TLDEF in the News

In The NewsIn the last few months, TLDEF’s advocacy has been featured extensively in prominent national and local news outlets.

Most notably, The New York Times included TLDEF’s work in its outstanding editorial series focusing on the state of transgender rights in America. The first editorial in the series discussed our advocacy on behalf of transgender women in West Virginia who are fighting for the basic right to obtain accurate driver’s licenses that reflect who they are.

Numerous media outlets covered our historic settlement with the South Carolina DMV on behalf of Chase Culpepper who sued for the right to have her license photo taken wearing makeup. The Los Angeles Times broke the story nationally. Chase and TLDEF’s Executive Director Michael Silverman appeared on MSNBC’s The Rundown with Jose Diaz-Balart, where they shared their views about the positive impact the case will have on all transgender and gender nonconforming people who visit the South Carolina DMV in the future. The Associated Press and Reuters articles on the case appeared in outlets across the country. Additionally, Chase’s story was covered by several local news stations in South Carolina, including WISTV, which ran Chase’s entire press conference. Many other national outlets also ran stories about Chase’s settlement including: Yahoo Parenting, Seventeen Magazine, ABC News, Mashable, Al Jazeera America, and the Guardian.

TLDEF’s discussion of Bruce Jenner’s coming out story and its significance was covered by the Associated Press, Mashable, International Business Times, and Windy City Times. Health Day also featured TLDEF’s Patricia Harrington in a related story about coming out as transgender later in life. The story was syndicated across the nation.

In addition, the media covered TLDEF’s work to educate the public about a growing number of anti-transgender bills in various states. TLDEF’s condemnations of the legislation were covered by Think Progress, Al Jazeera America, the Texas Tribune, and the Advocate, among others.

We are always happy to share our work and our views through the media to educate the public about what’s at stake for our community. When people hear transgender people’s stories, it helps move opinion in favor of equal rights. We look forward to more media visibility for our advocacy in the coming months.

Read all TLDEF’s media coverage here.