Whenever I talk about the Law Center, I find myself using the word "scrappy." It's just remarkable what thirteen people working on a shoestring budget have been able to do. First, they have helped thousands of people navigate the legal morass that trans folk have to deal with just to do things like change their names, get health care, and KEEP THEIR JOBS. Second, they've combined impact litigation with savvy lobbying to enact laws and regulations that allow people to live out their authentic lives in a more caring society. I wonder how many people get the significance of the EEOC ruling saying that all transgender people in the 50 states are protected from discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights act. It's HUGE!
Masen Davis is a great leader who has overseen a breathtaking growth in the efficacy of an organization whose achievements make the world better for all of us. Transgender people are among the most marginalized populations in America, and when their rights get established, it has benefits that go way beyond the transgender community. For who among us has never dealt with cruelty or outright discrimination when our behavior stepped outside cultural norms for our gender? Transgender Law Center's successes are successes for everyone who wants to live in a world where individual gender expression can reflect each person's authentic self.
I was first made aware of the Transgender Law Center years ago when I needed solid guidance on how to properly change my name. Over time, I remained aware of the Transgender Law Center and the vital work it was doing to help people like myself live a life that was safe and authentic, and be happy productive members of our community and society. Their record is amazing and pound-for-pound they get more done than many organizations twice their size. I was thrilled to join the Board and give back to an organization that has done so much for me personally and so much for our community.