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Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund 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, and public policy efforts.

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Transgender Athletes File Brief with 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Lawsuit Challenging Indiana's Trans Sports Ban

In partnership with TLDEF, eight transgender women athletes filed a friend of the court brief with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in A.M. v. Indiana challenging Indiana’s transgender sports ban, House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1041.


85 Organizations Launch Nationwide Campaign to Protect Trans Health By Supporting Biden Healthcare Regulation

Eight-five national, state, and local organizations, led by National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), Transgender Law Center (TLC), and Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF), announced the next phase of the Protect Trans Health campaign.


TLDEF to Honor Willkie Farr & Gallagher, Attorney Stefan Dann at Pro Bono Recognition Dinner Hosted by RuPaul’s Drag Race Contestant Peppermint

TLDEF will honor Willkie Farr & Gallagher and volunteer attorney Stefan Dann for their long-standing pro bono service in support of advancing legal equity for transgender people. The awards will be presented at a private reception and dinner hosted by Peppermint, a trailblazing actress, singer, DJ, and activist who was the first out transgender contestant on the award-winning reality competition series RuPaul’s Drag Race.


TLDEF Statement Celebrating Victory for Transgender Young People in Arkansas Lawsuit Brandt v. Rutledge

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court’s preliminary injunction in Brandt v. Rutledge, a case challenging Arkansas Act 626, which would deny transgender people under 18 medically necessary, gender affirming health care. TLDEF filed an amicus brief on behalf of Elliot Page, Major Griffin-Gracy, Gwendolyn Herzig, Jazz Jennings, and 54 others in the case.


USW, TLDEF, ILS Secure Health Care Victory for Workers at U.S. Steel

The United Steelworkers union (USW), the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF), and Indiana Legal Services (ILS) announced a major health care achievement for workers at U.S. Steel who are either transgender or who have transgender dependents in their families.


TLDEF’s Response to SCOTUS Decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

In a 6-to3 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court today issued a sweeping reversal in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that eliminates the constitutional right to abortion and overturns Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF) released the following statements from its legal team in response to the Court’s decision in the case.


Victory! Court Rules for Transgender North Carolina State Employees Denied Health Care Coverage

Today, a federal judge ruled in favor of plaintiffs in a lawsuit brought by counsel Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) and Lambda Legal challenging North Carolina’s categorical exclusion of gender-affirming health care for transgender state employee health plan participants.


Victory! Georgia Federal Court Rules that Employers Who Refuse to Cover Gender Affirming Care Violate Federal Law

A Georgia federal district court issued a landmark ruling on Thursday holding that an employer cannot exclude or deny coverage for gender affirming care from its employee health insurance plan. The ruling in Lange v. Houston County found Houston County, Georgia had violated protections afforded under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.


Updated on Dec 14, 2022