By Ilona Turner, Legal Director
"I am so grateful and happy for the help of Transgender Law Center. I used to feel embarrassed when people saw that my ID didn't match my gender. Now I feel much more comfortable. Their help has made a huge difference in my life." - Alex
At Transgender Law Center our legal work includes helping people gain access to quality health care, finding solutions to issues with discrimination at work, accessing essential public benefits, and beyond. As a part of our advocacy around those legal issues, we often help clients through the process of legally changing their name and gender. In 2011 we helped more than 1,000 people legally change their name and gender and update the name and gender on their ID documents.
One person we have helped is "Alex" (not his real name), an undocumented transgender man from Mexico who lives in San Francisco. Last year he came to our office seeking our help to legally change his name so that his immigration paperwork could be issued under his current masculine name. This year, thanks to the new change in California's gender change law, we were also able to help him file for a court-ordered gender change. We helped him fill out the paperwork and explained to his doctor how to write a letter confirming that he has had clinically appropriate treatment for gender transition.
In celebration of Black History Month, we are honored to share our interview with current day leader in the transgender movement, Kylar W. Broadus.
In 2010, Kylar founded Trans People of Color Coalition (TPOCC), the only national civil rights organization dedicated to the needs of Trans People of Color. (read Kylar's bio)
TPOCC has organized a town hall forum that will be held on Saturday, February 25th at City of Refuge in San Francisco for transgender people of color.
"My parents were children of slaves which means I was raised in a time where things where still separate but not equal for Blacks. Fast forward, working in corporate American afraid to be me, then I came out and was constructively discharged. I felt betrayed when I found there were no legal protections for me." - Kylar W. Broadus
Read the full interview...
Check out this selection of links to articles highlighting the
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contributions of Black Americans in history and the efforts of leaders today!
- Lucy Hicks Anderson (1886-1954) and her husband were arrested and jailed on charges of fraud. She advocated for her rights during a time when the word transgender was not even used.
- Clay Cane And Janet Mockdiscuss being black and LGBT, homophobia, transphobia, and more
- Actress Laverne Cox on growing up transgender
- Miss Major talks about Stonewall and the whitewashing of LGBT history
Two Fantastic Resources:
Black History Month Features:
to watch Masen Davis on Bay Sunday. Masen talks about Transgender Law Center and the important work we're doing.
Transgender Law Center has recently welcomed several new members to our Board of Directors. We had a few of the new members share some information so we could all get to know them better. Click here to read their full responses.
"Black History Month is a time to remember that I am more than a descendent of enslaved Africans. It's a time to honor my ancestors who both survived and thrived despite barriers, and a time to acknowledge, share, and celebrate my rich history and culture. Happy Black History Month!" - Shawn Demmons
"I want people to know that my identity is first as a woman surgeon and that being transgender is something that can be drawn upon but is not the first thing I think of each morning." - Marci Bowers
"After years of organizing wine and cheese events, I was moved to serve marginalized communities. It felt more like home. In August of 2005, I began to work for a small community based organization in Newark, New Jersey where I found my calling managing programs for recently emigrated families." - Jae Maldonado
Reception with Ilona Turner
Transgender Law Center's New Legal Director
With remarks from Kelly Dermody, President, Bar Association of San Francisco
Tuesday, March 13
5:30 - 7:30pm
Nixon Peabody LLP
One Embarcadero Center, Suite 1800 (map)
A Day of "TLC"
benefiting Transgender Law Center
Presented by Grand Duchess Kylie Minono and the SF Grand Ducal Council with special guests Cassandra Cass and MC Kit Tapata
Sunday, March 4
4:00 - 6:00pm
4149 18th Street, San Francisco (map)
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Save the Date: Jazz Benefit
Saturday, March 24
The EndUP (map)
Details to be announced.
Happy Hour at El Rio
Benefiting Transgender Law Center
Friday, March 30
3:30 - 6:00 pm
El Rio, 3158 Mission Street, San Francisco (map)