Transvisibility: The T’s Not Silent – Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)
On May 18, the National Center for Transgender Equality is celebrating 13 years of saving lives through policy change at our anniversary event, Transvisibility: The T’s Not Silent, in Washington, DC.
As transgender issues and people are seen from West Coast to East, from Hollywood to the White House, transgender visibility is at its peak. This year, NCTE celebrates some of the advocates and allies who have worked tirelessly to make transgender issues so visible.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen has a long history of advocating for the LGBT community. Rep. Ros-Lehtinen is an active member of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus and has been a prominent voice in supporting LGBT rights in Congress. She has played a strong role in pressing for LGBT equality to be understood as a nonpartisan issue.
Ros-Lehtinen was the first Republican in Congress to support marriage equality and a same-sex adoption bill and has been a tireless advocate for LGBT youth. Rep. Ros-Lehtinen sponsored legislation supporting centers that provide life-saving services to LGBT youth.
NCTE is honoring Rep. Ros-Lehtinen as a leader in Congress on transgender issues. Her participation in the Transgender Equality Task Force is just one way in which she has demonstrated a commitment to ending violence and discrimination against transgender people.
Rep. Ros-Lehtinen is also personally connected to the transgender community through her transgender son Rodrigo. In countless behind-the-scenes conversations, she educates her colleagues about transgender people and fights to ensure that as LGBT rights advance, that transgender people are always included.