Dr. Jillian T. Weiss

Transgender Legal Defense And Education Fund Marks Seven Years

Filed By Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 03, 2012 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: The Movement, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: Michael Silverman, Noah Lewis, TLDEF, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund

TLDEF, the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, is celebrating its seventh year. It will hold its seventh year celebration and fundraiser this year on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at the Art Directors Club Gallery, 106 West 29th Street, NYC. I am proud to have been a supporter of TLDEF every year for the past three years, and this year is no exception. I will be there, and I hope you will too.

TLDEF provides strong and competent legal representation to transgender people facing an unfriendly medical and legal system. When Beth Scott was denied insurance coverage for a mammogram to detect cancer, TLDEF won a victory for her. When Lina Kok requested time off for her facial feminization surgery, prescribed by her doctor as necessary for her wellbeing, and her disability insurer refused to cover her time off, calling it merely cosmetic, TLDEF achieved victory. In fact, just recently, her insurer agreed to change their policy across the board, so in the future no transgender policyholder will have to face the chance of being denied breast cancer screening or, even worse, care in the event they have breast cancer. Sam Berkeley, one of the plaintiff's in TLDEF's groundbreaking lawsuit challenging New York City's practice of requiring transgender people to undergo surgery before it will issue them birth certificates with corrected sex designations, appeared in a spread in the New Republic about the transgender civil rights movement, bringing our cause to the magazine's readers, many of whom are policymakers.

When El'jai Devoreau was fired from his job because his employer didn't consider a trans man to be man enough to do the job, TLDEF was there.

I am proud to count Michael Silverman, TLDEF's Executive Director, and Noah Lewis, Staff Attorney, as friends. I hope that you will count them as friends too, and support TLDEF.

The hundreds of trans people being served by TLDEF deserve our support.

You can sign up for the event and/or donate here.

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