TLDEF's Work Featured in New York Times Editorial: The Quest for Transgender Equality


New York Times logo The New York Times’ May 4th edition featured an outstanding editorial, The Quest for Transgender Equality, which included TLDEF’s work. The editorial was the first in a series devoted to the struggle for equal rights. It covered a wide range of issues affecting the transgender community, including health care disparities, employment discrimination, homelessness, open military service, and others.

The editorial followed the movement for transgender rights from the Compton Cafeteria to Bruce Jenner. Along the way, it highlighted many of the struggles the movement has faced. It touched upon TLDEF’s 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. Trudy Kitzmiller, Kristen Skinner, and other transgender women have been targeted for discrimination by the West Virginia DMV under a policy that purports to prohibit license applicants from “misrepresenting gender.”

Trudy and Kristen’s stories are emblematic of the difficulties transgender people face on a daily basis when trying to live their lives authentically. They highlight the need for ongoing legal efforts to secure basic rights for transgender people.

We applaud The New York Times for generating an important dialogue through this editorial series. The more we talk about real lives impacted by anti-transgender discrimination, the sooner we will create a world where transgender people are treated with the dignity and respect we all deserve.