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Welcome to the Transgender Law and Policy Institute. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging in effective advocacy for transgender people in our society. The TLPI brings experts and advocates together to work on law and policy initiatives designed to advance transgender equality.
The TLPI tracks current developments in legal and public policy issues affecting transgender people and their families, and writes summaries of these trends for activists, policymakers, and the media.
The TLPI provides legal, medical, and social science resources to attorneys and others advocating on behalf of transgender individuals.
The TLPI makes freely available litigation, legislative, and education advocacy materials for use by other advocates for transgender people.
We believe that working in coalitions gives transgender people the strongest possible base from which to advocate for change.
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- These pages are a community effort. Unlike the pages of many advocacy organizations, we don't ask for a contribution in the form of money. We do, however, ask you to share your knowledge and experience with other transgender rights advocates. If you have developed resources for lobbying, education handouts, legal memoranda, testimony, reports of violence and discrimination, and would agree to post or link them here, please email them to us as attachments or send us the URL for linking. We will convert them for you, and post them with your name/logo prominently displayed.
Who are we? The Board of the TLPI:
Brett, Ph.D., is the director of the Stonewall Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; co-chair of the National Consortium of Directors of LGBT Resources in Higher Education; and a board member and the campus "expert" for the Transgender Law and Policy Institute. A trans activist and historian, Brett Genny has spoken and written widely on transgender issues, particularly the experiences of transgender college students and trans-inclusive campus policies. Ze's most recent publications include "Trans on Campus: Measuring and Improving the Climate for Transgender Students" in On Campus with Women; "How Have Trans-Inclusive Non-Discrimination Policies Changed Institutions?" and "Serving the Health Care Needs of Transgender Students" in GLBT Campus Matters; and "Genderqueer," "Transgender Autobiography," "Transgender Issues in Education," and "Transgender Issues in the Law" for glbtq (www.glbtq.com). Brett Genny has edited a special issue of the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Issues in Education on "Trans Youth" and is currently completing what will be the largest study of transgender people in the U.S. Ze is nationally available to give workshops and present lectures on transgender topics at any level and for any audience.
Spencer is the Managing Partner of Bergstedt, Clegg & Wolff, a law firm in Seattle, WA. He received both a BA in Political Science, cum laude, in 1985 and his law degree in 1988 from the University of Washington. Apart from his practice, Spencer is a writer and frequent speaker both nationally and internationally on a variety of GLBT legal issues.
Kylar is an assistant professor at Lincoln University in Jefferson City Missouri. He is also on the board of the National Stonewall Democrats and PROMO:Personal Rights of Missourians, Missouri's statewide glbt advocacy group. Kylar graduated with his J.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in 1988.
Paisley is an associate professor of political science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and the Executive Director of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies. He is a co-editor, with Richard M. Juang and Shannon Price Minter, of Transgender Rights (Minnesota University Press, 2006). He writes on transgender rights legislation and litigation in the United States. He serves on the Advisory Committee of Human Rights Watch Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Project. He was a member of the External Advisory Committee to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for the Amendment of Birth Certificates for Transgender Persons, and the Citizen’s Advisory Committee Transgender Subcommittee, New York City Human Resources Administration. He received a Ph.D. in Government in 1994 from Cornell University.
Jamison is a writer and gender diversity consultant/educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He also serves on the board of directors of Gender Education & Advocacy, Inc. (current chairman), the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association (current chair of that board's Advocacy & Liaison Committee, and member of the Legal Issues Committee), and is an honorary board member of the International Foundation for Gender Education. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree in English from the University of Oregon in 1972, and is currently working on a Ph.D. in Law at Manchester Metropolitan University in England. He is the author of Becoming a Visible Man (Vanderbilt, 2004).
Jennifer is a senior staff attorney at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), New England's leading public interest legal organization whose mission is to end discrimination because of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and HIV status. Jennifer serves on the legal committee of the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association and received a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1992.
Shannon is the legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. He serves on the International Advisory Board of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission and on the Board of the Horizons Foundation. He received a J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1993.
Liz is deputy director of programs at the American Constitution Society, and former general counsel and legal direction at the Human Rights Campaign. Liz received a Master's in Public Policy & Women's Studies from
George Washington Universityin 1990 and a J.D. from 's Washington College of Law in 1994. American University
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If you've found the information on these web pages helpful, please consider supporting our sister organization, the Transgender Law Center, whose staff volunteers to help answer the legal queries you send us. If you can, please help out this important institution by giving online here. You can read more about the Transgender Law Center on their web page here
Who are transgender people?
We use the term "transgender" in its most inclusive sense, as an umbrella term encompassing: pre-operative, post-operative, and non-operative transsexual people; cross-dressers; feminine men and masculine women; and more generally, anyone whose gender identity or expression differs from conventional expectations of masculinity or femininity. For a helpful discussion of the evolving historical meanings of the term transgender, see Jamison , Introduction to Paisley Currah and Shannon Minter, Transgender Equality: A Handbook for Activists and Policymakers.