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March 31 marks the annual Trans Day of Visibility, created to celebrate the existence of trans and gender nonconforming people everywhere.  An important counterpoint to the annual Trans Day of Remembrance, TDOV is a reminder of the very real courage and resiliency trans people demonstrate every day, whether through public activism or simply through living as their authentic selves in a world where discrimination, harassment, and sometimes brutal violence is directed at them for no other reason than who they are.  It's also a great opportunity Read more...

Yesterday the Trump administration made it official: it is backing away from protecting the rights of transgender and gender nonconforming youth to fair treatment in America’s schools.  Officials from the Department of Justice and the Department of Education, under the new leadership of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, issued a joint letter that reverses legal guidance by the Obama administration last May, which, among other points, explained that a school engages in discrimination when denying transgender students access to school Read more...

Mara Keisling

On February 10, Mazzoni Center recognized and honored Mara Keisling, Founder and Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, at our eighth annual Justice in Action luncheon for her groundbreaking work on behalf of trans and nonbinary individuals within the LGBTQ community.

Shortly before the event, we spoke with Keisling to learn more Read more...

This year, Mazzoni Center will recognize and honor Mara Keisling, Founder and Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, at the eighth annual Justice in Action luncheon for her groundbreaking work on behalf of trans and nonbinary individuals within the LGBTQ community.

We spoke with Read more...

Earlier this month the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) released the results of the US Trans Survey (USTS), which, at 28,000 respondents, is the largest survey ever devoted to the lives and experiences of trans people.  The USTS was a follow-up to the ground breaking National Transgender Discrimination Survey, which was collected in 2008 and 2009 by the NCTE in partnership with the National LGBTQ Task Force. 

The USTS gathered data from Read more...

Transgender Awareness Week starts on Monday, November 14 and ends on Transgender Day of Remembrance, Sunday, November 20, when communities around the world gather to remember and honor those whose lives were lost to transphobic violence, bigotry and hatred.

Here in Philadelphia, the William Way LGBT Community Center will host their annual community observance on Sunday, November 20 from noon to 5 p.m. -  Read more...