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.

“ 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.

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


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.

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…


Written by August Clayton (he/they), Development Associate for the National Center for Transgender Equality

Experiencing joy, even when fleeting is crucial to me as someone who exists at the center of Blackness and trans-ness. Joy is not making meaning out of the harm that I experience, or seeing my identity solely as a site of violence; rather an opportunity to be vulnerable, raw, and intentional about how I choose to get free. What that means in practice for me, is first, acknowledging that my identity does not start or stop at medical interventions, hormones, and surgeries.

Joy to me, is embodying a failure to “perform” gender. It is trusting myself to know that I have the power to show up as I am, in all of my fullness, all of my softness, and make sure that the people around me can embody that feeling as well.

Over the years, I…


Written by Sybastian Smith (he/him), National Organizer for the National Center for Transgender Equality.

When I think of ‘#BlackTransJoy’, I instantly think of the many places I have had the honor to share space with other BIPOC (Black people, Indigenous people and People of Color) transgender and non-binary people. It is so rare to meet people who share some of the same lived experiences as I do and be able to have open, honest and healing dialogue about those experiences.

Prior to the pandemic, every year for the past five years I have attended the Black Trans Advocacy Conference (BTAC)…


Written by Lynx M’Chea (he/him), Deputy Communications Director for the National Center for Transgender Equality

Joy, to me, is like exhaling; I know I need to do it but, for some reason, my default is to hold my breath. I’m a Black trans man who’s autistic. That means I’m constantly trying to turn down the noise of the world so I can function healthy while also having to tune in to anticipate when a space becomes unsafe. Like I’m always bracing for impact or I’m afraid of what happens when I just let go and feel how I’m feeling. There’s…


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…

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