President's Bold Immigration Action Welcomed But Could Leave Out Most LGBT Immigrants

National Center for Transgender Equality Calls for Further Action

Tonight, the White House announced executive actions that will halt deportations and provide legal status for nearly 5 million immigrants. However, the National Center for Transgender Equality expresses deep concern that the relief does not go far enough to benefit most LGBT immigrants.

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NCTE Mourns Loss of Trans Advocate and Icon Leslie Feinberg

The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) family is saddened by the passing of Leslie Feinberg, a true revolutionary for transgender rights, workers rights, and social justice. Feinberg was influential to many transgender and gender non-conforming people, and will be remembered as a foundational architect of the advances we reap today and tomorrow.

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NCTE's Mara Keisling Named an Out 100 Honoree

This week, National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) Executive Director Mara Keisling was named in Out magazine's annual listing of 100 influential lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender cultural and political icons. Keisling was honored for her decade of advocacy for transgender people with NCTE.

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New Federal Plans Take Modest Step On Trans Health

The National Center for Transgender Equality expresses our disappointment that virtually every Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) plan has failed to update their coverage to stop excluding medically necessary healthcare for transgender federal employees. Disregarding OPM's June 2013 invitation to insurance companies to drop discriminatory trans health exclusions, the majority of FEHB plans that were announced have retained these outdated and wrong trans health exclusions.

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Ed Dept. Resolves Title IX Trans Student Discrimination Case

The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) applauds the US Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and the Downey Unified School District for its resolution of a Title IX discrimination complaint filed by a transgender student against the school district. This resolution marks another crucial step towards ensuring that all students, regardless of their gender identity or expression, are afforded the same rights and protections in their schools.

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Despite Some Progress in Airport Security, Bigger Changes Needed

In September 2014, National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) was one of three stakeholder organizations to receive a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) "Community Partner" award. NCTE Director of Policy Harper Jean Tobin accepted the award on behalf of NCTE for our education and training of TSA personnel on transgender rights and concerns, and to press for less invasive approaches to airport security.

While TSA will not share details of their "standard operating procedures," it is clear that NCTE's advocacy has resulted in some refinements over the years. These changes, along with the move away from officers viewing individual body scans to an automated system where officers view only a generic "Gumby" outline , mean we hear fewer stories of bad TSA experiences each month than in the past. As TSA has rolled out its Passenger Support Specialist (PSS) program, NCTE has directly worked with TSA to present transgender online trainings to several hundred PSS officers.

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EEOC Files Groundbreaking Cases on Behalf of Trans Workers

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has for the first time used the 1964 Civil Rights Act to file federal lawsuits against two companies for discrimination against transgender people. While the EEOC has interpreted Title VII of the Civil Rights Act to prohibit anti-transgender bias since 2012, today marks the first time the agency has brought lawsuits on behalf of transgender workers.

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NCTE Mourns Passing of Andrew Cray

On Thursday, August 28, 2014, Andrew Cray, a transgender and LGBT health policy expert and former NCTE legal fellow, passed away. Cray was among the LGBT movement's most effective advocates behind the fights to end transgender insurance exclusions in several states. His selfless contributions at organizations like the Center for American Progress, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and the National LGBT Health Coalition put the LGBT health policy agenda on a course for rapid change. Working alongside Andrew was only made brighter by his optimism and kind-heartedness. All of us the National Center for Transgender Equality celebrate Andrew, his work, and his generous commitment in the service of LGBT people across the country.

A celebration of Andrew Cray's life will be held on Saturday, August 30th, 2014 at St. Thomas Church, 1772 Church St., NW, Washington, DC. Services will begin at 1:00 PM to be followed by a repast. All are invited to join the celebration and to bring photos of Andrew to the service.

NCTE, MALDEF: President's Administrative Relief Package Must Be LGBTQ Affirmative

The National Center for Transgender Equality and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) today issued a letter to President Obama urging the Administration to provide affirmative relief for individuals who have long-term residency in the United States but may not have state recognized familial relationships with citizens, lawful permanent residents (LPR), or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) holders. The letter also requests the President to advance flexible criminal background requirements in light of the high conviction rates of undocumented LGBTQ immigrants for survival crimes such as sex work.

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Federal Contractors Put on Notice: Labor Dept. Issues Non-Discrimination Guidance

The Department of Labor (DOL) sent guidance to the 200,000 federal contractors saying they may not discriminate against transgender workers. They clarified that that sex discrimination laws extend to individuals discriminated against based on their gender identity or "transgender status" and that this will be in force even before the President's Executive order adding "gender identity" protections is fully implemented. DOL's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs will oversee compliance with these newest guidelines.

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NCTE Applauds Signing of LGBT Workers Executive Order

Issues "Know Your Rights" Resources for Transgender Workers

Today, President Barack Obama signed an executive order protecting transgender federal workers from discrimination and prohibits anti-LGBT discrimination for employers that work with the federal government as contractors or subcontractors. The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) welcomes the executive order extending gender identity and sexual orientation employment protections to 28 million workers across the country

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Dept. of Labor Affirms Trans Discrimination Protections

The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) welcomes policy clarifications by the Department of Labor in their ongoing effort to end anti-transgender bias and discrimination in their programs. Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez announced forthcoming clarification to their nondiscrimination protections declaring that anti-transgender discrimination violates Title VII sex discrimination law and is illegal.

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NCTE Welcomes Additional Obama Announcement

Tonight, at the White House LGBT Pride Reception, President Barack Obama announced that he will sign an executive order barring gender identity discrimination for federal employees. Earlier this month, President Obama said he would sign an executive order to prohibit all anti-LGBT bias for federal contractors, which would apply to private entities that contract with the federal government. The newly announced order would build on the executive order signed by President Bill Clinton banning employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation for federal workers.

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President Obama To Sign LGBT Non-Discrimination Executive Order

Today, President Obama announced that he would sign the long-awaited executive order barring LGBT discrimination in federal contracting, bringing explicit LGBT job protections for federal contractors in line with eighteen states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, several federal agencies, and countless cities and municipalities nationwide.

Learn more: here.

Community Call: With Medicare Done: How We Can Win the Rest

After years of advocacy, healthcare programs are finally catching up to the medical consensus on transgender healthcare. We will soon be able to cross off medical exclusions from our policy agenda. But while the path forward is clearer than ever, much more work remains. The recent Medicare ruling opens coverage for transition-related care and that victory is part of a national strategy to end prejudice in the U.S. healthcare system.

Learn more and register: here.

Tell Atherton High School to Stand by Trans Students

Atherton High School in Louisville, KY today will discuss whether transgender students have access to restrooms consistent with their gender identity. And Atherton High School Principal Aberli has a choice: affirm all students rights or face a violation of Title IX sex discrimination law.

National Center for Transgender Equality's Harper Jean Tobin is an Atherton High School graduate and tells her own story as a transgender student at that school over two decades ago.

Read her moving letter here.

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