Transgender people have been subject to pervasive discrimination that has kept them, with rare exceptions, hidden from public view. While this discrimination has begun to lessen, transgender people still experience much prejudice and violence. TLDEF is committed to ending discrimination based upon gender identity and expression and to achieving equality for transgender people through public education, test-case litigation, direct legal services, community organizing and public policy efforts.

TLDEF’s in-house legal program brings test-case litigation with wide impact in all areas of transgender civil rights.  From fighting employment discrimination to ensuring equal access to health care, we're working tirelessly for transgender equal rights.  We continually seek to leverage our limited resources through innovative programs designed to harness the resources of the private bar for the public good. Our Name Change Project, which provides free and low-cost legal name changes to community members through partnerships with some of New York City's premier law firms, including Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, and others, is one such program.  And our community organizing project, the Transgender Health Initiative of New York, harnesses the power of community participation to improve access to care for transgender people.

TLDEF combats discrimination against transgender people wherever it arises. If you believe that you’ve been discriminated against because of your gender identity or expression, contact us.