Fighting for equality

About us

Leveraging decades of experience on the frontlines of power, we shift government and society towards a future where we are no less than equal. A4TE was founded in 2024 as the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF), two long-time champions for the trans community, merged together as one organization. A4TE builds on their successes to boldly imagine a world where trans people live our lives joyfully and without barriers.
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We Do

Our policy experts, litigators, and community organizers work at all levels of government to ensure trans voices are not only heard, but embraced in rooms where they've long been ignored. As a trans-led nonprofit, we also help our community navigate the realities of law and policy through vital tools, knowledge, and services.


Whether you’re looking for gender-affirming support, or ways to protect trans rights, Advocates for Trans Equality has the right resource for you. Through our ID Documents Center, we support trans people with changing their name and/or gender marker on official documents. If you are transgender, gender non-conforming, or nonbinary living with a low income, we offer pro bono legal name change services through our Name Change Project. Through our Trans Health Project, we expand access to medical care for trans people through litigation and public education. We also provide real data about what it means to be trans in America to help inform policymakers, educators, healthcare providers, and others via our U.S. Trans Survey, the largest survey ever of trans people in the United States. Looking for more ways to affirm and protect trans lives in your state? Visit our State Action Center.


Learn more about our work to protect trans people across the U.S. 

Latest News

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Advocates for Transgender Equality (A4TE) Denounces House Vote to Block Title IX Regulations

Today the House of Representatives voted to overturn key protections for students against harassment, discrimination, and sexual assault advanced by the Biden Administration.



Advocates for Trans Equality Responds to White House Statement Opposing Gender-Affirming Care for Trans Youth

Today, after the Biden Administration made a statement opposing surgeries for transgender youth, Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen, Advocates for Trans Equality Executive Director, released the following statement.



TLDEF Wins Another Historic Victory for Transgender Deputy Denied Health Care by Georgia Sheriff and County at Eleventh Circuit

ATLANTA — The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF) won our case involving a trans woman in Georgia who was denied coverage by her employer for transition-related care.

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Federal Actions
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Tell Congress: Support full inclusion for trans and intersex students

Tell your Senator to support strong Title IX rules that reinforce the rights of trans, nonbinary, and intersex students in all educational spaces and programs.

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Tell Congress: Vote NO on anti-trans appropriations bills!

Anti-LGBTQI extremists in Congress are attempting to use the federal budgeting process to deprive trans people of essential medical care, access to social services, and protection of their civil rights.

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