughter Evie (left) at Chicago Pride 2019 (Photo Credit: Rep Marie Newman)

While many would assume that we are awarding her for this act alone…


Layshia Clarendon, credit: Athletes for Hope

On March 31st, the National Center for Transgender Equality will host its annual Trans Equality Now Awards, an opportunity to commemorate movement workers, allies, and fresh voices who have all committed to advance transgender equality.

Among the honorees at this year’s ceremony will be Layshia Clarendon (she/they/he), New York Liberty guard and activist, who will receive the Andy Cray Award. After graduating from UC Berkeley, Layshia played for Indiana Fever, Atlanta Dream, Connecticut Sun, and currently New York Liberty. …


On March 31st, the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) will host its annual Trans Equality Now Awards, an opportunity to commemorate movement workers, allies, and fresh voices who have all committed to advancing transgender equality.

A headshot of Ruby Corado, smiling.

Among the honorees at this year’s ceremony will be Ruby Corado, Founder and Executive Director of Casa Ruby, who will receive the Community Builder Award. Ruby was born in San Salvador, El Salvador.

She fled a civil war when she was 18 years old. She has lived in Washington, D.C. for the past 31 years, where she has devoted the last 30 years to…


What if I told you, that one rule was the difference between thousands of people having housing or not? Pretty unbelievable, right? Well it could have been reality under the litany of attacks against trans people from the Trump administration.

This Anti-Trans shelter rule change was one of the more hateful proposals to come out of this discrimination administration. Not only would it have removed vital protections for trans people seeking housing, but it also would have encouraged shelter providers to decide who is eligible for access to single-sex facilities which opens the door to discrimination.


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.

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

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…


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

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…


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

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…


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

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…

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