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...

We know that trans and gender nonconforming youth face extremely high levels of rejection, discrimination, verbal and physical harassment at schools.  This has a direct connection to their disproportionate drop-out rates, as well as the higher incidence of homelessness, unemployment, and suicide attempts among trans/gnc youth.  
 
That's why we were alarmed to learn that the Department of Education and Department of Justice  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...

Note: this post was written by Maurice McCants-Pearsall, MBA, who serves as a project coordinator for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, AIDS Activities Coordinating Office , and originally appeared in the special 2016 World AIDS Day issue of the Philadelphia Gay News.  We thought it was a terrific overview of the CLUB 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...