Thank You for Making Our 8th Anniversary Benefit a Fantastic Success!


8th Anniversary Benefit

Benefit Raises Over $225,000 to Support TLDEF’s Work - Foundations Pledge Additional $125,000

Thank you for making our 8th Anniversary Benefit the largest-ever fundraiser for transgender equal rights!  Our cocktail party and silent auction last Monday raised over $225,000 to support our work.  At the event, we  announced an additional $125,000 in foundation funding, including a $100,000 challenge grant from the Calamus Foundation in New York and a $25,000 grant from the David Bohnett Foundation in Los Angeles.  We are grateful for your extraordinary support.

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Celebrities, activists, and supporters of the transgender community packed the Art Directors Club Gallery in Chelsea for our celebration. More than 300 people attended.  Click here to view full size photos from the event or watch the slide show below.



Lance Bass, musical artist, producer, and activist, attended the VIP reception and spoke later at the benefit about his experiences of discrimination.  “We will never be truly free as a community until each one of us has equal rights,” Mr. Bass told a cheering crowd. The event also featured Coy Mathis and her family, who TLDEF is representing in a civil rights Complaint alleging school-based anti-transgender discrimination in Colorado. Hosted by writer, producer, and actress Laverne Cox, the evening included cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction of artwork, vacation packages, and one-of-a-kind items.

The event was presented by Cadwalder, Wickersham & Taft LLP and honored BNP Paribas for its commitment to corporate social responsibility and for its critical role in providing legal assistance to the transgender community through TLDEF’s Name Change Project, which helps transgender people secure legal name changes. Dr. Marci Bowers was honored for her expertise in transgender healthcare and unflagging commitment to serving members of the transgender community. Author and activist David Mixner was honored for his lifelong advocacy on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.

We are thrilled to have made history that night at the largest-ever fundraiser for transgender equal rights. Your support will allow us to expand our work and bring more groundbreaking cases that challenge stereotypes and advance equality.

Thank you!

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