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National Transgender Discrimination Survey: A Look at Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Respondents (July 2012)
The National Transgender Discrimination Survey measured transgender experiences of discrimination. This factsheet attempts to examine the impact of anti-transgender and anti-immigrant bias with individual and structural racism. Results of this new analysis showed that Asian and Pacific Islander transgender people are disproportionately impacted by social stigma and economic factors.
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National Transgender Discrimination Survey: A Look at Latino/a Transgender Respondents | Spanish
The National Transgender Discrimination Survey measured transgender experiences of discrimination. This factsheet attempts to examine the impact of anti-transgender and anti-immigrant bias with individual and structural racism. Results of this new analysis showed that Latino/a transgender people are disproportionately impacted by social stigma and economic factors.
Model District Policy on Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students (updated June 2013)
As transgender youth come out, schools must institute policies and procedures that fosters their educational development, and protects them from violence and harassment. This policy, co-written with the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, serves as a guide to best practices and policies to support transgender young people.
National Transgender Discrimination Survey: A Look at Black Transgender Respondents
The National Transgender Discrimination Survey measured transgender experiences of discrimination. This factsheets attempts to examine the impact of anti-transgender bias with individual and structural racism. Results of this new analysis showed that Black transgender people reported some of the highest levels of discrimination.
Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey (February 2011)
The National Transgender Discrimination Survey is the first large-scale national study of discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming Americans, and paints a more complete picture than any prior research to date.
ENDA by the numbers (May 2010)
A fact sheet that highlights a few of the statistics about transgender people, the need for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), who supports the bill, and the work that is being done to pass this legislation.
Teaching Transgender (January 2009)
A how-to guide for leading trainings about the lives of transgender people. Useful information for beginners and veteran educators alike.
Participating in Direct Actions: A Guide for Transgender People | Spanish (November 2011)
Direct actions, protests, and acts of civil disobedience are powerful tools for change. Participating in these actions may also put you at risk of arrest and/or mistreatment by police in jail. This resource offers an overview of the considerations transgender people should think about when preparing or participating in a direct action.
Hurricane Preparedness: Information for Transgender People on Preparing for a Storm (May 2009)
A guide for transgender people faced with an evacuation in an emergency.
Opening the Door to the Inclusion of Transgender People (March 2008)
This ground breaking resources covers nine keys to helping LGBT organizations become fully transgender inclusive. Based on practical experience and sound principles, this guide is a vital resource for organizations. Written by Justin Tanis of NCTE and Lisa Mottet of the Transgender Civil Rights Project of the Task Force. Click on the image to download your free copy today.
52 Things You Can Do for Transgender Equality (2006)
Kick start your activism with 52 ideas about how you can make a different for transgender equality. In 2006, NCTE sent out an idea a week about the ways in which people can make real and lasting change for transgender equality. Ranging from the easy to the complex, there's something here for everyone.
Responding to Hate Crimes (2005)
This manual includes information about how to respond to hate crimes when they happen in your community.
Making Shelters Safe for Transgender Evacuees (August 2011)
A joint publication from NCTE, Lambda Legal, and the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force.
Standing With LGBT Prisoners: An Advocate's Guide to Ending Abuse and Combating Imprisonment (April 2014)
This groundbreaking resource introduces LGBT and allied activists to a range of issues that affect LGBT people behind bars, as well as how to advocate for policies that will protect the safety, health, and rights of all LGBT people who may be imprisoned.
Our Moment for Reform: Immigration and Transgender People | Spanish Language Version (October 2013)
Undocumented transgender people make up nearly 50,000 of the one-quarter of a million undocumented lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community living in the U.S. today. This report highlights the key challenges and barriers facing undocumented transgender people including job insecurity, income and housing insecurity, health care access, and a pathway to citizenship.
Improving the Lives of Transgender Older Adults: Recommendations for Policy and Practice | Executive Summary (June 2012)
Transgender older adults face profound challenges and experience striking disparities in areas such as health and health care access, physical and mental health, employment, housing and more. Research and experience also reveal that many transgender elders routinely encounter both a health care system and a national aging network that are ill-prepared to provide culturally competent care and services and create residential environments that affirm the gender identities and expressions of transgender older people.
Transgender Sexual and Reproductive Health: Unmet Needs and Barriers to Care (April 2012)
Transgender people face multiple obstacles to accessing quality health care, include outright discrimination and refusal to treat transgender patients, as well as a lack of relevant clinical and cultural competence among providers. Transgender patients seeking sexual and reproductive health care often fear that they will be treated in ways that are disrespectful or judgmental because of their gender identities or sexual choices, or because aspects of their bodies may not conform to gender norms. This short guide provides an overview of the sexual and reproductive health issues trans people face.
A Blueprint for Equality: A Federal Agenda for Transgender People (March 2012)
The breadth of the agenda for federal transgender equality is long and complex. Since NCTE's founding, we have made consistent progress, and continue to change the way decision-makers respond to our advocacy. This document reflects on these policy accomplishments, and outlines our priorities moving forward. Download individual chapters below.
Housing and Homelessness
Safe and Supportive Schools
Access to Quality Health Care
Ending Anti-Transgender Violence
Improving the Lives of Trans Older Adults
Counting Trans People in Federal Surveys
ID Documents and Privacy
The Right to Travel
Equal Access to Public Programs
Prison and Detention Reform
Open Military Service
Honoring Our Veterans
Family and Relationship Recognition
Advancing Global Human Rights
Medicare Benefits and Transgender People (August 2011)
Medicare is one of America’s most important health programs, providing health insurance for millions of
older adults and people with disabilities. As with private insurance, transgender people sometimes encounter
limitations in their Medicare coverage or confusion about what is covered - both for transition-related care
and for routine preventive care. This document provides an overview of benefit questions that may arise for
transgender people, and information on what to do in response to an initial denial of coverage.
Veterans Health Administration Transgender Healthcare Directive (June 2011)
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has issued a Directive to all of its facilities establishing a policy of respectful delivery of healthcare to transgender and intersex veterans who are enrolled in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system or are otherwise eligible for VA care. This Directive is an important first step in securing equal access for transgender veterans, and healthcare access for transgender people generally, by setting an example of how healthcare providers in both the public and private sector should be treating transgender patients.
NCTE has a letter from SSA explaining that gender data is optional, and should not be a basis for any adverse action against an employee. The letter recommends that employers not submit gender data to avoid any problems. Providing a copy of this letter may help convince an employer to drop any concerns related to a no-match letter. However, because it is addressed to NCTE, using this letter may mean coming out to your employer as transgender.
Transgender People and Passports (updated January 2012)
This resource gives you current information about when you need a passport and addresses specific concerns for transgender people, including how to change your name and gender information on your passport, how to apply for a new passport and more.
Transgender People and Military Service (July 2010)
Joint Statement from NCTE and the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network
State Driver's License Policies (updated May 2010)
Map of the 50 states with information about each state's policies to change name and gender markers on driver's licenses
Whole Body Imaging (November 2010)
Information about the Transportation Safety Administration's (TSA) use of Whole Body Imaging and how it may impact transgender people
Federal Taxes and Transgender People (Updated January 2012)
Frequently asked questions about transition-related care and your federal taxes
Census 2010 and its impact on transgender people (March 2009)
View this fact of information about how gender and relationship status will be counted in the upcoming 2010 census.
The PASS ID Act (August 2009)
A resource to understand the PASS ID Act and efforts to repeal the REAL ID Act
Transgender People and the Selective Service (July 2008)
Practicial information transgender people relating to military service and the selective service registration requirement.
Overcoming Voting Obstacles for Transgender People (September 2010)
Trans people may find voting to be an intimidating process for many reasons. This document lays out the issues that trans people may face when attempting to vote and ways to overcome those issues.
Voting While Trans Checklist (November 2012)
Voter ID laws could disenfranchise over 25,000 transgender voters. Bring this short guide with you when you vote. The Checklist has information to help transgender voters prepare to vote, and information for election officials in case your vote is challenged.
Voting While Trans: Preparing for New Voter ID Laws (August 2012)
Regardless of whether you have ever had trouble voting in the past, new voter ID laws in dozens of states will make it harder for many trans people to vote. Learn about what you need to do to protect your right to vote.
Transgender Equality and the Federal Government (March 2009)
NCTE has compiled a list of 112 separate policies that directly impact the lives of transgender people and our families that need to be added, removed or changed.
Make Your Voice Heard: A Transgender Guide to Educating Congress (updated May 2013)
Here is a step by step how-to guide to educating members of Congress about transgender people.
Human Rights Calendar (2007)
In 2007, NCTE highlighed human rights for transgender people. While the calendars are out of date, the principles are timeless.
"Know Your Rights" Resources
Transgender People and the Social Security Administration (June 2013)
In June 2013, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced a new policy for updating Social Security records to reflect a person’s gender identity. This resource answers commonly asked questions about the updated policy. It also provides step-by-step information for how account holders can change the gender designation in their Social Security record.
Airport Security and Transgender People (Updated November 2013)
The right to travel freely is a fundamental human right, yet travelers across the country continue to express concerns about the intrusive security screening procedures used by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). These procedures can be invasive of everyone’s privacy and are of particular concern to transgender people because of their potential to “out” people in unsafe ways, potentially leading to harassment and discrimination.
LGBT People and the Prison Rape Elimination Act (July 2012)
Sexual abuse is rampant in prison and detention facilities today, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender nonconforming people are among those most at risk. To address this crisis, Congress unanimously passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) in 2003. After nearly a decade of study and review, the U.S. Department of Justice issued final regulations to implement PREA in May 2012. This resource lays out what protections are available under the PREA Standards for LGBT and gender nonconforming inmates.
Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students: Your Rights at School (June 2012)
Bullying, harassment, or discrimination against transgender or gender nonconforming students is covered by Title IX, a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in schools. This resource outlines the rights trans and gender nonconforming students have in schools and how to file formal complaints.
Know Your Rights: Employment Discrimination and Transgender People (Updated September 2013)
Federal courts and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which enforces federal job discrimination laws, have concluded that discrimination because a person is transgender or gender non-conforming constitutes illegal sex discrimination. Many states and localities also expressly prohibit job discrimination based on gender identity and/or expression. This resource outlines the rights and procedures transgender employees have to address discrimination.
Health Care Rights and Transgender People (Updated August 2012)
For the first time, the Affordable Care Act of 2010 banned sex discrimination in many health care facilities and programs. While we still desperately need national laws that explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, existing laws such as the Affordable Care Act can provide real protections in many circumstances. This document outlines the health care rights of transgender people and how to file complaints of health care discrimination.
Know Your Rights: Fair Housing and Transgender People (March 2012)
While we still desperately need a national housing law that explicitly prohibits discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, existing laws provide real protections in many circumstances. This document outlines the housing rights of transgender people and how to file complaints of housing discrimination.
Transgender Federal Employees: Your Workplace Rights (Updated February 2012)
In recent years, the federal government has provided new guidance and protections for transgender federal employees. Federal workers have many of the same rights as other workers, but the process for addressing workplace discrimination is quite unique. This resource outlines the rights and procedures transgender federal employees have.